Drinking and nightlife in Lombok

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Gili Meno

    Brother Hood

    Part educational hub promoting a cleaner island through garbage pick-ups (each Sunday at 3.30pm) and part workshop where you can learn to make dreamcatchers, glass cups, bamboo straws and other upcycled art (workshops by donation). Come 5pm, however, it's a raging reggae bar with the coolest vibe in the Gilis. It's right on the small lake.

  • Nightlife in Gili Air

    Pura Vida

    A stylish bar with huge pillows and a rainbow of tables and chairs on the sand. Classy jazz plays over the sound system and some nights there's live reggae music. A wood-fired oven produces great thin-crust pizzas through the evening. Tops at sunset.

  • Nightlife in Gili Trawangan

    La Moomba

    This friendly beach bar straddles the road just north of Turtle Point. The Western and Indo fare is good (mains 65,000Rp to 85,000Rp), tables and loungers are dotted about the sand and there are great views across to Gili Meno and the cloud-capped heights of Gunung Rinjani beyond. After sundown the squid-fishing boats light up the nearby waters in eerie phosphorescent green.

  • Nightlife in Gili Trawangan

    Tir na Nog

    Known simply as 'the Irish', this hangar of hangovers has a sports-bar interior with big screens. Its shoreside open-air bar is probably the busiest meeting spot on the island. It serves bar chow such as fajitas and spicy wings (mains 50,000Rp to 100,000Rp). Jovial mayhem truly reigns on 'party night' every Wednesday. There's also live music Sunday nights.

  • Nightlife in Gili Meno

    Diana Café

    If you find the pace of life on Meno too busy, head to this thoroughly chilled little tiki bar. Diana couldn't be simpler: a bamboo-and-thatch bar, a few tables, hammocks and huts on the sand, a whimsical coral garden and sweet reggae in the air. Happy hours are 5pm to 7pm and the food (mains 35,000Rp to 40,000Rp) is good.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Kuta

    The Bus

    Great tunes, colourful graffiti art and fab pizzas make this a must-visit come nightfall. Sit on pallet furniture in a rocky patch of central Kuta and let the wizards inside the namesake 1974 VW bus craft you some of the cheapest, tastiest cocktails in town. DJs spin Wednesday and Saturday.

  • Nightlife in Gili Air

    Coffee & Thyme

    Right in the thick of things, where boats to Gili Air disgorge their sun-seeking seafarers, Coffee & Thyme is a bustling, part-open-air cafe that makes some of the best coffee in the Gilis. Also good if you're craving a Western-style breakfast, lunch wrap or muffin.

  • Nightlife in Gili Air

    K69

    This eccentric bar-cum-gallery is run by the Sulawesi-born artist Hardi, who also offers silkscreen workshops (150,000Rp). It's largely built out of recycled materials and has rotating exhibits of Indonesian art. Come for tea by day and wine by night.

  • Nightlife in Senggigi

    Papaya Café

    The decor here is slick, with exposed stone walls, sturdy wooden furniture and evocative tribal art. There’s a wide selection of imported liquor. By day the road noise intrudes, but it dies down at night, especially when live bands drown it out.

  • Nightlife in Gili Trawangan

    Exile

    This locally owned beach bar has a party vibe at all hours. It's 20 minutes from the main strip on foot, or an easy bike ride. There is also a compound of 10 woven bamboo bungalows with rooms (from 350,000Rp), just in case home seems too far away.

  • Nightlife in Mataram

    Maktal Coffee Bar

    This hipstery little coffee bar does everything from cold drips to caramel lattes. The brews are local, strong, and you can buy the beans afterwards. Also does pancakes, dumplings and Indo staples (20,000Rp to 30,000Rp).

  • Nightlife in Gili Trawangan

    Paradise Sunset Bar

    The name says it all. All types of seating can be found right on the beach. Large trees offer shade by day while the restful swish of the surf calms the soul. Sunsets are cinematic, drinks are good.

  • Nightlife in Senggigi

    Jo-Je Beach Bar

    A classic beach bar with multicolour beanbags and happy-hour prices that coincide with the sunset. The cocktails are exceptionally strong and there's also OK Indonesian and Western food.

  • Nightlife in Gili Air

    Lucky's Bar

    A great beach bar: lounge back on bamboo recliners and watch the sun set behind Gili Meno. There are DJs on Sundays and monthly full-moon parties with fire dancing.

  • Nightlife in Gili Trawangan

    Blue Marlin

    Of all the party bars, this upper-level venue has the largest dance floor and the meanest sound system – it pumps trance and tribal beats on Mondays.

  • Nightlife in Senggigi

    Honky Tonks Blues Bar & Grill

    We won't even try to make sense of this British-owned, New Orleans–inspired jazz bar with great Aussie meat pies and rugby league playing on the TVs. Oh, and the decor pays homage to the Rolling Stones (the owner's seen them live a mere 72 times!). Come for live jazz Thursdays to Saturdays and return Sundays for evening roasts.

  • Nightlife in Kuta

    Surfer's Bar

    'No Shirt, No Shoes, No Worries!' That's the motto of this beachside bar known for its laid-back party vibe. Coconut thatch and palms shade tables wedged into the sandy floor, while cover bands and DJs bring the noise on Friday nights, which don't end until around 3am.

  • Nightlife in Kuta

    DJ Coffee Corner

    A switch from the thatch-and-bamboo cliche that dominates the local design palette, this sleek air-con coffee bar has a nice back garden and satisfies with a real espresso fix. Also does juices, light bites and baked goods.