Chilling out at an uber-cool, Bali sunset bar with a snazzy cocktail in hand (or a good ol’ Bintang beer if you fancy), whilst watching the legendary tropical sunset is THE only must do in Bali – well, besides visiting the fabulous spas, restaurants or temples! Here’s our guide to the best sunset bars in Bali to maximise the iconic sundowner moment (and photo opportunity, of course) – from cool rooftop bars, beachfront lounges, hip clubs and casual watering holes.
Potato Head Beach Club
You haven’t been to Bali if you haven’t watched the sun go down at this iconic, glamarama beach-front venue for the masses. Step into the Colosseum-esque building of Potato Head Beach Club and you’ll understand why this proudly Indonesian brand has become an inspiring institution in Bali. Two restaurants, a swanky beachfront bar and an infinity pool with fab views of the sparkling Indian Ocean? it’s the playground combo nobody can resist. The clever ones make a day of it, turning up by lunchtime to claim their pool-side, real-estate (aka sun loungers) – but either way, get their well before sunrise to take it all in well before the sun actually goes down.
Potato Head Beach Club, Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak, Bali, p.+62 361 473 7979.
Ku De Ta
Seminyak’s original beach club, and still a place of the beautiful people and groovy, sunset vibes. This luxe, original beachfront venue (KDT to those in the know) remains one of Seminyak’s top places to see and be seen for sunset drinks. Famous for its themed parties, the club houses day beds, a trendy restaurant and serves exceptional food. Soak in the buzzin’ vibes while you sip and snap the afternoon away on a day bed. Tip – glamour girls, make a reservation the day before so you don’t wear out those fab strappy heels (or sandals) while waiting in line.
Ku De Ta, Jalan Kayu Aya no.9, Seminyak Bali 80361, p.+62 361 736 969.
Like all legendary W Hotels worldwide, WooBar is the pinnacle of glam life in Bali so expect world-class food, entertainment and uber-stylish surrounds. Enjoy a sumptuous seafood feast at the beachfront restaurant, then retire to the colourful day beds for alfresco fun in the sun(set) with good company, smooth Café Del Mar tunes and a fancy tipple in hand. If you haven’t snapped yourself or your crew at their sunset-framed ‘W’ along the beach, you’re probably only reading about it. Check out their gorgeous, shell chandelier above the stairs, and a cheeky look at their two storey champagne cellar next to the downstairs bathrooms, for another Bali-wowzer moment. And remember – no photos on or inside the temple next to the bar.
WooBar, W Retreat & Spa Bali, Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak Bali 80361, p. +62 361 3000 106.
Seminyak’s original, and possibly simplest, beach-front institution. Affectionately known as “La Looch”, this beachside, colonial style restaurant is situated along one of the most scenic stretches of Seminyak. It’s a little bit of ‘old-Bali’, in the best way, before high-tech and high-stylin’ took over. Here’s where you’d head for Mediterranean fare, and a huge selection of wine. It’s impossible not to love this place, with its always amazing service, legendary food and excellent views. We love that it’s potentially Seminyak’s only place with no wi-fi – just like Bali used to be.
La Lucciola , Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak Bali 80361, p. +62 361 730 838.
Mozaic Beach Club
If stylish but slightly secluded sunsets are your thing. check out Mozaic Beach Club (located on the shoreline of Batu Belig, and beach-front neighbours to the W Hotel). You’re right in guessing this is the beach sister to Ubud’s legendary restaurant, Mozaic. The beach lounge menu is wide and varied to suit different appetites – graze on tapas or feast on hearty set meals. Look out for the daily sunset specials – our personal favourite is Saturday’s seafood platter of lobsters, prawns, tuna sashimi and oysters from IDR 250,000. Stay for a while in a cute cabana around their pool area.
Mozaic Beach Club, Jalan Pantai Batu Belig, Seminyak, Bali, p.+62 361 473 5796.
Double Six Rooftop
This legendary location offers a double whammy selection of either chilled sessions or big-styling events on Bali’s social calendar – but either way, you need to toast your chilled sundowner up here at least many times. Grab yourself a VIP position by booking a floating pod (an ocean-view, private table surrounded by infinity ponds) for you and your crew. Fifteen metres above sea level and spanning over 1700 square metres, this is one of the world’s largest rooftop bars. So get ready – the music, food and drinks up here guarantee a late-night sesh.
Double Six Rooftop, Double Six Luxury Hotel, No. 66, Double Six Beach, Seminyak, Bali, p. +62 361 734 300.
Cocoon yourself in a cabana with cocktails and cool mixes at this uber hip club. Pre sunset, get suitably buzzed with two-for-one cocktails from 4pm to 7pm as you shimmy in your bikini to sick electro beats pumped out by both local and international DJs. Look out for the monthly Full Moon parties – those sizzling nights are for serious party-goers only.
Cocoon Beach Club, Jalan Double Six, No. 66 Blue Ocean Boulevard, Seminyak, Bali 80361, p. +62 361 73126.
Welcome to the mother of all beanbag bars. Decked in a spectrum of bright colours, this Spanish beach bar and restaurant is super laidback and unpretentious. Perfect for those of us who’d like nothing better than to lay back in a comfy bean bag, and watch the sun set in our sarongs, boardies and bikinis. Tapas, tipples and killer views? Hell, yeah.
La Plancha, Jalan Dhyana Pura Seminyak Kuta-Bali Benoa Kuta, Seminyak, p. +62 878 6141 6310.
The rock stars of beach clubs in Bali is perched 14 metres above Jimbaran Bay on a secluded rock cliff. Declared one of the world’s best by the likes of CNN and Forbes, watching the sunset at this open-top bar with its glittering cave walls and a martini in hand (we recommend the Spa on the Rock!) is an unforgettable experience. Expect stellar international DJs to be helming the decks or bands playing unplugged sessions. But be warned – the line up isn’t short, so get their early for your best chance of a seat before the sun goes down.
Rock Bar, Ayana Resort and Spa Bali, Jl Karang Mas Sejahtera, Jimbaran Bali 80364, p. +62 361 70222.
Sunset Beach Bar and Grill
We love the variety of open-air seating arrangements here – grab a sunset spot by the beanbags for sand between the toes, open air cabanas or bar stools at the thatched-roof central bar. Sip on a shared (..or maybe not) pitcher of sangria while being surrounded by tree lanterns and fire torches.
Sunset Beach Bar and Grill, Jalan Uluwatu 45, Jimbaran, Kuta Bali 80361, p. +62 361 701 888.
Forget about the crowded beach clubs for a minute – this serene hotspot combines both five star flair and chill beach vibes. Catch the sunset over drinks by the bar or laze away on the spacious double daybeds only steps away from the curve of the scenic Jimbaran beach. Try the hand-crafted cocktails – the signature Sundara Red Snapper is as feisty as its name.
Sundara, Four Seasons Resort Bali, Jimbaran Bali 80361, p. +62 361 701 010.
This popular hangout is a hot favourite amongst locals and expats – laidback, unpretentious and perfect for swigging a few beers while catching the sunset. Head down here for Dirty Ol’ Wednesdays for dirty margaritas, beer pong and dirty, dirttty disco.
Old Man’s, Jalan Batu Bolong Beach, Canggu Bali 80361, p. +62 361 8469 158
Echo Beach House
There’s nothing like a good ol’ Sunday barbie – and that’s exactly what Echo Beach House delivers while surfers hit the waves of Canggu Beach. After a good dip in the waters, tuck into glorious seafood. Or if you’re a meat person, nothing hits the spot like a juicy slab of steak and frothy beers. And the tunes inside – live music and DJ – are classic old-school, guaranteed to get you on the dance floor despite any non-dancing intentions!
Echo Beach House, Jalan Pura Batu Mejan, Canggu, Bali 80361, p. +62 812 3978 466.
Perched 50 meters on the cliffs of Bingin Beach is El Kabron – a prime location to catch the island’s majestic sunset through a 180 degree view of the vast Indian ocean. Dressed in Mediterranean colours, the restaurant is a haven of sexy sangrias, spectacular Spanish fare and sweet sunset views. The ice blue infiniti pool and deck chairs make the photo opportunity of the area.
El Kabron, Jalan Pantai Cemongkak, Pecatu, Kuta Sel., Bali 80571, p. +62 851 0080 3416.
A hot spot for surfers, locals and tourists galore, this bar will take you back to the very seeds of Bali’s favourite water sport. Rest your surf-strained muscles as you knock back a couple of beers and pizzas. The three-story deck bar is the pulsing place to be seen in Uluwatu, it’s never quiet. Need new gear? Browse through the surf shop for clothing, books or memorabilia. Swing by the Sunday sunset sessions – the pulsating music from live acoustic bands and DJs is wildly infectious.
Single Fin, Blues Point, Uluwatu, Bali, p. +62 361 769 941.
The Deck, Batu Karang Nusa Lembongan Resort
Situated along the boardwalk waterfront of Nusa Lembongan, the delish, easy comfort food – paninis, pizzas, pies and pastries – is to be enjoyed with spectacular views of the Nusa Lembongan island. Swig icy cold frothy beers on tap (the only on the small island) while watching the sun go down, and cheers to island life of a different Bali-vibe.
The Deck, Jalan Danau Tamblingan, Nusa Lembongan, Bali, p.+62 366 559 6376.
Sandy Bay Beach Club
Rustic beach-chic with relaxed vibes, Sandy Bay has become the must-visit sunset vantage point on Lembongan – perfect for you to let your hair down, or even get it wet (choose from their pool or the beach in front of you)! This beach club is the perfect place to unwind, and it offers an extensive menu and wine list for you to enjoy. A wonderful sunset viewing spot – tuck into the freshest seafood or traditional Indonesian dishes.
Sandy Bay Beach Club, Sandy Bay, Lembongan island, Bali, p.+62 828 9700 5656.
Visit Ombak Sunset for the photo opportunity! One of the most stunning sunsets, and biggest sunset bars, on Gili T
Ombak Sunset, Gili T
Guaranteed you’ve seen this iconic Bali sunset location in about a thousand photos through social media – two gorgeous wooden swings, amongst the middle of the (low-tide) ocean as the sun goes down. It’s the best position on the island to watch the sun go down, and there’s nothing like their happy hour specials and the sand beneath your feet, as the sun sinks in front of you.
Ombak Sunset Hotel, Gili Trawangan Island, Lombok, p. +62 370 644 333.
Scallywags Organic Beach Club
Soak in the raw beauty of Gili Air as dusk beckons – sun loungers are aplenty for you to recline after a couple of munchies and cocktails. Wash down barbecued seafood (we’re talking whole lobsters!) with indo-style cocktails (IDR 75,000 to IDR 80,000). It’s worth a toast or two with their legendary menu and island reputation.
Scallywags Organic Beach Club, South Beach, Gili Trawangan, Lombok Island, p. +62 370 614 5301.
The Exile, Gili Trawangan
‘Fess up, we all love boozy nights in glam beach clubs – but a secret hideout like The Exile is great for carefree beachfront living. Surrounded by traditional Balinese bungalows, enjoy live music by local percussionists at sundown while chilling in a simple sarung. Be warned – you may not just want to leave.
The Exile, Gili Trawangan, Lombok, Nusa Tenggara Barat, p. +62 0877 6593 5031.
Karma Beach, Gili Meno
This Miami-like beach club located along the shores of Gili Meno islands is a true sanctuary for travellers looking for a scenic sundown experience (as it doesn’t face the sunset directly). Lounge the afternoon away on a plush day bed and tuck into a dinner prepared by an international chef. Then lean back to soulful jazz music while the kids frolic on the sand, as the sun slowly bids adieu.
Karma Beach, Gili Meno, Lombok. p. +62 370 630 982.
It’s on the East Coast so technically theres on direct sunset view here , but you can’t go wrong in this class-A location. Keep the good times rollin’ at this beach club where you can party, recharge or hang all day by the waters of Pantai Keramas. Tackle the four surf breaks up front before retiring for the evening, sunkissed and hungry for great grub and even better views of the dimming sunlight. Or why not chill on the comfy daybeds with a drink or catch up on a movie with the beachfront cinema? The possibilities are endless here.
Komune, Jalan Pantai Keramas, Kec. Gianyar, Bali 80361, p. +62 361 301 8888.
Top image: Rock Bar