Gay bars in Bali can be found around specific areas in and around Seminyak, with the main happenings at a handful of standout bars and clubs that dot the Jalan Camplung Tanduk road, formerly known as Jalan Dhyana Pura.

Hitting these places and those around them will almost guarantee you a ‘fabulous’ nightlife experience, filled with fun entertainment and sexy shows. These venues can get crowded with gay and transgender locals, expats and holidaymakers – as well as some straights and couples who simply want to experience their evening differently and have an overall fun time. Adding to the convenience, most of these gay bars are side by side, giving you an opportunity for some Bali bar-hopping.

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    Mixwell Bar

    • Nightlife

    Mixwell Bali commands a strategic location on Jalan Camplung Tanduk in Seminyak and is home to one of the best drag shows on the island. The shows run nightly and the crowd is a good mix of locals, visitors and expatriates. The bar mostly comes to life near midnight and goes on well into the wee hours.

    Expect go-go dancers and a great roster of resident and guests DJs that spin everything from lounge to happy beats and heavy bass. Bartenders fix up some of the best cocktail mixes in the area and there’s a collection of champagnes reserved for those in the mood for celebration. Overlooking the street, this popular Bali gay bar has seen regular faces gather and new friends made every night.

    Location: Jalan Camplung Tanduk No. 6, Seminyak, Kuta, Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

    Open: Daily from 7pm to 3am

    Phone: +62 (0)361 736 846

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    Bali Joe Gay Bar

    • Nightlife

    Bali Joe is a staple gay bar that serves as the beacon for the LGBT community in Seminyak. Located on Jalan Camplung Tanduk, the bar is an excellent spot to chill out with friendly staff and bar crew, who not only prepare refreshing cocktails, but also occasionally join in on the revelries.

    The bar’s interiors comprise artistic décor and retro photographs of bygone-era celebs. Expect dancers climbing onto the bar tops as the night matures, together with lip-synching drag queens on the separate stages throughout the evening.

    Location: Jalan Camplung Tanduk No. 8, Seminyak, Kuta, Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

    Open: Daily from 8pm to 3am

    Phone: +62 (0)361 730 931

Ari Gunadi | Compulsive Traveller