In contrast to the typical party scene of Kuta – Legian with fancy bars and clubs, Nusa Dua and Jimbaran area serve up a more relaxing ambience, perfect for those seeking for a place to break away from the crowd.
The nightlife in Nusa Dua and Jimbaran is centralised inside resorts and hotels. The clubs and pubs are sometimes empty and do not really attract crowds of visitors, unless an event is taking place. However, there still are some spots worth a visit just around the corner.
After spending sunset at Jimbaran Beach, some continue onto a dinner experience. The combination of sand between your toes, the calming sounds of the ocean and the soft candle light on the dining table creates a perfect scene to enjoy the best seafood on the island. Alternatively, if you are up for a fancy dinner, Sundara is only a few feet away from the beach. As the fire pits on the beach are lit, the place transforms into a elegant venue with live music performs almost every day until 9 PM.
A bit further up, Rock Bar is the island’s after-dark destination, showcasing supreme views above the Indian Ocean. This innovative open-top bar is located on natural rocks 14 metres above the ocean at the foot of AYANA’s towering cliffs. Be comfortable at the lounge-style seating while listen to international DJs who set the tone with hypnotic beats until midnight. Please be advised smart attire is required to enter this area, means that no singlets, board-shorts, alcohol-branded attire will be permitted.
Back from Rock Bar, on the way to Nusa Dua, Above Eleven offers stunning interiors and great views from the rooftop of Samasta Lifestyle Village. You will be pleased to see the green and plush surroundings of the venue. Make sure to walk through the greenery tunnel to Gramercy Park, a spot for cocktails and spirits that resembles a trendy food-truck. Not far from there, Balique is a cosy and homey restaurant where you can feast your eyes to the antiques and artefacts sourced from around Indonesia.
Moving away from Jimbaran and before reaching Nusa Dua, you can make a few stops at Tanjung Benoa. Sakala Beach Club serves contemporary cuisine as modern art with a focus on vibrantly flavoured fresh seafood. Regular live music performs every Wednesday until 9 PM, playing Top 40 tunes. Still around the neighbourhood, Eight Degrees South at Conrad Bali serves classic grilled dishes with contemporary flare, all enjoyed along the stretching sands of Tanjung Benoa Beach. The smell of the sea breeze and quiet surrounding creates an intimate ambiance to elevate your dinner.
In Nusa Dua, most of the nightlife venues are located inside the ITDC complex. If you want to see a theatrical stage performance, Devdan Show will take you through a 90-minute stunning visual performance with focusing on the diversity of Indonesian culture. Performing four days a week, you can expect to quickly learn about traditional dances and contemporary music from around Indonesia. Next to it, Bali Collection offers various eateries and lounges to chill out, while at the same time an open opportunity to spend some time leisurely strolling around the spacious complex. Just across the Bali Collection complex, Agendaz Beach Club will give you an amazing tranquil vibe of the Nusa Dua coastline with DJ performances until 10 PM every day.
Nusa Dua is also about the fine dining experience. Lagoona Restaurant at Ayodya Resort offers classy and a more private vibe around the contemporary décor which showcases wooden chairs and tables with glass windows facing out towards the ocean and pool view. Just around the corner, Tamarind Kitchen & Lounge offers a delightful mix of culinary joys under the spectacular thatched roof held up by a Bamboo structure. You can check out the best ocean view at night from the upper level, while choosing your home-made favourites. If you crave for Asian cuisine in the middle of the night, Kwee Zeen will look after your taste buds for 24 hours with their interactive boutique dining.
For partygoers who want to continue the night, there are bars and lounges worth visiting. If you want to enjoy cocktails under the starry sky, Salsa Bar offers a cool breezy environment to end your day. Having no lights but candles on the tables and glittering stars, this is a way to spend an intimate evening. Driving 5 minutes around the neighbourhood, Cascade Garden Lounge & Bar offers a relaxing ambience with laid-back music and comfortable outdoor terrace seating to accompany your fine wines and champagnes. The twinkling candles and a fascinating ambience created by the pond marks an ideal momentum to wind down from a busy day.
Driving a little further up, you can stop at King Cole Bar to get any kind of beverages from fine Champagnes and divine martinis to island-inspired cocktails shaken with fresh-squeezed juices. Open until midnight, daily live jazz performance will shape a refined yet relaxed ambience of your evening. Further up, ZJ’s Bar & Lounge at Mulia Bali is a stylish and hip sanctuary where the fashionable crowd gather to dance the night away. The venue consists of two separate areas, combining the feel and ambiance of a smooth and cosy nightclub with the mood of a relaxing resort.