I love live music in small venue settings. On a recent trip back to Ubud, I was gearing up to listen to live music at my favorite place in the city. Turns out that my hopes were to be crushed. I walked for 30 minutes in the dark to the spot my beloved JAZZ Cafe should have been in Ubud only to find that it was no longer open! That great bar with live music that I enjoyed so much before had closed its doors. (A fact that I was sure to tell my hotel as they assured me my walk wasn’t going to be in vain.) A few conversations with some local taxi drivers later and I learned that the old bar’s owner went out of business and that maybe, just maybe, a new owner will reopen it again in the future.
AHHHH!!!! What’s a girl to do for awesome live music now? I can’t be in a place without cheap wine AND no music.
Thank the tourist filled Jalan Monkey Forest Road for supplying me with this needed music – nightly. Live music lives on!
Laughing Buddha – www.laughingbuddhabali.com
- This place has live music from about 8:30pm – 11:30pm nightly.
- You will hear latin, reggae, blues, rock, and the best part is…..it will be worth it.
- With Bintang at 300k, you can make a night of it sitting at the picnic table set up. Unless you are with five of your closest friends, you will share a table! A lounge area shares the second floor loft with the restrooms upstairs.
- Get here early.
Art Kafe – Jalan Monkey Forest (south of Laughing Buddha, same side of the street)
- Bohemian flair. Art Gallery. Bar. Snacks. Music!
- Nighttime music consisting mostly of plugged or unplugged guitarists.
- A chilled out scene. Depending on how close you sit to the musicians, you can actually have a chat with the person you’re without screaming or make a request of the band.
- Music “stops” around 11-11:30pm.
Even if you’ve gotten over your jet lag, you could always check out XL Shisha or CP Lounge for music as well. It’s worth checking to see what time they have it on before heading over.
Where is your favorite spot for Live Music in Ubud, Bali?