5 cool things to do in Bali this weekend (March 31-April 3)

Hang with the cool cats for Bourbon and Boogie time. Photo: 40 Thieves Bali

PETITENGET: Boogie and Bourbon at the neighborhood speakeasy

Get the weekend fired off right the hangout for Bali’s coolest cats, 40 Thieves. Styled as a New York speakeasy bar, the prohibition vibes are strong at this place, which makes downing the bourbon and boogieing to disco all the more fun. Take advantage of the bar’s 2 for 1 cocktails from 10pm-midnight and get there before it’s too late, since space is tight.

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When: Friday, March 31
Where: 40 Thieves
Jl. Petitenget no. 7, Seminyak
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CANGGU: Creatives unite

Artists and creative types, get some of your favorite works together and gather with like minds in Canggu. The super homey Nest cafe is having a get-together for painters, filmmakers, photogs, writers, and any other creators and people passionate about art to connect and get to know the community better. Canggu is Bali’s hippest spot, after all, so we can only expect some pretty interesting stuff at this gathering.

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When: Friday, March 31, 5:30-8pm
Where: The Nest – Home Café
Jl. Raya Pantai Berawa, no. 8, Canggu
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UBUD: Learn more about the amazing Bali heritage dog

It doesn’t take much time in Bali to realize the island’s dog stray population is booming. But Bali dogs aren’t just any old mutts. In cooperation with BAWA, University of California Davis Professor Benjamin Sacks will be sitting down at Arma in Ubud to discuss what makes the Bali dog so unique and important and what we can learn from genetic studies. Sacks is the director of Mammalian Ecology and Conservation Unit in the Center for Veterinary Genetics at UC Davis.

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When: Sunday, April 2, 3pm-6pm
Wantilan, Water Garden, ARMA, Pengosekan, Ubud
RSVP to info@bawabali.com

CANGGU: Hit the beach market

See what the Canggu community’s up to and hit the weekly Sunday market at Echo Beach for some goodies after a nice sleep-in and late brekkie. Browse through food, fashion, jewelry, plants, vegetables, and more at your own pace for a chillaxed Sunday afternoon vibe.

Echo Beach Market

When: Sunday, April 2, 11am onwards
Where: Echo Beach, Canggu
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UBUD: Get your raw food game up to snuff

It’s not enough to be gluten-free, vegetarian, or even vegan these days in Bali. Raw food is the movement sweeping through Ubud and to truly get your own grasp on it, best head to the island’s hottest raw food spot, Alchemy for some workshop time. The newly launched Alchemy Academy will teach their “cheese” cake formula, decorating techniques, raw chocolate basics, along with help creating your own recipe. Food demos, hands-on experience, recipes, and everyone’s favorite, chocolate tasting, is what’s on the agenda. Price is Rp 650k, FYI.

(This one’s technically not over the weekend, but every day’s a weekend for a lot of people in Bali.)

When: Monday, April 3, 2-5pm
Where: Alchemy Academy, Ubud
RSVP to hello@alchemyacademybali.com
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