10 Great Themed Bars, Cafes and Restaurants in Bali

Unique and Quirky Theme Dining Spots in Bali

Bali has a growing number of themed bars and cafes. They offer a fun and unique drinking and dining experience on the island. Each of these bars, cafes and restaurants stand out in their own way and offer out-of-the-ordinary features. You can enjoy great coffee, meals or cocktails in wonderful interiors filled with quirky props. Curios range from chopped café racers and vintage bikes. Some feature rare arts and antique items that hark back to Edo-period Japan. Even their staff are clad in themed costumes, taking service to the next level.

Here we’ve compiled a mix of Bali’s coolest themed bars, cafes and restaurants which will get you hooked in a unique way. Most are great fun for dining families with kids. Some present staged cabarets and dress-ups, making the whole dining experience fun and captivating for little guests. Looking for a beachfront spot? There’s one with a stranded pirate ship. Another features a jet plane with a gutted cabin that’s revamped into a dining room. There’s even one for cat lovers, and another for motorheads.

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    La Laguna

    Head down to the coast between Canggu and Seminyak, and you’ll find this colourful tapas bar and restaurant on a secluded beachfront. Serving pan-Mediterranean dishes, La Laguna is a great go-to at sunset. During this time, you can take in the beauty of its heavily ornamented Bohemian chic lawn and gardens, laid out before a 30-meter log bridge that extends over a creek to the dark sands bordering Berawa and Batubelig. The spot is among the few in Bali that presents an immersive gypsy-chic vibe, filled with floral spaces and vintage props. Read More...

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    Keramas Aero Park

    You can find several ‘abandoned planes’ around Bali, but this decommissioned Boeing 737-400 overlooking rice paddies on Keramas Beach in Gianyar is one of the quirkiest restaurants on the island. It’s perched above a green lawn where table setups are also laid out. But, inside its cabin is a main dining hall, lined with dining tables and leather seats, with cool LED mood lighting throughout the aisles. A ‘boarding pass’ for different ‘flight classes’ is around IDR 250,000 (USD 18) for two, which presents a mix of local and international cuisine. Read More...

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    Tsavo Lion Restaurant

    As the Bali Safari & Marine Park’s signature dining destination, the Tsavo Lion Restaurant lets you enjoy an African-themed dinner with international cuisine, all in the ‘company’ of live lions. The restaurant’s dining room is aptly decorated with safari-themed props, separated from the lions prowling right outside in their enclosures by floor-to-ceiling glass panels. Next to the lions, you can also spot the safari park’s meerkats and hippos. To better take in the African safari experience, you can also consider staying at the Mara River Safari Lodge, also located within the park. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: 07:00 - 22:00
    • Location: Bali Safari & Marine Park, Jalan Bypass Ida Bagus Mantra Km. 19.8, Gianyar
    • Tel: +62 (0)361 950 000
    • Website: https://www.facebook.com/BaliSafari/
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    Frankenstein’s Laboratory

    Frankenstein's Laboratory is a uniquely macabre themed bar and restaurant on Seminyak’s Jalan Camplung Tanduk (Dhyana Pura Street). It offers a groovy ‘freak show’ cabaret every night, much inspired by Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’, together with dark-themed cocktails and light bites. Some of their quirky cocktails are served in IV bags! As diners, you can get into character with their zombie face paintings. Laboratory’s cabarets are hosted five times every night, with meet and greet sessions where you can take selfies with the scary performers. Its menu includes western staples like burgers and pizzas with prices starting at IDR 99,000 (USD 7.50). Read More...

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    Pirates Bay Bali

    This is a peculiar landmark on the bay of Nusa Dua. Pirates Bay Bali is a pirate-themed open-air cafe and restaurant, where families can dine and have fun at a ‘stranded’ pirate’s ship overlooking the bay or high above in several bamboo tree houses. Scattered around the grounds are numerous castaway inspired setups such as thatch-roofed beach huts, bonfires, tents, and picket fences that are nods to Robinson Crusoe, Jack Sparrow and everything about pirates. The centrepiece is its pirate ship – a salvaged wooden boat that was reconstructed and decorated, complete with sails and blackjacks, great for holiday photos. Read More...

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    Man Shed Bali

    Man Shed Bali

    This garage-like warehouse is tucked away in one of Sanur’s side streets. You can grab an ice-cold beer and gather with like-minded friends while poring over vintage Chevys, VWs, tuk-tuks and Vespas. It also features classic Hondas and vintage dirt bikes, old bicycles, as well as choppers of all sorts. Even its walls are fully covered in antiques, such as Singer sewing machines, old number plates, old helmet shells as lampshades, used jeans as plant pots, and all other sorts of creative whatnot. Cold Bintangs, Heineken and San Miguels are all under the USD 3 mark.

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    Ji at Bale Sutra

    Ji at Bale Sutra

    This Japanese fusion, fine wines and sake bar is part of Hotel Tugu Bali’s collection of dining venues. It takes on a unique Japanese Kabuki theme. Interiors and décor are much in line with the hotel’s arty theme, profuse with art pieces and some quite rare antique items. Ji at Bale Sutra is housed in an original ancient Kang Xi period temple that dates to 1706. Their staff are also usually clad in traditional Japanese outfits, complete with kimonos and elaborate hairdo. From the bar are selections of Asian-inspired mixologist cocktails (average IDR 100,000 or USD 7.50 per serving).

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    Hogwartz The Pub

    Hogwartz The Pub

    Formerly known as the Jaya Pub, Hogwartz The Pub is a family-friendly Harry Potter themed entertainment and dining spot. There are daily magic shows presented onstage daily, as well as magicians or ‘wizards’ occasionally going from table to table to present you with some mind-boggling close-up magic tricks. The kids can have their face painted with impressive silicone and latex make-up effects. There’s also a merchandise store with everything related to magic and magic tricks. You can try the pub’s legendary beef satay (IDR 45,000 or USD 3.50 per serving), popular since the pub’s early days in 1973.

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    The Odd Cat Café

    Odd Cat Cafe

    If you’re fond of cats and purring kitties, try this cute café on Kerobokan’s Jalan Raya Semer street. It might provide you with a remedy if you’ve left your beloved pet at home while you’re holidaying in Bali. The interiors are comfy, and feature wall motifs and interior décor that’s all about cats, with some of the well-kept felines freely playing around in the purpose-built obstacles and sleeping on patchwork rugs and in snug places. There’s no fee to enter, play with and show the kitties your love. Coffees, juices and light bites are reasonably priced (average IDR 120,000 or USD 9 for two).

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    Cafe Motor Vape & Lounge

    Bangli, Central Bali
    Cafe Motor Vape & Lounge

    Café Motor in Bangli embraces the motorcyclist’s spirit and is a welcoming spot for touring riders looking for a good coffee or vape break. The venue comprises three different areas: an enclosed vape lounge selling a variety of refill juices, an indoor dining area, and a semi-outdoor lounge adjacent its bar, made from a shipping container. Among its props are a Harley-Davidson Softail, a Yamaha R-1 and cute gorilla bikes with one in Valentino Rossi’s Yamaha M1 livery. From the kitchen, there’s everything from juicy grilled pork ribs to fish n chips and barbecue sauced chicken wings.

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