How has Covid Affected Bali’s Bars & Restaurants?

The world has changed significantly since the outbreak of the Covid Pandemic in early 2020, and one of the industries which has noticed the biggest changes is the hospitality sector. While restaurants never really locked down in Bali in the same way they did in Europe, the ongoing safety protocols will probably be felt for the foreseeable future amongst tourists returning to Bali. Much like the rest of the world, Indonesia has implemented strict social distancing measures as well as the mandatory use of masks to help prevent the spread of the virus, however the changes implemented here have never been as draconian here as in other parts of the world.

Bali has generally followed the lead from Jakarta, although due in part to the significantly reduced density of people in Bali, the pandemic never took hold in Bali in the same way it did in the capital. Another possible reason that Covid didn’t seem to be as widespread here as in EUrope is the fact that most bars & restaurants are outdoors meaning there is less chance of bacteria being spread in a small closed space like restaurants in colder climates. Another theory is that the tropical heat in Bali kills bacteria on surfaces much quicker than in cold temperatures. Whatever the theory, it’s true that many of the local people in Bali have been left frustrated at the borders being closed to international tourists considering such a high proportion of the population rely heavily on tourism to make a living.

One of the biggest changes brought about worldwide by the pandemic is the increased use of delivery companies such as Uber Eats & Deliveroo for people still wanting restaurant-quality food, delivered to their home. Indonesia actually has its own version of these popular food delivery companies – GoJek & Grab are the 2 of these such delivery services.

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Our safety Precautions

As part of our responsibility to our guests’ safety, The Barn will be committed to enforcing social distancing along with government regulations and will be disinfecting all tables and chairs in-between guests. Face masks will also be mandatory when not at your table and we will be conducting temperature checks on all guests as is now commonplace in Bali. Another change which you may notice in bars & restaurants in Bali is the increased use of QR codes to view the menu as opposed to the old physical menu which we’ve grown accustomed to over the years. We will still offer physical menus to people who prefer the feel of a real menu, but will also offer virtual menus for people who so wish. In addition to this, all our staff will be serving you wearing full face masks to ensure the safety and comfort of our guests. If you have any other questions regarding the safety protocols being enforced at The Barn please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Best 5 Local Beers you Need to Try Whilst in Bali

With Indonesia being a majority Muslim country, many tourists often wonder how easy it is to get your hands on a cold beer while on your vacation in Bali. Luckily beer is everywhere in Bali and is drunk by locals and tourists alike. Bali is in fact a majority Hindu island so most of the locals like to enjoy a bottle of beer (or a glass of Arak – the locally produced liquor) as much as the foreigners do.

There are no real rules on drinking alcohol in Bali as long as you are friendly and don’t disrespect their culture or religion. There are also no real drink driving regulations so be extra careful driving late at night. Most accidents happen when tourists come off their scooters driving under the influence of alcohol. Beer is generally cheap in Bali aside from the beach clubs which can often charge the same amount as you would pay in Europe or The US.

In the past a beer in Bali has meant 1 thing – Bintang, but now Bali is catching up with the rest of the world. More and more breweries are cropping up in Bali to cater for the more discerning beer drinkers. Below we list the top 5 beers you should try on your dream trip to Bali.

1. Bintang

Where else could we start than with Bintang. By far the most popular and widely recognised beer brand, Bintang is found almost anywhere you go in Bali. The word Bintang has pretty much replaced the word beer in Bali. The brewery is actually owned by the well-known Dutch beer brand Heineken and that is reflected in the packaging which looks nearly identical to a bottle of Heineken but in a different colour. The word Bintang means Star and you will see the big star on the bottle much like a bottle of Heineken. Bintang is a light, refreshing lager – perfect for sipping in the midday heat. With an alcohol content of 4.7% ABV it is a premium lager, and the cost of Bintang is usually cheap – most places charge between 20-40 Rp (Around $1.5 – $3) a bottle.

As well as the regular Bintang, there is also Bintang Radler which is a fruity shandy which comes in either lemon or orange flavour. The Bintang Radler is a low alcohol alternative with only 2% volume and it is perfect for those with a sweet tooth or for those who don’t really like the taste of beer.

2. Bali Hai

Bali Hai is another commonly found beer in Bali – mostly found in bottle but also occasionally available on draft. Another premium beer it is 5% ABV with a golden appearance and crisp taste. Based on a Munich lager, the taste of Bali Hai is slightly more distinctive than Bintang, with a more floral, aromatic flavour, but is just as refreshing. Like Bintang Bali Hai is usually cheap – again $1.50 to $3 in most places.

3. Stark Craft Beer

Stark claim to be the only premium craft beer created in Indonesia and while that claim is slightly dubious there is little doubt that they are the most well known. Brewed in the north of Bali using natural spring water, Stark came to the market as an alternative to existing beer brands in Indonesia which were generally either a lager or a pilsener. Stark craft beers are uniqueto other local beers on the market and come in flavours including – mango, lychee, low carb, IPA, wheat and dark wheat. Stark beers are generally premium (4.7% ABV) and are slightly more expensive than Bintang & Bali Hai. While not as commonly sold as Bintang or Bali Hai, Stark is getting increasingly popular in bars around Bali.

4. Prost

Prost is another local lager influenced by the taste of a German lager – even taking it’s name from the German word for ‘Cheers’. A light but premium lager (4.8%), it has a slightly more hoppy taste than a Bintang or a Bali Hai. An easy to drink lager with a smooth and refreshing taste, Prost is gaining popularity among expats. Prost is commonly found in bars and pubs around Bali and is usually one of the cheapest options available. Most often available in a bottle it is also sometimes available on draft.

5. Tumage

Another of the newer craft beers on the Bali beer scene Tumage is a high quality beer brewed with hops from around the world to create a real international standard beer. Tumage offers a full bodied flavour for those in search of a more sophisticated tasting beer. Tumage offers a selection of craft beers – a Pale Ale, a Golden Ale and a Red Ale. More cloudy in appearance than the more popular Bali beer offerings, Tumage beer also has a more fruity, hoppy & malty taste. While not as common yet as other beers in the list it is gaining in popularity and is now sold in most big supermarkets. Currently Tumage is only available in bottle form and costs around 40 – 60 Rp ($3 – $5) in most bars.

Bringing Something new to Canggu in 2021

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After months of deliberating and planning we are finally now at the building stage of The Barn Gastro Pub & Cocktail Bar. Bringing the style and comfort of a British Pub to the hipster capital of Canggu, we are excited to share our vision with you all.

We are expecting building work to be completed around August 2021 – if you want to keep updated on how the project is coming along follow our Instagram page @thebarnbali. We are currently looking for passionate English-speaking staff with experience in the service industry to help make The Barn a success from the start. If you have any queries about the business or would like to apply for a job at The Barn just send us an email or DM us on Instagram.