When the festive season strikes, everyone has to surrender – even the spiritual, awakened, kombucha-powered and spirulina-dusted town of Ubud becomes merry…well, traditional way! Ditch your turmeric shot and get ready to miss that sunrise yoga class, tonight we gonna take you to our favorite watering holes serving the best cocktails in the hood! Fasten those organic cotton seatbelts, here we go.
Welcome to the jungle: The Elephant
The best spot to start drinking early: their terrace overlooking the jungle valley is the prettiest at the sunset hour. Cocoon in that swing chair and order their signature Espresso Martini or a creamy pina colada served in a real pineapple “cup”, which will set you in the right mood – it’s gonna be a long night!
The Elephant: Jl. Raya Sanggingan
Fancy pants: Night Rooster
An upscale yet very cozy bar by the wizards behind the famous Locavore restaurant. Get those seats by the bar and see the magic in the making: the bartenders gonna use the drops of some mysterious concoctions, mud the fruits which names you’ve never heard of before and cocoon your wrap your crystal glass in a fragrant smoke before serving. Read our full review on Night Rooster here!
Secret spot: LaRamona
The vibes of the underground! There is no sign on the street, just a blue octopus painting to guide you in – that’s a pretty promising start, isn’t it? What you find inside is a Berlin-style bar owned by a cool couple: while he cooks (and – don’t be intimidated by a rough bar set up! – Josie Yugopradana’s food is amazeballs), she shakes, stirs and pours your drinks. Try everything, from the “boozy milkshake” White Alaska Lime to their signature mean sangria!
LaRamona: Jl Dewi Sita (across the road from Locavore)
Party time: NoMas
The best-looking bar in this part of the island, NoMas is a jungle equivalent of South’s La Favela and La Laguna, only in miniature. This upstairs hangout is a secret gem we adore: every quirky detail counts! Come early for a relaxed apperitivo with a view or later in the night when the space is getting busier and busier with every new track a DJ puts on. If you had an illusion Ubud folks are tucked in bed by 9 pm, you better leave your yoga mat at home and see what reality is like! ?
Only lovers left alive: Room4Dessert
If you’ve managed to stay up ’till late (and by Ubud-wise late we mean, like, 10 pm ?), all the roads gonna lead to this trippy space. It looks odd from the outside – think Mad Max/Burning Man kind of building – but it’s cozy and welcoming inside (just don’t look up…duh!) NY chef Will Goldfarb made this place a Mecca for any sweet tooth maniac by creating some crazy creative desserts – Whiskey, Torture, Turgenev would be our fave, and not only because of the rad name! – but the drinks are as good as the sweets. Stay till last order sipping on the finest wine, try some of the curious cocktails like About Schmidt or order a degustation set – because yes, you can have it all! Just don’t look up at the ceiling. You’ve been warned.
Room4Dessert: Jl. Raya Sanggingan
// top image by Night Rooster