PASSIONATE ABOUT COCKTAILS AND WINE
Our guests love the wide range of cocktails on the menu. And no wonder, we have a very skilled and creative bar team under the command of Bar Supervisor I Nengah Putra. He and the team just love to make guests happy and fulfill all possible wishes. The father of one son answered some of our questions about his passion.
How did you discover your passion for cocktail creation and where did you learn it?
After graduating from Tourism School in Karangasem – where I come from – I started my career as a waiter in a villa in Ubud. Being involved in the food and beverage service woke my interest in cocktails and I found mixing cocktails so much fun. I started experimenting with many spirits and combined them with local fruits to find the best taste. The opportunity came when bridges did their re-branding in 2009 and looked for a bar leader.
You joined bridges at the re-opening, what was your mission?
My mission was to make bridges not only known as the place with the best wines – we have a very extensive wine list and a great wine loft – but also the place to enjoy cocktails. Beside the classics that we have on the list, me and the bar team continuously develop unique cocktails, be it for a special event, a season or just to keep our list always interesting, offering discoveries that can be found only at bridges. We experiment with many flavours from ingredients that we have on this beautiful island of Bali to create special character. Guests will find this for example in Rosela Aviation and Divine Mojito.
What is the biggest challenge?
The main challenge is to always serve the best cocktails without compromising on ingredients. In the spirit industry, the prices of spirits are continuously on the move upwards. Instead of using ‘fake’ spirits that are on offer plentiful, I try many different brands to find alternatives that meet our quality standard and have the ideal taste.
What do you love most about bridges?
Like I said before, I have been here since the beginning and have experienced its growth to this amazing place to be proud of. The feeling is a little similar to seeing our children grow. I love to work with the team, they are cooperative and support me as their leader which I am very grateful for.
For this year’s Month of Romance, you are introducing two new Romantic cocktails, Love Potion and Bridges Romance. Could you tell us the inspiration for them?
Love makes our lives colorful. Sometimes it is sweet, another time bitter or sour, but at the end of the day, we believe that all of that makes it even sweeter. That is my inspiration. You will taste the sweet, sour, and a little bit of bitter in the cocktails, but the sweet will be the after-taste, especially on the Love Potion.
You are also involved in wine service at bridges. What is your favorite wine?
Yes, I have gained a lot of knowledge about wines since I work here. I am so grateful to be able to work with the sommelier and learn so much about the world of wine through discussions and tastings. My favorites are full-bodied wines like Syrah and Malbec.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love football and Real Madrid is my favorite team. I watch the games and I love to play with my friends.