Kuta Bali Nightlife of T-shirts, Epedrine, mushrooms, and BintangsTravel | Rex | July 21, 2011 at 09:57
Kuta Nightlife Part 1
Going to the core area of Kuta at night was a very different scene than the daytime beach area. There are tons of clothing and souvenir shops, all of which try to drag you inside to look around. My friend from the hostel wanted to pickup some shirts, so we mostly went into the clothing shops. The shopkeepers quoted ridiculously high prices, such as 200,000 [$23] for a t-shirt, which pissed my friend off, and he’d leave the store. After being I’d been inside several shops, I noticed that they all pretty much carried the same t-shirts. Some would have a few shirts the last place didn’t, but the next one would. They carried various brands such as Quicksilver, Fox, Billabong etc, but I personally – a big fan of these clothing lines – was hard-pressed to see anything I liked.
streets were packed with Indonesians trying to sell Viagra and vials of Ephedrine – and I mean packed. There were times when we had 4 people shoving vials in our face trying to get us to buy and the containers didn’t even look very legitimate, so even if I was interested, I probably wouldn’t trust it. But due to the number of people selling , I suppose some must be real or there would be lots of angry 18 to 20′s Aussie tourists to contend with in the streets. They seemed to be the main group buying them.
Mushrooms and hash were a less common, but still a heavily offered street product. I would be wary purchasing these due to the strict drug laws of Indonesia , although I have been told that the mushrooms are legal. I couldnt find any information to confirm or deny this.
Heading down the street, we popped into a bar which advertised 10,000 [$1.17] Bintangs, which is a very cheap price as you can’t even go to the store for that. They also had tequila shots for 15,000 [$1.75]. The place had a good atmosphere and a small dance floor. After knocking back a couple, we noticed a Aussie guy sitting by himself, so we invited him over. He was fairly young guy from Perth, here by himself and enjoying his last night in Bali. The place was dead when we arrived, but slowly started filling up as the night went on. Pretty good place to strike up conversations I thought. We talked to some various girls of different nationalities and overall had a pretty good night – until midnight rolled around and the Bintangs went from 10,000 to 30,000 [$3.50] which was ridiculous. You can get a double tall Bingtang for that price at most resturants! Overall our bill was pretty cheap for what we drank, but make sure you only stay for the Happy Hour. When we left, however, the place was packed.
We wandered around the streets for a little while longer, but found most the bars had become outrageously expensive. Midnight is the booming time to go out. After about 30 minutes of wandering, we got really tired of being harassed by the hundreds of street dealers and headed home. I almost bought a damn vial of Ephedren just so i could wave it around as we walked to show everyone
that I already had one , although doubtful that would work as they would just try to convicne you that you needed another.