We can all agree that each area of Bali has a different character, attracting different kinds of travelers and communities.
Canggu is a crowd favorite, with a row of beaches loved by surfers, hipster cafes and bars that keep pumping until the early hours of the morning.
The bars in Canggu have an undeniable charm from hidden speakeasies to open-air beachside clubs.
We’ve rounded up the coolest Canggu bars, cocktail spots, speakeasies and nightclubs in this iconic paradise.
Must-Go Bars in Canggu
A night at Sand Bar promises to make your island dreams come true – kinda.
Usually, party-goers head to the dance floor of Sand Bar after finishing a session at the Old Man’s Bar. The party can get pretty crazy.
You can hang out and relax under the umbrellas, enjoying some hectic people watching, while enjoying a cold bottle of beer.
The waves lap right up onto the dance floor, with the DJ pumping all the latest, and classic, tunes throughout the night.
Experiencing Sand Bar at least once during your Bali adventure is a right of passage.
Black Sand Brewery
Black Sand Brewery
Bintang beer may be the island’s native beer, but it isn’t for everyone. Some of us crave those specially crafted ales and beers.
For the beer snobs among us, no judgement, Black Sand Brewery is the PERFECT evening hang out.
Hand crafting all their beers on site, you can sample the options before you commit to a pint – or 2 😉
Set next to some luscious green rice paddies, with a huge industrial factory style and beer garden, it is a great spot to meet up with friends for some tasty dishes and cooling beverages.
Luigi's Hot Pizza
Luigi's Hot Pizza
Is there a better combo than pizza and beer? We’ll wait..
Yeah, didn’t think so.
Luigi’s Hot Pizza is everything a party kid in Canggu could want. Pumping incredible tunes from world-renowned DJs, with delectable slices and ice-cold beers or cocktails, the party BUZZES at Luigi’s.
Perfectly situated right in the heart of Canggu, it is a great place to start, or end, your night.
“Metto Monday” is the biggest night of the week with top DJs, great deals and nearly everyone who is visiting Canggu!
XBar has a pretty quirky backstory.
It used to just be a minimart, where people would top up on pre-drinks before heading to one of the thriving bars.
Somehow, someone came up with an idea to add a bar up front – the rest is history.
Many suggest it is the best pre-drink spot before you continue to party at any Canggu bars and clubs.
With live bands, great DJs and a roomy dance floor, you can start the party after a cocktail.
Penny Lane is an aesthetic dream pulling inspiration from Tulum with a kind of desert vibe.
They boast an HECTIC menu of Western faves – you have to try the burgers!
But of course, the reason we are all here is for the bar. With plenty of signature cocktails and a beautiful backdrop, this is a great place to start off your night of Canggu bar hopping.
Sip on the signature Kim Karpassion – a mixture of vanilla vodka, prosecco and passion fruit – and get some amazing Insta-shots for your feed.
Hide from the heat of Bali and linger late into the night in the stylish atmosphere of The Back Room.
With chilled New York-style leather booths, it is a sophisticated and comfortable spot to enjoy an evening tipple with friends.
Located within Mason, one of the best restaurants in Canggu, you can grab a delicious meal before you start the party.
Lacalita Bar y Cocina Canggu
Lacalita Bar y Cocina is a Mexican restaurant with some EPIC cocktails.
Fill up on some authentic tacos and Mexican dishes to accompany the fruity, sweet beverages.
Vibe out to some amazing music, meet other Canggu go-ers and line your stomach for a big night out on the town.
If you want somewhere tasty, buzzing and fun, Lacalita Bar y Cocina is a great spot!
Ji Terrace by the Sea
Fine wine, Japanese sake and the beauty of Canggu’s beaches? A dream!
Ji Terrace by The Sea is famed for its incredible Japanese menu, but we are here for the drinks.
You can enjoy Asian inspired cocktails, while looking out over a 180 degree view of Canggu beach.
Fun fact: the bar and restaurant are housed in a reconstructed 311 years old temple.
Why not do something a little different and join the Ji Terrace by the Sea cocktail masterclass!
Gimme Shelter is the home of all things rock and roll in Canggu.
Various local musicians and rock bands take turns jamming, causing some riots and mega sing-a-along moments.
An underground spot, it has a classic rock bar feel with no windows, leather booths and rockstar decor.
Don’t expect any fancy cocktails here, stick to a spirit and mixer – and perhaps one of their signature bensin shots.
Bringing 1920s gangster vibes to Canggu, The Shady Fox is a hidden bar that you need to keep your eyes peeled for.
From how the bartenders are dressed, to how the room is decorated and the menus, everything screams The Peaky Blinders Birmingham.
The speakeasy bar is for guest list only. You will need to find your way of getting on the list.
Once you’re in, try one of The Shady Fox’s signature cocktails – Queen of Hearts. It’s prepared with distilled berry gin, cherry liquor, clarified lime, simple syrup and red wine.
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The Barn Gastro Pub is a classic British pub in the rice fields.
There are craft beers on tap, leather sofas, open fireplaces, and the classic fish and chip pub food, beautifully contrasting with the tropical Batu Bolong vibes.
If you love sports, The Barn hosts all the top games on their HD TVs. Stop by for a pint and catching up on the latest matches.
Finally, for those Brits who are craving a Sunday roast, you won’t find one better than The Barn. With meat, potatoes and all the trimmings, you will feel right at home!
Deus Ex Machina
Deus Ex Machina
Deux Ex Machina is a worldwide brand with locations all over the globe.
The Bali extension of the brand is located slap, bang in the heart of Canggu, with an open backyard style.
It is well known for buzzing events from live bands, DJs, tacos and tattoos, and weekend markets.
Stop by for a beer and boogie to one of the island’s top bands, or enjoy a tasty meal with some local beers.
You have to try a night out at Deus at least once during your Bali getaway.
You can’t have a post about bars in Canggu without mentioning ye ol’ classic Old Man’s.
Set right in front of the beach in Canggu, it is a MUST GO spot for any well versed Canggu-er.
The vibes are perfect with booths, couches and tables. A great place for sunset tipples, that lead into a night of partying, the bar quickly turns from chill to buzzing.
Be sure to pile into the photobooth tuk-tuk for some super fun pictures to take home!
Stopping by for a Bali sunset is one of the best things to do in Canggu.
Sitting opposite Old Man’s, The Lawn in Canggu is the perfect beach club for a sunset view and great music.
Happy hours are a must at The Lawn! They have a 2-4-1 offer on a selection of cocktails and beer – save money while you get hyped.
They host some really amazing events, but you will need a ticket, which sell out fast!
The cocktail menu at The Lawn has classic drinks with a twist of local flavours. The signature espresso martini has a mixture of vodka, Balinese arak, coffee liqueur and coconut nectar – YUM.
Mosto in Italian means freshly squeezed, grainy and unfermented grape juice.
Mosto Bali serves up natural wine, with a relaxed, European-style approach.
It is a smaller space, with a capacity of 70, featuring an earthy interior and a few accents of up-cycled products.
This bar in Canggu is a must-go for wine-lovers, along with super tasty Italian dishes.
Ready for a big night hitting all the bars in Canggu?
If you are wanting a chill sunset vibe, a hectic night of rock and roll, or a hidden 20s speakeasy, Canggu has it ALL!
Featured image: The Barn Gastro Pub