What you're about to read is a new series for Orlando Everyday: New(ish).
There's never a lack of blog or media coverage when something new opens in this town. Everything from attractions to restaurants get a ton of press the days leading up to an opening and, somehow, even more when the doors officially open to the public.
On it's face, New(ish) is another review/opinion piece about the same places. The difference, however, is that nothing will be reviewed within the first 30 days of opening. This gives a new place or destination time to work out the opening day kinks and aims to offer a true perspective of what something is like when it's business as usual.
The first review for New(ish) comes from Disney's Hollywood Studios with the BaseLine Tap House, which opened Sept. 29.
Before we launch into it, here's the premise and story behind the BaseLine Tap House:
In a quaint brick building, BaseLine Tap House celebrates the revitalization of Downtown Los Angeles by paying homage to the building’s former life as the Figueroa Printing Company, a mom-and-pop print house that had ties to the Disney studios in nearby Burbank. The space retains many of its cool architectural and mechanical details with exposed walls and old printing equipment and artifacts, blending the past and present in an inviting space. Outside is a charming tree-shaded terrace, perfect for a relaxing break in the day.
OK, now it's time for the OE review.
To be clear, I think the BaseLine Tap House is a nice addition to DHS. The food options at the park are, how do we say it nicely, lacking.
The quick service food isn't all that great and I think BaseLine helps this a bit. I opted for the $10 California Cheese & Charcuterie Plate and I'd absolutely get it again. My friend went for the $9 Bavarian Pretzel (served with beer cheese fondue and spicy mustard) and was lukewarm to it.
But, again, this isn't really an eatery. It's a new place to get booze in the park.
The actual space at BaseLine itself is really nice. It's a warm environment that I found visually appealing. The mix of indoor/outdoor seating was lovely, but I fear there's not enough indoor space. Florida is hot and tends to get very rainy. I think one good rain storm and this place will be uncomfortably full.
When it comes to drink options, this is where Disney is close to a home run. The menu offers a variety of ales, wine and cider. And, let me tell you, the prices aren't bad. One argument I think could be made is while there are options, it's mostly in the beer category.
There were nine beers, one cider and two wines on tap when I visited Nov. 9. That's a good beer selection and sorta slim pickings for the rest. Of course, there are cocktail options and non-alcoholic choices to round out the menu. I went for the Blue Sky Black Cherry Soda ($3.29) and it was pretty tasty.
Overall, BaseLine is a great addition to the park and it's clearly going to do well. I'll probably go back, but I would, personally speaking, like more options that aren't beer.
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