Of all the dozens of places to eat and drink in Walt Disney World's Disney Springs, perhaps it's a bit surprising that the shopping complex lacks any version of what might be America's favorite place to drink — a sports bar.
Sure, there's the ESPN Club way over at Disney's Boardwalk and a smaller ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, but you'd think that the main shopping and dining complex at the world's most popular theme park resort would merit its own sports bar. CityWalk up the road at Universal Orlando has the NBC Sports Grill & Brew, after all, and it's not like Disney to sit by and not match its competition.
So next summer, Disney Springs will plug the hole in its lineup by opening a sports bar. No, it won't carry Disney's ESPN branding. With the closure of the Downtown Disney location at the Disneyland Resort, all of Disney's ESPN Zone restaurants now are out of business. So Disney Springs is turning to an outside vendor, City Works Eatery & Pour House.
(Let us pause now to note the irony of Disney officially offering a "pour house" on property. Up until now, that's where many visitors thought they'd be going after paying for their Disney World trip.)
City Works has nine other locations around the country — either open or planned — with the nearest being in Doral, Florida. A quick glance at the food menu shows the usual, with burgers and sandwiches from $12-17 and an assortment of classic sports bar appetizers and entrees. The main feature is the drinks, of course, with City Works promising 80 beers on tap, including limited supply selections from local breweries. The Doral location even offers wine on tap, too.
The restaurant will open next summer on the West Side of Disney Springs, but there's no more detail on the opening beyond that.Tweet
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