Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar is one of many new restaurants and bars at Walt Disney World’s refurbished Disney Springs (formerly known as Downtown Disney). The Indiana Jones themed lounge opened September 22 and we wanted to be there on opening day! My Dad used to try and get me to watch his favorite movies when I was younger and Indiana Jones was one of the series I really enjoyed (the Clint Eastwood western movies, not so much! Sorry Dad.).
The highly themed lounge looks like an old airplane hangar filled with lots of memorabilia from the film series. Disney even created a backstory for Jock, who was a pilot that Indy hired frequently for his adventures. The story goes that Jock built his home base in Disney Springs in 1938 and soon became a stopover and watering hole for fellow travelers.
Jock’s bar is smaller inside than it is outside; I’m not sure why they did this. Maybe because it is on the water and has a view? I understand that, but it is still Florida. SO hot! We had a party of 10. After waiting for 40 minutes, they told us they didn’t have anywhere inside large enough and that they had a bigger area outside. They lead us to Reggie’s boat which has booth style seats around the edge of the boat and a few small tables almost like a waiting area.
The area had one table available and seating for five people. We are planning on ordering food and drinks. How are we supposed to do that for 10 people? He said that this is a bar, not a restaurant. You just need to wait for people to leave… WOW. He realized then that we weren’t okay with his response and comped the first round of drinks. Yay, free drinks! After settling in, we noticed a large group leaving their table and asked our waitress if we could take it. She was very helpful in getting us a table. Needless to say, they are still working out the kinks as a new restaurant. They did do a good job of correcting their mistakes though so I will give them that.
The menu is creatively themed as well. I was happy to see that there are multiple vegetarian choices! We ordered a bunch of different items: the falafel tacos, everything pretzels, goat cheese stuffed dates, she-deviled eggs, and the calamari flatbread. Out of the seven people who were eating no one really liked their food. I enjoyed the falafel tacos the best; everyone else thought the pretzels were the best because they like the beer cheese fondue that came with it.
Two people ordered the flatbread at our table but we didn’t even finish one. The calamari was chewy and the harissa flavor was overpowering. Everyone agreed that it was nothing special.
The deviled eggs were a good concept but not a great execution. The egg mixture didn’t have much flavor.
The dates were sweet and had a strong cinnamon flavor. Fun to try since I had never had one before, but I didn’t finish the one I had let alone a whole plate.
They did a great job with presentation and theming, but I guess it was just a little too creative?
Onto drinks! I had Reggie’s Revenge that came with a snake swizzle stick. The flavor was good, but the alcohol was a little weak for a $10 drink. The Scottish Professor and the Air Pirate’s Mule were some of the stronger drinks we tried. They don’t have their souvenir glasses yet, but they are hoping to get them soon. Our waitress also mentioned that there will be 18 different collectible coasters, only one of those was currently available.
Now just because the food was unsuccessful doesn’t mean we won’t be back. Jock’s has a great atmosphere and the fun drinks are enough reason to bring us in. Just plan your outing a little better than we did. I think it is best if you come in a small party and sit inside. There were lots of gnats and mosquitos outside (bugs love me so I am sure I have a ton of bug bites.)
There were even guests dressed up as Indy! I think there was about eight of them at one point. Very cool.
Following the popularity of Trader Sam’s, this second highly immersive lounge with souvenir glasses is sure to be very popular.