Spotlight – Raglan Road

Raglan Road sits right on the corner as you enter what used to be known as Pleasure Island (well the area is still known as that but it’s nothing like the Pleasure Island of old) from either the parking lot or crossing over from Downtown Disney.   It’s more of a Raglan Road complex, consisting of the pub and restaurant, the “quick-service” location known as “Cooke’s of Dublin”, and two outdoor bars, the “Tonsil Tickler Bar” and “The Hole in the Wall.”

The area adjacent to the “Hole in the Wall” also serves as outdoor seating for Cooke’s of Dublin so it can get pretty busy there, but we’ve usually managed to get a table when we’ve wanted one.   It’s a nice little spot to sit and people watch, and they have a happy hour as well.

Inside the restaurant, there are also a couple of bars.  This is the main bar, which sits in about the center of the restaurant and features some nice woodwork and some beautifully tiled pillars.

One of the best things about Raglan Road is their extensive beer menu.  Here’s the link to their full menu, but below is a list of the craft beers available.  As you can see, there’s a pretty good variety:

Guinness Black Lager
Perfect combination of Lager Hops and Roasted Barley.

Abita Purple Haze
American style wheat beer with raspberry puree added for a fruity sweet aroma and taste.

Brooklyn Post Road Pumpkin Ale
This cloudy orange seasonal ale is full of pumpkin flavor.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Deep amber colored, full bodied, classic pale ale straight from Chico, California.

Terrapin Hopesecutioner
Hear ye, Hear ye…. All hop heads shall herewith rejoice! Terrapin hath recruited ye old HOPSECUTIONER to execute the exact hop profile for the killer IPA.

Bell’s Two Hearted IPA
India Pale Ale well suited for Hemingway – esque trips to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. American malts and enormous hop additions give this beer a crisp finish and incredible floral hop aroma.

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout
One serious stout!!! A bold, premium, full bodied cratf beer from Guinness.

Samuel Adams Imperial Stout
Boston’s take on the stout brewed by 18th century English brewers for the Russian Imperial Court of Catherine II. The special malted barley in this intense and massive brew delivers rich flavors like dark chocolate, coffee and anise.

Young’s Double Chocolate Stout
Chocolate malt and real dark chocolate are combined with Young’s award winning rich, full flavored dark beer to craft a satisfying indulgent, but never overly sweet experience.

Stone Levitation
This Californian deep amber ale style has rich & roasty malt flavors, a big hoppy character, citrus overtones (courtesy of the hops and their special brewer’s yeast) and modest alcohol.

Rogue Dead Guy Ale
Dead Guy is a a German – style Maibock from Newport, Oregan. Made with Rogue’s proprietary “Pac Man” ale yeast. It is deep honey in color with a malty aroma, rich hearty flavor.

Arrogant Bastard Ale
Just like the name implies their motto is “This is an aggressive beer. You probably won’t like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth”. Arrogant? No, just straight to the point.

Lindeman’s Framboise
A lambic fruit style brew with a delicate palate of raspberries. This one is definately for the sweet tooth and pairs well with our Chocolate desserts such as the Dunbrody Kiss.

Abita Andygator
A strong Helles Dopplebock with a dry slightly sweet taste that is very easy to drink.

Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale
English style Brown – Ale which features flaked oats in its malt, from Cigar City Brewery in Tampa Bay, Florida.

Jai Alai India Pale Ale
Strong full bodied, American style IPA from Cigar City Brewery in Tampa  Bay Florida.

The Bruery Saison Rue
Unfiltered, bottle – conditioned, Belgan/French – style farmhouse ale.

One favorite of mine off the list is the the Jai Alai, and a few friends really enjoy the Arrogant Bastard.  (Which is one of my most favorite beer names ever.)

Along with the great variety of beer, they also have an excellent selection of Irish and Scotch whiskey, wine, and also several signature drinks:

Bailey’s Shake
Frozen mix of ice Cream, Bailey’s, Coffee Liquor

One For The Road
A blend of Ciroc Vodka & Midori Melon with the juice of oranges & pineapples.

Very Berry Blueberry Martini
Smirnoff Blueberry Vodka, Chambord, Triple Sec & cranberry juice.

White Chocolate Martini
Smirnoff Vanilla Vodka, Bailey’s, Godiva White Chocolate.

Celtic Martini
A blend of Irish Mist, Don Q Limon Rum, Pineapple and a squeeze of citrus & sprite.

Iced Irish
Irelands answer to Starbucks with alcohol added of course. Baileys Caramel Irish Cream, Butterscotch Schnapps, Bushmills & coffee topped off with fresh cream.

Jay’Gail Sangria
A refreshing blend of Magners Cider, Peach Schnapps and Fruit Liqueurs & squeezes.

Aran Island Tea
Sweet Tea Vodka, Rangpur Gin, Myers Platinum Rum, Sour and a splash of Sprite.

My favorite of the ones I have tried so far has been the One for the Road.  It was really delicious.

I have also tried the Very Berry Blueberry Martini and the Celtic Martini, and found both to be a bit unusual in taste, but enjoyable.

While we’re here to talk about the drinks, it’s worth a mention that I’ve yet to have a bad meal at Raglan Road.  The fish and chips are good, and two other favorites have been the Paddy’s Pork and Kevin’s Heavenly Ham.   If you’re a bread pudding fan, I hear that their Bread and Butter Pudding is fantastic.

If you’re looking for food with your cocktails, or entertainment as provided in the evening with an Irish band and Irish dancers, you’ll want to keep the following operating hours in mind:

Lunch Served 11:00am to 3:00pm.
Dinner Served 3:00pm to 11:00pm.
Bar Menu Served 11.00pm till late.
Live Entertainment starts at 6:30pm to midnight, 6 nights a week.

Note that Tables in Wonderland is accepted at the restaurant, inside bars, as well as the Tonsil Tickler Bar all day.  It is also accepted at the Hole in the Wall bar, but not during Happy Hour.

Finally, if you’d like to see more pictures from Raglan Road, see our photo gallery here.  Please note that the Hole in the Wall bar has a separate gallery here.

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