The Hollywood Brown Derby meets the true measure of greatness by being consistently spectacular and when Disney announced that it would be transforming its outside patio area into the The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge, intrigue naturally followed. Now open, the new Lounge is an exquisite delight with a tantalizing menu that accompanies the beautiful vista of the heart of Disney’s Hollywood Studios that was a staple of this patio prior to its reimagining. Whether you sit back, relax and people watch while you sip on your favorite cocktail or peruse through various small plate bites, it is the life of the stars and we’d expect nothing less from one of the premier restaurants at Walt Disney World.
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Being one of the lucky few to first enjoy some of the treats of this outdoor lounge, we can tell you that it is can’t miss! As we eloquently stated on Instagram, you think you’ve had sliders before but you haven’t. Not until you try the Derby Sliders with Wagyu Beef, Cognac Mustard Aïoli, Smoked Gouda Cheese, Bacon and Avocado. Oh and that slider is accompanied by my personal favorite slider with House-made Chorizo! This is just one of the amazing small plates and I’ll share more of my favorites in the days ahead. But first we must quench that thirst with a stunningly beautiful and simply refreshing cocktail.
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On my first visit to the Brown Derby Lounge, I ordered the Ben Appètit and discovered what I’m calling the Gin drink for everyone. It is simply a great cocktail. Light, flavorful and sets the perfect mood for a mid-afternoon at the Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge. It features Nolet’s Silver Gin, X Fusion, Lemonade, Cucumber Slices and Simple Syrup. But the drink menu doesn’t end there! Alongside specialty cocktails are wines by the glass and half-bottle, premium ales, beer and cider, specialty iced-coffees and of course non-alcoholic drinks like the famous Shirley Temple created at the original Hollywood Brown Derby. Of course we’ve also got more than just great food and drink picks, we’ve got you an often overlooked but perfect tip for those who want a great beverage but have places to go and things to do at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. You can simply walk up to the bar just inside the entrance to the new lounge and request your drink to go and they will gladly hand it to you in a plastic container, so you can sample the deliciousness on the go.
There is little doubt in my mind that Disney’s Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge is going to be a beloved addition and we can’t wait to share more in our full-review soon.