Ubud, Bali's cultural destination
Ubud evolved as a tourist destination because European painters were mesmerized by the local rice fields by day and the Balinese performances at night. It is no coincidence that many of Bali's best musicians and artists are born here. Ubud has plenty of Balinese cultural performances, which are a must see when you visit and several are on offer all around town, from the Ubud Palace on Jln Raya Ubud and Ubud Cultural Centre on Jln Monkey Forest, to the many exquisite performances in traditional temples in and around the town.
Nightlife in Ubud
Over the last couple of years Ubud's nightlife is a special place for spiritual thirsty inquisitive travelers who want to explore more unusual activities like ecstatic dance, contact improv, full moon cacao ceremonies, spiritual Deeksha blessings or international art films. People are made to feel at home in Ubud very quickly, because there are so many welcoming places, making you feel part of the wide range of nightlife activities happening in Ubud.
1. No Mas
No Más (No More) is Ubud’s long awaited new local bar, where Eagles of Death Metal is loud on Thursdays, Jameson & Captain Morgans are tossed around on Fridays, and everyone comes to drink and dance on Saturdays. Rotating Bands and DJ Gigs are a regular fixture while tunes from the likes of Bowie, Depeche Mode and Black Keys are the norm throughout.
No Mas' drinks are carefully crafted by throwing caution to the wind using the finest house pours, mixed by trainee bartenders and served by inexperienced wait-staff and the bar food never detracts from the edgy atmosphere and eclectic cocktail menu.
Weekly schedule at No Mas:
Mondays: Siji Band
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays: Jack ’n Roll Band
Fridays: Siji Band
Saturdays: Dj Ebes
Sundays: Juju and Friends Band
Contact and find out more:
2. Folk Pool & Gardens
Inspired by the storied culture of Gianyar province, Folk is a “Rumah Makan” (eating house) to celebrate the beautiful imperfections of “masyarakat", life through art and design. It cleverly puts together the nuances of yesterday against the refinements of today to create a charming clash of cultures. Folk is a cosy restaurant in Ubud centre perfect for breakfast, coffees and lunch, on Jln Monkey Forest. In Summer 2017, Folk opened a stunning 25-meter long swim-up pool featuring different areas to dine in, with a joglo house, pergola sofas, pool bar, daybeds and teepees - making Folk the perfect place to unwind with friends and families in the heart of Ubud.
Weekly schedule at Folk Pool & Gardens:
Every day: Telaga Sore all day
Wednesdays: Alice in The Gardens all day
Fridays: The Grill Thrill all day
Saturdays: Fathers Flair all day
Sundays: The Folk Bunch at brunch time; Joget Sore in afternoon
Find out more and contact:
Manager: Kencana, Mr. (Ken) at firstname.lastname@example.org
Venue Address: Jl. Monkey Forest, Ubud, Bali 80571
Open: 8 am - 9 pm daily (front house/Folk café); 10 am - 9 pm daily (back house/pool)
3. Cooper Kitchen & Bar
Copper Kitchen & Bar is a Seasonal Earth-to-Table dining experience. Food that embraces the depth of International-Asian culinary traditions and the skill and élan, featuring authentic and natural dining options. The large majority of Copper's fresh produce comes from their own earth-friendly farm down the road in Bali's regional pastures, oceans and forests. The fare embodies Copper's sensibility of keeping things ethical and inspired while paying homage to Ubud’s surroundings.
Learn how to cook in a masterclass every Wednesday with the Executive Chef and take part in mocktail and cocktail classes every Saturday afternoon, combining a mix of exotic ingredients and refined techniques of the old world.
Copper Weekly Schedule:
Everyday: Relaxed Buzz, Buy1Get1 4 pm to 8 pm daily
Wednesdays: Crafty Cooking Masterclass with Executive Chef Ben McRae
Fridays: Steak Night at 6 pm
Saturdays: Crafty Mocktail Masterclass at 3 pm; Crafty Cocktail Masterclass at 4 pm; Seafood Night at 6 pm
Find out more and contact:
Contact Manager: I Wayan Sudiarta, Mr. (Wayan) at email@example.com
Address: Jl. Bisma, Ubud, Bali 80571
Open: 7 am - 11 pm daily
4. Bar Luna
Fast becoming Ubud’s version of Paris' legendary Les Deux Magots, Bar Luna is the place to be seen, where the minds, hearts and bellies of readers, writers, thinkers, hipsters and munchers alike are nourished. And if that’s not enough, Bar Luna’s trained baristas will serve you the best coffee on the island, the beverage of great conversation. Photo by Matt Oldfield:
Bar Luna Weekly Schedule:
Happy Hour nightly from 5-8 pm
Open Mic Night every Wed and Friday, Live Music starts from 7.30pm
Opening Hours: 3pm – 11pm daily.
Address: downstaris in Casa Luna, Jln. Raya Ubud, Bali
Phone: 0361 971 605
With stunning views over the Tjampuhan view, Indus restaurant hosts Ubud's popular Salsa Night every Monday and Friday at 7.30pm. Dance under the moonlight to the rhythm of Buenna Tierra's music or sit back, enjoy the delicious cocktails and fall in love with the picturesque view on the large outside patio. Come early for daily Happy Hour from 5pm! Photo by Matt Oldfield:
Indus Weekly Schedule:
Indus Salsa Night Mon and Fri 7.30pm
Address: Jln. Raya Sanggingan, Kec.Ubud, Kedewatan, Bali 80571
6. CP Lounge
CP Lounge is Ubud’s popular and only late night entertainment space, situated back from Monkey Forest Road next to Ubud Soccer Field. CP Lounge features a spacious open-air lounge, flowing into another spacious restaurant set next to a peaceful rice paddy and a late night dance club with pool tables, live bands and DJ’s. Serving food until 2am and drinks and music until the early hours of the morning… the bar doesn’t really close until the last person leaves!
Once the sun goes down, CP Lounge becomes a happening place with live bands playing under the stars every day starting from 9 pm, with large communal tables and sofas where you can chat up other travelers, expats and locals alike and a constant flow of tasty cocktails, beers, shisha and CP’s famous shooters. After the band stops playing, the party moves inside, where you can grab a seat along the sides of the dance floor, play a friendly game of pool in the back or watch all the action unfold at the lengthy bar and dance floor.