Gili T certainly lives up to its time-honored party island reputation. For such a small island, and no matter the season, there's ample opportunity at plenty of bars and nightspots to let your hair down every night of the week. During high season, the place is rammed with revelers. If you think you're sneaky for coming here during low season, you've got another thing coming: The party seems undeterred even through the low season. The variety of music, occasionally live, should suit most tastes. Popular full moon parties feature DJs from Bali and Europe and round out the hedonistic offerings. Rotating party nights have historic followings, although with the island's popularity, more than one venue is now popular on any given night.
Monday: Blue Marlin. On the second floor of the dive school, the dance floor comes alive to the sounds of throbbing trance and tribal tunes.
Wednesday: Tir Na Nog. Or simply, "the Irish Bar," you don't need to ask for directions to this place in the evening -- just follow the crowd. With dancing on the bar a nightly sport, great music, and a lively crowd, if you are enjoying your time on Gili T, you will end up here at some point. If you're not enjoying your time on Gili T, this may be just the pick-me-up.
Friday: Rudy's. An institution on Gili T, this is one of the island's original bars and it still has heaps of appeal today. Locally owned and operated, it's the place to meet people from all over the world, rubbing shoulders with expats and locals while downing their legendary magic (read: magic mushroom, legal in Indonesia) cocktails. Rudy's is a lively place any night of the week, but it's a traditional Friday-night spot.
Any night: Sama Sama. This bar has gained heaps of popularity because of the great live music and impromptu jam sessions. Some of the best reggae music can be heard here not only from the band but from the lively musical crowd.
Warning: Don't Get Burned on Gili T (or Anywhere in Indonesia) -- Along with Gili T's reputation as a party destination, it unfortunately also has a reputation for the availability of drugs, particularly ecstasy and cannabis. Things quieted down considerably after an undercover police crackdown in 2008. While the reputation of the island remains, the liberal drugs policy of turning a blind eye has gone for good. You may still be approached. The penalty for possession for even one seed is a minimum 4 years and for dealing, the penalty is life or death. Avoid contact and association with drugs and dealers at all costs.
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