What To Wear to a Cocktail Bar?

In this guide, we give you an easy to follow guide on the do’s and don’ts of what to wear to a cocktail bar.

A cocktail bar dress code balances formal and casual attire. This fusion is flexible. It means you can mix and match different outfits, yet still inject your individual style and vibe to your outfit. Just remember that even though you should aim for an elegant look, that feeling comfortable is still important.

Sometimes, it may be challenging to decide what’s just right to wear for a cocktail evening. You might worry about making a mistake without even realising it. 

Worry not, we’re here to help with an easy-to-understand guide to cocktail bar dress codes for men and women.

Cocktail Bar Attire for Men

Tops Opt for a crisp, button-down shirt in a subtle pattern or white, light blue or pastel shades.
Layer a blazer or sports coat over your dress shirt to instantly elevate your outfit. 
Avoid wearing t-shirts, tank tops, or overly casual shirts with loud patterns or graphics. 
BottomsChoose well-fitted trousers in classic colours — black, navy, or charcoal grey.Steer away from casual wear like jeans, cargo pants, or shorts.
FootwearWear a pair of dress shoes that complement your outfit. Go in for Oxfords, loafers, or derby shoes in leather or suede.Say no to sneakers, flip-flops, or sandals.
AccessoriesElevate your look with a classic watch, leather belt, and subtle tie or pocket square. Avoid over-accessorising with flashy or bulky jewellery that distracts from your outfit’s sophistication.
GroomingEnsure your hair is well-styled, your facial hair is well-groomed, your hands are clean, and your nails are trimmed.Avoid unkempt hair and facial hair like beards.

Tabulation 1: Cocktail Bar Attire Guidelines for Men

Cocktail Bar Attire for Women

Tops Choose elegant blouses with lace, ruffles, or embellishments.
Opt for classic cocktail dress silhouettes, including A-line, sheath, wrap, empire, and slip. 
You could also try a stylish top and blazer, or a dressy medium-length skirt with a pretty blouse. 
Look for midi dresses with a hem between the knee and ankle.
Select luxurious fabrics like wool or crepe for a polished finish. 
Opt for a well-tailored blazer in coordinating colours or subtle patterns. 
Avoid overly casual styles like sundresses or mini skirts, or overly dramatic maxis.
BottomsOpt for a sophisticated dress or skirt that falls at or slightly above the knee. 
Pair a skirt or tailored trousers with a dressy top if you prefer separates.
Wear well-fitted tailored pants in neutral hues or subtle prints.
Consider a chic pantsuit in a tailored silhouette for a refreshing twist on cocktail attire.
You could also try wide-leg pants or cigarette pants 
For separates, go with either pants or a skirt on the bottom. A stylish, fitted pantsuit is a cocktail-attire classic. 
Avoid overly casual bottoms like jeans or shorts.
FootwearOpt for heels in a classic style like pumps or strappy sandals to elongate your silhouette. 
Alternatively, choose dressy flats or loafers in premium materials like leather or suede.
Steer away from sneakers, flip-flops, or casual sandals.
AccessoriesChoose timeless pieces like stand-out earrings, stud earrings, delicate necklaces, or a simple bracelet. 
Carry a sleek clutch or small handbag that complements your outfit. 
Choose a neutral colour or subtle metallic finish for versatility. Ensure the bag is large enough to hold your keys, phone, and lipstick.
Avoid overly flashy or statement jewellery that may detract from your ensemble.
GroomingKeep hair and makeup polished and sophisticated to complete your cocktail bar look. 
Opt for a classic bun, polished waves, or a chic ponytail. 
Choose makeup that enhances your features. 
Ensure nails are well-groomed and polished for a polished finish.
Avoid unkempt hair and overly dramatic makeup.

Tabulation 2: Cocktail Bar Attire Guidelines for Women

Cocktail Bar Dress Code Tips

  1. Before heading to the cocktail bar, check for any specific dress code mentioned on the bar’s website or social media pages. 
  1. Choose quality over quantity. Keep your outfit classy, not flashy.
  1. Adapt your attire to the weather. Choose breathable fabrics and lighter layers in warmer months. Opt for heavier fabrics and layers in cooler weather.
  1. Opt for well-fitted garments made from quality fabrics. Choose silk, satin, or chiffon for women. Stick to wool or linen for men.
  1. Choose classic styles and neutral colours to exude a polished appearance. Avoid shades that could look bridal.
  1. Ensure your attire is neatly pressed for a polished look.
  1. Ensure your clothing fits well and flatters you. 
  1. Choose clothing and footwear that let you move easily, especially if you intend to dance for quite some time.
  1. Ensure shoes are clean and polished.
  1. Wear your chosen outfit confidently. Feel your best.

Why Do Cocktail Bars Have a Dress Code?

  1. Branding

Cocktail bars work hard to create an atmosphere that reflects their brand identity or appeals to their target audience. A dress code can attract a specific kind of clientele and set the club apart. The dress code can ensure that patrons’ wear aligns with the desired ambience.

  1. Keeping Patrons Safe

Implementing a dress code enables bar staff to differentiate guests from potential troublemakers. This practice helps maintain a safe environment for guests and can help prevent unruly behaviour.

What to Wear to Pinstripe Cocktail Bar, Bali

We offer an upscale atmosphere where our guests feel elegant and sophisticated. With furniture adorned in marble and dark wood along with bronze elements, we’ve created a speakeasy bar in Bali atmosphere reminiscent of the bygone 1930s jazz era

Pinstripe Bar is not your usual cocktail bar. We also house some of the most exquisite cigars. Plus, we offer several experiences to enhance your evenings. 

  • Live jazz performances by the saxophonist Arie Kurniawan on Thursdays, and Yuri Mahatma and Astrid Sulaiman on Fridays.
  • Cocktail masterclass by our expert Head Mixologist Panji. In this masterclass, you learn about fresh ingredients you can use for your cocktails.

So, when it comes to dress code, we aim for smart, chic attire and suggest avoiding sports gear or beachwear like t-shirts and flip-flops. 

By dressing the part, you help us maintain our ambience. Come, join us for a special dining and cocktail experience at Pinstripe Bar!

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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