Compromise is sometimes defined as an agreement whereby both parties get what neither of them wanted. So often on trips to Walt Disney World, we spend so much time worrying about whether or not everyone is having fun, that we forget to enjoy ourselves. I don’t think I fully realized this until my first solo trip to the World. For the first time, I could be completely selfish. So when left to my own devices, where I did I spend the bulk of my evenings? You guessed it; the ESPN Club.
Okay, okay; bear with me here. I realize that with no one else along, I could have a quiet, leisurely meal at a fine restaurant. I could hit the parks and experience minimal waits by utilizing the single rider line. I could even get in some quality shopping time (and believe me, I did). But when I just want to hang out and relax, nothing beats the ESPN Club.
I’m not going to claim to be a sports expert. Heck, the only sports I really care about are football and baseball. But if you like sports even a little bit, this place can’t be topped.
First, there are the bartenders. They are awesome. They work hard, serve efficiently, and keep the crowd entertained and energized.
There is a good selection of beers on tap (Bud Light, Blue Moon, Yuengling Lager, Samuel Adams Seasonal), as well as bottled beer. Of course, you can always go for a sissy old fruity drink, but you’re in a sports bar, dude!
The food is typical bar fare, but that’s exactly what I want with my beer and football. There is a time and place for everything, and this is the time and place for nachos and wings!
Best of all though, is the atmosphere. During baseball season, you will generally find two camps: Yankees fans, and everyone else. I may not be able to agree with a Red Sox or White Sox fan on much, but at least we can unite in our hatred for the Evil Empire. (I’m just kidding, of course. I don’t hate Yankees fans; I just enjoy sparring with them. A lot.) Now, football season is another story. I DO hate the Baltimore Ravens, passionately. And after a few beers, I’m pretty vocal about that. It’s amazing that I always manage to leave the club unscathed, now that I think about it…
Do you have a favorite hang-out spot in the World? Fill me in over at www.facebook.com/disneygene!