All You Need to Know About Gili Air Nightlife: The Guide
You have arrived on Gili Air and can’t wait to discover every aspect of it. Trying to decide where to go out at night, but have no clue what’s happening on the island? This guide is for you then, with all the information you need to know about Gili Air nightlife.
It’s true that this little piece of paradise is tiny, yet it has a lot of activities to offer. Even when it comes to nightlife! It might be not as full-on as Gili Trawangan’s party scene, but it definitely has its own vibe.
There are no clubs on the island, so instead the dancing takes place under the stars and palm trees in the white sand. Isn’t that the dream? Dancing on the beach, while the music goes along with the sound of the waves.
Every day something is happening. Whether you are looking for a chilled sunset beach session or a crazy night out, you will find something that suits your taste. Enjoy delicate food with ice-cold Bintangs, imported beers or choose from a variety of handcrafted cocktails and a wide selection of liqueurs.
Here is your guide to Gili Air nightlife, where to go and when. The event dates are subject to change depending on the season, so it’s better to check with the venues if something catches your attention. For recent updates, you might want to give a like to Gili Air Events on Facebook to see what’s going on currently.
Lovely beach bar and restaurant with a spectacular sunset view. Delicious food and cocktails made with fresh ingredients for a reasonable price.
Live music happens every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 7 pm – 11 pm. Beforehand, enjoy happy hour 2-for-1 cocktails from 5 pm – 7 pm.
My Happy Place
A beach bar and restaurant serving a multi-cuisine menu with an amazing, intoxicating cocktail list. Listen to The Jokers band while the sun sets behind Mount Agung on Monday and Tuesday, from sunset till late.
A stylish bar with huge pillows and a rainbow of tables and chairs on the sand. On Sundays from 7:30 pm – 12 am, a reggae band shakes up the ambience and invites people to dance.
Zipp Bar Restaurant & Bungalows
Large menu of Indonesian, western cuisine and fresh seafood BBQ. The live band plays between 7 pm – 11 pm every day of the week, except Wednesdays. Enjoy happy hour cocktails from 4 pm – 8 pm.
Raja Bar & Salim Cottage
Raja has live music throughout the week various times. Here you can meet the Moreless Band, Smooth Acoustic and the Brotherhood Band from Gili Meno.
Other venues playing live music
Blue Marlin Dive
Pelangi Cottages & Restaurant
Bel Air Resort
Star Bar Bungalow & Resto
House & Techno Party
The Legendary Wednesday Party. The resident DJs Fishplant and Eza spin house and techno all night long. Pumping beats, fire dancers, shot specials and late-night BBQ is what makes this beach party legendary.
On Sundays, they do day parties from 4 pm – 10 pm to close the week on a good note as worthy of an island lifestyle.
For the house and techno lovers, this bar is the best sunset spot. From 5 pm until 11 pm daily, this beach bar features local and international DJs. There is an amazing sound system and breathtaking sunsets with great cocktails.
Their party takes place on Fridays from sunset till late, alternating with Lucky’s Bar.
This has a similar atmosphere to Cheeky Monkey. The bar turns into a sandy dance floor with bright neon lights on Friday evenings till late, if not sunrise.
Full Moon Party
It’s time to check your moon calendar. Every month around the full moon, there is a party organized by the island’s community. What’s even more awesome is that the benefits go as a donation to people in need on the island.
So let’s get loose to support a good cause! The fun is guaranteed with trance, house and techno DJs, fire dancers and lots of drinks. It usually takes place at Lucky’s Bar or Cheeky Monkey.
The Mexican Kitchen
Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to turn and spin to Latin music. This restaurant hosts a free salsa class to spice up the Monday blues on Gili Air. Beginner class starts at 7:30 pm, continuing with intermediate at 9 pm.
Not into salsa? It’s still worth a visit for its authentic Mexican cuisine and the best margaritas on the island.
It’s time to show your rock ‘n’ roll knowledge to win various prizes. The Rock and Roll Bingo night happens every week, usually on Thursdays at 8 pm.
The restaurant offers very tasty proper western food made with quality ingredients. On their drink list, find Bali-made craft beer, creative cocktails and a wide selection of imported liqueur.
The atmosphere is laid-back with a bit of rock. Not to mention the excellent wifi, which is quite rare to find on Gili Air.
BOOgils Sunset Lounge
Located on the west side of the island, this beach bar and resto has a movie on the screen twice daily. The first movie starts at 7 pm and the second screening is at 9 pm. By purchasing one small or large beer you get free popcorn for a true cinema vibe.
This hostel has all the fun! It’s like a playground built for adults. Have you seen a giant mushroom pool before? We bet not. They do their Moonlight Outdoor Cinema twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 8:30 pm.
Boho chic bungalows with a swimming pool and restaurant offering organic healthy food. Join them for a free movie and popcorn three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Screening starts at 7 pm.
Last but not least, it’s worth to mention these two spots, where you will always feel welcomed. Gili Air is a special place, that has stolen many hearts and if you want to get a taste of the local culture you must stop by here.
Three Little Birds
This little shop belongs to the locals and is a true place of happiness and freedom. As you step into it they treat you like family.
The shop sells handmade bracelets and offers hair braiding as well as making or repairing dreadlocks. You can also make your own macrame bracelet. But most likely you will find yourself drinking rice wine and singing sweet songs to guitar melodies.
This local restaurant is a hidden gem of the island. The food is cheap and delicious, but what makes it special is the atmosphere and the local guy who runs it. You will find him outside with his guitar welcoming all with a big smile to eat and jam.
Whoever comes and eats here also get a special gift. Did we get you curious? You must go and find out yourself.
Gili Air is a perfect combination of Gili Meno and Gili Trawangan. The island is laid back with a touch of hipness to keep you entertained. Gili Air nightlife is somewhat special, so you must experience to fully understand. You should definitely put the Gilis on your must-see list when visiting Indonesia.