The Onion is nestled off the main road which is why it was easy to miss. One night, well into my stay in Ubud I heard live music playing and my eyes were drawn by the candles and eclectic lighting. My partner and I were impressed by the friendliness of the staff and the unique ambience of the place.
The Onion soon became my second home. It was such an interesting and creative space. This in turn attracted artists and other creative people to use the space to create different events.
I find it hard to condense my experience into a few words. There were so many memorable nights spent there, one of my favourites was open mike where people would jump up from the audience and share a song. For a while there all the Balinese staff would come on stage and share some of their music.
On another occasion we had a Mad Hatters party which a tribe member organised. Everyone dressed up and had a lot of fun
Theatre in the garden was pretty special with Tebo Aumbara and Ari Rudenko putting on a dance theatre piece which ended up with the audience gathering around the pond, which someone ended up doing a running dive into and splashing those closest with muddy water. Pentatonic played and then we all went inside for drinks and food.
For a while The Onion hosted an arts market, then there was all the IT activities and various workshops held at the back I met so many interesting characters there, many of them I hope to reconnect with when I go back for a visit.
I also introduced many people to this place from my time at Kupu Kupu Art Space. The Onion has always been a place for collaboration.
I can certainly say I had many of my best nights there. Watching the diverse path this place has traveled I feel blessed to be part of it. At the heart of the external surroundings, there is respect for local culture and willingness to give back.
What makes this place unique is, its more than a restaurant and accommodation the space has facilitated the birth of a tribe of like-minded people who will always be connected in spirit to the the hub, known as The Onion