Kuta and Seminyak
Kuta region is the center of Bali’s nightlife. The majority of Bali’s better entertainment places offer everything a discerned traveler would want.
Entrance fee to bars is usually free with special drinks promotions and Happy Hours from 6pm to 9pm, and sometimes even longer. Jalan Legian and Jalan Padma have the biggest concentration of watering holes.
Seminyak has the most sophisticated nightlife in Bali with new chic bars, clubs and restaurants opening every week. Full on and funky this area draws in people with creative skills such as young fashion designers and artists which has given the area a lively but classy nightlife
Here the list of the some swinging, chic, fashionable and high class night life:
F-Lounge located at Jalan Raya Seminyak
Bacio at Double Six Seminyak
Syndicate at Double Six
De Ja Vu at Double Six
Double Six at Double Six
La Vida Loca at Double Six
Bahiana at Dhyana Pura Seminyak
Obsession at Dhyana Pura Seminyak
Kudos at Dhyana Pura Seminyak
Gado-gado at Dhyana Pura Seminyak
Hu’u Bar at Petitenget
Loloan at Petitenget
Ku De Ta at Oberoi
J Cuvee at Jalan Kartika Plaza
Musro at Jalan Kartika Plaza
MBargo at Jalan Legian
Bounty Ship at Jalan Legian
MyRoom at Jalan Legian
Planet Hollywood at Simpang Siur
Rosso Vivo at Jalan Pantai Kuta
Hard Rock Hotel at Jalan Pantai Kuta
Hard Rock Café at Jalan Pantai Kuta
The Wave at Jalan Pantai Kuta
Kama Sutra at Jalan Pantai Kuta
Blue Ocean at Jalan Pantai Arjuna
Lanai at Jalan Arjuna
Sanur is full of restaurants and international hotels offering traditional Balinese dancing most nights.
This great hangout offers a good game of Billiards to those interested, and stays open until the last guest decides to leave. For more variety, visit the Trophy Pub, in front of the Sanur Beach Hotel, and the Borneo Pub, on Jalan Danau Tamblingan, also extremely happy meeting places
Entertainment in Ubud is more traditional and cultural. Gently sedate without being boring, there are intriguing and compelling types of traditional Balinese dances performed nightly in several places, both in and around Ubud.
everybody looking for some action and fun in the evening goes to “Kuta” which nowadays means the area extending for about 7 kilometers north from the original village of Kuta through Legian, Seminyak and even Basangkasa. Here are most of the better entertainment places offering everything single male or female visitors as well as couples might be looking for.
There are several places like Casablanca, which are down market open-air pubs and very noisy discos full of Aussies courting Javanese “Kupu Kupu Malams”. Peanuts Discotheque on Jalan Raya Legian at the Jalan Melasti corner has a huge (air-conditioned) dance floor which is often crowded with guests that are usually a mix of locals and younger foreign visitors. Closer to the center of Kuta you find the Bounty Ship with a noisy, air-conditioned disco in the basement and the re-built Paddy’s Reloaded not far from the original Paddy’s. Of course there is still the very well known Double Six in the Legian Area. When most places close around 2.00 or 3.00 in the morning, night owls of all kinds continue drinking at nearby Mama’s until sunrise.
For a somewhat more civilized evening out, you can have dinner and a couple of drinks at a bar such as TJ’s or Kori in Kuta, at Poco Loco in Legian, at the open street side bar at Nero Bali right opposite Aromas Restaurant in Kuta, or at the re-built Maccaroni Club in Kuta, at Made’s Warung in Basangkasa, or at the trendy Hu’u Bar & Lounge near the Petitenget temple as well as La Luciola and The Living Room in the Seminyak area. If you feel like something more outrageous (and only for open-minded people) try the Hulu Cafe between Jalan Padma and Jalan Melasti in Kuta/Legian, a place which calls itself the “only real gay bar in all of Bali”. They have drag shows starting at 11:00pm. three times a week and performances are actually quite a lot of fun.
You’ll find a large and quite popular Hard Rock Cafe right at the beginning of Kuta’s beach road with live music from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. Expect to find many singles of all kinds here looking for company. If you think this is too noisy and too crowded, or the air-conditioning too cold for you, try the Center Stage at the Hard Rock Resort located in the back of the CAFE. As the name implies, the band performs on a raised stage in the middle of the huge round lobby bar until 11:00 p.m. The Jaya Pub on the main road in Seminyak also features live music and attracts many Indonesian customers who don’t mind the chilly air-conditioning and the sometimes not-so-good bands and singers. Seminyak’s best place to have a drink and some fun at night nowadays is probably the Santa Fe Bar & Grill, Jalan Abimanyu No. 11 (also known as Gado Gado Road or Jalan Dhyana Pura). Live music, reasonably priced cocktails, a surprisingly good wine list (you have to ask for it, but the prices are very low for Bali standards), and a menu offering local, Mexican, and Japanese dishes as well as a choice of pizzas around the clock. The friendly service attracts many visitors until the early hours. If you feel too hot downstairs, you can move upstairs to the small air-conditioned “Wine Lounge”. Other popular night spots nearby in the same street are Spy Bar, Liquid, Q Bar (“for the alternative lifestyle”), Antique Bar, Space, The Globe and “A” Bar. New bars and ‘Chill-Out Lounges’ are opening all the time, and most of them feature DJ’s and/or live music on certain nights. Just take a walk down the road and check them out!
Later, from 2:00 a.m., it’s party time at the Paparazzi Lounge and Double Six, a large open-air disco with several bars, big dance floor, and many tables. Both are located next to each other on the beach in Seminyak and charge an entrance fee of 30,000 to 100,000 Rupiah (depending on the day) for which you get a voucher for a free drink. Here you’ll find most of Bali’s night owls drinking and dancing the night away until 4:30am or so. (The legendary Gado Gado Disco has now been converted into a restaurant.)
Also, watch out for notices and small posters in Kuta and Seminyak announcing special events such as Full Moon Parties, House Warming Parties, Body Painting Parties, etc, etc. If these “parties” are announced to the public (even if only by word-of-mouth), they are open for everybody. You’ll have to pay for your drinks, therefore, don’t be shy.
Don’t expect too much information on this one as there isn’t one of us that’s an expert on ‘Ubud after Dark’, and it is fairly quiet up there at night, but names heard frequently mentioned include Putra Bar on Jl. Monkey Forest (live music every night ranging from Reggae to rock), Magic Bar also on Jl. Monkey Forest (live music), Jazz Cafe, Jl. Tebesaya (live music and jam sessions on different nights), Exile Bar (Saturday nights only, great music), and Funky Monkey (early hours cafe).