Bali Nightlife [Updated Nov 2019]
Bali nightlife is centred in the southern tourist areas of Kuta, Seminyak and Canggu, then Uluwatu, Sanur and Nusa Dua. The most happening nightlife in Bali is the west coastal strip of Kuta, Seminyak and Canggu. This whole area has grown over the years from a dry, coconut tree lined area of farm land and rice fields to one of the most vibrant nightlife zones on the planet featuring great restaurants, live music, shows and above all, electronic music and clubbing. The Kuta and Seminyak nightlife scenes are basically divided by age, class and wallet size.
Kuta is the original party zone of Bali nightlife and the place that back packers, surfies and first time visitors invariably arrive for their first taste of Bali. Cheap accommodation, cheap beers and buzzing at all hours with people from all parts of the world is what Kuta is all about. Maybe the demographic has changed in the Kuta area over the past few years as Canggu and Uluwatu have taken a lot of the surfie backpacker youth, but Kuta nightlife still rocks seven nights a week. The dress code is very casual; wear your shorts, T-shirt and why not, the ubiquitous Bintang singlet if you are so inclined and you will feel right at home.
Meanwhile, Seminyak has always been the more sophisticated end of Bali nightlife. Luxury villas, classy people and fine dining is the situation in this sometimes pricey and up-market enclave of expats and higher-end tourists. The street hawker dudes are already spreading in from Kuta to Seminyak and little tourist kiosks are popping up all over the neighbourhood so it won’t be long till the borders are blurred between the two, but for now, Seminyak and the areas north are still the more relaxed and comfortable places to be. It’s the place to get dressed up in your coolest linen for a night on the town. Having said that, though, Seminyak nightlife is only really busy from Wednesday till Saturday nights except for the area at the top of Jalan Kayu Aya (La Favela and Los Gringos) and if alternatively inclined, Jalan Dhyana Pura.
Canggu is just north of Seminyak and has fast become the new playground for the laid-back style, with young international tourists flocking to Bali on a digital nomad tip and hipster ride. Loads of hipsters, surfies and Euros are riding around on their bikes, no-helmets, shirts off looking for hotspots like Old Man’s, Deus, Finns, The Lawn and a whole bunch of new western influenced bars and restaurants similar to Seminyak a few years ago, but with a modern and definitely hipster twist. Berawa, Batu Bolong and Echo Beach are the spots. Well worth a look and a play.
Sanur was the first tourist area of Bali and has a languid, chilled out approach to life. There are a number of dining options along Jl. Danau Tamblingan and the hotels along the beach. There are also a bunch of casual restaurants on the promenade along the beach that are worth a try. Nightlife is limited to a few sports bars and old timer restaurants and bars. There are also a couple of live music joints, Casablanca and Nu Lazer. The locals don’t call Sanur Snooore for nothing.
The Uluwatu area has bounded out of the gates in the past couple of years and taken Bali by storm. The uber-stylish Omnia Day Club has become one of the most popular venues on the Bali map since opening at the beginning of 2018, bringing superstar acts from all over the planet to entertain the masses at their big events and day in, day out, serving great day club experiences for tourists and locals alike. Another venue to open recently in the area is Ulu Cliffhouse, which has very busy, large events, but is quieter on the normal days. With Karma Kandara’s Karma Beach and Sundays Beach Club down the road offering great chilled beach-side action, and Single Fin, overlooking the Uluwatu surf break, popping just about every day and especially Sunday evenings, Uluwatu has a lot to offer. And let’s not forget the glorious white sand beaches down that way!
Jimbaran & Nusa Dua
Jimbaran has made its name with the fish warungs dotted along the long white beach from the airport to Four Seasons Resort of Jimbaran Bay. Those beach side seafood restaurants continue to pack punters in every night of the week. Four Seasons’ Sundara restaurant right on the beach has tasty sunset sessions with chilled DJ and live music action, and one of the most famous bars in town, the Rock Bar (pictured below) is up the road at the Ayana Resort. Rock Bar is breathtaking and set right on the water’s edge, but go early before sunset, as it’s always busy and has a queue for the inclinator, but you can can always walk down on the left side. Further down the road to Nusa Dua, you can find the new Ismaya outlet, Manarai Beach House for excellent dining and the perfect spot for a Sunday laze by the beach or pool. The Sunday brunches in the Nusa Dua five-star hotels are also worth the drive.
There are plenty of options for nightlife and entertainment in Bali, for the backpacker in a bamboo beach hut to the high-end Hong Kong banker dining in the one of the best fine dining restaurants in the world, there is really something for everyone. It may take a while or a couple of trips to figure the island’s nightlife scene out for yourself or make it easy and just click the links below for more current information on the Bali nightlife.
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