One complaint many expats have about living in Bali, is the high cost of alcohol, especially imported spirits. You can sometimes pay two or three times the price for an imported bottle of wine than you would in your own country.
Fortunately there is some alcohol which is locally produced, which manages to get around the high import taxes and is reasonably priced. I would like to warn anyone coming to Bali however, to avoid the alcohol made by small shops and sold along the side of the road, locally known as arak.
Every so often there are reports of tourists dying or getting seriously ill from drinking arak (not to mention the many unreported local deaths). The deaths are from methanol which is a by-product of the fermentation process. Some bars, especially recently on the Gili Islands have been serving arak in replacement of the more expensive vodka.
Bali Moon Liquors have now released a locally made vodka simply called “9”, from the number of times it has been charcoal filtered. The price is about 180,00 rupiah for a 700ml bottle, with alcohol content about 40%. Absolut can be about three times this price at the supermarket Carrefour.
Bali Moon are famous for producing a variety of liquors including: Banana, Coffee, Coconut, Pineapple, Melon, Triple Sec and Blue Curacao.
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Bali Moon can be contacted on: (0361) 461 945 and their address is:
Jalan By Pass Ngurah Rai No.64, Tohpati, Denpasar, Bali. Unfortunately their website is not currently working.