PICK YOUR POISON
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.