Akademi is the newest addition to PTT Family, the group behind Bali’s famed Potato Head Beach Club. The centre of mixology is Bali’s newest hub for the world’s most celebrated and innovative mixologists, offering visitors a curated selection of unique tipples that use only the finest local ingredients.
As one of the leading figures in the international bar and mixology scene, Dre Masso leads the charge. He started his career over 20 years ago, working in a number of prestigious London bars including the Atlantic Bar and Grill, Lab Bar and Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen. He has successfully climbed the bartender ladder, been awarded the UK Bartender of the Year title three times and published two cocktail recipe books, ‘Margarita Rocks’ and most recently, ‘Classic Cocktails at Home’. In 2013 he started to collaborate with the Indonesia based PTT Family, before creating the mixology masterpiece.
As a centre for the development of the cocktail craft, Akademi places the highest emphasis on using the best quality ingredients in each and every concoction. Their focus is on the exploration of Indonesia’s finest tropical produce, so Dre and his team have worked closely with the locals and permaculture experts to grow the best ingredients on the hotel grounds.
As a learning lab, the bar welcomes a roster of international mixologists who explore local flavours to create innovative cocktails. Here, they’ll contemplate, dissect and transform a range of indigenous ingredients every month.
The design of the bar also reflects the best of Indonesia’s rich artisan traditions. Natural terrazzo is used throughout, with echoes of brass and royal blue upholstery. All the cocktail vessels are bespoke ceramic, wood or copper and are made by local artists.
The action behind the bar produces a flourishing display of ingredients being mixed to perfection before one of their signature concoctions is poured. Try the Pineapple Mojito – a tantalising combination of rum, coconut amber nectar, citrus juice, black pepper, pineapple arak, pineapple chunks and sea salt – or the Rudy Sour with bourbon, aloe vera, passionfruit puree, egg white emulsion, honey arak, citrus juice, vanilla sugar and archipelago bitters.
It will be hard not to finish the Tama-Tama in one big sip. It combines Ketel One vodka, apricot brandy, citrus juice, vanilla arak, spiced syrup and a whole tamarillo for a beautifully balanced drink, while the Mamarita will transport you to Mexico with its mix of el Jimador tequila, Cointreau, mangosteen bitters, orange arak, citrus juice and mangosteen syrup.
While you’re there, you may want to have a read through the library of rare drinks literature. If you’re there after dinner, don’t look past the dessert menu, where you can try a chocolate-inspired cocktail made with chocolate arak, chocolate and vanilla tequila, wheat beer and vanilla reduction, melted dark chocolate, egg yolk and mountain bitters.
As the eminent hub for mixologists from all over the world, Akademi leads the charge in creating internationally renowned cocktails using Indonesia’s best ingredients. Pop by to see what the genius bartenders happen to be whipping up.