Ubud has laid back nightlife, far from partying all night long in the clubs where the DJs in Kuta, Seminyak, Legian or Canggu take you to the dance floors every night, but still, there is plenty to do around.
Each evening you will find a few great choices. You can choose between open-mike nights, karaoke, jazz and reggae live music, salsa nights and great tunes coming from local or visiting international musicians. All you have to do is pick a night and enjoy!
XL Shisha Lounge
The cozy and mysterious atmosphere with silk draped ceilings and red curtains inspired by Bedouin tent is what makes this club unique. It is also one of the few places where you can find shisha pipes from Dubai and Al-Fakher tobacco from the UAE to make the experience more genuine. The shisha are available with one to four hoses, and you can mix flavors to your taste. Live music plays every evening from 7.30 pm until late and many times there will be more than one band filling up the dance floor with their vibrant music.
Address: Jl. Raya Monkey Forest No. 129
Open: 11am till 03am
Laughing Buddha Bar
If you are up for some good tunes, you can find live bands here, and they will be playing everything from jazz, acoustic, blues-rock to fusion and world music on its mini stage. Its weekly agenda roughly comprises The Bali Blues Brothers and The Mushroom Blues Band playing on Mondays with a powerful lead vocalist Imelda Joplin. On Tuesdays, the Onik Blues Rock Duo takes to the stage.
You can also listen to latin grooves from Balinese band Tropical Transition Fridays, and another round of latin music on Saturday nights with the Buena Tierra band. The bar also features salsa nights and regular special highlights such as album launches from the island’s prominent artists. Check out ‘cocktail happy hours’ from 4 pm 7 pm and buy-two-get-one-free promos on mojitos and daiquiris. If you want to get your hips moving live band is playing every night from 9 pm till 11 pm.
Address: Jalan Monkey Forest, Ubud
Open: Mon – Sun, 8am till midnight
Bienvenido salsa lovers! This is one of the bests spots on the island for the hot salsa moves to share with your friends. Venue is full of Cuban memorabilia; Cuban rhythms fill the air, and tasty tapas such as fried Camembert with guava chutney are handed out for bites. Live music by La Bomba band plays Latin sounds, while the waiters and waitresses get their groove on with the latest Rueda moves. This is also one of the few places to learn salsa in Ubud in exciting classes and to learn proper techniques. Their cocktails are also legendary, and you will feel your feet move as soon as you enter the club.
Address: Jalan Dewi Sita
Open: Mon – Sun 10 am till midnight