11 Best Nightlife in Ubud

Best Places to Go at Night in Ubud

Nightlife in Ubud may not be on top of the list since it’s better known for its relaxing ambience and quiet, traditional atmosphere. Even so, there are several corners of this village that prove there can be a bit of life in Ubud after dark – and that there’s more to enjoy beyond the rice terraces and temples.

Ubud’s nightspots won’t rival the bars and nightclubs of Bali’s south, but a few cater to night owls with more easygoing vibes and casual gatherings. The Puri Saren Royal Palace is a great place to enjoy cultural night performances with its traditional dances, and modern scenes with live music are offered by some of the best nightlife spots around Ubud.

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    Royal Palace Cultural Night Performances

    Ubud Royal Palace, or Puri Saren as referred to by locals, is one of the main cultural landmarks of Ubud. Centrally located just across from the community hall where traditional Balinese dances are regularly rehearsed, the palace itself is popular for hosting nightly cultural performances, with dancers in their most elaborate costumes accompanied by a live gamelan orchestra.

    The cultural shows at the palace normally start at 7.30pm and run for approximately an hour. Tickets can be bought directly at the entrance. Best come early if you’re looking for the best viewing seats. Repertoires include the legong and barong dance. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 7pm (shows from 7.30pm)
    • Location: Jalan Raya Ubud No.8, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
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    Laughing Buddha Bar is a bar just up from the Ubud Monkey Forest that’s popular for presenting live music on its mini stage, nightly. A variety of bands play everything from jazz, blues-rock and freestyle acoustic to fusion and world music. You can also expect salsa nights and special events throughout the week.

    For those staying at any of the hotels or guesthouses in ‘downtown’ Ubud, walking to this spot is a breeze. Their ‘happy cocktail hours’ are from 4pm to 7pm with special deals like 2-for-1 promos on mojitos and daiquiris. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 1pm
    • Location: Jalan Monkey Forest, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
    • Address: +62 (0)361 970928
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    XL Shisha Lounge

    XL Shisha Lounge is a cosy bar and lounge that features a Middle Eastern-style interior with laidback corners and silk-draped ceilings reminiscent of a Bedouin tent. Their shisha pipes were flown in from Dubai and the Al-Fakher tobacco from the UAE. XL is the place to go if you want to try a bit of Middle Eastern vibes in Ubud together with the best exotic water pipes in town.

    The shishas are available with 1 to 4 hoses, and you can mix flavours to your own taste. If you’re feeling peckish, XL’s menu presents international selections with delicious, authentic Dutch cuisine, steaks and burgers, as well as a wide range of tapas and Indonesian specials. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 2am
    • Location: Jalan Monkey Forest No.129, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
    • Tel: +62 (0)361 9082524
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    Laka Leke Restaurant offers an enriching dining experience in Ubud with a festive Balinese dinner accompanied by regular cultural night performances. Your Balinese dining experience here is enhanced by the restaurant's outdoor setting, complete with Balinese style thatch-roofed pavilions set around rice paddies. The shows also present a variety of traditional Balinese dances.

    A buffet line features chiefly Indonesian cuisine, while an a la carte menu offers speciality dishes such as nasi campur mixed rice, crispy fried duck and all sorts of tasty satays. Monday nights feature the kecak dance performance. Wednesdays feature the barong and kris dance; Thursdays have the fun and interactive joged dance, and Saturdays present the amusing ‘frog dance’ performed by kids. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 11pm
    • Location: Jalan Nyuh Bojog No.32, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
    • Tel: +62 (0)361 977565
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    CP Lounge

    CP Royal Steakhouse & Lounge

    CP Lounge is a dining and entertainment complex just halfway up from the Jalan Monkey Forest Road. It’s 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 (usually playing almost any genre) separates the spacious garden lounge and the bar which serves a great selection of martinis and cocktails.

    The semi-open entertainment hall is reminiscent of a grand Balinese meeting pavilion and it houses billiards and a makeshift dance floor. Be it outside under the stars or in a cosy subtly-lit corner, you’re treated to plenty of seating choices. You can enjoy a selection of tapas, grilled steaks, and pizzas and pasta, then dance away to the tunes played by the band or DJs.

    • Opening Hours: Daily from 11am to 4am
    • Location: Jalan Monkey Forest No.15, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
    • Tel: +62 (0)361 978954
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    The Melting Pot Saloon

    The Melting Pot

    The Melting Pot is a western-style saloon in Ubud where you can challenge your friends at popular bar games while enjoying cold beers, pizzas and Tex-Mex dishes. It has pool tables, electronic dart boards, ping pong tables and foosball. It aims to serve as a gathering spot for everyone from all over the globe – there’s a full wall over the bar covered in flags of every nation where you can climb up and sign your name on.

    It plays host to Ubud’s annual Great Texas Chilli Cook-Offs where cooks battle in an open-air kitchen to present the best Texas style spicy chilli. On regular evenings, expect great old classic American rock tunes or live international sports feeds on big screens.

    • Opening Hours: Daily from 10.30am to 1am
    • Location: Jalan Raya Pengosekan No.22X, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
    • Tel: +62 821 4558 0325
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    Fly Cafe & Cuisine

    Fly Cafe

    Fly Café is a casual dining spot in Ubud that offers a comfortable, open style setting. You can find it on the northern borders of the main Ubud hub, on Jalan Ray Lungsiakan. The café serves local, international and vegetarian cuisine, including barbecue ribs, gourmet pizzas and tasty seafood off 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. In the evenings, join in on a fun time for their free Friday Night Quiz and Saturday Night Live Music sessions.

    • Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 10pm
    • Location: Jalan Raya Lungsiakan No.2C, Kedewatan, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
    • Tel: +62 (0)361 975440
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    Kafe Bunute

    Bunute Restaurant & Bar

    Kafe Bunute is a popular dining spot in Ubud that’s named after the large landmark fig tree where it’s located. Fig tree is called ‘bunut’ in the local tongue. The restaurant presents Balinese cuisine with only slight twists to suit the palates of an international audience. Signature dishes are passionately prepared retaining much of their exotic flavours.

    Among the must-tries is nasi panggang banana-leaf-wrapped and grilled rice, served with shrimp, vegetables, chicken and spices. The venue presents live band performances regularly, ranging from blues to jazz and with jam sessions usually from 8pm.

    • Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 11pm
    • Location: Jalan Dewi Sita, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
    • Tel: +62 (0)361 972177
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    No Mas Ubud

    No Mas Ubud

    No Mas is a small bar up from Ubud's Jalan Monkey Forest Road that offers simple bites and stiff drinks in a cosy and laidback setting. The people behind the establishment claim to go on 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, as well as local and international DJs for some good vibes on some evenings. Their bar is well-stocked with cold Bintang and they can easily whip up cocktails for an easygoing night up in Ubud.

    • Opening Hours: Daily from 5pm to 1am
    • Location: Jalan Monkey Forest, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
    • Tel: +62 (0)361 9080800
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