If youâ€™re after an offbeat venue for sundowners in southern Bali, make a beeline for Legian Beach. The islandâ€™s first tiki bar has recently opened on the second floor of the Azul Beach Club, a striking bamboo structure on a prime stretch of golden sand. From a rustic-chic interior fitted out with murals and locally crafted furniture, you can drink in the view while sipping classic tiki cocktails infused with Balinese ingredients. Two standouts are Nusa CaĂ±a Coconut Mojitoâ€”made with the local Nusa CaĂ±a rum brand launched this Julyâ€”and Tiki Puka Puka, a blend of Maraschino and Jamaican white rum with the sweet notes of Balinese tamarillo. A sharing cocktail menu caters for between two and four people, with libations playfully served in an oversized shell, a handcarved wooden bowl, and even a treasure chest.
This article originally appeared in the December 2016/January 2017Â print issue of DestinAsian magazine (â€śTiki Timeâ€ť).