The Bali nightlife scene gradually emerges as the sun sets over the western coastline, where Kuta, Seminyak and Legian feature life after dark at its most liveliest Bali’s spectacular nightlife venues and best clubs are mostly spread around its southern regions of Kuta, Legian and Seminyak, and several spots around Bukit. Bali club scene mostly starts around midnight. Diversions come in the form of nightclubs, restaurants and bars – either stand-alone or in-house hotel dining and entertainment outlets.
1. Sky Garden
Sky Garden Lounge is the revolutionary enterprise that taught Legian’s night owls just how great time spent on a soaring rooftop can be. With a range of different venues where you can hang out, drink and dine, the complex’s top floor is where everybody heads first, with great value buffets, cold beers and funky beats spun by a live DJ. Only a short stroll from Legian Memorial, this always-busy venue is open from 18:00 until late. Moreover, its amazingly priced 100,000-rupiah all-you-can-eat nightly buffets with free flow beers keep the crowd coming back.
Taxis are the quickest way to get to Sky Garden, but if you’re staying at a hotel in Legian, it is easy enough to walk there. Heading south from the memorial, the massive building with edges glowing neon lights are hard to miss. Past Vi Ai Pi Club and across the road from the Maccaroni Club, the 61Legian entertainment complex (where Sky Garden is housed) stands out from the crowd. At the main entrance, two usher girls greet us and show us upstairs. As you make your way up you can check out the different venues on each level that the complex has to offer – a total of eight pubs and clubs under one roof.
2. Jenja Club House
Located at the hotel’s corner on Jalan Nakula, Jenja restaurant opens at 18:00 and presents an inspired menu that showcases exotic Asian and Middle Eastern dishes created by the winner of Top Chef Middle East 2012, the young and gorgeous chef Selma AbuAlia. As the night evolves with rising beats from the club downstairs, the mood gets livelier, catering to a party crowd.
The music here is a line-up of old school hip-hop, RnB and funk. The Jenja Bar & Club is not huge, but it offers a very different scene and caters to a more sophisticated partying crowd compared to other venues in Seminyak. Even though Jenja Bar and Restaurant are open daily, the club section is only open from Wednesday through the weekends.
3. EIkon Club
Eikon is a restaurant, bar and lounge all rolled in to one, but it’s the latter two which have put this place on the map. The funky bar has rocked the Legian nightlife scene since 2008 with its great live music and party crowd. The guys behind Eikon’s weekly rundown always try to come up with fresh ideas for fun events and quirky theme nights, and their DJ roster is always a colourful one, presenting resident and international guest DJs spinning from R&B, Hip Hop to House. Bartenders and staff are friendly and apparently enjoy getting paid for partying too.
Great booze selections include the Eikon bucket, a fruity cocktail concoction equivalent to four servings. Happy hour is from 23:00 until midnight, with special prices for Bintang beer, tequila shots and the signature buckets. Current weekly highlights include Monday Madness with all-you-can-drink ‘Eikonic Cocktails’, ladies nights on Tuesdays, and ‘Thursday Dance Thrills’ featuring sexy Eikon Dolls.
4. Boshe VVIP Club
Boshe VVIP Club Bali is an entertainment and nightlife spot on the Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai in Kuta. The club is equipped with a powerful Funktion-One sound system as well as high technology strobes, motion and laser lighting systems that augment live stage band and DJ performances.
Boshe’s karaoke facility consists of a total of 15 private karaoke rooms, seven small, six medium and two large rooms. Four VVIP rooms feature a balcony that connects to a club area. Subtle interior lighting and plush lounges are featured throughout the club and karaoke facilities.
5. Velvet and Hypnotized Club
When you need to meet up with friends for the Kuta Beach sunsets, VH Bali is one of the great places on the sometimes erratic one-way Jalan Pantai Kuta. The Kuta sunset spot Velvet, on the third level of the Kuta Beachwalk, is a restaurant, bar and lounge, where you can enjoy refreshing cocktails and beverages together with fusion pan-Asian cuisine. Lounge away or dine on its cosy decks, and after meals or when your friends have gathered and the sun has set, you can head into Hypnotized, VH’s club, to party into the wee hours.
VH Bali is conveniently right in the middle of the kilometre-long Jalan Pantai, often referred to as Kuta’s ‘halfway’. The rounded deck is bordered with large grey cushioned all-weather faux wicker loungers, providing wide-angle panoramas of Kuta’s western horizon, the island’s isthmus and down to the distant Bukit in the south.
It’s easy to lose sense of time on the deck and if you happen to be lounging there between Wednesday and Sunday, the doors of the dazzling, laser-lit Hypnotized open at 22:00 to the clubbing crowd, who are in for a treat with regular club nights and top live performers. The glitzy international female DJs who spin on the turntables include Kim Lee and Kat Nova, FHM models who decided to join forces DJ-ing together as the duo KIMKAT. Their Hypnotized Paralyzed nights feature top performers on their dub step and electro sets.