Music Venues in Bali


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Bali is world renowned as an electronic music and clubbers paradise, with people travelling from every corner of the planet to immerse themselves in the thriving nightlife, however, below the flashing lights and lively parties there are a number of places where live music performers take to the stage to steal the spotlight and to entertain a different crowd. For those of you looking to leave behind packed out clubs for something a little more refined and relaxed, here are a few places worth checking out during your stay in Bali to encounter some talented local musicians.

Laughing Buddha Bar - Located in Ubud and about halfway up from the Ubud Monkey Forest, this is one of the most popular and liveliest music venues in Bali, attracting some of the most talented performers due to the popularity and well established status of the bar, and has also become a popular spot for musicians who are releasing new albums and LPs. The venue hosts a variety of bands, but more often than not, this is a perfect spot to check out the island's best jazz and blues musicians who provide regular performances. As well as jazz and blues, there are fusion performances, latin, freestyle acoustic and plenty of world music. Performances are every evening from around 9.00pm. The cosy interior provides an intimate setting where musicians can really connect with their audiences, and the venue also offers a full menu for those wishing to indulge in some local cuisine while they indulge in some local culture.
Zibiru Restaurant - Hidden away in Seminyak on the Jalan Drupadi side street, this chic Italian restaurant offers some of Bali's best Italian cuisine as well as a romantic and cosy setting for dinner, as well as a rooftop space for starlit dinners. As it is slightly off the main street, the bustling and busy sounds from outside are well muted providing a relaxing setting for the nightly entertainment of smooth jazz and soul music to accompany your evening meal. On Saturday evenings, the venue hosts a jazz fusion rock back under the name of Urban Groove who put their unique spin on popular classics from artists such as Radiohead and The Police, turning them into luscious, raw and smooth jazz. For one of the most atmospheric and relaxing meals possible, be sure to add this restaurant to your to-do list in Bali.
Ryoshi - Also located in Seminyak, this Japanese restaurant has made a name for itself since experimenting with live jazz nights on it's deck, protected from the elements by a thatched roof. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday the venue hosts performances from the islands most popular jazz musicians and soloists including a house quintet. Other notable musicians who frequently play here are Nancy Ponto and The Soul Brothers, the Rio Sidik Quartet and Afronesia. As well as hosting a plethora of excellent musicians, the venue is an established sushi restaurant with a relaxed and chilled-out setting which attracts an international clientele of Japanese tourists, locals, and since becoming more popular, tourists from all over the world.
Hard Rock Centerstage - One of the better known venues in Bali is located in the Hard Rock Hotel across the road from Kuta Beach. Centerstage is the hostel's lobby bar which has become a live entertainment and special events venue instead of a conventional hotel lobby. The stage is located in the middle of the room, in the middle of the bar in fact, which allows for guests to witness the entertainment in 360 degrees, and hosts regular bands and one-off performances on a nightly basis. As with any Hard Rock venue, the walls are plastered with rock memorabilia from famous musicians throughout history. Despite being in the Hard Rock hotel, musical acts vary from Rock and metal to R&B and even hip hop, appealing to a large number of people with different music tastes. Every Monday, the venue hosts a free event called “Rhythm and Booze” which features a live fashion show accompanied by DJ's spinning the decks. Live performances start at around 8.30 every evening and continue long into the night, and the bar and music performances are open to the public as well as hotel guests.
Omnia Dayclub Bali. An all-day party destination perched atop a cliff, 100 metres above the Indian Ocean in stunning Uluwatu, Bali. This place is amazing expensive but amazing! They have tons of top DJ lines every week and the crowd is good looking glamorous and ready to party. If you're scared of having fun and getting wet in a pool with bikini clad girls, don't come. If you have cash to burn and love to party like a VIP then head to Omnia. It's a bit far away from the main Seminyak scene but is up there with the best venues in Bali and well worth the trip.
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