Maria Hedian
Maria Hedian
New York City, New York State, USA
Solo Traveler | Event Producer | Marketing Creative

Where to Party in Bali

Few places in the world offer such a different experience as Bali does. You could go and focus on meditation, yoga and wellness - taking the most relaxing and therapeutic vacation imaginable. Or you could find the absolute best parties on the beach and stay up till the sun comes up or the bonfire runs out. Yes, Bali offers both experiences - as different as night and day - within the same island! The Balinese truly know how to live a wonderful life. Their mentality of living in the present and making life as best as possible sets them apart from any other people on Earth. Their happiness with life is evident in their culture, their food and the places they build for others to enjoy. While yoga and meditation are a huge part of Balinese culture, so are places of entertainment. All of the locals I met and hung out with loved going from place to place, enjoying themselves and more importantly, showing locals a wonderful time. Here are some of the best nightlife places I went to during my time in Bali. 

1. Engine Room - Super Club

89, Legian Street, Kuta 80361, Indonesia

They got it right when they called this place 'Super Club'. This immense venue offers 3 floors of completely different types of music and vibes. Each floor has its own DJ - it feels as though they put 3 clubs into one! There is no cover to get in and the drinks are actually reasonably priced, especially compared to the type of place this is. As we were walking in, one of the security guards told us to watch out for our phones (we had them in our back pockets out of habit) which gave me the impression that there may have been some pickpocket issues in the past. Keep an eye on your stuff and have a great time!

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2. Sling Bar Seminyak

Seminyak, Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Swanky bar on the top floor of the Plantation Grill where each drink they bring you is a masterpiece. Their martini list is incredible and they offer various types of champagne, which I loved. The bar is very elegant with a mysterious air to it, almost feels like a 1920s speakeasy feel. The seating is made for private conversations and there is even a private VIP section for large parties. The staff is so friendly and the bartenders are magicians! Even the bathroom decor is exceptional. Pricing is a bit high, but it is to be expected with such a beautiful place.

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3. Baker Street Social Bali

Jl. Petitenget No.17, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Bali 80361, Indonesia

One of my favorite bars in the entire world! This is by far the coolest speakeasy you'll ever have the privilege of going to. The vibe, the music, the people - everything just has a real feeling of prohibition to it. The bar itself is difficult to find as it is purposely hidden. There are no menus, your drinks are especially customized for your taste and liking. The bartenders are serious about their craft and geniuses at what they do. It doesn't get too crowded, but that is one of the charms of the place.

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4. Mirror Lounge & Club

Seminyak, Jl. Petitenget No.106, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Built to look like an old cathedral, Mirror is a fancy night out full of dancing and great drinks. The music is odd at times but nothing you can't dance to. There is a cover for men, ladies are free and the club is definitely dress to impress. Looking around, it seemed as though there were a lot more locals than tourists which I prefered. There are lots of tables and seating areas, many of which you can reserve in advance if you prefer. The venue itself is a beauty and you will be mesmerized just looking around.

5. Round Bar Cafe

Jl. Penestanan Klod, Ubud, Indonesia

One of those places where you can stop by for dinner and stay for a night of drinks. The food is absolutely delicious - they made us a homemade pizza which we appreciated (many places we tried would give us frozen pizza) and the drinks are even better! There is music playing softly in the background during dinner, but once it hits a certain time, the music gets louder and the vibe transforms into a lounge setting. There is a shuttle to/from your hotel in the area which was perfect for us. Overall, a great time!

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6. Paris Cat Jazz Club

Jl. Petitenget No.98, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

A night at the Paris Cat Jazz Club is not a typical night. There is always wonderful live music playing - each night is different. This place was right by our hotel so anytime we walked by, you could hear the beautiful music that would almost always lure us in. The drinks are inexpensive and the staff is so friendly. There is a full kitchen but anytime we went we always ordered some light bites or tapas. A rooftop is also open for guests to go up and relax. There is no real view per se, but it is the perfect escape while the beautiful music plays in the background.

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7. Pretty Poison

Jalan Subak Canggu, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Very cool skate bar catered to a younger crowd. Live music - first by an acoustic guitar player and then later a DJ - drinks are cheap and the vibe is really laid back. You meet some interesting people here and can strike up conversations for hours! Overally, wouldn't be my first choice of place but I had a great time and would go back.

8. Wanna Jungle Pool and Bar

Banjar, Desa, Bresela, Payangan, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80572, Indonesia

A fairly new pool club in the Kayon Jungle Resort in Ubud. The views are amazing and the hotel itself is pretty incredible to see in person. If you are only staying for the day, you have to pay an entrance fee that can be used for food and drinks once you're inside. We paid the 300k per person fee and were able to get tapas, one drink and entry to the pools. The tapas were delicious and the drinks were strong. It's a nice way to spend a day in Bali.

9. Drop the Anchor

Jl Pantai Legian / Jl Padma, Legian, Kuta, Legian, Bali 80361, Indonesia

This is the kind of place where you can stop by for lunch and end up staying all day until after sun set. They have the best fruit smoothies (you have to try one!) and juices. As it gets closer to sunset, their happy hour specials are offered and are great. There is ample seating outdoors to get a front row view of the majestic Balinese sunset.

10. OPIVM

Jl. Dhyana Pura No. 7, Seminyak, Kuta, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

A swanky two story club that is fairly new to the scene in Seminyak. While we were there, they were quite adamant about providing excellent service, so much so that someone always stood nearby waiting for us to finish our drinks and meals so that they could quickly take them. It felt a bit much at times, but we understood that culturally, this was the Balinese way of providing the best service they could. Pricing is high, music is great and ambiance is pretty.

11. Ulu Cliffhouse

Jalan Labuansait No.315 Padang-Padang, Uluwatu, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Amazing resort and restaurant literally situated on the edge of a cliff giving visitors breathtaking views at sunset. Food is delicious, there is a live DJ at night and pool access never ends!

12. Blow Bar Bali

Jl. Oberoi 61, Seminyak, Kuta, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

How often can you say, 'I went to a bar and got a my hair done'? This awesome place not only offers a good time, but you can leave with your hair done while you party! The bar itself is in the middle of the club with the mini hair stations all around. Drinks are great and the salon prices are not bad at all. My wash and blowdry was about 200,000r and they did a fantastic job!

13. Haze Beach Club

The Bay Bali, ITDC Lot C-O, Jl. Nusa Dua, Benoa, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

At first glance, the club itself may seem a bit intimidating but once you speak to the people working there and go inside, it is the complete opposite. Everyone is so friendly and hospitable. The food is delicious - Hibachi style food is presented in theatrical ways, portions are generous and the drinks are tasty. The prices are on the high end, but it is to be expected from such a beautiful place. Definitely a place to check out on your visit to the Nusa islands!

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14. Bahiana Salsa Bar

Jl. Camplung Tanduk, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

A bar that will teach you how to salsa dance! Bahiana has the friendliest staff and the most laid back instructors. We went expecting a quiet night out and ended up dancing the night away to the sounds and rhythms of latin beats. They have a full service kitchen with mainly Western offerings. We had a great time and will definitely come back!

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15. Barrio & Co.

No.4 Diyana Pura, Jl. Camplung Tanduk No.4, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

As soon as you walk in, you are blown away by the incredible art that is hanging all over the bar. Barrio offers a unique take on nightlife in Bali - with latin music being their main focus. Thursday nights are the best nights, the club offers lessons before they officially open for the night and then there is salsa playing for all hours. The drinks are strong and not expensive, which can be a dangerous combination! The staff is so friendly and the vibe is amazing. I went back to Barrio 3 times during my time in Seminyak!

16. Ole Beach Bar

Jl. Melasti No.62, Legian, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

A wonderful place for pre-dinner drinks with a sunset view. The bar offers a wide selection of drinks, including a 2-for-1 happy hour deals. Lots of outdoor seating, perfect for watching the sunset. The bartenders are right out of the Coyote Ugly movie - throwing bottles around and doing tricks as they make you your drink! There is also a cool band that plays songs by request which was a nice treat.

17. EDEN Club Bali

Jl. Dewi Sri No.21, Legian, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Beautiful club that actually looks like the garden of Eden on the inside. I was blown away by how meticulously everything was decorated all around the club. The music is ok, mainly hip hop and r&b, the drinks are good and the staff is friendly. Not my type of place but definitely worth stopping by, even if just to take a look around at the incredible setup and decor.

18. Uncles Beach Bar

Legian, Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia

Awesome place to grab a cold beer after a long day and relax on the beach while watching the sun set. There is fantastic live music that plays in the background. The staff is so friendly and helpful, you can't help but feel relaxed. There are tons of small tables and bean bags, perfect for watching the sun set. It doesn't get too crowded so your view is perfect.

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19. Sunset Point Uluwatu

Pecatu, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80361, Indonesia

A secret surfer's paradise/bar on a cliff with spectacular views - especially at sunset. There is a small bar (cash only) that serves beer and spirits and some bar food. There are lots of bean bags all around so you can sit and make yourself comfortable. Music plays loudly but since it is such an open area, it is not uncomfortable or annoying. There is also a pool off to the side where you can enjoy the music and view while watching the incredible view. It's a little hard to get to, especially on motorbike as the roads are not smooth at all. It's also a bit off the beaten track and hard to find, but is also not crowded for that very same reason. Very chill and laid back spot with amazing sunset views.

20. Mixwell Bar

Jalan Camplung Tanduk, Seminyak, Kuta, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Fabulous neighbors to the famous Bali Joe Bar, this place is so much fun! Great music fills the air while the bartenders make delicious (and cheap!) drinks. The night we stopped by, the club was promoting a drag show where all the 'ladies' were dressed as their favorite idols. It was incredible! We got to see Beyonce, Dolly Parton, Rihanna, and Diana Ross all in one night. They were all extremely talented and entertaining - overall had a great night!

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21. OMNIA Dayclub Bali

Jl. Belimbing Sari, Pecatu, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80364, Indonesia

A beautiful retreat in Uluwatu, you can feel the exclusivity of this club from the moment you step up to the front desk. It's a little out of the way to get to (we were on scooters) but once you're there, it's like paradise. There is a cover to get in, however the day we went there was a deal - if you were wearing a bathing suit, your entrance was free. I was perfectly happy with that. Drinks and food are available, but are pricey. There are lounge beds everywhere, some closer to the pool than others, but the ones up front have minimal spending amounts to access. The place itself is incredible, huge and has the most beautiful infinity pool I've ever seen. The DJ booth is high above the crowd and the space for the dance floor is huge.

22. Jimmy's Sports Bar & Restuatant

Jl. Danau Toba no. 20, Sanur, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia

Small, laid back sports bar perfect for a refreshing beer after a long day in the sun. The owner himself, Jimmy, came by and talked to us for a while - he was so friendly! The staff at this lovely establishment were all so friendly and helpful. They helped us figure out our plan for the following day and even called someone they knew to drive us around to see some sites. It feels like a family establishment where you feel welcome the minute you set foot in the door.

23. LXXY Bali

No.71, Jl. Raya Legian, Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Huge 3-level rooftop bar and club that always has the best music playing. You can dance all night on various levels that each offer something unique. On the second floor, there is always a DJ spinning and a large dance floor perfect for dancing the night away. There are cool light shows giving you the Miami vibe feel while you party. The top floor has a big pool, grassed seating area and even a jacuzzi! Everyone is dressed casually, many people even in bathing suits! The drinks are pricier than other places but for the level of entertainment you receive, it is more than worth it.

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24. Bali Joe Bar

Jl. Camplung Tanduk no. 8, Seminyak, Indonesia

The most fun gay bar in all of Bali! My hotel was a few steps away from this crazy club and I decided to give it a try on my very first night in the city because the music was just so good. I'm so happy I did! You can dance for hours, drinks are cheap and the service is wonderful. The "ladies" put on a drag show for the club that night and it was such a good time. Overall, it was an amazing introduction to the beautiful island of Bali!

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25. Single Fin

Jl. Mamo, Kuta, Bali 80361, Indonesia

One of the best places to see the sunset in all of Bali. The bar gets heavily packed with people all waiting for the same thing, that gorgeous sunset picture! Be sure to get here early and maybe even spend a few hours to secure your spot. The bar also offers an awesome happy hour deal and has delicious food. What more can you ask for?

Last updated at Jan 25, 2019