When we think about Bali, we usually envision the exquisite villas, clear turquoise water, and an all-around relaxing time. But what about their cocktail scene then? While this idyllic island may not be as well-established as a tipple-sipping city as compared to Bangkok or Singapore, innovation and craftsmanship are emphasized in these curated list of bars, and I can assure you, you’ll be bar-hopping sooner than you think!
Night Rooster Bar
Founded by the team behind Indonesia’s Best Restaurant – Locavore – in 2017, it’s no wonder that Night Rooster also made it in the list of its bar counterpart the same year. They’re known for their use of local ingredients, and guests will find the same philosophy applied at the bar too. Try the signature Juwuk Kintamani (IDR130k), crafted with local Jeruk Kintamani Liquor and freshly-muddled oranges, or the Loloh (IDR130K), a rum and ginger number featuring spiced palm syrup and local high grade rice.
Night Rooster Bar is located at Jl. Goutama Sel., Ubud, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia, p. +62 819-9917-1882. OpensMon-Sat 4pm – 12am. Closed Suns.
Apéritif Restaurant & Bar
Heading into a more upscale direction, Apéritif may be a restaurant bar, but their drinks are nevertheless nothing short of impressive. With a cocktail programme inspired by the Roaring Twenties, bartender Ran Van Ongevalle’s concoctions include the refreshing Kemangi Cooler that’s perfect for the humid weather, and Tamarillo Negroni, containing floral notes of gin that balance out the tanginess of tamarillo.
Apéritif Restaurant & Bar is located at Jl. Lanyahan No.Br, Nagi, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia, +62 361 9082777. Opens daily 11.30am – 11pm.
Who says hotel bars are simply lobby lounges for tourists to get their alcoholic fix? Akademi at luxury hotel Katamama – both located in the same compound at Potato Head Beach Club and owned by the PTT Family – challenges that notion by serving up some of the world’s most experimental creations. Set up by established mixologist Dre Masso, their drinks are all about the root to flower concept using locally-seasonal produce.
Akademi Bar is located at Katamama, Jl. Petitenget No.51B, Kerobokan Kelod, Kec. Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia, p. +62 361 3029940. Opens daily 4pm – 1am.
Baker Street Social Bali
It might be difficult to locate Baker Street Social, but nothing good is every easy (tip: look for a little door between Nostimos Greek Grill and Tiffin). The sophisticated speakeasy is the place for sassy cocktails with a group of pals. Bespoke cocktails are available, or try their signature concoctions like the fruity Tropical Summer with mango jam, lime, tequila, and brown sugar, and the spirit-forward Sazerac Menace made with malt and rye whiskey, fig and cinnamon bitters, and a dash of absinthe.
Baker Street Social Bali is located at Petitenget Street No.17, Kerobokan Kelod, North Kuta, Kuta Utara, Bali 80361, Indonesia, p. +62 811-3865-869. Opens Mon, Wed-Thur 8pm – 2am, Tue, Fri-Sat 8pm – 3am. Closed Suns.
La Favela Bali
Surrounded by lush greenery, we can see why La Favela has been dubbed the coolest place in Bali. Not only can you find good food in this intimate setting, but at night, the restaurant also transforms into a stylish bar that’s inspired by the 90s clubs in London and New York. Oh, and expect Frida Kahlo images scattered around the interior, since the establishment’s owner-couple Gonzalo and Sandra Assiego share mutual admiration for the Mexican painter.
La Favela Bali is located at Jalan Laksamana Oboroi No.177X, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80561, Indonesia, p. +62 818-0210-0010. Opens Mon-Fri 5pm – 3am, Sat 5pm – 12am and Sun 12am – 3pm and 5pm – 3am.
Kinky Tiki Bar
Kinky Tiki Bar wants to bring back the Bali vibes of the past; you know, before the high profile ultra lounge and super clubs started operating with dress codes and door policies. You can definitely get in with shorts and flip flops in this laid back spot. Expect plenty of Tiki cocktails (with names like Twisted Hurricane and Tonga Fire) – they even do free flow pizza and rum cocktails on Wednesday nights (IDR175k nett per person from 7pm to 9pm) against the musical backdrop of reggae.
Kinky Tiki Bar is located at Jl. Camplung Tanduk No.99, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia, p. +62 361 3000598. Opens daily 11am – 12am.
Perched atop the majestic Jimbaran Quarry, the experience at dining destination Opia is elevated to new heights with the picturesque coastal view of Jimbaran Bay accompanying a refined Asian-inspired menu of sharing plates featuring locally and ethically sourced ingredients. On top of a list of classic cocktails (IDR90k), the folks at Opia also have molecular signatures (IDR120k) like the Back Burning, which takes combines the dark and playful elements of a traditional Sidecar with a touch of anise and cinnamon fire.
Opia Bali is located at Jl. Bukit Permai No.2, Jimbaran, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia, p. +62 819-9943-8787. Opens daily 5pm – 11pm.
GROW UP Rooftop Bar
Where else better than GROW UP Rooftop Bar to watch the sun set over the Seminyak’s skyline? Aside from an assortment of bar grub, their extensive cocktail menu – that heavily features tropical ingredients – will satisfy even the pickiest drinkers. Try the vodka-based Cucumber Up (IDR70K), crafted with fresh lime juice and elderflower syrup, or the Mango Natan (IDR85K).
GROW UP Rooftop Bar is located at Jl. Petitenget No.8L, Kerobokan Kelod, Kec. Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia, p. +62 361 8947908. Opens daily 5pm – 12am.
No Más Bar
If your musical tastes run rock, salsa and hip-hop, then No Más is for you. A favourite with both locals and visitors alike, their expansive menu sports a curious list of house libations like the wasabi-infused Kawaii Scrambler (IDR120k) and a rum-based Tinder Wet Dreams (IDR115k). For something more robust, they have classic cocktails aged 28 days in Mexican oak barrels at IDR110k – take your pick from the Negroni, Manhattan, and Old Fashioned.
No Más Bar is located at Jl. Monkey Forest, Ubud, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia, p. +62 361 9080800. Opens daily 5pm – 1am.
Looking for a wallet-friendly lounge evening? Look no further than Bar 68, situated above the well-known Meja Kitchen along Eats Street, which probably offers the best value on our list. Pouring cocktails and whiskies, promotions are aplenty here, from 2-for-1 drinks (from 8pm to 10pm) occurring daily, whisky tastings on Friday, and special ladies night. Try the signature Poleng Cobler (IDR95k), made with citrus and mango, or the tequila-based Chimayo (IDR100k) with lemongrass blueberry shrub and ginger ale.
Bar 68 is located at Jalan Kayu Aya No. 68 Oberoi, Seminyak, Kuta, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia, p. +62 361 8466996. Opens daily 6pm – 12am.
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