The island’s signature liquor, arak Bali, is distilled from rice or palm sap with alcohol content ranging from 20 to 50 percent. It is often used in offerings to ward off evil spirits and is one of the less regulated alcoholic beverages – that is why you need to be careful when you want to sample this drink.
The cheapest arak drink costs around US$2, however it is generally not recommended to consume that or any other cocktails at a bar serving drinks advertised below US$5, as often they can cause methanol poisoning. It can be tricky to find a decent place that serves arak without putting your life on the line, so we did the research for you and found Akademi Bar.
As a dedicated center of libations, Akademi Bar is not only one of the few places that serves proper arak Bali but at the same time educates their guests about this particularly notorious spirit, spreading awareness that it can be a safe drink and even made into a world-class cocktail. Made in Bali with the highest standard, the arak Bali at Akademi Bar is also infused with more than 20 types of ingredients. From the most common ingredients such as cinnamon and citrus to the more exotic spices like asam kranji or Borneo tamarind, a fruit that only grows once every 10 years. Ask for the arak tasting or cocktail sampling made with one of the arak infusions at Akademi Bar, and you will have a better understanding of this spirit. Akademi Bar Katamama Hotel Jalan Petitenget No. 51B, Seminyak (0361) 302-9940 www.akademi-bar.com