So you have just arrived in Seminyak for the first time and you are wondering what to do. Here’s a general guide to the Seminyak nightlife.
Seminyak is the more laid back and sophisticated part of south Bali. It’s north of Kuta and was originally the area inhabited by the European expats frequenting Bali’s shores. They brought with them the new electronic sounds and European dining. Now it’s a growing metropolis where you will find all the best that the world has to offer from food, shopping, beaches and the famous Seminyak nightlife.
Sunset starts the action and is a good warm up for the Seminyak nightlife. Try the restaurants on the Double Six/Blue Ocean strip for the hubbub of racket ball playing Euros and the buzz of the beach scene. The restaurants are good enough and the price right. Try Blue Ocean, Lanai, Zanzibar and Cocoon, or Doublesix Rooftop with its sweeping ocean views, are all good. Move along the beach north and get a seat at La Plancha or the myriad beach side cafes along that stretch. Cheap beers, food, and find exactly what a lot of people coming to Bali are looking for along this stretch of beach. Gado Gado and SOS Anantara offer more refined dining and cocktails. Sunset drinks and food are also good at Kudeta, Potato Head Beach Club, and W Retreat’s Woo Bar with DJs chilling the tunes and great dining – all in the Petitenget area.
Dining in Seminyak
As the sun sets and the tummy rumbles it’s time to find some grits. ‘Eat Street’ or Jl. Laksmana in Oberoi/Petitenget is the place to set your sights. The entire street is full of great food at a great price. The pick of the bunch are Ultimo, winner multiple times of the best restaurant in The Beat Awards and always packed, Trattoria also a good Italian, Rumours for the young crowd, Bistro Batu Kali for the families etc, and then the new Char Char Grill & Bar is pretty awesome too. There are many more along Eats Street like Bistrot, Soho, Meja, Single Malt, Cafe Bali, and the new Junction House – all good value and tasty fare. Also another new restaurant, Batik is well worth a visit. For higher-end dining Seminyak is also the place to be with some of the best dining in the world on offer. Try KU DE TA and their Mejekawi restaurant, The Legian, La Luciola, Saigon Street, W’s Starfish Bloo, Merah Putih, Sarong, Metis and Sardine along Jl Petitenget. Also along Petitenget is Ling Ling’s and The Beat Cafe. Then Mamasan and their new sister Thai restaurant, Som Chai are along Jl Kerobokan and you won’t be disappointed. Not far from there and a casual option is the new offing from KZU, Japanese WabiSabi. Also Gado Gado and Anantara down Jl Dhyana Pura are also top notch dining experiences.
The Seminyak nightlife
So now you’ve had something to eat, it’s time to look for the Seminyak nightlife. Early discounted drinks are available at Rumours from 10pm. Single Malt upstairs of Meja Kitchen offers a great selection of whiskeys and Soho across the road has good burgers and live music most nights. The Red Carpet Champagne Bar at the beginning of Jl Laksmana (Eat Street) is a popular spot with an older crowd, busy most nights. Over the road La Favela is the happening spot for the hipsters, expats and tourists at the front bar. Just up the road, KU DE TA has DJs spinning every evening during sunset and dinner in a more relaxed environment – they also have special guest DJs on some weekend nights. Mexicola is up the road and famous for their massive parties and Mexican food and cocktails. Up Jl. Petitenget, Potato Head Beach Club is always packed from sunset till midnight with electronic sounds and occasional big live music and dance parties. (More live music options can be found here). Woo Bar at W Retreat is next with house music every night in front of the beach and regular guest DJs in the basement bar. Mirror plays EDM and house and caters to a more up-market mix of locals, expats and Jakarta tourists. Metis features a cool lounge with VIP sofas and DJs. Then Da Maria is just past on the right and the speakeasy style bar, 40 Thieves upstairs on the left. Back down to the beach on Jl Batubelig you can find a happening sunset beach bar called 707 which is always busy. Don’t forget the Double Six end of town too. Cocoon is fun spot for sunsets around the pool and later big events like Splash and Bounce on the weekends, and then there is the house, techno, tech house & hip hop hot spot Jenja with its main club room downstairs and Jenja Foyer upstairs from Wednesday to Saturday.
There are other spots worth checking in Seminyak for dining and nightlife too like Made’s Warung on Jl. Raya Seminyak for an authentic Bali experience. And for the alternative scene one can’t go past the bars and clubs of Jl Dhyana Pura where everything you desire if you’re that way disposed will be lined up along the strip – it can also be a lot fun for straighter folk too. Santa Fe still pulls a crowd looking for live music. When it gets late, and you are still bursting with energy, try Pyramid on the edge of Seminyak/Kuta on Jl Dewi Sri, which is open till late with trance and progressive beats and after that to the all night Deejay Club down in Kuta Centre, Jalan Kartika Plaza, Kuta – psy trance, trance and progressive.
(SDW Dec 21, 2017)
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