10 Best Nightlife in Gili Trawangan

Best Places to go at Night in Gili Trawangan

Nightlife in Gili Trawangan is one of the island’s main draws. Trawangan is often singled out as the ‘party island’ among the three Gilis. The island is your best choice for most of the nightlife offerings. You can find a good mix of bars and live music venues open practically every night of the year. Beach venues offer good food, sunset views and lively scenes after dark.

Here, we gather the best places to go at night on Gili Trawangan. They range from fun and lively party boats that let you cruise around the waters of the Gilis and into the golden sunsets, as well as beach bars, beach clubs and other unique experiences. A magical sunset or a bonfire on the sand can become a treasured highlight of your Gili island escape.

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    Jiggy Boat Party

    Jiggy Boat Party

    This is the latest iteration of several previous party boats that cruises between Bali and the Gilis. The five-hour cruise sets sail from the southeast coast of Trawangan in the early afternoon and well into the evening. While sailing around all three Gili islands, the friendly crew keeps the party pumping with free shots passed around throughout the afternoon, while DJs keep up the good mood with a cool house and EDM playlist. Group tickets are available at USD 110.

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    Sama Sama Reggae Bar

    Sama Sama Reggae Bar

    For a laidback Rastafarian vibe on Gili Trawangan, Sama Sama Reggae Bar is a popular spot on the main, south-eastern coast. There are live bands performing top hits from Bob Marley and other legendary bands. However, reggae is not the only genre featured here. Some evenings have bands covering rock and even grunge. You can also order light bites such as pizzas or spaghetti to go along with your cold Bintang.

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    Tir Na Nog Irish Bar

    Tir Na Nog

    This very popular Irish bar on Trawangan’s southeast coast features a shipwreck style of a setting, with billowing barbecues of meat and seafood every evening. Tir Na Nog Irish Bar is slightly set back from the beach, with one serving area for all. After dinner, their resident DJ steps in and the tempo steps up a bit, bringing the crowds towards a more jovial party vibe. Wednesday is usually their main party night.

    • Opening Hours: 07:00 – 02:00
    • Location: Jalan Pantai Gili Trawangan, Gili Trawangan
    • Tel: +62 (0)370 613 9463
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    Evolution Bar

    Evolution Bar

    Almost all evenings are fun at Evolution Bar, near the boat landings on the eastern coast of Gili Trawangan. The party scene here goes along the lines of fire dancing, beer pong, live cover bands playing just about any genre, and live DJs playing from an upper-deck booth to an energetic crowd below. A single happy hour is from 21:30 nightly, with discounted drink offers that include vodka shots (IDR 15,000 or USD 1), or cold bottle of beer (IDR 45,000).

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    Blue Beach Bar

    The Blue Beach Bar is the main beachfront spot of the Vila Ombak Hotel, on Gili Trawangan’s south-eastern coast. The bar accompanies the resort’s Sidewalk Café. The bar features live cover bands weekly, but on certain nights there are beanbags lined up on the sand with a giant screen put up in front for a truly great outdoor cinema experience. The Blue Beach Cinema screens at 18:00 and 21:00 almost nightly. From the bar you have a great selection of tempting cocktails, with local and imported beers, as well.

    • Opening Hours: 08:00 - 23.00
    • Location: Vila Ombak Hotel, Jalan Pantai Gili Trawangan, Gili Trawangan
    • Tel: +62 (0)370 6142 336
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    The Exile Beach Bar

    This beach bar on the west coast of Gili Trawangan features a vast white sandy area where you can enjoy wonderful chill out moments just in time for magical sunsets. If you’re looking for fun and games, the friendly staff will usually join in for some djembe playing and singing, or even board games. The bartender serves out cocktails, ice-cold beer and large juice selections, while you can also order Indonesian favourites such as nasi goreng fried rice and chicken satays.

    • Opening Hours: 08:00-24:00
    • Location: West Coast, Jalan Gili Trawangan, Gili Trawangan
    • Tel: +62 (0)819 0722 9053
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    Malibu Beach Club

    Malibu Beach Club Gili

    For sunsets with a calm seaside ambiance on the southwestern coast of Gili Trawangan, hit up the Malibu Beach Club. This modern beach club features a cool design, with a brightly red-tiled pool you can soak in with views of the surf, all while sipping refreshing signature cocktails (IDR 85,000-110,000 or USD 6.50-8.30). In front of its cool bar are brightly coloured beanbags on the sand from where you can enjoy sunsets with the silhouette of Bali’s Mount Agung in view.

    • Opening Hours: 11:00 – 21:00
    • Location: Jalan Pantai Gili Trawangan, Gili Trawangan
    • Tel: +62 (0)370 619 5251
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    Kuda Bar

    For a funky spot that’s away from the more crowded beaches of Gili Trawangan’s east coast, ride your beach bike down along the main beach road to Kuda Bar. This beach bar is part of The Trawangan Resort, but is freely visited by non-guests looking for a fun place to chill out. The restaurant section features a unique structure, built on stilts, with seating on the sand beneath it, allowing for a breezier experience. Most people come here for the sunset cocktails and views.

    • Opening Hours: 08:00 – 23:00
    • Location: The Trawangan Resort, Jalan Pantai Gili Trawangan, Gili Trawangan
    • Tel: +62 (0)370 619 4844
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    Lava Bar

    Lava Bar

    Lava Bar at the Gili Beach Bum Hostel on Gili Trawangan’s east coast offers a youthful and friendly beach life vibe. There are beanbags on the sand, and the drinks are well priced. Although it’s attached to the hostel, the beach bar is open for public guests looking for a place to chill out with a good view to the calm blue waves. There’s a sheltered area with lounges by the bar and a wooden deck where most of crowd gathers for its Thursday night themed parties.

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    Paradise Sunset Bar

    Paradise Sunset Bar

    This bar’s name says it all. The bar is on the southwestern-most tip of Gili Trawangan, with all seating available there right on the sand. You can choose between beanbags and wooden tables with chairs. Thatch-roofed bamboo gazebos and palm trees provide shade if you come during the day. It’s a favourite spot to stay on for sunsets with a cold beer or cocktail (IDR 35,000 – 75,000 or USD 3-6). You can also order a range of tapas, pastas and sandwiches. Instead of a disco ball, there’s a bonfire lit almost every night on the sand.

    • Opening Hours: 07:00 – 23:00
    • Location: Jalan Pantai Gili Trawangan, Gili Trawangan
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