Gili Trawangan has been touted as the new Ibiza. Party till dawn and sleep it off at the beach. No doubt about it, if you want to party hard and drink all night Trawangan is the place to do it out of all 3 Gili Islands.
Most of the party venues and best bars are located really close together along a 100 metre beach strip in the south.You can stumble from one bar to the next to see which has the best party vibe. There are also full moon parties and organised charter boat parties. So if you want to hit it hard you can do it 7 night s a week at Trawangan.
The Gili Trawangan party scene is a mixed bag of really eclectic places; from up market lounge bars, right through to reggae bars and local style watering holes. It’s all here in Trawangan. It even boasts the honored privilege of being the smallest island in the world with an Irish pub.
Following is a list of the best bars to keep you partying the whole night.
Tir na Nog
This is where it’s all happening and this is where you should probably start the evening. This place is packed the whole time. Loud music, with DJ’s playing tunes will keep you motivated to keep on drinking. Cheap drinks and loud music are the way it is here. PErfect for 2o somethings and back packers wanting to get plastered. Theer is also big TV screens here where you can catch up on the latest sports. They sell cheap cocktails (not sure what they put in them) by the large pitcher so expect a hangover! From the photos below you can kind of get an idea of what the scene would be like.
Sama Sama Bar
If you like Bob Marley and lots of Reggae music then the Sama Sama bar is the best place. It’s pretty much pumping the whole time and late night party goers generally kick on here till 1-2 am. Drop in for a couple of beers and then head off to the next bar which is basically next door. This is how it works here on Trawangan
Any pub that blatantly advertises it sells magic mushrooms has got it’s target audience. Younger, back packers wanting to experience the highs on a tropical island. Rudy’s is your standard Trawangan bar where you can pop in for cheap drinks and listen to loud music and sty there the whole night drinking. There are dedicated weekly party nights and this is when the place goes absolutely beserk.
Fancy a glam night out in Trawangan? Then the place to go is the Horizontal Lounge. Relax on day beds, watch the ocean, sip a few cocktails and enjoy glamming it up and party in a bit more style. Essentially it is quite laid back and chilled out but somehow the whole vibe, combined with the beach front setting makes this place just that bit uber chic. get in early, get the best position, watch the sunset with a few mates, enjoy a cocktail and then start partying.
Full Moon Party
On the southern part of Trawangan, near the main area the locals will put on a full moon party. They are ingenious and use the local surf watch tower for serving drinks and this is where the DJ plays house and trance music till dawn. The full moon party’s here follow the same formula as Thailand but obviously on a smaller scale. You still do the same things…drink, dance, meet other people and stay up the whole night.
It’s not uncommon for people to come to Trawangan from Bali for a few days for the full moon party – it’s that popular!
There are also monthly full moon parties as well as the notorious Black Moon psychedelic parties held at the Space bar on Gili Air island – getting there is easy as Air is a quick boat trip.
Therre are party cruise boats that will pick you up and cruise around the Gili’s whilst you can dance, ;listen to DJ’s and obviously drink as much as you like. There are a few tour operators but the most popular one is the Drunken Monkeys. Boat tours leave from Trawangan harbour at 1 pm and return at about 7 pm. The photos below will set the scene for what you are going to experience.
OK here are the Party Nights to look out for on Trawangan
Every Night – SAMA SAMA REGGAE BAR (Live Reggae)
Monday Night – BLUE MARLIN (Psychedelic with a mix of house beats)
Wednesday Night – TIR NA NOG ‘IRISH BAR’ (Mixed Hip Hop)
Friday’s – RUDYS PUB ( Mixed trance & Techno)