Written by Stephanie Peeters
Co-written by Laura Jodoin
There are bars in every corner of Bali’s busiest streets, but where can you find one with a stunning view or nice ambiance, good entertainment and beers below USD $3?
Think charming bars by the sea, in the middle of the rainforest or right in the heart of a lively centre. Places with entertainment such as live sports, billiard, live music, with great views of the ocean or Bali’s unspoiled nature.
Yes, they exist and are great hubs to go for drinks and fun with your friends and family.
1. Picnic by the sea in Canggu: The Lawn
Imagine a large green manicured lawn by the dreamy Canggu ocean and amazing sunset views. This is the scene you can soak in at The Lawn.
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The Lawn is not your usual bar, and it is certainly unlike any other place you will find in Bali. It’s a bit pricier than the usual bar but it’s well worth a visit!
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Enjoy a family picnic and watch the sun set over the island in the evening. Live music kicks off at the end of a perfect afternoon.
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There are trendy food trucks and coffee vans, adding a bit of a festival feel to this trendy, laid-back hang-out spot of Canggu.
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Cocktails are pretty and delicious!
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The beachside bar and restaurant also fuses chic and casual elements, perfect for a romantic sunset dinner out in the open air.
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2. Scenic ocean view and a happy, happy hour: Tosca Bar and Grill
This beachfront bar is the perfect place to lounge in the daytime, with ice-cold Bintang beers and snacks beneath leafy palm trees while you gaze at the traditional fishing boats out at sea.
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Watch the sky shift from clear blue to orange to starlit, and allow yourself to be enchanted by the beauty of Bali.
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Tosca Bar and Grill is also the ideal hangout for families with children. Kids will love to build sandcastles in the sand or splash around safely in the sea while parents can try out one or two cocktails on the menu or drink a healthy whole young coconut.
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With super cheap beers during the Happy Hour that runs from 6pm to 9pm, stunning ocean views, complimentary Wifi and a wonderful laidback ambiance, what more could you possibly need?
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3. Swanky rooftop vibes: SolSets (Sol House Bali Legian)
Nothing beats a bar with a touch of luxury! This is why you won’t want to miss a visit to the SolSets Rooftop Jacuzzi Bar at Sol House Bali Legian.
Where else can you find a rooftop bar that boasts of a stunning jacuzzi? Mind you, the jacuzzi pool is even large enough for a party of 20! You definitely won’t want to miss out on the weekly jacuzzi cinema. Watching a movie while you soak in the water? Yes, please!
Here, you can also experience world-class DJ sessions at sunset to pair those delicious drinks with some groovy tunes! If you get hungry, a variety of light snacks and delicious refreshing drinks are available, so just lounge and relax by the poolside with your munchies!
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Don’t miss out the Sip & Splash promotion where you can get a bottle of beer, a hot dog and full-day use of the jacuzzi pool at only Rp. 75,000++ per person!
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If you’re up for a bit more partying, head to the Playbar in the evening, where the low lightings and live music will be sure to thrill you, if you like your relaxation with a side of fancy!
4. Smokey Saloon with beers, burgers and sports: The Melting Pot
The Melting Pot is a charming bar or ‘saloon’ just the way we love them! It’s a lovely place to go for cheap beers, like-minded company and entertainment.
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Here, you’ll find pool tables, darts, table tennis and big screens where you get to watch all the exciting live sports shows – a great place for tourists, locals and expats to mingle.
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Evenings filled with live music are good fun as well! And you can get draft beer at only Rp 30.000 (approximately USD $2.25).
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You’ll also notice an entire wall devoted to flags of every nation – you are encouraged to sign yours!
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Mains are offered at around $4.50 to $6 and they are pretty good too! Some customers claim they serve the best cheeseburger in town – and isn’t that the perfect meal to go with your ice-cold beer?
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5. Sunny Sunset Cocktails: Hitana bar in Bali Niksoma
The classy Hitana Bar is located in the Bali Niksoma Resort, right by the beach in Legian, overlooking the sandy shore and the Indian Ocean.
Here, the sunset views are breathtaking and the beer is cold and cheap, making it a great beachfront hang-out hub.
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Hitana Bar features full-length glass sliding doors to maximize the stunning ocean view. Guests can dine in air-conditioned comfort or in a wonderful open-air setting. Either way, this beachfront bar and dining venue exudes elegance and class.
As the sunset gives a golden glow to the bar, enjoy a romantic candlelight dinner with your loved one and don’t miss out on the amazing buy-1-get-1-free cocktails!
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Mains range between $4 and $11.
6. The Jungle valley hang-out: Bar Luna
This Bohemian jungle bar, perched at the edge of one of Ubud’s deep river valleys in the heart of Bali, is one of the ‘best kept secret’ of the island.
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The exotic underground bar is a wonderful place for like-minded travellers to gather, sharing their stories over a good cup of coffee or a meal and stick around all night long for literary evenings filled with debates, readings, movie and documentary nights and great live music (read: not your usual cover band but interesting musicians playing with their heart and soul).
The open mic nights are also good fun!
Cocktails are Happy every day from 5pm to 7pm, when you get 2 for the price of 1.
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7. Rooftop lounge with ocean view: Velvet
Perched on the rooftop of The Beachwalk mall in central Kuta, you can sip cocktails in style and gaze at Bali’s enchanting sunset on the deck of Velvet.
DJs set the right mood for a lazy, loungy sunset afternoon with cold beers, colourful cocktails and snacks.
Happy Hour runs daily from 3pm to 7pm, so you can try out all the cocktails on the menu. Yum!
This 3rd-floor kitchen, bar and lounge is a great place to meet up with friends for a fusion sunset dinner or a cocktail party beneath the starry sky of paradise island.
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You can go clubbing at night after watching one of Bali’s rock bands rock the night away at Velvet Rooftop Bar.
International DJs are not an exception!
8. Sports and family fun: James Cook Sports Bar
Located in Umalas, away from the hustle and bustle of Seminyak and Kuta, James Cook Sports Bar has the feel of a genuine sports bar and a welcoming ambience. It is a great place to meet new people or spend the day with friends.
Come here to watch your favorite game of football, cricket, rugby or tennis played live on the screens. The Happy Hours are truly happy with two beers for the price of one between 6pm and 7pm.
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Afterwards, throw some darts or play pool with friends while drinking cold Bintang beers.
You must also try their homemade snacks, burgers and more.
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And this is not just for sports enthusiasts. You can bring the whole family along! There is a special room where the kids can fiddle with video games, toys and board games. A kids’ menu is available also.
9. A stylish pub & sports bar in the center of south Bali: Romeo’s Bar & Grillery
Romeo’s Bar & Grill is a stylish, modern hub found in the heart of Legian, just minutes away from the beach. Stroll here after watching the sunset for an evening of fun with loved ones.
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There are big screens where you can watch your favorite sports games, and you can chill with live music every Tuesday and Saturday. Don’t forget to join in their Beer Pong games too!
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Happy Hour runs daily from 3pm to 7 pm, featuring 2 drinks for the price of 1.
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Let the party begin!
10. Charming sunset bar in Nusa Lembongan: The Deck
Perched on the edge of a low cliff on Bali’s little sister island Nusa Lembongan, The Deck is a charming bar with amazing views over the ocean, where traditional Jukung boats sail off towards the horizon and Bali’s sacred Mount Agung rises up as the backdrop. You will be charmed instantly!
Sit outside on the breezy deck, sip cocktails and taste some delicious snacks from the menu.
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They also serve Bintang draft beer and there are sports channels for those who want to watch the games.
On Sundays, you can come for Happy Hour sunset drinks while internationally renowned DJs play their tunes between 5pm and 8pm.
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You can chill in a wonderful laid-back ambiance as the sky transforms from blue to red. As the stars light up the night sky, The Deck is illuminated beautifully by hundreds of lanterns.
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After 5pm, the staff of The Deck can pick you up from anywhere on the island, so it’s very convenient if you are staying in Nusa Lembongan.
11. Colours and charm of Seminyak Beach: Capil Beach Grill & Bar
Capil beach Bar is one of those charming, tropical, colorful beach bars on the wide sunset beach of Seminyak.
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After the hottest hours of the day have passed, the comfy beanbags are dragged out onto the beach, shaded by traditional Balinese parasols.
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Curl up comfortably on one of those lazy beach seats and order some sunset drinks and snacks for a memorable afternoon with friends.
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And don’t forget to take photos – the famous sunsets of Bali island are simply stunningly beautiful! Don’t forget to take a sip from your sunset cocktail or Mojito!
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After the sun goes down, live music will begin and the laid-back beach vibes will continue till late.
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12. Wine and cheese in Bali: Divine Wine & Cocktail Bar
A Wine bar in Bali?
Yes, it does exist – Divine Bridges in Ubud. The bar is located below the riverside restaurant and overlooks the lush tropical greenery of Bali.
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Here, you can not only enjoy a glass of fine wine with delicious canapés but also try a tasting set of 3 or 5 wines. Alternatively, you can choose to join the one-hour wine tasting masterclass held every Friday at 5.30 pm (Rp. 295.000 /USD $22).
On the menu, you will find amazing delights such as a cheese platter fondue, hummus, olives, charcuterie and more.
Every day, it is ‘Divine Hour’ between 4pm to 6pm, during which the taxes on your bill will be on the house!
Don’t be afraid to bring friends and family members who are not into wine, as Divine also serves cocktails and beers. Bintang and San Miguel start at $3, and for the real beer lovers, they also serve quality Belgian and German Beers such as Duvel and Erdinger Weissbier.
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13. Bamboo sports bar by the sea in Kuta: Bamboo Bar & Grill
This ocean-front bar and grill is located in the Tuban area of Kuta,where it is tucked away in a stunning eco-friendly bamboo structure with a traditional high soaring rooftop and an all-round tropical feel.
The interior design is stylish, creating a wonderful blend of the traditional and modern.
Bamboo Bar and Grill is owned and operated by Australians. You can expect high-quality service, great cocktails, cold beers at around USD $2.40 and good food.
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Sports lovers will be happy to know that there are 6 flat-screen televisions mounted on the walls all around the bar, so you can watch your favorite game.
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There’s a live band too!