Bali’s Canggu Is Fast Becoming The Party Capital Of The World

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It’s about time Amsterdam, Ibiza and Rio de Janeiro moved. There’s a new party capital making a name for itself. Once a sleepy surfer’s village in southern Bali, Canggu is fast becoming the party capital of Asia… and the world.

View of the Bali Beach Club at sunset with guests enjoying the pool and cocktails

Canggu is located on the south coast of Bali in Indonesia, west of Kuta, Seminyak and Legian. They have each developed into world-renowned party destinations over the past 25 years.

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Canggu has grown rapidly over the past decade which has led to the development of luxury beach clubs, lavish yet affordable accommodation and unmissable nightlife.

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From boisterous brunch spots to convivial sundowners, classic backpacker bars to exclusive VIP booths and more, Canggu’s party scene truly has something for everyone.

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Canggu’s best beach clubs

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Canggu’s party scene is perhaps best known for its beach clubs. All of this has played a tremendous role in popularizing the area.

Widely considered the best beach club in Bali, Finns Beach Club offers guests a choice of four pools, eight bars (two of which are swim-up!), and five different restaurants. The venue hosts live DJs daily and is right on Berawa Beach. Grab your seat for the spectacular sunset, and when the sky turns dark it’s time to turn up the music and party the night away.

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Atlas Beach Club just opened in July 2022 and is already making a name for itself as Bal’s premier one-stop entertainment venue. The venue is now the largest beach club in Bali (claiming to be the largest beach club in Asia) and is committed to ensuring guests have the time of their lives. Atlas Beach Club hosts world-class DJs and offers access to Berawa Beach. It’s another must-have party hotspot.

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La Brisa offers an upscale experience with a strong focus on food and cocktails. The beach club is the perfect place to start a big night out in Canggu. La Brisa offers poolside parties and cozy chill-out areas with beanbags, all with Echo Beach as a backdrop. Their theme nights are legendary, as is their laid-back Sunday market.

Once you’ve checked off these top Canggu beach clubs, The Lawn, Old Mans and Vue Beach Club should be next on the list.

Canggu’s premier party venues

As one of the top party capitals in the world, Canggu has events on the calendar every day of the week. If you are looking for a 7 days partying itinerary in Canggu, it might look a bit like this;

Monday – Luigi’s Hot Pizza – Metto Monday is a must!

Tuesday – Old Mans for a classic Canggu party at Batu Bolong Beach

Wednesday – Jump into Vault for a fast Afro-Latin dancehall hip-hop night. Wednesday is the biggest night of the week; Sometimes it can lead to the night of your life when you have no plan other than to party hard!

♬ Original Sound – Vault Bali

Thursday – Pretty Poison – grab a few beers around the skate bowl and see where the rest of the night takes you… probably back to Vault. Fancy something new? Check out neighboring Black Cat or Jungle.

Friday – The Lawn for sundowners and live DJ sets. Then hop over to the Sand Bar for a wild after-party.

Saturday – Atlas Beach Club or Finns Beach Club – take a full day to experience the beach club atmosphere, book a table and call your crew.

Sunday – La Brisa for more chill vibes or Deus Ex Machina if you want to start the new week with a bang!

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Party hard, live and work in Canggu

Canggu manages to balance a hardcore party scene with health, wellness and sporty vibes. There are countless gyms, surf schools and spas for travelers to keep up the party lifestyle without compromising their health. The beach village is famous for surfing and now welcomes MMA fighters, yogis, skaters and CrossFit junkies. Canggu has long been a popular destination for influencers and travel bloggers. It’s now a thriving community of digital entrepreneurs.

Affectionately known as “The ‘Gu” by longtime international residents, it has universal appeal. There is an increasingly global community in the area, with many Australians, Americans and Europeans making the place their new home. In fact, Bali officials are working hard to make it easier for digital nomads to set up a business.

Tropical garden next to the beach with a swimming pool and a digital nomad laptop by the pool

There are two options for travelers to stay in Canggu. One option is the 30-day tourist visa on arrival, which is open to citizens of 75 countries, including the United States. The visa costs IDR 500,000 (USD 33) and is valid for 30 days, it can be extended once for another 30 days.

Indonesia’s Minister of Tourism has announced that digital nomads can live in Bali’s top digital nomad cities like Canggu with the B211a socio-cultural visa. This is valid for 60 or 180 days and can be processed online. The 180-day visa costs IDR 6,000,000 (USD 400) and takes 4 days to process once the relevant documents are submitted.

Tourists and travelers sit on beanbags in Canggu Bali Beach at sunset

Instagram vs. reality of partying in paradise

Canggu is a popular travel destination, but the area has recently made headlines. Not everyone is thrilled with the status of the area’s new party capital. Of course, locals and longtime international residents are concerned about how the party scene is affecting the area’s reputation.

Just 10 years ago, Canggu was a rural coastal village that rarely housed a few thousand surfers and travelers looking to escape the busy beaches of Kuta, Legian and Seminyak. Now the development is booming. Agricultural landscapes have been transformed into boarding houses and hotel complexes. Roads originally built for a few local moped riders now compete with full-blown rush-hour traffic jams.

Traffic jam in Bali Canggu with tourists and locals riding mopeds down a narrow street

However, this is not bad news; Measures are being taken to ensure that Canggu can continue its development. Local senators have expressed their concerns about the road infrastructure to the provincial government. Officials have said they will review development budgets next year. It is hoped that the funds will be used to expand infrastructure for the benefit of the local community and tourism industry.

A petition went viral in early September when residents complained about noise from large venues exceeding 90 decibels. The local authorities acted quickly. They will coordinate with all venues to ensure noise levels remain below 70 decibels. A solution to why hope means the party scene doesn’t clash with local residents and other vacationers in the area.

Friends at the beach bar toast their cocktail drinks at night

There is no doubt that Canggu’s party scene continues to develop. As perhaps the world’s best kept secret party destination, the area is no longer low key! Once known only to the experienced few, Canggu should be at the top of any party-minded traveler’s bucket list from now on!

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