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12 Best Nightclubs in Bali (Updated 2017)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
I already wrote last year a complete review of Bali nightlife  which I recently updated. I'm adding this ranking of the top 12 hottest clubs on the island. This list of the best party places should help you choose where to go for your night out. The $ sign indicates the average price category for a standard alcoholic drink. The following venues are all the busiest party spots in Bali at the time of writing. Please feel free to comment! I recommend you to choose a hotel near a nightclub. You'll avoid 4 things: Drunk motorbike accidents, bag snatchers, traffic jams and crooked taxi drivers. Read my article  10 Best Girl-Friendly Hotels Near Bali Nightlife  or check these  top Bali hotels to party with chic rooftop bars, multi-tiered pools and nearby beachside clubs. 1) Jenja $$$: Best overall Photo source: Jenja Bali Where is it? Jenja is located in the basement of the Town Square Suites on Jalan Nakula. It is just between Kuta and Seminyak and 3 minutes away

Seminyak Nightlife in Less Than 500 Words

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This article will tell you everything you need to know about Seminyak Nightlife in less than 500 words. Seminyak is a small coastal town in Southern Bali, one of the top destinations for party-goers in Asia. It is located between the villages of Kuta/Legian on one side and Canggu/Kerobokan on the other side. It is a 45-minute taxi ride from the airport. The nightlife in Seminyak is upmarket compared to Kuta. One of the reasons is the high density of luxury accommodation, including resorts and villas. It is also where most expats in Bali live.

Kuta Nightlife in Less Than 500 Words

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This article will tell you everything you need to know about Kuta Nightlife in less than 500 words. Kuta is the main tourist destination in Bali. Originally a small beach town, it is now an urban area with 400 hotels , 5 modern malls and hundreds of clubs, restaurants, massage parlors and shops. It also has its fair share of pollution, noise and crime. To get around, it is best to have your own scooter (but you must have a travel insurance to drive one) as the taxis will invariably try to rip you off (except Blue Bird). Apps like Uber and Gojek are a good option as well. Walk when possible to avoid getting stuck in Kuta's notorious traffic jams. Kuta is popular with every age groups and every nationalities (especially Indonesians, Australians and Chinese). While some luxury hotels have opened recently, it is still considered a budget-friendly city: You can find a decent room for less than US$50$ and eat for less than US$8. If you don't have a place to stay, yo

Cheap Travel to Bali: A Complete Guide

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Traveling cheap in Bali is not difficult if you are well-prepared and well-informed. The following guide is a must-read for any visitor wanting to get the most out of her/his dollars without sacrificing on quality. I've lived 3 years in the island, enough time to know the best tricks and tips to save money on what is unnecessary. My goal is to help you make the right decisions regarding your flights, your hotels, your meals, your transportation and the attractions you visit. If you have any questions about your trip, you can leave a comment below or contact me directly: thibaud@jakarta100bars.com. Best Time to Visit Bali? Choose Your Season Carefully

Boshe VVIP Club and Karaoke (Bali)

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Boshe VVIP is a karaoke and nightclub popular with Indonesian and Asian customers. It is located between Kuta and the airport, on the large street Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai. It is the second branch to open after the one in Yogyakarta . The concept of Boshe VVIP Bali is almost the same as in Yogya: It is a medium-sized club with a large stage area and a high ceiling. They usually have a live band until midnight, and then a DJ. The music is commercial, from Rn'B to EDM. There are also a few breaks with sexy dancers and special shows done by the staff. The design, the sound system and the lighting are great, among the best in Indonesia.

7 Best Value Hotels on Sunset Road - Bali

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Looking for a 4-star hotel in Bali for less than 30$? Sunset Road is a large thoroughfare running from Kuta to Seminyak in Southern Bali. In recent years, it has become the best place to find cheap, budget hotels with amazing value . It is a very strategic and convenient location to explore Bali. The traffic is smoother than elsewhere and it is only 10-15 minutes away from the airport. From there, you can also easily go to Denpasar, Kuta, Seminyak, Sanur or even Ubud (through Jalan ByPass Ngurah Rai). Sleeping in Sunset Road is less expensive than elsewhere but there is one catch : You do not have a direct access to the beach by foot. Beaches are about 2 kilometers away and the shopping street of Jalan Legian is 1 kilometer away. Since there are not sidewalks in Bali, it is better to use either a taxi or your own motorbike. Alternatively, you can also take the Kura Kura shuttle bus or download a transportation app like Uber/Grab/Gojek.

Flamming Spa (Naughty Massage in Kuta) and Level One KTV

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Flamming Spa is a massage parlour where sexual services are provided. It is located in Kuta Central Park, about 300 meters from Jalan Legian (Bali), on the 3rd floor of Giant. It is in a complex where you can also find Level One Karaoke and the beer lounge LV. Each are filled with prostitutes. Sexy dancers occasionally perform as well.

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

EC Executive Karaoke (Bali)

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EC (for Executive Club) is a karaoke part of the group Varuna Entertainment (they have several nightclubs, spas and karaokes in Central Java). Most of their venues target male clients and have prostitutes or lady companions inside. This is the case with EC Bali as well. While girls are not "in your face" prostitutes, you can ask before doing your karaoke session which ones are open-minded or willing to be booked out. Otherwise, it will depend on your luck and negotiation skills. Girls are ranked according to their desirability so expect to pay more if a girl is wilder (and hotter).

Nikki Beach Bali

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Nikki Beach is planning to open its 11th Beach Club in the World in Bali in the second half of 2014. The famous brand already has locations on the hottest beach destinations worldwide such as Mallorca, Marbella, St Barth, Phuket, St Tropez, Miami, Ibiza, Koh Samui, Cabo, Marrakech. Founded by an American, Jack Penrod, the concept of the Nikki Beach is to be as bling bling and ostentatious as possible. A look at the pictures from their other beach clubs (above and below) will give you an idea. Even though the prices and style of Nikki Beach Bali will probably not suit everyone, it is still a welcome addition to the island. We can expect it to make the Nusa Dua area a bit less sleepy in terms of nightlife and events. Other luxurious beach clubs that you may want to check in Bali: Ku De Ta , Sundara , W Hotel , Potato Head , Cocoon ...

Is Bali Becoming a Sex Tourism Destination?

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
One of the biggest changes to Bali nightlife since the past 5 years is the seemingly growing number of prostitution or semi-prostitution venues in Bali. Those places were once discreetly located in Sanur or in some seedy streets in Denpasar, but they are now everywhere and they are certainly not trying to hide. In Kartika Plaza, you have the new District Club which features sexy dancers and karaoke rooms with Lady Companions. It is owned by Tommy Winata, famous for being behind naughty clubs like Golden Crown in Jakarta. Other naughty KTVs include EC Bali , Tang Chao (for Chinese) and Level One . In Denpasar, Akasaka was extended with a new room called A-Club , also with sexy dancers and prostitutes. The old room in Akasaka is packed on weekend and during my visit there, I saw fully naked women trying to sell tequila shots to customers in exchange for private lap dances. Considering the head-banging music that was played there, we can imagine most people inside were

Livingstone Seminyak Bali

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Livingstone is a restaurant, café and bakery, located in Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak. It is bright, clean and modern, just like the kind of venues you would find in cities like Singapore or Sydney. I visited during Lebaran so it was full with Indonesians, most of them seemed like they were from the upper class, probably from Jakarta or Surabaya. The staff was very friendly but they were overwhelmed and it was hard to get their attention. They also made a mistake in my order. I imagine this was because of the high season so I didn't really mind.

The Dusty Café - Seminyak - Bali

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The Dusty may be the smallest café you will find in Bali. It was recently opened by a young Frenchman, Nicolas Vitetta. It is similar with a bar in Jakarta called  Treehouse  for those who know. The design combines classic items like the big chandeliers, with some cheaper, recycled ones. I'm not sure about the definition of hipster but it could be one of those places where they hang out. Located just next to the bar Maria Magdalena in Jalan Dhyana Pura, it serves a small menu of mostly healthy food, including sandwiches and salads.  "Party Belt" Bruschetta (Rp60,000+15%) "Astral Totem" (Rp67,000+15%) I had the "Party Belt", a duo of Bruschetta (quite expensive at Rp60,000+15%) and the Astral Totem, a Quinoa Salad (Rp65,000+15%). It was not fine dining but both tasted good and it was fresh.

The Manhattan Fish Market - Seafood Restaurants

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The Manhattan Fish Market is a restaurant chain specializing in seafood dishes, either poached, grilled, fried, baked or flamed. They are originally from Singapore, with branches in several countries in Asia and Middle East. In Indonesia, you can find them in Bali and Jakarta for the moment. I took one of their signature dishes, the Small Flame (Rp129,000 +16% tax and service), which seemed very appetizing on the picture from the menu (you can see all of it here ). Small Flame (Rp129,000++)

Watercress Café and Revolver Coffee (Seminyak)

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Watercress is a café/restaurant located on Jalan Batu Belig in Seminyak. It is mostly appealing for the healthy options of its menu , particularly for breakfast. It also serves a small range of pastries (American ones), healthy juices and extracts, and coffee from the brand Revolver (whose main branch is on Jalan Oberoi). On the day I visited, most of the customers seemed to be Australians, which is not surprising considering the owner is Australian himself. He may have some French blood too as the playlist was made of songs popular in France a few years ago. Watercress could be easy to miss as it is small and simple. I would have ignored it but it was quite busy from the outside and it made me curious to try. We had just eaten so we only went for a Lassie (Rp35,000+16% tax and service), a Smoothie (Rp35,000++), a Blueberry Muffin (Rp30,000++), and an Apple Rhubarb Crumble with Ice Cream (Rp55,000++).