Propping up the bar has never been so dreamy. From beachfront cocktails and hidden speakeasies, to hipster hangouts at outdoor skate bowls, Canggu's best bars have it all...
Already well known for its epic cafes, boundary-pushing restaurants and dramatic black sand beaches, we figured it was high time to give you the run down on where to party amongst the rice paddies of Canggu – because life’s always better at the bar. So pull up a stool (or a sandy bean bag) and settle in for the long haul, because Canggu’s 24 best bars are ready to shake, stir and serve some of the best sips around. From poolside cocktails and sundowners by the beach, to underground clubs and hidden speakeasies, here’s where to drink, dance and party into the night in not-so-sleepy Canggu.
BEST COCKTAIL BARS IN CANGGU
1. Behind the Green Door – best for an intimate atmo
One of the latest additions to Canggu’s speakeasy scene, Behind the Green Door knows exactly what the cool crowds want: an intimate bar experience with fine cocktails, great music and delectable little nibbles, all in a cosy lounge area. Step through the green door and you’ll find the man behind the bar – the award-winning mixologist, Harris Mahendra – carefully creating classic and one-of-a-kind cocktails with a seasonal, zero-waste approach. Kick back and soak in the party vibes, courtesy of rotating DJs and musical talents, and complement your cocktails with gourmet bites from the kitchen, curated by chef Jethro Vincent from the Kilo Collective Family. Think Japanese oysters, smoked potato dauphine or chicken liver parfait cigars. Just make sure you know the password to open the hidden, mysterious green door…
Behind the Green Door, Gang Bamboo No. 17, Canggu, p. +62 821 4524 4011; Open daily from 6pm.
2. Black Sand Brewery – best for craft beer & breezy pub vibes
Black Sand Brewery changed the face of beer drinking in Bali by bringing properly-brewed craft beer to the bar top – plus plenty of wines and cocktails too, naturally. Inspired by beers from faraway lands, Black Sand Brewery slings its very own IPA, a cool and crisp German Kölsch brew and even a fresh Summer Pale Ale. But that’s not all. With great beer must come epic food, so the kitchen here also sends out bistro-style bites to wash it all down. Think fried pizzettas, braised baby octopus and mac and cheese brisket croquettes. All of this with rice field views, cool crowds in the sprawling red-brick space, and an easy-breezy beer garden with a Balinese, community vibe.
Black Sand Brewery, Jl Batu Bolong, Canggu, p. +62 813 5353 8992, e. [email protected]; Open daily from 12pm.
3. The Back Room – best for cocktail sipping in style
Cunningly concealed out the back of Mason (one of Canggu’s very best restaurants) The Back Room is an underground and obscenely suave bar and lounge space with New York-style leather booths, a pool table, low sofas, and even lower lighting. Totally air-conditioned, this cocktail bar is a welcome reprieve from Bali’s balmy climate, making it a perfect place for a nightcap and to linger until late in an atmosphere that’s dripping with style.
The Back Room at Mason, Jl Batu Bolong No. 83, Canggu, e. [email protected]; Open daily from 6pm.
4. Bam Bam – best for retro vinyl tunes & urban dive bar vibes
If you’re into great music, classic cocktails and dive bars with an urban rock n’ roll feel, you’ll want to tune in to Bam Bam. This retro vinyl bar is where you can roll in at 11.30pm, listen to timeless records, knock back an ice-cold draught beer and tuck into some southern-style fried chicken, prime beef burgers, vegan mushroom sandos and saucy sides (yup, it’s not just a bar – the kitchen is open for as long as they’re still serving drinks!). Or, turn up early and listen to entire albums of throwback records (you won’t find any monotonous Spotify playlists here) all of which rotate daily and transport you to a time when music was more than just background noise. And there’s no better place to do exactly that, because Bam Bam is dripping in vintage 70s decor and a cosy, easygoing setting. As for those classic cocktails, you’ll want to try the decadent Bloody Mary that’s loaded with pickles, bacon and a fried chicken add-on, or the Spicy Margarita that goes just right with the Fried Chicken Sando. Turn up, tune in, and rock out.
Bam Bam Bali, Jl Pantai Berawa No.53, Berawa-Canggu, p. +62 821 4659 7477, e. [email protected]; Open daily 5pm – 1am.
5. Revolver Espresso – best for caffeine-infused cocktails
What started out as one teeny tiny boutique coffee house tucked away down a little laneway in Seminyak, Revolver has become one of Bali’s best known boutique coffee brands. Having opened in Canggu, it’s brought along not only one of the best coffees on the island (hello post-weekend hangover cure!), but also one helluva popular cocktail spot. Drop by on a Friday night for dinner and after-hour cocktails, then stick around ‘til late for one of the biggest parties in town!
Revolver Canggu, Jl Nelayan No. 5, Canggu, p. +62 812 8487 2275; Open daily from 7am.
6. Bar Souvenir – best for cosy, neighbourhood vibes
One of the best kept secrets amongst the Canggu expat crowds, Bar Souvenir is a stylish hideaway from the hustle and bustle of Berawa. This neighbourhood lounge frequently experiments with different spirits and flavours, concocting new menus from time to time. Head in for the lively yet intimate scene within the bars sleek interiors, with clean lines, contrasting textures, and a menu of boundary-pushing cocktail creations. Or, try the low-intervention wines, best paired with Bar Souvenir’s famous cheese platter.
Bar Souvenir, Gg. Jalak VIB No. 4, Canggu, p. , e. [email protected]; Open Mon – Sat from 5pm.
7. Lacalita Bar y Cocina – best for a Mexican fiesta & epic margaritas
A large and breezy island bar on the buzzing Batu Bolong strip, a boozy sesh at Lacalita Bar y Cocina should be top of your to-do list when you’re in the ‘Gu. With its technicolored interiors and always-welcoming vibes, it is the place to fill up on authentic Mexican fare alongside a cracking drinks list. You can’t go wrong with a good ol’ margarita here, but take your pick from the extensive drinks menu if you fancy something a little different (anything that uses their famous jalapeño-infused tequila would be our top pick). And remember, Friday Flights’ tequila and mezcal tastings to kick off the weekend right – arriba!
Lacalita, Jl Pantai Batu Bolong No. 68, Canggu, p. +62 822 4731 2217, e. [email protected]; Open daily from 12pm.
8. Roots – best for house-made shrubs & plant-focused sharing plates
Roots is your new local for bold drinks and character-driven bites in the heart of Pererenan. By night, Roots serves a lineup of signature cocktails and shrubs alongside vegetarian sharing plates and daytime favourites. The focus is on craft cocktails (like the Coconut Pandan Negroni or the Spicy Passionfruit Margarita) and house-made shrubs; not the bushy variety, but rather, the fermented kind that are fruity, tangy, aromatic, and a healthier alternative to syrups and mixers. These shrubs star local, seasonal ingredients and shape Roots’ distinct elixirs, like the Apple & Snake Fruit Shrub with bourbon that’s like a classic whiskey highball, with a tangy kick.
Roots, Jl Pantai Pererenan No.121, Pererenan, p. +62 813 3753 1570, e [email protected]
9. The Shady Fox
A sultry cocktail parlour where glamour, roulette and nostalgic late night entertainment reigns supreme, The Shady Fox is a 1930s-style speakeasy hidden away in the up-and-coming ‘hood of Pererenan. As part of the ever-growing Shady Family (check out The Shady Pig below) here you can expect an immersive cocktail experience, barrel-aged cocktails, and all the Shady vibes until late. Not to mention, if you knock at the right door, you’ll gain access to The Shady Fox’s enchanting gaming room, as well as its list of cutting-edge theatrical cocktails. Try their take on the classic French martini, or the elegant Queen of Heart – berry gin mixed with cherry liquor, clarified lime, simple syrup and red wine.
The Shady Fox, Jl Tukad Pingai, Pererenan, p. +62 813 3995 5488; Open Tue – Sun from 7pm.
10. The Shady Pig – best for creative takes on classic cocktails
The glitz and glam of the 20s is perfectly paired with the lawlessness of Birmingham’s street scene at The Shady Pig – Canggu’s buzzing speakeasy that means serious business. More than just a sipping lounge, The Shady Pig is described as a secret laboratory for concocting experimental cocktails and an “anything goes” approach. They even make their own house-crafted spirits, tinctures and syrup too, and they distill, infuse, ferment and barrel-age in-house. Try The Chester – a stiff combination of whisky, port wine, smoked cinnamon and a homemade cherry liqueur, or their twist of Piña Colada with Bacardi, pineapple, coconut and whey. If out-of-the-ordinary cocktails are your thing, you’re in for a treat here. And yes, The Shady Pig is the more-central sibling to The Shady Fox (above).
The Shady Pig, Taman Tamora, Berawa, Canggu, p. +62 819 9163 1405, e. [email protected]; Open daily from 6pm.
11. Leblon – best for cocktails and bites
An aperitivo lounge in the heart of Pererenan, Leblon is a Rio De Janerio-inspired bar that breathes in the vibrant and tropical vibes of its island home. A stylish hangout that’s perfect for both people-watching at sunset and late-night tipples, Leblon is wrapped up in plush interiors with indoor-outdoor seating. Try the traditional caiprinha, the gourmet caipiroska or one of the fine wines, and pair it with a selection of tapas and grazing plates, like the halloumi with honey or the chilli & garlic prawns.
Leblon, Jl Pantai Pererenan, No. 108, p. +62 812 3762 6121; Open daily from 5pm.
12. Penny Lane – best for dinner & drinks
Officially the place to see and be seen sipping cocktails right now, Penny Lane has opened in Canggu with an absolute bang. Jaw-dropping architecture, insanely swish vibes and a delish tapas and cocktail menu – this is one for the hitlist. With its breezy interiors dripping in alternative art, indoor palms and vintage chandeliers, it’s no surprise that Canggu’s finest flock here on the daily to feast on nibbly plates to share, while sipping on strong and suberb libations in all the nooks and crannies – from the bohemian Moroccan-style lounge area, to the buzzing bar and breezy lawn.
Penny Lane, Jl Munduk Catu No. 9, Canggu, p. +62 812 3705 2864, e. [email protected]; Open daily from 8am.
13. Ji Terrace by the Sea – best for sunset cocktails
At Ji Terrace by the Sea, the 180-degree views of Canggu beach and a killer cocktail list are what makes this bar sur mer such a gem. Just like the first-rate food, the drinks here are largely Asian infusions – sweet, savoury and seductive. Their fine wines and choice of sakes are also a huge draw card, so grab your glass and saunter up to the upper level, where the talented roster of DJs spin the best sunset tunes on Thursdays.
Ji Terrace by the Sea, Jl Pantai Batu Bolong, Canggu Beach, p. +62 361 473 1701 / +62 811 388 9599, e. [email protected]; Open daily 12pm – 11pm.
14. The Bench – best for sports, pool and epic eats
Sports fans, this one’s for you. The Bench is the place in Canggu to catch a live event, with multiple sports channels and even a pool table for halftime. Don’t be surprised if there’s barely a seat in the house here – it’s become a community hangout for both locals and expats, with an epic menu slinging big burgers, hot dogs, tacos and nachos. Add to that the expert cocktails, plenty of Island Brewing craft beer and happy hours on weekdays from 4pm, and you’ve got yourself a boozy afternoon that’ll easily roll into the evening.
The Bench, Jl Pantai Batu Bolong No. 99, Canggu, p. +62 812 3793 0213; Open Mon – Fri from 12pm, Sat & Sun from 8am.
15. The Slow – best for artsy tipples
With its long, alluring bar set inside an art-filled space, The Slow is Canggu’s sophisticated and internationally-recognised watering hole that brings in Bali’s cool crowds. With a vibe that screams “Sunday afternoon on Venice Beach”, this highly-coveted boutique destination attracts beautiful people from all over the world. And with its curated list of ingredient-focused elixirs, we’ll happily join them. Top tip: the house Batur Negroni here is next level.
The Slow, Jl Batu Bolong No. 97, p. +62 361 2099 000 / +62 811 3899 009, e. [email protected]; Open daily from 7am.
16. The Barn – best for a British pub experience
If you’re looking for no-fuss nightlife, head down to The Barn – a contemporary British gastropub and sports bar in the heart of Canggu. Food-wise, you’ll find true pub classics like fish and chips, bangers and mash, and big juicy burgers (cooked up by a British chef, no less), washed down with good ol’ draft beer, imported wines and signature cocktails. Start the weekend off with two-for-one cocktail Fridays, then end the weekend with a classic Sunday roast.
The Barn, Jl Lingkar Nelayan No. 8, Canggu, p. +62 812 3860 8331, e. [email protected]; Open daily from 12pm.
17. Deus Ex Machina – best for biker vibes & live music
With its gallery space, motorbike garage, skate ramp, photo studio and surf shop all rolled into one, Canggu’s famous Temple of Enthusiasm is all things to all people. At the beating heart of this multi-purpose venue is the bar, which serves up icy cold beers and even colder cocktails (two-for-one happy hour 5pm – 7pm) for the hipster, surf & custom-bike brigade. And psst – Sunday is the big party night here, when Canggu’s cool crowds sway to rocking live bands.
Deus Ex Machina, Jl Batu Mejan No. 8, Canggu, p. +62 811 380 1136, e. [email protected].
THE BEST BEACH BARS IN CANGGU
1. The Lawn – best for oceanfront lounging
With its beachfront infinity pool and some of the best cocktails and gourmet bites around, The Lawn is Canggu’s oceanfront trailblazer that’s become a barfly favourite. Its stylish house-infused cocktails bring in crowds of beautiful people, lounging beneath boho umbrellas and soaking up Batu Bolong’s hipster surf scene. By day, sip on their Watermelon Mint Margarita or Rose Negroni Sour, then as the sun sets, secure your front-row seat at one of Bali’s best sunset spots. Top tip: swing by in the weekend when Canggu’s finest flock to The Lawn for some of the biggest parties in town.
The Lawn, Jl Pura Dalem, Canggu, p. +62 361 620 0602 / +62 811 3800 4951; Open daily from 10am.
2. La Brisa – best for boho-boozing by the beach
From the same family as Laguna, Favela, Sicilia and Plancha, La Brisa is the quirky-yet-cool beachfront destination from the “La” family, and the ever-famous boho-beanbag beach club on Echo Beach. Best enjoyed sans sandals and with a long drink in hand, La Brisa is a bohemian hub of rustic Spanish dishes, delish cocktails, multiple pools and a hot soundtrack to top it all off. Saturday is the big party night here, when you’ll likely find yourself dancing beneath the palms ’til the wee hours.
La Brisa, Jl Pantai Batu Mejan Gg. La Brisa, Echo Beach, Canggu, p. +62 81 139 466 66, e. [email protected]; Open daily 10am – 11pm.
3. Finns Beach Club – best for pool parties
Everyone’s favourite bamboo beach club, you really can’t go wrong with a tipple or three at this Canggu legend – at any time of the day. With a whopping five bars to choose from (plus two swim-up bars) you can booze your way through brunch, swing by for the lunchtime shift (AKA the daytime pool party) or settle in for sundown with one of their fabulous cocktail creations. The beers (and ciders) are always cold, the sun-lounging options seem endless (especially when you consider the VIP beach club next door) and the view over Berawa Beach ain’t too shabby either…
Finns Beach Club, Jl Pantai Berawa, Canggu, p. +62 811 399 2017, e. [email protected]; Open daily from 10am.
THE BEST LATE NIGHT BARS & CLUBS IN CANGGU
1. Luigi’s Hot Pizza – best for pizza, drinks & dancing
Luigi’s Hot Pizza may well be best known for its epic pizzas, but this popular hangout is also loved for its too-cool-for-skool cocktails and wild party nights that lure in Canggu’s hippest crowds. Get rid of the Monday blues with Metto Monday (in collaboration with the island’s famed PNNY music collective), or drop by for dinner on Wednesdays for a pasta and vino deal all night, with rotating DJs on the decks. You’ll also want to keep your eyes on the calendar for Luigi’s iconic pop-up parties and events. Top tip: If you want to pregame at Luigi’s, make a reservation early (it’s almost always full) and order up the metre-long pizza to share.
Luigi’s Hot Pizza, Jl Batu Mejan, Canggu, p. +62 811 3944 450; Open daily from 4pm.
2. Vault – best for Berlin-style vibes
One step into this underground club and you could easily be in Berlin’s ever-famous Berghain. Like a secret crypt that every dance and hip-hop fan seems to know about, Vault is a cocktail bunker that packs in the punters every night of the week – especially on Friday nights when the super-club comes to life. With crowds of party-goers flocking here for the electronic beats, Euro vibes and ultra-mod interiors, expect to be dancing into the very wee hours here.
Vault, Jl Pantai Berawa No. 99, Berawa, p. +62 813 3872 6762.
3. Gimme Shelter – best for the rockers
Go full Jagger at Canggu’s most rowdy rock’n’roll bar, where live music and lashings of booze ensure a night to remember (or rather, forget). A rotating list of talented bands hit the stage daily, and if you fancy yourself as the next Janis Joplin, then get down for Monday’s open mic nights.
Gimme Shelter, Munggu, Mengwi, e. [email protected]; Open daily from 5pm.
4. Old Man’s
Arguably the catalyst for what is now booming Batu Bolong, Old Man’s is a buzzy, surfie-cool bar with beer-garden vibes that continues to pack ‘em in every day of the week. Chilled drinks, wicked value for money, live music and frequent late night DJ sessions all add up to a compulsory stop here during your ‘Gu bundles. If you’re brave enough, head down mid-week for Dirty Old Wednesday when beer pong and late night dancing on the tables is the order of the evening. Otherwise, swing by at sunset for happy hours every evening, and keep your eyes peeled for the live artists regularly making their way to the beachside stage…
Old Man’s, Jl Batu Bolong, Canggu, p. +62 361 846 9159, e. [email protected]; Open daily from 8am.
5. Sand Bar – best for barefoot beach parties
The first and still the most iconic watering hole that’s actually on the sand, Sand Bar is a great spot to end a wild night out with an even wilder finale. Like a debaucherous mythical creature that only pops up after dark, Sand Bar is the after party of all after parties, kicking off post-midnight and well into the wee hours. Amateur party animals need not apply. This one’s for the die-hard booze crews.
Sand Bar, Jl Pantai Batu Bolong, Echo Beach, Canggu, p. +62 812 3889 5559, e. [email protected]; Open daily.
6. Lost City
Kuta, is that you?! Lost City is the first ever nightclub in Canggu that’s brought Kuta’s party scene to Canggu. Hidden away in Echo Beach, it’s a wild two-level nightclub with state-of-the-art lighting and audio systems, artistic design elements, multiple nooks for socialising, and DJs spinning all sorts of tunes (from house and hip-hop to techno and groove) to keep your dancing shoes moving all night long. Note: this one’s for members only!
Lost City, Gang Surf, Canggu, p. +62 813 3935 8122, e. [email protected]
See you at the bar, Honeys!