Stowed away amongst the pool area at The Disneyland Hotel is possibly one of the best kept secrets in Disneyland, a tiki-tastic watering hole simply known as Trader Sams.


The Vibe:

Upon entry into this place you are simply just blown away at the over the top decor and animated wall tiki pieces. This place brings back the great days of Don Ho with a Disney twist. If you were ever a fan of Adventureland then this place is right up your alley, with volcanic eruptions, shipwrecks and visits from the tiki gods. Simply put this place is my home sweet home, as it mixes my childhood memories with lots of RUM…
The infamous punch Krakatoa Punch
The infamous punch Krakatoa Punch

What To Get:

Trader Sam’s drink menu rummages up some series tiki cocktails. Our favorites are the Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Rum, Shipwreck and Krakatoa Punch. Order the right drink and you may trigger a special effect in the bar. You really can’t go wrong with the drink menu and the staff is very happy to explain the drinks. As far as the food goes we tried the Spicy Long Beans (amazing crunch & seasoning), Ahi Poke (pretty good) and the Shrimp Tacos (not too impressed). Overall the Trader Sam’s food menu offers tropical bar fare.

The Staff:

As if this bar couldn’t get any better, the staff here really make TS great. Sit at the bar if you can and even if the bartenders are busy (which they often are) you will find them friendly, down-to-earth and happy to talk shop with you. Our bartender was even cool enough to break down one of his favorite tropical concoctions with us, he even let us sample the rum that was used and educated us to why it gives the cocktail a certain flavor.

Sadey enjoying her Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Rum.
Sadey enjoying her Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Rum.

Final Thoughts:

Trader Sam’s is one of the greatest drinking experiences on the West Coast in my opinion, double that with the fact you can come here after a long day at Disneyland and drink away those tired feet…This place is truly an experience worthy of paying a visit. I’d even travel to Disneyland just to come to this bar.

Obviously I'm digging the Krakatoa Punch.
Obviously I’m digging the Krakatoa Punch.


Trader Sams @ Disneyland Hotel, Downtown Disney

Disneyland Hotel, 1150 Magic Way, Anaheim, CA 92802

Open daily from 11:30am – 1:30am

Have a favorite bar or watering hole that needs to be featured on Ben’s Best Bars? Email me here and I’ll check it out when I pass through. Until Next time….Cheers!