Take your usual drinking session up a notch by kicking back at any of the beach bars in exciting Kuta and Seminyak/Legian. We’ve sussed out 10 of the greatest beach bars in Kuta and Seminyak/Legian for travelers on a budget!
Rest on cushy beanbags on the beach at The Champlung and knock back a beer or two with your best mates; drink as you dance at the awesome dance parties at The Sand Beach Bar and Grill – or find the perfect spot on the beach, settle in and create your very own private beach bar (we share how).
Every drinking sesh at Kuta and Seminyak/Legian is bound to be the best time you’ve ever had with your favourite drinking buddies.
1. Have a romantic rendezvous – The Boardwalk at Bali Garden
Attached to the Bali Garden Resort, the Boardwalk offers a slightly more upscale choice for an oceanside tipple or two.
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The chic boutique atmosphere and gorgeous tropical beach pavilion make the Boardwalk perfect for a relaxed, romantic rendezvous without the sky high prices.
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The wicker chairs also provide a comfortable spot to overlook the beach in any weather, and the attentive staff will make sure to keep the drinks flowing.
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It also offers live entertainments from acoustic music performance to fire dance performance.
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For food choices, the Mediterranean-inspired menu offers great value – with bar snacks from $3, local beers from $2, fresh juices from $2, and cocktails from $6.
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2. Stretch out on cosy beanbags in the sand – The Champlung
The Champlung sits on the most popular stretch of Seminyak Beach for bar flies and nightlife, and is identifiable by its rows of cushy beanbags and beach umbrellas sprawling over the sand in a colourful, cosy jumble.
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Its relaxed sense of style offers a touch of tropical romance, and makes for a laidback alternative to the more upmarket bars further north. You’ll also get the same fantastic evening views, gazing out over the rolling surf as the sun dips below the horizon.
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And as darkness descends, a miniature stage is set up on the beach and live acoustic music keeps the chill vibes flowing!
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Sip on signature Champlung cocktails starting at $6 or cool down with a $3 local beer on ice. For a tasty bar snacks and shareables, try the ceviche ($4) and pizzas from $6!
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3. Beach parties under the moon – Blue 9 Beach Bar
Another beach bar just off Jalan Double Six, Blue 9 really gets kicking after sundown.
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Late night beach parties are a regular occurrence, so if getting a little wild beneath the moonlight is your thing, Blue 9 has you covered.
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Park yourself on one of the colourful beanbags in the sand; pass around the shisha; make merry with slew of cheap cocktails; and keep yourself sated with a varied menu of international delights, including genuine wood fired pizzas from $4.
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After dark, you can expect live bands and DJs, and hordes of barefoot revellers dancing the night away.
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4. Gorgeous lanterns and beer towers – The Sand Beach Bar & Grill
Arrive at the Sand Bear Bar & Grill well before sunset (they’re open for breakfast at 8am) – if your aim for the day is to score a beanbag, kick back to the sound of the waves and marvel at the ragtag tourist parade along Double Six Beach.
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Once the sun goes down, the lanterns light up and the Sand Bar really gets into gear, with live music most nights and spontaneous dance parties on the beach.
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Gather a few friends together and indulge in a Bintang beer tower for $19. The international and Asian menu is extensive, with substantial meals starting from $5, as well as share plates like the signature The Sand spring rolls, chicken quesadillas and mini burgers.
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5. Take over the stage and sing your heart out – Capil Beach Bar & Grill
Double Six Beach is beach party central, and Capil Beach Bar & Grill is another contender for the best atmosphere of any beach bar.
While Capil has plenty of the same old cosy beanbags and tables on the beach, along with great views of those famous Kuta sunsets – the house band truly livens up the place.
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In the evening, the house band sets up on the beach playing chilled out covers and popular party tunes. Better yet, guests are often welcome to take over the stage and belt out a song or two of their own.
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Capil’s friendly staff are also known to make mean mojitos (and above average coffee too), and the beers are cold, cheap and guzzled with gusto.
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Need some sustenance to keep your energy going? Munch on tasty bar snacks from $2, or tackle the meat and seafood overloaded Capil pizza ($6).
6. Up for a challenge? – Raymond’s
Super cheap and always cheerful, Raymond’s catches a consistently buzzy atmosphere, set at the end of bustling Jalan Double Six, wedged in between a dozen other beachfront dive bars.
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Raymond’s is a quirky coastal shack with deck chairs on the sand. Our favourite part? It’s super easy to get cosy and feel right at home, with a friendly, slightly zany owner who’s always up for a bit of banter.
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With some of the cheapest beers on the beach ($1 for a small Bintang!) it’s popular with backpackers, and a good smattering of locals who often drop by just to join the fun.
Up for a challenge? Raymond’s irreverent handpainted sign dares you to “try and drink all my piss”. DISCLAIMER – don’t actually try this.
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7. Quirky and eclectic picnic vibes – Sam’s Bar
Famous among a handful of devoted regulars, Sam’s Bar ain’t flash, but it certainly meets the criteria of a budget beach bar – with a quirky twist.
More of a makeshift pop-up venue, Sam sets up early on the beach each morning, serves his beers out of ice boxes, and scatters a few plastic crates and chairs on his patch of sand in front the Grand Inna Kuta Hotel.
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Pull up a crate, order up a few frosty Bintangs at local prices, and share a few laughs and travelers’ tales with Sam and his eclectic mix of customers.
It might be more of a boozy drop-in centre than a bar, but with front row seats to the sunset, who needs luxuries like tables and glasses?
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The best at Sam’s? The quirky persona of Sam’s Bar, and the unique concept of coincidental strangers sharing travelers’ tales over plastic crates and beers out of ice boxes. You’ll almost feel like it’s a picnic with friends you never knew you had.
To be fair, Sandbar (despite the name) isn’t actually on the beach, but just across the road on the Jalan Pantai Kuta beach walk. It’s a towel’s throw from the sand, but out of the line of fire from the hordes of hustling beach hawkers.
While you can’t dig your toes in the sand, you can enjoy cosy indoor seating under a thatched roof and open beam ceilings – watching the sunset melt over Kuta, cocktail in hand.
Stylish and cool enough to take a date, Sandbar offers excellent value, with a huge menu of Mediterranean and Balinese favourites.
Drinks are as cheap as you’ll find anywhere on the beach with $1 Bintangs and fresh juices. Live music indoors is a regular feature too!
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9. Not sand, but sangria and glorious food – Zanzibar Beach Front
Zanzibar is another bar that almost didn’t make the cut, being “beachfront” rather than on the beach itself. But here you get the same glorious views over Legian Beach in a slightly more civilised atmosphere.
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A lot of Kuta’s beachfront restaurants can be more miss than hit when it comes to food, but Zanzibar’s menu of international crowd-pleasers is surprisingly reliable.
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Serving up authentic pizzas from their wood fired oven, along with a wide array of seafood dishes and Indonesian favourites – dine alfresco and you can hear the sounds of the crashing surf just metres from your table.
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Keen to get tipsy on the cheap? Zanzibar has Bintangs from $2, $3 cocktails, and even a one litre carafe of sangria to share with your buddies for $19! (Sangria?! Yes please!)
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Special mention: Rendezvous at your own pop-up beach bar
Lastly, instead of yet another beach bar suggestion, here’s an idea – how about setting up your own private little beach bar at the best spot on the beach, just you and your pals?
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Roving beer vendors with umbrellas and ice chests roam the beach not just in Kuta, but from Sanur to Canggu too. With plastic crates to sit on, or deck chairs for rent, you can set up your own pop-up beach bar anywhere you like.
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Patrons often get to know their favourite vendors – and for some, the miraculous appearance of these booze-bearing saints at just the right moment, is one of biggest attractions of a Bali vacation.
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Imagine beers ‘delivered’ right when you’re nicely settled on your own patch of the beach, and you really need (read: crave) one… Heaven-sent.