MIDNIGHT is the starting time for raging in Bali, Nightlife in Bali is just what you would expect it to be – loud, vibrant and great fun. When you go out to explore Bali’s buzzing nightlife, you will be welcomed as a friend.
Every nook and corner of the island is lined up with Nightclubs in Bali which are open throughout the night. But the tastes differ from person to person.Tourists who prefer visiting the local bars and pubs in Bali earlier can enjoy the happy hour complimentary drinks that are offered while others prefer to remain awake for the entire night and enjoy loud music amidst a sea of faces
The most famous areas for nightlife in Bali are Kuta Beach and Seminyak Beach. Kuta will offer you a range of clubs and bars that are packed with party-goers. For those looking to dance the night away, its best to start your night late, as things get in to full swing only closer towards midnight. Find an array of clubs that many boast unique soirees and spin out music of different genres to suit the masses.
Dress codes are non-existant. Most people wear light clothing, including shorts and a T-Shirt probably purchased at one of the markets. There is no need for any fancy evening wear, infact you would probably stand out like a sore thumb if you did arrive wearing your trendy nightlife gear you would normally wear at home. There is NO age limit so even your little brother or sister can enjoy the music and let their hair down for the night.
So if one is wondering about how to experience the Bali nightlife then one of the best things to do in Bali is to hop on a taxi and either dance away at the nearest pub or watch a cultural performance which will leave an indelible mark in your mind.
THE “KUTA, SEMANYAK, LEGIAN “AREA
If asked about nightlife in Bali, of course, our minds will definitely think about Kuta Bali. Yes, Kuta Bali is synonymous with nigh life, no wonder because there are a variety of bars, pubs, cafes and discos that always crowd the Bali Kuta nightlife. Nowadays the area extending about 4 miles or 7 kilometers North from the original village of Kuta and includes now Legian, Seminyak and even Basangkasa.
Close to the center of the original Kuta village are places such as Casablanca etc. – down-market open-air pubs and very noisy discos full of Aussies. Peanuts Discotheque on Jalan Raya Legian near Jalan Melasti (about the border between Kuta and Legian) has been re-opened very soon after it was gutted by a fire. The huge (air-conditioned) dance floor is often crowded, guests are a mix of locals and younger foreign visitors.
For a somewhat more civilized evening out, you can have a couple of drinks after an early dinner at either TJ’s in Kuta, at the bar in Poco Loco in Legian, at the open street side bar at Nero Bali right opposite Aromas Restaurant in Kuta, or at Made’s Warung in Basangkasa.
Seminyak is the second beach where tourists can find an unforgettable nightlife and famous pubs. KU DE TA is the most famous nightlife of Seminyak. Its location just adjacent to one of Bali’s beaches and the famous hotel, the Oberoi. KU DE TA is the place to see and be seen where the DJ has begun the party since afternoon. This place is also a good point to watch sunset.
Below are some of Bali’s night life spots and party zones in Kuta, Legian and Seminyak:
The “A” Bar
A Swedish owned bar on Jalan Dhyana Pura Gado-gado Seminyak. The ‘A’ , stands for Absolute Vodka. Place of mature crowd, real drinks, and cozy atmosphere. Open from 8pm till late.
Bounty Discotheque provides three main bars for you: Taveren Bar, Captain Bar and Harbour Bar. It also presents the Kuta’s Largest and loudest sound-system, ahuge dance floor and hundreads head shaking guest every night of the week, its the most perfect place to party in Bali.
All Stars after Dark Back Stage Club
Located in Kuta Center on jl. Kartika Plaza. Live music and bands catering to all types 7 nights a week from 9pm to 2am.
THE “NUSA DUA, SANUR & UBUD” AREA
NUSA DUA AREA is also an interesting place. The area is not only famous for its Bali hotel, but also boasts world-class discotheques and pubs, but their location is deep in hotels. You will not get the crowds in the street as seen in Kuta, or girls who get drunk in the street. Nightlife in Nusa Dua bit more elegant and gentle, although the situation in the hotel was no different to the hustle of Kuta.
There is a fair bit of variety for late night drinking in Nusa Dua with many down to earth local bars playing live music along with plenty of plush cocktail bars found in many hotels. Follow our indispensable guide to the best drinking spots in Nusa Dua for every taste and budget.
This is the nearest thing to a real neighbourhood bar in Nusa Dua and always a lively spot with a large crowd of regular expats. It shows live sports, there is a pool table and puts on occasional rock live music.
A lively Spanish tapas bar providing the most colourful night out in town. Cheap cocktails, BBQ buffets and nightly salsa shows attract a vibrant mix of locals, expats and curious tourists.
Despite its location in a five star hotel, this is an authentic looking Irish pub with a fun atmosphere. There are weekly pub quizzes, live bands each Sunday and early evening happy hours. It is a popular after work watering hole for many locals and drinks are relatively cheap for Nusa Dua standards.
King Cole Bar
Exuding real glamour, this refined cocktail bar offers timeless elegance and prices to match. Fabulous designer cocktails and exemplary service provide a true VIP lounging experience.
Primarily a noisy karaoke lounge and bar, this is the place to be for unpretentious late night dancing and cheap ice cold beer. Catering almost exclusively to locals, few tourists make it here but the vibe is always lively and fun loving.
SANUR AREA is a lay back while enjoying wine and listening to soft jazz music. In addition, seafood dining while accompanied by singer and acoustic waves are also an attraction who desire a quiet nightlife. The same situation will also be found in the Ubud area, it’s just more traditional.
Greatest jam session on the Island every Friday night. Good food and bunch of people hang out there. Located opposite the Radisson Bali hotel in the Sanur Raya shopping complex.
Good Pub Grub; pool tables, televised football, and quiz night each Wednesday at 9pm. Located also at Jalan By Pass Ngurah Rai. Open till late.
Enjoy a cocktail in this cool setting. Located on Jl Danau Toba. Your hosts are from Australia and will make you feel most welcome.
Located with Bali Hyatt, a sophisticated cocktail bar, serves up live jazz every night except Wednesday from 8pm-1am .
Head down to Pergola on a Thursday evening for their Salsa night from 8pm onwards. Enjoy a drink or two at the bar!
The Wine and Cigar Bar at Pala
Bringing air-conditioned elegance to Sanur. A large range of moderately priced wines from allover the world can be drunk in comfort here or taken home.
Arena Sports Bar
A fun place to catch a soccer match or a game of Aussie Rules. Located at Jl. ByPass I Gusti Ngurah Rai 115, it is easy to get to, for people staying along Jl. Danau Tamblingan. If Sanur isn’t lively enough for you, jump into a cab and head to Kuta (nightclubs located on lower Jl. Legian) or to Seminyak (bars & nightclubs located at the end of Jl. Double Six and on Jl. Dhyana Pura).
Jazz Bar & Grill
Sanur Raya Complex serving great food and Monday night Jazz session is excellent. Jazz and cover bands 7 nights from 9.30pm.
Formerly Subec if you’re after a friend for the night this just might be the place to go.
UBUD AREA is known to be the cultural center of Bali, Ubud is famous for its performances of the traditional dance kecak. Pura Dalem on Jalan Raya has one of the best evening performances in town every Friday and Monday evening.
Place where you can party all night long and can have some real good fun.This bar cum lounge plays great music and their DJ’s are reportedly the best in town. The plush decor and the ambiance including the dim lighting keeps things comfortable and with the great music, even the shyest patrons eventually get coaxed onto the dance floor.CP Lounge located in the Monkey Forest Road, Ubud
Cool, modern bar with live DJ’s playing the latest dance music. Open daily except Mondays. Located at Jalan Monkey Forest.
Jazz Cafe Bar
one of the best night clubs in Ubud. Most of the youngsters rush to this night club because of its great ambiance,music and drinks; basically everything you need for a great night out. The bars are well stocked and you can choose your drinks accordingly. Outstanding musicians play acoustic jazz on Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays. A very popular hangout for the expat music scene. Located at Tebesaya.
Live modern music, mixed with gamelan on Tuesday nights until 11pm. Located at Jalan Monkey Forest.
Laughing Buddha Bar
One of the trendiest places in Ubud. You can feel the energetic vibe all around as soon as you enter the bar.It’s a perfect place to relax and hang out with your friends or enjoy yourself tapping your feet to the music.Indulge yourself drinking some of the best local and imported wines available here.
Leisure means full of entertainment. Bali is well known with its cultural entertainment such as beautiful dances and drama, Balinese puppet show, traditional music, and culture attractions such as cock fighting and bulls races. Bali is also welcome for international culture as well as the tourism boast from all over the world. Almost places on Bali perform international and Balinese entertainment. The sound of sea breeze blow, white waves rumble and coconut leaves wave composed in harmony with the magical fragrant of Frangipani and Jasmine flowers; enlivened with sincere smile and joyful Balinese bright eyes is the totally ambiance serenade of mother-nature’s entertainment.
Dance and Drama
Balinese entertainment commonly expressed into dance and drama. Dance and drama has an important role and historically in Balinese culture. In the religious occasions, dance and drama are the expression of artistic to be dedicated to the gods. Dance, drama and music become one part harmony collaboration of the Balinese traditional entertainment.
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