Ubud is a nice village area that is best known for its peacefulness and its relaxing atmosphere, but things do get a little more active at night. It’s no south Bali and it doesn’t try to be, since it has its own charms. It mainly focuses on having some conversation and drinks, but there’s also great live music to enjoy during a night out in Ubud.
CP Lounge is a great spot for both dining and entertaining. There is a wonderful and large garden area for lounging and the stage here is a nice but small affair with a thatched roof. The selection of drinks is large and you can choose from a variety of seating spots from the private to the centrally located. With a dance floor, live music, and DJs, CP Royal Steakhouse and Lounge is a fun place to dance, drink, and dine in Ubud. It opens at 10:30 p.m.
The Fly Café is a nice restaurant that has a lot to offer its guests. Located on Jalan Raya Lungsiakan, it serves excellent dishes that include Balinese and international choices, especially vegetarian options. Whether you’re looking for traditional seafood or BBQ, you can find it here. Warung Fly is an Indonesian restaurant that is located right next to the café. They have free Wi-Fi, so have a delicious meal while getting business done or checking in with friends back home. To add to its attractions, the Fly Café has quiz nights on Fridays and live music on Saturdays. It is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The Melting Pot
This bar is done up in the saloon style, and accordingly serves Tex-Mex food, has Chilli cook-offs, and plays lots of American rock music. There are big TVs for watching sports matches as well and you can play pool, take part in an 8-ball competition (Tuesdays), or enjoy darts and ping pong games. The food is very good and the atmosphere is friendly. Check it out any day from noon to 1 a.m. on Jalan Puri Saren Royal Palace Cultural Night Performances
The Royal Palace
The Royal Palace is perfectly located on Jalan Raya Ubud in the center of town, the Royal Palace has wonderful cultural performances each night that include beautiful traditional costumes and an impressive orchestra. It is best to come early for a good seat from which to view the dance shows. The show starts at 7:30 and lasts about an hour. Barong and Legong dances are the most common types, and the Royal Palace is often included on tours of Ubud.
Bar Luna has live, local music but is better known for its literary club, which attracts authors and readers alike on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It’s a nice, laid-back café style place that is actually located in the basement of Casa Luna restaurant. The restaurant and café both serve international and Balinese dishes as well as great drinks. They open at 3 p.m. and close at 11 p.m.
The Jazz Café is popular yet it has the feeling of being a hidden spot. It is a live music hotspot and features bands from around town, around Indonesia, and around the world, mainly playing, of course, jazz. The live music usually starts at around 7:30 and goes late into the night, and sometimes is provided by solo acts. It has a nice atmosphere including cushions as well as more formal and candlelit spots. Enjoy the atmosphere and even have a meal in the garden. It is open from Tuesday to Sunday starting at 5 p.m.
This is a great place for cocktails and Cuban-Caribbean dishes, one of the best in Bali. Café Havana has live Cuban music, salsa dancing (including by the staff), and even salsa dancing classes. There’s not many opportunities like this in Ubud, so take advantage and learn a great and sexy new skill from fantastic teachers. Café Havana is the perfect spot for hanging out with friends and enjoying some delicious drinks and snacks. It is open every day from 10 a.m. to midnight.