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Where to Party in Bali? A Complete Nightlife Guide (2021)

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This article was updated on 19th June 2021. Partying is one of the best things to do during a trip to Bali. Bars and nightclubs can be found in every major city, especially in the southern part of the island. I already wrote an article about the best nightclubs in Bali , but here I will focus on the nightlife areas and their specificities. I hope it will help you decide where to party, what kind of atmosphere to expect and how much you will spend. I will also recommend the best hotels in each area. As usual, you can ask any question by leaving a comment at the end of the page and I will do my best to answer them.

Jakarta Nightlife: Best Bars and Clubs (2021 Covid Update)

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This Jakarta nightlife guide was updated in May 2021. I removed many bars and clubs that have closed down because of COVID-19, and I added a few as well. If you are a first-time visitor, you might also be interested in my  Jakarta Travel Guide . Nightlife Areas There are so many nightlife areas in Jakarta that it can be confusing even for residents.

Udon Thani Nightlife - Best Nightclubs and Bars (Updated 2021)

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Udon Thani is located in the North of Thailand (Isaan Region), near the border with Laos. Even though it is the 4th most populous city in the country (150,000 people), it is very laid-back and provincial. I was there for 5 days as a stopover before heading to Laos and I was not really expecting there would be any nightlife. As it turns out, I was wrong. You can find bars and nightclubs that are open and busy every night, but for that, you'll need to go outside of the tourist areas. This short review will guide you through the best venues I went to during my stay. If you think I forgot one, please leave me a note in the comment section below.

Yangon Nightlife - Best Nightclubs and Bars (Updated 2021)

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Yangon's nightlife is better than what I expected, even though it will need a few more years before it becomes travel-worthy. For now, it is still a bit rough around the edges and somewhat repetitive. I counted over 15 nightclubs, but only 3-4 that I really enjoyed. The others are either too loud, too quiet or they simply have too many prostitutes. On the plus side, I was happy to find out that they are usually open every night of the week, sometimes until late, and that Burmese are enthusiastic party-goers. Update 2021 : Since this review was written before the 2021 Military Coup d'état in Myanmar and before COVID-19, I deleted most of the venues that were previously listed below. Please let me know if some new bars or clubs have opened by leaving a comment at the end of the article. Thanks in advance! For the latest information in English about what's happening in Yangon, I recommend checking the Instagram page of Myanmar Mix . It's up-to-date and it covers anythin

Hanoi Nightlife Guide - Vietnam (Updated 2021)

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I just spent two weeks in Hanoi and I must say I was pleasantly surprised by the nightlife. When I was living in Saigon , people kept telling me that Hanoi was a conservative town with unfriendly people, a curfew at midnight and a suffocating weather. In fact, I found barely any differences between the two cities, and particularly at night. Saigon is in my Top 3 party destination in Southeast Asia, and Hanoi is not far behind. The hundreds of bars, clubs, lounges, spas and karaokes in Hanoi range from extremely basic (4 walls and a stool) to world-class sophisticated venues. You'll rarely pay an entrance fee for any nightclubs and the drinks are usually cheap, even in the more upmarket spots. The crowd is usually young, with many travelers and backpackers on a budget. They are in the city to have fun, and you'll meet people very easily even if you come by yourself. This review is a summary of my findings during my stay: The best bars, the best clubs, the best pl

Kuala Lumpur Nightlife - Best Nightclubs and Bars in KL (Updated)

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I would not recommend going to KL specifically for partying, but if you happen to be in town, there are enough good venues to have fun. The following review will guide you to the best bars and nightclubs in the city as of 2019. Comments, criticism and questions are much welcome, just write them below at the end of the article. If you don't have time to read the whole review, here is a summary in 50 words: - If you are a backpacker, party on the street Jalan Changkat Bukit Bintang (near Havana Bar). - For something more sophisticated, try the TREC complex and especially the mega-club Zouk. - If you are an expat, try Kyo in Mandarin Oriental. - Recommended good value hotel for nightlife:  MOV  (50$ per night) Note: This article was last updated in January 2019. KL Nightlife Nightlife in Kuala Lumpur has a poor reputation as Malaysia is considered one of the most conservative countries in Asia. Authorities often cancel high-profile concerts due to religious and cu

Hong Kong Nightlife: Best Bars and Nightclubs

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Note: This Hong Kong nightlife review was written by a reader who has lived over 7 years in the city. One of the richest cities in the world, Hong Kong hosts a crowded 7 million people. Among them, you will find a diverse party-loving crowd of businessmen, expats (and their grown-up kids), students, and a fair number of tourists. This makes for an extremely dynamic, sophisticated and intense nightlife that I consider to be one of the best in Asia. I wrote this detailed review of Hong Kong nightlife to make sure you'll have a great time partying in the city. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them at the end of the article and I'll do my best to answer you!

Abu Dhabi Nightlife: Best Bars and Clubs

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With 1,8M inhabitants, Abu Dhabi is the second-most populous city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after Dubai . Even though the country is officially Islamic, it has a decent nightlife that caters mostly to expats, tourists, and businessmen. There are around 10 lively bars and nightclubs, almost all of which are located in 4- or 5-star hotels. You can find a crowded event most days of the week, except during Ramadan when everything is closed. That said, not everything is perfect. The main problem is that very few women go clubbing in Abu Dhabi, so it is not rare to have a bar full of guys (minus the prostitutes). To avoid that, select your venues carefully and keep an eye out for ladies nights. Another issue is that prices are generally quite high. A cocktail in a high-end bar will easily reach US$20, and a beer US$10. To order bottle service, be ready to spend at least US$500 for one bottle. It is a good idea to check for happy hours, usually from 5PM to 8PM. If you want

Doha Nightlife (Qatar): Best Bars and Nightclubs

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At first sight, Doha, the capital of Qatar, may not seem like the best place for nightlife: Alcohol is hard to buy and ridiculously expensive. There is a strong gender imbalance in bars, with much more guys than girls. Pre-marital sex and adultery are both punishable offenses, and you are not even allowed to speak or to hang out with Qatari women. Despite all these restrictions, it is still possible to have fun, as long as you have enough money. Bottle service is often required in the best venues, so it is easy to spend USD500 in one evening. If you are on a backpacker budget, just stay in your hostel and save your dollars for elsewhere. If you are on a business trip or an expat living in Qatar, read this guide and you will know everything there is to know about Doha nightlife.

Macau Nightlife: Guide to Nightclubs, Bars, and Saunas

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Macau nightlife is not very interesting for the young traveler. If you are expecting to party like in Las Vegas, you will be disappointed: There are actually very few nightclubs and bars, and you rarely have famous guest DJs or performers. Macau is really focused on hardcore gambling, with a rather large high-end prostitution scene. That makes it a popular destination for sex tourists, mostly from mainland China, but it's not really my thing. Therefore, I was happy to spend only a couple of days there before heading back to Hong Kong, which is way more fun. During my two days, I had enough time to explore all the nightlife spots around, except the famous Macau saunas (a local friend told me everything about them for this review). The following article will give you a quick overview of what I  learned  during my trip. If you have more questions about partying in Macau, please just leave me a comment below. Where to Stay in Macau Near the Nightlife The NAPE Zon

Nightlife in Goa: Best Parties, Bars, Clubs and Festivals

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As the most liberal state in an otherwise conservative country, Goa is easily the best party destination in India. Relatively small in size (Goa is only slightly larger than Hong-Kong or Luxembourg), it attracts millions of tourists every year with its beautiful beaches, a relaxed vibe, cheap booze and tons of crazy parties. There are also thousands of long term residents, including hippies who have been living there since the 1970s. The following review will give you an overview of Goa nightlife. If you have any questions, please ask them in the comment section below.

Vientiane Nightlife: Top 20 Nightclubs and Bars (Updated)

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I stayed a week in the capital of Laos, Vientiane, to explore its nightlife. In this review, I will give you some tips about the best nightclubs, the best bars, where to stay near the nightlife and how to meet Laotian girls. If you expect Vientiane to be a boring town, you are only partially right. After night falls, it isn't long before all shops and restaurants close, and by 10PM most streets are desperately deserted. At this time, even finding street food can be challenging. If you go to the right places though, you'll discover some much more happening areas. As I realized, you can party every night in Vientiane until at least 3AM, well past the official midnight curfew. Nightlife Areas in Vientiane Click on the map to enlarge Most of the bars, restaurants and nightclubs recommended in this article are within a small area north of the Chao Anouvong Park (green rectangle on the map) and along the riverside. Almost every visitors will stay there and you shou

20 Best Cities for Nightlife in Asia (Updated)

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I've spent most of the past two years trying the nightlife of various Asian cities, from Indonesia to Kazakhstan. I've written individual reports for most of them (see the tag Asia Nightlife ), but I thought it could be useful to make a brief summary recapitulating everything I've learned. Based on my travels, these are my 20 favorite cities for partying in Asia (I ranked them by order of preference):

Muscat Nightlife (Oman) - Best Bars and Nightclubs

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You shouldn't expect much from Muscat nightlife. There are very few bars, even fewer nightclubs, and you won't find a party atmosphere like in Dubai . That said, if you are living in the city, or if you are visiting for a few days, you can always find some decent venues to have fun, to meet people, and to drink alcohol. Just scroll down to learn more about the best party spots in the capital of Oman.

Baku Nightlife: 20 Best Bars and Nightclubs - Azerbaijan

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I spent 2 days in Baku during the Formula 1 Grand Prix in 2018. I partied on two evenings and, even though I probably only scratched the surface of the nightlife, I'm writing this short guide about the best bars and nightclubs I have been to. If you don't have the time to read my whole review, here is a short summary: - Best elite bar:  Pasifico Baku - Best bar: Madrid Bar - Best nightclub:  Enerji Baku - Best live music/alternative expat crowd: Le Chateau - Best expat bars: Go to  Abdulkarim Alizada street or  Tarlan Abdullayev street. - Best hotels to stay near the nightlife: Choose a location  near Fountain Square  such as  Hilton Baku  ( 200$/night),  Park Inn By Radisson  ( 130$/night),  Karat Inn Hotel  (60$/night) or Austin Boutique Hotel (55$/night). Note: I last updated this review on 12th August 2019. Baku Nightlife From what I've seen, Baku nightlife is not very interesting for a single guy. The main problem is that middle-class Azeri

Manila Nightlife: Best Clubs and Bars (Updated)

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Note: This Manila nightlife review was updated on September 23rd, 2019. Manilla has one of the best nightlife in Asia for several reasons: -  Party atmosphere : Filipinos are famous for their fun and outgoing personalities. They love to drink, to dance, to sing, and to play music. Clubs in Manila are rarely uptight or boring, and dress codes are almost never implemented. The ambiance can get really wild, especially in the more local venues with fewer expats (in Quezon City for instance). -  Cheap prices for alcohol, entrance fees, and taxis : Even high-end nightclubs will only charge a 10$ entrance with 2 strong drinks included. You can easily get yourself drunk for 30 dollars in Manila, which is the price for one cocktail in some  bars in Singapore . -  Foreigner-friendly : English is spoken everywhere in Manila, even by security guards or taxis.  - Rather  easy to meet pretty girls  that are not prostitutes While prostitution is big in Manila with several red-l

Kathmandu Nightlife: Best Bars and Nightclubs

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I was surprised to discover that Kathmandu has one of the best nightlife in South Asia. The capital of Nepal, with a population of over 2,5M inhabitants, has a rather high number of nightclubs and bars, and a party culture which is much more liberal than in neighboring India. The below review is a summary of everything I learned from my stay in Kathmandu. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to leave a comment below.

Astana Nightlife: Best Bars, Clubs, Saunas

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Astana seems like an unlikely destination for partying. Yet, as the capital of Kazakhstan and the country's second largest city after Almaty , it has a decent nightlife with at least 3 popular nightclubs and dozens of bars. This review will be quite short as I only stayed in Astana on transit for 2 days. Still, you should find here all the basic information you need for a great night out.  If you have a comment to add, please do so at the end of the article. Update March 2019: Astana has changed its name to become Noursoultan.

Taiwan Nightlife: 15 Best Nightclubs in Taipei

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Taipei nightlife is considered by many expats as one of the best in all Asia. It is a combination of the best things the region has to offer: Modern venues, reasonable prices, friendly people and approachable girls. The number of nightclubs is limited though. Many are only open 3 nights a week on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Wednesdays are actually getting more and quieter, even with lower entrance fees. SeekingArrangement is the #1 Sugar Baby Website in the World - You Can Join Free There are surprisingly few Westerners in Taipei and as a result, you will get more attention from normal girls compared to  Singapore  or even  Bangkok  (not to the level of Jakarta though). Note: This review was last updated on January 8th, 2019.  Where to Party in Taipei + Hotels A particularity of Taipei's nightlife is that almost all the interesting bars and nightclubs are located in the central area,  near the Taipei 101 Tower . Two nearby complexes have several clubs, bars

Tokyo Nightlife: Best Bars and Nightclubs

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So you've just arrived in Tokyo? You've checked into your room and you were finally able to connect to the Wifi? Now, you must be wondering, “Where should I go for partying?” and “How to meet a nice Japanese girl”. You are reading the right guide. I'm a French expat, single, and I have been living in Tokyo for 3 years. I will tell you where the best party districts are located, the best bars and the best nightclubs. I'll also share some tips for those of you who want to meet Japanese girls. So let’s dive right into it! Let’s start with the most famous nightlife areas of Tokyo