Coolest joints for your choice of poi­son



tip­ple tour


You can’t throw a stone in Bali with­out hit­ting some joint that serves good ol’ ice-cold beer. While there’s that one beloved In­done­sian brand of beer whose logo em­bla­zons sin­glets worn and sold through­out tourist parts of the is­land, there’s an­other lo­cal brand that you should get familiar with. Brewed and pro­duced right up north in Sin­garaja, Stark might be rel­a­tively un­known, but it’s def­i­nitely go­ing places! As a night crawler-cum-tip­ple taster, I can safely say that Stark has been a cult favourite here in Bali with its fruity and fra­grant qual­i­ties.

Head to the al­ways rowdy, al­ways raunchy Le­gian Street to find a lit­tle hole-in-the-wall (or so it seems) that leads to Stark’s House. Choose from the se­lec­tion of Stark Wheat, Stark Dark Wheat, or Stark Low Carb. If you have a sweet tooth, add cutesy flavours like ly­chee, bub­ble gum, or peach. No judge­ment there. They even have beer-in­cor­po­rated cock­tails. I mean, why not or­der a pretty drink for a photo-op, but still en­joy the buzz that only beer can give? Try the Stark Gummy Bear and Bungee Jump­ing.

Jl. Le­gian 41, Kuta, T: +62 361 766 689

Although the couch potato in me loves the door-to-door de­liv­ery ser­vice, I would rec­om­mend you visit the out­let and bask in the invit­ing and in­tox­i­cat­ing bam­boothemed am­bi­ence. Ev­ery Mon­day and Wed­nes­day from 7pm till 9pm, and on Fri­day from 6pm to 8pm, you can com­plete your fine wine fest with a live mu­sic ses­sion.

But don’t sip too much on an empty stom­ach; that’s where chef Giuseppe Rivoli comes in with his de­li­cious cre­ations. Speak­ing of which, don’t miss his three-course Si­cil­ian Easter Lunch Menu. It’s in­spired by a fam­ily recipe and avail­able on Sun­day 5 from 11.30 am to 3.30pm for only Rp.290,000 net per per­son.

Jl. Kayu Jati no. 1, Seminyak, T: +62 361 473 2377, vin­


When­ever I want to play with the big boys and feel a bit ma­cho, I opt for Sin­gle Malt. This sec­ond­storey joint along the hap­pen­ing Eat Street of Kayu Aya is home to more than 60 brands of sin­gle malt whiskey from all over the world. Sin­gle Malt’s vibe matches the tip­ples they serve – vin­tage, rustic, and gen­tle­manly – all very Great Gatsby-es­que. With a wooden and red-brick in­te­rior, a pi­ano in one cor­ner, and plush leather Ch­ester­field seat­ing, even a softie like me can’t help but or­der a sin­gle malt whiskey, neat, and light up that Cuban cigar.

Sin­gle Malt has great daily pro­grammes. Beat the Mon­day blues with Mon­day Malts, where you can choose three sin­gle malts from the list for Rp.250,000 while en­joy­ing the tunes of David Wid­jaja on the pi­ano. On Mad­men Tues­days you get two sin­gle malts for the price of one. My favourite is the fa­mous Sin­gle Malt Whiskey So­ci­ety on Wed­nes­days, where the house the­mat­i­cally chooses three whiskies for you for un­der US$30. This one is great for teach­ing rook­ies a thing or two about this liq­uid gold good­ness. Don’t stop there though, as you have the Whiskey and Pool Thurs­days, Fri­day Un­chained, and The Great Es­cape on Sun­days. If you’re too weak for straight whiskeys, fret not as they also serve whiskey­based cock­tails like First Date, or Prune Pas­sion.

Jl. Kayu Aya 68, Oberoi, T: +62 361 846 6996


I have never been to the in­fa­mous CBGB club in New York, but I imag­ine Hank’s is a tamer ver­sion of it. Very rock’n’rollin’ with rock-band para­pher­na­lia on the ceil­ing, and mug shots of David Bowie, Jim Mor­ri­son and the like on the wall. A neon sign in one cor­ner says “Booze and Blues”, and that’s ba­si­cally the prom­ise of the place.

As the name sug­gests, Hank’s serves the only two things any­one needs for a hell of good time: pizza and liquor. The House Cock­tails se­lec­tion boasts a list of killer cock­tails. For a good kick, try the Dark And Stormy, com­pris­ing dark rum, home­made gin­ger beer and lime juice. If you’re an espresso mar­tini kind of per­son, try the Re­volver Mar­tini, which uses cold drip cof­fee from the best brand in Bali, Re­volver. Ba­sic girls, get your kale shot by order­ing Health Kick. Here you can even com­bine juice and booze for some bal­ance.

Of course, you should not, ever, skip the pizza here, es­pe­cially the one with Ja­mon Ser­rano, shaved as­para­gus, and truf­fle oil.

Jl. Kayu Aya no. 27X, Seminyak, T: +62 361 738 391


Don’t worry, I’m not for­get­ting the morn­ing-af­ter han­gover from all those nights on a spirit-ual ex­cur­sion. If you’re such a caf­feine junkie that you need cof­fee in an IV, Re­volver is where it’s at. Sourc­ing the best beans from all over the world, Re­volver roasts and blends its own mix here in Bali, and trust me, their cof­fee is the bomb. The shop at Gang 51 on Kayu Aya Street is charm­ingly rustic and cosy, per­fect for pon­der­ing last night’s re­grets.

Jl. Kayu Aya, Gang 51, Seminyak, T: +62 361 788 4968, re­volvere­






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