Think that Ubud is only yoga studios, rice paddies and Balinese temples? Think again.
Busy by day, peaceful by night, Ubud isn’t really known for it’s raging nightlife – but know where to look and you’ll find a growing number of trendy watering holes (and a few old favourites) dotted around town for the after hours crew. Here’s 9 of the very best for you to whet your whistle at.
Uber cool dessert & drinks venue helmed by renowned NYC chef, Will Goldfarb. The UFO-industrial venue may look like it has just crashed down from some galactic junkyard, but don’t let the look fool you – this place is the real deal with sublime sweets and some of the best drinks in town. Shaken, stirred, smashed and swilled, the five-star tipples here make it a must-visit for post-dinner boozing ’til late.
Room4Dessert, Jl Sanggingan, Ubud, Kedewatan, Gianyar, p. +62 81 236 662 806
Pull up a pew at this super-cool new speakeasy on Jl Dewi Sita and enjoy some of the best cocktails you’ll find anywhere, thanks to resident alchemist Raka. From the same team behind restaurant-of-the-moment Locavore, the upstairs 40-seater bar area is dripping with a cool late-night atmosphere and the drinks are simply sensational works of art, both visually and in their subtle, delightful flavours.
Night Rooster, Jl Dewi Sita 10B, Ubud, p. +62 361 977 733
The Laughing Buddha
One of the liveliest bars in town, the Laughing Buddha is your go-to spot if you’re looking for good fun, live music and of course, delish drinks. You can’t miss it either, it’s right on Monkey Forest road, and the whole place is usually up and grooving to the nightly live bands who always raise the roof.
The Laughing Buddha, Jl Monkey Forest, Ubud, p. +62 361 970 928
Designed to hark back to the traditional Batavian café culture of years gone by, the quietly refined downstairs bar at one of Ubud’s top eateries (part of the famed Sarong & Mamasan group) is a great spot to settle into cocktail hour. Lazy jazz spills out of the speakers and perfectly complements the original drink creations that draw heavily on Southeast Asian fruits and spices. Oh, and there’s a classic cocktail cart too, so your cleverly crafted tipples can be brought right to you table-side.
Hujan Locale, Jl Sri Wedari 5, Ubud, p. +62 81 339 720 306
Toting “easy food, stiff drinks, failed marriages, bad app ideas. Your new island sinkhole awaits”, this funky downtown bar doesn’t take itself too seriously. Well, apart from the drinks of course, which are a sublime mix of thirst-quenchers, designed to get you up and grooving to the music – especially on their regular Sunday Soul Sessions. You won’t want to miss their multi-day happy hours either.
No Mas, Jl Monkey Forest, 80571 Ubud, p. +62 361 908 0800
Divine Wine & Cocktail Bar
Part of the sprawling Bridges restaurant and overlooking the beautiful Wos River gorge, Divine Wine & Cocktail Bar is a casual yet sophisticated spot to indulge in a few pre or post dinner drinks. One of the best wine lists around and a selection of small bar bites available complete the picture at this Ubud favourite.
Bridges Bali, Jl Raya Campuhan, Ubud, p. +62 361 970 095
Copper Kitchen & Bar
Set within the jungle-like surrounds of Bisma Eight, Copper Kitchen has been making waves with its fantastic mix of Indonesian and Western seasonal ‘earth-to-table’ cuisine. Open all day, the gorgeous bar follows a similar model, with the expert mixologists shaking up a variety of original creations based on what’s hot right now. It’s soulful, it’s crafty, and it pays homage to Ubud’s lush surrounds.
Copper Kitchen & Bar at Bisma Eight, Jl Bisma, Ubud, p. +62 361 479 2888
Open all day for casual grazing, CP lounge comes alive after dark with a buzzy international vibe. Situated next to the central football field near central Ubud, it’s one of the only places in town where you can dance the night away into the wee hours while enjoying top-notch cocktails and icy cold beers at super reasonable prices.
CP Lounge, Monkey Forest Road (Jl Wenara Wana), Ubud, p. +62 361 978 954
The Bar at Murni’s
One of Ubud’s true hidden gems, this atmospheric cocktail bar is hidden down a few flights of stairs below Murni’s restaurant – one of the first ever to open in the area over 30 years ago. Its magical ambiance harks back to a forgotten era of Bali, and a tried and tested cocktail list ensures you’ll end up staying way longer than you expect.
The Bar at Murni’s, Jl Raya Campuan, Ubud, p. +62 361 975 233
Thirsty yet? We are too! See you at the bar…