There certainly are no shortages of dining and drinking establishments in Bali where you can get creative cocktails, fine glasses of wine and icy cold beers from both here and abroad. However, some of us need just a little bit more than a comfy stool to swill those spirits. For those of you looking for a bit of scenery and ambiance to go along with your drinks, we give you Bali’s best rooftop lounges and bars.
Temple Bar & Lounge
Tippling at Temple Lounge & Bar is an exotic affair, as this clifftop locale is decked out in Moroccan decor like long banquettes with colourful cushions, whitewashed walls, and stained glass lanterns. Located atop Di Mare restaurant in the gorgeous Karma Kandara resort in Uluwatu, this sweet spot is a great place to kick back with a shisha and some Middle Eastern style tapas as you watch the waves crash 150 metres below.
Unique Rooftop Bar
Situated high atop RIMBA Jimbaran, the sister property to AYANA Resort & Spa, UNIQUE is a cool and contemporary space offering multi-level seating that affords great views over the treetops below and all the way out to the Indian Ocean. By day you can lounge by the 25-metre infinity pool or on one of the plush daybeds, and by night grab a seat at the central bar for cold beers, fresh fruit margaritas, and tasty Mexican cuisine.
OK, so it’s not exactly on a rooftop, but it is smack dab on the top of a huge limestone outcropping that juts out into the Indian Ocean. Rock Bar is probably one of the most photographed bars in all of Asia for its unique location at the base of a cliff fronting the AYANA Resort & Spa, and its innovative design. The bar is surrounded by clear glass walls, so it seems as though you are hovering above the waves, and the surrounding terrace is built right into the cliffside. Come here at sunset for amazing views along with a few designer drinks and gourmet bites.
Circular sunken booths seem to float in a curved moat at the edge of this unique rooftop locale that overlooks Double Six Beach and the Indian Ocean. Cocktails consist of premium spirits, fresh juices and infused sodas and syrups, and the cuisine has been specially curated by Robert Marchetti, one of Australia’s most renowned restaurateurs. Settle in for the sunset against plush cushions and amid soft ocean breezes, and indulge in honey pineapple mojitos and mini suckling pig sliders as the resident DJs spin smooth grooves.
Located high atop the HARRIS Hotel Bukit Jimbaran, the romantic Jim’Bar’N rooftop bar offers sweeping vistas of Jimbaran Bay, Kuta, Sanur and the rugged southern coast of the Bukit. Grab a seat with your loved one at one of the round tables underneath the stylish sunshades, order one of their sexy signature cocktails and watch as the sun sets over the bay, creating a slowly shifting pattern of reds, pinks, oranges and purples that eventually fades into an inky blue sky dotted with twinkling stars.
Fun, colorful and laid-back to the max, La Plancha features an eclectic mix of comfy beanbag chairs directly on the sand at Double Six Beach and funky wooden furniture and vibrant umbrellas on their ground floor patio and open-air rooftop bar that overlooks the beach below and the rolling waves of the Indian Ocean. Spanish tapas and pitchers of sangria are the name of the game here, and the whole place exudes an easy-going surfer vibe.
U-Paasha Rooftop Pool Bar
The gorgeous rooftop pool bar at the luxurious U-Paasha boutique hotel is renowned for its huge swimming pool surrounded by a warm wooden pool deck adorned with comfortable sun loungers and beanbags for soaking up the Seminyak sun. As you bronze that beach body, indulge in tasty snacks, fresh juices, smoothies, tropical cocktails and their ultra-refreshing fresh fruit sorbet tea quenchers. Stay for the spectacular sunsets and groovy beats by talented DJs.
Smoqee Lounge & Sky Bar
Scenic would be just one word to describe the stylish Smoqee Lounge & Sky Bar at the Le Meridien Bali Jimbaran hotel. This 2-level bar has a funky retro-styled lounge on the first floor with vibrant hued walls, colorful banquette seating and a large dance floor, as well as a rooftop area with comfy loveseats and cushioned chairs where you can sink back and soak up the views of ever-changing backdrop of the sun setting over Jimbaran Bay. Also on offer are gourmet tapas, champagnes and hand-crafted cocktails that make use of local ingredients like chili, lemongrass, watermelon, cinnamon and Balinese flowers, all while soaking up the views of the sun.
Luna Roof Bar
Escape the crowded streets of Seminyak by heading up to the Luna Roof Bar perched atop the boutique L Hotel. Try one of their Woman on Top martinis made with Absolut Mandarin, lychee liqueur and rose syrup, or go slightly more masculine with a scotch on the rocks, all while watching the setting sun paint the rooftops of Seminyak in orange and red hues. Nibble on canapés like mini-satays or crab cakes, or linger on for a more substantial meal of Teppanyaki delights.