Bali Nightlife 2016

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars)
As South Bali is becoming more crowded and more urban, its nightlife has somewhat improved. It is still much less interesting that Jakarta nightlife, but if you come to Bali for the weekend you will certainly enjoy it.

Most things haven't changed for many years so you can also read my previous Bali Nightlife review from 2013. Here are my top recommendations for partying in Bali in 2014/2015:
Skydome in Skygarden Kuta
In Kuta, Skygarden is still the number one club: It is the most crowded, the largest, has the best marketing and the best line-up of international DJs (famous House/Trance/Progessive DJs comes at least twice a month). If you are a tourist between 18 and 30-year old, this is where you should go. If you are single and looking for a place to get a guy or a girl, this is the place too. The prices before midnight are very low so it can be a cheap way to get drunk before heading somewhere else too. At last, it is the only club in Bali which is happening 7 days a week. Go there on Sunday or Monday night when everything else is empty.

Walking distance from Skygarden, you may walk into several other nightclubs or bars such as Eikon (popular with Australians), Engine Room, Bounty and Paddy's Pub (popular with Bogans), Vi Ai Pi (good for live music), MBarGo (Hip/Hop), Apache (reggae). All of them are normally busy as they are located in the heart of Kuta.
Still in Kuta, bars and clubs located on Jalan Pantai Kuta are more popular with Indonesians, in particular those from Jakarta. You have the new Velvet bar and Hypnotized club in BeachWalk Mall, maybe one of the best new clubs in Kuta in 2014. They have good events with international DJ about once in a month. Not too far from there, The Stones hotel also organizes regular events but it is almost always empty. Still on Kuta beach, Hard Rock Café is mostly popular with the Asian crowd: Indonesians, Malaysians, Singaporeans. This is the same crowd that visits the new District (replacing Musro) which gets busy only when they have concerts.
Concert in District
Party in Hypnotized Beach Walk
Speaking about the local and Asian market, there are a handful of clubs where you will find them. The largest is Akasaka, in the heart of Denpasar, which has two dance-floors, one with Western-style house music and the other one with Funky House / Chinese-style Techno Kota. Some expats go there too because the music reminds them of places like the Stadium in Jakarta. It is also full with prostitutes, among which a fair number of stunners (in A-Club in particular). There is also Boshe VIP Club, not far from the airport, which is a classier version of Akasaka. At last, you have Adora Club in Sanur, again with a similar concept of one-stop entertainment with bar, club, karaoke, live music.

Regarding these clubs, you can also read my review about Sex Tourism in Bali.
Sexy Dancers in Adora Club
Seminyak is still the favorite party location for expats, older tourists, residents from Java and regulars of Bali. Seminyak nightlife has actually spread out to the limits of Legian in Jalan Nakula (Jenja), Jalan Dewi Sri (Pyramid) or Jalan 66 (Double Six Rooftop). There have been quite many openings and closing in the past two years. The popular nightlife venues in Seminyak at the beginning of 2015 are the following:

- To have a drink: Mantra, La Favela, Jealous Lovers' Dive Bar, Mamasan, Red Carpet Champagne Bar (if you are above 40), Rumours, Zappaz (live music), Charlie. Jakartans usually prefer going to Motel Mexicola or Vin +. JPs Warung has closed and it was replaced by a strange Frankenstein bar which seems to be popular as well.
Mantra in Petitenget
Red Carpet's remarkable waitresses
Motel Mexicola
- To Party: Early in the night, Townhouse (European crowd), Huu Bar (Jakartans, Indo-Chinese). After 2am, move to Mint, Jenja, PyramidMirror / Gardin (Opened by the owners of Fable in Jakarta, the current trendy place, target the same crowd as Hu'u bar). You can also check the new Track 9 where many expats hang out.

Update 2016: Hu'u is closed and replaced with Gatsby. Townhouse is closed as well. Mint is no longer happening.
Hu'u Bar
Mint Club
Pyramid
Jenja
- For Special events: Check the facebook pages of W Hotel (Silent Disco), Kudeta (White Party, Bikini Party, New Year Party), Potato Head, Cocoon (Hed Kandi, Splash Pool Party). Check also parties such as Disko Afrika or beach parties in La Plancha). You can also see most events in the guidebook The Beat Magazine which is available in all Circle K store.

The owners of La Favela and La Plancha have opened two new popular spots called La Laguna (laid-back beach club) and La Sicilia (bar club). Trendy for drinks and party.

If you are in Canggu, the best spot is Old Man's.
Silent Disco in W Hotel
White Party in Ku De Ta
Disko Afrika
Splash Party in Cocoon
- For scoring with girls, hookers, transexuals: La Vida Loca, Mint Club, Bahiana, Jenja (and later in the night in DeeJay Café). For gays specifically: You should head to Jalan Dyana Pura to Mixwell, Bali Joe, and other places whose name I forgot. If you are not gay but open-minded, you can visit these bars and still have a lot of fun since they have great cabaret gogo dancers shows.
Mixwell Gay Bar in Seminyak
To conclude, it is good to know that DeeJay Café is the club that stays open the latest in Bali. It is still busy early morning at 8-9am. Needless to say most people who go there are on drugs.
Dee Jay Café in Kartika Plaza (Paradiso Kuta Hotel)
Warning about Safety in Bali: There is an increasing number of complaints about safety around nightclubs in Bali. Be careful with pickpockets. The main victims seem to be girls putting their purses in front of their motorbike. It is really recommended to put all your valuables in your trunk instead. If you have any problems, it is probably more effective to report it on the Bali Expat forum on facebook than to the police.

Update 2015: I wrote a guide to the hottest nightlife spots in Kuta and Seminyak. You can read it here: 12 Best Clubs in Bali.

Photo Credit: Most of the pictures illustrating this review of Bali nightlife were taken on facebook. If you wish to have a photo you are in removed, just drop me a mail thibaud@jakarta100bars.com.

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  1. An excellent overview of Bali nightlife from one who frequents it quite regularly you've covered most of the places I end up going.

    I can only add a couple more points:

    Mint in Seminyak is currently undergoing renovations (as of August 2014) with a new outdoor bar being constructed and plans for a revamp of the inside with more VIP seating. Once completed they will be trading 7 days with the outdoor bar and I believe the inside club may also extend from the current Thurs-Sat night trading.

    Jenja was certainly one of the hottest spots in Bali during August high season. I tried to go a couple of times last month while on holiday and even on a Weds night there were queues out the door and friends inside said it was too packed to dance or get to the bar.

    Finally there is one club open later then Deejay Cafe in Bali - Biber Music Club - in the Denpasar area. It opens into the afternoon for those who wish to continue on even after Deejay Cafe has shut but be warned it is a very dark drug club with only one large room with VIP tables down one side which plays Techno Kota/Funky House Music at ear splitting loud volumes. I would highly NOT recommend you go there unless you are super high or really like dark weird clubs as the music is like kryptonite for foreigners and you would be lucky to last an hour before it drives you crazy.

    If you've kept reading... I can't tell you how to find the place as it is in the middle of nowhere surrounded by rice paddies but if you google the name some people have checked in there on Four Square/Facebook with the map address showing and possibly some local Bali taxi drivers will also know the address.

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  2. Nice tips to have a great party in Bali ! There is no better club than another. It depends of the vibe you want : laidback, clubbing, have a drink etc... And when you go out (weekday or weekend)
    As Thibaud said, you should check the events on the different places for have an original experience.

    To share my personal experience : i tried the boshe last year and it was very boring inside (on a friday night). Ladies were beautiful, but people just want to show and not really enjoy the music / the vibe... I hope that's changed.
    Mint was my best experience (on weekend) : Non commercial music, very good electro music and great sound system . Nice people.

    Thanks Thibaud for your advices.

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