Laidback, sophisticated and elegant, the nightlife in Uluwatu caters to travellers seeking to get away from the thumping music and all night benders you’ll find in areas like Kuta. Thanks to the area’s rugged cliffs, most venues in Uluwatu offer jaw-dropping vistas of the Indian Ocean. And hey, what better way to close a day in Bali than by witnessing a clifftop sunset while sipping a cold cocktail? Here are our picks for the best bars in Uluwatu.
1. El Kabron
Despite the unorthodox name of the venue (“kabron” being the Spanish word for bastard), this clifftop establishment oozes sophistication and elegance rather than sloppy hipster vibes. The venue offers a full Spanish menu and fabulous signature cocktails and of course, authentic sangria. What makes El Kabron truly special, though, are the best ocean views you’ll find in any of the countless bars in Uluwatu.
2. Single Fin
If you’re a surfer, there’s no way you’ve never heard about the legendary Single Fin surf bar perched on the very top of Uluwatu cliff. The laid-back bar has rapidly gained the reputation of the coolest venue in the area and for good reason. Single Fin offers dramatic view over to the surf spot and hosts regular parties where you can listen to live bands and dance to the beats dropped by the resident DJs. The bar offers a range of cocktails, snacks and pizzas and a few Indonesian dishes.
3. Temple Lounge and Bar
Inspired by Morocca and Africa, Temple Lounge and Bar is a part of the exclusive Karma Kandara Resort. Perched high up on a clifftop, the bar exudes chic serenity and provides glorious views of the ocean. Serving unique Oriental-inspired tapas and craft cocktails, Temple Lounge and Bar is a romantic hideaway and a great choice for those evenings when you prefer good conversation to a mosh pit.
4. Il Bar at Bvlgari Resort
Luxe and elegant, Il Bar exudes just the kind of sophistication you’d expect from Bulgari. Guest are invited to indulge in craft cocktails, stellar service and breathtaking 270-degree views of the Indian Ocean. Following the Italian tradition of pre-dinner aperitivos, Il Bar offers chic canapés and one of the most extensive wine lists you’ll find in any of the bars in Uluwatu.
5. Splash at Antara Resort
Another exquisite venue, Splash at Anantara Resort features an elaborate menu, a sophisticated wine and champagne list and gorgeous cocktails crafted by professional mixologists. Relish a renowned Bali sunset, sip a delightful frozen cocktail, listen to fantastic live music with the roaring ocean in the background. In other words, enjoy the ultimate night out in Bali.
6. The Station Uluwatu
The Station is especially popular among local and foreign surfers. The bar serves trendy and cool vibes along with ice cold beers and healthy fresh juices to quench your thirst after a thrilling sunset surf session.
7. Delpi Rock Lounge
Delphi Roc Lounge is a simple establishment perched atop the small rocks towering above Suluban Beach, a favourite beach among surfers. The unbeatable views, comfy sun loungers and fresh coconuts make this spot a popular hangout for those worn out by a day of surfing or those who prefer chilling to surfing all together.
8. Suka Espresso
Serving what is arguably the best coffee in the town, Suka Espresso is a simple open-plan venue serving delicious lattes, cappuccinos, mochas and more. If you are feeling a little peckish, try their scrumptious Australian fare or opt for a healthy smoothie bowl. A great spot to while away an evening, savouring an aromatic drink and swapping stories with other travellers.
With amazing ocean views and a laid-back surfer vibe, it’s no wonder Uluwatu is one of the most sought after destinations in Bali. Now that you know all the coolest bars in Uluwatu, there’s only one thing left to do – book a flight to paradise, STAT!