What isn’t Canguu’s Oldman’s? Laid back beer Garden? Sure. Lunch spot? Definitely. Surf clubhouse? Pretty much. Its proximity to the beach has made it a rest spot for beach goers and a hangout for hungry brunch crowds since 2003 – but the vibrant murals and live music attract the more adventurous of locals, too. Sean Cosgrove escaped to Bali and now boasts some of the most respected businesses on the island. Old Man’s is one of them.
An Oldman’s Paradise
Sean: I exited Oz in 2003 on a promise to never see a miserable Melbourne winter again. But you can only lie around and do nothing on a tropical island for so long, so [I started Old Man’s] about 6 months after landing here. I’ve had a garment factory, a cafe – The Cornerstore – which was a bit of an institution, Petitenget – which is a beautiful restaurant in Seminyak, and now Oldman’s.
Oldman’s is harking back to the classic surf club come beer garden style of kitchen. It’s basic but great! Fish and chips, burgers, Nasi Goreng, for example. I’ve found our most popular dish to be the local vegan liquid delicacy Bintang.
[At Oldman’s] It’s all about the beach! Surf – eat – drink – surf – party! The best thing about operating in Bali is The lack of anything to do with any kind of compliance that is enforced in Oz.
Petitenget has the best coffee on the island!
Batu Karas, West Java.
Hanging with my three kids.
Major fires are seen as a sign of good luck, and it’s true!
Early ‘90s through Mexico, most of the time on the wrong side of the road.
Chile to Argentina over the Andes.
More info at facebook.com/oldmansbali