Famed for its all action nightlife, the bar scene in Kuta is by far the most eclectic and lively in Bali and offers something for every occasion. You can enjoy sundowners in a breezy beach bar, party hard in Kuta’s designer dance clubs or rock out in one of the vibrant surfer pubs. It is quite feasible to hop from venue to venue all night long without venturing too far and almost every club offers free entry for foreign tourists.
The nightlife scene is generally divided into three distinct areas in Kuta with chaotic Legian Street home to most of its all night dance clubs and noisiest live music venues.
The backpacker district of Poppies Lane and Benesari Street is perhaps the most fascinating area for a pub crawl. It is virtually wall to wall pubs and tiny surfer friendly bars which can be a great place for either a quiet drink or a rockin’ good time. Many are eccentrically designed and offer loads of character and several stay open 24 hours a day.
Kuta Beach Road has a more sophisticated (and pricier) lounge scene with open air dance floors, spectacular ocean views and even swimming pools. Make the most of your nights out in Kuta with our top picks for Kuta’s best bars and clubs.
Recommended Kuta bars and nightlife venues
A Kuta institution for many years, Paddy’s is the number one party venue in town with ice cold cheap beer, weekly foam parties and plenty of bar girls for company. Always has a raucous unpretentious atmosphere and popular with young surfers and stag parties. website: www.paddysclub.com.
W Sports Bar
Open 24 hours a day, this is the place to get your fix of live sports action. Good food, friendly staff and a relaxed laid back ambience makes W Bar a good pre clubbing option.
It may only be a tiny dive bar but Expresso really packs a punch. The place is packed out every evening for the excellent resident band who belt out rock and grunge classics to a devoted crowd of hard drinking surfers and back packers. A slightly dilapidated bar but it offers an intense atmosphere and ice cold beer on tap.
Decked out to resemble a pirate ship, the Bounty is a large venue with an irrepressible party vibe. There are live bands, karaoke, pool tables and an upstairs dance club. It is a favoured haunt for large groups intent on partying hard and drinking even harder. It offers good old fashioned hedonism with a smile.
Vi Ai Pi
The name says it all. This is Kuta’s mosy glamorous option and generally frequented by a host of beautiful people, affluent hipsters and indeed the occasional VIP who jetted by private jet for a break of Bali bliss.
A great place for people watching and the amazing decor itself is worthy of a visit. It has a laid back vibe with occasional big name DJs making an appearance and regular media events including celebrity fashion shows. website: www.viaipi-bali.com.
61 Legian Sky Garden
An eclectic nightspot providing three floors of sophisticated lounging and dancing. There is a vibrant sports bar, Irish pub and urban dance club or chill out to cool jazz and Latin tunes in the open air roof top terrace. Get there early for great drinks promotions (such as free cocktails between 22:00 and 23:00 every night!) and see the exuberant floor shows with podium dancers and fire eaters. Attracts A list DJs from across Asia and Europe. website: www.61legian.com.
The Engine Room
Located right in the heart of hectic Legian Street is this industrial style dance club that has an intense party atmosphere and a deafening sound system. Expect a carefree youthful ambience, pool tables and a comfortable chill out lounge.
Award winning decor marks Eikon out as one of the most stylish bars in Bali. Designed in warm reds and shiny chrome it is a magnet for Kuta’s beautiful people and offers a laid back sophistication rarely found in this part of town. Refined Mediterranean cuisine and a vast array of exotic cocktails attract a more discerning and mature clientele.
Vibrant surfer hang out with a large open-air dancefloor and pool tables. A loud sound system plays party music classics for a youngish crowd of Australians and Europeans, along with live reggae/pop sounds every Friday night. The intense party atmosphere that will make you want to dance until dawn. Tubes has daily specials and happy hours. website: www.tubesbar-restaurant.baliklik.com.
This British-owned cocktail bar is a popular expat hang out and has some of the most charismatic barstaff in Bali. A lively and convivial atmosphere is guaranteed with weekly quizes, pool competitions and occasional acoustic jamming sessions. It serves excellent food all night including Mongolian barbecues, tasty Mexican bites and the usual travellers’ fare.
Bali’s first ever dedicated vodka bar is a typically extravagant affair with exuberant modernist decor and entertainment to match. Check out the colourful bartender shows complete with fire eating and table top acrobatics or dance the night away to Latin and jazz funk rhythms. There are over 100 varieties of vodka to try, best enjoyed out on the breezy beachfront terrace.
Quite possibly the hippest beach front venue in Kuta and regularly attracts big name artists and DJs. The idyllic ocean vistas alone are worthy of a visit yet it also offers romantic private cabanas set around a tempting open air swimming pool. Expect a laid back atmosphere and dazzling laser light shows at midnight. The perfect spot for sundowners. webste: www.oceans27.net.