When a new shop or restaurant opens up at Disney, there is always a frenzy of bloggers clamoring to get there first and post it before anyone else can. While I love seeing the photos and reading the reports on these blogs, we prefer a more relaxed approach. Even though our blog features reviews, isn’t a “news” outlet as many others are. We usually let things settle down, then when the huge crowds start to clear, we make a plan to visit. One such place was Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar at Disney Springs, this Indiana Jones based lounge opened its doors in late September. By mid-December, we finally arranged for a date night to check it out.
I’m a fan of the Indiana Jones movie franchise (most of them anyway) and the stunt show at Hollywood Studios, so I was excited to see what the place was going to look like inside, and to get my hands on some of those tropical drinks! If you are like me, you have probably seen the films a dozen or more times, but could not immediately call to mind what Jock Lindsey even looks like. Jock was Indy’s pilot and is seen in Raiders of the Lost Ark. In the image below (copyright Paramount Pictures), we see Jock as played by the real-life pilot, Fred Sorenson.
If you are in the Landing section of Disney Springs, you can’t miss Jock Lindsey’s. It was built to resemble a wooden plane hangar with a Jungle-Cruise-style boat attached to the side of it. The front entrance courtyard is marked by a huge sign that looks like a corrugated aluminum plane wing suspended from a mock-up of a crane. It’s on the opposite side of the stage from The Boathouse, across from the path that leads to Raglan Road and kitty -corner from The Ganachery. Once inside, you notice that the lounge is only about one-third as big on the inside as it looks to be from the outside. There is very little indoor seating. All of the outdoor seating, except in the front courtyard, is covered at least. At first, we were seated in the “Reggie” (the boat) section, which is basically an open center that contains a faux boiler-type-thing, with benches lining the perimeter and a couple of tiny (and I mean TINY) little tables scattered around that are permanently bolted into place. I’m a plus-sized girl, so I found this to be very uncomfortable, but not only for that reason, it was also just awkward for the two of us to sit there, repeatedly banging out feet on the pole that supports the table. I can see why there was absolutely no one sitting out there when we arrived, even though the rest of the place was busy. I normally would have just sucked it up and stayed out there, but with it being dusk on the water in Florida, the gnats attacked! I hope they add some sort of netting around the boat because they were BAD! You could reach your hand out and touch the swarms of gnats. The drinks don’t come covered and I ended up removing my straw and using the coaster to keep them out of mine.
There is a deck off the back of the main building that has several normal sized tables, but I would assume that it has the same bug issue because it is also open sided. Maybe the gnats don’t bother everyone, but I can’t take it. LOL. Inside, the seating is VERY limited. There is a semi-private seating area to the back left, four or five tables down the center, stools at the bar, another three or four half-booth tables along the wall and this semi-private nautical room-booth in the back right corner. This indoor area is where our waiter moved us to right before the food arrived. I am very glad a table opened up because I don’t think I could have eaten with a face full of bugs! lol
The rest of our time at Jock’s was awesome! I wasn’t really expecting too much for bar snacks, but it was really good. We had selected the Air Pirate’s Pretzels and Lao Che’s Revenge. The pretzels came stacked on a wire airplane frame that holds little cups of sauce (mustard and beer cheese) on the wings. We ordered it because LH saw the words “beer cheese” and there was no other choice at that point. I was happy with them, although the mustard sauce was a bit strong for my taste, but the beer cheese was good and the pretzels were just like I like them, soft and NOT leathery on the outside. Lao Che’s Revenge is spicy/sweet Asian chicken wings. I assumed they would taste just like the sticky wings at the Kona Cafe or maybe even like the spicy wings at Shutters, but they had a flavor all their own. I usually can’t stand wings! I mean, why do I need to fight my food and make a mess, all for 2 bites of chicken? I’ll admit that I do order wings at Disney, though, because they are awesome! I do still wish they would make boneless versions, though, because I have to wipe down my face constantly while eating them or I’d look like The Joker. To spite the mess, I would happily order both of these dishes again, they were great!
One thing that we won’t be ordering again, is The Scottish Professor (above in the metal cup). While it sounded good when we ordered it, about half-way through drinking it Loving Husband remembered that he’s “not really a whiskey kinda’ guy” and ate some more mustard dip to kill the taste. LOL I’m sure it’s a great drink if you like whiskey, but it just wasn’t for him. On the other hand, I LOVED my Cool-Headed Monkey and would absolutely order it again! You can definitely taste the pineapple in it, but I didn’t really find the watermelon flavor at all. Unfortunately, you DO NOT get to keep the monkey head cup (above) that it comes in. We almost ordered Reggie’s Revenge, this is the drink that seems to be the most popular with fellow bloggers. I don’t know if everyone loves it because it tastes good or because the bright green dispenser on the bar makes for an awesome photo. I didn’t get either the drink or the photo while I was there as I don’t drink a lot (one is enough for me) and the lighting was so bad I couldn’t manage to get a good photo of it, sorry. When I go back at another time, I will give the photo second try and post an update.
The food and drinks here are excellent, but to me, the REAL star of the show is the decor! As an artist-type, this is what really appeals to me! Everywhere you look there is something neat that looks like it’s right out of Indiana Jones. The movies were made in the 80’s, but they were set in the mid-1930’s to the late 50’s, so everything here has that vintage/aged feel to it. Above is the gadgety ice machine that appeared to really work! It’s about the size of a large jukebox and sits on the wall opposite the bar. All over the bar, there are these shelf and drawer units full of small items like trophies (below), books and other knick-knacks. Just inside the entrance, you’ll even find a hidden Kermit peeping out from a canvas bag on the shelf (above). The walls aren’t heavily laden with items, just a few photos here and there. I think their intent is to draw your eye upwards to the ceiling which IS full of stuff. One of my favorite things up there was this vintage styled Air Races banner, below. How cool is that? It reminds me of banners and flags you see in old yearbooks from the 20’s!
I’m usually not a fan of clutter, but this looks cool! They’ve got just about everything up there that you can think of, including part of an aircraft engine. I am totally taken with the belt driven fan system and the diagonal grid pattern of the support structure! In its own way it is truly beautiful and to me was worth the trip by itself. We agree that we will definitely go back, but I think this is one of those places that is more fun with friends. There is so much here to see and to “find” that I think it would have been great fun as a group activity.