Laughing Buddha Bar is one of the liveliest spots to enjoy regular live bands that play Jazz, blues-rock, freestyle acoustic, fusion and world music. This popular evening hangout just halfway up from the Ubud Monkey Forest also features salsa nights. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you can savour Asian fusion delights from its eclectic menu, with cooling ice blended juices, and its ‘Buddhalicious’ line of signature cocktails.
Jalan Monkey Forest is lined with various boutiques, restaurants and bars, but one venue that seems to constantly get its share of punters in the evening is Laughing Buddha Bar. For those staying at any of the hotels or guesthouses in ‘downtown’ Ubud, walking to this spot is a breeze. Passersby are attracted by its near-street-side band and sound system setup. Step right in and you instantly become part of the scene.
Inside, day or night, it is a surprisingly cosy place to sit and drink, with a laid-back vibe, a friendly waiting team and a fantastic playlist. Laughing Buddha Bar features the island’s greatest Jazz and Blues performers who play regular gigs. Its weekly agenda roughly comprises The Bali Blues Brothers and The Mushroom Blues Band playing on Mondays with a powerful lead vocalist Imelda Joplin. On Tuesdays, the Onik Blues Rock Duo takes to the stage.
Occasionally, hot Latin grooves from prominent Balinese band Tropical Transit fill the air on Fridays, and another round of Latin music features on Saturday nights with the Buena Tierra band that gets guests moving. Here, you’ll also encounter the latest album launches from prominent Jazz soloists. There’s a live band playing here almost every evening from 21:00 to 23:00.
Food selections range from Southeast Asian delights to Tex Mex, such as phad thai, spicy chorizo quesadillas, wonton noodle soups and ayam panggang kecap (signature sweet soy sauce-marinated spicy grilled chicken). Laughing Buddha Bar’s happy cocktail hours feature from 16:00 to 19:00, when you can get a buy-one-get-one-free deal on arak choices, or buy-two-get-one-free on selected mojitos and daiquiris. On any other occasion, try their soothing mandarin margarita or sugarcane mojito, and at lunchtime ask for their freshly pressed sugarcane, rosella mint or ginger lemongrass juices to beat the heat.
Laughing Buddha Bar
- Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 08:00 - midnight
- Location: Jalan Monkey Forest, Ubud
- Tel: +62 (0)361 970 928