Potato Head Beach Club Petitenget 51B, Seminyak, T: +62 361 473 7979, ptthead.com
Without trying to be partial, it’s hard to deny that this Colosseum-inspired establishment is usually what first comes to mind when talking about beach clubs in Bali. Designed by one of Indonesia’s most respected architects, Andra Matin, Potato Head’s unique facade – a collage of repurposed window panes – has become an iconic landmark standing tall on the Seminyak Beach. The quality of the food and drinks, the beachfront swimming pool, and the service need no further introduction; not to mention the happening summer festivals and parties all year round. And now, the beach club has welcomed a few interesting neighbours in the complex: Katamama hotel, Movida restaurant, Akademi Bar, and Canaan curated shop.
KU DE TA Kayu Aya no. 9, Seminyak, T: +62 361 736 969, kudeta.com
For something more refined and more on the swanky side, Seminyak has KU DE TA that has been standing through the test of time. Famous for its annual Bikini Party, White Party, and I’m An Angel charity event, KU DE TA is a perfect place to enjoy well-concocted cocktails and lounge tunes while watching the sunset. The playlists at KU DE TA are always on point that they decided to release curated mix CDs every year. Even better, KU DE TA now also hosts a fine dining joint upstairs under the name Mejekawi. So if you decide to step it up a notch, you only have to go to the second storey.
Nikki Beach Bali BTDC lot N5, Nusa Dua, T: +62 361 849 2900, nikkibeach.com
After its success in the most prominent party beaches all over the world – Miami, Saint Tropez, Mallorca, Saint Barth, Koh Samui, Monte Carlo, Ibiza, and more – Nikki Beach sets its tiki (logo) on Nusa Dua Beach right here in Bali. Known for its opulent white party – where the who’s who of fabulous lifestyle are often seen – Nikki Beach boasts an alluring swimming pool, a breathtaking beach view, and of course delectable bites and drinks with a punch.
Finn’s Beach Club Canggu Pantai Berawa, Canggu, T: +62 828 9701 6178, finnsbeachclub.com
This year Canggu welcomes a big-brand beach club with the opening of Finn’s Canggu. The beach club immediately won hearts with its striking bamboo structure that ensures all guests have an unobstructed sunset view, plus the daybeds and the 30-metre infinity edge pool (equipped with swim-up pool bar and underwater speakers!). If you haven’t been there yet, you really should!
Legian had been overlooked for quite some years – despite the fact that it was actually the pioneer area for Bali’s hustle and bustle – especially when people started to move up to the more refined Seminyak. But then in April 2015, long-time visitors’ favourite accommodation, Padma Resort Legian, launched S.K.A.I. Beach Club. The joint has a lovely design with vintage-patterned tiles, an iconic Balinese dancer mural, and colourful print cushions. Add to that the view of Legian Beach and you can imagine a lovely time watching the sunset here. On special occasions you can bet that the cocktails here are potent and the parties are pumping. However, on any regular afternoon, you can relax and unwind on one of the daybeds by the pool.
A brainchild of Bali Mandira Beach Resort & Spa, this place looks like an escalated tropical hut with intricate bamboo structures, thematic shades of blue, and charming details like a mosaic ornament made from sea shells. One of the respected chefs on the island, Arief Wicaksono, helms Azul’s kitchen, so you can rest assured the bites here are scrumptious. The two-storey establishment offers several kinds of seating arrangement, but our favourite is the pod on the second floor with an unobstructed view of the beach. Azul also has an alluring swimming pool that you shouldn’t miss.
Old Man’s Batu Bolong, Canggu, T: +62 361 846 9158
This island has quite great waves, and of course, a number of cool beachfront hangouts for the tanned and ripped surfers to grab cold Bintang at. Old Man’s practically doesn’t need any further introduction. The place is always packed – especially during the sunset hours – with surfers and non-surfers alike. The laid-back joint, with its colourful murals and decor, has a certain appeal that draws a large crowd – families, kids, party heads, dog owners, and more. Follow Old Man’s on Facebook to keep up with its regular events like the Friday parties or Saturday Canggu Markets.
Komune Beach Club Pantai Keramas, Gianyar, T: +62 361 301 8888, komuneresorts.com
On the other side, there’s Komune Beach Club, which is part of Hotel Komune Bali. Hotel Komune itself has made a name as the surfers’ retreat, and with great surf breaks it’s no wonder why. Over the years, Komune has become one of the coveted places that host international surf events; the place even has permanent night surfing light installation right in front of the resort! The UFO-like beach club offers a pool surrounded with daybeds from which you can enjoy the views of big waves and black-sand beach.
707 Beach Berm Batu Belig Beach, T: +62 812 3981 356
Not all watering hole by the beach need to have complex structure and obscure design, some of our favourite joints only consist of a simple wooden deck, some bean bags, and a van that has been turned into a bar. Batu Belig Beach has 707 Beach Berm, that started out with a small bar and some stools on a wooden deck. Having said that, it seems like every time we come here there are more beanbags than before, and the seating area keeps getting bigger.
The Lawn Batu Bolong, Canggu, Instagram: @thelawncanggu
Meanwhile Batu Bolong has The Lawn that lives up to the name: a grassy area with nothing but mats, beanbags, hammocks, swings, and literally a beach hut that shelters a modified VW Combi van bar. The Lawn offers a dreamy setting for you to watch the waves from, and a wide selection of drinks, but they don’t serve food other than light snacks like popcorn and corn chips. So if you’re hungry, you might want to bring some snacks. Both 707 and The Lawn are dog-friendly, so you can bring your pooch along for the sunset session.