One of the highlights of our trip away was the discovery of the Potato Head Beach Club located just down the beach from our hotel in Seminyak. We only discovered it through happenstance as the place we were “meant” to be going to (to meet friends) was closed when we turned up. A quick text to Matty G who painted our fabulous work of art at home who is now living in Bali told us to get in a cab and ask for “Potato Head”. Who were we to argue? So we did. And boy was I glad we did.
The place only opened in December last year by the boys behind a place in Jakarta which goes by the same name. Their website is ridiculously stylish and cool. Just like this place.
For a starter the architecture is AH-MAZ-ING. From the outside all you can see are these coloured shutters. Hundreds of them reaching up to the sky on a slight angle.
And then when you go in behind them the walkway follows them up and around just like the Guggenheim museum (not that I have been there yet) but so I am lead to believe. Or dream. At night each and every shutter is lit up so it looks like a coloured wall of fabulous bricks. Or something cool. Matt told me that they were all taken from traditional Indonesian fishing boats.
Then you walk in through the top bar and are greeted with this view. The curved wall opens up to a semi circle of bars then down stairs to grass, then the pool area and then the beach. The design of the place is straight out of 1956 Palm Springs. Or Hollywood Hills or Las Vegas or sometime I have always dreamed of going to. Now I have to disclose that this type of design is mine and Rob’s wet dream. Think vintage danish. Think 50’s design. Think Betty Draper on holidays. We were all like “ohmyGOD did you see this?” and “Holy SHIT look at that!” which probably made us way less cooler than the clientele that were there.
On our second journey (that’s right we came back) we ate lunch. Before spending an afternoon sampling their extensive cocktail menu. Rob had the tequila prawn ceviche which looked like this:
And me being the delicate petal that I am always thinking about my weight, had the PHILLY CHEESE STEAK SAMBO with chips AND a beer. Ahem.
10 minutes later it looked like this. That’s right, you will notice I took the mayo FROM ROB, because I needed some more fat for my fries. And I was so busy eating my lunch I barely took a sip of my beer. Greedy guts.
See the cool bench on which to sit whilst sipping a sunset cocktail? Look at those tiles! They were constantly wiped down too, to maintain their shininess. And that little booth to the left? Oh, the DJ booth.
Down in the main bar closer to the pool and the beach the vintage style continued. It was just. So. Cool.
There were even cool people, with their macs, having cool meetings about cool things in the cool chairs. I think I got at least 43% cooler just by taking this photo.
I mean seriously, seriously, look at these chairs. Dave Fed, I took this snap just for you. You should have been there. You need to be here at some stage in your life.
We drank cocktails. Lots of them. This here is a Mojito and a Negroni (Rob’s man cocktail of choice). I think Don Draper would drink them on holidays.
We also met up with some friends who happened to be in town at the same time as us so we drank some more cocktails. And nattered. And laughed. And then drank some more. I think they also made us 24% cooler because they are, well, cool.
And we watched the sun set. Over the ocean. Which never fails to impress this girl. In fact, anything other than feeding, bathing & doing bedtime for my feral children between the hours of 4.30pm and 7.30pm impresses me. Simple really.
If you can get here, or are in town and want somewhere to go for the afternoon/evening GO HERE. Seriously, the best bar I have ever been too. Ever.
I was not paid for this review. I am not cool enough to review a place such as this. In fact, I would pay to just be there, to be cooler. They should have paid me because I drank almost their entire cocktail menu which would equal my fee for writing a review I would think. Except I have NO idea how much you would be paid for a review. I wish I could review places like this. In fact, how can I get that job? I would be great at that job. The whole stay at home Mum business may get in the way though. Sigh.