Umalas restaurant and sports bar James Cook
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Umalas restaurant and sports bar James Cook is the reincarnation of Umalas restaurant and sports bar the Flying Cook which was the reincarnation of the now closed, famous Captain Cook sports bar in Legian. Big and spacious, a welcome Aussie sports bar in the area.
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I used to go to Captain Cook occasionally, and liked the genuine Aussie bar feel without the bogan flavour, and this vibe has been brought to the new premises on Jalan Semer, not far from Bali Buda in Umalas where there is room to expand on a few ideas that the previous locations didn’t allow.
Things like a room for kids where kids can play while parents relax with friends or watch sport. There is a decent kids’ menu as well, so they will be happy here to eat and hang out.
One of the only Aussie sports bars in the area, and the only place to watch AFL football in Umalas, currently the James Cook bar in Umalas is also showing the cricket which for occasional cricket and tragics like is really good and welcome.
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The menu here is really big, with a large choice of burgers, baquettes, rolls and sandwiches all fairly priced around the 70-80k mark.
There are also pasta dishes to choose from along with a list of fairly standard Indonesian dishes most of which are priced in the 40-50k price range.
There is a lovely, breezy pool area here with a table which came from Captain Cook which I found quite hard to play on (Big balls, small pockets and deadly cushions made it hard, and I reckon a proper size table ought to be on the agenda real soon as there is space for it), as well as a dart board – home to a weekly darts competition.
Umalas sports bar James Cook fills a bit of a niche in Umalas and I think it will become a very good Bali sports bar and a great place for Bali AFL. They have 10 or so TVs and get free to air TV beamed in from Australia as well as streaming of Australian football.
By Mark O’Brien, March 2015, updated August 2016
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