Seminyak Beach Bars, our favourite picks

Looking for an alternative to the main stream night clubs and bars in the  Seminyak area? Try one of the many beach bars that are springing up all over the place. It’s a great alternative to watch the sunset over a cocktail or two whilst sitting on a bean bag. They are casual, easy to find ( just look for the cool lights and bean bags dotted on the sand) and offer tourists a great place to socialise before heading off for the evening. Beach bars in Seminyak run all along the area between Legian and the Ku De Ta Beach area in Petitenget so all you have to do is start walking and you’ll be spoiled for choice.

Here are a few of our favourite beach bars in Seminyak and Legian

Crystal Palace

Located right between Seminyak and Legian – what a great location! It’s got a chilled, very relaxed vibe – where you can watch the sunset over a cold Bintang.

Ku De Ta

You can’t say you have been to Bali without a visit to the very famous Ku De Ta – it’s the place to be seen and enjoy all the glam people. The music gets louder after sunset, so be prepared for the younger, hip crowd to take over the place. If you like its also got great food – so make an evening of it here – prices are Western, so bring heaps of dollars with you, especially if you are planning a big night! You can gain access to Ku De Ta form the beach so why not spend the day here and relax with friends or your family.

Potato Head

See above and its kinda the same as Ku De Ta – except on a grander scale – I would say twice the size and the pool has a bar. I see many people sit by the pool the whole day and then do exactly the same at night. Loads of top quality food, a grass area for the kids and family to chill out is an added bonus and relaxed music make Potato Head really popular. It’s quite pricey so be prepared to pay Australian prices for all drinks and food. There is also an upper level restaurant where you can dine with sensational views over the ocean. The place is jam packed from morning till night so if your coming here on the weekend & want to have lunch or dinner we would advice to book in advance.

Woo Bar

At the W Hotel/Resort – this is way upmarket with international DJ’s – drinks are expensive and you have to dress up for the night. The atmosphere is awesome and they make one of the best cocktails in Bali.

La Plancha in Legian

This is famous as it’s the very first beach bar that decided to put bean bags on the sand. The trend soon caught on and the whole area is littered with bars and bean bags pumping out cool tunes while masses of tourists grab  a chair with a cold drink and some nibblies and watch the passing parade as the sunsets. It’s a great place to spend a few hours with friends or family and it’s really quite reasonably priced.

beach bars legian - la plancha

Cocoon at Double Six Beach

Is a hip and very happening beach bar but you have to be I would say under 30. Loud doof doof music, combined with alcohol and a swimming pool with loads of young people in bathers should give you a clearer idea. An amazing location, can be a bit pricey but well worth it if you are into that sort of thing. Once the sun goes down the place as you can imagine starts to liven up.

The local vendors are also a very good option – they are all dotted along the beach. Pull up a milk crate, order a Bintang with some friends and enjoy the atmosphere. You simply can’t miss these guys and they will be more than happy to serve you for as long as you want – a much much cheaper option.

What I do find amazing is the amount of taxis in Bali and the ease at which you can get one. So if you find you have had a bit too much to drink, leave the motorbike or car and grab one of the local taxis. They are cheap and very clean – the only issue is the traffic. But that’s really part of the experience.

If you happen to be staying in Legian or renting a holiday villa in Seminyak then this is one of the best activities to do in the late afternoon. Don’t miss out as it’s one of the most spectacular sites in the whole of Bali; especially on the west coast.

There are new beach bars opening all the time and the list is far too extensive for us to write here but essentially most of them are all the same. It’s hard to pick one from the other.  Most people tend to arrive at the beach at about 3 pm and randomly pick a bar that looks half decent. They are all pretty much cookie cutter style bars so it really doesn’t matter where you end up so long as you are there by sunset. Leave it too late and you wont be able to get a seat. It gets really packed.