Drinking and nightlife

Top ChoiceBar 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...

Top ChoiceBar 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...

Lounge 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...

Bar 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...

Pub 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...

Bar 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...

Cafe 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...

Bar 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....

Bar 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),...

Bar 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,...

Coffee 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...

Bar 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.

Bar 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.

Bar 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.

Bar 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.

Bar 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...

Bar 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...

Cafe 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...