Bali is famous not only for its amazing beaches and rich local culture, but also for the island’s siz-zling nightlife. In order for you to get the most out of your time in Bali, we’ve covered some of the basics of navigating the island’s bar scene. Trust us – it’s a jungle out there.
Bali has no public transport to speak off, so figuring out the logistics is a must. Motorbikes are the preferred mode of transport even for most tourists, but drunk driving even on two wheels is a really bad idea. Accidents are more common than you might think. Luckily, taxis are dime a dozen, espe-cially if you find yourself in or around Kuta and Seminyak. If you’re looking to bar-hop, Kuta is a good choice as you can simply walk from one bar to the next. Most taxis use meters but turn them off as the night wears on so you’ll most likely need to haggle for the ride home.
Getting Your Drink On
One of the first things you’ll learn after arriving in Bali is that over here, Bintang is the king of beers. You can see the brand everywhere, from huge billboards to the ratty t-shirts worn by sun-burnt tourists. While the beer in Bali is cheap, wine and liquor are notoriously expensive. Arak is a local spirit that’s often offered to tourists, but you should use caution when offered a drink of Bali-nese moonshine. Unfortunately, cases of people suffering severe methanol poisoning after consum-ing arak are not uncommon.
Once you’ve figured out a ride and what to to drink, it’s time to head out. If you want to groove to some live music, there are plenty of options to choose from throughout the island. If you’re not feel-ing too picky about the quality, Kuta has plenty of jukebox style bars where house bands play top 40 songs based on tips and requests. For a classier setting and actual musical talent, places like The Straw Hut (Jl. Sari Dewi) in Seminyak and Old Man’s (Jl. Batu Bolong Beach) in Canggu regularly host terrific local bands in a nice, laid-back setting.
Bali also has a lot to offer for those looking to dance the night away. Skygarden (Jl. Legian No. 61) is a classic choice, located in the heart of Kuta and, randomly enough, regularly visited by stars such as Justin Bieber. If you’re looking for a truly unique setting for your big night out, try La Favela (Jl. Kayu Aya No. 177X) in Seminyak. The jungle-like interior is enough to release the inner party animal in anyone.
Going All Out
If you want have a taste of the high life, head to Seminyak. This area is home to some of the most popular and most exclusive clubs on the island. Potato Head Beach Club (Jl. Petitenget No. 51B) is a local institution. The club’s lavish architecture alone is to die for – as is the list of global superstars who perform here. Aside from Potato Head, KuDeTa (Jl. Kayu Aya No. 9) and WooBar (Jl. Petitenget) both offer a great setting for an unforgettable night out in Bali. Note that most of the ritziest clubs in Seminyak have a dress code in place, so don’t show up wearing your flip-flops.