Stunning views at world famous bar- perched spectacularly on the cliff face of the Jimbaran coastline
August 12th, 2013
Indisputably one of Bali’s most famous- and photogenic bars- the Rock Bar at AYANA Resort & Spa has been wildly popular since the day it opened back in 2009. Its dramatic setting- built out from the rock cliff face just metres above the thundering Indian Ocean swells- has ensured the Rock Bar’s place on the “must visit” list of so many discerning visitors to Bali. An outstanding combination of accomplished design, stunning location and impeccable service, Rock Bar’s attractions have not gone unnoticed by the world-wide media, with the bar featuring prominently on various lists including “Best Hotel Bars in the World”, “World’s Best Beach Bars”, and garnering numerous other industry and design accolades.
Rock Bar is located within the luxurious AYANA Resort & Spa on an expansive tropical garden site that extends 1.3 kilometres along the Jimbaran coastline of south Bali. Taking full advantage of the natural beauty of the unspoilt coastline- and its western orientation, Rock Bar has been cleverly designed by acclaimed Japanese firm Design Studio SPIN to blend in harmoniously with its surroundings, whilst providing totally uninterrupted views across the broad expanse of the Indian Ocean to the west- and along the Jimbaran coastline to both the north and south. Taking a minimalist approach to the design, the bar is constructed from natural materials of local stone and timber, wrapped with a stainless steel capped, waist- high glass curtain wall. Comprising several separate sections, the main bar is flanked by a number of smaller, free-form terrace areas that are blended into the contours of the cliff face.
Notwithstanding the spectacular location and wonderful views, Rock Bar also distinguishes with its excellent beverage program. Offering an alluring cocktail list designed by an acclaimed international bar consultant, the accomplished mixologists at Rock Bar serve up their refreshing concoctions from behind the gorgeous glass-topped bar ( a custom creation of Japanese glass artist Seiki Torige). The selection runs to over 40 cocktails- both classics and contemporary creations- with a special focus on martinis. Signature drinks are listed as “The Rock Stars”– one of the standout drinks is- “Rock My World”– Vodka, Grand Marnier, Pineapple Juice, Grapefruit Juice, Fresh Orange. In addition to the cocktails, a full beverage range includes a good selection of international wines, champagne and sparkling (served by glass and bottle); local and international beers, and premium quality spirits. Light bites are available from a compact menu of gourmet tapas style dishes- both Asian and international.
With its idyllic location and western orientation, it is not surprising that sunset cocktails is the most popular time to visit Rock Bar. Gazing out over the Indian Ocean as the sun slowly sets in a blaze of colour with refreshing beverage in hand- it doesn’t get much better than that. Consequently, with only limited seats available at the bar and terraces, access is controlled with a well-managed queuing system. While in-house guests have priority for both the inclinator access- and seats at the bar- visitors must queue at the top of the cliff whilst waiting for seats to become available. After sunset, the Rock Bar transitions into a popular night-time venue with the resident and guest DJs playing their tunes late into the night.
Rock Bar opens daily from 4:00 pm – visitors wishing to catch the sunset experience at Rock Bar are recommended to arrive early to minimise queuing time.
Rock Bar at Ayana Resort & Spa- Bali
From above- Rock Bar dramatically protrudes out over the crashing swells of the Indian Ocean.
Set into the cliff face across several levels, the Rock Bar features a series of terraces – each with their own character and wonderful views.
Behind the bar- the cheerful bartenders at Rock Bar entertain the guests with their cocktail service.
A corner section of the main Rock Bar platform- fabulous views north along the coastline towards Jimbaran Bay.
Front row at the Rock Bar- the best seats in the house! Facing west- the views take in the vastness of the Indian Ocean- and to the NW on the horizon- the largest volcano and sacred mountain of Bali- Mount Agung.
Additional timber-decked and paved terraces are set into the rocks adjacent to the main bar- all with wonderful vistas of the spectacular coastline.
AYANA Resort & Spa occupies an expansive site, with is own coastline extending 1.3 kilometres, including a private white-sand beach.
The main section of Rock Bar is cantilevered out over the ocean from above the rocks at the base of the cliff face.
Access to the Rock Bar is dramatic in itself- via a small inclinator ( 8 people only) that tracks down the sheer cliff face
Selections from the Cocktails & Savoury Bites Menus
Spa On The Rock– Vodka, Blackcurrant Liqueur, Blueberry, Cranberry Juice (from the “Rock Favourites” selections).
Rock My World- Vodka, Grand Marnier, Pineapple Juice, Grapefruit Juice, Fresh Orange ( Signature cocktail from “The Rock Stars” selection)
New Age Cosmo -Vodka, Grand Marnier, Cranberry Jelly, Egg-white and fresh lime juice (from the “Rock Favourites” selection)
Edamame with Singaraja Fleur de Sel– Cepes Olive Oil, Crushed Bedugul Pepper
Rock Lobster Spring Rolls- Indonesian Tamarind Glaze
Chicken Pop Corn- Herbed Olive Oil and Spiced Dukkah
Mojito- Light Rum, Mint Spring, Fresh Lime, Brown Sugar
Rock Bar at AYANA Resort & Spa- Bali
Address: AYANA Resort & Spa, Jalan Karang Mas Sejahtera, Jimbaran, Indonesia 80364
Reservations: +62. 361. 702222
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/RockBarBali
Monday – Thursday: 4:00 pm ~ 01:00 am
Friday & Saturday: 4:00 pm ~ 02:00 am / Sunday: 4:00 pm ~ 01:00 am
Music: Resident DJs nightly, and regular guest DJs.
Dress Code: Smart casual- no singlets or boardshorts