Weekday… tennis shoes… Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar...
So Trader Sam’s is not actually in Disneyland; it's right around the corner at the Disneyland Hotel. Chad and I learned about this little gem when desperately scanning the internet for dive bars in the area. Although not a dive in any sense of the word, Trader Sam’s is dark, exciting and intimate; the perfect place to relax and escape from the bevy of screaming children and overeager foreigners.
The space and theatrics alone are the major reason to visit. Whenever a specialty cocktail is ordered, the entire bar goes into "shipwreck" mode: the bartenders cheer and squirt "rain" water on the guests, the lights flash on and off, thunder sound effects blast from the speakers and it really feels like a silly, Disney-good time. Some of the bar stools actually move up and down, which startled us after a few Krakatoa Punches.
I don’t think I could be any more infatuated with this place. All the right elements are there: atmosphere, drinks, chill staff. It is a product of Disney, so the drinks are measured and overpriced, but given the options you have for bars in the Disneyland area, this is your absolute best bet.