Nightlife

Best Price Drinks and Great Atmosphere

You don’t have to spend a fortune when going out in Bali. There are many cool, cozy and modern bars that serve ice cold beer and shots that are affordable and in the atmosphere that is relaxing. We give you a few suggestions for a fantastic tropical night out! Grab a beer, read our guide and chillax!

Su’s Bar

This cozy little bar tucked in one of the alleys of Kuta is a hidden gem. If you’re looking for a bar where you can mingle with both locals and down-to-earth expats and foreigners, this is the bar to go to. It’s laid-back atmosphere makes Su’s bar your friendly neighborhood joint to learn about the local lifestyle and share travel experiences. If you get the munchies in the middle of your drinking session, there is an awesome sate (Balinese kebabs served with peanut sauce) stall just next door. Su’s bar is an excellent place to spend the night away from the incessant beats of the clubs along the main Kuta strip, chilling with friends and strangers. Bintang is cheap and can be found for 35 K rupiah for a big bottle.

Address: Jl. Benesari 29, Kuta

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The Bow Bar forming part of the Bow Restaurant presents an interesting combination of offers to liven up your week- end, particularly with the Week-End Special (Friday from 6pm to 8pm, and Saturday from 10pm to midnight) when all cocktails go for just 50 K rupiah. Perfect place to let out your “Saturday night fever”. Another interesting promotion occurs every Wednesday, with tapas and wines getting a 50% discount from 6pm to 7pm, then 10% less every hour.

Address: Jalan Batubelig No. 11 (200 meters from Jalan Petitenget)

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With some of the cheapest beers on the beach (15 K for a small Bintang!) it’s popular with backpackers and locals who often drop by just to join the fun. Super cheap and always cheerful, Raymond’s catches a consistently buzzy atmosphere, set at the end of bustling Jalan Double Six, wedged in between a dozen other beachfront dive bars. Raymond’s is a quirky coastal shack with deck chairs on the sand. It also feels very cosy has that feeling as if you were right at home, with a friendly owner who’s always up for a chat.

Address: Double Six Beach, Seminyak

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Blue 9 Beach Bar

Another beach bar just off Jalan Double Six, Blue 9 gets kicking after sundown. Late night beach parties are a regular occurrence, so if getting a little wild beneath the moonlight is your thing, Blue 9 has you covered. Park yourself on one of the colourful beanbags in the sand; pass around the shisha; make merry with the cheap cocktails; and keep yourself happy with a varied menu of international delights, including genuine wood fired pizzas from 50 K rupiah. After dark, you can expect live bands and DJs, and hordes of barefoot revellers dancing the night away.

Address: Double Six Beach, Seminyak

The Sand Beach Bar & Grill

Arrive well before sunset—if your aim for the day is to score a beanbag, kick back to the sound of the waves and marvel at the ragtag tourist parade along Double Six Beach. Once the sun goes down, the lanterns light up and the Sand Bar gets into gear, with live music most nights and spontaneous dance parties on the beach. Gather a few friends together and indulge in a Bintang beer tower for 250 K rupiah. The international and Asian menus are extensive, with substantial meals starting from 50 K, as well as share plates like the signature sand spring rolls, chicken quesadillas and mini burgers.

Address: Double Six Beach, Seminyak

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Capil Beach Bar & Grill

Double Six Beach is beach party central, and Capil Beach Bar & Grill is another contender for the best atmosphere of any beach bar. While Capil has plenty of the same old cosy bean bags and tables on the beach, along with great views of famous Kuta sunsets—the house band actually livens up the place. In the evening, the house band sets up on the beach playing chilled out covers and favourite party tunes. Better yet, guests are often welcome to take over the stage and sing a song or two of their choice. Capil’s friendly staff are also known to make amazing mojitos and the beers are cold, cheap and gulped with a lot of gusto.

Address: Double Six Beach, Seminyak

Sandbar

Despite it’s name Sandbar isn’t actually on the beach, but just across the road on the Jalan Pantai Kuta beach walk. While you can’t dig your toes in the sand, you can enjoy cosy indoor seating under a thatched roof and open beam ceilings—watching the sunset melt over Kuta, cocktail in hand. Stylish and modern, Sandbar offers excellent value, with a huge menu of Mediterranean and Balinese favourites. Drinks are as cheap as you’ll find anywhere on the beach with 15 K Bintangs and fresh juices. Live music indoors is a regular feature too!

Address: Jl Poppies 1, Kuta

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Zanzibar Beach Front

Not really on the beach but still with the same glorious views over Legian Beach— in a slightly more civilised atmosphere. A lot of Kuta’s beachfront restaurants can be more miss than hit when it comes to food, but Zanzibar’s menu of international crowd-pleasers is surprisingly reliable. Serving up authentic pizzas from their wood-fired oven, along with a wide array of seafood dishes and Indonesian favourites— all that with a sound of waves crashing just metres from your table. Zanzibar has Bintangs from 25 K, 50 K cocktails, and even a one-litre carafe of sangria to share with your buddies for 25 K!

Address: JI. Double Six, Legian

Beer Vendors

To come to Bali and not try Bintang on the beach? Roving beer vendors with umbrellas and ice chests roam the beach not just in Kuta, but from Sanur to Canggu. With plastic crates to sit on, or deck chairs for rent, you can set up your pop-up beach bar anywhere you like. Patrons often get to know their favourite vendors—and for some, the miraculous appearance of these booze-bearing Saints at just the right moment is one of biggest attractions of a Bali vacation. Imagine beers ‘delivered’ right when you’re nicely settled on your patch of the beach, and you really need them. Small Bintangs are 25 K rupiahs.

Address: Everywhere on Bali’s main tourist beaches

Cheers!

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