When you first stepped in Bali, you would be in awe with the holy temples, lavish religious ceremonies, and the pampering luxury spas. The first days of your holiday would be filed by a trip to the lush rice paddies, the beaches, and some cultural insights to the temples. But when you started to know Bali better, you would discover more beyond the cultural destinations; parties, drinks, and yes, even cabaret show. Though not as rowdy as the Thailand’s, the cabaret show Bali is just as lively. They aren’t a secret either—despite of Bali being highly religious island. If you know where to see, they are particularly easy to find! Here’s where you could enjoy live cabaret performances to accompany your party night!
Vi Ai Pi
This Legian nightclub is largely popular for its DJ performances and one of the main hangout club amongst upwardly mobile Jakartans (who are on their vacations) and the young crowds. Located right beside the Bali Bombing Memorial, the bright and blazing Vi Ai Pi is hard to miss in this one way street. Club-goers know Vi Ai Pi for their surprise shows as they always bring on different themes each days for the whole week—rendering an unexpected experience. On some nights they would feature exceptional cabaret show Bali with drag queens. You won’t see them extracting weird things under their skirts—save that for Thailand—but they would surely give an entertaining shows with drag’s signature, hilarious antics!
Dubbed as one of the most iconic LGBTQ bar in Bali, Bali Joe is definitely a place to see cabaret show Bali. Probably one of the best one. Located in Jalan Cemplung Tanduk Seminyak, you would instantly greet by drag queens who would usher you inside. But they won’t be performing until the clock hit 10 PM; when they would flamboyantly appear on glimmering curtain, throwing an extravagant show and performing perfect lip-sync to the music. Come in early, though, as the bar gets extra crowded with partygoers as the drag shows begin!
Located literally next to Bali Joe, Maxwell offer another festive cabaret show Bali in alternative to its neighbour Bali Joe. The difference is that the drags here take a special celebrity persona to be performed at stage. If you have keen eyes, you would probably see Madonna, Christina Aguilera, and Britney Spears look-alike as they take the stage fabulously. But, just as Bali Joe, drag queens aren’t their only stars. Watch for a group of male go go dancers—as they dance in the background—and oiled up sexy guys dancing provocatively at the bar table.
Sea Vu Play
This seafood restaurant slash sport bar slash gay nightclub brings the newest addition to prevail cabaret show Bali. The show might just opened recently, but that doesn’t mean that the fun is less. Start from 9.30 PM, drag queens and entertainers would go to the stage and invite you to dance in what they called as “walk the plank”. They welcome people from all spectrum of the rainbow; and those who’re brave enough to go up and do the #walktheplank will be rewarded with “Nauti Shot”—a sure recipe for an epic, stupid, and totally illogical fun!