Perched in the lush Balinese central highlands, Ubud is famous worldwide for its artsy and spiritual vibe. Life unfolds slowly here and dwellers prefer rising early, rather than having a late night. While most of the bars and venues close pretty early here, there are some awesome spots in town that play live music. Check out our guide to the best live music venues in Ubud—perfect for a sing-along and dancing with friends.
Located in the central Jalan Raya Ubud, Betelnut is a venue that serves all needs and tastes. The spot has yummy food and drinks, organizes documentary screenings, movie nights, live events and talks, and it also has live music. With lounge-like vibes and an outdoor space, it’s a perfect venue to end a magical day in Ubud. The musicians and bands playing at Betelnut are carefully chosen and have high-quality performances, music, and lyrics. Do not miss their next events.
The drive up to Akasha, 15 minutes north of Ubud, is an experience in itself; you’ll see emerald green rice fields and Balinese tropical forests. Thinking of coming here for an uplifting concert that includes medicine music and happy reggae? With giant dream-catchers hanging from bamboo rafters and large homey sofas, dining here fulfills both the body and soul. The jackfruit nuggets are a compulsory must-eat.
No Más is a classic bar in Ubud where you can go with friends to have never-ending late night chats. The vibes are casual—usually loud with live-band music. It’s the perfect place to shout out loud and let the fun win over any stress. In Spanish, no màs means “no more,” which is funny because, at this spot, patrons typically ask the bartender for “one more” drink, such as the bar’s iconic Bloody Mary with fried chicken leg add-ons.
CP is the only club that’s open late in Ubud. The space is big, with seating outdoors and indoors, as well as lazy couches, cushions, large tables for big groups, shishas, and pool tables. Every night, the party is on here. A reggae band often shakes the spirits, usually playing until midnight. Dancers move in what is known as the “fish-bowl,” a soundproof room where the beats go on until 4 am. This destination does the trick for a fun night.
Hidden in the buzzing Jalan Dewisita, Laramona is Ubud’s little secret. The space is enclosed, with no windows, and permeated with underground vibes. It feels like you’re in a hipster bar in East London or Melbourne. Laramona is the place to hang and listen to some good deep-house tunes, with a DJ deck that’s located on empty petrol barrels. This bar’s bruschetta and french fries topped with truffle oil are on point. The drinks are refreshing and the ambiance is the coolest you will find in Ubud.
Tourists are always feted at Bali Bohemia, whether it’s with a wonderful meal, themed dinners, open mics, cultural events, or live music. The place has many regulars who visit for the food and vibe. The live-music nights are a must-see, due to a wide array of performers and musicians, including bands, musical instrument virtuosi, singer/songwriters, and more. Sometimes, the stage also presents authentic Balinese music, accompanying guests while they feast on mouthwatering, homemade foods.
Located close to Ubud’s famous Sacred Monkey Forest, the Laughing Buddha Bar is a great little spot. Regularly hosting live gigs and playing a selection of funky music, Laughing Buddha is ideal for a jive after a day exploring Ubud’s culture. They serve delicious fresh juices and cocktails, yet Laughing Buddha doesn’t only offer drinks: They also serve food until 1 a.m.
9 Angels is more than a warung, or a small family-owned business: It’s a community project and space where people can enjoy a lovely meal, performing arts, read a book, share skills, and get inspired while guided by “love.” It opened its doors in 2013, thanks to Thony, the owner, and his friends. The food—vegetarian food made with locally sourced ingredients—is served buffet-style and diners pay with an honor system, leaving a donation on the table. 9 Angels offers a mindful space with a non-conventional ambiance.
Backpacker vibes are all around at Napi Orti, also known as the “reggae bar.” This spot is for a young fun crowd, ready to spend a late afternoon and evening chatting about travels, life, and dreams while the music is playing—loudly. The food is average, but the drinks are cold. Come here for the people and the atmosphere.
L.O.L bar is famous for its cocktails and reggae—the perfect recipe for a chill tropical night out on the island. The food is good and cheap and it has ice-cold beers. There is live music here almost every night that permeates the room with fun and happy vibes. What else could you ask for?