Welcome to a round-up of the most mouth-watering cocktails in Bali: with fancy mixologists, exotic tropical ingredients, and sunset-worshipping, five-star settings. Sipping a few cocktails or six is a pretty lovely way to kill time in Bali, and there’s no shortage of stunning sunset bars to sip the night away. But we thought we’d road-test the best and create the island’s ultimate cocktail crawl – oh, the things we do for you!
Sundara at Four Seasons, Jimbaran
Jimbaran’s beach-fronting and infiniti-pooled day club and sunset stunner bar has launched their new, Customized Cocktails. We’re talking avant-garde, innovative cocktails, created in partnership with Barcelona cocktail master Javier de las Muelas of DRY Martini. Their new cocktails combine unique textures and complex flavours, all accentuated by the trademark ‘secret ingredient’ of DRY Martini Droplets (the bartender’s equivalent of essential oils), together with fresh, local Balinese ingredients such as starfruit, passionfruit and chilli.
Our favourite is Rock and Yuzu (Japanese citrus) with gin, mandarin syrup, yuzu juice, ginger, green cardamom droplets®. And you can choose your size, to share or not – small (150mL), medium (400mL) or pitcher (2L). Or make your own with their Cocktail Classes on Tuesday & Thursdays, 4-5pm from IDR 250,000++ which, naturally, includes a complimentary cocktail.
Sundara at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay, p. +62 (0)361 708333. Daily 11-1am daily, Lunch 11.30am-5pm, Dinner 5pm–11.30pm. Book Cocktail Classes, on p. +62 (0)361 708 333.
WOOBAR, W Retreat & Spa Bali, Seminyak
Few places in Bali scream fabulousness as much as this iconic, beach-front bar at the W Hotel in Seminyak. With cool tunes every day, uber-cool vibe and the Insta-friendly beach backdrop as the sun sets makes for a perfect place to sip an afternoon away with delish cocktails on tap. There’s too many to choose from, but a personal fave is their Cucumber Jalapeño Magarita – Jose Cuervo tequila, freshly pressed cucumber, Jalapeno, Cointreau, fresh lime juice served on the rocks and a chili / salt rim. Or the Early Grey and Mandarin Sour – citrus infused Belvedere vodka, Earl Grey syrup freshly pressed lemon juice, orange juice served in a wine glass with Earl Grey foam.
Hot tip: go for their Sunset Session Cocktails special, Monday-Thursdays 4-6pm where you can buy one cocktail and get one free from IDR 165,000++. Or get in close & personal, to create your own cocktails with W Bali’s Mixologist a.k.a. “Indonesia’s Number 1 Bartender”. Get behind the bar, create 3 indulgent cocktails and sip your concoctions away with signature nibbles. At only IDR 450,000++ per person (minimum 2 persons), it includes three drinks per person which is value plus – in this part of the world. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 2-4pm.
WOOBAR at W Retreat Bali, Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak, p. +62 361 4738106, e. email@example.com.
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Revolver Martini at Hank’s Pizza and Liquor, Seminyak
What happens when you take the island’s favourite coffee, throw in some kick (alcohol!), and shake it up behind the bar of the coolest pizza bar in town? An espresso martini like no other, happens! The Revolver Martini at Hank’s Pizza and Liquor, happens. This is best served alongside the home made chocolate chip cookie and ice-cream sandwich or the SID pizza smothered in beef Bolognese, bocconcini and herbs. Hello!
Hank’s Pizza and Liquor. Love Maiden 2nd Floor, Jalan Kayu Aya No. 27X, Oberoi, Seminyak Bali 80361. +62 (0)361 4741096.
Lacalita and Lacalaca have some of the best cocktails around – not least their mega-margaritas, or this this spicy number!
Spicy Margarita at Lacalita Bar y Cocina, Canggu
Did somebody say, Mega-Margarita? With Mexican bars being “such a thing right now,” the humble margarita has been reinvented in countless variations the world over. Forget the sugared plums and lavender and don’t even talk to us about the orange salted caramel or kale. Wild ingredients need not make an appearance in our margaritas here. Not when a bit of spice on the old classic is sending us into fits of joy-induced hysteria.
The best spicy margarita can be found at the Lacas: both Lacalaca Cantina Mexicana in Seminyak and Lacalita Bar y Cocina in Canggu. Many a Laca spicy margarita fan has been spotted performing solo renditions of El Jarabe Tapatio; legs kicking, body twirling, not a care in the world. Check out their website for the days and times that you can cash in on their various happy hours that include IDR 10,000 Bintangs with any Burrito and 2 for 1 Classic Margis, Bloody Marys, and Mojitos.
Lacalita Bar y Cocina, Jalan Raya Batu Bolong 68, Canggu, p. +62 (0)822 4731 2217.
Not only does Sea Circus have delicious cocktails, they have the hangover meals you need the next day!
Rock Star Bloody Mary at Sea Circus, Seminyak
Double Belvedere vodka, Pimms no. 1, tomato juice, homemade horseradish, worcestershire sauce, tabasco, coriander, salt & pepper, served over ice with one ice cube made with blended celery juice in a glass rimmed with homemade celery salt and white pepper. Now THAT is how you make a Bloody Mary. Sea Circus is one of the only venues in Bali where it feels completely acceptable – y’know, even a little classy – to down an alcoholic beverage before 10am. And for that, we are eternally indebted to them. Or, their Passionfruit and Guava Marg is another winner.
Sea Circus. Jalan Kayu Aya No. 22 A, Petitenget, Seminyak, Badung, Bali 80352. +62 (0) 361 738 667.
The Bali Mary, The St. Regis Bali Resort, Nusa Dua
When in Rome…. Did you know that in 1934, bartender Fernand Petiot arrived at The St. Regis New York, bringing with him the recipe for a unique vodka and tomato juice cocktail that he perfected at the King Cole Bar? As the Bloody Mary remains the signature cocktail of St. Regis, their Bali resort proudly presents the Bloody Mary, but with a tropical Balinese twist.
Called the Bali Mary, this interesting cocktail uses Jicama, a traditional favourite fruit in Indonesia, and refreshing cucumber in a unique recipe which transports Indonesians back to flavours of their early years. Cocktail lovers can enjoy the Bali Mary but feel the essence of Balinese culture, with the secret-but-shared recipe containing Absolute Pepper, Jicama, Cucumber, Brown Sugar, Tomato Juice, Lemon and Variety of Spices.
The St. Regis Bali Resort, Kawasan Pariwisata, Nusa Dua Lot S6, PO Box 44, Nusa Dua, Bali 80363, Indonesia, p. (361) 8478 111.
Astrajingga Cocktails at Le Bar at Sofitel, Nusa Dua
So, have you tried Astrajingga Cocktails from the Le Bar at the Sofitel? Who hasn’t! Inspired by a native Sundanese drink called Bajigur, Astrajingga is made from fresh coconut cream, combined with brown sugar and ginger, has a touch of Ron Zacapa 23 Years, an Aged Dark rum and has won medal awards for its exquisite and mellow taste. This cocktail is perfectly served in the evening, relaxing while you;re enjoying the beautiful end to a perfect day in paradise. Aaaah. But there’s loads more to choose from. After all, their bar expert, Ayip Muhammad Dzuhri, was recently crowned Indonesia’s ‘Bartender of the Year’ in the South East Asian semi-finals of the prestigious Diageo World Class.
Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua, BTDC, Nusa Dua, p. +62 361 849 2888.
Shaving Luna’s Privates at Luna Rooftop Bar, Seminyak
The rooftop bar of L Hotel in Seminyak is one of the most undiscovered drinking spots in the area. Their vibe is quirky meets cheeky meets classy; a perfect trio if ever there was one. The Shaving Luna’s Privates cocktail is served in bathtub. No, that’s not a typo – it comes out in an actual mini bathtub, complete with a cartoon mini man or woman kicking back and having a soak with mischievous glimmering eyes. If you need an excuse to get on the cocktails, check out their calendar of events including a monthly LGBT party, New Year & Halloween events, and plenty more.
Luna Rooftop Bar at L Hotel, Jalan Raya Petitenget No. 8L, Seminyak, Bali 80361. +62 (0)361 894 7898.
Red and White Sangria, the Sheraton Kuta Bali Resort, Kuta Beach
When you’re craving a delish fresh wine, but with a bit more flavour, spice and pizazz… you want one of these beauties whilst overlooking Kuta Beach and the sunset. Choose your fancy, red or white? This White Sangria has white wine spiced up with light rum, oregano, basil and sage and serve over ice with sweet & sour and soda. Or go with the Red Sangria: red wine perfumed with rosemary and cherry tomatoes, chilled down with ice, triple sec, sweet & sour and soda. We love these Sangria options as they’re the perfect mix of cocktail, wine and fabulousness that so often suits Bali’s afternoon climate and setting. Can taste it now!
Sheraton Kuta Bali Resort, Jalan Pantai Kuta, Kuta Bali 80361, Indonesia. p. +62 361 846555.
Elderflower Crush, The Mulia, Nusa Dua
Nusa Dua’s The Mulia is already known for some of the best epicurean experiences around, with their restaurants and bars of international reputation. So throw in some expert mixology action, and the ‘ingredient of the moment’, and welcome to the Elderflower Crush. We love this one because it feels oh-so-gentle and totally refreshing, with gin, elderflower, mint leaves and lemon massaging the tastebuds perfectly. And on one of Bali’s signature perfect afternoons, looking out at the blue beach in front of you, it doesn’t get better than that!
The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas, Jl. Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, Kawasan Sawangan, Nusa Dua 80363, p. (+62) 36 1301 7777, e. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mango & Coconut Mojito at Jungle Fish, Ubud
Forget going to Ubud for a detox and a chakra cleanse. The modern era of Ubud is seeing us indulge in decedent produce and glamorous venues that make the most of the incredible jungle setting. The new Jungle Fish is at the absolute pinnacle of this, with their infinity pool restaurant launching into a valley and offering something of a beach club yet amongst the trees. We suggest a day of never-ending mango and coconut mojitos, enjoyed with oregano grilled octopus, cheese fritters, truffle oil risotto, a goat-cheese burger, chocolate soufflé with mango…oh, we could go on for hours.
Jungle Fish, 5, Jl. Raya Sebali, Ubud, Bali 80561, p. +62 (0)361 898 9104.
Favela Breeze at La Favela, Seminyak
Who are we to write a list about drinking in Bali and not include La Favela? That would be like a beach club list that skipped Potato Head. This institution of fun-night-out is a hit with expats and holiday makers alike, with their eclectic décor and all-night, every-night party vibes winning hearts daily. The Favela Breeze should be everyone’s kick off cocktail, with the sweet vodka peach liqueur and dragon fruit concoction sending moods to the ceiling. If you’re looking for a more relaxed cocktail experience within the “LA” family of venues, head to La Laguna for an “Herb & Spiced” of lemongrass, vodka, big red chili, basil leaf, lime juice and sugar syrup.
La Favela, Jalan Kayu Aya No.177X, Seminyak, Bali, p. +62 (0)361 730 603.
Mekong Mule at Saigon Street, Seminyak
Step one: the Mekong Mule of gold rum, lychee liqueur, chili, ginger, and house made ginger beer. Step two: the Sour Apple & Sake Martini of apple liqueur, sake, fresh green apple and (wait for it) a side of toffee apples. If your life still isn’t complete, get involved with the list of cane cocktails sweetened by sugarcane juice, a big part of Vietnamese culture. We love everything about this new Petitenget venue and their cocktail list is a good part of the reason why!
Oh, and did we mention their Bang Bang Martini? A Yin and Yang cocktail – cool & hot – with chilli infused vodka, cucumber vodka, muddled cucumber strained & served clean & clear. Yes, pleeease.
Saigon Street, Jl. Petitenget No. 77X, Seminyak, p. +62 (0)361 897 4007.
Limoncello Martini at Mama San, Seminyak
The populated, popular list of drinks at Mama San will have you uncertain if you even need booze, with the likes of coffee and tiramisu syrup frappe with grated snickers and a mandarin and mint ice tea on the drinks menu. But then, as you read on and hit the Limoncello Martini, you’ll snap back to reality. Vodka, chilli, homemade limoncello and pink grapefruit juice – welcome to tang central! In the comfort of their oversized tan leather chesterﬁelds and the welcoming industrial setting, we suggest you clear 3 hours – minimum. And that doesn’t include dinner.
Mama San, Jl. Raya Kerobokan No. 135,Seminyak 80361, p. +62 (0)361 730 436.
Burnt Orange Chocopolitan at Rock Bar, Ayana Resort, Jimbaran
This inclusion could easily be viewed as ‘9 parts location and 1 part cocktail’, which would seem to say nothing about the cocktail and everything about the Ah-Mazing location. Okay fine, we can’t split the decision into parts because everything about Rock Bar and its cocktails and its food offering is out of this world, hence its world fame. The Burnt Orange Chocopolitan consists of vodka, Burnt Orange Liqueur, Kintamani orange jelly, orange juice, Crème de Cacao, and emulsified egg white. Just trust us, it’s amazing. When that’s down the hatch, experiment with the Rock Stars menu, of which the Rockito is our favourite sensory overload, elegantly offering Grand Marnier, mint springs, fresh orange, fresh lemon, and passion fruit syrup. Best consumed with lobster spring rolls with an Indonesian tamarind glaze or a beef chorizo corn dog with sun dried tomato hollandaise. Life’s there to be lived (but bring your credit card)!
Rock Bar at Ayana Resort, Jl. Karang Mas Sejahtera, Jimbaran, Bali 80364, p. +62 (0)361 702 222.
And of course…Strawberry (etc) Daiquiris, Old Man’s, Canggu
For those moments, or days, when you just need a good ole fashioned frozen drink of choice – and at happy hour, no less. With your friends, new and old (in friendship terms, of course). Old Man’s is a favourite of all Bali expats and visitors alike, and it’s always worth a watch seeing everyone from models, surfers and hipsters alike proudly guzzling these frozen drinks with not a shame in the world. And of course, if you go during Happy Hour you get to sip and love them twice as much.
Old Man’s, Batu Bolong, Canggu. Happy Hour, 5-6pm daily Monday-Thursdays.
Top image credit: The St. Regis Bali Resort.
This story was contributed to by the lovely Samantha, a freelance travel writer that fell out of the womb in a tattered sarong. When she’s not penning notes for the Honeycombers, she’s trying – with great difficulty – to live like a Yogi.