6 Hopping Bali Bars
Once the sun sets, the island is just starting to heat up if you head to Petitenget or Batu Belig to slake your thirst with a a spiced cocktail or three. Holly McDonald makes a night of it.
Published on Feb 11, 2013
5 p.m. Mozaic Beach Club
The beachside incarnation of Ubud’s culinary institution, Mozaic offers a chilled take on fine dining that’s won over Bali’s modish sunset crowd. Install yourself in a curtain draped cabana or grab a seat on the deck to bid farewell to the day. If with a crowd, go for one of the punch bowls, such as Heaven Citrus, a blend of rum, tangerine, pineapple, lemon, pomegranate and soda. A tapas style snack by the luminous electric blue pool should sustain you through to dinner. Jln. Pantai Batu Belig, Kerobokan; +62 361 473 5796; mozaic-beachclub.com.
7 p.m. Petitenget
One of Bali’s newest chic locations, Petitenget oozes an elegant yesteryear charm; think hand glazed ceramic tiles, a fluted concrete bar with a Carrara marble top and a separate lounge papered with 1940’s Martinque palm, as per the original Beverly Hills Hotel. Perch yourself at the bar with a lychee martini and watch the early dinner crowd preen, or tuck into a meal here yourself we love the soft flour tortillas with grilled fish, avocado, mango and green chili salsa and you will too. Jln. Petitenget No. 40X, Seminyak; +62 361 473 3054; petitenget.net.
8:30 p.m. Mamasan
Asian-street-food inspired Mamasan opened late last year and remains one of the few places in Bali you really won’t be able to snare a table without a reservation during peak times. Not that organized? Head directly to the gleaming upstairs bar to put their mixologist-designed menu to the test. Pull up a tan-leather lounger, savor the exposed red-brick and wood-panel surrounds, and order one of their imaginative cocktails, such as the Rambling Tart—Chambord, vanilla, strawberry and Prosecco. Hungry? Bypass the reservation system by grazing at your little table here; the pork and prawn siew mai are divine. Jln. Raya Kerobokan No. 135; +62 361 730-436; mamasanbali.com.
10 p.m. Bistrot
French industrial vintage is the vibe at the tasteful Bistrot, all soft grays, chocolates and orange-red brick. Slip into a high-backed velvet-patterned love seat for an intimate tete-a-tete or grab a table, cleverly fashioned from recycled antique sewing machines. The range of signature cocktails includes the Green Beast, a mix of Pernod, cucumber, lemon juice and water. The French food here is fab but if it’s getting late you might want to sample a dessert—the Indonesian spiced panna cotta with passion fruit coulis and nougatine should give sugar lovers a satisfactory high. Jln. Kayu Aya No. 117, Seminyak; +62 361 738-308.
11:30 p.m. Lacalaca Cantina Mexicana
Inject a serious dose of cheer into your night with a stop at Lacalaca, where bright pinks, blues, oranges and yellows conspire to light up the one-floor, partly open-air cantina. Cocktails are rum-and tequila-focused, putting new twists on old classics. With apologies to Castro, the bar muddles a vanilla pod, adding tequila, lime, sugar syrup and coke to create their Mexico Libre. A three-cheese roasted zucchini and oregano quesadilla might hit the spot by about this hour of the night as well. 1 Jln. Drupadi, Seminyak; +62 361 736-733; lacalacabali.com.
1 a.m. Mantra
Uber-hip Mantra morphs from restaurant to pumping party as the night goes on, but you can retreat to the outdoor patio if the crowd gets too much. Eclectic furniture, mismatched antique lights and unframed art are thrown together in a grittier and more unstudied way than is usual for Bali. The signature Rocket Mantra is fired up with wasabi and the bar snacks are imaginative–the spicy kaffir lime peanuts will have you calling for another drink–though the focus is more on drinking in the early hours. Jln. Raya Petitenget No. 77x; +62 361 473-7681; mantrabali.com.
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