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Is Alcohol expensive in Bali?

May 2024



The cost of alcohol in Indonesia can be high, being a predominantly Muslim nation the government imposes quite high taxes on Alcohol (up to 220% for import). In recent years there has been an emergence of locally produced craft beer, wines and spirits, so prices have become more realistic and affordable dependent on where you choose to drink since it can vary widely depending on where you purchase it and the type of alcohol you are buying. Here’s a general overview of the prices you might expect for different types of alcohol in various settings:


Local Stores and Supermarkets

- Beer:

- Local beer (Bintang, Bali Hai): IDR 25,000 - 40,000 (approximately USD 1.70 - 2.80) for a 330ml bottle or can.

- Imported beer: IDR 40,000 - 80,000 (approximately USD 2.80 - 5.60) for a 330ml bottle or can.


- Wine:

- Local wine: IDR 200,000 - 400,000 (approximately USD 14 - 28) per bottle.

- Imported wine: IDR 400,000 - 1,200,000 (approximately USD 28 - 84) per bottle.


- Spirits:

- Local spirits (Arak, Brem): IDR 100,000 - 200,000 (approximately USD 7 - 14) per bottle.

- Imported spirits (whiskey, vodka, rum): IDR 600,000 - 1,500,000 (approximately USD 42 - 105) per bottle.


Bars and Restaurants

- Beer:

- Local beer: IDR 30,000 - 60,000 (approximately USD 2.10 - 4.20) for a 330ml bottle or can.

- Imported beer: IDR 60,000 - 120,000 (approximately USD 4.20 - 8.40) for a 330ml bottle or can.


- Wine by the Glass:

- Local wine: IDR 70,000 - 150,000 (approximately USD 5 - 10.50).

- Imported wine: IDR 150,000 - 300,000 (approximately USD 10.50 - 21).


- Wine by the Bottle:

- Local wine: IDR 300,000 - 600,000 (approximately USD 21 - 42).

- Imported wine: IDR 600,000 - 1,800,000 (approximately USD 42 - 126).


- Cocktails:

- Cocktails: IDR 80,000 - 200,000 (approximately USD 5.60 - 14) depending on the ingredients and the venue.


Nightclubs and High-End Venues



- Beer:

- Local beer: IDR 50,000 - 100,000 (approximately USD 3.50 - 7) for a 330ml bottle or can.

- Imported beer: IDR 100,000 - 150,000 (approximately USD 7 - 10.50) for a 330ml bottle or can.


- Wine by the Glass:

- Local wine: IDR 100,000 - 200,000 (approximately USD 7 - 14).

- Imported wine: IDR 200,000 - 400,000 (approximately USD 14 - 28).


- Wine by the Bottle:

- Local wine: IDR 500,000 - 1,000,000 (approximately USD 35 - 70).

- Imported wine: IDR 1,000,000 - 3,000,000 (approximately USD 70 - 210).


- Cocktails:

- Cocktails: IDR 150,000 - 300,000 (approximately USD 10.50 - 21), with premium cocktails potentially costing more.


Tips for Buying Alcohol in Bali

1. Supermarkets: Large supermarkets like Carrefour, Bintang Supermarket, and Pepito often have a good selection of alcohol at reasonable prices.
2. Online: Buying alcohol online from companies like Go-Drinks and Beer Story can save you money, whilst at the same time they offer free delivery so saves you lugging heavy bottles around with you
3. Local Brands: Trying local brands of beer and spirits can be a more affordable option. Smirnoff, Gordons and a few other brands are now produced locally as well.
4. Special Offers: Many bars, restaurants and online APPS offer deals and happy hour deals, which can significantly reduce the cost of drinks.

Conclusion

While alcohol prices in Bali can be relatively high compared to local standards due to import taxes and regulations, there are still many options to enjoy drinks at various price points. Whether you are buying from a supermarket, enjoying a cocktail at a beach bar, or savoring a glass of wine at a high-end restaurant, understanding the typical price ranges can help you plan your budget and enjoy your time in Bali without any surprises.


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