Bali nightlife is one of the island’s popular attractions. While the local population is widely conservative, the nightlife is as exciting and lively as that of any other popular tourist destination.
So, What Is There to Do in Bali at Night?
First, you have to consider the location. While the nightlife is generally lively, some places lean more on the conservative side. Seminyak, Kuta, and Legian, for instance, are known as the hive of Bali nightlife while Ubad and Nusa Dua are quieter. Once you have your perfect location, then it is time to explore the activities.
First, we have the nightclubs. Bali offers a wide array of nightclubs that offer equally diverse genres of music. Conscious of the fact that tourists are from all over the world, each with their own taste in music, Bali has invested in top DJs who specialize all types of music. Pop music, Classic music, Jazz, Reggae, Hip Hop, Caribbean and House among others, there is literally something for everyone.
The Mirror Bali Lounge and Club, for instance, has an interior design resembling a gothic cathedral complete with futuristic designs that will keep you dancing all night long. The Rock bar at Ayanna Resort is also quite popular as it is perched on cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean.
Next, we have the beach clubs. The beach club Bali scene offers stunning locations that overlook the Indian Ocean. Who wouldn’t want to dance by the beach all night? World-class chefs are often available at these beach clubs to offer snacks while skilled bartenders continuously serve drinks.
Third, are the popular night markets. The night markets are known locally as “Pasar Malam.” They are simple stalls that sell all manner of things, such as souvenirs, food, and snacks. The items sold are often affordable and quite unique—authentic Balinese crafts.
Sanur, Gianyar, and Badung are cities that house some of the most popular night markets. The Gianyar night market, for example, is full of warungs that offer to die for authentic Balinese cuisine, clothing and fashion accessories. Lighted by fluorescent lamps the market is a vision at night.
Fourth, the spiritual awe-inspiring traditional dance performances. The dances showcase Balinese culture at its best. Dancers who are culturally dressed perform dances that tell a cultural story or history often against the background of majestic temples. Sometimes, the dances tell contemporary stories as well.
Imagine a well-choreographed dance telling a Hindu epic, that involves acrobats, male dancers with fire-breathing props, appropriate lighting, and unique soundtracks. For a chance to see this and more, one has to only walk around Bali at night.
Finally, we have the rooftop bars. These rooftop bars are a recent trend that combines a bar setting with the open sky, gorgeous view and a more laid-back vibe. The rooftop bars are not only fun; they give tourists a chance to experience sunrises the only way sunrises should be experienced after a whole night of partying.
The Double Six Rooftop in Seminyak is a good example of a rooftop bar that offers a sunset and a sunrise view that is indescribable. Set up with lounge pods, the bar is comfortable and fun at the same time.
The above five activities are simply a taste of what a tourist can expect of Bali nightlife. The island offers more options.
The only way to experience Bali nightlife is to be there. Close your eyes for a moment and imagine an evening cruise across the ocean as live music serenades you or a night safari where you are perfectly safe in a cage as you experience the wild.
Simply stated, it is impossible to enumerate all the fun activities one can discover as they explore Bali in the night. However, visiting the island will set you on a path to experiencing as many night activities as you desire.