Nightlife in Bali emerges as the sun sets over the western coastline. The beaches of Kuta, Seminyak and Legian have some of the best nightlife spots on the island. Live bars host occasional gigs from international artists, while resort-owned bars transform into more dynamic places where you can enjoy live DJs and bands until late.
In other parts of the island, some top nightspots are known for being set in impressive beach locations besides offering winning menus – such are the beach clubs lining the Seminyak coast and the luxurious cliff bars dotting the Bukit peninsula. Getting around at night is relatively easy – taxi drivers know how to get to the island’s bars and clubs like the back of their hand.
1. Night clubs
The world-renowned clubbing scene in Bali mostly starts around midnight, with a great range of nightclubs and bars offering pumping bass, dance floors full of revellers and late closing which allows you to party till sunrise. The most popular night spots feature all the right combination of sights, sounds, signature tastes and surroundings.
2. Beach clubs
Bali beach clubs feature stunning locations overlooking the surf and Indian Ocean, some with Ibiza-inspired party vibes or simply a tropical Bali beach shack setup. Top beach clubs include Ku De Ta, Potato Head, Mozaic and Cocoon. They spice up the splendid sunny coastlines by day and host gorgeous sunset sessions followed by cool beats into the night.
3. Night markets
A truly insightful evening shopping and dining experience awaits you at Bali’s wealth of night markets, locally referred to as pasar malam or pasar senggol. The most popular markets are in Sanur, Kereneng, Gianyar and Badung, which mostly comprise traditional stalls selling local food, snacks and knick-knacks at seriously cheap prices.
From local folktales to ancient Hindu epics, watching some performance art in Bali is a great way to learn more about the unique culture of the island and its people.
If young, wild and free is your thing, head to Kuta, while heading further west you’ll find more sophisticated offerings in Seminyak. For swanky rooftop bars, head down to Uluwatu on the Bukit peninsula.