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ESPN Zone

1545 Disneyland Drive Anaheim, CA 92802
Mon.-Thu.11:00am-11:00pm, Fri. 11:00am-12:00am, Sat. 9:00am-12:00am & Sun. 9:00am-11:00pm
714-300-3776 2 hours
January 2014 All year
$20-49 Anaheim California
Website Food/Drinks Sports Bars
First review
 
ESPN Zone is a sports themed bar and restaurant in the Downtown Disney part of Disneyland Resort. It's a huge place and is more of an entertainment zone than bar or restaurant. In addition to 3 bars, 2 dining areas, an arcade, and a gift shop, there are over 100 TVs here including in the bathrooms. ESPN has a range of drink selections and a fairly large menu as well. The bar specializes in margaritas and martinis. The restaurant serves mainly American cuisine such as as burgers, chicken, steak, pasta and salads.

The ESPN bar/restaurant chain started in 1998, and the Disney location opened in 2000. The concept of a sports bar combined with a family style restaurant and with plenty of sports thrown into the mix worked fairly well until 2010 when locations in various cities were closed due to a tough economic environment. The Disney ESPN survived. It has a marquee spot in a prime walking promenade, appealing to both tourists and locals alike. ESPN can get crowded and raucous during important sports games, especially during the playoffs.

This dinner and drinks visit followed up a visit to Disneyland Park. ESPN is near the park and with extended hours is conducive to hanging out late at night. A mango margarita with tequila, triple sec and mango puree was sweet and refreshing but light on alcohol. A Taste the Season seasonal drink with Jack Daniels, Goldschlagger and apple flavor had a cool blue glow cube and a cinnamon type taste. It was more flash than flavor but was still drinkable. The pomegranate martini scored points on aroma and had a decent taste, but was more WNBA than NBA, if you catch the drift. Both the chicken tortilla soup and the sliders (mini hamburgers) were appetizing. The sliders were properly cooked, tender and tasty. A large serving of sundried tomatoes and copious amounts of pasta also was properly cooked but a little bland. Tobacco sauce was called from the bullpen to provide relief. The service was attentive and helpful. While nothing at ESPN really rocked, everything was reasonably good, with an edge to the food over the drinks. ESPN is a safe bet for those seeking consistent yet somewhat uninspired food and drinks in a periodically loud, festive atmosphere.
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