Amid the thumping beats and electronic tunes on Bali’s nightlife scene, there are a few hotspots that feature live music instead, with great local and international regular bands. The following selections are the most mentioned when you ask for the best live music spots in Bali, as they feature the island’s most talented soloists and bands playing from Jazz, R&B, Latin, pop to fusion and world music.
- Quad or Buggy Driving Adventure & Tubing Excursion
- Royal Mengwi Temple, Monkey Forest & Tanah Lot Excursion
- Bali Hai Sunset Dinner Cruise
- Devdan Show: Treasure of the Archipelago at Bali Nusa Dua Theatre
- Lembongan Island Leisure Day Trip
- Elephant Safari Park & Elephant Ride with Spa
- Highlights Of Bali Full-Day Tour
- Sunset Kecak Dance at Uluwatu & Barbecue Seafood Dinner
- Seawalker, Fly Fish Adventure & Underwater Tandem Scooter Ride
- 2-Day Lombok Island Tour
Laughing Buddha Bar
Halfway up from the Ubud Monkey Forest, Laughing Buddha Bar is one of the liveliest spots to enjoy live music while in Ubud. The island’s greatest Jazz and Blues performers play regular gigs at Laughing Buddha, with a weekly agenda comprising The Bali Blues Brothers and The Mushroom Blues Band playing on Mondays with powerful lead vocalist Imelda Joplin. The Onik Blues Rock Duo takes to the stage on Tuesdays and hot Latin grooves from prominent Balinese band Tropical Transit fill the air on Saturday nights with the Buena Tierra band gets the audience moving on Fridays with another round of Latin tunes. Laughing Buddha is also the frequent venue of choice among local musicians for their latest album launches, where they also throw in a live gig. Come any evening to enjoy a live band playing Jazz, blues-rock, freestyle acoustic, fusion or world music from 21:00 onwards.
- Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 08:00 - midnight
- Location: Jalan Monkey Forest, Ubud
- Tel: +62 (0)361 970 928
As one of Seminyak's great spots for Italian cuisine, Zibiru Restaurant is tucked away from the main Seminyak traffic on the Jalan Drupadi side street, allowing only the soothing sounds from the nightly live band’s soul and slow jazz to accompany your dinners. The main dining room is homey and subtly-lit with tables arranged under an open-beam wooden ceiling. Outside, its lush garden is guarded by a family of Zibiru’s colourful mascot ceramic pigs adjacent the live jazz band.
- Opening Hours: 17:00 – 24:00
- Location: Jalan Camplung Tanduk, Seminyak
- Tel: +62 (0)361 731 622
CP Lounge is located halfway up from the Jalan Monkey Forest Road, and features a dining and entertainment complex owned and run by a royal Ubud family member, who also occasionally serves as the venue’s fun-spirited host. A small thatched-roof stage with live bands – who play almost anything – separates the spacious garden lounge and its bar that serves a great selection of martinis and cocktails. Its semi-open entertainment hall is reminiscent of a grand Balinese meeting pavilion and houses billiards and a makeshift dance floor. Be it outside under the stars or in a cosy subtly-lit corner, scenes and seating choices abound. You can enjoy good food with its selection of tapas, grilled steaks, mix of Mediterranean, western and local dishes, including pizzas and pastas, then dance away to the tunes provided by the band and live DJs.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 - 04:00
- Location: Jalan Petitenget No. 12 B, Seminyak
- Tel: +62 (0)361 978 954
Ryoshi on Jalan Raya Seminyak has proven that a Japanese restaurant can serve great sushi, sukiyaki, teriyaki and tataki in a laid-back social setting with live music, eventually attracting a more global clientele rather than Japanese-only diners. Ever since this Seminyak institution experimented with its live Jazz nights on its thatch-roof sheltered deck a few years back, Ryoshi evolved its more popular byname ‘Ryoshi House of Jazz’, featuring live bands every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Among the island’s most popular Jazz soloists and bands include Ryoshi’s own quintet, Nancy Ponto and The Soul Brothers, the Rio Sidik Quartet, Afro Spirit, Bridge Ensemble, Jazz Path, Afronesia, and nationally acclaimed singer Tri Utami singing to the tunes of Bali’s famous Tropical Transit world music band.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 01:00
- Location: Jalan Raya Seminyak No.15-17, Seminyak
- Tel: +62 (0)361 731 152
Hard Rock Centerstage
Centerstage is Hard Rock Hotel Bali’s one-of-a-kind entertainment venue with a raised stage above a bar (doubling as a lobby bar), where you can enjoy drinks whilst watching live bands up-close. Bands play from Rock to Rhythm ‘n’ Blues, and Hip-hop to the most current singles playing on the charts and airwaves. Hard Rock’s ‘band of the month’ alternates between established performers, including Hard Rock’s long-performing Siluet Band that usually plays from retro ‘70s rock, ‘80s dance to the latest Top 40. Centerstage also hosts unique shows, especially around the hotel’s anniversary celebrations such as Hard Rock’s annual body painting competitions, special fashion shows and unplugged performances by international celebrities. Centerstage’s million-dollar audio visual system packs a 100,000-watt charge into the nightly performances.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 01:00
- Location: Hard Rock Hotel Bali, Jalan Pantai, Banjar Pande Mas, Kuta
- Tel: +62(0)361 761 869