The Best Live Music Venues in Bali

Indulge | Written By, Joannes Rhino | September 4th, 2017

Live music venues in Bali vary with a mix of local and international talents performing soul tickling music to mesmerise the audience. From jazz to hip hop, fancy instruments to rock, there is a huge diversity in the type of music that you can cherish. It is easy to realise that the music in each venue quietly reflecting the tone of that place. It provides a great opportunity for audiences and the performers to not only listen to wonderful music but also interact and contribute in the musical journey of life


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PETANI RESTAURANT

Taking its name from the Indonesian word for ‘farmer’, The restaurant has chosen to pay tribute to the members of Bali’s hardworking farming community who cultivate the land to provide a consistent food supply. Created by Moroccan-born interior decorator Zohra Boukhari, this distinctive street-front restaurant is a place to sit back and relax amidst an eclectic home décor that brings together vintage and contemporary elements.

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Recognised as one of the island’s best live music venues, Petani Restaurant has numerous scheduled weekly performers by local musicians. Live music performances are available almost every night of the week with uplifting performances by some Bali’s finest musicians. A double-neck guitar legend, Balawan, takes to the stage with his magic fingers every Friday. The inspiring sounds of Gus Teja on his traditional flute accompanied by an ensemble of ethnic musicians can also be enjoyed on Wednesday from 7.30pm onwards.

Alaya Resort Ubud
A : Jalan Hanoman, Ubud, Gianyar
T : +62 361 972200 / 8468925
W : www.alayahotels.com


JEMME RESTAURANT & LOUNGE

Combining food, wine, lights and music, Jemme is an elegant and intimate dining space with a modern Baroque style decorated interior. Draped, sheer curtains, large silver and white candle holders sparkling lights, small silk table lamps as well as pearled table mats add to the sheer beauty of this venue. As a venue with one of the only baby grand pianos in Bali, music at Jemme is always a special accompaniment to your meal and drinks. From pop hits and request nights throughout the week to classical and jazz on the weekends by their resident pianist and special performances, guests can enjoy live piano every evening. This nightly live music, plus the restaurant’s extensive list of imported wines and glamorous environment, this is one of the most elegant dining spots in town.

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A : Jalan Petitenget 28, Seminyak
T : +62 361 4732392
W : www.jemmebali.com


King Cole Bar

Built upon the traditions and legacy of the original King Cole Bar at The St. Regis New York, King Cole Bar at The St. Regis Bali Resort offers a full bar menu from fine Champagnes and divine martinis to island-inspired cocktails shaken with fresh-squeezed juices. The interior is designed using rich elements of handcrafted Balinese teak wood and decorated with intricate Indonesian artefacts and arts. To create a relaxed evening ambience, the venue is covered with a Bedouin tent shape roof which radiates subtle light in the evening.

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As for the entertainment, with Jazz as the official soundtrack of The St. Regis, live jazz performance is an integral part of the King Cole Bar. Performing daily, from 3 PM to late at night, soft yet edgy jazz tunes from live jazz performance always resonates; a live pianist with his inviting melodies from the Grand Piano during ‘Afternoon Tea’ hours from 3 PM to 5 PM and a live jazz performance by resident singer and pianist during ‘Champagne Hours’ up to closing time from 6 PM to 11 PM. These live jazz performances shape a refined yet relaxed ambience at the King Cole Bar, a perfect soundtrack to a glass of Champagne or classic St. Regis cocktails over stirring conversations.

The St. Regis Bali Resort
A : ITDC Nusa Dua Lot S6, Nusa Dua
T : +62 361 8478111
W : www.stregisbali.com


JAZZ & SOUL

Ayodya Beach Club

With a fun-filled, themed beach party, feel the Beat at Ayodya’s Chillout Sunsession every Sunday, featuring Rio Sidik, a highly recognised trumpet player, and Martin, a well-known saxophonist on the island. Jazz zealots or partygoers alike will definitely enjoy the spectacular soothing ambiance performance from both talented artists. After the jazzy performance, a line up guest DJs are ready to complete the evening with the beat of funky music. Chill and relax in the moment on big colourful cushions and beanbags in the garden, surrounded with romantic fairy lights. Open to all and free entrance, this regular event takes place from 3 PM to 11 PM. A special grilled menu and refreshing cocktails are served throughout the day and night.

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Ayodya Resort Bali
A : Jalan Pantai Mengiat, Nusa Dua
T : +62 361 771102
W : www.ayodyaresortbali.com


Paris Cat Jazz Club

This newest jazz club on the island is located within walking distance from some of the most iconic restaurants and bars in the Petitenget area. Open Wednesday to Sunday from 7 PM, this iconic Australian-based venue will take you to a wonderful evening of live music, cocktails and tapas. Surrounded with jazzy environment, a fully air-conditioned room of 120 seats is a home for great acoustics performance. As for what’s on the menu, you can choose European tapas and wines selection as well as a number of refreshing cocktails, martinis, local and imported beers. Soak in the candlelit atmosphere at the rooftop garden for a perfect spot of light conversations with friends or the loved ones. Stay tuned for the rooftop wine tasting evenings.

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A : Jalan Petitenget 5, 2nd Floor, Petitenget
T : +62 812 36789132
W : www.pariscatbali.com


Orchard Bar & Restaurant

Tucked away on a quiet side-street in the trendy neighbourhood of Seminyak, this restaurant is not only offering a good hearty menu of British pub favourites but also the largest selection of draught beers and ales available on the island. Locally known for hosting energetic live music gigs, entertainment is spot on in this place. Showcasing local musicians performing Indonesian contemporary music, this venue will jazz your night up three times a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. On these band nights, the place gets extremely busy with epic jam sessions starting at 8 PM stretching into the late hours, and therefore a reservation is a must!

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Jalan Nakula, Gg Baik Baik, Seminyak
+62 857 89419634


Beach Club Bar & Restaurant

Offering breakfast and all-day dining, the beach club at Puri Santrian highlights a delightful view of Sanur Beach and the Indian Ocean. Sinking into breezy gazebos with fresh cocktails in your hand under the toasty sun will set the mood for both socialising and relaxation. Take the opportunity to put get sand in between your toes and go barefoot on the beach and feel the breeze of tropical air and live in the moment. The lounge is next to the beach club where you can have a yourself a formal dining experience of eastern-western fusion cuisines. Enlighten your Sunday with live jazz performances from 3PM to 5PM and make your breezy afternoon memorable.

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Puri Santrian
A : Jalan Cemara 35, Sanur
T : +62 361 288009
W : www.santrian.com


Ryoshi House of Jazz

Offering the ultimate treats of Japanese cuisine, Ryoshi in Seminyak is not just most famous for the freshness of their fish but also with their live jazz performances. Acting as a restaurant during daytime, the place turns into a jazz entertainment house in the evenings with live bands performing three nights a week on an intimate stage under a traditionally thatched roof. The nights include renowned trumpet player, Rio Sidik, that rocks the house once a week. Ryoshi is growing a strong community of music lovers by consistently bringing in some of the best local and visiting talents, not to mention well-respected international musicians. Check out Ryoshi’s music schedule to see the next special performers coming to town.

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A : Jalan Raya Seminyak 17, Seminyak
T : +62 361 731152
W : www.ryoshibali.com


Soul in a Bowl

Located at the heart of Sanur, on the crossroads to Sanur Beach, this relaxed cafe by day offers a creative delicious selection of coffees, juices and smoothies for drink. As for the food, you can have a great breakfast menu, sandwiches, burgers and all-day cakes. When the day is out, this venue transforms into a laid-back restaurant and bar with a vibrant tapas and dinner menu as well as cocktails. With eclectic European décor to the ambiance and styling loosely-based on Melbourne’s famous cafe scene, Soul in Bowl brings all that jazz energy onto the stage to set up a swinging vibe to the guests.

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A : Jalan Danau Tamblingan 180, Sanur, South Denpasar
T : +62 361 4720063
W : www.soulinabowlbali.com


TOP 40

MoonLite Kitchen and Bar

Located on the rooftop of Anantara Seminyak, this stylish venue is one of great spots in Seminyak to dine and lounge with view of Seminyak’s best sunset. Choose your seating options at the main timber-decked space around the edge, under the glass roof for best views, or sit and sip at the bar for different vibes. After the sun sets, you are invited to elevate your dining experience under the stars overlooking the ocean. MoonLite Kitchen and Bar opens daily from 4:30 PM to 11 PM, offering Anantara’s discerning guests and local residents a striking modern Asian concept. To match the intriguing design, alluring views and inspiring tastes, live music performance is the next best thing. Live acoustic music, performing best top 40 songs on the stage every night from 7 PM to 10 PM, setting a sultry tone for elegant dining.

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Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort
A : Jalan Abimanyu (Dhyana Pura), Seminyak
T : +62 361 73 7773
W : www.moonlitebali.com


Casablanca Sanur

Bringing the best entertainment to a quiet beach resort on the island’s south-eastern coast, this venue presents live evening performances throughout the week with a regular line-up performing alternative of classic rock, reggae, blues and soul. Carrying tagline “‘Dine, Drink and Dance’, this most colourful place in Sanur is open for breakfast and lunch and makes for a good meeting point, while dinner spices up the nightlife mode in the evenings. Able to cater for more than 300, you can choose your preferable genre of music from Monday to Sunday starting at 7 PM onwards, while on special nights present hot salsa and Latin that welcomes you to go footloose with its spacious interiors for dancing and mingling.

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A : Jalan Danau Tamblingan 120, Sanur
T : +62 811 3809919
W : www.casablancasanur.com


Centerstage

This lobby bar at Hard Rock Hotel Bali is better known as a live entertainment and special event venue rather than a typical hotel lobby. Having a stage built right in the centre as the main feature, Centerstage boasts a million-dollar audio visual system which packs a 100,000-watt charge to host regular live bands performing nightly. Adding to that, the lighting system and rock memorabilia lining the walls will make you feel like you are at a rock concert. The guests are seated surrounding the bar, making sure no one misses the stage acts. To get the crowd singing along to the familiar tunes, the performers present retro 70’s rock, 80’s dance and the latest Top 40 selections. This is definitely a hard-to-miss venue!

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Hard Rock Hotel Bali
A : Jalan Pantai Kuta, Kuta
T : +62 361 761869
W : bali.hardrockhotels.net


Deus Ex Machina

Located in the once-quiet village called Canggu, Deus is the Temple of Enthusiasm. They have everything for everyone, from rebuilt motorbikes to custom surfboards, caffeine to gasoline, burnt rubber to trimming fins, fibreglass to blues, tacos to tattoos. With its winding rice-paddy back roads and surf breaks for every appetite, this is where the Deus Temple of Enthusiasm takes root. With beer on tap and arts on walls, music is part of their enthusiasm. Reshaping your Saturdays for chilling with live music on stage, wine tasting, tapas and many more. The Sunday Sessions will add the punctuation to the week. A revolving line up of band rock the backyard from early until the wee hours, and it doesn’t stop there!

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A : Jalan Batu Mejan 8, Canggu
T : +62 811 388315
W : www.deuscustoms.com


Hard Rock Café

As part of Hard Rock International, one of the most globally recognised companies, Hard Rock Café in Bali is known as the best live music venue on the island which always delivers high quality music and entertainment. Hosting a variety of different artists including Hoobastank, Bring Me The Horizon, Angels & Airwaves, Boyce Avenue, Michael Learns To Rock, The Moffats, Temper Trap and many more, this place also regularly hosts performances of local artists like Slank, Glenn Fredly, Peter Pan, Tompi, Maliq & D’Essentials and many more. With free entrance, the daily live performances starting at 10 PM bring all-time favourite songs ranging from different genres to make the guests either dance or sing along. Hard Rock Café also helps new artists to gain popularity by hosting annual battle of the bands-Hard Rock Rising.

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A : Jalan Pantai Kuta, Kuta
T : +62 361 755661
W : www.hardrock.com/bali


Meja Kitchen & Bar

Located in the busiest road of Seminyak, with the unforgettable ‘back to the roots’ menu mixed Balinese Indonesian food, Meja Kitchen & Bar introduces a relaxed and friendly take on typical casual dining. It is stylish without meaning to be – rustic yet urban; a nonconformist kind of style. Every single bite of the food will give your palate the ultimate punch of the authentic taste, indulging in the ocean’s delights with crisp and refreshing accompaniments. The management team has shaped the vibe of this endearing restaurant, alive with passion and personal touches, by presenting the endless live acoustic every dinner time start from 6 PM onwards. Performing Top 40 genre, you are expected to have a cheerful evening to mark the end of the day.

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IZE Hotel
A : Jalan Kayu Aya 68, Seminyak
T : +62 361 8466969
W : www.mejabali.com


DONBIU

Surrounded by a breath-taking view of lush gardens, this restaurant at Padma Resort Legian serves as an authentically unique Indonesian dish and a full-set menu of Continental specialties. For breakfast treat, the buffet features live cooking stations and chilled counters brimming with premium meats, cheeses and tropical fruits, as well as fresh pastries, breads, juices, along with lots of coffee choices. In the evening, nightly live entertainment starts at 6:30 PM performing a selection of Top 40 songs to accompany your dinnertime. Ask their staff for what’s on offer during Happy hours. With an impressive interior décor and typical full-of-smile Balinese hospitality, this place will leave a good impression of your culinary journey on the island.

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Padma Resort Legian
A : Jalan Padma 1, Legian
T : +62 361 752111
W : www.padmaresortlegian.com


Sakala Beach Club

Providing impeccable service in luxury experiences of Tanjung Benoa’s coastal life, Sakala’s poolside and beachfront features a dramatic design with high ceilings and crystal-clear infinity pool as the centrepiece. Soak in the sun on the lounges spreading around the main area or chill at a sunken swim up bar sipping delicious cocktails made from fresh ingredients, while be prepared for the spectacular sunset on the sky deck or sea terrace. Once the sun has left its reddish hues in the sky, indulge yourself in the fine delicacies prepared by well-trained chefs. Serving contemporary cuisine as modern art, Sakala’s dining experience focuses on fresh seafood from local fishermen, bright and vibrantly flavoured – a true ode to the sea. Spare some room for other mouth-watering dishes that promise to dazzle your taste buds. To complete your luxury experience at Sakala, live bands regularly perform Top 40 songs every Wednesday from 7 to 9 PM.

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The Sakala Resort
A : Jalan Pratama 95, Tanjung Benoa, Nusa Dua
T : +62 361 775216
W : www.sakalaresortbali.com

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