Tourists that head to Bali in search of varied and exhilarating nightlife will not be disappointed. As the sun sets over the idyllic island, bright lights flutter to life and invite revellers young and old to enjoy a few more hours of fun. Whether you are in search of a chic club scene, beach party vibe, live music or traditional dance shows, Bali's nightlife has it all.
For visitors in search of the thrills of a lively Bali nightlife scene, Kuta, Seminyak and Legian are the places to head after dark. Most of the bars and clubs in these areas tend to open at around midnight, and party on until the early hours of the morning to make the most of the cooler night time air. Entrance to bars is usually free, and many also advertise special promotions on drinks during happy hour. Bars in Seminyak tend to attract a more sophisticated upscale set, with stylish new designs and brand new party venues opening in these areas on a regular basis. Many of the more quirky and original establishments in this part of Bali attract a young, artistic set of patrons that enjoys the lively yet classy atmosphere.
If dancing on a moonlit beach appeals to you more than hitting the dancefloor in stylish contemporary surroundings at one of the clubs in Kuta or Seminyak, then Legian is the best party destination to choose. You can recline on a bean bag with a delicious Mai Tai as you watch the sun go down, before grabbing a quick spicy satay to get the juices flowing before the real partying begins. Even more laid back thanks to their distance from the thumping beats are the resort bars and lounges in Nusa Dua, which offer guests a quieter, elegant ambience. Many of the resort bars also offer extensive menus and nightly entertainment, so this is a great location to get dressed up and sample a few cocktails whilst enjoying an evening of live performances.
For those looking to escape the bars entirely, it is easy to immerse yourself in Balinese culture by taking in an evening of traditional entertainment? Many of the eateries and hotels in Sanur put on a show of traditional Balinese dancing several times a week, and as the cultural centre of Bali, Ubud is also a good destination for visitors who want to delve deeper into the island's rich and fascinating culture. It's easy to lose yourself to the rhythm of traditional Balinese music while enjoying the performances of these professional Balinese dance troupes.
If you are a fan of live music, Ubud is also home to a lively jazz café where music lovers from across the island gather to enjoy performances of various musical genres, including jazz, soul, blues and Latin. This thriving venue also doubles up as a dining location, bar and club, rolling a whole night’s worth of entertainment into one buzzing destination.
Transportation around Bali in the evenings is generally easy, and the majority of taxi drivers know all the latest and most popular destinations for revellers. Normal precautions apply when it comes to staying safe and looking after your valuables, but in general there's a light, friendly atmosphere in the main party areas where locals and foreigners are free and happy to enjoy the Bali nightlife choices together.
With relaxed evening entertainment also widely available to complement the lively club and bar scene, Bali caters to a wide range of international visitors in search of their own personal "great night out".