One of the richness of Indonesia that you shouldn’t miss when travelling here is the traditional dances. Each region has their own dances and they have their own meaning. In Bali alone, there are so many dances. UNESCO recognizes three genres of traditional dance in Bali, Indonesia, as Intangible cultural heritage. The three genres includes Wali (sacred dances), Bebali (semi-sacred dances) and Balih-balihan (dances for entertainment purposes). You can find these dances in the temples or in special occasions. However, since Bali is a tourist destination, you can also find and enjoy these dances while eating. We listed some places where you can dine in and enjoy these traditional dances.
1. BALINESE DANCE GALORE
Where: Made’s Warung Seminyak | +62361 732130
We all know and love Made’s Warung for its nasi campur since 1969. Now they have four branches in Bali and one in Amsterdam. The bigest one yet is the Seminyak Branch, and it gave them room to host some entertainment for their guests. These performances are done by the local dance group from various area in Bali. Every Monday at 20.00-21.00 they have performance from Sanggar Tari Ibu Nym. Budawati – Mengwi; Tuesday from 19.30–21.00 you can enjoy Sangar Tari Bp. Kt. Sudirawan – Gianyar; Wednesday on 20.00–21.30 is performances from Sangar Tari A.A. Rai – Gianyar; Friday you can see Sanggar Tari Ibu Alit Arini – Denpasar from 19.30–21.00; and Sunday is the Barong or Legong dance from 19.30–21.00. A must-see, when in Bali.
2. BALINESE DANCES & MUSIC PERFORMANCES
Where: Hotel Tugu Bali | +62 361 4731 701
Every Thursday, from 7.30 PM onwards, It is a free admission event that is presented on the stage the majestic Bale Agung, a soaring 15 meter tall ancient architecture based on the now-extinct sacred hall of Bayung Gede village, under the watch of the oldest, most gigantic wooden Garuda statue ever carved. Under the captivating atmosphere and presented by the best traditional performers in the region, we present an opportunity to watch century-old Balinese dances and live gamelan for the visitors and residents.
For every week, Hotel Tugu Bali presents different choices of genuine Balinese dance performances in the most authentic Balinese setting on the island.
3. LEGONG & BARONG DANCE
Where: Kunyit Restaurant at The Anvaya Beach Resort Bali | +62361 759991 or email@example.com
Kunyit Restaurant is the ideal introduction to traditional delicacies of Bali and Indonesia, providing a sensory dining experience that specializes in authentic Balinese and Indonesian cuisine. Kunyit restaurant is famous for their Megibung package. This flavors of Bali can be enjoyed with a marvelous performance of Legong and Barong Dance every Saturday at 7 PM.
Where: Golden Tulip Jineng | +62 (0)361 47 27 488 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Perfectly located on the southern end of Sunset Road, Golden Tulip Jineng Resort brings this cultural event closer for everyone to experience the great energy and spiritual charisma of Kecak Ramayana Dance. Sunset Road itself is a central crossroad of south Bali that links Kuta with Denpasar, Nusa Dua and Sanur. Taking place at the resort’s very own amphitheater; Phalastana, Guests are invited to immerse into the legendary Kecak Ramayana story followed by dinner featuring an array of mouth-watering grills.
Phalastana Cultural Dinner can be enjoyed every Friday from 6.30pm. Other than Kecak, different cultural events will be scheduled on certain days.
Phalastana Cultural Night:
230,000 rupiah per person with dinner
100,000 rupiah per person for show only
Reservations highly recommended
5. BALINESE BUFFET DINNER
Where: TepanNoodle at Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel | +62361 751067 or email@example.com
Join us for an opulent and authentic Balinese dining experience and be enthralled with the mystifying Balinese culture and cuisine every Saturday. Featuring live cooking stations with special performances by the hotel staff as well as live cultural performances.
6. TRUE BALINESE EXPERIENCE
Where: Suku at Conrad Bali | +62361 778788
Connect with the culinary heritage of the ‘Island of the Gods’… and beyond. Suku offers authentic street food from Bali, Java, Thailand, Hong Kong and Singapore, prepared with the freshest produce and the best meats and seafood, served in an open, casual ambiance. Vibrant and exciting Balinese dance and musical performances accompany Balinese buffet evenings on Tuesday and Friday.
7. BUFFET NUSANTARA RAYA
Where: The Best Brew at Four Points Kuta by Sheraton Bali | +62361 849 6606
Four Points by Sheraton Bali, Kuta is offering the real taste of authentic Indonesian culinary with its finest local source and herbs. This Nusantara Raya Buffet is available every Sunday from 6PM – 10PM. Not only will you get to taste authentic Indonesian food, you will also be entertained by Modern Balinese Dance.
8. LEGONG ON SUNDAY
Where: Manisan Bali – Ubud | +62361 846 8933 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Manisan Bali presents “Legong Dance” performance every Sunday night in this traditional Javanese Joglo combining age old Javanese elements with modern sophistication and the stage is set up for the ultimate Indonesian culture experience while a dinner is served.The show starts at 7.30pm.
9. BALI GARDEN BEACH RESORT
Jl. Kartika Plaza, Kuta, Badung, Bali 80361 | +62361 752725 | www.baligardenbeachresort.com
Catch the perfomance of traditional Balinese dances at Warung Damar, located close to entrance of Bali Garden Beach Resort. You can watch the dance performances on every weekend starting at 7 PM while enjoying the authentic dishes served in this restaurant. The place is semi open air area with some traditional touch on its interior and shaded by frangipani and hibiscus trees.
10. GRAND HYATT BALI, NUSA DUA
Kawasan Wisata Nusa Dua ITDC, Nusa Dua, Bali | +62361 771234 | Opening Hours: 6:30PM – 10:00PM
Dine underneath the stars at Pasar Senggol, designed as a contemporary Balinese night market, lingering among an array of stalls offering authentic Indonesian and Balinese dishes, as well as artisans creating a host of handicrafts.
Situated in the heart of Grand Hyatt Bali, the open amphitheater allows guests to dine while being entertained by the live legendary Balinese cultural performances. An array of Indonesian and Balinese food stalls are served along the village path. Dance performance starts at 7:30PM every night.
11. ULUWATU TEMPLE
Pecatu, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali
This is the perfect place to watch the best Kecak dance in Bali. Not only you can enjoy the energetic and hypnotic Kecak dance, but also the beautiful panoramic view of Uluwatu temple cliff and the sunset. The show starts from 6 PM – 7 PM everyday. Uluwatu temple is also one of the most favorite places to watch Kecak dance.
12. UBUD PALACE
Jl. Raya Ubud No. 8, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571
Other than Kecak, Bali also has this famous dance called Legong that you should watch while visiting the island. At you can enjoy the expressive Legong dance performed by young woman with headdresses and colorful clothing. The performance starts at 7.30 PM everyday.
13. SEASIDE THEATRE
Where: Alila Manggis | +62363 41011 or email@example.com
Alila Manggis presents Seaside Theatre, celebrating Bali’s distinctive art and culinary traditions. Crafted around the concept of Bale Banjar, the Balinese community hall where village members usually gather for ceremony preparations, music and dances as well as village galas, Seaside Theatre will excite guests with energetic Balinese dances performed under a starlit sky by talented children from Manggis village. They will perform Legong and Genjek Dance. While engaging in this wonderful cultural experience, guests can indulge in a sizzling East and West food theater that will delight the palate with authentic local ‘Babi Guling’ and Western-style barbecued meats, or an elaborate local and international barbecue street featuring fresh organic produce from land and sea.