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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