A Guide To Different Types of Bars

A Guide To Different Types of Bars

What if we tell you there are over twenty types of bars? There’s a type of bar perfect for chilling with friends, impressing a date, or sharing a special moment with your loved one. 

In this blog, we introduce nine of the most common types of bars to make your evenings way more exciting. With our guide, you can become a pro at picking the right bar for any occasion.

Plus, we’ve hand-picked examples of each bar type in locations around the world, so that you can dive straight into the fun.

1. Cocktail Bar

A cocktail bar specialises in crafting diverse cocktails — classic and signature drinks. The mixologists combine spirits, liqueurs, mixers, and high-quality garnishes for a refreshing experience. 

The atmosphere is chic, with dim lighting and stylish décor. Soft background music creates a welcoming environment.

Cocktail Bar Example:

Pinstripe Cocktail Bar Ubud. It’s known for its Cocktail Anthology Menu, which features ten cocktails named after past personalities who left their mark on Bali’s cultural history.

2. Speakeasy Bar

A speakeasy bar emulates the Prohibition era’s secret bars. It offers mystery and exclusivity to the experience.

Vintage décor, historical theme, dim lighting, retro furnishings, and vintage-inspired entertainment evoke the ambience of the 1920s. A cosy setting facilitates easy camaraderie. 

Speakeasy Bar Example:

Room 309 in Hong Kong. This hidden gem offers a mysterious venue with an intimate atmosphere and a range of imaginative cocktails.

3. Sports Bar

A sports bar, going by the name, caters to sports enthusiasts. It has big-screen TVs to show sports events, comfortable seating, and a laid-back ambience. 

This bar type serves beers, classic cocktails, and comfort food. The atmosphere is energetic and vibrant. Walls in some bars are adorned with sports memorabilia.

Sports Bar Example:

Casa Jaguar Sports Bar, Buenos Aires. It offers a welcoming and lively atmosphere for watching games and a chance to easily make friends and socialise with other guests.

4. Dive Bar

A dive bar is a casual bar to socialise over drinks at a low price point. It has a casual atmosphere with basic furnishings. 

Some of these bars have a jukebox playing classic tunes or pool tables. The bartenders or waiters usually know the regulars by name. 

Dive Bar Example:

Dive Bar Austin in Texas, USA. It offers rotating drafts, canned beer and specialty  drinks. It’s popular for its non-pretentious vibe.

5. Pub or Tavern 

A pub or tavern is a casual bar serving various alcoholic beverages and comfort food. It features a bar area for socialising and dining areas to enjoy drinks and meals. The vibe is relaxed and informal.

‘Pub’ is a shortened version of the UK word ‘public house’. Its American equivalent is a tavern.

Pub / Tavern Example:

Waxy O’Connor’s in London. It serves beers, spirits, and pub grub. It’s perfect for lively events like watching sports or celebrating St Patrick’s day.

How is a pub different from a dive bar?

🪑 Décor: A pub typically has traditional décor and wooden furnishings. On the contrary, a dive bar has basic furnishings. 

🕮 Menu: A pub’s drink menu has a lot of variety, whereas a dive bar has a limited drink selection, primarily beers and basic cocktails.

🥘 Food: A pub offers hearty comfort food, whereas a diver bar offers simple items like burgers, fries, or other bar snacks.

👨Clientele: Pubs are more family-friendly. Dive bars are frequented by regulars, neighbourhood locals, younger crowds, and Bohemians.

🎸 Entertainment Options: Pubs usually offer live music, trivia nights, or sports viewing events. Dive bars have a jukebox, pool table, or arcade games.

6. Wine Bar

A wine bar offers wines of different varieties, regions, and styles. It offers wines by the glass, bottle, or flight.

Its atmosphere is typically elegant, with relaxed seating. Background music is low-key. 

Some wine bars hire sommeliers to guide guests with wine-food pairings. A few may also offer wine tastings to educate patrons.

Wine Bar Example:

Belle Wine Bar in Bali. It offers an exclusive selection of Indonesian and European specialities plus serves charcuterie, cheese and chocolate.

7. Live Music Bar 

A live music bar features musical performances. Some of them may also host open mic nights, jam sessions, or tribute concerts.

Such bars usually have a dedicated performance space. The set-up is concert-style, with seating arrangements facing the performance space. 

Live Music Bar Example:

Laughing Buddha Bar in Ubud. This venue features regular live music performances by local and international artists. The music genres include Rock n’ roll, Funk Rock, and Latin Soul.

8. Hotel Bar

A hotel bar serves a variety of alcoholic beverages, including signature cocktails, and light snacks or meals. The atmosphere reflects the hotel’s ambience. 

Hotel bars may be located in the lobby or on the roof. These bars cater to hotel guests as well as local patrons. But, some upscale hotel bars may be exclusive for guests.

Hotel Bar Example: 

Sea Fu Bar at Four Seasons Resort Dubai. This bar has seating looking out over the sea. It serves craft cocktails and gourmet light meals such as truffle gyozas.

9. Specialty Bar

A speciality bar focuses on a specific theme, concept, or niche interest. These bars may specialise in a particular type of drink (tequila, whiskey, gin or vodka), cuisine, or entertainment. 

These bars often feature themed decor, immersive elements, and attention to detail that transport guests to another world or era. 

Specialty Bar Example: 

Whiskey Den in Melbourne, Australia. This whiskey bar has liquor from as far away as North America and Japan. 

Types Of Bars Comparison

Bar TypePerfect ForFood and DrinkDress Code
Cocktail BarCelebrating special occasions or savouring exceptional cocktails.A diverse range of expertly crafted cocktails — timeless classics and innovative creations. 
Food includes small plates and appetisers, gourmet snacks, and seasonal specialities.
Smart chic attire.
Speakeasy BarIntimate gatherings and experiencing Jazz nostalgia of the 1920s.A curated selection of craft cocktails — seasonal cocktails, signature house creations, or classic recipes with a modern twist. 
Food includes small plates or appetisers, artisanal snacks, and small bites 
Smart casual attire.
Sports BarWatching sports events and casual hangouts.Beers, liquors, cocktails, and bar food like burgers.Casual attire.
Dive BarLaid-back nights out with friends.Beers, spirits, and simple bar snacks.Casual attire.
Pub/TavernSocialising with friends and enjoying after-work drinks.A selection of beers on tap, and comfort food like fish and chips.Casual attire.
Wine BarWine enthusiasts and romantic dates.An extensive wine list with options for wine flights and cheese platters.Smart casual attire.
Live Music BarEnjoying live music performances and dancing.A range of cocktails and finger foods.Casual to smart casual attire.
Hotel BarHotel guests and travellers seeking relaxation.Signature cocktails and international cuisine.Smart casual attire.
Specialty BarExperiencing unique themes and niche interests like era, movie, book, and so on.Specialised cocktails according to the bar’s theme for a one-of-a-kind drinking experience. 
Food includes creative small plates, themed platters, and signature dishes. 
May vary depending on the bar’s theme.
Tabulation: A Quick Guide Into Different Bar Types

Pinstripe Bar: Bali’s Premier All-in-One Venue

If you’re looking for a classic speakeasy vibe, some of the best cocktails in Bali, an exceptional wine collection, premium spirits, a cigar bar, or lip-smacking gourmet food — all under one roof, Pinstripe Bar is your go-to place.

Come and indulge in an unforgettable experience with friends or a loved one.

Make a reservation.

Reviews On Google

Made IndiraMade Indira
07:32 29 Jun 24
I went to Pinstripe while me and some friends had a staycation in Tegalalang for the weekend. After had dinner we decided to go check the bar at Pinstripe to get maybe one or two glass of margarita. Once I saw their cocktails menu, I had difficulties to choose between their well-crafted menu. Then Panji, the head mixologist served us a welcome drinks, I never expect the taste to be sooo delicious. From there I totally forgot the margarita and just let Panji surprise me with the magical taste of the cocktails that are so delicious I cannot stop sipping them. I tried to guess the ingredients Panji use in my cocktails, which of course mostly failed. The cocktails ingredients are source locally which really interesting because many of them usually use as cooking ingredients.Definitely will come back to try all the menu.
ros Marchros March
15:32 28 Jun 24
One of the best Ubud area cocktail bar here!!!Cocktail & atmosphere & Music,I highly recommend here!!!!
Keisuke YamamotoKeisuke Yamamoto
15:28 28 Jun 24
Great ConceptGreat atmosphereGreat Cocktails
15:05 28 Jun 24
Best cocktails weve had in a while! Definitely a must go when in Ubud looking for a hip place to drink and smoke some cigar.
perdana yogaperdana yoga
14:19 15 Jun 24
The best bar in bali
louise melochelouise meloche
05:29 30 May 24
This is one of my favourite cocktail bars in Ubud! Pinstripe is a must visit bar that is great to visit solo or with a group of friends. They have a huge range of premium spirits, if you are into tequila, gin or whiskeys, this place has the biggest range in Ubud.The cocktails are really inventive and aesthetic. Personally I love the Mezcal one with the peacock feather, it is delicious and the flavours are balanced perfectly.The atmosphere is cosy yet it’s a large space with an indoor and outside terrace with jungle views. Perfect place to sit of an afternoon with cocktails or wine and then move inside for the lively atmosphere at night time.This bar is really unique and I recommend to all my friends visiting Bali to make sure they don’t miss out on visiting!
t hornt horn
15:05 27 May 24
The best and most spectacular cocktails in Bali his bar is extraordinary and elegant. Sophisticated classy and sexy. Changga is a master mixologist that makes every cocktail come exiting with the story of the name as well as detailed preparation. Must visit must indulge must experience if you are in Ubud !!! The service is impeccable, the drinks the best in Bali, the atmosphere is sexy old Hollywood with class and sophisticated touch. The BEST!! Thank you for amazing memories.
Coming here just for the vibes, not expecting the foods and sides are so delicious. Definitely worth coming back again. The Servers are very nice and very informative. Adit, one of the waiters took the time explaining everything, props to him!
Marlene KyrönenMarlene Kyrönen
03:32 17 Apr 24
Highly recommend pinstripe bar. The best cocktails on the island. My personal favorite is The artist! So delicious. We had a great time here and service is amazing. Must must visit when in Ubud. 10/10!!
Heru kecilHeru kecil
21:02 28 Feb 24
Best place that i've ever visited in Bali!Can't describe by words.The cocktails, the service, the ambience, the music, most of all the bartenders are legends.Definitely will be back.
Nana MooreNana Moore
20:48 22 Feb 24
Nice place to having a dinner and chill while enjoying Live music 🎶 it was incredible and good memories. The Bar absolutely amazing, indoor area with air conditioning, outdoor area for some people smoking. What is the most I like is the bathroom, very clean and cozy to do my make up 😂😁🤣
ChonTea idChonTea id
14:33 20 Feb 24
Panji and his team are best that’s all!!Its bar ambience will bring u to different world, a good getaway in Ubud
Ca BiCa Bi
13:23 18 Jan 24
We started our degustation at the bar with our complimentary cocktail served with 3 different amuse bouche.The atmosphere is lovely. We felt taken back to the 1930sMake sure to get early to your restaurant reservation so you can enjoy an aperitif here.
Nathan CawoodNathan Cawood
19:09 28 Oct 23
This is simply as good as a bar gets. It is somewhat hidden and more a speak easy than a bar. Staff is impeccably talented. The atmosphere is perfect right down to the smallest detail. I only wish we went here earlier. It may just be the best bar experience in Bali, and that is truly quite that statement.
Calvin VoonCalvin Voon
08:49 12 Oct 23
Exquisite drinks. Didn’t eat this time. Will be back 100%.Come here if you value:- exceptionally drinks with presentation- fluent English speaking, attentive waitstaff- a low-key vibe, fancy atmosphere, tastefully decorative and clean facilities that sets a 1950s moodWent here an hour before closing for nightcaps. And no they didn’t kick us out even after it was closed. Managed to have 4 cocktails between two people plus complimentary welcome AND send off drinks. The send off drink is that light purple potion, which I forget the name of, and it’s unforgettably delicious.Smoking allowed on the deck area. Think cigars are available for purchase.Look forward to returning for more poisons.

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