As one of Bali’s leading hospitality group who brought you several award-winning eateries such as Sisterfields and Bo$$man, 8 Degree Projects has recently launched Manina, a speakeasy bar hidden in the plain sight of Seminyak’s vibrant heart
Occupying a dormant space of Bikini restaurant, Manina location is quite unique, to say the least. There is no street sign whatsoever, but it can be easily found by looking for a lone Cendana bakso (meatball) hawker stall sandwiched by the temporary-closed Bikini and Sibling.
There will be a security guard waiting in the bakso stall who gladly welcome you to Manina through a bright red door. The minimalist interior of Manina, accompanied by dim lighting creates an intriguing, intimate ambience to charm its guest.
Fascinating interior aside, Manina is truly a speakeasy lounge to be reckoned with. It presents fine arrays of cocktails crafted by Arey Baker, head of mixology of 8DP and winner of Diageo World Class Indonesia Mixologist Competition 2014. Moreover, Manina also elevates the guests’ experience with delicious mouthfuls that are inspired by Bikini’s menu.
The cocktails served at Manina were conceived under a minimalist yet elegant philosophy. All the ingredients used are sourced from the root of Bali. Try ‘Nona Manise’, for example; a unique cocktail concocted from Ambon banana sous vide dark rum, white chocolate liqueur, Amaretto Disaronno, lemon juice, egg white and aromatic bitter.
The exquisite flavour of the drinks goes really well with some of Manina x Bikini’s lavish ‘Mouthful’ light bites; such as their crispy-juicy Babi Guling Croquette with Bumbu Mayo and Puffed Pork Skin, or the unique chicken liver ‘Cigar’, which literally comes with an ashtray. Savor the cigar-shaped crunchy cracker filled with chicken liver paste, and dip it in the bread-and-butter ash within the ashtray.
“We are excited to introduce Manina to guests in Bali who long for an elevated experience of a speakeasy bar.” Said Adam McAsey, founder of 8 Degree Project. “Despite the pandemic that has hit the tourism sector hard, 8 Degree Projects keeps innovating, introducing new concepts, and adjusting to the circumstances”
“Manina is a candid project brought to life. We pay attention to little details to ensure the speakeasy experience is embodied in Manina – this applies in the guests’ journey when entering Manina, the finest-cocktail on the island and the mouthfuls that remind them of Bikini restaurant.” he concluded.
A speakeasy place to visit indeed on your next Bali holiday.
Jalan Kayu Cendana Kerobokan Kelod Kuta Utara Kerobokan Kelod, Seminyak, North Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80361