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Music & bridges, A Very Good Mix

Music plays an important role at bridges. Over the years, we have hosted many concerts at the restaurant, from early on together with the Bali Spirit Festival and since six years with the Ubud Village Jazz Festival of which are a proud sponsor since the very beginning.  Last but not least, the Christmas Caroling event has become a cherished tradition as well!

The restaurant offers a good setting for music performances, giving an up close and personal experience and at the same time allowing for a relaxed lunch or dinner.

Two of the weekly events in the DIVINE bar also offer live music. While guests sit back and sip the weekly varying mixes during the Cocktail Wednesdays, they are entertained by the talented guitarist and singer Bambang Meidianto and his smoky voice.  If you have a favourite song, our bet is that Bambang can sing it for you and has you tapping your feet in no time at all.

During the DIVINE Fridays the stage is all Pak Tatang’s. You can see how the guitar and the player become one, this mantruly loves his instrument. Tatang’s repertoire is very wide, from pop to classical guitar and he has quite a loyal following among our guests.  When at bridges next time on a Friday, do not miss his wonderful performance while testing the five wines that are opened every week!

Every day, not just at special events, music will accompany your visit from the opening to the closing. We start with classical music for lunch, moving on to a more relaxed mix during the afternoon. When it gets time for those pre-dinner drinks, the beat goes up a notch before smoothly changing into beautiful jazz to enhance your dinner.

So, in ABBA’s words, we say Thank you for the music!

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About Making a Great Wine List

We at bridges take our wines seriously. Creating and managing the extensive wine list is one of the main tasks of our Sommelier for the three outlets for wine­­­­­­­­–the dining room, the DIVINE wine bar and the retail wine cellar/shop. Our efforts have not gone unnoticed, bridges has received the coveted Wine Spectator Award for several years in a row now! So what are the challenges in making a great list and picking the right wines in Bali?

First, we think that the wine list should express our love for this amazing drink. Naturally, the wine list must complement the food on our menu; it should be interesting, clear, focused, easy to understand, informative and offer many options to choose from. And it needs to consider the many different wine drinkers and their varying tastes and budgets. The list should also be a little bit adventurous and inspire to explore something new. Here in Bali, the government tax policy also plays a role and can set limitations to the offering, the same goes for the constant availability of the wines.

With over 350 labels in our cellar, we feel quite confident that we have covered the variety issue well and as we use a modest margin, there is a wide choice of good, affordable wines as well. One of our Sommelier’s goals is to offer an interesting choice of wines by the glass and he is also conducting weekly thematic wine tasting Masterclasses with the opportunity to taste five wines and get insights to broaden one’s wine knowledge. A very popular event taking place every Friday in the wine cellar.

It gives such a pleasure to propose the perfect wine to the meal chosen by the guests, to create wonderful harmony. Our Sommelier loves to talk wine with the guests, to find out their preferences, what are they looking for in the wine to make their dining experience memorable. He also puts great emphasis on regularly training the wait staff about all things wine, not always an easy task considering that many of them do not drink or even like wine!

At your next visit, take time to study our extensive wine list and have a chat with our Sommelier.

See our wine menus here
DIVINE Fridays
Wine Tasting Masterclass

Music & bridges, A Very Good Mix
About Making a Great Wine List