In an island filled with an array of stunning beaches, majestic forests, and unparalleled nightlife, Bali is encompassed with limitless hidden gems. Some of these hidden gems come in the form of speakeasy bars, a concept popular in other Western countries, that is slowly being introduced to the locals and starting to grow popular in this tropical island. Speakeasy bars first came into prominence in the United States during the Prohibition era, a period when selling, manufacturing and transporting alcohol was illegal. Speakeasy bars have unique characteristics; they are relatively small, don’t have any signage, and have a hidden entrance since they are meant to be a secret bar.
Here is a list of the best speakeasy bars in Bali (in no particular order):
Situated in the busy Petitenget strip, 40 Thieves rests just above the Mad Ronin restaurant. As you enter Mad Ronin, walk down the halls to the back of the room where you will find a staircase leading to the second floor where you will find the door to 40 Thieves. As one of the most popular speakeasy bars in Bali, 40 Thieves’ industrial interior, bare concrete walls, and moody lighting gives a 1920s Great Gatsby era feel to it. The great attention to details from the decorations to the glassware further enhances the New York vibe, making you feel as if you’ve stepped into a bar right in the heart of Manhattan. Guests have a choice of sitting on the bar where you can have an intellectual conversation with the mixologists, the leather seats against the wall or the sofas for a more comfortable seating to have a more intimate conversation with friends.
At the back of the bar is the infamous bookcase of boogie where it gets a little rowdy later in the evenings with some of Bali’s best-known DJs accompanying you with great disco tunes ‘til they close. 40 Thieves offers a handful selection of innovative cocktails that range from popular classics to surprising concoctions brewed up by the mixologists. The masterminds behind this establishment have crafted a unique menu consisting of 8 classic cocktails with each having their own twist with creative names.
Address: Jl. Petitenget No. 7, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Bali 80361
8pm – 2am (Tue – Thu)
8pm – 4am (Fri – Sun)
Baker Street Social
Also located in the Petitenget street is another speakeasy bar, Baker Street Social. Easily missed to the common eyes, this little speakeasy can be found on the second floor through a tiny door between Nostimo Greek Grill and Tiffin Indian Kitchen. Baker Street Social is the first speakeasy bar in Bali and is still one of its most popular ones. Focusing on artisanal spirits and craft cocktails, Baker Street Social is a unique destination for those who seek to get away from the loud and hectic nightlife of Bali, preferring quality conversations over exceptional cocktails. The interiors are decorated with a very chic vintage décor.
Baker Street Social has a no Wi-Fi rule, encouraging guests to engage in conversations with each other or even the bartenders, who are more than happy to have a chat with you. This speakeasy bar has no menu, the masterful artisans behind the bar are ready to conjure up special custom-made cocktails of your preferred choice. Just tell them whatever it is you like in a cocktail and they will quickly whip-up a delicious serving.
Address: Jl. Petitenget No. 17, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Bali 80361
8pm – 2am (Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun)
8pm – 3am (Tue, Fri, Sat)
Located on the infamous Canggu shortcut is a speakeasy bar hidden in plain sight, Black Cat. This one is definitely the most speakeasy out of all the speakeasys in Bali in the sense that it actually has a secret door that passers-by won’t know if they are unaware of its existence. Next to the Pretty Poison is the Black Cat Mini Mart, a run-of-the-mill mini mart that looks just like every other mini mart you can find in Bali. When you walk inside, you’ll find all the things you can find in any other mini mart… and then there’s THE fridge. A fridge with a ‘broken’ sign written on a piece of paper stuck onto it. To those unaware, they’ll just think it’s a broken fridge, but unbeknownst to them, behind the fridge lies a hip speakeasy bar that is almost always filled with the coolest cats of Canggu. Set with a moody lighting Black Cat serves up cheap drinks, cool music and a pool table, the coolest speakeasy popular amongst the millennial crowd.
Address: Jl. Subak Canggu, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Badung, Bali 80351
7am – 1am (Mon – Sun)
From the great minds that brought you 40 Thieves comes the latest hip joint that just very recently opened. El Nacional is also located in the Petitenget street, just above Mad Sparrow. This Cuban-inspired cocktail bar is perfect for post-dinner drinks and cigars. With over 250 various rum selection gathered worldwide, El Nacional has the most rum collection in Indonesia. A stunning and cozy speakeasy with jazzy tunes playing in the background, El Nacional will surely be a hit amongst both locals and tourists.
Address: Jl. Petitenget No. 114, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Bali 80361
6pm – 12am (Tue – Thu)
6pm – 2am (Fri – Sun)
While most of the speakeasy bars are in the popular Seminyak and Canggu area, there’s a gem hidden in the Jimbaran area, The BARber. Situated within The Sinesta Jimabaran hotel, The BARber presents a unique concept that meshes together the speakeasy bar and a barbershop into one experience. The BARber presents itself as a full-functioning classic 1930’s Men’s Barbershop as an exterior but has a secret entrance that reveals a stunning and sleek cocktail bar with 9 seats and the center piece bar and 90 seats surrounding the space. The joint is decorated in lush wooden panels and comfortable sofas, complete with a pool table and vintage photographs cover the walls to enhance the vintage ambience. The BARber serves the most fantastic dining and liquor experience with live music every Monday and Wednesday to brighten up your evening.
Address: The Sinesta Jimbaran, Jl. Kencana No. 1, Jimbaran, Kuta Selatan, Bali 80361
8am – 1am (Mon – Sun)