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OPIUM Nightclub Bali - Seminyak (Also Spelled OPIVM)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Opened in December 2016, OPIUM (officially named OPIVM Bali Obsession) is the newest nightclub in Seminyak, South Bali. It is managed and owned by Mac Pedari (creator of Pyramid) with Mark Baker from Townhouse as a partner. Both are figures of the Bali expat and nightlife community so I guess OPIUM will create a buzz for at least several months.

The club is located on the "gay" street Jalan Camplung Tanduk (ex Dhyana Pura) and features two floors. The total capacity is not more than 400 pax. It is rather dark, with a sexy, almost underground vibe. The best part are the sexy pole dancers and acrobats that perform all night long.

The music is similar to that of other expat-oriented nightclubs in Bali (Jenja, Shanghai Baby, ex-Mint) which is not surprising considering the DJs are the same: Ben Burgess, Pyrope, Shammui. You can expect progressive house, deep house and tech house.

There is not entrance fee at the moment as it is still new and the prices are reasonable (Rp100,000 for spirits + mixers, Rp1,000,000 for a bottle of Champagne). Note that there is normally a dress code that applies: They aren't so strict with it but avoid looking like a bogan.

Opening Hours:
From 10PM to 5AM on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday

OPIVM Bali Obsession (OPIUM)
Jalan Camplung Tanduk No. 7, 
Seminyak, South Bali

Phone number: +62 (0) 8 56 209 1665
Email: opivm.rsvp@gmail.com or sia.mac.pedari@gmail.com (owner)

Facebook: OPIVM BALI

Seminyak Nightlife in Less Than 500 Words

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
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.

My selection of the best places to stay in Seminyak is available here: Best Bali Hotels Near the Nightlife. If you are on a budget, you have great hotel deals on Sunset Road just 10 minutes away from Seminyak but you'll need to get around with a scooter or a taxi. If you use a motorbike, make sure you have a travel insurance. Read my guide: Why You MUST have a Travel Insurance in Indonesia.

In Seminyak, I usually start my nights out by watching the sun set on the ocean from a beach club. The most stylish and happening venues for that are Potato Head, Double-Six Rooftop, Ku De Ta and Woo Bar. A cocktail there will cost you about US$12 and a meal at least 20US$. They normally have a DJ who plays chill-out tunes. The crowd is international and mixed, including kids.

To spend less money, you can go instead on Double 6 beach and visit one of the laid-back beach cafés. La Plancha is the best one.

Once the sunset is over, you can head to Jalan Oberoi. There are dozens of bars/restaurants, from expensive to cheap. You can just walk around and choose the one you like. For eating, the most popular is Ultimo (Italian food). The busiest bars on Jalan Oberoi are La Favela (also a club, great bohemian décor), Red Carpet Champagne Lounge (fun and chic with an older crowd), Rumours (busy with expats), Zappaz (crowd of regular, live music) and Mexicola (young crowd, Mexican theme).

An alternative to Jalan Oberoi for early-night drinks and food is Jalan Dyana Pura (also known as Jalan Camplung Tanduk). You can try the salsa bar Bahiana and the gay nightlife area around the Bali Joe pub.

Clubbing in Seminyak starts after 1am. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday are normally quiet. On those days, it is better to party in Kuta.

Each nightclub has its own crowd and music (read my ranking 12 Best Nightclubs in Bali for more details):
- La Favela gets a trendy and young international crowd that enjoys Top 40 hits and retro songs.
Jenja has mostly male expats and Indonesian girls (prostitutes or not). DJs play techno and electro in the basement room and hip hop in the upper room.
- Mirror is full of rich Indonesian Chinese from Jakarta. They have mostly Electronic Dance Music.
- Shanghai Baby is the newest hotspot. It's a restaurant with a small club and a lounge. Deep house music.

Occasionally, Potato Head, Woo Bar and Cocoon have interesting special events. You can pick up the free magazine The Beat for a detailed schedule.

Photo source: timotiusutji.

Kuta Nightlife in Less Than 500 Words

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
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, you can read: Bali Hotels Near the Nightlife. Alcohol is always quite expensive in Indonesia (Muslim country): A beer costs at least US$2 and a cocktail at least $US8.

Compared to Seminyak nightlife, Kuta is not as stylish or sophisticated but it can be a lot of fun as well.

Nightclubs start to get busy quite early, around 10pm, and by midnight you already have people throwing up in the toilets. Most of them are located on Jalan Legian, near the Ground Zero:

Skygarden is the most famous of all. It is inside a 5-floor building that can accommodate hundreds of clubbers in at least 4 rooms with each a different music genre (oldies, techno, EDM, Rn'B or Top 40). It is a cheap place to get drunk and to meet girls.

Next to it are dozens of other venues, each with their own specificities: Vi Ai Pi for live music, Apache for reggae, Eikon for cool Australians, Bounty and Paddy's for Bogans (low-class Australians). There is a fair amount of prostitutes, either inside the clubs or in the street. If a girl is making intense eye-contact with you, you can assume that she is after your money.

Venues near the beach front (10 minutes walk from Jalan Legian) are more sophisticated: Velvet/Hypnotized nightclub, inside BeachWalk mall, is crowded with young and trendy Indonesians. They have commercial music, hip-hop, house or EDM depending on the night. Nearby, the Hard Rock Café is also busy with locals and Asians.

Kuta does not have sex tourism like in Phuket or Pattaya. Nonetheless, there are some hostess bars, "plus plus" spas, executive KTVs and underground nightclubs. Boshe VVIP, near the airport, caters to an Asian male audience that enjoys bottle service, lady companions and sexy dancers. Jalan Dewi Sri has several naughty massage parlours, including Delta and Star Bugar Jaya.

The infamous DJ café on Jalan Kartika Plaza is the only after-hour nightclub in Bali: It is filled with prostitutes, ladyboys and drugs, but the music is often quite good (techno). On weekends, it stays open after 10am.

For a complete review of Bali nightlife, you can read 12 Best Nightclubs in Bali and Bali Nightlife.

Mirror Nightclub (Bali)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Mirror is a nightclub located in Seminyak, on Jalan Petitenget. It is owned by the All-In group, which is also behind the popular Fable in Jakarta.

It is a young and trendy company with a deep network among the young Indonesian elite. It is not a surprise that they manage to attract all the rich kids, especially those who don't mind spending several thousand dollars in one night for bottle service.

The club, shaped to resemble a church, is quite unusual. The gothic theme makes me a bit uncomfortable as well to be honest as it reminds me of funerals more than anything else. I guess that it does not rings the same bells among Indonesians.

The first thing you should know about visiting Mirror is that they enforce strict dress code rules. For guys, this means they will not let you in if you are not wearing a pair of pants, a t-shirt and casual shoes. For ladies, you should wear high heels.

The entrance fee is usually between Rp150,000 during the week and Rp250,000 on weekends or when a famous DJ is playing. This includes a first alcoholic drink. In general, they have a foreign EDM DJ on Friday or Saturday, sometimes on Wednesday. On Thursday, they will often have Rn'B/Hip-Hop music.

You can avoid the queue and the entrance fee by booking a table in advance. For the best ones, there is a minimum spending required (at least a few bottles of alcohol, expect to spend around 5-10M as they only have premium spirits). If you choose to drink by the glass, you will pay Rp180,000 net for a cocktail and Rp70,000 for the cheapest local beer. Yes that's quite expensive!

In front of Mirror, you also have a restaurant called Gardin Bistro with overpriced food. I tried once and I just wasted money for barely average pastries.

Overall: This is mostly a club for rich Indonesians to show off. Most of them are interested to stay within their group of friends. There are a few girls from Jakarta that are open to meet foreigners though. That's the main reason to visit it in my opinion. You can read more reviews: 12 Best Nightclubs in Bali and Seminyak Nightlife.

Mirror Nightclub
Jalan Petitenget Number 106, Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia

Phone number: +62 811 3993 010 or +62 361 8499 800
Blackberry Pin: 5B72F61B
Email: info@mirror.id

Instagram: Mirror Bali
Facebook: Mirror Seminyak (with more photos and the list of all upcoming events)
Website: www.mirror.id
Twitter (not updated): Mirror Allin

Opening Hours:
From Wednesday to Saturday from 11am to 4am

5 Sexy Dancers and Striptease Nightclubs in Bali

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Bali does not have as many sexy dancer and striptease shows as Jakarta. To my knowledge, there is not a proper American-style stripclub where girls are dancing non-stop and where guests can order a lapdance. Your options are limited to regular bars and nightclubs featuring sexy girls on stage several times in the night. Sometimes, it is just a one-off event.

Looking for a hotel near the best bars and clubs? Read: Best Hotels Near Bali Nightlife.

Sexy dancers in Bali rarely go full nude or even topless, but the shows are often artistic and the girls know how to shake. In some venues, they will wear sophisticated hand-made costumes and perform complex choreographies. Few are Balinese, they are normally from Java (Surabaya, Jakarta).

Below are the best nightclubs or bars to go to if you want to see sexy dancers, fashion shows or striptease in Bali.

Skygarden is the most famous nightclub in Bali and the most crowded. It is open and busy any day of the week. It is built on several stories, each with a different bar or club. The music style varies from one floor to the other, from hip-hop to EDM. There are always sexy dancers, but they don't always stay in the same location. Sometimes they will be dancing at the bar, sometimes they will do a fire show in Sky Dome (the largest room), etc.

Skygarden has two types of dancers. Some are just wearing bikinis and doing basic moves, while other are part of dance companies. The latter are much better: They have beautiful costumes and they have a wider range of skills (burlesque, fire shows, etc).

Both of these nightclubs are inside the same complex in Denpasar. Akasaka is a local club that is similar to venues like Golden Crown or the now-defunct Stadium in Jakarta. Inside, many customers take drugs (ectasy) and the music is fast-paced, hardcore electro. There are many girls but 90%  are prostitutes. They have sexy dancers everyday, and sometimes nude striptease. During the 3 years I lived in Bali, this is the only place where I ever saw girls taking their bras and panties off. Once stripped off their clothes, the dancers go around the club naked asking for ladies drinks. If you buy at least several shots (one costs Rp50,000), she will give you a lap dance. 

A-Club is just next to Akasaka and it's more classy. They target Westerners and rich Indonesians with Western music and more beautiful girls. They also have bikini or lingerie sexy dancers every day. 

Located in South Kuta, about 2 kilometers from the airport, this nightclub/karaoke is one of the most popular in Bali with Indonesians and Asians (Singaporeans, Malaysians).

Most clubbers in Boshe VIP are guys who come in groups: They book a table, order a bottle and request a few lady companions to be with them.

They have live music almost every day, sometimes from famous bands. After midnight, you usually have a DJ playing house music and Top 40.

They normally have sexy dancers each time they have a special event, at least once a week. 

A recent addition to Bali nightlife, this bar is located inside the Love Hotel By Fashion TV. Officially, they only feature fashion shows but the girls are sometimes only wearing a swimsuit or underwear.

Only a few meters from Skygarden, Eikon is a bar/club popular with Australian tourists. They have international sexy dancers, probably from Russia, every Thursday. They also invite famous coyote girls once in a while. It is the place to go to see the hottest girls in Bali, but you should check their schedule in advance.

Read more about Bali nightlife: 12 Best Nightclubs in Bali.

H69 Spa: Naughtiest Bordello in Bali

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
H69 Spa is one of the naughtiest massage parlors in Bali. Contrary to other places that try to be discreet, H69 is clear about the services it can provide: Handjob, Blowjob (with CIM), bondage/BDSM (as a slave or master), nude massage, nuru body to body massage, "raped sensation (the guy or the girl is the one pretending to be raped), private striptease,  lesbian shows, threesome (2 guys and 1 girl or 2 girls and 1 guy), foursome (2 girls and 2 guys or 3 girls and 1 guy), etc.

The girls can also wear costumes inspired by Japanese porn (Jav) and some of their rooms have a theme (prison, hospital, office...).

The price goes from 550,000rp for the naked body to body massage with happy ending, to 2,500,000rp for the foursome with three girls. You can see the whole price list on their Facebook page below.

I wonder if they are aware that those services are illegal in Indonesia. If not, they are either crazy or extremely well connected.

Opening Hours:
Every day from 13.30 to 21.00

H69 Spa Bali
Jalan Bedugul, Gang Tirta 11A,
Sidakarya, Denpasar (about 30 minutes from Kuta/Seminyak)

Facebook: H69 Sex Spa Denpasar
Instagram: H69 Photos

Here is a map with the location:

Boshe VVIP Club and Karaoke (Bali)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
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.

Unlike in Western nightclubs, you don't have a dancefloor, only tables and sofas. For this reason, I recommend you to bring a few friends, reserve at least a table, and order bottle service. You'll get free entrance as well by doing so. Currently, you can get a cheap bottle of vodka for less than IDR700,000. Beware as the prices may increase during special events.

You will see some pretty girls everywhere in Boshe VVIP, but be aware that most of them are lady companions working in the club. They are paid to drink with guests or sing with them. Some are prostitutes as well.

One of the best thing about Boshe VVIP is the staff: They all have a "punk" style, with dyed hair, tattoos and piercings. They normally get on stage together at least once in the night and perform a short dance.

There is a campus night every Monday for students.

Overall: Boshe is a fun place if you enjoy bottle-service-style nightclubs (= if you are Asian or if you've lived in Asia for at least 10 years). It's a much better version of Hard Rock Café. It is crowded almost every night of the week. 

Regarding the karaoke, I haven't tried it yet. I can guess that it is modern and that you can easily find pretty girls to sing with you. There is a restaurant and coffee shop next to it as well (Black Canyon).

Boshe VVIP Bali
Jl. Bypass Ngurah Rai 89x (very famous, all taxis know where it is)
Tuban - Bali
Phone number: 0361 360 3980 or 0361 823 5507 
Karaoke: 087861555908

Facebook: Boshe VVIP Bali
Instagram: Boshe Photos
Website: Boshe Bali

Entrance fee: From Rp60,000 to Rp120,000 depending on the event

10 Best Hotels Near Bali Nightlife

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
There are several reasons why you should choose a hotel near the nightlife in Bali: First, the traffic is terrible, even late at night, so if you go by car you will probably get stuck either in Jalan Legian, in Jalan Pantai Kuta or in Jalan Oberoi. Second, taxi drivers at night will try to cheat you most of the time, sometimes charging you 5 times the normal fare. Third, it is not safe to use a motorbike, particularly if you intend to drink. Not only you are at risk of an accident (see my article about Travel Insurance), you could also be the prey of bag snatchers who operate between Kuta and Legian (read Bali Crime Wave)

You can make your holidays much more enjoyable by choosing a hotel in the right location, walking distance from the most famous nightclubs and bars. I selected 10 hotels, and in case that's not enough, I also added links to the best ones in each nightlife area. The properties listed here are all girl-friendly or guest-friendly, meaning they will allow you to add a last minute guest if you decide to bring someone home after a night out.

Read also: 7 Best Value Hotels in Sunset Road - Bali

I only focused in the area of Kuta, Legian, Seminyak and Denpasar, the busiest ones for party-goers. I'm not so familiar with Sanur so if there is an accommodation you recommend, please write a comment below.

From my experience, Agoda is the best booking site for Bali. They have the best prices and the most choice. They also have a dedicated portal with special deals for Bali hotels that you can access here: Bali Hotel Deals. Don't forget to create an account to be able to view the secret offers.

For more information about where to party on the island, please read: 12 Best Nightclubs in Bali.

Best Hotels For Kuta Nightlife:
If you want to be close from Kuta nightlife, you should choose a hotel around Skygarden. You can click on the following links for all the options available: Hotels Near Skygarden in Kuta.

Below is my personal selection of hotels either very close from the nightlife of Kuta, or with a in-house nightclub/bar.

Budget (less than 50$ per night):
Love Hotel By Fashion TV
In-house bar: Fashion Bar
500m from Skygarden, VIP, Bounty, Paddy's Pub, etc

Harper Kuta
In front of Skygarden

Mid-Range (100$):
In-house live music bar: Hard Rock Café
Walking distance from Velvet, Hypnotized and 1 kilometer from Skygarden

Expensive (over 200$):
In-house nightclubs: Velvet and Hypnotized
500m from Skygarden

Best Hotels For Seminyak Nightlife:
Seminyak nightlife is spread compared to Kuta. I recommend you to stay in one of the following areas:

- Popular restaurants and open-air cafés (La Favela, Rumours, Red Carpet): Hotels near Oberoi Street
- Chic nightclubs, lounges and beach clubs (Ku De Ta, Potato Head, W, Gatsby, Shanghai Baby, Mint): Hotels near Petitenget Street
- Gay nightlife: Hotels near Dhyana Pura Street

My most recommended hotels in Seminyak are the following:

Budget (under 50$)
Ping Hotel
In front of the gay nightclubs/bars like Bali Joe

Ananda
200 meters from Oberoi restaurants/cafés

Petitenget 501 Apparthotel (around 70$)
Walking distance from Woo bar, Potato Head Beach Club, Mirror, Mint

Mid-Range (100$)
In-house nightclub: Jenja

IZE Seminyak
Top location, short walking distance from Ultimo, La Favela, Rumours, etc.

Expensive (more than 400$)
W Hotel
In-house bar: Woo Bar
Near Potato Head, Mint and Mirror

Best Girl-Friendly Hotels For Denpasar Nightlife:
Denpasar nightlife is most interesting around Teuku Umar, with the Akasaka nightclub. For a complete list of accommodation nearby, you can read: Best Hotels Near Akasaka Club.

The ones I recommend the most from this list are Ibis Style Teuku Umar and Amaris Hotel. Both are cheap, girl-friendly and a short 2-minute taxi ride from Akasaka. You could walk there as well but the sidewalk is not very practical.

More advice about Bali Travel: Cheap Bali Travel Guide.

Sriya Spa - Nuru Massage (Bali)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Sriya Spa is a naughty spa located in Denpasar in Bali (near Sanur). It is not a luxurious place but it is clean. They have several packages, among which:
- Raining bonanza, a combination of erotic massage with water jet treatment for Rp950,000
- Bali Hai/Kilkenny Massage, a beer erotic massage - Rp950,000
- Bubble Ice - which might be a blowjob, but I'm not sure - Rp700,000
- Tiramisu massage, in which the girl will put chocolate on your body and lick it - Rp800,000

You can also have a "kamasutra massage" with 1 girl for Rp1,200,000, with 2 girls (threesome) for Rp1,600,000 and with 3 girls for Rp2,000,000 (you have 2 hours). The girls will also do a traditional massage, a scrub and give you an herbal bath.

Their most famous feature is that they are the only spa in Indonesia with real Nuru massage. A Nuru massage is similar to a Thai soapie massage, with both you and the therapist naked, except that instead of soap, the girl will use specal imported Nuru gel from Japan. The price is Rp1,200,000.

They have nude striptease and sexy dancers occasionally (normally on Saturday afternoon/night. Call them in advance to see if it is planned as they may change the planning. This is a video taken on their anniversary party (by the owner):
After or before your treatment, you can use the sauna, steam room or jacuzzi for free.

Sriya Spa Bali
Jalan Mertasari No.90 Denpasar, Bali
Phone number: +62 (0) 361 897 30 46
BB Pin: 2AF39595 or 2B5C9F89
Email: sriyaspa@yahoo.com

More information (photos, opening hours, packages):
Facebook Page: Sriya Spa and Sriya Spa Bali
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sriyaspa

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

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
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.

Prices for massage depend on your expectations:

Massage + Handjob is Rp300,000
Massage + Blowjob is Rp350,000
Massage + Sex is Rp550,000
Massage by 2 girls + Sex with both (threesome) is Rp700,000
Body Massage is Rp750,000 (I reckon it's a Thai style soapy massage/Nuru)

Please share your experience in the comment section below, and especially how Flamming Spa compares with Riverview Spa!

Flamming Spa and Level One Karaoke (the Spa may have changed its name to 21 Spa)
Jalan Patih Jelantik - Central Parkir Kuta
Phone number: 08 1353 996 810
Email: info@flammingspakuta.com

You can see the pictures of some of the therapists/working girls on their instagram: Flamming Spa

Check also:
Instagram: Level One KTV Bali
Twitter: Level One KTV
Ofis Spa: http://www.ofisspa.com/ (also a hidden brothel)