Epcot may get most of the hype when we plan 21+ trips to the Walt Disney World Resort, but Disney’s Hollywood Studios has quite the lounge scene too! Each of the lounges in Hollywood Studios are perfectly themed, serving craft beers, customized cocktails, and even new treats from a ‘galaxy far, far away’.
1. Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge
A fan-favorite signature dining experience, the Hollywood Brown Derby Restaurant recreates the iconic Hollywood location for guests visiting the park. Located just outside the restaurant, the Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge serves up signature cocktails alongside small bites creating a more casual alternative to the higher end dining inside.
- FOOD: While the food menu at the lounge features only small plates and desserts, guests visiting the lounge can still try a sampling of some of the restaurant’s most popular dishes. Most notably, the cobb salad for which the original Hollywood Brown Derby is famous for inventing and the Derby Original Grapefruit Cake are both available at the lounge outside, no advanced dining reservation needed.
- DRINKS: The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge is also a staple for cocktails at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Specialty options here include the Absinthe Minded (Hendrick’s Gin, Lillet Blanc, Grand Marnier and freshly squeezed Lemon Juice, with a splash of Absinthe), the Hollywood Manhattan (Palm Ridge Reserve Whiskey and Antica Carpano Sweet Vermouth garnished with Luxardo Cherries), and the Grapefruit Cake Martini (Deep Eddy Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka, Stoli Vanil Vodka, and a splash of Cream with a Graham Cracker Rim).
2. Tune-In Lounge
50’s Prime Time Cafe at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is always a nostalgic hit for families, but the adjacent lounge can be the perfect pit stop for your next adults-only trip. Pull up to the bar and relax with 50’s style TVs showing all the best sitcoms and programs from the time. Like the rest of the restaurant, the lounge is also perfectly themed to a home in the 1950s, and it’s especially fun to visit when it’s decorated for the holidays!
- FOOD: The full restaurant menu is available at the lounge, so stopping at the bar for a bite to eat can be a great way to get a last-minute table service meal in during a busy week in the parks (or if you’re just craving comfort food like meatloaf or fried chicken!). Desserts like apple crisp and brownie sundaes are always sure to impress and for a non-alcoholic drink option the peanut butter and jelly milkshake is a fun twist on a classic.
- DRINKS: The cocktail menu at Tune-In Lounge features a fairly extensive beer and wine list for a non-signature Disney table service restaurant and a couple of the ‘standard’ Disney resort cocktails (like the Magical Star Cocktail with X-fusion Organic Mango and Passion Fruit Liqueur, Parrot Bay Coconut Rum, Pineapple Juice, and a souvenir glow cube). With a full bar however Tune-In Lounge is the perfect place to stop and take in some nice cool AC and order whatever your go-to is while visiting the park.
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3. BaseLine Tap House
Located on Grand Avenue, BaseLine Tap House captures the industrial style of a downtown LA craft brewery while paying homage to the building’s former tenant, Writer’s Stop (look for clues of this around the interior!). The menu is comprised of a variety of craft beers and a couple of different wines on tap, with a small selection of specialty cocktails and small bites.
- FOOD & DRINKS: BaseLine Tap House is the ultimate spot to relax with a beer flight while tasting their specialty cheese and charcuterie board. Stay inside for the AC or step outside to watch the world go by (or to watch the crowds head towards Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge!). Between the giant pretzels and the cheese boards at BaseLine, you can easily skip a quick service restaurant and opt for a drink and snacks on the patio here instead.
4. Oga’s Cantina
The newest lounge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios brings together residents of Batuu, bounty hunters, smugglers, and travelers in this cantina in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. The theming within Oga’s Cantina is sure to satisfy the Star Wars fans in your family, entertainment provided by former Starspeeder 3000 pilot DJ R-3X.
- FOOD & DRINKS: Specialty cocktails at Oga’s Cantina include the Bloody Rancor (Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur, Spicy Bloody Mary Mix, and Rancor Bone) and the Spiran Caf (Peru Alto Mayo Organic Joffrey’s Coffee®, orange marmalade, Gosling’s 151 Rum, vanilla whipped cream, and citrus zest), and there are plenty of non-alcoholic drink specials to go around as well. Different takes on blue milk and specialty tea concoctions are also available at Oga’s Cantina along with an array of snacks like the Rising Moons Overnight Oats and the Mustafarian Lava Roll.
As Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the newest addition to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, plan to encounter some crowds if you’ll be visiting Oga’s Cantina in the near future.