Impossibly beautiful scenery, laidback vibes and an Indonesian twist on the art of aperitivo are all the ingredients necessary to make the bars in Bali enviable the world over.
With the rattle of a Boston shaker and the melodic clink of ice, here are the best bars in Bali from Ubud to Uluwatu and beyond.
A spiritual heartland, Ubud is the cultural centre for all things Balinese, but it also knows how to unwind. Appreciate flavours of the island at The Night Rooster Cocktail Bar. Here, drinks are prepared by local ‘alchemist’, Raka, using local ingredients and his homemade bitters.
To take in Ubud’s lush scenery, head to the rooftop at Copper Kitchen and Bar where views of Batukaru and Mt Agung will impress as you sip ethically sourced tipples under festooned lights.
On Bali’s Bukit Peninsula, Uluwatu’s dramatic cliffs are bejewelled with luxury resorts and villas. But you needn’t be a glamorous guest to enjoy the bar scene here.
Begin at Sundays Beach Club, where you can intersperse complete relaxation with bursts of energy. Glide onto the water from the club in a kayak and work up an appetite for your next stop: Cire at Alila Villas. Truly feel you’re at the end of the earth here as you gaze out to the horizon between sips of your cocktail.
Bali’s neighbouring island is a surfer’s nirvana, but come ashore and you’ll find this island knows how to mix a good tipple. Start with the attention-seeking view at Aura Lounge and Bar, but tear your eyes away from the glittering vista of Selong Belanak beach long enough to order from their sustainably driven menu.
If you still haven’t had enough sea-gazing, settle in at The Kliff at Katamaran in Senggigi for sunset drinks. Prolong your session here with something from the fresh seafood grill.
Bali’s hipster surf haven, Canggu is always down for a good time. Try boho art bar Ji Terrace by the Sea. With panoramic ocean views, it’s a favourite of the design set.
Named after a local break, there’s nothing old-fashioned about Old Man’s. This colourful club has a focus on healthy, fresh flavours. Come evening, the place to party is cool, grungy surf-and-skate bar, Pretty Poison, complete with its own skate bowl.
This beachside-style enclave is a hot spot for sleek bars. A good start is Mrs Sippy, where the mantra is ‘sip, swim, sunbake, repeat’.
For something a little more laid-back, head to Akademi Bar at Katamama. One for serious cocktail enthusiasts, this is more than a bar; it’s also a classroom, where you can take tutelage in mixology and local ingredients.