Eating, Drinking and Nightlife
Eating outside of the hotels is very cheap, especially if you’re choosing local food, which is available at myriad restaurants in the towns and villages. There are also many US chain restaurants such as Pizza Hut and McDonalds, but these will often have local-influenced menus. Interestingly, however, genuine Balinese cuisine is often quite difficult to come by. While the local influences are there, the majority of local restaurants serve Chinese or pan-Indonesian food rather than that which is unique to Bali.
While Indonesia is a strongly Muslim country, Bali is mainly Hindu and as such there is not the same cultural taboo surrounding alcohol. Many beers are produced here, including the popular Bintang and Bali Hai.
Bali’s centre for nightlife is Kuta. There are plenty of clubs and bars here offering very reasonable prices. Legian and Seminyak are more up market and more laid back. Lots of relaxed bars also frequent resorts such as Sanur and Nusa Dua. Ubud is very quiet in the evenings though there will usually be some cultural shows on offer.