Canggu and Seminyak are now the best areas for nightlife in Bali. Below are the best bars and nightclubs there to party during your holiday:

Canggu Nightlife: Where to Party?
Canggu is a growing area that covers basically the north of Jalan Batu Belig (Kerobokan/Seminyak) up to Jalan Pererenan. It is popular with young foreigners in their early 20s to mid-thirties, including surfers, digital nomads, influencers, gap-year travelers, backpackers, and probably some rich kids with nothing else to do than partying.

Clubs, bars, cafés, and restaurants, are spread out along the main streets, and more particularly Jalan Batu Bolong, Jalan Pantai Berawa, Jalan Semat, Jalan Subak Sari, or Jalan Nelayan. Generally speaking, the closer you go from the beach, the more fancy/trendy the venues are.

The busiest party location in Canggu is certainly on Jalan Batu Bolong, near Old Man's.

It can take some time to go from one street to the other as the roads are still tiny and in bad condition. Most people drive a scooter or use online drivers (GoJek or Grab) to go from one place to the other. Luckily, there isn't much traffic at night so it's quite easy to go around. Also, there are still some rice fields, making the atmosphere much more enjoyable compared with Kuta, Legian or even Seminyak.

Nightlife in Canggu is constantly changing. The bars and clubs that are happening today will probably be gone within a year or two. Some venues are also only busy for just one weekly event (for instance Morabito on Fridays), or when they organize a special party. For this reason, don't hesitate to ask around for nightlife recommendations. You can also follow some nightlife accounts on Instagram such as "Badass Bali".

At the time of writing, the happening bars and clubs in Canggu are the following:

A semi-open-air bar and club that gets busy almost daily with mostly young Europeans. Prices are low so they get many backpackers. Music is disco, pop, retro, electro, and anything that makes people dance.

Next to Old Man's, this is a beach bar with the dance floor on the beach. Same crowd and same music as Old Man's, it gets crowded more late so don't go too early. Cheap. Monday is the best day to go.

This is a huge Italian restaurant that serves authentic pizzas and pastas. They are famous for their parties on Monday (retro music). Expect to queue up to 1 hour to get in. Young crowd, similar to Old Man's.

New huge beach club which is popular with Indonesians from Jakarta especially. They have DJs playing EDM every night. The entrance costs IDR150,000++ with a free alcoholic drink.

Another massive beach club and restaurant next to Atlas. Many Russians and Australians in their 30s and 40s. Expensive drinks but you can go there for free if you just stay at the bar. EDM music.

Techno room busy on weekends, crowded mostly with Australians.

This large, modern, semi-open tavern serves its own brewed beer. It gets most busy on Friday night before 10pm, but it is nice to visit it during the day as well for drinking or eating (including their delicious BBQ Pork Ribs).

This is a weekly event every Friday in the luxury hotel Morabito Art Villas. Chic party with rich guests, almost all foreigners in their 30s or 40s. The music is generally deep house or electronic. The first drink charge is IDR200k.

The type of minimalist nightclub that you would find in Berlin. It starts to get busy around midnight until 4am. The entrance fee for guys is 100k with a drink. Music is either techno or hip-hop.

The Shady Pig and The Shady Fox:
Speakeasies with live music and good cocktails.

Mexican restaurant with a happening Taco Tuesday night.

Another techno nightclub, opened in 2022.

Seminyak Nightlife: Where to Party?
Seminyak nightlife is still going strong, even though it probably isn't as trendy as it used to be.

The main party areas are Jalan Petitenget, Jalan Kayu Aya (Oberoi), and Jalan Camplung Tanduk (Dyana Pura).

Here are the current hotspots:

Certainly the most crowded nightclub in Bali at the moment, it has 3 floors, with different DJs, that play mostly Top 40, R'n'B, EDM, and Latin hits. They have a crazy ladies' night on Wednesday where the ratio of girls/guys is probably around 70/30. Girls get free drinks and food, guys have to pay a first drink charge of IDR150k. There are many prostitutes among the girls, though. It reminds me of SkyGarden in Kuta. Dress code: Closed shoes for guys.

La Favela, with its unique design and theme, is still popular among tourists. You actually always have some kind of traffic jams in front of it every night. The music is unfortunately terrible (just a playlist of famous songs) and the prices are quite expensive. They've opened an upstairs room called Attika which is only available on weekends.

An old favorite of Indonesian tourists, this nightclub is designed like a church. It's best to visit it with a group of people and to book a sofa/table. Dress well if you want to get in (no shorts, no sandals accepted).

Mexican-themed restaurant and bar, it is normally full each night of the week. Cheerful, laidback, with commercial party music. Many Indonesians and Australians in the crowd.

Other nightlife venues to try in Seminyak:
Red Ruby, Warehouse, Opera: Techno nightclubs
Bali Joe and Mixwell: Gay clubs
Who's Your Daddy: A happening party twice a week
Da Maria: Great party on Sunday nights in this upscale pizzeria
40 Thieves: Hidden bar on Petitenget, it included in the list of Asia's Best Bars.

Please comment below about your favorite spots for partying in Canggu and Seminyak!

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  1. Interesting White privileged ghetto.
    But as a lower middle-class i have to stay in down-market places, preferably in Jakarta among Indonesian people.

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    1. There are plenty of Indonesians, or even Africans, who party in Bali. It is not "whiteness" that gives the right to party or not, but money.

      Maybe you could party more if your government was not collecting 200% taxes on alcohol?

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    2. Middle class Indonesians feel strong social pressure to stay out of the tourist areas. The worse things that go on in Bali are well-known to the Muslims, and the worse things that happen on Java aren't often discussed.

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  2. Now in early Aug 2021 all the clubs like Shishi and La Favela are closed. They've been closed for about a month. Some bars that also serve food are open like Forge but they have to close at 9pm though I think some do the hidden entrance thing. I've heard that Mirror is doing this but not sure.

    You should note that Canggu is only good if you want to party with 80-90% bules. It's like you are in Europe or something. I personally avoid that place, it's hell on Earth.

    During Covid the best thing to do in Bali is have a villa party.

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    1. During Covid the best thing to do in Bali is have a villa party.

      Spoken like a true priviliged digital nomad
      How about stay at home alone and not spread the virus anymore? Can you manage that for a few weeks so we can all get back to normal? People like you are contributing to the spread, not helping to stop it

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    2. for a few weeks? get back to normal? in which manipulated dream world are you living?

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  3. Bali sux. More expensive than Jakarta for accommodation and the women there are all tatted up beach bum types or Instagram whores.

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  4. An quick update in early 2022 on some new happening places they have opened in Canggu & Seminyak since this article was first written.

    "Behind the Green Door" is a new club opened in Canggu on Gang Bamboo off Jl Subak Sari. (next to Permata Bank opposite Folie French Restaurant). It gets very busy on the weekends especially Friday night with their after party for Morabito with good house and techno music playing. They also have a Hip Hop/R&B night on Weds. There is no signage from the road but look for a queue and security at a large wooden green door.

    "Ivy Lounge" is a new fancy cocktail bar and restaurant located on the second floor at the busy intersection of Jl Pantai Berawa and Jl. Raya Semat in Berawa. It's popular with rich Indonesian and celebrities as well as Expats looking for a more upscale experience in Canggu. It's busiest Thursday, Friday & Saturday night.

    "The Shady Fox" from the Shady group is a new Speakeasy located in Jl Tukad Pingai, Pererenan Beach opposite the Woods Cafe. It's a similar concept to the original sister bar The Shady Pig with a secret unmarked entrance and password required to get in with great original cocktails and underground deejays spinning mostly house and techno tunes till very late.

    You can find all three places on Instagram to check their opening hours, events schedules, DJ's playing and book tables or guestlist.



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  5. What is the nightlife like at the moment? Is it picking back up in Canggu and Kuta?

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