New Years in Bali is undoubtedly a very exciting time – one thing for sure, you will not be short of options to go. All of the beach clubs, restaurant and bars would be holding a New Year special! Regardless of where you plan to be throughout your trip in Bali, I recommend staying in Seminyak area at least during the New Years Eve day itself (31 December) since there tend to be more options there.
Where to stay in Seminyak
We stayed at Attu Suites which I found through Airbnb. The suites are basically an outhouse of the owner’s house, George and his wife. The suite has its own private entrance and private bathroom so you don’t have to interact with anyone if you don’t want to. I found the location to be very convenient – it’s a stone throw away from Jalan Batu Belig, which is the heart of Seminyak, but still surrounded by rice fields and very quiet at night. It’s about half an hour walk to most places in Seminyak, but I’d recommend renting a motorcycle while you’re here to save some time.
What to expect from New Years in Seminyak
Where to go for New Years Eve
Depending on the type of mood you are looking for, there are tons of places to choose from. I recommend checking out the following spots, and I recommend checking their pages on Facebook (which I’ve linked below) to see what each of these places have in plan for New Years.
If you are looking for a high energy party night with international guest DJ, these are the places you should check out:
- Potato Head Beach Club
- Cocoon Beach Club
- Finn’s Beach Club (in Canggu)
- W Bali
- Ku De Ta
- Echo Beach Club (in Canggu)
Other Restaurant Parties
If you are looking for a sit-down NYE party with dinner and a group of friends, I suggest making a reservation at one of these places:
It pays to plan ahead as most of them would also have tiered ticket system – the earlier you buy, the more you save. If you choose to wait, you’d be looking at spending around Rp 1,200,000 – Rp 1,500,000 (US$90 – 110). What’s included in the ticket/entrance fee is variable for each club. For example, this year Motel Mexicola offered 7 hours free flow food and booze for Rp. 1,5M, while Potato Head’s Rp 1.4M entry fee covers just that – an entry fee, but they had a pretty impressive line of musical acts.
Also if you choose to go to the beach clubs, make sure you pick up the ticket/wristbands ahead of time after booking online. We bought the ticket for Potato Head on the day of the party itself and was given the wristbands on the spot. When we came back later that night to enter the party, we were able to skip through the long queue of people who booked online and haven’t picked up their wristbands yet.
Potato Head’s TRIBE in 2017
We chose Potato Head since theirs seemed to be the most promising. They’ve already announced Kevin from Tame Impala as part of the lineup, and hinted that a secret main guest DJ would be headlining the night, one half of the Grammy-winning duo from the UK – we knew it was going to be someone from Disclosure. We paid Rp 1,400,000 for the ticket which is pretty expensive, but that’s because we waited to buy until the day of the event itself.
In terms of event operation, they did not disappoint – the event was well organized with an awesome lineup, tight security, great crowd, refundable tokens, amazing epic fireworks, and most importantly there were NO disposable cups throughout the night! They served all the drinks in a reusable plastic cup that is constantly collected and washed throughout the night.
Really, mad props to Potato Head for making this happen, since most businesses would write-off their plastic wastage in return for operational ease.
Post-midnight New Years Traffic
As expected, the street of Seminyak after midnight of the countdown was absolutely filled with motorbikes honking left and right and people blowing their New Years trumpet. We left Potato Head around 2AM and managed to go home in our motorcycle, but that’s because we managed to weave along with thousand other bikes on the street. I don’t recommend getting a taxi because it would just be impossible to move.
My favorite spots in Seminyak
Hog Wild is a crowd’s favorite, located at the heart of Seminyak in Jalan Batu Belig. They specialized in barbecue ribs, so that should tell you what kind of menu you should be expecting. I recommend getting, aside from the obvious Pork Ribs rack in Wicked Sauce, the Crispy Skin Pork Belly as well and their Margarita, which comes with a surprise dance – i’m not gonna spoil you what it is 😉
We found Nook because it was just around the corner from our accommodation in Seminyak, but we loved it so much we ended up coming back here three times in the three days of our stay… pretty much breakfast every day! I find their menu to be very affordable and the portion most generous out of all the eateries we tried here in Seminyak.
I recommend getting Nasi Campur (must try in Bali) and any of the Smoothie Bowl. Also, Try to sit next to the rice field to maximize your eating experience!
Kilo is one of my favorite restaurants in Singapore, so when my friend Jess and I found out they opened a branch in Bali, we had to visit. We were delighted to find that their menu mirrors the one in Singapore, down to the cocktails! We ordered the entire menu that night (not even an exaggeration) and ate until I felt sick that night 🙄… but everything was really good!
As with their Singapore counterpart, their menu is ever-changing but my favorite dishes that always seem to stay are Wasabi Tuna Tartare and Seafood Ceviche. I also love their cocktails – I would recommend A Sure Thing which is made of vanilla infused vodka, cucumbers, mint, and lime.
When I visited them on the eve of New Years they had a holiday special menu, 6-course meal for Rp 400,000 (US$30). Of course, I had to get it 😛
La Brisa in Canggu
I’m kinda cheating because this is not in Seminyak, but Canggu is pretty close? It’s only about half an hour north of Seminyak by motorbike. La Brisa, meaning “Sea Breeze”, is a new beach club that has just opened in late 2017 by the same folks who run La Favela, a restaurant/lounge in Seminyak.
What I love most about this place is the rustic decor – they use reclaimed wood from fisherman boats and decorated with an ocean theme – think seashells, fishing nets, roof made of dried leaves and straw chairs. You can also walk outside the club to the beach and head out to the more local feel of Bali – I had some cheap snacks and grilled butter corn for Rp 10,000 from the street vendors outside.
And that’s all I have for Seminyak! Stay safe and enjoy your New Years Eve.