The best cabaret shows in Bali all provide a bit of glitz and glamour to your evening on the island; be it a part of the live performances that accompany your restaurant dinner, or a side highlight out at sea on a wonderful sunset cruise aboard one of Bali’s famous catamarans. There are a few select venues that feature cabarets, and here we’ve rounded them up for you to choose from.
Some bars along Bali’s most LGBT-friendly streets, Jalan Camplung Tanduk, formerly known as Dhyana Pura, in Seminyak, feature drag queens and celebrity lookalikes who, together with a flamboyantly dressed dance troupe, know how to take to the stage and give a spectacular showcase. Here are all the places to enjoy the best cabaret shows in Bali for a glamorous night out.
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The latest addition to the ‘most unique’ bars in Bali is Frankenstein’s Laboratory, located on Jalan Camplung Tanduk, which is also Bali’s foremost street for exciting nightlife. It is where you get to experience the Halloween atmosphere throughout the year and not only in the month of October. Zombies, vampires, monsters, mummies… and humans, all mingle together in this ghoulishly themed spot for fun. Besides its monster themed cocktails and dishes, the place also presents its Dancing Dead Cabaret. Think Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ video clip. The Dancing Dead Zombie Cabaret is held nightly, raising the dead from 20:00 onwards. Read More...
- Location: Jalan Camplung Tanduk no.6, Seminyak
- Tel: +62 (0)361 731 622
Another notable mention on the bubbly nightlife scene in Bali is Bali Joe, which is only a stone’s throw away from Mixwell, and which also makes up the LGBT-friendly scene of this Seminyak strip. Bali Joe presents lively dancers climbing onto the bar tops as the night matures, together with lip-synching queens at the separate stages within bar throughout the evening. Drag queens in heavily ornate costumes take their position and do their moves to entertain the audience, which is a good mix of both gays and straights. In line with its cabarets, it also presents its celebrity lookalike contests, drawing the best ‘Beyonce Knowles’ and ‘Marylin Monroe’s from all over to this compact venue.
- Location: Jalan Camplung Tanduk (Dhyana Pura) no.8, Seminyak
- Tel: +62 (0)361 847 5771
The Bali Beach Shack is a long-running, Aussie-owned restaurant and bar in Legian that is not only known for its quality Western food selections, but also its great regular live entertainment shows that accompany its dinners. The weekly line-up features live local bands singing anything from blues to Top 10 tunes, traditional Balinese dances, to drag cabaret shows featuring the best of Bali’s drag queens who battle it out onstage. The restaurant even holds its annual ‘Drag Idol’ tournaments where the ‘girls’ will compete over several weeks, culminating in a spectacular finale on who gets the year’s title. The cabaret at the Bali Beach Shack is usually of the good-humoured, clean variety and it is fit for the whole family.
- Location: Jalan Sahadewa no.7, Legian
- Tel: +62 (0)81 936 222 010
For a more adventurous way to experience your evening, set out on a sunset cruise aboard the Bali Hai II, a luxury catamaran that embarks from Benoa Harbour. The soothing cruise features a host of onboard entertainment throughout the evening - before, during and after your dinner. The live entertainment roster includes singers, dancers and a cabaret show. The buffet dinner is livened up with cocktails, and the different troupes of spectacular cabaret dancers take to the dance floor in turns in seemingly nonstop succession. As the cabaret excitement subsides, the crew then bids you to join in to show off some of your own dance moves. The party goes on through the return route back to the harbour
- Location: Jalan Wahana Tirta 1, Benoa
- Tel: +62 (0)361 720 331
Vi Ai Pi club takes on different themes each day, seven days a week, promising a unique and fun experience. You can also arrange for your own space or table setup to gather with a circle of friends. The entertainment roundup consists of regular live bands nightly from 21:00 - 01:00 on the restaurant’s stage, performing top 40s, pop, rock and requests. However, some nights feature drag cabarets which can be quite entertaining as the queens throw in some hilarious antics mid-show. Read More...
- Location: Jl. Legian 88, Legian
- Tel: +62 (0)361 750 425
Bounty Cruises is also one of the island’s well-known cruise operators, and it too offers a great night out at sea. You will notice the touch of cabaret in the lavishly dressed usher girls who greet you with flower garlands and refreshing welcome drinks from the time you board the luxury catamaran. As well as an inclusive dinner buffet, the entertainment involves Balinese dance performances, modern upbeat dances; live bands singing oldies to pop and rock, and cabarets that not only bring a bit of sexy and glam to your evening, but at times also with a bit of comedy and slapstick antics as heavily dressed drag queens sing/sync their lines whilst tripping over their own costumes.
- Location: Jalan Wahana Tirta 1, Benoa
- Tel: +62 (0)361 726 666
One of the leading gay bars in Seminyak, Mixwell is also home to one of the best drag cabarets on the island. Christina Aguilera, Whitney Houston, Lady Gaga and many more lookalikes blast through the glimmering curtains lip-syncing hits together with oiled-up guys with ripped abs dancing to the beat. The shows are upbeat and are featured nightly to a crowd comprising a good mix of locals, visitors and expatriates. Performers usually go around through the venue, walk onto the bar and actively interact with the guests while singing, adding more fun to the scene. It gets more exciting near midnight and well into the wee hours with sexy go-go dancers and DJs spinning go-happy beats . Read More...
- Opening Hours: 15:00-03:00
- Location: Jalan Camplung Tanduk (Dhyana Pura) no.6, Seminyak
- Tel: +62 (0)361 736 846