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Where to Go for a Drink in Ubud

Let’s face it, health-conscious Ubud isn’t the number one place you’d choose to go for a drink. Bali’s spirituality capital seems to pretty much shut down come 9pm, even at the busiest times. Yet, surprisingly, over the last couple of years, Ubud has managed to sprout a handful of decent bars. So, whether you’re looking for a great night out, gourmet cocktails, or both, here’s where to go for a drink in Ubud:

Ashes cocktail at Night Rooster - picture courtesy of Locavore.

Night Rooster

Part of the Locavore empire, Night Rooster is where head bartender Raka Ambarawan gets to shine, with spectacularly beautiful, intelligent cocktails, many exploring local and home-made ingredients (and, yes, there’s also a great bar snack menu, too). Set on the first floor above Golden Monkey, it’s a low-key, relaxed space with spectacularly affordable pricing: and it’s also one of just two outlets in Indonesia to have made the prestigious Asia’s 50 Best Bars list.
locavore.co.id/nightrooster
Mon-Sat 4pm-12am
Jalan Dewi Sita, Ubud
+62 (0)361 977 733
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Room 4 Dessert

I’ve raved about Will Goldfarb’s desserts in my writeup of Ubud’s best restaurants, but the cocktails are good, too, and you’re totally fine to pop into this steampunk-themed space just for a drink. Besides classic and tweaked classic cocktails, you’ll find mixes made with local ingredients as diverse as blue flowers and dragon fruit, but served without solemnity.
room4dessert.asia
Mon-Fri 4pm-12am, Sat-Sun 12pm-12am
Jalan Raya Sanggingan, Ubud
+62 (0)812 3666 2806
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No Más

Less temple of the cocktail, more good-time bar, this funky space occupies the first floor of the building out front of Folk Pool & Gardens, with a feel that’s a little bit Bali and a lot Mexican cantina. Things get going late, by Ubud standards, from around 8pm, but the vibe is fun, the craft beers are great, and it’s a lively, good-time crowd. It’s routinely open till midnight, and, when it’s busy, as late as 2am.
nomasubud.com
Mon-Sun 4pm-“late” (midnight-2am)
Jalan Monkey Forest, Ubud
+62 (0)361 908 0800
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The infinity pool at Jungle Fish Bali hangs over an impressive gorge.

Jungle Fish

The high concept of this place, part of the swish Chapung Se resort, is “a beach club in the jungle” – and that really nails it. A sweeping infinity edge pool hangs above a forested river gorge; pods, loungers, cabanas and swinging beds justify the entrance fee; and there’s OK cocktails, great pizza and lovely ice cream, too. DJs are only at weekends.
junglefishbali.com
Mon-Sun 7.30am-10pm
Chapung Se Resort and Spa, Jalan Raya Sebali, Keliki
+62 (0)361 898 9104
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CP Lounge

If pool, shots and late-night mayhem is your thing, then… what the hell are you doing in Ubud? For a good-time vibe, however, CP Lounge takes some beating – and it’s been known to stay open till 4am or, indeed, until the last person leaves, while the kitchen serves until 2am. Definitively your last late-night drinking option in Ubud, you’ll almost certainly end up here at some point, regardless.
cp-lounge.com
Mon-Sun 11am-4am (or later)
Jalan Monkey Forest, Ubud
+62 (0)361 978 954
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Image credits: the Chapung Se shot is mine; Ashes is copyright of Locavore.