Envelope-pushing restaurants are transforming Bali’s dining scene. At Republik 45, traditional street food is elevated with choice ingredients and served in a romantic garden setting. Clever twists on Indonesian standards include tuna satay and tempe with fresh asparagus, and there’s no shying away from sambal spiciness. Their weekend pop-up, Pasar Malam, turns out a more limited (yet no less enticing) menu with a dessert buffet of bite-sized kuehs in a rainbow of hues. After dinner, stroll 10 minutes to the Brazilian-inspired La Favela bar—the massive Christ the Redeemer statue is impossible to overlook. Music can be hit-or-miss, but the La Favela Breeze (vodka with peach liqueur and dragonfruit) is a solid pre-club cocktail. Just before midnight, make tracks to Jenja (250,000 rupiah entry fee which includes one drink) where big-name DJs attract Bali’s glam set. The slick club is split into two levels (R&B grooves upstairs and house and techno beats down below), but order drinks upstairs where there’s a bit more elbow room. Be sure to dress up; those in shorts and flip-flops will not make it beyond the velvet rope.
Hire a taxi to Seminyak, a 40-minute drive away. Catch a return taxi anywhere along the main road, but be sure to use one with a meter.
REPUBLIK 45: Jalan Raya Kerobokan No.86A, Kuta Utara, Bali, Indonesia; +62 87888661945; www.republik45.com
LA FAVELA: 177X Jalan Kayu Aya, Seminyak, Bali Indonesia, +62 361 730603; www.lafavela.com
JENJA: TS Suites, Jalan Nakula 18, Seminyak; +62 811398088; www.jenjabali.com