Bali

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From the weird to the wonderful, the tacky to the chic, Bali has a nightlife mix unlike anywhere else in Southeast Asia. Very few venues insist on a dress code and the legal age for drinking (17 years) is not enforced. Hoards of sun-burnt teenagers from around the globe take full advantage of the relaxed rules to party 'til they drop in Kuta, where things don’t really heat up in clubs until around midnight. Be careful when heading out on the town here ­ Kuta is a notoriously seedy, neon-lit swamp of tacky bars, cheap thrills, and aging bar girls tied to local pimps. Never accept drinks from strangers (they may laced) and avoid drugs at all costs (you could spend 25 years in jail if busted). Up in Seminyak and Legian the crowd is older, more refined, and dressed accordingly; just be aware that August is “party” month in Seminyak, with restaurants rolling out the red carpet and socialites showing up in droves, driving up drink prices and cover charges (it’s not uncommon to spend to as high as $60 just to get in the door). In Ubud, a royal decree stipulating that bars and clubs may not remain open later than 11pm keeps things calmer.

Bali Nightlife

Breeze

Located on an oceanfront porch in the relaxed Samaya Resort, drinks here are pricey, but worth it for the stunning sunsets. They also have an excellent selection of whiskies and tasty tapas.

Jl. Laksmana, Seminyak Beach, Bali, 011-62-361-731-149, www.thesamayabali.com
Tags: nightlife | smart splurge | trendy | notable wine list

F-Lounge

This small bar-cum-club is distinguished for its Reggae and Broken Beat music. Reasonably priced drinks and late opening hours make this a popular haunt amongst those in the know.

Jl. Raya Seminyak 66, Seminyak Beach, Bali, 011-62-361-730-562
Tags: nightlife | dancing | bar | nightclub | reggae

Ku De Ta Bar

Oceanside Ku De Ta is still the place for sunsets. A trend-setting crowd flocks to this chic, minimalist bar for August parties, Australian/Asian cuisine, and a formidable range of cocktails.

Jl. Laksmana No. 9, Seminyak, Bali, 011-62-361-736-969, www.kudeta.net
Tags: nightlife | trendy

Q Bar

This alternative bar is consistently ranked as one of the hottest dance nightclubs in Bali for its no-nonsense party attitude. House and techno music plays every night of the week.

Jl. Dyana Pura, Abimanyu Arcade, Bali, 011-62-361-730-927
Tags: nightlife | dancing | gay

Sky Garden

Sky Garden literally took clubbing to new heights here by opening a tiny club three stories up on the Kuta skyline. Fun food, cheap drinks, and funky music keep the crowd moving until the early hours.

Jl. Legian 61, Bali, 011-62-361-756-362, www.escbali.com/venue/skygarden/
Tags: nightlife | dancing | nightclub

The Living Room

Over 100 types of wine lure oenophiles to this upscale, trendy space where elaborate flower arrangements and candles set the tone.

Jl. Petitenget 2000, Kerobokan, Bali, 011-62-361-735-735, www.thelivingroom-bali.com
Tags: nightlife | trendy

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