Here on the ‘island of the gods’ we’re blessed to have a thriving music scene with ultra talented musicians both local and from around the globe. And it definitely helps that we’ve also got tons of great venues to showcase all those stellar bands. We took a tour around the island to discover the hippest, most happening rocking spots to get your groove on to live tunes, and these are the ones that topped our list.
The Orchard Bali
Conveniently located on Jalan Nakula in Seminyak, The Orchard Bar & Restaurant gets rave reviews for its laid-back vibes, super friendly staff, and fab menu that includes great pub grub like fish & chips and barbecued seafood. Although they seem to be busy most nights of the week, the nights they really pack out is when The Orchard Sessions are going on with live bands made up of local and international musicians playing a mix of rock, soul and R&B. It also doesn’t hurt that they’ve got great drink specials every live music night like 2-for-1 daiquiris and espresso martinis.
www.facebook.com/theorchardbali | Jalan Nakula, Gang Baik 99X, Seminyak, Bali
Deus Temple of Enthusiasm – Sunday Sessions
Canggu-ites in the know (and even those from farther afield) head to the Deus Temple of Enthusiasm every Sunday night for raucous rock n’ roll sessions from about 8pm onwards. Located in the middle of the rice fields not far from the beach, this big breezy space houses custom motorcycles, a surfboard creation studio, and a cafe and bar serving up fusion cuisine and cold beers. Expect the place to get rammed every Sunday night with a good mix of local and foreign hipsters, surf guys and gals, and music enthusiasts looking to rock out.
www.facebook.com/DeusBali | Jalan Batu Mejan No.8, Canggu, Bali
Laughing Buddha Bar
Ubud may be a tad quieter than its sister cities in the south, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find great bands to rock out to here. For a consistently solid line-up of live acts, Laughing Buddha Bar wins the prize. Depending on the night of the week, you can catch great rock shows, jazz and blues acts, swinging salsa sets and even African drumming collectives. Just be sure to get there early, as the place packs out fast.
www.laughingbuddhabali.com | Jalan Monkey Forest, Ubud, Bali
Double Six Rooftop
It’s hard to find a more scenic setting to soak up mellow beats and sexy soul rhythms than the Double Six Rooftop at the Double Six Luxury Hotel. Park yourself in one of their floating pods and sip on a sparkling wine or strawberry and peach daquiri as the sun sets over the Indian Ocean and live DJs set the mood with easy-going grooves. Every Tuesday they also have live bands take the stage, serving up solid sets of everything from blues to ska.
Ryoshi House of Jazz
What started out as a simple sushi restaurant has now become one of the prime spots on the island to hear smooth and sultry saxes, rich bass guitar riffs and soulful blues singers crooning their hearts out. Swing by here every Monday, Wednesday and Friday to catch some of the best bands on the island, including Ryoshi’s own resident band, Nancy Ponto and The Soul Brothers. As an added bonus, you can grab some sublime sushi and sake to accompany the tunes.