When you’re in need of a drink and Bintang just isn’t cutting it anymore, it’s nice to know that there are a slew of places to go in Bali where you can sample some of the good stiff stuff. From single malt scotches to rare Japanese whiskies, superior spirits and a good cigar or two, these stylish watering holes offer top shelf liquors and ambiance for your drinking pleasure.
New to the IZE Hotel in the heart of Seminyak is Single Malt, a sanctuary of sipping culture. Behind the bar you’ll find all your favorite highland nectars, as well as over 50 harder to find whiskies from as far away as Sweden and India. You can chill out in air-conditioned comfort inside or spend the evening on the patio surrounded by good friends and good drinks. Single Malt also has specials on throughout the week for both the ladies and the gents.
You might not expect a hotel lobby lounge to offer much in terms of atmosphere, but then you’ve probably never visited Sunset Lounge in the Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel. Peruse the walk-in wine cellar for your preferred tipple, grab a Cuban from the humidor and settle in on the comfy couches for light bites and sunset views over the pool and the Indian Ocean. The best part is you never have to lift a finger, as they have a call button to alert staff every time your drink runs dry.
Spectacular views are on offer at the Viceroy Bar, as this breezy drinking venue is perched on the edge of a ravine overlooking the Petanu River gorge. Both hotel guests and outside visitors can soak up the lush tropical vistas while indulging in fine scotches, cognacs, spirits and stogies. And should you get peckish, the award-winning fine dining Cascades Restaurant is just steps away. Be sure to pair your dinner with a bottle of vino from the resort’s extensive private wine cellar.
If sundowner scotches next to the sea is more your style, then Rock Bar at the AYANA Resort and Spa Bali is an absolute must. This world-famous watering hole rests on natural rocks that jut out into the Indian Ocean, and the open-air space allows you uninterrupted views of the coastline and the dramatic cliff hovering behind. Whet your whistle with a dram of Glenmorangie 10 year, Hennessy XO, or a creative concoction from the innovative cocktail list.