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Tambu Lounge

When people talk about the drinks they had at Disney World, one in particular is usually at the top of the list. You'll see plenty of people sipping their memorable Lapu Lapu out of a fresh pineapple at the bar either waiting for a table, or just enjoying the night. This bar is located on the monorail floor of the hotel, just in front of 'Ohana.

Hours 
1pm - midnight
 

Tambu Lounge Drink Recipes

Specialty Drinks only at Polynesian Resort
Lapu Lapu - $13.50
Myers's Original Dark rum and tropical fruit juices served in a fresh pineapple topped with Bacardi 151 rum.

Tropical Macaw - $8.75
Parrot Bay Coconut rum, Midori Melon liqueur, pineapple juice and cranberry juice.

Lapu Lapu, Tropical Macaw, Island SunsetIsland Sunset - $8.75
Seven Tiki Spiced rum, Parrot Bay Coconut rum, melon and peach combined with our guava-passion fruit juice.

Backscratcher - $9.75
Bacardi Superior rum, Myers's Original Dark rum, and passion fruit juice topped with Jack Daniel's and a bamboo backscratcher.


Draft Beer
Yuengling, Bud Light, Kona Fire Rock, Kona Longboard

Bottled Beer
Corona, Corona Light, Blue Moon, Guinness, Sierra Nevada Porter, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Yuengling, Dos Equis, Stella Artois, Orange Blossom Pilsner, Kona Longboard, Kona Pipeline (winter months)

Click here for Disney Resort's Cocktail, Beer & Wine Menu


Pour Quality
 
Average

Food
 
Assorted appetizers including wings, crab cakes, tuna flatbread and sushi. See photo at end of post.


Atmosphere 
We here at PTTP are partial to anything tropical, so you've been warned. This is not your typical brightly colored tropical decor, but a neutral color scheme with lots of stone and wood accents. Assorted dark, flat stones make up the floor, with more stone work on the side of the large square bar accented by a bamboo roof held up by wood-carved tiki totems on the corners. Two giant windows off to the side help bring in some light while offering a great view of the lush landscaping. The bar seats about 15, but has room for standing. Near the window you can settle into a couple wicker chairs
and tables in front of 2 TVs.


Review 
In the name of research, we just had to try the 4 specialty drinks only available here.

Lapu Lapu & BackscratcherLapu Lapu - This is the it drink to get at this resort. It comes in a pre-cut & hollowed out pineapple. The dark rum gives it a bit more flavor than a typical rum & tropical juice drink, but that's about it. The float of 151 helps justify the $13 price, but flavor wise it's nothing special. Sure, it's a fun experience that even we think is worth the splurge once in a while, but the drink is just ok on it's own.

Our knowledgeable bartender informed us that on average they make between 3-5 dozen of these a night, between the bar and the restaurant's orders. And don't worry about some sorry cast memeber out back slaving away cutting open these pineapples - they come in pre-cut and hollowed out, each individually wrapped, in boxes.

Tropical Macaw - Take a quick picture because this layered drink won't last long. The great mix of pineapple, cococnut and melon make it just sweet enough, with a lightly sour finish. Very smooth, light and refreshing. Be sure to stir it together though once you start drinking to properly mix all the ingredients.


Pina ColadaIsland Sunset - The bartender says this is more like a breakfast smoothie, and was he ever right! Smooth, lightly fruity and blended. The flavor wasn't anything exciting, in fact we found it a little bland, and with the minimal amount of alcohol, you could easily swing this back with toast and eggs. Good for a light drinker.

Backscratcher - It's nice when there's a stand out winner, especially when it's on a menu packed with good stuff to begin with. This tropical vacation in a glass utilizes the caramel flavors of dark rum, sweet passion fruit juice and a splash of Jack Daniel's Bourbon floating on top to make a really unique beverage that's worth the trip to this resort alone (who needs Space Mountain!?) By the way, no discounts if you go sans backscratcher . . . but why would you do something silly like that? Great, now my back's itchy. Anyone got a backscratcher?

Pina Colada - Ok, pina coladas might not be exclusive to the Tambu Lounge, but the glass they serve it in is - and we all know everything tastes better out of a tiki glass! To all of you pina colada folks out there, you're as aware as we are that these things go one of two ways, sweet, creamy and delicious or pre-mix out-of-a-bottle-that-doesn't-need-refrigeration-and-could-survive-an-atomic-blast disgusting. Well, we've got good news, they're using the good stuff here! 

And those awesome tiki glasses? Yes, they are available for sale in the downstairs gift shop but they sell out fast so often can't be found. If you can find one, they're $12.95 each.
 

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Reader Comments (10)

Skinny Senoritaaaaaaas all day!! That is the best drink ever, and it's okay for my diet becuase it's made with TY KU :) Yay

September 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCapri

Capri - Haven't tried that one yet, will have to push it to the top of the list! Cheers! And what's that diet; all booze all day? Sign me up!

OK, Soju, which is what Ty Ku is made with, is indeed lower in calories than other hard liquors. But, and this is a big but, it's because it's lower in alcohol content. Soju and Ty Ku are both 40 proof while vodka, rum, gin and the like are all 80 proof. The body processes alcohol into sugar so less alcohol, fewer calories. Kind of a lose/win in my book.

September 23, 2010 | Registered CommenterPartyThroughTheParks

Do you happen to know if ordering the backscratcher without the backscratcher saves you money?

December 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBritney

Here's the answer for Britney - novelty backscratcher or not, it's the same price. So, make sure you make good use of your 6 brand new backscratchers after your next trip to the Poly!

January 5, 2011 | Registered CommenterPartyThroughTheParks

That pina colada tiki glass has an Epcot stirrer (spelling?) How awesome is that =)

June 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commentervenessa

Venessa - Way to notice! Yes it is super awesome and it was added to the theme park stir stick collection which warrants it's own post sometime soon!

June 19, 2011 | Registered CommenterPartyThroughTheParks

Just found your website and it fits my husband and I to a tee! We used to joke about offering tours to all of the cocktailing sites through WDW. Two years in a row my girlfriend and did our SCAT (Sue and Colleen's Alcohol Tour) through WDW. Needless to say, when my husband and I were looking for the Lapu Lapu yesterday and came across your site, we were very excited. We did make those drinks and they transported us down to the Tambu Lounge. It's a great pacifier until we make our move. Thank you for your well laid out and informative website.
Hmmm, I haven't searched yet but have you posted the recipe for the drinks at La Cava de Tequila? We're going to try to recreate the seasoned salt as well as the tomatoey tequila-shot chaser. During a visit last year, the bartender gave us the recipe but when we make it, it wasn't the same LOL.

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Visconti

Do we have La Cava del Tequila? You bet we do! Click here for recipes or here for the review.

We're glad you're enjoying the site. It's a lot of work, but someone has to do it, right?!

September 4, 2011 | Registered CommenterPartyThroughTheParks

I was at the Tambu Lounge the other day and they are no longer including the bamboo backscratcher with the drink. The bartender told me that the sanitation department put an end to them out of some fear of contamination. They are exploring other options: plastic or glass. But for now, don't come with an itch.

March 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTambu Kelly

Tambu Kelly - Interesting. Honestly, I wish I could order it without to save a buck or two. Maybe if it was designed & themed to the resort it would make a neat memento.

March 30, 2012 | Registered CommenterPartyThroughTheParks

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