Champion of the 42 Below cocktail world cup and owner of the Nu Lounge Bar in Bologna, Italy – master of tiki drinks and tasty libations and undisputed lover of pineapples, meet Daniele Dalla Pola!
Hailing from Milan and now living in Bologna where he resides at the Nu Lounge Bar when he`s not travelling the world spreading tiki and tropical drinks and aloha. UPDATE: He have now opened a new bar in Miami called Esotico!
I have been admiring the tiki drinks and vintage style photos of Daniele Dalla Pola for a long time, I hope to one day be able to have one in person! (UPDATE: Now I have! and they are every bit as good as I thought! his bar (I visited the Nu Lounge bar in Bologna) doesn`t deliver just fantastic drinks, they deliver an experience) When I first met Daniele was in New Orleans at the 2014 TOTC, at the event “Dynamic Duos” at the Cane and Table where Jeff Beachbum Berry did bartend together with Nick Detrich mixing up drinks with Plantation rum.
It was an evening of great friendship, fun and tasty cocktails as this picture by my friend Laura Godel can tell!
Curious about how Daniele came into the world of tiki and what tiki means to him i asked him about his story:
Thank you for a compliment! A long story short, to be a prolific bartender it`s essential to have passion for what you are doing, but passion without talent is nothing. My talent is all about hospitality. I learned how to improve my skills during my long time living in Miami, USA.
Everyday was a challenge, because I could loose my job in any moment. There was and there is still a lot of competitors-hardworkers so if you are not on focus you can lose your chance to success.
And it’s like this everywhere in the world. In last 10 years our world has been changing so much, a lot of “trains” (opportunities) pass by….you have to jump in.
I been a tropical oriented kind of person since I started this profession and I always dreamed about opening a bar in Hawaii. I just fell in love with this incredible world of cool fancy drinks many years a go. Then thanks to the new golden era of cocktails I even decided to make a radical change to my bar, like Trader Vic did in the past.
I have seen tiki getting more popular in Europe, especially in the UK but it´s not near as big as in the US, naturally, and a lot of people seem to think tiki is just just all about the drinks, when the drinks are actually just a part of a whole movement and art form, what`s your thoughts on that?
Tiki Culture is the coolest era ever, sometime I just wish that I can travel back in time and walk into one of the Don The Beachcomber or participate in one of the amazing Luaus at the Encino Plantation, maybe make a Missionary`s Downfall to Clark Gable…
I agree that tiki is not just a type of cocktail, tiki can be a lifestyle, your home can be tiki style, you can buy outfit tiki style, you can have even a tattoo, but without Aloha Spirit all this won`t be possible.
I love to make the Pearl Diver and the Missionary s Downfall…. my favorite depends of the moment…. now it`s Don`s Special.
You just said it !!!! it`s the king of fruit and a symbol of friendship and of hospitality. It´s so good and i love the texture in cocktails and now it`s fashion too.
Because of me !!!! is a joke !!!! 🙂 many reasons, one of them is for sure the location and all the good looking guys that work there…..
That was an easy question – RUM and LIME…….. 🙂
Just buy cool apps and practice, make sure that the background is nice and that there is nothing that can disturb, for example like a garbage bin, also I usually don t like pics with straws, try to have your style so the people can recognize your works easily. And change it when you dont like it anymore…..find a new style and start again.
Hawaii is magic, Hawaii is paradise…. all the islands are incredibly beautiful, everything there is so special, all the breathtaking views, the beaches, the sound of ukulele, the kalua pig, and the beers are amazing,[ liquid Aloha ] the Kona coffee… and you can see some cute hula girls dancing.
But you can live with Aloha Spirit everywhere you want.
Talking about Aloha Shirts, I`ll say just one thing, now we cross the line a bit because fashion industry in the last couple of years is doing a lot *Hawaiian Style* and people will get tired of this.
But I`ll not! One day I hope to become a Kamaʻāina, so I`ll have a discount in the Aloha Shirt Shop….
Of course ….the Sexy Colada! and here`s the MANOA:
45 ml Bacardi Carta oro rum
30 ml Arcane cane crush rum
10 ml Pimento dram liqueur
15 ml Passion fruit syrup
15 ml Homemade falernum syrup
20 ml grapefruit juice
20 ml lime juice
For the garnish:
1 sprig of mint
1 sugar cube
3 ml Absinthe
A sprinkle of ground cinnamon
1 cup/250g crushed ice
Pour lime juice, grapefruit juice, falernum syrup, passion fruit syrup, pimento dram liqueur, white rum and overproof rum into a shaker and fill the shaker with crushed ice and shake.
Pour together with ice into a tiki mug and garnish with a mint sprig and a half lime with a sugar cube soaked in absinthe. Set the sugar on fire and sprinkle it with ground cinnamon.
After writing this post I know one thing for sure, someday I need to get myself over to Nu Lounge Bar….(and i did, and the Manoa I got was excellent and served in a cute wooden box surrounded by smoke….) and now they also have these super cool pineapple mugs, a part of the Marama Project for Nu Lounge Bar. I made a “Aku Lapu Lapu” in it and the mug is just the right size for a good tiki drink and the top has a hole in it for the straw.
I think the mug is so cool………
And now let´s take a look at Daniele`s drinks! they are photographed in a lovely vintage tiki style and the garnishes and glassware and everything around are all creative and elaborate and the king is of course – the pineapple!
Here`s eye candy for tiki drink and tropical drink lovers! all are Daniele´s drinks and many of these are what you get if you head over to Nu Lounge Bar! I just love the vintage tiki style in these photos! and there´s such great attention to detail…. but beware – it´s a VERY LOOOONG picture parade…..
With a hint of coconut, pineapple and banana…..spices, smoke and fire…….
Aloha is the greeting…..let´s get tropical!
Start with a Mai Tai……
Then get something spicy with a vibrant lively rhum agricole….the Spiced Martinique Swizzle!
And then….here it is! – Daniele´s fresh yummy drooly Sexy Colada!
Fragrant….cinnamon dusting on top…..
More pineapple! from Pina to Painkiller!
Sail away to the tropics…. and STAY tropical!!!
The Maori Sour ( Nu Lounge Bar )
20 ml. passion fruit puree
2 barspoon Guadeloupe sugar mixed with green tea ( powder )
20 ml. lime juice
1/2 passion fruit
60 ml. 42 below vodka
20 ml. manuka honey mix
Shake and pour unstrained in a cool glass
Add more ice ( crushed )
Garnish with the empty passion fruit filled with green tea , berrys, sugar
Ready for some heat? the Nu Volcano is erupting!
Followed by smoke…..
Isn`t this just beautiful?
Pineapple and coconut again!!! let`s kill some more pain….
Yeah… we sure are in pineapple paradise!
And we´re on island time aren`t we?
Dreaming of Blue Hawaii…. can you hear the waves crashing?
And the sweet island tones of the ukulele to soothe your soul.
I spy a Scott Taylor mug….
We know what DTO is…. and now it´s even BDT – Banana daquiri time!
Aqua de Mai Tai….very innovative and stunning presentation!
Missionary’s Flip Flop!
Painkiller, Spice Colada and Boo Loo
Pineapple love 🙂
As you can see, there´s a lot of attention to detail here…I mean down to the last tiny details….a sign of a true master! and a lot of Aloha spirit in his works! Beautiful pictures aren`t they? all pics in the picture parade are courtesy and credited to Daniele Dalla Pola, the pics of the smoke are courtesy Ariel from www.ascocktailproducts.eu Mahalo for giving me permission to use them here!
Address: Via Dè Musei, 6, 40124 Bologna, Italy
Phone:+39 051 222532
Hours:5:00 pm – 3:00 am
PS – sorry for the irregular picture sizes, but they became that way automatically after a program/theme update/change and you cannot change it unless you take out every pic and manually resize them… there´s too many pics here to do that 🙂