Nightlife in Bali – Best 5 in Kuta 2015.01.27

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Although there's places to go out and have a good time at in most tourist areas of Bali, it's in Kuta where most of the action happens, particularly along Jl. Legian where there's a "strip" of nightclubs and bars within walking distance from each other.

The nightlife in Kuta is geared mainly at the younger crowd and visiting backpackers who stay along the laneways of Poppies 1 and Poppies 2 nearby. That being said, there are many older folk who enjoy what the area offers.

As with any tourist hotspot, there's plenty of opportunities for petty crime like bag snatching and pick-pocketing. Also be aware when you're using ATMs in the area, the ones at the mini marts are notorious for scams. Don't let anyone distract you and be sure to keep your money somewhere safe.

It's common knowledge that drugs is a big no-no in Indonesia and carries the heaviest of penalties. Party-goers are also reminded to keep an eye on their drinks and to avoid cheap mixes like "Jungle Juice" as there have been reports of methanol poisoning due to poor quality arak being used. The safest option is cracking open a cold Bintang beer and dancing the night away.

Finally, it's important to know that most taxis operating along Jl. Legian at night don't use their meters. Always negotiate the fare before you get in to avoid any misunderstandings.

 Sky Garden

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Probably the most famous nightclub in Legian, Sky Garden is a multi-level complex that has been attracting tourists for years. Located within walking distance from the Ground Zero monument on Jl. Legian, the 4-storey club hosts a number of events throughout the year featuring local and international DJs.

The entrance and parking area are located on the first floor, then there's the second floor which has a large dance area, the third floor is the middle floor and bar area, and the fourth floor is where the outdoor lounge (Rooftop Garden Lounge) is located. バリ島スカイガーデン1

Entrance fee

Basically entry is free for tourists unless there is a special event. Every night there's also a BBQ buffet which is very good value for money. For Rp. 50,000 per person you can eat all you want. When a cover charge does apply, it's usually Rp. 100,000 per person and include one cocktail or two beers.

Crowd

A mixed bunch of tourists from Australia, Europe the US and Japan. It's also famous amongst Japanese where it's easy to meet other Japanese tourists.

Other

Happy Hour until midnight
• Free parking for bikes
• Luggage lockers available
• Daily from 5pm - 6pm, free beer with the purchase of BBQ Buffet (Rp. 50,000 per person) at the Rooftop Garden Lounge on the fourth floor

Opening hours 12pm - 3am
Address Jl. Legian, No. 61. Legian, Bali
Tel (0361) 755 423
Website Sky Garden

Bounty Discotheque

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Just five minutes' walk from Sky Garden is another popular club, Bounty. It's located next to the Apache Reggae Bar and is a firm favorite with young Australians, especially during the "schoolie" holidays.

Entering from the street on Jl. Legian you will pass a live music area on the right and a space with pool tables on the left. Then there are two dance floors located on the next two levels, one of which is made to look like an old pirate ship, hence the "Bounty" name.

These two dance floors can become packed with mostly Australian and local partygoers who all sweat and dance amongst each other, especially from 11pm until 2am.

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Entrance fee

Usually free for tourists, unless a special event is being held.

Crowd

Mainly young Aussies.

Other

Happy Hour until midnight

Bounty Hotel and Bounty Cruise are from the same group

Opening hours Daily : 8pm - 4am
Address Jl. Legian, Legian, Bali
Tel 0361 752529
Website Bounty Discotheque

 Alleycats

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Alleycats is the "warm up" to a big night out on the town, where you go for cheap pre-drinks so to speak.

As it's within walking distance from Poppies 1 and 2, it's very popular with the backpacker and surfer crowd looking for the most economical way of getting drunk. Most generally head to the larger clubs like Sky Garden or Bounty after an hour or two here. It's about three minutes' walk from either of these nightclubs and about 15 minutes' walk from Beachwalk.

Alleycats is known for its cheap drink specials where you can get cocktails from Rp. 15,000 and a shot of tequila for Rp. 25,000. At night it's more of a place to hangout and drink although in the day time it's quite different. Peak time is from around 8pm to 11pm, when the other bigger clubs start getting busy.

Entrance fee

None.

Crowd

Mostly Australians and European backpackers.

Other

• Free parking for bikes
• Improved menu
• Location tucked behind the Twice Bar

Opening hours Daily: 9:30am - 12am
Address Poppies 2, Kuta, Bali
Tel 081 7476 5148
Website Alleycats - TripAdvisor

EIKON Bar & Lounge

Another popular venue on Jl. Legian is the smaller EIKON Bar & Lounge. Again it's within walking distance from Sky Garden and is located just after the Ground Zero monument on the right-hand side.

The club is busiest from 11pm onwards and there are often Ladies Night specials and dance shows. International guest and resident DJ's spin R&B, hip hop and house music until 3am every night.

Entrance fee

Free

Crowd

EIKON is a favorite with the local crowd, as well as Australian and European tourists.

Other

• Happy Hour until midnight

Opening hours 3pm - 3am
Address Jl. Legian, No. 178, Legian, Bali
Tel 0361 750701
Website EIKON bar & lounge - facebook

Velvet & Hypnotized

Directly opposite Kuta Beach you'll find the popular Beachwalk shopping mall. Velvet & Hpynotized is a restaurant and lounge located on the third floor, where you can take in the sunset and ocean views.

The venue is divided into an indoor area and an open outdoor area which is popular at sunset time. The inside dance floor starts pumping from around 11pm.


Entrance fee

No cover charge, unless a special event is being held.

Crowd

Tourists come for a drink or two after shopping up a storm at Beachwalk and it's also a popular hangout for young, fashionable local people.

Other

• Parking available at Beachwalk (charged)
• Recommended to go at sunset to enjoy the rooftop ocean view

Opening hours Daily: 11am - 1am (Saturday & Sunday open until 2am)
Address Beachwalk, Jl. Pantai Kuta, Kuta, Bali
Tel (0361) 756 280
Website Velvet


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