The white sands of Kuta are still arguably the best beachfront on Bali. The beach is much cleaner than just a few years ago, although the vendors remain annoying. Kuta is a booming Pacific resort and its streets are clogged with tourists and traffic during peak seasons. Legian is more of the same, just as crowded, but more suitable for longer stays, although in many ways it has become an extension of Kuta. Further north, Seminyak, Petitenget and Canggu offer more tranquility.
Bali's nightlife is legendary and these days there are two very different 'scenes', the young boisterous crowd that dominates the Kuta circuit and a cooler, slightly older crowd that frequents the nightspots in Legian and Seminyak.
In Kuta the Hard Rock Café on JI. Raya Pantai Kuta and the Macaroni Club on JI. Legian offer a good start to any evening out with their international menus, excellent cocktails and ideal vantage points for people-watching. For those who like it a bit camper, Hulu Café on JI. Legian has a funky and always busy bar with outrageous drag shows on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Peanuts, on Jl. Legian, has been a Bali institution for years and still attracts a busy crowd to its dance floor and enormous bar. For late night revelers, the Sari Club and nearby Paddy's, both on JI. Legian, offer loud dance music and a packed house until the wee hours.
The Legian and Seminyak crowd tend to start the ball rolling with sunset drinks on the beach at Zanzibar or the Soda Club, both at the bottom of JI. Double Six, followed by dinner and further drinks at Café Luna or the Jaya Pub, all on JI. Raya Seminyak. Much of the Legian action happens in and around JI. Dyana Pura. Here the A Bar has an extensive cocktail menu and is hugely popular with the local expat crowd. Further down the street, the Q Bar and Café Del Mar offer more of the same; great drinks, good company and pumping music.
As the night wears on, the Kuta and Legian scenes both converge on the island's most famous nightspot, Double Six Disco. Right on the beach, this perennial favorite with both foreigners and locals offers open-air revelry until dawn. Many restaurants and bars feature after dinner video or laser disc movies, including: Krakatoa, J1. Raya Seminyak 56; a favorite haunt of old Kuta hands, Rum Jungle, JI. Werkudara; very Oz, Bounty, JI. Legian; Norm's, A. Legian, features world sports; Taman Sari, Gang Poppies II; Topi Kopi, JI. Werkudara, has satellite TV specials.
Location map of Nightlife in Kuta-Legian
Last revised on December 15, 2009
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