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The best places to party in Bali

From luxe pool clubs to multi-level dancefloors, the best nightlife in Bali will keep you dancing all night long

Written by
Jordi Kretchmer
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Bali is best known for its sumptuous beaches, but its vibrant nightlife is a close second. Of course, beach parties are very much a thing here, so you can combine the two as the sun sets over the horizon. The excellent weather in Bali means that partying tends to start a little earlier in the day than many might be used to, but there’s never a bad time to get started on having fun. The best places to party in Bali are among the best places to party on the planet.

Consider it the ultimate nightcap. After a day of exploring Bali (or just, you know, lazing on the beach), hit up the clubs and bars and prepare to throw some shapes.

Best nightlife in Bali

Potato Head Beach Club
Potato Head Beach Club

1. Potato Head Beach Club

What is it? This beachfront pool bar is one of Bali’s best day clubs – there are private daybeds, excellent cocktails (make sure you order the fresh lemongrass and passionfruit Kookaburra), restaurants and stunning views.

Why go? While the pool is the big drawcard, Potato Head is also a bit of a cultural hub. Expect anything from sculptural installations by art activist Liina Klauss, a DJ set by Floating Points, artworks by local painter Eko Nugroho, or the annual Sunny Side Up Festival (headlined by the likes of Phoenix, Halsey and Flight Facilities).

Woo Bar
Woobar Bali

2. Woo Bar

What is it? The glitzy poolside lounge bar in Seminyak’s W Hotel.

Why go? There are loads of bars tucked away in Bali’s five-star hotels, but Woo Bar is the one worth seeking out. Go for the daily two-for-one cocktail happy hour from 4-6pm, and sip on passionfruit mojitos underneath lantern lights and swaying palm trees. Head inside to the underground bar Woobase for thumping techno and house music.

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La Favela
La Favela Bali

3. La Favela

What is it? An eclectic indoor-outdoor garden bar in downtown Seminyak.

Why go? While you can head here early in the evening for a sit-down dinner, La Favela really cranks into gear after 10pm. Dinner tables are replaced by DJ decks, with local and international DJs spinning party tunes until 3am.

Singlefin
Singlefin

4. Singlefin

What is it? A multi-level balcony bar in Uluwatu.

Why go? The sunset views from Single Fin are legendary, with the spot being a go-to for surfers and locals alike. Watch the waves roll in while you’re perched on one of the biggest balconies in Bali with a rum-spiked kombucha or a white wine sangria in hand.

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Rock Bar
Rock Bar

5. Rock Bar

What is it? A world-class cocktail bar jutting out off Jimbaran’s rocky coastline 14 metres above the crashing ocean.

Why go? This swish spot is located within the Ayana Resort and offers a refined and seriously picturesque drinking experience. Aside from the panoramic views of the Indian Ocean, the bar also does tapas-style eats, and DJs spin records from a booth carved directly into the cliff face.

Motel Mexicola
Motel Mexicola

6. Motel Mexicola

What is it? A colourful Mexican party bar and restaurant in the centre of Seminyak.

Why go? Settle in for a feast of empanadas, tostadas and tacos before working it all off on the impromptu nightly dancefloor. Bartenders will pour tequila laybacks to get the party started, and a soundtrack of reggaeton and Latin hits (plus classic party tracks) will keep you grooving into the evening.

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Deus
Deus

7. Deus

What is it? This motorcycle juggernaut is behind one of the coolest hot spots in Bali, dubbed the Temple of Enthusiasm.

Why go? You can go full throttle at this workshop-meets-nightspot, with beers in the courtyard, DJs on the decks, rotating art and photography exhibitions, pop-up tattoo artists and more.

La Plancha
La Plancha

8. La Plancha

What is it? A bar on Seminyak’s main beach with rainbow beach umbrellas to relax on and cocktail jugs aplenty.

Why go? This chiringuito-style bar was one of the first on the beach, and its glowing lights, colourful facade and inclusive vibes keep it one of Seminyak’s most popular. You’ll also find DJ sets with live saxophone accompaniments and tropical cocktails.

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