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The best bars in Bali can be found in Seminyak, centered around Petitenget Street. Ku De Ta has been serving up delicious food and cocktails for over a decade and attracts a well-dressed crowd. WooBar at the W Resort & Spa Bali also has great cocktails and weekly events, not to mention a number of international DJs that always seem to be popping by for a “Sunset Session” or to play a weekend gig. Mantra, owned by local surfer Tipi Jabrik, is just across the road from the W Bali and has a chilled out atmosphere great for drinks and conversation. However, on nights when a live band is playing, expect Mantra to turn into a “standing party” as the bar is sure to be packed. Hu’u, which is right down the road, also attracts the kind of crowd that is ready to dance and international DJs often make appearances here.
Some other options in the Seminyak area that are not on Petitenget Street are Mama San and Motel Mexicola. Mama San is part of the Sarong Group and has delicious Asian food as well as an intriguing cocktail menu. The second floor is a great place to hang out and drink but can pick up quite a bit during “Kitchen Sessions,” an event where DJs come out to get guests on their feet. Motel Mexicola is a very recent addition to the Seminyak area, and although the drink menu isn’t quite as extensive as the places previously mentioned, it offers a laid-back atmosphere in a colorful, Day of the Dead inspired space and strong margaritas to enjoy while you chat away with your group.
If you’re in the Jimbaran area, head to either Sundara at the Four Seasons Resort Bali Jimbaran or Rock Bar at the Ayana Resort & Spa. Sundara has an extensive menu of absolutely delicious cocktails, all crafted by mixologist Javier Des Las Muelas of DRY MARTINI in Barcelona. As for Rock Bar, you won’t find a view quite as breathtaking as the one offered there. If you are even further south in the Uluwatu area, try Finn’s Beach Club at Semara Resort & Spa. This is another place to enjoy stunning views of turquoise sea as you sip on cocktails and enjoy the tropical air.
Ku De Ta in Seminyak is the original destination bar of Bali. Day beds spread out on the beach and sunset drinks are accompanied by DJ tunes and scantily-clad models. Try the alcoholic smoothie-style shakes and bring plenty of cash. This place is expensive. The crowd is a mix of “beautiful people” and also a “down to earth” crowd.
Hu'u bar is tucked away on Jalan Petitenget in Seminyak. It is an ultra-cool place with a central bar and a lap pool. It draws a late-night crowd and the atmosphere lends itself to a discerning designer crowd, which is worth it for the people watching value alone.
Woo Bar at the W Retreat & Spa is a stylish, very fancy pool club bar with international DJ’s performing weekly and a setting on the beach to die for. Enormous brightly coloured bean bags fan out to take in the sunset views and the extensive grounds are dominated by an enormous pool which gives the Woo Bar a super spacious feel. Cocktails are elaborate and the prices are to match, but one can also just sip on a local beer too. This place has to be seen to be believed. Very luxurious.
Jazz Café Bali – Located 1.5 hours from Kuta in the hillside town of Ubud, you will meet the owner, who is from London every night at Jazz Café. He makes sure all musical tastes are catered for at Jazz Cafe Bali. As well as classic jazz tunes there is also soul, funk, blues, RnB, Reggae and an Indonesian fusion which keeps this place interesting, lively and innovative. Soul train happens once a week and no one sits down to this. It’s an interactive, impromptu conga line, where you switch dance partners to the music. It’s a fun night out with a constant stream of international acts and a good mix of music and cocktails on offer.