Disney’s Hollywood Studios has been in a mode of closings for a while, but now the tide is starting to turn.

Disney recently opened, or at least previewed, the new Baseline Tap House.   I had a chance to check it out, and I’m happy to share my impressions.

Location

The Tap House is located in the new Grand Avenue section of the park – which is the old Muppet’s Courtyard, but with a facelift.

This area will likely act as both a buffer and a holding tank for the throngs of guests expected when the nearby Star Wars – Galaxy’s Edge opens.

Welcome to the Baseline Tap House.

Welcome to the Baseline Tap House.

The vibe is funky and fun.

The vibe is funky and fun.

Backstory

The Baseline Tap House is a cozy bar in a brick building with lots of character. It represents current day downtown Los Angeles.

The location honors the Figueroa Printing Company, which was a small print shop that once worked with the early Disney Studios.

It’s not a big place.  There is both indoor and outdoor seating.

The Baseline Tap House is fun place to gather and relax.

The Baseline Tap House is fun place to gather and relax.

Menu

Here is what the Tap House offers:

Bavarian Pretzel – $9
With Beer Cheese Fondue and Spicy Mustard

Bavarian Pretzel

Bavarian Pretzel

California Cheese and Charcuterie – $10
Toma Farmstead Cheese, Point Reyes Original Blue Cheese, Laura Chenel’s Sonoma Goat Cheese, Chorizo and Calabrese Salami, Cornichons, Grapes and Toasted Baguettes

I tried the charcuterie and it was great. And who doesn't love saying the word charcuterie??

I tried the charcuterie and it was great. And who doesn’t love saying the word charcuterie??

Spiced Almonds – $6
House-made Sweet and Spicy Toasted Almonds

Spiced Almonds

Specialty non-alcoholic drinks include Wild Strawberry Lemonade and Blue Sky Black Cherry Soda on Tap.

The strawberry lemonade was sweet but good.

The strawberry lemonade was sweet but good.

However, as a tap house, you would expect – and will get – a large variety of beers on tap.

They include Golden Road 329 Lager (Los Angeles), Anchor Meyer Lemon Lager (San Francisco, and Napa Smith Lodt Dog Red Ale (Napa Valley), to name a few. Most beers go for $8.25 – $10.50.

Lots of beer choices.

Lots of beer choices.

The Tap House also includes a few ciders, wines, and cocktails.

Yes, it is all about beer, but there are a few cocktails too.

Yes, it is all about beer, but there are a few cocktails too.

How Was It?

I had a chance to wander around the facility, and sample some of the food and drinks.

Overall, I really enjoyed the Tap House. It feels just a little hip (but not stuffy) and relaxed – a place where you could hang out with friends and chat for a while.  I think it will be a popular spot, especially as Disney drives more traffic to this back corner of the park with Star Wars.

Until then, it may be a quiet hidden gem that goes unnoticed buy many.  Be sure to check it out.

New Baseline Tap House at Disney’s Hollywood Studios:  Looks like fun?