A Guide to the Best Nightlife in Bali

Table of alcohol drinking games in Canggu


If you’ve just arrived in Bali or are planning a trip, there are lots of things you should know first. Even though it looks like a small island, there are so many towns, islands, and villages to see. So, you’ll want to know where to go


Something many people come to Bali for is its incredible nightlife. With endless beach bars, clubs, and boat parties, there’s enough variation to keep you entertained for as long as you can keep dancing. 


So whether you’re after a quiet bar to chill with a beer or a lively night out meeting new people, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s my rundown of the best nightlife in Bali, and where to find it.



1. La Favela, Seminyak

The most popular nightclub in mainland Bali is La Favela. Located in Seminyak on the West Coast of Bali, La Favela is a restaurant by day and club by night. It features some amazing decor, with waterfalls, bridges, and plants making it look like an indoor jungle. It also has multiple floors and rooms with varying music, with the main one downstairs playing mostly pop tunes. 


I visited La Favela for the first time in October 2022, and I’ve been back several times since. You know when you just have a really good time every time you go somewhere? That’s the feeling I get with La Favela. With the venue, lighting, and decor, they got the vibe just right


If you’re on your own or just want to meet more people. I’d recommend going to a social hostel first and then finding a group to go with. There’s nothing like a night out with a bunch of people from all over the world who you just met! 


The only downside is the price of the drinks, which can cost you an arm and a leg compared to other places nearby! You can probably walk to it if you’re staying in Seminyak, but if not then you can just call a Grab car or bike. There’s a small entry fee for guys, whilst girls usually get in for free.




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2. Sandbar, Canggu

Probably the best beach-front club in Bali is Canggu’s Sandbar. Why is it so good? It is one of the few parties in Bali that’s actually on the sand. This is pretty much exactly what you imagine when you think of a beach party. When you’re dancing you can go and jump in the sea if you want, or take a walk down the beach and come right back.


It is all one space, so there aren’t any extra rooms with different music, but the music they play is usually pretty good to dance to. You can even get a cheap tattoo on the side of the dance floor! What better time to get a permanent tattoo than when you’re drunk eh?


The drinks are relatively cheap, and they also serve some finger food too. You can come early to catch a stunning sunset here at about 6 pm, and then come back around 12/1 at night when it starts to liven up as everyone flocks over from Old Man’s.


Note, I would recommend sandals or flip-flops because the waves occasionally like to sweep the dance floor!




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Sandbar Beach Bar Canggu, Bali

3. Old Man's

Located right next to Sandbar is Canggu’s Old Man’s. I’ve seen this place go from almost dead to packed-out busy at different times of the year. 


During my first visit in October, it was more of a pre-drinks stop before hitting Sandbar, with only a handful of people on the dancefloor. However, in the peak season (i.e. June, July, and August) it can be absolutely pumping. 


Old Man’s features regular DJ events, and its large capacity can hold a huge crowd. There are also up to 3 different dance floors when busy, giving you a choice of different music. 


Just like Sandbar, drinks can be a little pricey so I’d recommend having some before you get here!



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4. Hatch, Uluwatu

Uluwatu is known more for its surfing than its nightlife, but it is becoming more and more popular, and its nightlife is growing. If you fancy a night out after hitting the waves, Hatch is the place to be.


Hatch is one of the most underrated clubs in Bali. It has some pretty impressive decor, and features a lot of trees and lights, giving it a jungle-like theme, a bit like La Favela. 


Not only is there a dance floor with good tunes, but you can play pool and beer pong too. There’s also a game night on Tuesdays if you like board games!




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Beach Clubs

1. Finn's Beach Club, Canggu

Finn's Beach Bar in Canggu, Bali

The most popular one in Bali right now is Finn’s Beach Club down in Canggu. It’s big, trendy, and has a great vibe in the evening. You can rent a standard bed with a minimum spend of IDR 3,500,000, which is about £170. So, you’ll probably want to go with a group so you can split the cost! 


You also don’t have to rent a bed to get in, so you can get in for free, you’ll just have nowhere to sit apart from the busy bar seating area!




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2. Potato Head Beach Club, Seminyak

Potato Head Beach Club in Seminyak, Bali

The other two big ones are Potato Head in Seminyak and Savaya in Uluwatu. Potato Head is also a resort where you can stay, and is more of a chilled vibe, with multiple pools and bars. 


It is priced similarly to Finn’s but also has an entry fee of IDR 180k between peak hours 5-7 pm. Booking a bed will cost you around IDR 3,000,000 – 4,000,000. This one is probably the best for food but is a bit less lively at night than the other two.




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3. Savaya Beach Club, Uluwatu

Savaya is ‘the one with the massive cube’, and also features a stunning view of the beach and sea from high up on the cliff edge. It also features multiple pools and bars, and becomes pretty lively at nighttime, especially during events


There is an entrance fee of IDR 200k on weekdays, and IDR 300k on weekends, and to rent a bed with a view the minimum spend is upwards of IDR 3,000,000. That being said, I was able to enjoy Savaya in the daytime without renting a bed, but just using the free seating area when I wasn’t in the pool.


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Honourable Mentions

Jungle & Sama Sama, Gili Trawangan

These are both on the beachfront of Gili T, which is not part of mainland Bali, but since Gili T is worth a visit while you’re out there, why not check them out? 


Jungle is a large venue with cheap drinks, and even has a guy who comes around and tips alcohol into your mouth (if you want it). Sama Sama is a Reggae bar just down the road from Jungle, and usually packs out towards the end of the night!

LXXY, Kuta

A decent club in the heart of Kuta, probably your best bet for a night out in Kuta. It has good tunes and a great atmosphere and has a rooftop pool and outdoor seating area. I would’ve even put it on the list but Google now says it’s temporarily closed!

Vault, Canggu

Vault is a cocktail bar and ‘secret club’ in Canggu. The secret part comes from the fact it’s hard to find and it’s underground. Vault is not my favourite place personally, but if you like techno music and underground vibes, you might enjoy it on a Friday. In my experience, it had the highest ratio of locals to tourists than anywhere I went.


Not sure what route to take? Check out my 7 Best Places to go in Bali 2024 here!

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