Potato Head Beach Club is one of the most happening chill-out venues in Seminyak, joining the array of world-class hotspots that line this upscale, cosmopolitan coastal village. The venue is next door to the W Retreat, and its access from the main Jalan Petitenget road is similar to W’s, with a long and narrow lane that transports you to a world of drinks, dining and partying on a large lawn beachfront. From the end of the driveway, you’ll see the quirky architecture of the beach club, particularly its trademark towering feature comprising a patchwork of old and worn teakwood window shutters. Designed by ‘cinematic’ architect Andra Matin, the signature structures and main venue resembles a stadium or coliseum, and the thin curved path into the beach club even makes you feel like a gladiator entering battle.
And that’s where the excitement takes place. The beachfront bar and flat 500sqm lawn flanked by an infinity pool is all within the grounds of this delightful 'amphitheatre'. This artistic approach to an exciting venue was set up by two passionate Indonesian art collectors. The colourful painted shutters of different sizes that form the facade’s patchwork were collected items from all over the archipelago. At scheduled events, international DJs and celebrities take the stage in front of an ocean backdrop, while lively crowds gather over the central lawn. Among those who have graced the agenda are Mark Ronson, Foster the People and Fat Boy Slim. Potato Head Beach Club is also the regular host for the Ultra Beach Bali EDM festival. Occasional bar tables and setups are arranged around the infinity pool. There’s even a small pool for kids too, so it’s a great escape for weekending families. A few steps down from the pool, you hit the sandy coast. The main Potato Head bar and bistro serves pastas and grills together with a selection of cocktails.
At front is a neat boutique called Eleven, decorated with retro motorbikes and curious fixtures, featuring a range of select tropical, resort and beach wear labels. Among these include Clover Canyon, Dannika Zen, Emmelyn, Dr Martens and the kids’ wear line Cereal Nation. There’s even a selection of quality jewellery that you can’t find elsewhere, such as Venessa Arizaga designed stone studded necklaces. On the first floor of the club there will be Kaum (formerly Lilin), which offers a more laid-back option serving home cooked styled Indonesian cuisine. On the upper floor there was Tapping Shoes, a restaurant that combines its founders’ passion in arts, good food and fine wines. The fine-dining restaurant served French cuisine prepared by a talented Japanese chef, but now is slated to serve as an extension floor to Kaum.
Potato Head Beach Club Opening Hours: Mon – Sun, 11:00 - 02:00 Location: Jalan Petitenget 51B, Seminyak Tel: +62 (0)361 473 7979 Website: http://www.facebook.com/potatoheadbali
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