Nightlife in Jimbaran includes several notable venues that prove there's plenty of life after the sun sets over this relaxed coastal area. Several of the Jimbaran seafood cafes north of the scenic bay usually continue on until late with cold beers under the stars, together with the occasional live music performances by strolling bands or Balinese bamboo orchestras on the sand.

    For a more luxurious take on chilling out, you can opt for a cool cocktail evening on the southern end of the bay in 5-star luxury, or head to one of the most exotic cliff-top bars in the world with waves crashing at the rock base. There are also rooftop bars where you can enjoy bird’s-eye views over the heights of Bali’s southern Bukit peninsula, together with great drinks, settings and music. Here are the best places to go at night in Jimbaran.

    Bali's stunning Rock Bar is literally set on rocks below the limestone cliffs of the AYANA Resort and Spa, with the open Indian Ocean as a backdrop. The bar offers signature cocktails and light bites to be enjoyed with the great sunset views, together with moods set by world-class DJs.

    A funicular ride down from the upper cliff edge of the resort takes you down to the bar. Several stops along the descent provide you with memorable scenic and photographic moments of the seascape and horizon. From the bar, you have signature selections such as Rock Bar’s martinis that use imported liquors blended with local fruits, herbs and spices.

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    Location: Jalan Karang Mas Sejahtera, Jimbaran, Badung, Bali 80364, Indonesia

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 4pm to midnight, Friday–Sunday from 4pm to 1am

    Phone: +62 (0)361 702 222


    Unique Rooftop Bar

    Unique Rooftop Bar is the premier rooftop venue at the Rimba Jimbaran Bali on the Bukit peninsula’s southwestern edge. The luxurious spot presents chic dining and serves as one of the Jimbaran area's greatest chill-out spots.

    As the sister resort venue of the famous Rock Bar at the Ayana Resort next door, Unique offers lush 360-degree panoramas over green forested hills, with great skies putting a show at sunset. The rooftop bar offers a retreat during the day with its lounging options around a 25-metre infinity pool, while guests enjoy a cool alfresco setting around the central bar in the evenings. Fancy martinis and fruity punches are featured together with Asian-inspired gourmet bites.

    Location: Jalan Karang Mas Sejahtera, Jimbaran, Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

    Open: Daily from 11:00 to 01:00

    Phone: +62 (0)361 846 8468


    Karma Beach Bali at Karma Kandara Resort is one of Bali’s southernmost beach clubs and offers a gorgeous stretch of white sand surrounded by towering limestone cliffs that are typical of the island’s southern peninsular region. The private beach venue features restful thatched-roof beach huts with raised bamboo platforms, where you can enjoy calming ocean views.

    Its main access is via a private funicular a hundred metres down the rock face. Karma Beach Bali is a great sunset chill-out spot to be enjoyed with good company, cold drinks and some good bites. DJs occasionally take to the turntables to set the right vibe for a secluded beachfront evening in a Mediterranean-inspired setting. Its Monday Movie Night on the sand under the stars is also a great way to spend an evening in such exotic settings.

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    Location: Karma Kandara Bali, Jalan Villa Kandara, Ungasan, Badung, Bali 80362, Indonesia

    Open: Daily from 9am to 10pm

    Phone: +62 (0)361 848 2200


    Sundara at the Four Seasons Resort Bali is a premier chill-out scene in Jimbaran featuring one of Bali’s best sunset locations, right at the southern end of the scenic bay. The venue comprises a beach club, restaurant and an ultra-stylish bar that features an impressive 950 kg teakwood chandelier hanging from an open-beam ceiling. Large windows fully open to views across the pool, ocean and the bay, while letting in gentle sea breezes.

    Regal polished teak décor and plush sofas make for a lavish evening here, and right after the magnificent sunsets, stone cauldrons in the inner courtyard are lit ablaze, accentuating its sophisticated atmosphere. Resident DJs help set the laidback seaside mood with a steady flow of chill-out music against the sound of crashing waves.

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    Location: Four Seasons Resort at Jimbaran Bay, Jimbaran, Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

    Open: Daily from 11am to 1am

    Phone: +62 (0)361 708333


    El Kabron Bali

    El Kabron Bali is a cliff club and Spanish restaurant that presents authentic Mediterranean dishes in Pecatu, South Bali. It offers laidback vibes with breathtaking sunsets enjoyed from 50 meters above the ocean. You can have a dip in the freeform pool or relax with a cocktail.

    Day-trippers come for brunch or lunch, while some stay on for the whole afternoon. Others head here only for the sunsets and into the starlit nights. Must-try cocktails at El Kabron include the light green, secret-recipe Sex on the Cliff, and if you come as a circle of friends, consider a refreshing jug of their homemade sangria. Full moons are excellent here, featuring a resident DJ playing chill-out music from 5pm until late.

    Location: Jalan Pantai Cemongkak, Pecatu, Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

    Open: Daily from 10am to 10pm

    Phone: +62 (0)878 6171 7212


    Smoqee Lounge and Sky Bar

    Smoqee Lounge and Sky Bar at the Le Meridien Jimbaran presents a hip chill-out spot that enjoys beautiful sunsets over Jimbaran Bay. Smoqee comprises 2 levels. The upper rooftop space offers a relaxing alfresco setting under the stars. The second level is Smoqee’s lounge that provides an indoor alternative with a colourful interior and a chequered dance floor where you can go footloose to 80s and 90s retro tracks played by a resident DJ.

    More laidback tunes fill the air upstairs on the rooftop with a DJ playing beside the open-air bar, which serves an exquisite selection of signature cocktails. Among the signature cocktails include sage melon martini, the smoqeeroska or the cinnamon batyta. Smoqee’s great selection of sunset tapas complements the sunset lounging experience.

    Location: Jalan Bukit Permai, Jimbaran, Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

    Open: Daily from 5.30pm to 11pm

    Phone: +62 (0)361 8466888


    Jimbaran Beach Club

    Jimbaran Beach Club at Kupu Kupu Jimbaran offers a great sunset chill-out spot right on the picturesque Jimbaran Bay. It comprises 3 main sections: a semi-open dining room, a shack bar, and an elevated sunset lounge area where you can spend the afternoon enjoying dramatic Jimbaran sunsets.

    From the bar you have a great selection of wine, seasonal tropical fruit juices and freshly prepared cocktails. Must-tries to match the sunsets include mint slush colada and a sweet basil mojito. Lazy beds, pergolas, and cushioned seats arranged neatly on the white sand over a raised and reinforced concrete platform invite sundowners for a laidback experience. Glowing orbs hanging from the trees add a subtle touch to the evening.

    Location: Muaya Beach, Jimbaran, Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

    Open: Daily from 8am to 11pm

    Phone: +62 (0)361 709959

    Ari Gunadi | Compulsive Traveller

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