Domestic - $6
Import - $6.50
Miller Lite, Coors Light, Heineken, Smirnoff Ice
Pastries, sandwiches, salads, fruit, coffee and some excellent pies and cheesecakes!
A little quick stop place with a few tables inside, but more umbrella tables outside. A nice spot to sit and watch the parade in the afternoon.
Welcome to the movies! Throughout Universal Studios you will come across numerous food & beverage stands that sell a variety of alcoholic beverages. The beer offerings vary per stand, and at any given time a stand that previously had beer available may not. Also, during peak times of the year, you may find extra temporary beer carts in queues and other spots throughout the park. The following photos are examples of the different stands around the park. Below you will find bar drink menus, reviews and happy hour information.
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Beer Selections & Pricing at Beverage Stands Prices as of 8/12. Stand selections vary.
• Coors Light - $6 | Souvenir Pilsner - $8 | Souvenir Refill - $6
• Miller Lite - $6 | Souvenir Pilsner - $8 | Souvenir Refill - $6
• Yuengling - $6.50 | Souvenir Pilsner - $9 | Souvenir Refill - $6.50
• Blue Moon - $6.75 | Souvenir Pilsner - $9.25 | Souvenir Refill - $6.75
• Heineken - $7.25 | Souvenir Pilsner - $9.75 | Souvenir Refill - $7.25
• Moretti - $6 (only available at Louie's Pizza)
Be sure to visit Finnegan's Bar & Grill for a larger selection of Domestic and Import beers that you can get to-go.
• Coors Light, Miller Lite, Smirnoff Ice - $6
• Corona Extra, Corona Light, Sam Adams (only available at Chez Alcatraz)
• Heineken - $6.50
• Fosters - $7.50
Available at Chez Alcatraz (currently suspended as of 4/1/12) & Finnegan's Bar & Grill. Hours vary.
20oz. Select Domestic Drafts - $3.50
20oz. Import drafts - $4.50
Well Drink - Single $4 | Double Tall $6
Located in front of Monster’s Cafe restaurant, by the Rockit Music Plaza. Specialty frozen drinks and beer available.
Specialty - $8.25
Frozen Slush Drinks - Strawberry, Blue Raspberry, Pina Colada, Margarita & Raspberry Lemonade
Coors Light & Heineken
None really, just a walk-up counter bar with giant monsters on top. Enjoy your beer bum style and wander over to the nearby ‘central park’ and have a seat on a park bench (paper bag not included - panhandling optional) or head over to the Monster's Cafe and get some AC while you check out the authentic monster movie memorabilia.
This location used to be a limited full-service bar that would pour mixed drinks as well. No more. The only way to get hard liquor here is in the Slush drinks, which we don't recommend. We lost another bar option. Not too happy about this.
Located near Mel’s Drive In. This to-go stand has a small selection of frozen drinks and beer available.
Frozen Drinks - $8.25:
Margarita, Strawberry, Raspberry Lemonade, Pina Colada, Blue Raspberry, Orange
Miller Lite, Yuengling, Coors Light, Heineken
Pretzels and Chips
Walk-up counter service. The building behind the stand houses the bar’s old location, which is no longer open. The counter service restaurant in the building has had new life breathed back into it and now serves as a Character Breakfast. You'll find a set of patio furniture behind the stand and a nice fountain with some shade provided by the large live oaks.
The next door Allah Villas are a re-creation of the apartments where Marilyn Monroe was discovered in Hollywood. Not much beyond some nice scenery and cleverly disguised offices that you can wish you worked in but now you've got an interesting fact that you can share with your friends to prove you're dorkier than them - like you needed proof, right? Plus, you can walk right through the villas which is a short cut to the Toon area & ET ride.
2012 Updated Review
Carmen used to mix up some tasty, unique, frozen drinks here that we really enjoyed. Unfortunately, they've taken away a few of the specialty liquors required to make them (most notably Midori) and now only make "typical" frozen drinks, such as Strawberry, Pina Colada, Margarita, etc.
Frankly, the new slush drinks aren't much of a replacement and don't warrant a stop on your imbibary tour. We recently sampled the Margarita. It was strangely salty and heavy on sour mix. Not exactly the sweet yet tart thirst quencher we're looking for on a hot day. That said, they pour a fine beer if you're in need of some suds.
To those of you, like us, that miss the old stuff. We'll keep the old list here for posterity. Of course, you can always still make them at home with our cocktail recipes too!
Potion of the Aztecs
Frozen Pina Colada with Strawberry and Orange with Bacardi Light Rum
Frozen Margarita with Cuervo Gold Tequila and Blue Curacao
Lemonade La Bamba
Minute Maid Raspberry with Bacardi Limon Rum
Frozen Pina Colada with Malibu Rum and Midori Melon liquor
Strawberry Desert Daiquiri
Made with Bacardi Light Rum
Chez Alcatraz has been updated with an all-new specialty drink menu and tasty new appetizers! Yes, that kitchen in the middle of the bar is once again fully functional and serving up some delicious small bites.
You can also look forward to meeting their new permanent resident - Bruce the Shark from the Jaws attraction! What's that you say? You've already met? Great, buy him a drink! We're thrilled to see what has always been one of our favorite bars getting some much deserved new attention.
The Alcatraz- $8.50
Pinnacle vodka, Chambord, sour mix, triple sec.
The Rock- $8.50
Jim Beam Bourbon, sour mix, Sprite and fresh mint.
San Francisco Bay Breeze - $8.50
Malibu coconut rum, cranberry and pineapple juice.
Lynchburg Lemonade - $7.50
Jack Daniels Bourbon, sour mix, triple sec, and a splash of Sprite.
Escape - $9
Crown Royal, Captain Morgan, peach schnapps, splash of sour mix and Coke.
Frozen Mojito - $8
Bacardi Limon, key lime juice, cane sugar and fresh mint.
Shark Attack - $8.50
Malibu coconut rum, blue curacao, pineapple juice and a dash of grenadine.
Bruce - $10
Jose Cuervo Gold tequila, Grand Marnier, sour mix and a splash of orange juice. Served in a souvenir pilsner.
Smirnoff Ice, Foster's, Corona Extra, Corona Light, Sam Adams, Heineken, Coors Light
Yuengling, Blue Moon, Miller Lite
The Wharf - $8.99
Shaved turkey, Jack cheese, fresh avocado, tomato, alfalfa sprouts and seasoned mayo. Served on a triple oat wheat roll.
Red & Blue Chips - $4.99
House made potato chips, blue cheese crumble and buffalo style sauce.
Bucket of Chips - $3.99
Seasoned house made potato chips and chipotle ketchup.
California Sliders - $5.99
Home made chicken salad, crunchy slaw, potato roll and a pickle.
Margherita Flatbread - $6.99
Mozzarella cheese, fresh tomatoes and basil on an artisan crust.
Shrimp Cocktail - $5.99
Seasoned bay shrimp on top of shredded lettuce and cocktail sauce.
Beverage Service Hours
Noon - 9pm
Food Service Hours
Noon - around 6pm (depends on crowd)
This is a fun "beach style" open-air bar with belly-up stools and a few tables and high-tops overlooking the San Francisco harbor. You'll now find ample seating and, in the near future, a cocktail waitress to alleve you of all that troublesome walking for a cocktail. The 2 big screen TVs have finally been installed behind the bar. Bringing Bruce (the Jaws shark) over to the bar has already proven to be an excellent move. The excited crowd streaming into this once quiet hideaway to get their pictures taken with Bruce reinvigorates the bar with a new sense of energy. Now it's an even better place for people watching or daydreaming about taking that big yellow Donzi for a spin. Along with these updates, they plan on having longer, regular operating hours.
For the time being, Happy Hour has been temporarily suspended while Universal tests out the new upgrades. But don't fret - we were told (promised even) that it will return at a later date. As of 1/2013 it still has not returned. (Previous Happy Hour specials: Well drinks $3.50/$5.50 doubles, Domestic 20oz. drafts $3.50, Import 20oz. drafts $4.50. Hours vary by the day, though no earlier than 2pm and lasts for usually 2 hours.)
We stopped by on 3/31/12 and had the fortune of stumbling onto Che'z Alcatraz' opening weekend of the revamp. Excited that one of our favorite stops at Universal is getting new life, we had to try a few drinks - all in the name of research, of course!
For our first drink, it only seemed appropriate to order-up the one named after the bar's new resident - Bruce the Shark. Bruce is a margarita with the added splash of some orange juice. Tasty, and the splash of OJ gives it a nice freshly squeezed fruit flavor. You can order Bruce without the souvenir cup to save a few bucks.
We wouldn't mind being stuck in jail if they served these! Vodka with Chambord and some sour makes a unique sweet yet sour concoction. Chambord is soooo good, how can you ever go wrong with it?
The mix of Crown, Captain, peach schnapps, sour and Coke makes for one interesting, savory yet sweet drink. The mellow flavors of Crown Royal always play nicely with a spiced rum and the peach schnapps add to the complexity and sweetness of this smooth cocktail.
This one sounded a little strange but after seeing several pouring out of the blender for other guests we thought "Now just what kind of researcher are you if you don't try this?" Che'z' take on the traditional mojito is prepared with fresh mint leaves just like the original but they're thrown in the blender with a mix of juices (supplied by Bacardi) that make the final product similar to a margarita. The drink is garnished with a healthy sprig of fresh mint. The tart lime margarita flavor is spiked with little chopped up bits of mint leaves to continually provide a great smooth mint flavor to your icey cold blended drink.
Red & Blue Chips
While enjoying our cocktails, we decided a little bar grub was in order and picked up the Red & Blue Chips to munch on. Presented in a metal pail, these thick and crunchy kettle-style chips are tossed in a moderately hot buffalo sauce and then sprinkled with blue cheese crumbles. Aside from the fact that it could've had a few more crumbles, it's a fun snack that is worth a stop. In all fairness we're stinky cheese lovers so even if it was a pound of bleu we'd still be asking for more. And for a theme park, you get a pretty good value for your buck on this snack with chips piled all the way from the bottom of the bucket up to the top.
Updated 7/12. Any items or prices subject to change while they are in their trial period.
Located directly across from Revenge of the Mummy. Full-service bar with Happy Hour and a sit-down restaurant, if it wasn't for the prices, it'd be easy to forget you're still at a theme park.
Full-service bar, beer & wine
Guinness, Smithwick's, Yuengling, Palm Ale, Sam Adams, Blue Moon, Sam Adams Seasonal, Miller Lite, Magner's Cider
Amstel Lights, Coors Light, Corona, Heineken, Heineken Light, Miller Lite, Budweiser, Bud Light, Smirnoff Ice, Newcastle
Black & Tan - Guinness & Yuengling
Irish Shandy - Smithwick's & Sprite
Blacksmith - Guinness & Smithwick's
Black & Blue - Guinness & Blue Moon
Black Velvet - Guinness & Cider
Flight of Beer Sampler - $8.95
Sample 5 four ounce beer cocktails and take home one of the Finnegan's Souvenir flight glasses.
Premium Draft Sampler - $8.95
A sample of 5 four ounce import draft beers - Guinness, Smithwick's, Blue Moon, Yuengling, Seasonal Selection.
The Classic Whiskeys of Ireland
Jameson, Bushmills Malt 10, Midleton, Bushmills Malt 16, Redbreast, Michael Collins
Jumbo 40oz. souvenir glass for sharing & you keep the glass - $17.95
A 14oz. non-souvenir - $7.50
Shark Attack - Be careful of what lurks in these deep blue waters. Coconut rum, blue curacao, pineapple juice and a splash of Sprite.
Mummy's Revenge - After drinking one of these you'll be crying for your mummy. Absolut vodka, Chambord, sweet & sour and triple sec.
Earthquake - Try measuring this one on the Richter scale. Jose Cuervo, Grand Marnier and sour mix.
Twister - Too many of these and you'll be looking for Toto. Smirnoff Raspberry and Orange twist vodkas, triple sec and orange juice.
Rum Neuralyzer - No flash of light will make you forget this fruity blend of Bacardi light rum, Myers's dark rum, blackberry and banana liqueur, all mixed together in a variety of juices.
Coffee Specialty Drinks
Irish Coffee - Jameson's Irish Whiskey and fresh brewed coffee topped with whipped cream and creme de menthe.
Bailey's n' Coffee - Ireland's Bailey's Irish Cream and coffee topped with whipped cream.
Pot of Gold - Grand Mariner, Kahlua and Bailey's with fresh brewed coffee topped with whipped cream and sprinkled with gold cinnamon.
Blarney Stone - Bailey's Irish cream and nutty Frangelico with fresh brewed coffee topped with whipped cream.
Order from the restaurant menu & eat at the bar is welcomed.
Cross between an Irish pub and your ol' college frat bar. We've never been here without it being packed. Any time after early afternoon you can expect it to be pretty tough to get the bartenders' attention to get served. The bar is large, with about 20 seats along with a couple leather chairs & tables and it's generally filled with a loud, energy-filled atmosphere as the crowd watches the ‘game du jour’ on one of the TVs behind the bar.
And, for better or worse, there’s often live entertainment performing, usually a sole singer (not soul singer) with a guitar singing classic rock but it varies from day to day. The performance is always cranked up to 11 so it can be difficult to have a conversation during the show but they take frequent breaks so just tough it out. This restaurant/bar is open on a regular basis. There is a restroom in the bar but it's small & gets crowded quickly. You'll often be better off using the restrooms across the street by the arcade.
Well drinks $4/$6 doubles, Domestic 20oz.drafts $3.50, Import 20oz.drafts $4.50. Happy hours vary by the day, though no earlier than 2pm and usually lasts for 2 hours.
We used to say stay away from their mixed drinks because they were poured poorly with a closely-watched sure shot. We are happy to report that lately (as of spring/summer 2011) the quality of the pour has greatly improved.
After finding a few rare seats at the bar, we decided to make use of it and order a few appetizers while we were there. We decided to share the Scotch Eggs - Hard-boiled eggs wrapped in sausage, dusted with bread crumbs and fried. Served with apple beet salad and mustard sauce for $5.99. and the Cornish Pasti - Bite-size pastry pies stuffed with ground beef, potatoes and carrots also for $5.99.
The Scotch Eggs are excellent - soft, perfectly boiled egg with a lightly spicy sausage around the outside. The fried batter is just the right consistency, any thicker and it wouldn't have been as good. The mustard sauce gave it the perfect amount of spice it needed. It could only have been better if it had been wrapped in bacon. What a perfect drinking snack and we will be ordering these again.
The Cornish Pasti arrived with the bartender's recommendation of throwing on a little A1 sauce, so of course we listened. Very similar to a Chinese potsticker, but with beef, veggies and potatoes. Unfortunately, we couldn't tell that those 3 ingredients were in there, it was mashed up mix of the ingredients that didn't produce any stand-out flavor on their own. Rather bland and plain, and over "cooked" - too long in the microwave maybe? It definitely needed the A1. Probably better for that non-adventurous eater in your group. Not going to order these again as long as the Scotch Eggs are available!
After a ride on one of our favorite coasters, The Mummy, we decided it was only appropriate to finally try the drink named after it - Mummy's Revenge. Our best advice with these specialty drinks is to go for the 14oz. non-souvenir $7.50 version - do you really want to be lugging around that giant fishbowl-style glass around the park? Anyway, this drink can be best described as "Chambordy goodness". Nice pours on the vodka & chambord with just a hint of the sweet & sour, this is one excellent cocktail. Considering Chambord is a rather expensive liquor, you definitely get your money's worth with this one.
Can't remember what you drank the night before? Blame it on the Rum Neuralyzer - this potent mix of light and dark rum with some fruit juices thrown in the mix make for one no-nonsense concoction. The blackberry & banana liqueur give it a fun "what's that" flavor to the typical fruit juices. Nothing too unique here, kinda your typical tropical drink, but it's good. Now if it only came with some cool black Ray Bans as a garnish...
Sink your teeth into a Shark Attack in rememberance of Jaws. This sweet concoction of coconut rum, blue curacao, pineapple juice topped off with a splash of Sprite is a rather typical tropical drink - but it's a nice even mix of ingredients. It could use a tiny drop of grenadine to simulate blood, but apparently the cherry is supposed to play that roll. Go ahead and order up this coconut specialty and remember Bruce the shark loved coconut drinks. He did. Seriously. (Photo taken on Jaws' last day of operation.)
Too bad real tornados aren't made up of raspberry vodka, orange vodka, triple sec and oj. This refreshing orange juice Twister cocktail is just what you need on a hot Florida day in the park. This is a PTTP favorite.
We spied this photo on the wall last time we were in here. You know what's on this soldier's mind.
You'll feel like your about to watch a fisherman pull in his latest catch as you wander around the wharf area by Lombard's Landing restaurant.
Open for lunch and dinner, with special dining packages available that get you priority viewing for the Cinematic Spectacular lagoon show.
Fisherman's Blast - $8.50
Pinnacle Berry vodka, Black Raspberry Razzmatazz, Peach Schnapps, orange, pineapple and cranberry juices.
Waterfront - $9.50
Captain Morgan Original spiced rum, Malibu coconut rum, orange, pineapple and cranberry juices.
Lombard's Frozen Margarita - $8
Cuervo Gold tequila, sour mix.
San Francisco Mojito - $9
Bacardi light rum, fresh limes, simple syrup, fresh mint.
Sea Breeze - $9
Ketel One vodka, cranberry, grapefruit juice.
Citrus Del Mar - $10
Jim Beam bourbon, sour mix, fresh lime, orange and lemon juices.
Lombard's Cosmo - $8
Russian Standard vodka, Cointreau, fresh lime, fresh lemon and cranberry juice.
Asian Dragon - $8
Skyy Dragonfruit vodka, fruit lychee juice, pear nectar.
Ocean Side - $10
Bacardi white rum, Stoli Vanilla vodka, Malibu coconut rum, cream of coconut, toasted coconut.
Orange Fizz - $10
Champagne, St. Germain, blood orange puree.
Bourbon Old Fashioned - $8
Jim Beam bourbon, bitters, orange, sugar cube, maraschino cherry, club soda.
Cognac Sidecar - $10
Courvoisier VS, Cointreau, fresh lemon. Served on the rocks.
Fog Cutter - $9
Bacardi light rum, Brandy, Gin, orjeat syrup, orange juice, lemon juice, sweet sherry.
Bottled Domestic - $4.75
Budweiser, Bud Light, Miller Lite, Coors Light
Bottled Micro Brews - $6.25
Sam Adams Seasonal, Anchor Steam
Bottled Imports - $6.25
Amstel Light, Corona, Heineken, Heineken Light
Draft - $6
Premium Draft - $6.75
Sam Adams, Blue Moon
A selecton of white & red wines are available by glass and bottle.
White Sangria - Glass $5 | Half Pitcher $10 | Pitcher $15
White wine, brandy, apple juice and fresh citrus.
A variety of seafood dishes like fish & chips, fried oysters, also burgers, salads & sandwiches. Reasonable prices for a full-service restaurant in a theme park.
A much more unique and detailed interior than you would expect from the outside. Old Victorian styling, with gold accents and rich colors and fabrics, a bit steampunk-ish even. The center piece of the main dining room is a large salt water aquarium. The full windows provide a great view of the lagoon and the patio area. There is also an upstairs, which only opens during the busiest of seasons.
The Fisherman's Blast (left) starts out like a typical fruity concoction, but then the tartness from the raspberry and cranberry hit you and give it a surprising sour punch.
The Waterfront (right) is more like your typical fruity drink - refreshing and reliable. Both are a bit pricey for the simple ingredients, but they were made expertly.
We were pleasantly surprised with the quality and value of our lunch choices as well. For about a buck or two more than a counter service burger (plus tip, of course) you can dine here and have a significantly tastier meal in a quiet and nicely air conditioned environment. Be sure to give this place a try on your next visit.
Drinks: Budweiser & Bud Light on tap & Bud Light Lime in alumabottles are regulars and occasionally Heineken, Fosters, or Corona make an appearance.
Food: Pretzels, Churros, Popcorn &, wait for it, . . . CRICKETS!
Atmosphere: Just a walk up stand, this location is really an excuse to talk about eating crickets, which, incidentally, aren't even at the stand, they're in the nearby MIB gift shop next to the cash register. The small boxes contain about 10 crickets and come in your choice of bacon & cheese, sour cream & onion or salt & vinegar. Here's the shocker, they're actually delicious! They're crispy and crunchy and, in addition to the flavor of your choice, have a pleasant "green" flavor, similar to pistachios. Need another reason to try them? How about that they're a good source of low calorie protein? Or how about that America is one of only a handful of countries on Earth that doesn't consider bugs a normal part of its diet? The only "catch" in my mind is that they're a little addictive and crazy expensive at $2 a box of about 10 crickets.
For the people that refuse to eat crickets and skipped past that whole paragraph, here's something worth reading. MIB is a great ride and often has a line that's about 45-60min. I'll give you two MAJOR secrets about this ride, seriously, these are so big that if anyone finds out my identity, I could be in danger. First off, hold the trigger down the entire time. It'll auto-repeat and you get points just for shooting. Secondarily, forget about that 45-60 min line, go single rider. You'll rarely wait more than 5-10 min in the quick moving line and you'll usually be on the same car as your other partner, occasionally ending up sitting right next to them because of the 3+3 cars that force big parties into strange configurations. One more thing, just for something to "shoot" for, there are some very high scoring items to hit in MIB and it's possible to max out your score at 999,999.
Now that I saved you 50 min of standing in line and upped your score by a few thousand points, how about trying those crickets on the way out? Come on, you're on vacation!
********** Update ************
They now have crickets and mealworms available at both MIB and Jurassic Park - no need to make that tough decision for which park to go to based on which bug you want to snack on.