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Bali food and nightlife

Thursday, July 3, 2008
The days of eating from street stalls have pretty well gone but there are loads of warungs — humble little restaurants — serving really cheap meals.

Jimbaran is the place for lovers of seafood. There are many beachside warungs with big barbecue grills that serve the morning's catch. Warungs are set up in three areas — the north, the middle and the south. The northern ones have the cheapest meals.

Customers choose their seafood from an ice bucket, and pay by the 100g. It is then grilled over a fire of coconut husks with various sauces, herbs and spices and served with generous portions of rice, potatoes and vegetables. The area is open for lunch, but it's at its liveliest at sunset.

Kori on Poppies II Lane in Kuta is getting up there price-wise, but is good for a special night out. It has open-air seating, traditional Indonesian and classic Western food and reasonably-priced wines. Quite often they have live music.

Ku De Ta is one of Bali's most trendy restaurants. It has modern architecture and interior design. The bar and dining areas are managed by an Australian chef who uses lots of local ingredients, but also imports some specials from home — oysters, yabbies, lame and beef. Wines are from Australia, California, Chile, France, Italy, New Zealand and South Africa.

Nightlife starts at around 1am in Bali. That gives everyone time to have a nap after a day at the beach and dinner. In Kuta's centre you will find Bounty Ship with a basement disco, a rebuilt Paddy's, the M-Bar-Go with good music and Sky Garden. When most places close, night owls head to Mama's.

Keep a look out for notices and posters in Kuta and Seminyak announcing special events such as full-moon parties, house warming parties and body painting parties. They are open to everyone and you pay for your own drinks.

Security is stringent, so don't forget to take some ID with you.

Muggings are uncommon in Bali, but it is wise to be on guard after dark, particularly in unpopulated areas. Don't forget that Indonesia is a largely Muslim country and public drunkenness can result in serious fines.

The best advice when it comes to drugs, even a small amount for personal use, is to heed local customs and laws, enjoy your holiday, and, importantly, return home!


Bali, Indonesia.


Garuda Indonesia has 28 flights a week to Denpasar.

Airfares from:

  • Darwin $ 622
  • Perth $ 852
  • Melbourne $1105
  • Sydney $1122

Darwin: Valid for sale until November 20, 2008 and for travel between July 21-September 18, 2008 and again between October 6-November 20, 2008.

Perth: Valid for sale until March 31, 2009 and for travel between July 16-September 23, 2008, October 8-December 9, 2008 and January 14-March 31, 2009.

Melbourne: Valid for sale until March 31, 2009 and for travel between July 13-September 18, 2008, October 5-December 11, 2008 and January 14-March 31, 2009.

Sydney: Valid for sale until March 31, 2009 and for travel between July 21-September 25, 2008, October 13-December 11, 2008 and January 19-March 31, 2009.

Fares from other Australian capitals and regional centres are available in conjunction with Virgin Blue and Executive (Business) Class fares from all Australian ports.

Prices correct at July 3, 2008.

For further information

Garuda Indonesia
Ph: 1300 365 331

Creative Holidays
Or book through your travel agent

It is recommended travellers to Indonesia see their doctor at least six weeks before departure as there are specific vaccinations recommended for Indonesia. Other health precautions and preventions may also be recommended and are best discussed with your doctor. For further information visit

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