Seminyak Nightlife [Updated June 2019]
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 dining and 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 great prices. The pick of the bunch are Ultimo, winner multiple times of the best restaurant in The Beat Awards and always packed, Italian Affair 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 restaurants along Eats Street like Bistrot, Soho, Meja, Bar 68, Cafe Bali, and Junction House – all good value and tasty fare. Also another restaurant, Batik is well worth a visit. For higher-end dining Seminyak is also the place to be with some of the best dining on the island, if not 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 and the new Shooters. Then Mamasan and their new sister Thai restaurant, Som Chai are along Jl Kerobokan, where 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 Moonlite at 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. The Red Carpet Champagne Bar at the beginning of Jl Ayu Kaya (Eat Street) is a popular spot with an older crowd, busy most nights. They also have a late night spot called Red Carpet Late catering to the older, well heeled crowd. Over the road La Favela is the happening spot for the hipsters, expats and tourists at the front bar with hip hop and pop sounds. On the 3rd floor of La Favela is Attika with underground house/techno sounds. Directly across the road is Los Gringos, a hip hop/commercial joint that packs people in, even on the tables! Envie Lounge is next up, a stylish venue with spectacular 3D mapping on their ceiling, catering to the local and tourist crowd with EDM and hip hop tunes. 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). Red Ruby is next, popular with the expat and tourist crowd, they have a crowded terrace restaurant bar and the house/techno club starts to kick off around 12pm inside the club. Woo Bar at W Retreat is next with house music every night in front of the beach and regular guest DJs in the basement club. Mirror plays EDM, tech house and sometimes hip hop and caters to a more up-market mix of locals, expats and Jakartans. If you’re into lounge type places, Rebenga sits behind the old Warisan and caters to a higher-end crowd. Back down to the beach on Jl Batubelig you can find a happening sunset beach bar called 707 that play techno sounds and is always busy for sunset. There are also a bunch of other beach bars down there too. Don’t forget the Double Six end of town. Cocoon is a fun spot for sunsets around the pool, 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 you 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. Not to mention, Opera, the new late night spot, playing underground sounds till very late.
Seminyak still offers the higher-end nightlife of Bali, with stylish, upmarket clubs and restaurants serving the finest food and drinks. Be sure to dress up if you are out for a big night.
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