Bali has a diverse choice of nightspots, including many bars and clubs. The island is also home to various well-known tipples. These include Bintang (Indonesia’s most popular beer), Bali Hai (the local beer), Hatten (wines produced locally), and traditional spirits like ‘arak’ and ‘brem’.
The island’s party hotspot is Kuta, where you’ll find lots of clubs. Many of these venues have tight security policies. Seminyak is becoming increasingly popular with revellers, due to an influx of top class bars and clubs. Quieter than the popular southern locations, Lovina still offers a host of impressive night time options.
As well as being home to a vibrant bar and club scene, Bali also boasts a rich culture of traditional dance. While there, try to check out a ‘barong’ (lion dance), depicting the fight between good and evil, or a ‘kecak’ (monkey dance), which can involve up to 250 dancers.
Various freesheets are available with lots of great information about Bali’s nightlife. Have a look at Groove, What’s Up Bali, Bali Plus or The Beat to see what’s happening during your stay.
Jalan Saminyak 1, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia
One of the oldest nightspots on the island, this bar offers a chilled atmosphere and a great soundtrack of Latino music.
Open daily 7pm-2am.
Jalan Legian, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia
Built to look like a ship, this venue is very well-liked amongst tourists. Up on deck you'll find a restaurant, while down in the hull is the place to go for a lively bar and dance floor. It attracts a young crowd, probably through features like its mini-bungee.
Open daily 10pm-3am.
Jalan Sukma 2, near Money Forest, Bali, Indonesia
A vibrant bar, the Jazz Café offers a great choice of drinks and a selection of performances by live jazz bands.
Jalan Kajeng 1, Bali, Indonesia
This 'cave bar' hosts movie nights in an interior that resembles a temple. It's also the place to go for a wide selection of drinks and lots of loud music.