What makes a great bar? Is it the décor, the signature cocktails or the magic hands of the bartender? Well, if you go to a lot of bars, you will start noticing the small things. What snacks they offer, what promotions they have, the glass they use and even how often they come up with new drinks. Well, we had a hard job of coming through with this list and we have to suffered through numerous drinks and winking at the bartender to get our top choices. We also include some new spots because it’s buzzing hard in Bali. Come check it out.
Where: Jl. Petitenget No.51B, Seminyak (inside Katamama Hotel)
+62361 302 9999
Created by award-winning bartender and author Dre Masso, Akademi is a hub for the world’s most celebrated and innovative mixologists and a center for the craft. The focus of Akademi’s menu is the exploration of Indonesia’s fine tropical offerings. In addition to one of the biggest collection of premium spirits in the country, the bar houses a vast range of infused locally produced arak made from coconut, rice and cane. Dre and his team have worked with island tribes and local artisans as well as permaculture experts to grow the best produce on the hotel grounds, all to create drinks that showcase the best of Indonesia. Designed by the PTT Family in-house team, Akademi pushes the boundaries of constructability and explores the natural material of terrazzo. The Akademi experience is complete with bespoke ceramic, wood and copper cocktail vessels made by local artisans and a vinyl turntable with a Klipsch hi-fidelity audio system. It’s the place to be for some fine drinks with your friends.
2. THE NIGHT ROOSTER COCKTAIL BAR by LOCAVORE
Where: Jl. Dewi Sita, Ubud
Locavore’s new bar Night Rooster is located between the restaurant and the deli and offers charming views of Jalan Dewi Sita from its second floor location. The airy yet intimate ambience is enhanced with recycled wood, including a magnificent recycled ironwood floor in the friendly 40 seats bar. Here alchemist Raka creates exciting cocktails from premium spirits imaginatively combined with local fruits, herbs, vegetables and spices. Raka makes his own bitters and experiments with exotic infusions. His unique cocktails are works of art, both visually and in their subtle, delightful flavors.
3. BIKINI BALI
Where: Jl. Kayu Cendana No.6, Seminyak
+62813 5338 2346
The new spot in town is open, and its bar looks pretty cozy to us. Already creating buzz for their creative edge with their plates and cocktails, everybody wants a piece of Bikini. Bikini is a flirt, a party, a guilty pleasure. A collision of technique and flavor, eating with us is a re-discovery of shared plate dining. Inspired by the seasonal produce of the island, our inventive dishes are an expression of contrast, texture and after-five attitude. Like the sticky sweat of Seminyak mixed with our breezy island shores, Bikini is a celebration of contrasts, contemporary eating fuelled by a cocktail soiree.
4. OPIA BALI
Where: Jl. Bukit Permai No.2, Jimbaran
+62361 4724 298
OPIA offers a unique destination worthy venue perched ledge-side of the magnificent Jimbaran quarry that sets the stage for a culinary experience. Take the afternoon to bask in the natural beauty offered by the locations altitude while sampling a range of Asian inspired share plates and world class molecular cocktails and wine labels that will make your night one that will not be forgotten for all the right reasons. The bar at Opia serves world-class molecular cocktails and wide range selection of wine and champagne.
5. 18th ROOFTOP BAR
Where: Jl. Sunset Road, Bali (at The Trans Resort Bali)
+62361 898 1234
Bali Best Kept Secret in Seminyak, The 18th Rooftop Bar a newly stylish open air rooftop bar featuring sunset views over the Seminyak landmark, that quickly becomes a favorite amongst globetrotters alike for its enchanting setting, tapas and signature cocktails. Ideal for 120 pax standing capacities, a chic rooftop bar with glass shades and complemented by a round whimsical interior bar. East meets West here, with contemporary Indonesia touch and international influences fusing in a stylish mixture of cultures, reflecting the sparkling luxury style of Trans Touch. Try their signature cocktails: espresso martini and cosmopolitan.
6. VERTIGO ROOFTOP BAR
Where: Jl. Benesari Banjar Pengabetan, Kuta.
+62361 849 6606
When they first started, their reputation got so big that they were awarded Best New Bar in 2015. Boasting of rooftop 270-degree panoramas, Vertigo highlights new- and old-world cuisines with a tapas-influenced menu and exotic concoctions. It features long social tables, alfresco dining, private rooms, and a free-form pool with a swim-up bar. Ladies, come to Vertigo every Wednesday from 4PM and get free Sangria for the Divas. Meanwhile, everyday from 6PM – 9PM they have Sundown Cocktail promotion where you can get free flow canapés and 2 selected cocktails at IDR 300.000 net/person.
7. COPPER BAR
Where: Jl. Bisma No.53, Ubud (at Bisma Eight Hotel)
+62895 3847 92888
When in Ubud, don’t forget to visit Copper Kitchen & Bar. Just like the kitchen, the bar embodies their sensibility of keeping things ethical and inspired while paying homage to Ubud’s surroundings. Their beverage program is inspired by the thorough approach of the old world using a combination of exotic ingredients and refined techniques of the past. Try their cool cocktails or get crafty with their best barmen in Crafty Master Cocktail Class every Fridays only from 4 to 5 PM.
8. NO MAS
Where: Jl. Monkey Forest, Ubud
+62361 9080 800
No Más is Ubud’s long awaited new local bar, where Eagles of Death Metal is loud on Thursday, Jameson & Captain Morgans are tossed around on Fridays, and cougars prance around on Saturdays. Rotating Bands and DJ Gigs are a regular fixture while tunes from the likes of Bowie, Depeche Mode and Black Keys will be the norm throughout. Drinks are crafted by throwing caution to the wind using the finest house pours, mixed by trainee bartenders and served by inexperienced wait-staff. The food never detracts from the serious business of shooting the shit, throwing back pickle backs, “going within, discussing failed marriages and bad app ideas, aptly name No Más (No More), the squad take no responsibility in bad decision-making up there.”
Because there’s no shame in mediocrity. Live and let Live.
9. MOTEL MEXICOLA
Where: Jl. Kayu Jati 9X, Petitenget
Nestled amongst the coco palms and glassy swells of Seminyak, Bali, lives the tropical oasis known as MOTEL MEXICOLA. As the cool place in the block, Motel Mexicola has various traditional plates, tapas, and other. But don’t forget the booze and liquor because Nicolaza Que Pasa knows where to add the salt, where to put the tajín and exactly how much limon cabrone. So…….. So the beverage menu will be staring something fruity and refreshing, like Mexicola Kiss, Pina Colada and Margarita; as well as the Tropical Classics, from the Manuela’s Mojito and Paloma Blanca. Perfect with the Mexican flavors.