Guide to Legian – Legian Restaurants & Bars
Legian is sandwiched between two different worlds—Kuta and Seminyak—but has a whole life of its own. It’s a little quieter than its two neighbours but does have its rocking bars and restaurants and most of the better ones are full most evenings. There is a holiday vibe in Legian and it has some fabulous beach clubs, fun sports bars and pubs (or Husband Day Care Center, as one bar puts it) and some rather decent eateries. It’s a great place to grab a bite and chug down a glass of ice cold beer, accompanied by your favorite team and band, both playing live. We’ve covered our favorite spots spread across the six main roads of the area: Padma, Padma Utara, Melasti, Sahadewa (or Garlic Lane), Werkudara (formerly known as Rum Jungle Road), and, of course, Jalan Legian. If you happen to be a Legian virgin, this list might prove more than useful…
Moo Moo’s Steakhouse Bar & Grill
Moo Moo’s serves one of the best steaks on the island. Plus, their two projectors and 14 plasma screens showing live sports will keep the vibe buzzing. If you are up for it, try finishing their T-Bone Challenge menu (1kg T-bone steak, golden fries, grilled corn, steamed veggies) in 30 minutes time and you’ll get a free certified T-shirt and your name etched on Moo Moo’s wall of fame. A great way to make a mark in life!
Mozzarella Restaurant & Bar
For a bit of posh dining ambiance, Mozzarella has been a tourists’ favorite ever since they opened in 2009. Their menu leans on Western with a smattering of Asian, but their claim to fame seems to be their delicious Aglio Olio. Other than that, their steaks, salads, and signature cocktails are totally worth a try!
Posers Pub & Restaurant
Located at the corner of Padma and Padma Utara, Posers gives off an old time pub atmosphere with friendly service, and it’s always buzzing come sun down. The food and the ice cold beer are reasonably-priced, and interestingly one of their top dishes—aside from the burgers and other western menu—are the tom yum and beef rendang.
Fat Bowl, in front of Padma Resort entrance, has a rather eclectic menu that mingles Japanese, pasta, and a variety of salads. The scene-stealer, though, is their 30cm diameter burger! It comes with one kilo of beef patty, four eggs, cheese, bacon strips, pineapple slices, pickles, and other green goodness. Prepare for other people coming over and wanting to take a pic of it.
Azul Beach Club
Azul provides a good sunset gazing spot with a Tiki cocktail in hand. What sets them apart is their wonderful traditional bamboo structure, as well as their so-called “sunset pods” that give scenic views of the ocean. They serve really great food and their Tiki Bar is the first of its kind in Bali—and we just can’t get enough of their Nusa Cana Coconut Mojito! Watch out for live music events and their Sunday BBQ.
Skai Beach Club
Another of our favorite beach clubs on Padma Beach is Skai Beach Club, which is part of Padma Resort Legian. The vibe is hip and fun, and their infinity pool makes for a great spot come evening. Awesome food and cocktails too.
Jl. Padma Utara
A full-on sports pub, the Y Bar is a nice joint to catch up on your AFL or NRL games. We’re loving the food here too, like the souvlaki, fish and chips, and burgers. And how’s this for a peculiar event: on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday, they stage the (not so politically-correct) Midget Fun Boxing, complemented also with tiny-sized dancers. Don’t say there are no surprises in Legian.
This simple warung has been a mainstay in Legian for about 20 years now. It’s still modest in size and affordable in price (IDR25k max). We recommend ordering Nasi Campur, a super generous portion of rice with shredded chicken, tempeh, tofu, hard-boiled egg, steamed veggies, and a separate bowl for sayur lodeh (vegetables with spicy coconut gravy).
Romeos Bar & Grillery
Romeos (part of Ossotel) is one of the more chic dining spots in Padma Utara, offering décor and delectable menu, especially if you order their Romeo Mix Grill of rib eye, pork ribs, sausage and lamb chop. They also have a great selection of cocktails perfectly mixed by their well-trained staff, and their Beer Pong is a hoot!
In the middle of rows of stores, restos, and shops, you can’t miss Sammy’s. It’s actually quite small but from the front it has a unique hut-like shape. It’s one of the favorite dining spots for expats staying in the area since it offers great food with affordable prices. Try their chicken wings and fresh salads.
Pass Poco Loco and you’ll be tempted to stop by simply because of the greetings of their friendly sombrero-wearing staff. The Mexican Kitchen & Bar is one of the most popular Mexican restos in Bali and has been there for two decades. They must be doing something right, and one thing for sure is they’ve got a killer Fajita platter. Fun times and good Mex is guaranteed at this institution.
If samosas and baba ganoushes are your comfort food then head on down to Layali. The Lebanese restaurant nails down the Middle Eastern ambience perfectly, with the bonus being the delectable and authentic food (we love their hommus and shish kebab lamb). Even better: the price range are totally friendly! Their Shisha Lounge—with large low tables surrounded by ground cushions—is fun for casual hangouts.
Perched close to the relatively busy intersection of Melasti, Seacrest (part of Rivavi Fashion Hotel) is a nice spot to unwind after a day at the beach or shopping. With its fun and energetic environment, friendly staff and tasty, casual food (think Rumours), Seacrets is a the sort of dining spot that you can come in for a feed and wind up passing the night away singing along to the live band with a cold beer in your hand.
Sheppy’s seems to be always buzzing even on weekdays. Well, they’ve been around for quite a long time, and it is a reliable go to dining (and drinking) spot for tourists who visit Bali often. Their Sheppy’s Burger is good, and so does the Nasi Goreng in case you prefer local dishes.
Jl. Werkudara (or Rum Jungle Road)
Chapter 2 Restaurant & Bar
Seemingly inconspicuous, Chapter 2’s congenial and laidback atmosphere (one of the waiters has gimmicky yet amusing card tricks) combined with great food and drinks, means they always pack a family crowd at night. They serve mostly Western food, with the favorites being their pizza and burgers, but we’re loving the coffee too. Over the weekends there are live musical performances.
Sendok Emas Restaurant
Sendok Emas Resto (in front of Jayakarta Hotel) looks like your regular bar/pub you’ve seen aplenty in Legian area, but it has a spacious restaurant inside. They have vintage Joglo décor, but the food is more Western (steak, pasta, pizza), and their Bintang on tap is pretty cold. Don’t miss their daily Happy Hour with a great 2-for-1 deal.
Jl. Sahadewa (or Garlic Lane)
Garlic Lane Restaurant & Bar
Well we have to give a shout out to this one since it gave the lane its nickname. Garlic Lane Restaurant is considered to be an iconic part of the Legian landscape. The décor is nothing out of the ordinary but their breakfast menu and main dishes like the chicken schnitzel are really good. On Wednesday and Saturday nights, get ready to be entertained by their staple lady boy shows lip-syncing to pop anthems.
The Legend Bar & Restaurant
This ol’ school joint has such a fun and vibrant vibe, and it shows right down to what their staff are wearing, from Elvis or Michael Jackson costumes to drag queen getups—hilarious! Their beer is super cold and the cocktails are totally inexpensive; and we suggest you have a designated driver in case you’re adventurous enough to try their signature Plucka Duck cocktail!