Disney's Polynesian Resort's Tambu Lounge

Tucked in the back of the mezzanine level of Disney's Polynesian Resort, sitting right next to the family restaurant 'OHana is the Tambu Lounge. Open from 1:00 pm until Midnight the quirky, brightly colored Tambu seems like it's more lobby bar than lounge, but what a magnificent lobby it's in! The lush landscapes and Polynesian tiki art surrounding the bar create interesting focal points and conversation starters for those enjoying a drink.

Tambu Lounge Specialty Drink MenuTambu Lounge Specialty Drink Menu
The Tambu Lounge is a great spot to start off your monorail crawl, but if you kick it off with the signature Lapu Lapu, be sure to order something off the bar menu! I recommend the extraordinary bread service with it's with wonton crisps, flatbreads, and sweet coconut bread accompanied by assorted dips. The Lapu Lapu, is a strong cocktail of Myers's Original Dark rum and tropical fruit juices served in the hollow of a carved out fresh pineapple and topped with Bacardi 151 rum. There are several other popular drinks on the Tambu Menu such as the Tiki Pina Colada and the Backscratcher.

Tambu's Bread ServiceTambu's Bread Service
It gets very busy in the evening here with guests grabbing a drink before their dinner reservations at 'OHana and Kona Cafe, but you can pull up a seat at the square bamboo Tiki Bar and catch the latest sports being broadcast on the large screen TV. You can also relax in the wicker seating beside the floor to ceiling windows that offer more pleasant views of the lush tropical landscaping below.

The Lapu LapuThe Lapu Lapu
Overall the Tambu Lounge is a fun bar to stop by for a drink before dinner, or on your way to the beach for fireworks. It's home to yummy bites to eat and unique tropical drinks. The fun tiki atmosphere transports you to the island paradise that is Disney's Polynesian Resort. Have you stopped in here for a drink? Leave a comment and let me know which one is your favorite!

Leanne T Tomala wrote on Sun, 10/23/2011 - 22:35:

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This is a favorite spot of ours. Instead of monorail crawl, we say "drinking around the world". The drinks are awesome and it's always tough to pick one. Can't drink too many here, because there are other spots to visit. Thanks for posting this review.

Craig, Plantation, FL wrote on Fri, 08/17/2012 - 15:23:

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This bar is a favorite of mine as well. Recently wanting to find something new to do at Disney instead of going to the parks all the time, my friends and I decided to do the same thing as Leanne. We take Trains, Boats and Feet to travel around the lake and visit all the watering holes of the hotels. Each hotel is unique and fun to visit and we can try various beers and food that are specific to each hotel. All four aspects I really love, Contemporary, Wilderness Lodge, Grand Floridian and the Polynesian, but the Tambu Lounge at the Polynesian has the best variety of beers...as well as that laid back South Pacific tropical feel. Even though Florida is semi-tropical and you see palm trees and water everywhere, this hotel takes you away to the real tropics in my opinion. If you visit here, look for the Kona Beer varieties they have. This brewery is from Hawaii and they always have the annual choices of Longboard Lager and Fire Rock Pale Ale as well as the seasonal choice at the Tambu Lounge. All great beers, but try the Pipeline Porter in Winter, the KoKo Brown in Spring and the Wailua Wheat in Summer. Have fun and enjoy Disney in a new way!

Brian wrote on Sat, 05/11/2013 - 18:08:

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Do they have Maui Brewing Company in cans or on draft at Tambu? Curious if they have hoppy heavy IPA's and no thanks if it's fake craft (i.e. "Crafty") beers.

Kristen K. wrote on Sun, 05/12/2013 - 20:14:

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I believe that the specialty brews served at Tambu Lounge are from Kona Brewing Company, not Maui. http://konabrewingco.com They offer Kona Firerock Pale Ale, Kona Castaway IPA, and Kona Longboard Lager (which is a Food & Wine Festival favorite for many). There is also the Napa Smith IPA, http://www.napasmithbrewery.com/ipa/. I know that I have seen some of the Kona in bottles, I'm not sure what's on draft.

I hope that this helps!

dap101 wrote on Sat, 07/06/2013 - 13:31:

Can anyone recommend a cocktail from the Boardwalk Inn's bar?

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