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10 bars you don’t need shoes for in Bali

Published February 22nd, 2017

Because yes, they’re basically in a pool/on the beach.

No shoes, no problem at these 10 Bali bars, you probably also don’t need much but a bikini or boardies either (oh and your wallet). Bali has to be one of the most densely populated islands on the planet, when judging solely by the number of swim up in-pool bars, so why not try out a few while you’re there! Day drinking full steam ahead…

Viceroy Bali

Certainly one of Bali’s most stunning hotels, the Viceroy serves up delicious cocktails at its hilltop pool where there’s no need to get out and dry off with its swim-up bar. Enjoy your fruity drink in front of the stunning forest views that begin at the edge of the incredible infinity pool.

Conrad Bali

If you choose to actually stay at the Conrad Bali, not only is there a bar conveniently located next to the pool, with poolside service, there are also ‘Lagoon Access’ rooms meaning you can roll straight outta bed (sleep in a bikini for ultimate steeze) into the sumptuous 4,800-square meter of swimmable pool area. Now that’s livin’ Barry.

Potato Head Beach Club

Arguably one of Bali’s top places to see and be seen, the uber trendy Potato Head has the ultimate beachfront bar and 500-square meter emerald lawn leading to an infinity pool. Jump in and pull up a chair however at the swim-up bar for the best people watching spot.


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La Plancha Beach Bar & Restaurant

Soak up the view of crashing waves and chil island vibes as you sink into the colorful bean bags and umbrellas smack bang on the beach. No shoes required when you’re sinking your toes into the sand. Get there early and choose the nearest spot to the beach, so you can score the best view.

El Kabron Restaurant & Beach Club

Sip champagne from El Kabron’s signature gold Moet glasses as you float on cloud 9 in this waterhole like swimming pool perched a cool 50 meters above the sea. Naturally there’s poolside service for those shinning golden goblets so you don’t have to take an eye off of the breathtaking 180-degree view of the Indian Ocean.


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Finns Beach Club

It goes off at Finns and that means, no time to put on shoes and line up at the bar. Good thing they’ve got a swim-up bar nestled in the oceanside infinity pool.


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Le Meridien Bali Jimbaran

Like something out of a Bond film, the swim up bar at Le Meridien Bali is surrounded by a 1,300 square-metre saltwater lagoon pool complete with a cascading waterfall off of its round post-modern rooftop.

Grand Aston Bali Beach Resort

Tuck into a tropical smoothies or perhaps something more lethal (and less #fitlifegoals) at the Aloha Pool Bar at the Grand Aston, right in the middle of the pool.

Discovery Kartika Plaza

Sit back and get your float on under the giant thatched roof of the Discovery Kartika Plaza’s giant swim up bar, Kul Kul Pool Bar. Now this is what they mean when they say to get on island time.

Bali Mandira Beach Resort & Spa

Set yourself up on a lounge and slip into the pool at the Bali Mandira because you’re not going to want to go anywhere else all day long. Good thing they’ve got you sorted with a fabulous swim up bar, ready to cater to your every cocktail whim!

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Sam Aldenton

Sam Aldenton is a travel writer, digital content creator (read: takes photos/videos with her iphone and sometimes a real camera) and former retail and youth trend forecaster. When she's not off discovering the world’s best pizza (an obsession picked up from her 4-years in New York), she makes her home in Brisbane, Australia. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram at @samaaldenton.