(Story by Steve G./Photos Courtesy of Walt Disney World & Disney Parks Blog)
This quaint little pub located in the new Grand Avenue area at Hollywood studios is a welcomed addition to the park. The re-imagined area captures the spirit of present-day downtown Los Angeles showing off the vintage buildings and the vibrant colors of the different districts of the city. The corner pub specializes in craft beer from California.
The back story of the building is that it was a former mom-and-pop printing house called Figueroa Printing Company which has ties to the Disney studios in nearby Burbank. The inside of the building shows off exposed brick walls and old printing equipment and artifacts along with some prints. You can sit and relax on the inside or venture outside to the tree-shaded terrace with strings of lights overhead.
The craft beers on tap at the Baseline Tap House are the stars of the pub. If you can’t decide from the vast list of beers, try a create-your-own beer flight. The beer flight allows you to select four beers from the list and each beer is a 5-ounce pour. If beer isn’t your style, the Baseline Tap House also offers up some delicious ciders, wines, cocktails and some specialty non-alcoholic drinks, sodas or lemonades.
Looking for a little bite to eat to go along with those suds? The Baseline Tap House offers up some small plates to accompany those drinks. Try the Bavarian pretzel with a side of cheese fondue and spicy mustard. I thoroughly enjoyed the pretzel and mustard on my visit to the pub. The pretzels aren’t shaped like Mickey, but they sure hit the spot. If the pretzel isn’t your thing, try the spiced almonds or the California cheese and charcuterie plate.
I was very impressed with the Baseline Tap House on my first visit to this new pub. There isn’t much seating on the inside, but that’s okay because the outside provides a better atmosphere in my opinion. When dusk settles in after a long day, the outside terrace with the hanging lights above offers a picture-perfect area to sit back, relax and take in the long day. Sitting outside with the fan blowing and conversations about the day made me forget that I was sitting in Hollywood Studios. I was whisked away for a moment in the atmosphere around me. It was only when I looked to my right and saw people scurrying to the next ride that I realized that I was still in the park.
So on your next trip to Hollywood Studios, stop by Grand Avenue and visit the Baseline Tap House for some craft beer and small plates. You won’t be disappointed and you may just fall in love with this little pub. I know I did.