Drinking and nightlife in Nusa Tenggara

  • Nightlife in Labuan Bajo

    Le Pirate

    This colourful 1st-floor bar is a popular space for a drink after a day on the water. There's live music (8pm to 10pm Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) and film nights (Monday and Wednesday). There's also a decent restaurant (mains 60,000Rp to 110,000Rp), rooftop bar and stylish but poky accommodation (private bunk from 500,000Rp, double from 650,000Rp).

  • Nightlife in Labuan Bajo

    Paradise Bar

    'Come to Paradise' is a common phrase in Bajo, referring to the bar-slash-nightclub famed for sea and sunset views. It's a preposterously lovely place for a cocktail; come nightfall live music provides a party vibe. Saturdays see a 65,000Rp cover charge, including a drink.

  • Nightlife in Labuan Bajo

    De'Flo Cafe & Ole-Ole

    Owned and operated by enthusiastic university graduates from Jakarta, this tranquil coffee shop a level down from Tree Top is the best place in Bajo for a caffeine fix. De'Flo serves local Manggarai and limited-edition, single-origin coffee any way you like it, along with traditional cakes, snacks and ethical handicrafts, packaged for all your souvenir needs.

  • 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 Kupang

    999 Restaurant & Bar

    In the shadow of an old fort, this tropical outdoor bar has an expansive thatched roof, views of the shabby beach and the ever-present sound of rolling surf. There's a pool table, comfortable repurposed tyre seats, a full bar including plenty of cocktails and a decent menu, too. Regular live music and a full band on Sat 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.

  • Nightlife in Labuan Bajo

    Catur'z Kopi Club

    Unwind over a couple of hours at this rustic, double-storey coffee house in Bajo's backstreets. Try Indonesian spiced coffee while challenging staff to a game of chess. This is the town's only dedicated vegetarian and vegan cafe. For breakfast you can scramble eggs or tofu, and peruse the veggie bar later on.

  • 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 Pantai Lakey

    Balumba Shop

    This hole-in-the-wall shop on the beach walk in front of the Balumba Hotel offers the best coffees in East Sumbawa. All beans come from farms on the slopes of nearby Gunung Tambora and are manually pressed through a Rok Presso machine for silky espressos or creamy soy lattes.

  • 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 Ruteng

    Kopi Mane Inspiration

    A solid spot for a Manggarai coffee to power your day. Buy a bag of ground and roasted beans to take home or order cheap-eat Indonesian fare from a blackboard menu. Tourist information available, along with motorbikes rented at 100,000Rp per day.

  • Nightlife in Labuan Bajo

    Cafe in Hit

    Labuan Bajo's answer to Starbucks, this casual coffee house serves ice-cold frappes alongside strong wi-fi. People-watch from above the street or browse shelves of local beans and second-hand books. Order from the giant blackboard.

  • 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.