I’m sitting at my desk at work Thursday and I get a text from someone that I hadn’t heard from in around 2 years. It’s from my old friend from Arizona, Trevor! He shot me a text because he was here in SoCal visiting Disneyland. There’s only one thing in life that I enjoy more than a good Happy Hour and that is all things, Disney! Everything about it, I love the movies to the theme parks and everything in between. I guess I’m getting off track, so of course, I had to drop everything to see him. I decided that he would be my guest for my second OC Happy Hour Adventure.

 

Overall view of the bar
 
To make it easy on him I selected Catal Restaurant & Uva Bar, right smack down in the middle of Downtown Disney. You’re probably thinking to yourself, “there’s a place in Disney that actually has Happy Hour?” The answer to that is yes, yes there is. I know it’s hard to believe that would have time dedicated to cheaper food and drink. I believe Downtown Disney here at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim just started to introduce some restaurants with Happy Hour. While out in Disney World in Disney Springs, their equivalent to Downtown Disney, has loads of them.

 

 

Specifically, we went to Uva Bar, which is the bar in the middle of several stores and restaurants in Downtown Disney. I grabbed some seats while Trevor and Leslie, his girlfriend, were on the Monorail over. While waiting I had to get a sneak peek of the menu to see what awaited us on this adventure.

 

 

As you can see by the menu the Happy Hour lasts 3 hours, which is typical, but what isn’t the best, is the timing of the Happy Hour, 2-5 p.m. This is not really the best time frame for all of the 9-5 people reading this wanting to enjoy this Happy Hour. But, luckily for me, my job is pretty flexible and I can show up anywhere between 7-9 a.m. and get my hours in to head out a little earlier. So I’m in the office by 7 or 7:15 a.m. and am out in time to get to this Happy Hour. However, this Happy Hour is definitely more geared to people visiting the parks because they can easily head to Uva Bar for a drink after having been with the kids since park open.

 

 

Another thing to note is definitely the prices. The cheapest food item is $6 and all the drinks are priced at $9. However, we are at Disney and the prices are going to be a little higher than other places outside the resort. But, compared to prices to drinks inside the park they are a few bucks cheaper. 

 

Uva Long Island Ice Tea

 

I decided to get my drink order to have it in time by the time Trevor and Leslie got there. I ordered the Uva Long Island Ice Tea because if I’m going to get a drink I might as well go big or go home. Don’t worry I would be hanging out in the theme parks for a bit after this drink to cool down. Based on the description it is your classic Long Island Tea with rum, tequila, gin, vodka, triple sec, sweet n’ sour, and Coke. Typically all of the Long Island Teas I have had have been very strong, but I think this one was a perfect balance. To me, the most prevalent ingredient coming through was the sweet n’ sour. Which gave it a flavor profile of being close to lemonade.

 

Cucumber Martini
Uva Margarita

 

That’s when Trevor and Leslie arrived! Trevor ordered the Cucumber Martini, while Leslie ordered the Uva Margarita. Both were kind enough to allow me to take a sip of their drinks. The first thing I noticed about the Cucumber Martini was the glass. I know strange, why am I concerned about the glass? It wasn’t served in your typical martini glass, which I know it’s not required, but just thought it was different. The thing Trevor pointed out was the shredded mint, which I don’t see too much in drinks. He would have preferred if it was a sprig of mint, but then he said they were probably going for a mojito or mint julep vibe for the drink. Overall this was a very refreshing drink, which would be perfect after a hot day walking through the parks. I then sampled Leslie’s margarita and it was your classic margarita. Although I may have gotten a bit too much salt from my sip.

 

A little bit about Trevor. We both met in Junior High School in Arizona during the 8th or 9th grade I believe. We stayed friends even when I left for college and found the time to hang out often. It was actually Trevor that was the one that introduced me to my first taste of alcohol. He had been trying a while for me to taste it, but then a couple of months before my 21st birthday, I gave it a try. I know, I know the drinking age is 21, but what can I say, I’m a rule breaker. The very first thing I had was a shot of Kracken rum. I guess you can say he is part of the reason why one aspect of this blog was created. Trevor and Leslie both still live in Arizona and looking to buy a townhome. Trevor has been working in sales for Cox, while Leslie has been working as an Underwriter for State Farm. It was nice to have that connection with Leslie since I work in Insurance as well.

 

Mediterranean Sliders

 

Last, but not least the food! I ordered the Mediterranean Sliders. They were served on Hawaiian rolls, which I love because they have a little touch of sweetness to them. The arugula gave it that nice bite of pepper flavor while the piquillo peppers helped bring a mild refreshing flavor. The Angus beef pattie itself had a good char on the outside, which I love, but the meat did get a little dry inside. But luckily that’s when the lemon dill aioli came into the rescue to bring about some moisture to the dish. The aspect of having the red pickled onion brought about that punch of vinegar flavor you would expect from a pickled item. To me, the star of the dish was that spicy feta cheese because of the spiciness that it brought to the dish, but along with that perfect creamy touch.

 

Overall I had a great experience at Uva Bar! Being in the center of Downtown Disney and having the chance to people watch brings about a different atmosphere than other bars. Sure the prices aren’t the most fantastic compared to other Happy Hours, but if you are able to shave off a couple of dollars compared to buying it off the regular menu, I’d say that’s a win in my book! Also, the fact that I was able to catch up with an old friend that I hadn’t seen for a couple of years and it felt as nothing had changed was such an amazing feeling. That’s the magic of Happy Hour, being able to catch up with friends you haven’t seen in a while all while having some great food and drink. I guess the magic of being in Disney also helped.

 

I would love to know, what food or drink items you would have gotten? Also since we were in a Happy Hour in Downtown Disney, I’d like to know what your favorite Disney ride or movie is?
Cheers! Here’s to the next adventure!

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  1. Mmmmmm…the Corn Arepas and Sangria sound amazing! I can't wait to make it back to SoCal to check it out! What? No photo of the three of you hanging out? After learning so much about this great couple, a photo would've added to this great post! LOVE your descriptions of the foods and drinks! Keep up the great work!

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