The nightlife in Uluwatu and Bukit mostly reflects the luxury of the five-star resorts that line the limestone cliff-fringed coast, with stunning ocean-facing locations to suit. Whilst this vast and sparse southern peninsula might not draw in the same party-crowds akin to Bali’s famous beach resort areas of Kuta and Legian, there are still some exciting venues worth checking out, delivering a more sophisticated bar scene come nightfall.
Go for a cool cocktail on the southern end of Jimbaran Bay, or enjoy one of the most stunning cliff-top bars in the world with the rolling surf crashing at the rock base. There are a few rooftop bars where you can enjoy a bird’s eye-view over the heights of Bali’s southern Bukit peninsula, together with great drinks, settings and music. Some are also surf-themed, overlooking one of Bali’s most famous surf spots. Here are the best places to go at night in Uluwatu and the Bukit area.
- Bali Hai Sunset Dinner Cruise
- Bathe & Breakfast with the Elephants
- Royal Mengwi Temple, Monkey Forest & Tanah Lot Excursion
- Quad or Buggy Driving Adventure & Tubing Excursion
- Romantic Aristocat Evening Cruise with 5-Course Dinner
- Bali White Water Rafting at Telaga Waja River
- Fast-Track Waterbom Bali Admission
- Lembongan Island Leisure Day Trip
- Private East Coast Tour
- Highlights Of Bali Full-Day Tour
The Rock Bar at the Ayana Resort and Spa is where you want to be if you are looking for dramatic sunsets and the most refreshing cocktails to pair. This is one of Bali’s most unrivalled sunset and chill-out spots, positioned on a limestone rock just above the cliff base. Access to the bar is a steady descent from a funicular ride down the cliff with bird’s eye-views over the scenic periphery. A bar sits on a raised platform overlooking the wide ocean, and there’s a natural cave not to miss, which features a natural sparkling quartz-like mineral on its rock face. The drink list presents signature cocktails, exceptional ocean views with waves crashing at the rock base, cool vibes set by its resident music director and regular gigs featuring world-class DJs. Rock Bar’s martinis to try include Punch Rock, Rockberry Martini and Spa on the Rock. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 16:00 - 01:00
- Location: Ayana Resort and Spa Bali, Jalan Karang Mas Sejahtera, Jimbaran
- Tel: +62 (0)361 702 222
Unique Rooftop Bar at Rimba Jimbaran Bali
Unique Rooftop Bar at the Rimba Jimbaran Bali offers a chic dining and chill out spot, brought to you by the same team behind the acclaimed Rock Bar. While not on the beachfront, the chill-out scene here features lush 360-degree panoramas over green hills instead, but is equally spectacular at sunset time. The rooftop bar offers a retreat during the day with its lounging options around a 25-meter infinity pool, and sunset into evenings are great with the cool alfresco setting around the central bar. Must-tries include ‘fancy martinis’ or watermelon-based punches to share and ‘mature’ milkshakes. Bites range from Asian-inspired gourmet snacks. Promos include Flirty Nights is for the ladies on Mondays and Thursdays, which offer free cocktails upon arrival, cut prices on drinks, couple with live DJ entertainment.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 - 01:00
- Location: Rimba Jimbaran Bali, Jalan Karang Mas Sejahtera, Jimbaran
- Tel: +62 (0)361 846 8468
Karma Beach Bali at Karma Kandara Resort offers a gorgeous private beach setting on Bali’s southern coast. A white sand beach surrounded by towering cliffs features idyllic thatched roof huts with raised bamboo platforms. Overlooking the calming ocean, these shaded huts offer relaxing spots where you can easily lose your sense of time. The main way of getting down to the beach club is by way of a private funicular. Karma Beach Bali is open during the day, and evenings are to be shared with cold drinks and delicious Mediterranean bites. DJs occasionally take to the turntables to set the vibe right for a secluded beachfront evening in a Mediterranean-inspired setting. Its Monday Movie Night on the sand under the stars is also a great way to spend an evening in such exotic settings. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon - Sun, 09:00 - 01:00
- Location: Karma Kandara Resort, Jalan Villa Kandara, Banjar Wijaya Kusuma, Ungasan
- Tel: +62 (0)361 848 2222
Sundara at the Four Seasons Resort Bali in Jimbaran Bay is one of Bali’s most stylish places to dine and chill out, featuring a beach club, restaurant and an ultra-stylish bar. From the main indoor bar lounge, to the main restaurant with two levels, and ocean-view poolside loungers, there are many ways to having a great time at Sundara. At the bar, large windows fully open to views across the pool, ocean and the bay and right after the magnificent sunsets, stone cauldrons in the inner courtyard are lit ablaze, accentuating its sophisticated atmosphere. Must-try cocktails by world-renowned mixologist Javier de las Muelas include Jim-Let Fox-Trot and the Thousand Nights. Resident DJs help set the laidback seaside mood with a steady flow of chill-out music against the sound of crashing waves. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon - Sun, 11:00 - 01:00
- Location: Four Seasons Resort at Jimbaran Bay, Jalan Bukit Permai, Jimbaran
- Tel: +62 (0)361 701 010
This Spanish restaurant offers a unique dining experience, with a menu featuring a selection of authentic Mediterranean dishes, and a unique ‘cliff club’ scene with laidback vibes where you can enjoy breathtaking birds’ eye-view of sunsets over one of Bali’s most favourite surf breaks. A swimmable freeform pool is surrounded by beanbags and sun loungers where you can lounge away with a cocktail at hand. A quite far-flung location and a unique cliff-top setting make for a must-visit when in Bali. Signature cocktails include the light green secret-recipe ‘sex on the cliff’, and a refreshing jug of homemade sangria is up for sharing. Full moon parties feature resident DJs spinning chill-out music from 17:00 until late. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon - Sun, 11:30 - 22:00
- Location: Jalan Pantai Cemongkak, Pecatu
- Tel: +62 (0)361 780 341 6
Smoqee Lounge and Sky Bar at the Le Meridien Jimbaran is right next door to the famous seafood cafes of Jimbaran Bay. With a name that is inspired by the billowing grills from the rows of seafood cafes on the coastline, Smoqee features an upper main rooftop space and a lower indoor lounge with colourful interiors and a chequered dance floor where you can party away to 80s and 90s retro tracks played by a resident DJ. More laidback tunes fill the air upstairs on the rooftop with a DJ playing beside the open-air bar, which serves an exquisite selection of signature cocktails crafted by world-renowned mixologist, Joseph Boroski. Among the signature cocktails are its Sage Melon Martini, the Smoqeeroska or the Cinnamon Batyta. Smoqee’s great selection of sunset tapas complements your sunset lounging experience. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon - Sun, 17:30 + 24:00
- Location: Le Meridien Jimbaran, Jalan Bukit Permai, Muaya Beach, Jimbaran
- Tel: +62 (0)361 846 688 8
For a totally different nightlife scene, head down to the open amphitheatre beside the Uluwatu Temple, which showcases the famous Kecak dance at sunset. The show uses the dramatic sunset as its backdrop, and in the middle of the stage is a standing torch that adds to the dramatic appeal of the show, while a large group of a hundred male dancers surround the fire while vigorously chanting the chorus that gave the dance its name. Performers in vibrant costumes act out several episodes from the Ramayana epic, namely as Lord Rama, his consort Dewi Sita, the evil king Rahwana, and several jesters that unpredictably jump into the audience to interact and have fun, while adding comic relief to the show. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 18:30 - 21:30
- Location: Open amphitheatre, Uluwatu Temple, Jalan Raya Uluwatu, Uluwatu
Single Fin is a surfer’s bar, café and chill-out spot that overlooks one of Bali’s most famous surf spots. The relaxed setting not only has won the hearts of surfers, but also non-surfers who come for the great cocktails, bites and most of all, great views over the Uluwatu surf. Choose from a selection of coffee brews, wholesome salads, pastas and pizzas, or share some cocktails or margaritas with like-minded company as the sun sets after a great day out surfing. An adjoining surf shop features surf gear and surf memorabilia. Not to be missed are its Sunday sunset sessions, when live bands and DJs take to the stage for a unique evening out in Uluwatu.
- Opening Hours: 08:00 - 23:00
- Location: Jalan Labuan Sait, Suluban, Pecatu
- Tel: +62 (0) 361 769 941
Scruffy Murphy’s Bali Irish Pub
An Irish Pub with a presence in the Bukit area, Scruffy Murphy’s offers a great time with cold beers, cheerful faces and live sport feeds. Step inside this green building you will find a pub scene with LCD TV screens that show all types of live sporting events, together with a larger screen for special grand events. On any evening you can enjoy some live Irish music performed by local and international bands. The venue is small and intimate, which enables you to make new friends a whole lot easier. Service is delivered by a team of well-trained staff who are determined to provide a fun time. The menu here is a bit on the skinny side, but they do allow you to order something from one of the nearby restaurants that go well with your Guinness or Heineken.
- Opening Hours: Mon - Sun, 17:00 - 01:00
- Location: Jalan Raya Uluwatu 2, No. 279, Ungasan, Jimbaran
- Tel: +62 (0) 361 709 008
One of the mainstays among Jimbaran’s array of places to go at night is right on the Jimbaran Bay itself. Also locally referred to as Pantai Muaya, or Muaya Beach, the bay is home to the longstanding collection of seafood cafes, which all offer a memorable seafood dinner with a gorgeous sunset panorama. Usually gathering crowds right before sunset, the collection of tables are spread out on the sand, and candlelit dinners are great to enjoy as a couple, or shared for a feast with friends under the stars. Faint lights from the Ngurah Rai airport and traditional fishing boat lanterns far out at sea add to the dreamy seascape. ‘Meals on wheels’ and peddlers offer their wares late into the night. Occasional strolling musicians play request songs while some cafes provide live traditional bamboo orchestras. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 15:00 - 23:00
- Location: Jalan Four Seasons, Muaya Beach, Jimbaran