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Top 10: Bars & Clubs in Bali

Top 10: Bars & Clubs in Bali

Most of the best nightclubs in Bali are located within the Kuta and Seminyak area, whilst a great selection of beachfront and rooftop bars has sprung up all over the island’s major tourism hotspots. Kuta’s reasonable prices and laid-back party atmosphere makes it popular with western tourists, backpackers and first-timers to the island. Regular travellers to Bali, including expats and Indonesians from Jakarta tend to prefer Seminyak, where the clubs and bars are a little more chic and upmarket. Depending on your preference for music, atmosphere, food, drink and company, Bali’s famous nightlife has options to suit all tastes and budgets. In this article, we feature ten of the best hotspots available, giving a flavour of the many tastes and experiences to be had in the neon nightlife of Bali.



1. Ku De Ta, Seminyak

Bali's original sunset destination, Ku De Ta is a restaurant, bar and beach lounge all rolled into one, played out to an eclectic soulful soundtrack and with panoramic views across the Indian Ocean. Open from 8am until late, Ku De Ta covers every mood and taste as the day progresses, serving up a variety of dining options - from informal grazing to relaxed fine dining. The open-plan venue features a main restaurant area, dedicated bar, a lawn area on the beachfront where all special events take place, and a special private loft for secluded VIP functions.

1. Ku De Ta, Seminyak

Bali's original sunset destination, Ku De Ta is a restaurant, bar and beach lounge all rolled into one, played out to an eclectic soulful soundtrack and with panoramic views across the Indian Ocean. Open from 8am until late, Ku De Ta covers every mood and taste as the day progresses, serving up a variety of dining options - from informal grazing to relaxed fine dining. The open-plan venue features a main restaurant area, dedicated bar, a lawn area on the beachfront where all special events take place, and a special private loft for secluded VIP functions.



2. Potato Head Beach Club, Seminyak

Potato Head Beach Club is one of the most happening chill-out venues in Seminyak, joining the array of world-class hotspots that line this upscale, cosmopolitan coastal village. At scheduled events, international DJs and celebrities take the stage in front of an ocean backdrop, while lively crowds gather over the central lawn. Among those who have graced the agenda are Mark Ronson, Foster the People and Fat Boy Slim. Potato Head Beach Club is also the regular host for the Ultra Beach Bali EDM festival.

2. Potato Head Beach Club, Seminyak

Potato Head Beach Club is one of the most happening chill-out venues in Seminyak, joining the array of world-class hotspots that line this upscale, cosmopolitan coastal village. At scheduled events, international DJs and celebrities take the stage in front of an ocean backdrop, while lively crowds gather over the central lawn. Among those who have graced the agenda are Mark Ronson, Foster the People and Fat Boy Slim. Potato Head Beach Club is also the regular host for the Ultra Beach Bali EDM festival.



3. La Favela, Seminyak

If you’re looking to dine, drink or dance, La Favela is the place to be. Here you can rub shoulders with an international crowd, and hit the dance floor at weekly late night house parties, from 22:30 through to the early morning. International DJs such as David Herrera and resident DJ ‘Funktastic’ Maick Rodriguez play disco, funk, R&B, hip-hop and anything of the 60s, 70s and 80s. A big attraction is the funky décor - there’s an old ‘kombi’ van that’s been turned into a bar, along with a mini replica of Christ the Redeemer that looks over everyone and, along with a menu that’s bursting with tapas and cocktails, brings a taste of Rio to Bali.

3. La Favela, Seminyak

If you’re looking to dine, drink or dance, La Favela is the place to be. Here you can rub shoulders with an international crowd, and hit the dance floor at weekly late night house parties, from 22:30 through to the early morning. International DJs such as David Herrera and resident DJ ‘Funktastic’ Maick Rodriguez play disco, funk, R&B, hip-hop and anything of the 60s, 70s and 80s. A big attraction is the funky décor - there’s an old ‘kombi’ van that’s been turned into a bar, along with a mini replica of Christ the Redeemer that looks over everyone and, along with a menu that’s bursting with tapas and cocktails, brings a taste of Rio to Bali.



4. Velvet & Hypnotized, Kuta

This is really two excellent spots rolled into one. Velvet is a modern kitchen, bar and lounge, specializing in stylish cocktails and serving up a dynamic fusion of Asian and European Food. Located on a roof top on the third floor of Beachwalk Mall, right in the centre of Kuta, this is a great place to enjoy the sun setting over Bali with a cool drink in your hand. As the darkness falls, head downstairs to the Hypnotized Club for some pumping EDM and commercial dance music, played through a first-class sound system and accompanied by LED screen multimedia and lighting. Decorated with elegant gothic interior design, the club is in a class of its own.

4. Velvet & Hypnotized, Kuta

This is really two excellent spots rolled into one. Velvet is a modern kitchen, bar and lounge, specializing in stylish cocktails and serving up a dynamic fusion of Asian and European Food. Located on a roof top on the third floor of Beachwalk Mall, right in the centre of Kuta, this is a great place to enjoy the sun setting over Bali with a cool drink in your hand. As the darkness falls, head downstairs to the Hypnotized Club for some pumping EDM and commercial dance music, played through a first-class sound system and accompanied by LED screen multimedia and lighting. Decorated with elegant gothic interior design, the club is in a class of its own.



5. Jenja, Seminyak

Club Jenja Bali is a late-night party venue in Seminyak with ultra-stylish interiors spread out over its two floors. The club occupies much of the eastern corner of the arcade at the TS Suites Bali’s lifestyle complex on Jalan Nakula and opens its doors nightly from 21:00. The club features a lounge area called ‘Up at Jenja’, while downstairs features the bar and main party space. One wall bears a massive floor-to-ceiling mosaic of opaque and stained glass, which provides a warm interplay of colours as a backdrop to the lounge and party scenes on both floors.

5. Jenja, Seminyak

Club Jenja Bali is a late-night party venue in Seminyak with ultra-stylish interiors spread out over its two floors. The club occupies much of the eastern corner of the arcade at the TS Suites Bali’s lifestyle complex on Jalan Nakula and opens its doors nightly from 21:00. The club features a lounge area called ‘Up at Jenja’, while downstairs features the bar and main party space. One wall bears a massive floor-to-ceiling mosaic of opaque and stained glass, which provides a warm interplay of colours as a backdrop to the lounge and party scenes on both floors.



6. OPIVM, Seminyak

OPIVM (pronounced ‘Opium’) Bali is a two-story nightclub located in Seminyak, where you can party away with exclusive VIP bottles and shisha services courtesy of personal table butlers, available in selected areas of the club. The club’s soundtrack is mainly house music and techno, with international DJs and other artists regularly featured. OPIVM Bali’s self-proclaimed mission statement is “seduction,” and accordingly, the club’s decor includes dancing poles and podiums, along with aerial performers, which adds a burlesque element to the clubbing experience.

6. OPIVM, Seminyak

OPIVM (pronounced ‘Opium’) Bali is a two-story nightclub located in Seminyak, where you can party away with exclusive VIP bottles and shisha services courtesy of personal table butlers, available in selected areas of the club. The club’s soundtrack is mainly house music and techno, with international DJs and other artists regularly featured. OPIVM Bali’s self-proclaimed mission statement is “seduction,” and accordingly, the club’s decor includes dancing poles and podiums, along with aerial performers, which adds a burlesque element to the clubbing experience.



7. Sky Garden, Legian

Located right in the centre of Kuta’s Nightlife Strip, Sky Garden is Bali’s headquarters for clubbing. Voted as Best Nightclub in Bali for the past 7 years in a row, this multi-level complex is the place to experience the full force of party culture on Bali. With recent DJs on the bill including Yellow Claw, Marshmello, Steve Aoki, Afrojack and Timmy Trumpet, Sky Garden is all about the music; a night to remember across 5 different floors, Sky Garden is the place to be when visiting Legian.

7. Sky Garden, Legian

Located right in the centre of Kuta’s Nightlife Strip, Sky Garden is Bali’s headquarters for clubbing. Voted as Best Nightclub in Bali for the past 7 years in a row, this multi-level complex is the place to experience the full force of party culture on Bali. With recent DJs on the bill including Yellow Claw, Marshmello, Steve Aoki, Afrojack and Timmy Trumpet, Sky Garden is all about the music; a night to remember across 5 different floors, Sky Garden is the place to be when visiting Legian.



8. Mirror, Seminyak

Mirror opened in Bali in early 2015. Owned by the All-In group, which is also responsible for the popular Fable Club in Jakarta, Mirror is arguably the trendiest place in Bali at the moment, meaning it’s crowded most nights. The venue’s interiors and overall design looks like a Gothic cathedral, but with glittery mosaic-like wall décor, stained glass windows and towering ceilings that are matched with futuristic laser lighting systems, giving you one of the coolest and most immersive spaces to dance your late evenings away to industrial, deep bass, house and hip-hop music.

8. Mirror, Seminyak

Mirror opened in Bali in early 2015. Owned by the All-In group, which is also responsible for the popular Fable Club in Jakarta, Mirror is arguably the trendiest place in Bali at the moment, meaning it’s crowded most nights. The venue’s interiors and overall design looks like a Gothic cathedral, but with glittery mosaic-like wall décor, stained glass windows and towering ceilings that are matched with futuristic laser lighting systems, giving you one of the coolest and most immersive spaces to dance your late evenings away to industrial, deep bass, house and hip-hop music.



9. The Rock Bar, Jimbaran

Bali's stunning Rock Bar is perched dramatically on limestone cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean. Owned by AYANA Resort and Spa, the bar offers signature cocktails and light bites with outstanding great sunset views, together with moods set by resident and world-class international DJs in a regular line-up. A funicular ride down from the upper cliff edge of the resort takes you down to the bar. Several stops along the descent provide you with memorable scenic and photographic moments of the seascape and horizon. Favourite drinks on the Rock Bar’s menu include martini selections designed by international bar consultant Sebastien Bonnefoi, using imported liquors blended with local fruits, herbs and spices to complement the natural setting.

9. The Rock Bar, Jimbaran

Bali's stunning Rock Bar is perched dramatically on limestone cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean. Owned by AYANA Resort and Spa, the bar offers signature cocktails and light bites with outstanding great sunset views, together with moods set by resident and world-class international DJs in a regular line-up. A funicular ride down from the upper cliff edge of the resort takes you down to the bar. Several stops along the descent provide you with memorable scenic and photographic moments of the seascape and horizon. Favourite drinks on the Rock Bar’s menu include martini selections designed by international bar consultant Sebastien Bonnefoi, using imported liquors blended with local fruits, herbs and spices to complement the natural setting.



10. The Howff, Nusa Lembongan

Our final recommendation is way off the beaten track and completely out of left field, but it takes its place on this list on merit and for pure novelty value. The Howff is a Scottish-inspired whisky, gin and wine bar, hidden away in a cove on the Beach of Nusa Lembongan, to the southeast of the main island of Bali. Here you’ll find a wide selection of Islay, Lowland, Highland, Speyside and Island single malts, along with several Japanese varieties. An international collection of gins is served in the Spanish style, with house-dried garnishes to complement the unique gin botanicals. A little taste of Bali to enhance the gins, enjoyed purely on their own or with a tonic, these are more than just your standard juniper berry gin. The Howff is the perfect place to enjoy some of the finer things in life, in a location that’s as incongruous as it is incomparable. Like a pirate’s buried treasure, this quirky tavern in the tropics is well worth a voyage.

10. The Howff, Nusa Lembongan

Our final recommendation is way off the beaten track and completely out of left field, but it takes its place on this list on merit and for pure novelty value. The Howff is a Scottish-inspired whisky, gin and wine bar, hidden away in a cove on the Beach of Nusa Lembongan, to the southeast of the main island of Bali. Here you’ll find a wide selection of Islay, Lowland, Highland, Speyside and Island single malts, along with several Japanese varieties. An international collection of gins is served in the Spanish style, with house-dried garnishes to complement the unique gin botanicals. A little taste of Bali to enhance the gins, enjoyed purely on their own or with a tonic, these are more than just your standard juniper berry gin. The Howff is the perfect place to enjoy some of the finer things in life, in a location that’s as incongruous as it is incomparable. Like a pirate’s buried treasure, this quirky tavern in the tropics is well worth a voyage.