Yeah, in Bali you can listen for live music almost in any bar, restaurant or beach. Some of the places have live music performances every night, others on concrete days. So you have various live music “menu” to choose :).
I want to share about 3 live music places in South of Bali that I visited and recommend you to go there if you are in Bali.
UPDATE: unfortunately it’s closed already “Annapurna Sanur” in Sanur, Bali
For those who think that have “free soul”, likes jamming, different type of music, vegetarian food and meet people from all over the world.
“Annapurna Sanur” is open a little bit more that 1 year ago and presents themselves like a “soul food restaurant”. They share delicious food, inspiring live music for donations and “fight” against the plastic straws.
The atmosphere here is quite magic because of the people who establish this place, who are making everything to people feel like at home.
Every Monday, Thursday, and Saturday from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm here is live music performances (musicians as well plays for donations). Here is as well open stage for everyone who wants jamming. All visitors can just join and share what they want – sing, play, and collaborate with others.
The menu is not so various but prepared very delicious. You can come just to a bar and put everything that you see and want (dinner based on buffet type). Everything cooked at “Annapurna” is grown locally and as much as possible organic. Mostly you will find vegetarian food but for those who like meat – can choose from some dishes with chicken.
Probably it’s the first place where for food that you eat you donate money. There are some “tips” how much can cost which dish (the amount compare with restaurants prices in Bali really good) but you can leave as much as you think the food is worth (there are special donation box near the bar).
I have been in this place couple of times and each time I was enjoying the food and music. There you can often hear playing young Indonesian guitarist Renda Pangestu, other travelers from Spain, California and other countries. Every evening is like a surprise here but every time it brings very positive emotions and feeling that you are a part of the family.
Jl. Tandakan no. 7, North of the Sindhu Night Markets, Sanur, Denpasar, Bali
9:00 am-10:00 pm (live music 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm, but you can stay there longer for chatting and etc.)
“Ryoshi house of jazz and sushi restaurant” in Seminyak, Bali
For those who likes jazz music, artistic performances and Japanese food.
“Ryoshi house of jazz and sushi restaurant” is quite known places between musicians and those who are staying in Bali longer. People enjoy here not only fresh made sushi and other Japanese dishes but as well high quality live music performances.
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 pm till 23:00 pm (or a little bit longer) they have live jazz concerts. Each of these days particular musicians are playing. If you are in South of Bali on Monday – for sure you need to see Rio Sidik quartet performance! I want tell more about this musician performances because you need to see it by yourself, what kind of feeling he brings with his trumpet and singing (he is not solo performer, other professional musicians are playing as well). Sometimes quartet gives extra surprises for visitors :).
Don’t be surprised that on Monday or other day with live music you maybe won’t find free place to sit upstairs (where are the stage). So if you want to see the performances better come earlier or just make reservation for a table. In worst case you can sit downstairs and just listen to music without seeing performers :). As well, on Mondays you can meet a lot of Russian tourists there, like Rio Sidik has couple famous Russian songs covers and Russian tourists likes it very much. Believe me, like Indonesian man his Russian language pronunciation and understanding the Russian songs is very good :). So if you understand Russian language and like songs, you will get double pleasure (even if you are not Russian songs fan, I believe you will enjoy it because of the way how they made covers). For those who likes dance – the quartet brings jazz to a dance floor also :). You have enough space to move there. Once (like I had been there couple of times) I couldn’t just sit and listen – I just dare to start to dance.
Like menu based on Japanese cuisine don’t try to search some other food here :D. Fresh made Japanese dishes won’t leave unsatisfied (yeah, maybe portions can be a bit bigger). I enjoyed here my favorite sushi type. And the prices is quite normal, probably I couldn’t expect to find lower prices in Bali. Here is their menu.
“Ryoshi” has as well restaurants in Kuta, Sanur, Ubud (but I haven’t been there, so I don’t know if the standards so high like in Seminyak). From every restaurant they can deliver food straight to your hotel or other place.
Surprising but “Ryoshi” thinks not only about business, “Ryoshi house of jazz and sushi restaurant” participate quite active in social Bali life: in charity activities and etc.
“Ryoshi house of jazz and sushi restaurant”
Jl. Raya no. 15, Seminyak, Bali
Monday-Wendsday-Friday (when there are music performances) 11:00 am – 00:00 am
Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday-Sunday 11:00 am – 23:00 pm
“Warung Mertua” in Denpasar, Bali
For those who wants to be among Indonesian people in their typical gathering places and listen professional musicians jamming.
If you don’t live in Bali, just came here for holidays probably you won’t know this place and won’t find a suggestion to visit it in any typical guide books :).
“Warung Mertua” a place where gathering mostly only Indonesian people. It’s nothing fancy, very typical Indonesian “warung” but at the same time it’s special place – like here gathering and jamming many musicians from all around Bali. After finishing their works, they like to come to this place and just jamming together, share their thoughts, ideas, experiences. They enjoy playing and covering not only famous international songs, but I would say even prefer play Indonesian good song and “transfer” them to jazz, blues and etc. sounds. That’s why many locals are coming here – they know that will have good music and local prices for food.
If you are foreigner and will dare to come here, be the object of attention (like not many foreigners comes here, so when you will come – people will stare at you for a while) I believe that you will enjoy the atmosphere of the place. Just you need to know that there is no exact time of playing, no date or time. People come to play here for fun, when they have time and energy. My suggestion to go there on Saturdays (in Indonesia it’s the most active week day for going outside) and after 23:00 pm – most probably you will have chance enjoy real Indonesian music life.
Menu here is not various and as well very typical for Indonesian people – “mie goreng” (instant noodles) and similar. So if you are not fan of Indonesian cuisine, you can just order a beer and enjoy the time :) The prices here local ones ;).
Jl. Imam Bonjol, at the intersec-tion with Jl. Malboro, Denpasar
Monday to Friday, Sunday 7:00 pm till 00:00 pm (but can be closed earlier if there are no customers)
Saturdays 7:00 pm till 3:00 am (as well depends on customers)
And extra place –“Rumah Sanur” creative hub, Sanur, Bali
It’s not typical place for live music performances and it’s not the aim of this place – to organize concerts. But like the place is in good location, have space, is open for creative people and have some coffee shop – sometimes you can enjoy music performances not only from Indonesia but European musicians as well. Just check information before coming ar just come for cup of coffee :).
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You like other places? Share where is good place to listen for live music (no matter what type), which one is your favorite ;)
Some of the pictures are taken from internet sources.
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