Ubud is Bali's central upland destination known for its relaxing ambience and quiet, traditional atmosphere, this upland village community has several corners that prove there can be bit of life in Ubud after dark, and more to see beyond the rice terraces and temples. Although none of the venues may parallel the bars and nightclubs on Bali’s south, a few cater to night owls with a more easygoing scene and casual gatherings.
While the Puri Saren Royal Palace is a great place to enjoy cultural night performances with its traditional dances, modern nightlife with live music can be had at several of the best spots around Ubud. For those wanting to get out of their quiet villas and bungalows and enjoy a night out, here is our selection of best bars and evening hotspots in Ubud.
The Puri Saren Royal Palace is the landmark of Ubud. Centrally located together with the Ubud Art Market across the road, the Royal Palace makes a great stopover during Ubud’s most common tour itineraries. In the evenings, the palace grounds hold nightly cultural performances with the most vivid gamelan orchestra and dancers in their most elaborate costumes. Shows normally start at 19:30 for approximately an hour and tickets can be bought at the entrance. Coming early is advised if you are looking for the best seat and the best angle for photos. Repertoires include the Legong and Barong dance performances. A handy tip if you are staying in Ubud: the community hall beside the palace features local youths practicing traditional Balinese dances during the day which are free to watch. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 19:30 – 20:30 (shows)
- Location: Jalan Raya Ubud, Ubud
Laughing Buddha Bar, just up from the Ubud Monkey Forest, features live bands playing everything from Jazz, blues-rock, freestyle acoustic, to fusion and world music on its mini stage. The bar also features salsa nights and regular special highlights such as album launches from the island’s prominent soloists. 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. The bar’s weekly agenda presents The Bali Blues Brothers, The Mushroom Blues Band, the Onik Blues Rock Duo, and occasionally, Latin grooves from prominent Balinese bands Tropical Transit and Buena Tierra. Check out their ‘happy cocktail hours’ from 16:00 to 19:00 and buy-two-get-one-free promos on mojitos and daiquiris. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 08:00 - midnight
- Location: Jalan Monkey Forest, Ubud
- Address: +62 (0)361 970 928
- Website: http://www.facebook.com/laughingbuddhabali
This cosy lounge is located just across Ubud’s central football field on Jalan Monkey Forest. The bar features a Middle Eastern inspired décor and laid-back corners with silk-draped ceilings reminiscent of a Bedouin tent. With shisha pipes flown in from Dubai and Al-Fakher tobacco from the UAE, XL is the place to go if you want to try a bit of Middle Eastern vibes and the best exotic water pipes in town. The shishas are available with one to four hoses, and you can mix flavours to your own taste. An eclectic menu serves international selections with delicious, authentic Dutch cuisine, steaks and burgers, a wide range of tapas and Indonesian specials. The friendly staff and genial owner encourage a casual and sociable scene and live music is featured every evening from 19:30 until late. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:00 - 03:00
- Location: Jalan Raya Monkey Forest No. 129, Ubud
- Tel: +62 (0)361 975 751
For an enriching dining experience, head up to Laka Leke on Ubud's Jalan Raya Nyuh Kuning, where you can enjoy a Balinese dinner feast accompanied by regular cultural night performances comprising different kinds of Balinese dances. Your Balinese dining experience here is enhanced by the restaurant's outdoor setting, complete with Balinese style thatch-roofed pavilions set around rice paddies. A buffet line features chiefly Indonesian cuisine, while an a la carte menu offering specialty dishes such as 'nasi campur' mixed rice platter, crispy fried duck and all sorts of tasty satays. Monday nights feature a 100-strong dance troupe kecak dance performance. Wednesdays feature the barong and kris; Thursdays the fun and interactive 'joged' dance, and Saturdays have the amusing ‘frog dance’ performed by Balinese kids. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 20:00 – 24:00
- Location: Jalan Raya Nyuh Kuning, Ubud
- Tel: +62 (0)361 977 565
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 Monkey Forest, Ubud
- Tel: +62 (0)361 978 954
- Website: http://www.facebook.com/cploungeubud
The Melting Pot Saloon
The Melting Pot Saloon is Bali’s own Western style saloon. Here you can challenge your friends at pool tables, electronic dart boards, ping pong tables, or at table football, and enjoy beers, pizzas and delicious Tex-Mex. A gathering spot for everyone from all over the globe, it has a full wall over the bar covered in flags of every nation where you can climb up a ladder and feel free to sign your name on. The owner also initiated Ubud’s annual Great Texas Chilli Cook-Offs where a large group of amateur and professional cooks in an open-air kitchen battle on its spacious front parking space, to present the best Texas style spicy chilli while pleasing the judges and the crowd with their flair. On regular evenings, expect great old classic American rock tunes or live international sports feeds on big screens. There’s 8-ball competitions on Tuesday nights, and 10-ball on Fridays.
- Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12:00 - 01:00
- Location: Jalan Pengosekan, Ubud
- Tel: +62 (0)81 576 891 13
- Website: http://www.facebook.com/MeltingPotSaloon
Fly Cafe & Cuisine
Fly Café is a great hangout that is located on the northern borders of the main Ubud hub, on Jalan Ray Lungsiakan. The café offers a comfortable, open style restaurant by day that serves scrumptious, local, international, and vegetarian cuisine including barbecue ribs, gourmet pizzas and tasty seafood off the hot grills. Adjoining the café is Warung Fly, which offers freshly prepared, authentic spicy Indonesian cuisine including whole grilled fish and spicy fried red rice. While venturing out in the island’s uplands, you can ‘fly’ in here any day of the week for a delicious value meal in Ubud, and check emails or surf the web free of charge with your own laptop or Wi-Fi enabled device. In the evenings, join in on a fun time for the free Friday Night Quiz and Saturday Night Live Music sessions.
- Opening Hours: 08:00 - 22:00
- Location: Jalan Raya Lungsiakan, Ubud
- Tel: +62 (0)361 975 440
- Website: http://www.facebook.com/Fly-Cafe-Cuisine-325920290905357
Bunute is located on Jalan Dewi Sri, just up north from the Monkey Forest and at a large tree landmark – a type of large fig tree called ‘bunut’ in the local tongue. The restaurant presents a twist in introducing authentic, original Balinese cuisine to the international dining audience, with signature dishes passionately prepared with exotic flavours. Among the must-tries is nasi panggang banana-leaf-wrapped and grilled rice, served with shrimp, vegetables, chicken and spices. Following nightfall, the venue presents live music performances featuring the famous local Moko Blues band every Saturday, with jam sessions from 20:00 to 23:00. Also, Reggae Nights are featured every Thursday featuring Bingo and Griya Faria, who each play twice a month at Bunute.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - 23:00
- Location: Jalan Dewi Sita, Ubud
- Tel: +62 (0)361 972 177
- Website: http://www.facebook.com/bunutekafe
Bar Luna is the sister venue of the famous Casa Luna restaurant enterprises, located in the basement of Casa Luna on Jalan Raya Ubud. Brainchild of the creator of the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, the Bar Luna Literary Club has become a gathering event and place for hipsters, featuring local and visiting authors from all over the world to its Tuesday and Thursday literary nights. The events often feature live music performed by local musicians. The charming and cosy, Bohemian-style cafe presents an eclectic menu of Balinese and international dishes. Look out for their happy hours with two-for-one cocktails nightly from 17:00 – 19:00 for a great deal.
- Opening Hours: 15:00 – 23:00
- Location: Casa Luna basement, Jalan Raya Ubud, Ubud
- Tel: +62 (0)361 971 832
- Website: http://www.facebook.com/barlunaubud
No Mas Ubud
This small bar up from Ubud's Jalan Monkey Forest Road claims to offer simple bites and stiff drinks in cosy and laidback ambiances, all in a mission to welcome anyone looking for good company where they can dissolve their problems - be it anything from failed relationships to bad app ideas. The local bar features live gigs, ranging from live bands performing Top 40 hits to death metal, and local and international guest DJs for some good vibes on some evenings in the week. The bar's well-stocked. A small Bintang is at IDR 25,000 (under USD 2), and there's a whole selection of boozes and cocktails to try out for an easygoing night up in Ubud.
- Opening Hours: 16:00 – 01:00
- Location: Jalan Monkey Forest, Ubud
- Tel: +62 (0)361 9080 800
- Website: http://www.facebook.com/nomasubud