PICK YOUR POI­SON

hellobali Guide to Bali - - ISLAND NIGHTLIFE -

THERE IS NO SUCH UTOPIA IN BALI as a venue that fea­tures great mu­sic, stel­lar ser­vice, strong and af­ford­able drinks, and ar­rest­ing company. You’ll need to pri­or­i­tize be­fore you paint the town red about what de­bauch­ery fits your fancy on any par­tic­u­lar eve. For ex­am­ple, if you’re in the mood for the wet, wild, and bikini­clad, drop in on one of Co­coon Beach Club’s (Jalan Dou­ble Six, Le­gian) splash par­ties. How­ever, you can ex­pect to ex­pel with sev­eral hun­dred thou­sand ru­piah in un­spec­tac­u­lar drinks and nib­bles. Naughty Nuris (Jalan Cam­puan, Ubud and Jalan Batu Belig, Seminyak), on the other hand, will leave you ei­ther beg­ging for mercy or more after a house mar­tini or mar­garita. Yet both the Ubud and Batu Belig lo­ca­tions are want­ing in comely com­pan­ions, the pretty peo­ple hav­ing opted to mind their fig­ure and avoid the temp­ta­tion of Nuri’s naughty pork ribs. Fi­nally, live mu­sic is ubiq­ui­tous in Bali; yet great live mu­sic re­quires fore­go­ing the com­forts of air con and el­bow­room and opt­ing for a smoke-filled and peo­ple-packed venue like Twice Bar (Jalan Pop­pies II) or muddy soc­cer field in Den­pasar—lo­cales de­void of top shelf liquor or, in ex­treme cases, even a cold Bin­tang.

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