This lowdown of the best party scenes in Bali highlight the distinct personalities of each neighbourhood. If you're looking for which areas offer the most action and excitement, we have it all laid out for you. Most know that Bali’s clubbing central is in the southwestern resort areas of Seminyak and Legian. But did you know that within each area there are also different streets that cater to specific tastes and crowds?
The bustling and popular Kuta beach resort is just a hop away from the heart of ‘downtown Legian’. But it has its own party scene, too. As you go through these areas, you’ll find that there’s an upscale neighbourhood lined with mostly ultra-stylish clubs. Another, is famously lined with lively gay bars. There's also a different scene that's slightly low-key, but revelling is still possible within its somewhat hushed cultural town. Read on to learn about Bali’s party scenes, each offering a different way to experience nightlife on the island.
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Seminyak’s main resort street of Jalan Petitenget caters to Bali’s upmarket crowd. It’s lined with luxurious restaurants, bars and stylish beach clubs that you’ll find every 50 to 100 meters.
Several hotspots draw in most of the crowds in Seminyak. These include Ku De Ta, often considered the trendsetter of chic beach clubs in Bali. There's also Sea Vu Play (makeover of the legendary Hu’u Bar) and Mrs Sippy Bali at the end of a side-street nearby. Then, further up is Potato Head Beach Club and WooBar. WooBar is right between the beachfront and pool bar of the W Bali-Seminyak. Potato Head Beach Club has become a regular host to the highly anticipated Bali leg of the Ultra Music Festival and the Sunny Side Up Tropical festivals. Ku De Ta’s regular events range from ‘White Parties’, ‘Endless Summer’ and bikini parties.
The crowd: moderately wealthy travellers, a mix of Bali expats and well-dressed locals. Much of the mix comes from guests staying at the 5-star hotels in Seminyak, Canggu residents, and in-the-know visitors.
Jalan Camplung Tanduk (Dhyana Pura)Seminyak
As the no-frills clubbing strip of Seminyak, Jalan Camplung Tanduk (also known as Dhyana Pura), is lined with sports bars, clubs and a prominent, closely-knit group of gay bars halfway down the street.
OPIVM (pronounced, ‘Opium’) features two levels of late-night partying with exclusive VIP bottles and shisha services. Live DJs play house music and techno against pole dancers and aerial performers. The street is also home to Frankenstein’s Laboratory. It's a unique macabre-themed bar where you can bring along the family and kids. Staff are clad in Halloween-like costumes and grotesque make-up just for the fun and thrills. Make-up artists are onsite to offer you grotesque makeovers, too. The main party scene, however, is at the gay bars: Bali Joe, Mixwell, and Bottoms Up. All present good times with nightly performances by drag queens in heavy make-up and hairdo, doing oftentimes hysterical lip-sync covers to pop divas such as Madonna, Whitney Houston and Dolly Parton.
The crowd: a good mix between backpackers, locals and expats spanning a wide range of budgets. The gay bars don’t cater solely to the LGBT community – everyone is welcome to enjoy the drag shows.
Jalan Raya LegianLegian
‘Downtown Legian’ as its best known, Jalan Raya Legian’s hot nightlife strip is dotted with budget guesthouses, bars, mini spas, restaurants, tattoo studios, surf shops art shops. It’s the one-stop destination for eating, drinking, shopping and dancing.
Hotspots include 61 Legian complex, right next door to the Ground Zero memorial. It’s home to the Sky Garden Rooftop, as well as the Sky Dome Super Club, and several other different venues over its five floors. Other great nightclubs include The Engine Room, Vi Ai Pi, and the legendary Bounty Discotheque where ‘everything goes’. Bounty features crazy foam parties, dancing poles, and cocktails served in colourful buckets. There’s a dozen more side street bars and restaurants with live bands playing anything from reggae, classic rock and Top 40 hits along the strip. It's best to just stroll along and turn up into any one that you find suits your taste.
The crowd: Legian’s more of a youthful crowd, and it has become the partying hub of preference for schoolies for quite some time, and perhaps for more years to come. It also draws a good mix of young and curious domestic travellers looking for a fun night out.
Jalan Arjuna aka Double Six
The Double Six strip in Legian is a beach road is where many go to for sunsets. Expect plenty of casual beach bars with beanbags on the sand. This area also goes by names Jalan Arjuna and Blue Ocean Beach.
Jalan Arjuna is where AJ Hackett Bungy once stood and where the Double Six Luxury Hotel is now. Along the coast, you’ll find many different beach bars with colourful beanbags and pretty parasols on the sand. These include La Plancha, as well as small dive bars with stackable plastic chairs and Bintang-filled eskies that open only in the late afternoons. They’re great for chilling and hanging out before heading for fancier dinners. You can also enjoy fun pool parties with Mediterranean cuisine at Cocoon Beach Club, just before the entry into the beach path. Venues within the Double Six Luxury hotel, such as the Double Six Rooftop, tend to cater to a more upmarket crowd. Prices are justified by its ambiances and breath-taking sunsets from up high.
The crowd: Most of the beach bars are casual and laidback, drawing a widely varied mix of international visitors, backpackers and locals. Cocoon Beach Club and Double Six Rooftop, on the other hand, cater to wealthy visitors.
Jalan Pantai Kuta (Kuta Beach Road)
The walking street of Jalan Pantai Kuta has is loaded with roadside art shops, tattoo studios, hotels and restaurants. Friendly sports bars and beach bars cater to Kuta’s backpacking crowd, but you’ll find mid-range clubbing scenes, as well.
Kuta and Legian are closely-knit and have rather vague borders. Most consider some parts of Legian to be Kuta, and vice-versa. You might stay or spend some time in Kuta, and crawl to another party in a Legian club a short distance away. Nevertheless, if you’re closer to the beach, Hard Rock Café has resident bands playing live music every night and sometimes special guest performers. Centerstage at the Hard Rock Hotel lobby has nightly cover bands. VH Bali (Velvet & Hypnotized) at the Kuta Beachwalk has a great indoor partying space with regular live DJs playing. Into the more urban areas of Kuta, you’ll find the Pyramid Club on Jalan Dewi Sri, with parties well into the wee hours. Further south on Jalan Kartika Plaza, Deejay Club also holds parties until dawn.
The crowd: most of the clubs in Kuta cater to the younger local and international visitor crowds. Due to its close proximity to Legian, it shares quite a similar crowd, which often crossover to both areas.
Batu Bolong and Echo BeachCanggu
Canggu offers a rather hip party scene, thanks to its community of surfers, expats and business owners who seem to keep up the good competition among themselves. You’ll find a good mix of speciality bars and cafes in Canggu.
There’s Deus Ex Machina, which is not only about surfing and custom motorcycles, but also about food, drinks and good backyard partying – sometimes with quirky highlights such as skateboarding and racing chopped bikes over a ramp and into a muddy paddy field nearby. Other after-hours fun can be had at Old Man’s on Batu Bolong Beach where its Dirty ‘Ol Wednesdays where you can expect fun beer pong, battle shots (drinking competitions), and live DJ beats or bands to dance to. At Canggu’s famous surf spot, Echo Beach, you can head up after a good day out wave riding, and chill out on the beanbags or the rocks of Sand Bar, where you can enjoy happy hours and simply wind down and lounge.
The crowd: Very popular with the surfers, as well as a variety of locals and expats.
Jalan Monkey Forest
Ubud's nightlife is chilled and low-key. The Jalan Raya Ubud main road and the connecting Monkey Forest street are lined with restaurants, fashion boutiques, and a few bars to check out.
Laughing Buddha Bar is a warm and friendly bar where you can expect live music almost nightly. Further up is CP Lounge. It's perhaps the only spot in Ubud that offers a clubbing-like atmosphere, with its live music stages and DJ booth. Further out on Jalan Hanoman, there’s The Melting Pot Gameroom Pub. You can find a saloon-like ambiance with its interiors covered in national flags from all around the globe, suggesting that all guests are welcome. Subdued bar scenes with soft flowing live jazz can be found elsewhere. Bar Luna on the Jalan Raya Ubud main street often features poetry readings and literary discussions. Of course, there’s evening cultural performances not to be missed, with various traditional Balinese dances at the Puri Saren Ubud Royal Palace and at the Agung Rai Museum of Arts (magical during full moons).
The crowd: mostly international visitors, jazz-lovers and enthusiasts of arts, culture and literature (which is what Ubud is mostly about).