Best Cabaret Bar in Bali 2014.12.03

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Bali nightlife - something for everyone

The island of Bali is not just about holy temples and luxury spas. There's also a vibrant nightlife scene that includes lively Mexican bars, salsa clubs and large multi-storey nightclubs.

For something truly entertaining however, head to "the strip" in Seminyak and take in a live cabaret show with a difference.

A quick look at the image search results here will give you an idea of just how much fun it can be!

Where?

A host of bars are gathered in one place along Jl. Camplung Tanduk (also known as Jl. Abimanyu or Dyana Pura) in Seminyak. Jl. Camplung Tanduk is the road that heads up from Gado Gado Restaurant and Seminyak Beach, and is well-known for its variety of nightlife on offer.

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From the main road, Jl. Raya Seminyak, turn down towards the beach at the Warung Ocha intersection. Continue for about 300m and you will see (or rather hear) five bars on the left-hand side, just after Favehotel Seminyak and Santa Fe bar.

Which one?

At first glance you may think that the bars all look the same, but there are some differences when it comes to music and the live performances so it's worth checking out a couple to see which one you like the most.

Bali Joe and Mix Well are the most popular and often it's so crowded that people spill out into the road. If that's a bit much for you, try the other bars on either side to see what they have going on.

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Entrance fee

The great thing about "the strip" is that there is no entrance fee or cover charge for any of the bars. You can just walk in off the street, grab a seat (if there's one available) and order a drink!

Since the menu is only for drinks and no food, it's best to have something to eat before you head out. There are a number of good restaurants within walking distance where you can get Indian food, healthy vegetarian dishes and typical Australian meals.

A range of cocktails are available at most of the bars, as well as the usual beer, whiskey, tequila and wine. The prices are quite standard for Seminyak, with a small Bintang beer costing around Rp. 30,000.

Live performances

From around 10 pm every night, a five-minute live performance is held every 30 minutes at the bars. Drag queens dressed in their finest costumes take to the stage to sing (or lip sync) popular club and pop songs that get the crowd going.

Often members of the audience will be pulled up on stage and become part of the performance so if you're more of the shy type, it's best to take a seat towards the back!

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When?

The busiest time is between 11 pm and 1 am and as the bars have limited space, it's recommended to get there by 9:30 pm if you're planning on finding a seat. As mentioned previously when the inside gets too full the party continues outside, on the street, and passersby are even known to stop and take it all in.

When it gets busy, the inside can get really packed so make sure you take care of all your personal belongings and don't leave your stuff unattended.IMG_20141116_001709

Directions

Take Kura-Kura Bus to Bintang Supermarket on the Kuta Line and it's just a 20-minute walk to Jl. Camplung Tanduk.  If traveling by taxi, tell the driver you want to go to Favehotel Seminyak or Santa Fe bar and it's just a five minute walk to the bars.

Besides the cabaret bars, there are also a number of other restaurants and bars on Jl. Camplung Tanduk. Try salsa dancing at Bahiana, live music at Santa Fe, scary performances at Frankensteins or a romantic rooftop dinner at SOS Anantara.

Summary

  • • Several cabaret bars along Jl. Camplung Tanduk

  • • No cover charge / entrance fee

  • • Get there by 9:30 pm if you want a seat

  • • Busiest time is between 11 pm and 1 am



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