July is a season for partying

No sleeping!
Summer is here!

July is a month for holidays here in Bali. Tourists from all over the world flock to the Island of Gods to see beautiful beaches, enjoy the sunny weather and have some good times. It is the peak seasons for parties as well. Every day of the week you can find house parties, acoustic gigs, salsa nights or just some old fashion music from the jukebox while sipping ice cold beer.

Kuta is probably on every “party animal” map – from dancing to DJ nights into the wee hours of the night to some rock bands playing – you will have endless possibilities there. The Kuta clubbing scene is the oldest, but now attracting a younger crowd who are up for anything. The clubbing scene in Seminyak has evolved massively recently and you have a lot more options than you just had a few years ago. Even though things aren’t as lively as in Kuta, you can find a place to hang out late on most nights, especially in the high seasons. The clubs of Seminyak offer the finest atmospheres, world-class sound systems, talented bar- tenders and exceptional DJs who make sure that your nighttime experience is an unforgettable one. The nightlife here is a lot busier than a lot of people realize.

Canggu is the new, hype place for living in Bali with numerous restaurants and bars, but also has a few very good clubs for dancing. Here it all starts at the beach at sunset and can last long into the night. You will also be pleasantly surprised by nightlife in Sanur. It really is just a case of walking along the street and you will see heaps of places to be enter- tained. Most places will have signs posted out the front listing the entertainment for that night, especially if you staying in the midsection of Sanur around the area of the Griya Santrian and Villa Shanti. Some of the restaurants also have traditional dancing shows as well. If you want to listen to live acoustic guitar music until 6 am it is available. Or if you want to sit in an open air bar listening to live music on Sunday afternoon it is also available.

Ubud is famous for going to sleep early, yet still has a number of live music venues that stay up into the night, often focusing on jazz and traditional sounds. Bukit area, mostly known for surfing, is also starting to be the place to go out. Sundays and Thursdays are biggest there with some live music and party- ing on the cliff above Uluwatu beach.

Live music is also common around Bali, even in the Amed that also sleeps early, and the island has a thriving and ever-changing scene of talented local bands, as well as the occasional international show.■

Bali Pocket Magazine