Bali is Indonesia’s party island and the night life generally starts late, meaning around midnight, and continues on until dawn in some venues. Most of the after-dark action occurs in the Kuta, Legian and Seminyak areas and while most of the party-goers are tourists there are music, clubs and bars to suit all tastes.
If you like to start early, the coolest place in Bali is definitely Ku De Ta which is right on the beach next to The Oberoi Hotel. The food and drinks are expensive but it attracts the beautiful people and a DJ sets the party mood from late afternoon. It’s one of my favourite places to watch the sunset - with a cocktail in hand naturally.
Closer to the center of Kuta, M-Bar-Go also attracts a cool, good-looking crowd with two floors of pumping house, electro and hip-hop. It’s open from 10pm – 4am every night and can pack in up to 2500 revelers. If you don’t feel like dancing there’s a VIP Lounge where you can relax with a cocktail while checking out the scene.
Déjà Vu is a more intimate lounge bar/club with modern minimalist design and beach front view. Open every night from 9pm – 4am (sometimes later) it regularly attracts fun party people with a large variety of drinks, including cocktails and wine. The music is supplied by resident DJs and ranges from house/electro to chill-out tunes.
If you’re looking for some unpretentious fun, Paddy’s is a Kuta institution although it’s now in a new location. It’s a no-frills bar which attracts a diverse clientele with cheap drinks and a friendly vibe. If you want to try something more outrageous, the Hulu Café (Garlic Lane) has some funny drag shows starting at 11pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.