We have thus curated a list of places to go and things to do on New Year’s Eve in Bali.
New Year’s Eve Beach Parties:
Potato Head Beach Club:The Potato Head Beach Club turns the whole place into a tropical dream destination and is one of the best spots for anyone interested in dance, drinks and music. It is famous for its international DJs and musicians that headline the event, who are kept secret until New Year’s Eve. The Beach Club is also one with great decor and converts the venue into a psychedelic world through its art installations. Potato Beach Club is famous for hosting the largest crowds in Bali and even larger firework show. The club also has rooftops and pools which are all synced with the mood of New Year’s Eve making the parties one of the most happening in Bali, leaving you awestruck.
Address: JALAN PETITENGET NO.51B, KEROBOKAN, BADUNG BALI 80361, SEMINYAK, INDONESIA. Cost: IDR 1,500,000 per person. Timing: 4:00 PM-3:00 AM.
W-Bali:W-Bali is another happening and interesting place to spend New Year’s Eve, due to its headlining of international DJs and musicians. W-Lounge and WooBar are two important aspects of W-Bali that provides you with exotic cocktails, incredibly delicious cuisine and amazing live music. W-Bali also has great fireworks and light show at midnight, that will guarantee you a wonderful night to start the New Year. The parties in W-Bali are electrifying and heavily music-oriented. So if you’re into music and looking for a great time W-Bali is the place to be.
Address: JALAN PETITENGET, SEMINYAK, BALI. Cost: IDR 800,000-IDR 1,000,000 which includes IDR 300,000 worth of food and drinks. Timing: 6:00 PM- 3:00 AM.
Finns Beach Club:Finns Beach club in Bali has a beachfront with massive pools all around the place. The people can enjoy food, drinks and music all day and all night. It is the biggest day to night party in all of Bali. The four pools, nine bars and five restaurants make the place an ideal place if you want to party all day all night, with drinks and great food. Moreover, being an ideal place to party attracts people from around making Finn Beach party crowd the biggest and loudest in Kuta.
Address: JI, PANTAI BERAWA, CANGGU, KUTA UTARA, BALI. Cost: IDR 1,800,000 for general admission; IDR 3,000,000 for VIP Passes.
Dinner and Gala Parties:
Dinner and Jungle Fever Disco at Alila Ubud:Alila Ubud is a plantation restaurant, with a spectacular and scenic New Year’s Eve dinner with a jungle in the background and stars above. It is a perfect place for couples who want to spend some time together away from huge parties of Seminyak and Kuta. You can enjoy canapes, pass-around special dishes, and traditional Balinese food. They also have live music stations and performances. The dinner seating takes place in two sessions: 6:30 PM and 9:30 PM depending on what time you’d like to have your dinner. The dinner is followed by a 70’s inspired disco party in the jungle. Delicious desserts, lined-up DJs, fireworks and poolside with sparkling drinks are some aspects that might attract you to spend your New Year’s Eve here.
Address: DESA MELINGGIH KELOD, PAYANGAN, GIANYAR, BALI. Cost: Celebratory Dinner: IDR 2,000,000 for two people (including countdown party in Cabana Lounge), Jungle Disco: IDR 700,000 for two people. Time: 6:30 PM, 9:30 PM.
Five-Course New Year’s Meal at SugarSand:The five-course meal dinner at SugarSand is followed by a special New Year’s Party. The food features appetizers such as caviar, smoked quail eggs, wood-fired tiger, followed by the main dish of fine sirloin steak. It is an experience that will be thoroughly enjoyed by people, who are into luxury and extravagance. The dinner is followed by a countdown party and fireworks. This dinner party at SugarSand can be an ideal surprise for your partner, to end New Year’s Eve on a romantic note.
Address: SugarSand- JI CAMPLUNG TANDUL NO.10, SEMINYAK. Cost: IDR 800,000 per person ( including free entry to the countdown celebration).
Seven Fishes Feat at Hippie Fish:The ‘Feast of the Seven Fishes’ is Mediterranean style seafood spread that is organized by Hippie Fish every New Years’ Eve. It is a must-attend for any seafood lovers going to Bali. The place offers lavish, soulful, comfort food with plenty of booze. Some key dishes that are the main attraction are Tuna Crudo, Black Mussels, Fregola, chargrilled Barramundi and tiger prawns with a side of lobster. All this hearty food comes with saxophone and live-music in the background, for a relaxed and calm evening.
Address: Hippie Fish- JI RAYA UBUD NO.14, UBUD. Cost: IDR 500,000 per person, additional charges for alcohol, bottomless gin-infused packages starting from IDR 250,000. Time: 5:00 PM onwards.
Bronze Party at The Legian:The Gala Dinner at The Legian marks the end of the Silk Road, Voyage of a lifetime festivities that begin on December 28. The Dinner showcases beyond ordinary culinary selections, that is influenced and inspired by various cultures and unique regions along the Silk Road. Along with tasting delicious food, you can also dance to live music while drinking. The Gala Dinner is popularly referred to as the ‘Bronze Party’ among the local resident. You can also be a spectator of colourful and vibrant fireworks that take place at the stroke of midnight.
Address: JI KAYU AYA, SEMINYAK BEACH, SEMINYAK. Cost: IDR 4,000- IDR 5,000 per person, depending on the inclusion of alcohol. Time: 8:00 PM onwards.
Fireworks on the Beach Side:To celebrate New Years in a calm and chill way you can head to any public beaches in Bali and view the fireworks. New Year’s celebration without fireworks, tends to be incomplete and thus if you want to experience the amazing fireworks but also want a quiet and laid back place, head to Jimbaran beach. Jimbaran though is a well-known city, is comparatively less crowded and thus ideal for couples and family to view the midnight fireworks.
Moreover, if you are on a budget and do not want to spend money on attending any parties in clubs in Kuta, Seminyak or Nusa Dua, but still want to experience the fireworks show, you can easily do so by heading to any public beaches near the resorts, for the show will be visible even from there. You can easily be festive and enjoy the night without spending a lot of money.
Laid Back New Year’s Celebration in Jimbaran and Sanur:If you are not a big fan of crowds or large parties, an ideal way for you to spend New Year’s will be in Jimbaran. You can enjoy a relaxing and calm time listening to the sound of the ocean, feeling the white sand on your feet and tasting delicious seafood on the beach.
A similar kind of experience can be enjoyed at a different location in Sanur which is located towards the south-east of the island of Bali. You can enjoy a New Year’s Eve Party at Swiss-Belresort Watu Jimbar and then head to Sanur beach to view the wonderful sunrise. Exploring Local Cultures and Communities:
Arts and Culture in Ubud:Bali is one of the hubs of arts and culture in South-East Asia, where you can also celebrate the last day of the year away from the hustle and bustle of the parties of Kuta and Seminyak. You can enjoy traditional dances, live music and gamelan held by resorts and hotels in Ubud. It is one of the few places where you can enjoy authentic Balinese culture even on New Year’s. Ubud also offers soulful jazz music in its jazz clubs and karaoke bars.
Places to visit: The Lokha Ubud Resort, Champlung Sari Hotel.
Local New Year’s Customs in Denpasar:To celebrate New Year’s in true Balinese style away from the party atmosphere, you can head to Denpasar, which is fun and enriching at the same time. The locals are very friendly and interactive and will surely include you and make you a part of their festivities. Their unique traditions include prayers, cultural parade, scrumptious food and extravagant fireworks.
Places to visit: Quest Hotel San Denpasar, Joglo Villa Bali, Aston Denpasar Hotel and Convention Center.