Enlivening the evening scene in Ubud is Gin1717, a convivial, airy venue with a welcoming, modern colonial-style décor. Glittering chandeliers in various shapes and sizes hang from a lofted, white ceiling, while potted palms stand tall in huge white urns. The seating suits parties of all sizes, from couples looking for a romantic evening to large groups of friends catching up after a day’s work. Overlooking The Pond’s pool, with gentle breezes flowing through the open walls, this is a place to perch at the dark wood bar to watch the skills of the bartenders, or gather around the low tables over a selection of tapas and canapés while indulging in the thoughtfully created libations.
Serving classic cocktails of all kinds, as well as non-alcoholic beverages, the speciality of this charming establishment is its infused gins. Showcasing Indonesia’s rich bounty of herbs and spices, along with the skills of the head bartender, these innovative creations are crafted by hand in the Gin Lab to bring a quirky twist to botanical-infused gin. Guests are welcome to visit the lab to learn how the infusions are made and even to make suggestions for new concoctions. The gin infusions are available by the shot, in gin-and-tonics and in experimental signature cocktails that blend tropical fruits, botanicals, homemade syrups and other liquors in unique creations. Beautiful Kintamani combines fresh Kintamani oranges with wild ginger, while Jegeg Bali brings together locally grown longan and rosella, and there are many others to try – including many using spirits other than gin.
Gin1717 offers a comprehensive gin experience, while also satisfying the island’s non-gin drinkers.