Iwas in dire need of a new place to hang out at and chill with friends – some­where cool but not pre­ten­tious – when I learned about Bar Di Bali. The name – which means “Bar in Bali” – caught my at­ten­tion; very lit­eral, straight to the point. When I got there, I found a two­s­torey in­dus­trial loft with sim­ple, mis­matched seat­ing (there’s even a gar­den swing), un­fin­ished ce­ment floors and walls, rus­tic rail­ings, and per­fectly placed mu­rals. Old bi­cy­cle and ba­jaj served as quirky or­na­ments.

I was lov­ing the joint al­ready, but how good are the tip­ples? I sur­veyed the brown pa­per menu and found the sig­na­ture cock­tails se­lec­tion. With names like Ibu Ibu, El Nino, Wedang Jahe, and Streaky Ba­con, it was hard to make a choice. So I let the bar­man rec­om­mend one. He whipped up a Herberry Cob­bler for me. An or­angey drink with pink foam on top – it looked harm­less enough. But a sin­gle sip dis­pelled that no­tion. The kick was strong and eye-pop­ping. I gath­ered with a gasp of plea­sure that there was Ab­sinthe Verte in it.


Next thing I knew, I was sway­ing slowly on the gar­den swing, down­ing the Cob­bler to the very last drop and feel­ing very happy. To sum up Bar Di Bali? I to­tally ap­prove.

Bar Di Bali Jl. Petitenget no. 101 T: +62 361 474 0083 bardibali.com Daily 5pm-late


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