The best of bali nightlife
To the more than four million visitors landing annually, Bali is predominantly peddled as a tropical idyll where one passes lazy days on tranquil beaches or strolling cascading rice fields in the hills. But for the last two decades, it has also been one of Southeast Asia’s preeminent party destinations, popular with both the Jakartan upper crust weekender and Aussie coed on recess. But the infamous Kuta nightclubs, with their pounding jungle, house, and drum and bass grooves played for sweaty, scantily-clad bodies are not the Alpha and Omega of Bali’s nightlife.
For an island of less than 6,000 square kilometres, Bali is teeming with nocturnal pleasures, from the storefront bar to multistorey club giant. Yet with so much to tempt one’s bacchanalian taste buds, how does one choose the best locale to wine, dine, and dance after dark? Herein is your go-to guide to the best of Bali’s nightlife, whether you have a penchant for a pint or prance on the dance floor.