Cove Bar: Not-So-Secret Secret

Pictures used in this post courtesy of Disneyland Park Blogs (since I forgot my camera).

The Cove Bar. Once a hidden treasure at Disney's California Adventure, it has become one of the best spots to grab a drink and cool eats. It's nestled just over the Paradise Pier bridge next to Ariel's Grotto Restaurant. A few years back, before discovering the greatness of the Cove Bar, I never even noticed it. I always thought it was the outdoor seating of Ariel's Grotto.  Once the popularity of the spot began rising, Disney revamped the space. A once inconspicuous entrance now has it's own marquee inspired archway (above).

Atmosphere
Wait times to get in can top 90 minutes on the busiest of days. However, they're now testing a new system of text message alerts. You first check-in at the entrance line to be put on the list and are told how long the wait will be. You then have the option of either standing in line and waiting or getting a text message when your table is ready so you can still wander the park.  Once you get the text message you have 10 minutes to show up, otherwise you loose your spot and have to get back on the list.

We opted to wait in line last time we were there, because the wait time was only 20-30 minutes. Not exactly enough time to get on a ride in the meantime. There were some larger parties (6+ families/groups) that we saw who did the text message option and I can see how that works well for groups with kids. They can take them elsewhere and occupy them instead of getting antsy in line.

That said, the wait is well worth it. The view of the bay and the back side of the park is gorgeous; and if you get in at the right time and luck out on where you're seated, you can get a fantastic view of World of Color.

Food & Drinks
I have to commend Disney, they really are upping their food game. Gone are the days all you could get were hot dogs and burgers. The food menu is limited at the Cove Bar, but everything we've tried has been delicious. One of the most popular items on the menu is hands down the lobster nachos (below). I don't care for lobster, but even I will pick around these; they're that good.

"Tender Lobster Pieces atop fresh House-made Tortilla Chips with Black Beans, Pico de Gallo, Chipotle Crema, and our Signature Aged Cheddar and Oaxaca Cheese Sauce"

My personal favorite, however, are the fajita quesadilla rolls. All the food is sized to share, but come with an appetite, because you'll want a little of everything! While the food is delicious, the drinks are the real reason anyone goes to the Cove Bar.

Mickey's Fun Wheel

The drinks on the regular menu are great, but we always opt for drinks off the no-so-secret secret menu. The Mickey's Fun Wheel, a tried and true favorite, is basically an AMF: vodka, gin, tequila, rum and blue curaçao. Add in some lemonade and top with lemon foam and voila! A delicious, fruity cocktail.

This time we tried a new one: The Zombie. If you like rum, this is the drink for you. Included are light rum, dark rum, coconut rum, spiced rum, 151 Rum, orange and pineapple juices, blue curaçao, midori and grenadine. It's not the prettiest once you mix it up, but, boy, was it tasty. Rumor has it that, depending on the bartender, it will look and taste slightly different each time you get it. I guess it depends on how heavy-handed your mixologist is feeling.

The Zombie
Ours definitely didn't look as pretty as that! Check out my instagram for how muddled ours looked.

Overall
We hit up the Cove Bar at least once every trip. It's a great spot to sit, relax and enjoy some down time in the parks. Plus, there is, in my opinion, only one other place in all of the Disneyland Resort that can top the drinks and food at the Cove Bar... but it's a close race!


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