The cocktail has never been truly appreciated and embraced in Bandung. Recently, however, it has undergone a revival and is led by the increasing popularity of using local produce. Cocktail artists have been using their knowledge of local Indonesian ingredients creatively, leading to more refined and well-balanced beverages that shine a bright light on the very best of Bandung and West Javan culture and food.

1. Gloomy Sunday

This hidden gem is the picture-perfect definition of a speakeasy. Tucked behind a café on Jl. Anggrek, an almost imperceptible closet door opens up to a cozy Jazz-influenced bar. Although seating seems limited, a second room behind some velvet curtains reveals a piano bar. While the atmosphere is warm and intimate, the impressive cocktails are the true attraction here. From traditional cocktails to their bespoke signature series, there is plenty of refined flavors to indulge in. With guest bartenders visiting regularly, there is never a gloomy night.

Jl. Anggrek No.34, Merdeka, Sumur Bandung, Bandung
P: (+6222) 20545204
Instagram: gloomysundaybdg

2. Roots

In an old military barracks in Gudang Selatan, Roots has become a favorite haunt for their food, beverages, and live music nights. A shared pitcher of red or white Sangria is the ideal starting point for couples or groups, while the Teh Botol soju keeps things light and fun. Their signature cocktails, however, are where the real fun begins with ingredients such as Pandan, kecombrang, jackfruit giving their drinks an especially local flavor.

Jl. Gudang Selatan No.22, Merdeka, Sumur Bandung, Bandung
P: (+6222) 20507882
Instagram: roots_bdg

3. Bianc Public House

This Latin-inspired bar and lounge recently opened a restaurant downstairs. Therefore, after a meal and in need of some refreshing drinks and music, one can just pop upstairs for a cocktail and some electronic music. A bright red kecombrang-infused cocktail is a great way to get your taste buds rolling, while a pitcher of soju mojito is always a popular way to keep the night going.

Jl.Setra Wangi, Setra Land No.8, Sukajadi, Bandung
P: (+6222) 20272749
Instagram: biancpublichouse

4. Kiri Social Bar

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For those with a bit of a wild side, Kiri Social Bar in Dago has an expansive menu of cocktails that are based in tequila, gin, vodka, rum, and whiskey. Although they mainly stick to the mainstays, for those with a more gluttonous appetite to drink, their pletoks (beer-based mixtures infused with other alcohols and syrups) call for an especially wild night. With names such as Sound Garden and Flaming Lips, after legendary 90s rock bands, it is no wonder people get carried away here.

Jl. Sumur Bandung No.14, Lb. Siliwangi, Coblong, Bandung
Phone: +62812-2432-7177
Instagram: kiri.socialbar

5. Lulu’s Bar

A rooftop is always a good place to start for some cocktails. And matched with a penchant for unique flavors and reinvention, Lulu’s Bar has become a local favorite for wining, dining, and even dancing. With a weekly salsa night, it is a great place to meet people and let off some steam. More importantly, they take that playful rhythm into their cocktails as well. Their matcha inspired cocktail is as daring as it is completely unique.

Jl. Prof. Dr. Sutami, Sukasari, Bandung

By: Henry Guyer