Most of the heat comes from the string of Kita – Legian – Seminyak where most bars and pubs in various styles are located almost next to each other. Different from other part of Moslem populated Indonesia , Balinese community is more tolerant in seeing night amusements and allow these night spots open till dawn.
There are a few in Nusadua and Jimbaran which mostly a part of five-starred hotels. In Ubud where live tend to be slow-paced and nights are a bit shorter they open and close their doors earlier.
Following are some spots which are famous to foreign visitors. But whilst you are scanning streets in tourist centers and the capital city of Denpasar you would find hundreds more one of which my turn your adventure spirit on.
Nusadua and Jimbaran
At the Grand Hyatt, this outdoor cocktail bar offers an intimate candlelit setting with stunning Indian Ocean views – good specialty cocktails and pizza. Grand Hyatt, Nusadua.
ALL STARS SURF CAFÉ
The fist surf café opened its doors right here in Bali . Expect all kinds of revelry, surf memorabilia, sumo nights, happy hours and frothy margaritas. Live bands 10pm – 2.30am . American-style food. Kuta Centre, Tuban.
Bali ‘s only real Irish pub, this place has all the atmosphere and action that you would expect. The pub grub is solid with good hot-stone specialties. Live music comes every night from the Kintamani Shamrocks, playing Irish folk and just about everything else.
At the Kartika Plaza Hotel, Musro is famous for its nightly live cabaret show with all the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas ! Also live music ana karaoke rooms. Jl. Kartika Plaza, Tuban.
A magnet for sports fans offering large screens and all the action. Good food, cold beer, and sport paraphernalia. Opposite Kuta Paradiso, Jl. Kartika Plaza.
Kuta and Legian
BOUNTY SHIP 1
The original Bounty ship has funky bar that plays top-40 music, offers cheap drinks and attract a young holiday crowd. 8pm until after midnight.
BOUNTY SHIP 2
An update of the original ship, the new Bounty has special theme nights, big buffets and a large bar playing top-40 hits. 10pm until late.
Intimate club with dance floor, lounge, and outdoor terrace. Also has Tapas.
DE JA VU
Super slick new offering from the people that brought you the Spy Bar, this one has direct sunset views from the outdoor terrace. A very “Metropolis-“ like sculpture in the entrance let’s you know you’ve arrived. Good spot for sipping s cocktail sundowner and watching the world go by. Jl. Arjuna / Blue Ocean Beach No. 7X Legian Kaja, Kuta.
HARD ROCK CAFÉ
Presenting a monthly program of rock and roll bands on their downstairs stage, the Hard Rock is quality venue that is popular all year. Nightly bands start at 11pm on the Hard Rock’s stage, 10pm on Sunday.
HARD ROCK HOTEL
One of the kickingest venues in town for live music, Centre Stage ht the Hard Rock Hotel is pretty hard to beat with coll impromptu bat flair displays from the amiable bar staff, top local rock bands playing bang-on covers, and regular events, parties and promotions so there’s always something happening. Recommended. Jl. Pantai Kuta.
KORI RESTAURANT AND BAR
A comfortable bar at he front of the restaurant for those who prefer things a little quieter. Excellent cocktails and an adjoining pool and cigar room provide a great place to spend an evening. Poppies Lane 2, Kuta.
Renovated over a year ago, but still pretty laid back and funky. A large air-conditioned disco playing top-40 hits. Enjoy the bar, play pool, people watch or hit the dance floor. Jl Legian, near the corner of Jl. Melasti.
A Kuta institution, Paddy’s endures and has reopened in its new location in front of Bounty 2. A solid – no frills pub set-up combines with reasonably priced cocktails and drinks to give the average punter exactly what he or she wants.
The ultimate “unconditioned bar”, intimate. On the left as you turn into the top of Eat Street . Jl. Laksmana.
The original and still the busiest club on the island. Thousands of people pack in nightly to her the latest techno dance music and look cool at various bars. Good late night pizzas. On the beach, open late. Jl. Double Six.
Hu’u offers an all day and into the night service. Poolside lunch or anytime snacks and cocktails flow into happy hour, dinner, and then cheeky pre-club cocktails. Lcoated on Jl. Petitenget. Open from 11am – 2am.
JP’S WARUNG CLUB
An intimate venue offering live acoustic music seven nights a week. Jl. Dhyana Pura.
A stylish French restaurant with a great ambience, excellent food, cigars, and a good cocktail bar. Drop in for a cold glass of bubbly. Jl. Raya Kerobokan.
Huge, state-of-the-art sound system, awesome lighting set-up, funky design and cruisy outdoor terrace area (a great place to sit and watch the manic social madness that is Jl. Dhyana Pura) have made this latest ‘alternative’ new-comer to ‘Dring-Street’ a huge instant success. Opposite Q Bar.
KU DE TA
Sleek and extremely trendy, Ku de ta’s cigar bar, Fidel’s, boasts an amazing location, great food, a cigar lounge and loads of style. Definitely somewhere to check out. Jl. Laksmana.
Recently doubled its size. Luminescent blue and green bar. New upstairs “Red Lounge”. Jl. Dhyana Pura.
LOLA RESTAURANT & BAR
Classy French restaurant with chic lounge serving signature Lola cocktails and classic French wines accented by up-tempo music. Jl. Raya Kerobokan.
Comfortable contemporary lounge bar conveniently located on the corner of Jl. Legian and up-and-coming Jl. Kunti. Good place to chill out and quaff a few aperitifs before kicking off preceedings for the evening.
Another pearl in the string that is Dhyana Pura, Oxygen goes absolute minimalist, with concrete floors, white everywhere, stainless steel and glass. As one punter put it “it’s like having a party in someone’s unfinished baselent”. Kick-ass Bose sound system and freaky projections across the wall and ceiling upstairs set the mood nicely. And no, they don’t serve oxygen.
The original bar for the ‘alternative’ crowd, Q is famous for its drag queen show, fashion parades, and other raunchy events. Upstairs lounge has some pretty interesting artworks. Good balcony for watching the nightly madness of Jl. Dhyana Pura unfold.
The original bar in the nightlife street, Jl. Dhyana Pura, this western style bar recently underwent a renovation that doubled the size of the interior. A large stage accommodates live bands. Eclectic mix of food surprisingly good and includes sushi, Mexican and great oven-baked pizzas. Jl. Dhyana Pura.
True to its name it has plenty of it. Balcony, dance floor, chill-out lounge, and private party room upstairs. The “SEX” drinks tables are nice touch.
THE A BAR
One of Bali ‘s most popular cocktail bar with the thirty-something crowd. Cool music and some of the best cocktails on the island. 10am – 2am . Jl. Dhyana Pura.
THE BUSH TELEGRAPH
Smack in the middle of Bali ‘s trendiest strip comes a taste of Australia complete with corrugated iron, timber booth and the coldest VB’s in town. Aussie steaks are on the Barbie and the tinnies are suitably cold. Jl. Dhyana Pura 10xx.
THE BOTTLE SHOP
For those anglophiles and Aussies who miss the local pub, you will find a good drinking crowd here almost anytime but especially around 5pm when the coldest beers in town go down a treat. Great pub food, televised sporting events. 9am until midnight . Jl. Kunti, Seminyak.
This sophisticated cocktail bar offers live jazz, a great selection of Cuban and local cigars, including one made specially for the hotel, and fresh sea breezes. A great place to start or end and evening. Legian Suites Hotel. Jl. Laksmana, Petitenget.
Already earning s reputation for a mean lychee martini, Ubud’s newest lounge bar is oftenstanding-room only on Saturday nights, when live music draws a bubbly mix of locals, expats, and tourists. The upstairs fine dining restaurant is a great place to start the night. Jl. Hanoman, Ubud.
Saturday night is the night here when local jazz musicians turn up for a lively jam. Pretty basic otherwise, but good fun.
A real hit in Ubud, the live music is always good, sometimes great, very easy atmosphere, quality of drinks and plenty of people to talk to in between sets. Snack off the menu or enjoy a full dinner. Live music nightly except Sundays and Mondays, 7.30pm until 20.30pm . Jl. Sukma No. 2 Tebesaya, Ubud
Balinese warung with a touch of New York , Naughty Nuri’s is a busy local hangout filled with Ubud-style characters. Very laid back communal tables, a small bar, roadside barbecue and a mean martini. Jl. Raya Ubud, near Neka Museum.
Casual bar, offering live reggae music. Good placed to hang out if you can’t be bothered dressing up. Jl. Monkey Forest , until 12.
SAI SAI BAR
When it is hot, when it is not, well… come back another time. Live music, theme nights, parties and rests in between. Saturday night is the busiest. 7.30pm until 11pm. Jl. Monkey Forest.
Enjoy a bite to eat or just sample a few cocktails at the bar at this stylist eatery. Cool music, great food. Jl. Suweta, Ubud.
With a unique and bright-colored design, delicious international cuisine and well stocked bar, Wunderbar is certainly tuning heads. Check it out for yourself. Jl. Raya Pengosekan, Ubud.
JAZZ BAR & GRILLE
Televisions, newspapers, posters, murals – it is all happening at the Jazz Bar & Grill. Big, American menu, long bar and live jazz seven nights a week. Open all day, music from 9.30pm until 1am . Jl. ByPass, Komplek Sanur Raya.
Right next door to the Jazz Bar & Grille, Kafe Wayang features innovative menu and a lively jam session every Friday and Saturday night. 9pm until 2am . Jl. By-Pass, Komple Sanur Raya.
Great local pub atmosphere, everyone knows everyone and the menu offers delicious home-style cooking. Pool tables, lively bar and televised sporting events. Jl. By-Pass Sanur.
Chill-out bar and martini/cigar lounge; great spot for a post-dinner drink or two. Funky “volcanic” design. Jl. Danau Toba No. 12, Sanur.
THE WINE AND CIGAR BAR AT PALA
This new venue brings air-conditioned elegance to Sanur. A large range of moderately priced wines from all over the world can be drunk in comfort here or taken home. Jl. By-Pass Ngurah Rai 121xx, Sanur
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