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Anaheim Rooftop Bar: The Fifth

The wonderful thing about being vaccinated is the fact that one can go see friends that you haven’t been able to see during the pandemic. What better way to celebrate the occasion than a Happy Hour. This isn’t your ordinary Happy Hour because this is our first Adventure where we are eating and drinking on a rooftop.

The Fifth

The Fifth is Anaheim’s only rooftop bar and restaurant. It is located at Grand Legacy at the Park hotel, conveniently located right across the street from Disneyland. Given the bar’s name, I’m sure you can guess what floor of the hotel it is located on.

Seating

The atmosphere of the actual rooftop itself isn’t my favorite. This is solely based on the dining area itself. There’s just a lot of greys on top of greys going on. You have a grey floor, with grey tables and chairs scattered throughout. But one thing I do enjoy is that for those cold nights there is an army of heat lamps at the ready to make sure you have a warm and comfortable evening.

California Adventure View

Now let’s get to the views that one can experience while dining at The Fifth. One can grab a glimpse of Disney’s California Adventure. There is the iconic Collector’s Tower which houses Guardians Mission Breakout, Mickey’s Funwheel, and the red peaks of Radiator Springs Racers. The only thing about being outside of the park is seeing what helps to make the city and park run. So unfortunately there is a giant electric pole blocking part of the view.

Disneyland View

Don’t worry, I saved the best view for last. The Happiest Place on Earth, Disneyland! The first thing I would like to point out is the greenery that surrounds Disneyland! I love the contrast of the sea of trees as the blue sky flows above. For all the Disney fans reading this I’m sure you can spot a couple of iconic attractions. Space Mountain in all of its bright white futuristic glory and to the right the snow-capped peaks of Matterhorn. Just imagine being able to sit right on the rooftop as Disneyland fireworks light up the sky. Not sure when fireworks will start up again but I know where I’m headed to, right when they do.

Coaster Menus

I love that restaurants are embracing technology by utilizing QR codes to make things more sanitary for guests. The Fifth takes it one step further by putting the code right on a coaster which is nice since it clears space on the table by not having a little QR code stand. As you can see there is a time written on the coaster. If you do plan on coming just be aware that there is a 2-hour time limit when you dine here.

Happy Hour Menu

This is a nice easy Happy Hour Menu to read when it comes to the pricing of items. Everything is grouped in $5, $6, $7, and $8 sections. Drinks come in at the $5-$7 range which is very well priced especially when you can get margaritas, martinis, or old fashioneds for $7. No matter what they one is going to have to pay $8 for an appetizer. For the most part, everything is your standard bar food with a couple that stands out. Another thing to note about this place is that there is a $35 minimum when you dine there. That kind of sucks but if you are there for Happy Hour then be prepared for an entire feast.

COVID Notice

The Fifth is COVID conscious. Throughout the restaurant, you will see chalkboards with reminders of staying six feet apart and washing your hands. They even have it built into their digital menus with all the different things you can do to stop the spread.

Gin Martini

The first drink I started with was a gin martini served with an olive. The gin they use is their house gin which is Miles’ Gin. Based on what I researched it is a cheap bottle of gin. But with all martinis, there is also some dry vermouth in the mix which adds a unique aspect to any martini. If you are looking for something strong then this is the drink for you because it certainly will get the job done. One thing to know about me is that I do not like olives. But I still decided to give it a try to see if anything changed. I can say with certainty that it has not.

Strawberry Margarita

For Round 2 on drinks, I had ordered a strawberry margarita. I was certainly excited to give this drink a try since the friend I came with was enjoying his. I’ve said it before but I am someone that does enjoy a little salt on the rim of their margarita. It plays well with the lime juice within the margarita. However, this drink had a bit too much salt fall into the drink because all I could taste was a sweet-salty ocean. I should have asked for another one but at this point, I felt bad since my friend had sent one thing back already.

Mozzarella Sticks

Speaking of the item that was taken back, the mozzarella sticks. From the outside, they look glorious with their golden crispy exterior with sprinklings of green herbs and some cotija cheese to add a new cheese flavor. However, from the bite that my friend let me try, I could see why he did not enjoy them. When I bite into a mozzarella stick I’m expecting a warm gooey cheese pull. That was not the case for these mozzarella sticks. The cheese was still solid with no meltiness to the texture whatsoever. The manager was kind enough to come over and ask if he wanted them refired but he decided not to. She was able to take the appetizer off the bill, which was very nice.

Loaded Tater Tots

The loaded tater tots! The portion size of these alone was worth the $8 to me. These tater tots had a sprinkling of melted cheese and bacon bits. Plus a dollop of sour cream and guacamole helped to bring some sauce components to the tots. However, the tots themselves were just ok. They weren’t as crispy as they could have been. Almost as if they might have been sitting on the counter a little too long. The bacon was a bit soggy which was a bit disappointing as well. Honestly, the best thing about the dish was the guacamole. It was creamy and well seasoned and had the perfect amount of citrus zest. This is coming from someone that does not actively eat guacamole.

Buffalo Wings

Our waitress, Adrianna, said for the wings the most popular flavor was the classic buffalo. The wings have some nice crispy parts but overall was juicy and succulent on the inside. They were good but in terms of buffalo wings, they matched with most standard buffalo wings that you can get anywhere.

Ahi Poke Tacos

I know, you may be thinking that is this place even worth going to if all the food and drink are subpar? I do have one highlight for this Happy Hour Adventure. The Ahi Poke Tacos was the most unique item on the menu. Sure for the most part you are getting everything that most places offer in their Ahi Poke Tacos with the wonton taco shell to sesame seeds and some guacamole. However, they do add some unique aspects to this dish that I enjoyed. They do have some spicy mayo they use a Cholula mayo to bring some Mexican spice to the taco. The thing that pushed these over the top had to have been green apple kimchi. I just found it so unique because green apple offers that crisp, sweet, and sour flavor components. But they made it into kimchi which brought on some spice and vinegar to the apple. It was that alone that made the trip to The Fifth worth it.

The friend I ended up going to The Fifth with was my friend Alex. Our friendship is relatively newer compared to some of the other friends that I have. We had first met at a Dave and Buster’s 2 or 3 years ago. We honestly have not hung out too many times but it is a friendship I would like to expand on. Alex works for the residence halls for a University which I think is one of the connections we have since I worked in the residence halls at ASU. He just recently moved to a brand new place that brings him walking distance to Disneyland! He had walked directly to the restaurant right after work so he did not have to worry about driving back home. It was great catching up with him because he is always going on traveling adventures himself. He had just recently completed going to every single state in the US with the last state being Alaska. It’s always tough to find a friend that is willing to go on a trip but with Alex, he is always down for an adventure.

Website: The Fifth Rooftop Bar and Restaurant

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I believe this was my very first Adventure at a rooftop bar. So my question to you is what is your favorite rooftop restaurant or bar?

Let me know down below in the comments and be sure to share with friends that would enjoy this Happy Hour.

May the adventures continue! Cheers!

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2 Responses

    1. Thanks for the suggestion! I’ll have to check it out one day. I feel like it’s important to try things you don’t like every once in a while to see if it’s different.

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