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Bali Nightlife
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When the sun sets and thousands of stars twinkle in the dark blue sky, Bali's nightspots attract party animals, with their flashing neon and fluorescent signs. Tourist areas on this island cater almost anything for everyone: whatever your dreams, tastes, or desires they are out there in the many pubs, discos, karaoke lounges, nightclubs and theater-restaurants.

The opening hours of nightspots vary but in general the late evenings are best for night clubbing. There is always time to shower and relax after a hard day of sightseeing or sunning on the beach, time to enjoy sunset drinks followed by a leisurely dinner.

The Sunset Hour

There are many "Happy Hours" to enjoy all over Bali. In Nusa Dua all the hotels have beach side bars that offer sunset prices on their tall cold drinks. Poco Loco, located in Jalan Padma Utara, has happy hours from 06:00 P.M. to 08:00 P.M. and live music on Tuesdays and Thursdays. A spacious layout, a water theme and vibrant Mexican colors give the restaurant a strong contemporary feel. Menu items are Californian Tex-Mex, from tacos, enchiladas and nachos, to the modem offerings of rotisserie chicken and chargrilled tuna. Poco Loco also has a branch at Jalan Pantai Mengiat.

In Jimbaran, the Inter-Continental has happy hour drinks with complimentary snacks at their sophisticated beach bar. PJ's at the Four Seasons has a large drinks list to get you in the party mood. Melodi 1 Music Bar at the Radisson hotel is popular. It hosts games, quizzes and drinking events along with showing great music videos and good service.

The best sunset views are on the Kuta side of the island. Simple beach bars are built on the sand from the airport to La Lucciola, a splendid two-floor restaurant. Sunset on Legian beach is a great place to catch the Balinese and expatriates winding down after a hard day's work. The hotels along this beach are popular for cocktails and many offer excellent prices. Nero Bali has everything you need from a stylish bar-restaurant. Happy hours are from 06:30 P.M. to 08:30 P.M.and food is available until 01:30 A.M.

The Villas in Seminyak has the Champagne and Stage. Overlooking the hotel's central courtyard, Champagne is an air-conditioned bar with relaxed ambience. After a few aperitifs and cocktails, one can move to the Stage to watch live action of an eclectic mix of musicians, entertainers and performers.

The Dinner Hour

Bali restaurants cater to every taste and every appetite. No matter what your diet is, Bali can always offer something delicious. In Nusa Dua, all hotels have a wide range of restaurants, each with their own specialty nights, where specialties are served.

Pasar Senggol is a name for a miniature of a Balinese village with a traditional temple, food stalls and stores in the grounds of the Grand Hyatt Bali. It comes alive every evening with its cultural shows on an open-air stage.

Different dances are performed each night. Pasar Senggol offers with arts and crafts lessons and exhibitions throughout the day. At the same hotel, Lila Cita pampers visitors with its colonial style decor and an outdoor terrace. Relax and endulge in cocktails while a live band entertains you.

Nusa Dua Galeria presents an outdoor courtyard with restaurants and a lively atmosphere.

In Jimbaran you can enjoy succulent fresh seafood at the fish night-market near the InterContinental. Something more local can be found in Benoa at Bumbu Bali, a restaurant owed by an expatriate chef and his Balinese wife.

In Sanur, the hotels and restaurants serve all kinds of food and the night market is worth a visit.

In Ubud, Casa Luna and Cafe Wayan are popular. Roughly 20 minutes drive from Ubud on the way to Pujung is Kampung Cafe that has become the gastronomic talk of the town. It serves great Balinese, Indonesian, Southeast Asian and European food.

Made's Warung is a fantastic spot for people watching and nearby TJ's serves the best Mexican food and Margaritas on the island. The Ship, The Bounty, the Hard Rock and the Macaroni Club are all good spots to warm up for the night ahead.

Uptown in Seminyak is another Poco Loco serving Mexican food. There is the very stylish Made's Warung Seminyak serving great food, as well as the well-liked La Teras and Goa 2001. Bestest Cafe blends acid jazz and fusion cuisine for a fun place for dining.

For that high-quality dinner in a restaurant without the high prices, try Kafe Warisan, situated further along the road amongst the rice terraces. It is recommended to book as this is a very popular place. La Lucciola is also popular during dinner; booking is also advised here, as its beach side location is exceptional.

The Party Hour

Note: Nightclubs have short life spans. Please check with your concierge or the locals for the most up to date information.

Wherever you are on the island there is always some good place to eat, drink, dance and be merry.

In Ubud the nights are quiet but Jazz Cafe offers live performances every night except on Sundays and Mondays. In Sanur the late night disco is Janger and goes on until the wee hours of the morning, past sunrise. Air-conditioned, it has a large bar staff to make sure you have everything you need.

Kuta offers the largest choice of bars and discos. The Bounty, The Ship, Sari Club and Peanuts are busy, and the popular Hard Rock Cafe has live bands except on Mondays. There are also alternative bars such as the Paddy's and the Hulu Bar. Uptown in Legian and Seminyak, Goa 2001 and Cafe Luna are the popular watering holes. The Jaya Pub also has live music and a very casual pub atmosphere.

Santa Fe is open 24 hours for food, drink and live music. The Salsoteca bar and disco upstairs, and you can even learn how to Salsa during their dance classes held there twice a week. The other extremely popular bar down this road is A Bar. It is called the A Bar because it sells Absolute Vodka in every different way imaginable.

The two main nightclubs are both open-air and operate on alternate nights. Double Six at JI.Double Six, near Goa 2001 and GadoGado at the end of the road with the same name. They are home to some of the best nights out with some of the island's best DJs and Double Six even has Bungy Jump during Club hours. Cover charges at both include one free drink.

Other Entertainment Programs

The following are 2 spectacular night time activities that are on the opposite end of a spectrum, and are truly Balinese:

The Kecak Dance

Named by Westerners as the Monkey Dance, the Kecak Dance is a spectacular choreographic performance that displays another aspect of Balinese artistic excellence. 100 or more bare-chested men sit surrounding a fire made from coconut husks or a bonfire, led by a female dancer or a priest in the middle. The only music to accompany them are the beats of their palms clapping or hitting their thighs, chests, or other parts of their bodies, rhythmically accompanied by chanting and shouting. The dancers sway in unison, creating a spectacular movement of hands stretched out, pulled in, rested on the shoulder of the next person, and waists gyrated left and right.

Wayang Kulit

Wayang Kulit or shadow puppet is typically performed very late at night and this theatrical performance can last until morning. The night performance of wayang kulit is considered entertainment, as opposed to a day performance which generally serves strict religious purposes. Temple festivals and other ceremonies are good places to find a wayang performance.

Balinese dances are sometimes performed at night and regularly scheduled performances are available throughout the year.
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