Lucky Munro went off the tiki deep end in 2003 when he was gifted The Book of Tiki. Since then he has worked tirelessly to perfect tiki cocktails, scouring the world for ingredients, old cocktail books, and unusual spirits, amassing a collection of over 300 rums for his home bar and over a thousand tiki mugs. The home bar, The Aku Aku Room, is perpetually under construction and may [hopefully] be finished this year.
Tiki helped to shape the next decade and a half of his life. He has traveled the globe in search of tiki. In 2007, he discovered the Fraternal Order of Moai, a group of tikiphiles that Martin Cate calls “a cult within [the] cult” of the modern Tiki revival. He currently serves as Master of the Mystery Bow at Ohana Luau at the Lake, is Honui, and is working hard to start a local chapter. In 2013 at The Hukilau, with the help of Medusirena during her show at The Wreck Bar, he proposed to his now wife, Maddy: serenading her (and the crowd) with his rendition of Nature Boy by eden ahbez on a banjolele. That year, he became a part of Maggie’s Farm Rum, helping to shape the distillery and tasting room, as well as developing various products. They have become one of America’s most award winning rum distilleries, including Pennsylvania Distillery of the Year, Best-in-Category Spiced Rum, Best-in-Class Rum, Best-in-Category Liqueur, and even Best-in-Show Spirit, all from prestigious American craft and international spirits competitions. He has been profiled by Punch for his devotion to tiki in How Pittsburgh Became an Eccentric Tiki Mecca, which describes him as “Gregarious, with a booming voice, patchwork quilt of tattoos and long resume of tiki-centric activities, it’s little surprise that everyone in the tiki community seems to know Lucky, even beyond Pittsburgh.”
He is a jack of all trades, as a photographer, industrial designer, metal worker, prop builder, reality tv star, and even World’s Greatest Sideshow Performer. The latter of which you can see in Ripley’s Odditoriums world-wide, and of course the internet, as Lucky the Painproof Man. He is in the process of developing a new act that combines sideshow with his love of, and respect for, traditional Polynesian Floor Shows.
He has taken his love of tiki drinks, which he calls “the first craft cocktails,” and turned it into a career. He is currently a bartender at Acacia in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and has competed in, and won, various local and regional cocktails competitions including the Woodford Reserve Manhattan Experience and Bacardi Legacy. Once a month he turns Acacia into Cane & Grog, going into it’s fifth year in various forms, where he slings his unique style of tiki drinks which combine the techniques, complexity, and ingredients of modern cocktails with the feeling and look of classic tiki drinks.