Party Heaven Bali

Nightlife | Written By, NOW! BALI |

The current nightlife scene in Bali is a relatively recent development, alongside the more conventional dining and shopping options. As the 21st century rolled in, changes started to happen; parties in Bali started to get bigger and more elaborate. This summer, when the temperature cools down a bit, the night will inevitably get hotter. 

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The current nightlife scene in Bali is a relatively recent development, alongside the more conventional dining and shopping options. As the 21st century rolled in, changes started to happen; parties in Bali started to get bigger and more elaborate. This summer, when the temperature cools down a bit, the night will inevitably get hotter. 

A lot of the after dark fun and entertainment is concentrated in the southern part of the island, with the Kuta-Legian area as the centre for a wide variety of nightly attractions. The clubs, bars, cafes and restaurants there are as diverse as the people who go there almost every night. Sometimes it can get overcrowded during high season with more people packing the narrow streets. Still, being in a notoriously vibrant district at night has its own appeal. Perhaps the best way to enjoy Kuta-Legian nowadays is to go up to a rooftop which offers a refined ambiance and 360 degree views of the area. 

The Rooftop at the 4th floor of the 101 Legian is such a place that’s definitely worth your time. Be there for the regular Sky Pool Party, which starts early in the afternoon and ends late at night, three times a week. Younger crowds flock the pool area.  If a more relaxing evening is what you’re looking for, head down to the basement level where the Urban House is to chill with some cool acoustic performances and excellent dining.  More of the same outdoor party atmosphere can be found in the newly opened Vertical Point at the Akmani Legian just across the street.

The iconic Hard Rock Café, right in front of Kuta beach, is still a popular spot for many visitors. It is famous for its regular live music performances of some of the best musicians in Bali. Also check out Centerstage at the Hard Rock Hotel Bali for some exciting combinations of live music and DJ sets nightly. Both venues are known to play host to big international names from time to time. 

Just down the street is Beachwalk Kuta Bali where dinner and wine come together to good effects. It can be a good place to start the night before getting the party going at the many clubs and bars in the neighborhood. Kuta-Legian is filled with such places. Small bars featuring live music and cheap drinks have been catering to visitors from all around the world since the beginning. But if you want to enjoy something more than a run-of-the-mill night out, venture out to neighboring Seminyak which boasts a more upscale ambiance and world-class acts.

A few minutes to the north of the area is where the Seminyak district begins. Notable hangouts there are Ryoshi and Mannekepis. The former is a Japanese restaurant that has gained fame with its nightly jazz performances. Some top local musicians have taken to the stage at Ryoshi and built a loyal fan base there. Expect to bewitched by displays of musical skill at the highest level. 

Mannekepis Belgian Jazz Blues Bistro is a more than a viable option to get the same nightly experience. It’s a classy establishment that showcases a Belgium-based menu but is also popular for its unique live music entertainment. 

Discerning live music performances in the area can also be found at Bali Deli, a long-standing local institution that remains popular after all these years. This part of Seminyak lies alongside Seminyak beach where Cocoon Beach Club is located. After the demise of the wildly popular Double Six club, Cocoon Beach Club emerges as the ultimate party destination in Jalan Double Six. The club boasts a sophisticated ambiance for a pool-side party featuring resident and celebrated guest DJs.

Right on Seminyak beach, not too far from Cocoon, La Plancha is the place to go for a laid-back atmosphere with a more relaxed crowd. You can lounge on an oversized couch while listening to reggae or enjoying an outdoor film screening with a cold beer or a zesty cocktail. For a more elegant ambiance, head to SOS Supper Club on top of the Anantara Seminyak where good music and stylish crowd come together.

Further into Seminyak the change is palpable. When you arrive at Jalan Kayu Aya, locally known as “Eat Street,” the atmosphere turns affluent. The narrow road that leads to the Seminyak beach is lined up with classy dining establishments that serve as the perfect pre-party destination in the neighborhood. The party itself starts down the road at Ku De Ta, perhaps the most famous of Bali’s beach clubs with direct access to the Petitenget beach. The ambiance is unmistakably opulent. It is the place to relish in house, down-tempo, lounge, and others in that line of musical style.

Along the same beach there is Potato Head Beach Club, which boasts a more dynamic atmosphere and bigger outdoor arena for live music and DJ performances. Parties at Potato Head centre on music and fashion with leading international acts regularly performing at the unique beach-front venue.

There are scores of smaller clubs that help make Seminyak the ultimate clubbing destination in south Bali. Hu’u Bar and Mint are but two of the prominent ones in the area. Hardcore party goers can’t afford to skip both clubs every weekend where they can dance to pulsating house and electronica tunes from resident and guests DJs until the wee hours.

If you go further down the long stretch of Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak, you will eventually arrive at W Retreat & Spa Bali, which houses the exciting WooBar. Right in the middle of the stylish resort is a huge open area where a young crowd regularly gathers to enjoy top-notch house music by live international DJs. Besides the above mentioned destinations there are other venues that are worth a visit for a wide variety of live entertainment every night. For a change in mood try Cubana Bar & Grill, which features live latin and jazz music and killer Mojitos. Apart from that, it’s safe to say that Seminyak is synonymous with quality dance music.

All the way to the south, in Nusa Dua, there’s a new place just opened that sets itself to become a worthy alternative to the Seminyak clubbing scene. ZJ’s at The Mulia Bali is gradually becoming the place to catch exciting live music performances and thumping DJ beats. 

Just like in Seminyak, there are other, smaller scale venues, scattered around the area offering a more local flavour of entertainment. Some of the more popular clubs and bars with guests in Nusa Dua can be found along Jalan Pratama just outside the BTDC area. And with the increase in tourism to Bali, we wouldn’t be surprised to see more of such destinations cropping up to the benefit of every visitor to the island. 


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