A short time ago in a theme park not too far away…a pair of friends arrived on the planet of Batuu at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge looking for refreshments. Much to their delight, they were able to score a reservation at the popular Oga’s Cantina in the Black Spire Outpost. Learn from their following experience if you plan on having some adult refreshments in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
We love to try new and interesting cocktails that we wouldn’t normally make ourselves, but sometimes they really miss the mark. That can hurt a little extra at Disney when you order a drink that you don’t enjoy because that drink often costs $15 or more. But you live, and you learn, or you let us learn for you and save you some of the pain!
Know Before You Go
First of all, if you have been trying to get into Oga’s Cantina without success and are going to be around there in the morning — definitely check the app. We were able to get a reservation the same day (it was a morning reservation, which we realize morning cocktails are not for everyone).
We really enjoy everything about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and the immersive experience it offers. Oga’s Cantina was no different. Cast Members stayed in character and the droid DJ — DJ R3X — is really fun to watch. We got lucky and got to stand at the bar to watch all the action — this was well worth the wait. If you have the time, ask if you can wait for a spot at the bar.
There are some important details to note about the layout and logistics of your time at Oga’s Cantina. First, you may be seated with another group at one of the few large tables. You may not be seated at all, as there are multiple areas that are standing room only with a bar ledge. Also, there are limited food options, as in 2 choices — currently, it’s either Batuu Bits (a spicy crispy snack mix) or the Happabore Sampler (a fairly basic meat and cheese board). Once you are taken inside, there is a maximum of 2 drinks per Guest and a 45-minute time limit per party.
While we did find a couple of wonderful drinks here, ALL drinks are pre-made. No customization of any kind is available. This was initially quite a let-down as Oga’s Cantina is new and has some of the more expensive drinks on property. It’s really only a bar (they serve drinks and offer 2 snacks…that’s it) so it’s disappointing that they don’t actually make the drinks to order. When we unknowingly asked for a non-alcoholic coffee beverage to have alcohol added, we were told that Oga pre-makes everything because she doesn’t trust her workers to pour the booze (at least their theming and storyline support the pre-made drinks).
This is the Way… Sip this
Bloody Rancor – Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur, Spicy Bloody Mary Mix, Rancor Bone. If you like a great Bloody Mary with a spicy kick that packs a punch, give this one a try.
Bespin Fizz – Bacardi Superior Rum, Yuzu Purée, Pomegranate Juice, White Cranberry Juice, and a cloud swirl. A little on the sweet side, but it is balanced with the citrus. It bubbles and smokes the entire time you’re sipping and has a nice overall flavor.
OUR FAVORITE – SIP THIS FIRST:
Jet Juice – Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur, Stirrings Pomegranate Liqueur, White Grape Juice, and Lemon Juice. This was our absolute favorite – great flavors that really complement each other and not too sweet at all, very balanced. Careful though, as this is one of the stronger cocktails, you may not be in the best shape to pilot the Millennium Falcon in Smuggler’s Run after this one.
These are not the drinks you’re looking for… Skip That
Outer Rim – Patrón Silver Tequila, Stirrings Pomegranate Liqueur, Lime Juice, Pure Cane Sugar, with Black Salt and Exotic Fruit Purée. The description makes it sound like a fancy pomegranate margarita, but unfortunately, we could only taste the overwhelming “exotic fruit purée” on top that unfortunately made the entire drink too sweet for us to finish.
Fuzzy TaunTaun – Cîroc Peach Vodka, Bols Peach Schnapps, Simply® Orange with Tangerine, Pure Cane Sugar, and “Buzz Button Tingling” Foam. We knew it would be fairly sweet with the peach schnapps, but this was another disappointing drink that we wish we could have customized just by removing some of the juice and cane sugar.
Is it worth the trip?
If you enjoy sweet drinks, then our list of “skip this” cocktails, and most of the rest of the cocktail menu for that matter, will probably still appeal to you. And while the cocktail menu was short and fairly expensive, we still think it’s worth the trip to Oga’s Cantina.
We definitely recommend discussing your preferences with your bartender before ordering. After getting two undrinkably sweet cocktails, our bartender started discussing all the beverages available and convinced us to order the Jet Juice (now one of our favorites on Disney property).
The fun and loud atmosphere full of Star Wars fans is an absolute blast! While we didn’t have kids with us or taste the non-alcoholic options here, we witnessed plenty of families really enjoying themselves. Some of the under 21 crowd said that this was one of their favorite reservations that they ask their parents for during every visit. It makes sense, considering that there is a non-alcoholic version of most of the cocktails, and they don’t skimp on the special effects.
While you enjoy your bubbling Bespin Fizz, your kids can order a Carbon Freeze with green apple popping pearls. It’s a great example of one of the main reasons we keep going back to Walt Disney World –– they continually create experiences you can enjoy with your family members of all ages. Happy sipping and may the Force be with you!