You’re heading to Jakarta, Indonesia soon and you’re wondering “where the heck can I find some other locals, other expats, and some good drinks in the process?” Below you’ll find a selection of bars and pubs that are well worth an evening of your time if you’re a new expat in town. Visiting a pub is a great way to find new expat friends and to get acquainted with the pace of life in your new home.
Expat Bars, Pubs and Nightlife In Jakarta, Indonesia
Apollo Bar & Club
Address: Bellagio Boutique Mall; UG Level 07 & 09
Jalan Mega Kuningan Barat VII, Jakarta 12950
Phone: +62 021-9127-5566
Specialties: Each day offers new themes and special events that are easily listed on their site; they host fun events with a strong turn out of people and great drink specials. Very active club/bar and we love that you can interact with them on Facebook and Twitter.
Address: Jl. Kemang Raya 78 B, South Jakarta 12730.
Phone: +62 21 719 2677
Fax : +62 21 719 2654
Specialties: A large modern bar with pool tables; on the ground floor of the Kinara Indian Restaurant. Hours of operation: 06.00 PM to 11.00 PM.
Address : the Bellagio Boutique Mall, 1st Fl, OL 2 # 15-16
Jl. Mega Kuningan Barat VII, E4, no.3.
South Jakarta 12950, Indonesia
Phone : +62 21 300 29988
Specialties : In this club The resident DJs, including DJ Nanda (new jazz and broken beat tunes), spin on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. As for DJ Harry (garage and classic disco), he’s on board during Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.
The lounge has live music from 7 pm to 10 pm daily except on Sundays. Also, there are live salsa beats on Mondays, chart-topping songs on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and jazz melodies on Thursdays, with the ensemble d’etudiant. You should even consider dinner while waiting for the headlining performance. A wide array of Japanese food, such as yakiniku udon, salmon teriyaki, and assorted tempura are served complete with finger foods like calamari and French fries.
Address: Jl. Jend. Gatot Subroto Kav 23. Graha BIP 1st Fl, Jakarta 12930
Phone: +62 21 520 2913
Specialties : This bar is Jakarta’s top place for the idle rich to see and be seen. As one of Jakarta’s newest hot spots, Dragonfly is a new restaurant and bar concept. This cavernous space features interlocking marble tables, onyx lighting and a huge glowing amber wall with leaf patterns that mimic a jungle canopy at dusk. Votive candles add a moody flicker to the Indochine-inspired space while, in the kitchen, Malay, Thai and Chinese cooks battle it out for supremacy with dishes like crispy soon hock with ginger spring onion and Thai curry prawn with egg white. Free entry.
Address: Jl. Falatehan I/12K, Blok M, South Jakarta
Phone: +62 21 726 2772
Fax : (62)(21) 725 1308
Opening hours : 11.00 AM to 02.00 AM.
Specialties : This two stories-sports themed- bar is located at Pelatehan street in Blok M Area, South Jakarta. The first floor features a classical bar and eating area plus podium for a live band, while the second floor features a pool table and dining area. You can observe the bar and podium area from this second floor. This bar also has a massive cinema size screen for major sports events.
The drinks are premium priced, and the menu offers a sensibly conservative range of dishes all at mainstream prices. The spectrum of spirits and liqueurs is quite stunning – at least five types of Bols, good quality cognacs and single malts festoon the bar, plus a variety of classical drinks from around the world that are completely alien species to Blok M.
Address: Jl. Falatehan I No. 1 C., Blok M, South Jakarta
Phone: +62 21 7941609
Specialties: D’s Place has a great ambience – it’s a good place to get slowly and sociably smashed out of your skull. By general consensus it’s the best place on the Blok for cheap drinks and honest bar bills, but service can be patchy. Getting a bar girl to take your order is sometimes like trying to get a London bus – you wait for ages, then suddenly two or three arrive at once.
Downstairs is a nicely designed bar and pool annex, but it’s rather small (“bijoux” in the parlance of estate agents) and the pool table is so close to the side wall and a central pillar that it would challenge Harry Houdini to play a decent game. Upstairs is a cool, dimly-lit bar with what might best be described as an up-market sleaziness.
D’s Place has become the most popular pick-up place on the block, and after about 10.30 pm upstairs is usually wall-to-wall girls. You can barely make out peoples’ faces in the half-light – and many a jar of beer has missed its mark when being put down on a table, ending up on the floor instead.
Address : Jl. Veteran Satu, No. 32, Central Jakarta.
Phone : +62 21 3446703
Fax : +62 21 3844844
Specialties : Latin cigar bar next to Domus Italian restaurant. Extensive selection of the best Cuban cigars, 2 private rooms, dance floor, Latin music.
Hours of Operation: 06.00 PM to 11.00 PM.
Address : Darmawangsa Square Unit 67 1st Fl., Jl. Darmawangsa VI & IX
Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta 12160
Phone : +62 21 7280 1831
Specialties : Downstairs from the Eurasian restaurant.Small bar, smart modern style, good pool table and a dart board.
Address : Jl. Lap. Banteng Slt 1. Hotel Borobudur, Jakarta 3rd Fl.
Phone: +62 21 3805555
Address : Jl. Kemang Raya No. 10, Jakarta 12730.
Phone : +62 21 7199041
Fax : +62 21 7181219
Specialties: melted cheese covered nachos. Drink : beers, fruit juices.
Facilities: 4 gigantic television screens; this is a huge sports-themed with frequent live music.
Club 36 Bar
Address : Hotel Jayakarta, Jl. Hayam Wuruk 126, Jakarta
Phone : +62 21 532 8682
Specialties : Las Vegas style bar/girly bar with karaoke, and gogo dancers. Foreign dancers from Thailand, Turkey, Eastern Europe. 36 karaoke rooms.
Hours of Operation : 01.00 PM to 05.00 AM (Mon-Sat), 06.00 PM to 05.00 AM (Sun).
Address : Dharmawangsa IV, South Jakarta (Basement and 1st Fl.)
Phone : +62 21 7278 0818
Specialties : The club, which has five floors and can accommodate up to 1,500 people, was packed with young partygoers ushering in the weekend by grooving to some heady trance music. From metrosexual outfits to chic party dresses, vintage shirts and even dreadlocks, Centro revelers dared to express their individual sense of style, all took on the dance floor by storm.
Address : Jl. M.H. Thamrin Kav. 28-30 Grand Hyatt, Jakarta 4th Fl., Jakarta 10230.
Phone : +62 21 3901234
A bar with burgundy colored decorations and the special drink from this bar is called “burgundy crush”.
Hours of Operation : Sunday to Thursday – 5:00 pm to 1:00 am, Friday to Saturday – 5:00 PM to 2:00 AM.
Specialties : live jazz performance, cigar smoking room. Drinks: fine wine, frozen vodkas, spirit, martini, Caipirinha, Caipiroska etc. Snack: temaki rolls, foie grass. Price: splurge.
Mall Senayan City, LG, Crystal Lagoon
Address : Jl. Asia Afrika Lot 19, Jakarta Pusat, Indonesia
Phone : +62 21 37777 677
Fax : +62 21 727 822 66
Hours of Operation
- Sunday to Thursday : 11.00 am – 02.00 am
- Friday to Saturday a day before public holiday : 11.00 am – 03.00 am
Brewhouse is specially designed as the first Bar and Lounge in Jakarta, serving the best selection of European (Spanish, German, Belgian, British and Sahara) cuisines. A long bar unique ambience serving New Trend of Mixology drinks, for cool and fun people like you.
Located in strategic place in Senayan City mall, Crystal Lagoon at Lower Ground, BREWHOUSE can be your one stop Bar with entertaiment hosted by acoustic musician and chill out DJ performance, with the best sound and lighting system in town.
Bremer Jakarta (opposite Splash)
Address : Jl. Kemang 1 No. 8, Mampang Prapatan, South Jakarta 12730
Phone : +62-21 7199304
Hours of Operation:
- Sunday to Thursday : 04.00pm – 02.00am
- Until 03.00am on weekends
Bremer Beer House is a friendly, tiny bar in Kemang with a beer garden and live performances occasionaly. Very popular at the moment, it’s a good address to try in Kemang and it’s not particularly expensive. The crowd is quite young though so you may want to avoid it if you are anything above 25 years-old.
Address : Plaza Bisnis Kemang I, Jl. Kemang Raya No. 2, Jakarta 12730.
Phone : +62 21 7183422
Fax : +62 21 71793439
Specialties: 1st Fl.: excellent French restaurant, 2nd Fl: A long wooden bar and a library lounge. Drink: fine wine, soft drinks, locally brewed and imported beers.
9 Floor Menara Jamsostek
Address : Jl. Gatot Subroto No.38, Jakarta 12710
Phone : +62 21 2522277
Fax : +62 21 2522266
Hours of Operation:
- Monday to Thursday : 11.00 – 01.00
- Friday to Saturday : 11.00 – 05.00
9Clouds is a restaurant, lounge and club located in the 9th floor of the Menara Jamsostek, on Gatot Subroto. It is a correct place for eating, though a bit pricey. The best thing about 9Clouds is the nice view on Jakarta, perfect for chilling. The club is not always full, so make sure to come when there are special events if you don’t want to be disappointed.
Address : Jl. Jaksa No. 5
Phone : 021-31909847
Open until 3am, sometimes later.
Absolute is one of the only bars in Jaksa with air-con. Lots of English teachers and journalists, and also some girls from Jaksa. Free pool table, darts, cheap beer, Premier League Soccer games on screen and always quite crowded by the same group of people. Nice.
Address : Sarinah Building 2nd Fl., Jl.MH Thamrin
No. 11 – Central Jakarta.
Phone : +62 21 39832047
Fax : +62 21 39832048
Facilities : a pool (billiard) venue with 2 bars, 20 excellent pool tables and a lone snooker table. Two floors.
Opening hours: 12.00 PM to 02.00 AM.
Airman Planet Lounge – The Rych At Sultan
The Sultan Hotel – Lobby Lagoon Tower
Address : Jl. Gatot Subroto – Jakarta 10002
Phone : +62 21 570 7125
Fax : +62 21 570 7126
Airman Planet Lounge… What a name for a venue in a five-star hotel! The Sultan, ex-Hilton, doesn’t have the reputation to be a rocking place, but this new lounge may bring some excitment.. Airman Planet Lounge is open every day of the week until 00h30 (1h30 during weekends), and it has a live band every evening at 9PM. Expensive, but great sound system and service.
Address : Surya building on Jalan Thamrin, Central Jakarta
Specialties : mostly a lace to have Mexican cuisine. It also features bands country and western. The bar is always crowded an Friday and Saturday nights.
Address : Jl. Kemang Raya No. 67, Kemang, South Jakarta
Phone : +62 21 719 1333
Electro bar next to its older sister Café Amor (open 24h). Prices are quite high, with drinks starting Rp60,000, but I think that generally speaking, Kemang has become expensive everywhere in the past 3-4 years. The sound system is good and there is a dark, clubbing atmosphere inside.
The crowd is probably slightly older than in most Kemang clubs. You can get info about events in this place on their facebook fan page by clicking here or try their website Amor Group Website. The proximity with Cafe Amor and Vino Embassy makes it a good place to crash at the end of your night of partying.
Aphrodite Bar and Restaurant
Address : Jl. HR Rasuna Said Kav. C.22, Jakarta 12920.
Phone : +62 21 5263150
Fax : +62 21 5263265
Specialties : Mixed fruit, milk shake, beer, wine. Food: soups, salad, tuna, fish and chips, fried chicken, calamari, fried rice, chicken rice, beef goulash, spaghetti, steak. Price: moderate.
Hours of Operation: 10.00 AM to 01.00 AM, on weekend : 03.00 AM.
Address : Midplaza Intercontinental Hotel, LG.
Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 10-11, Jakarta 10220.
Phone : +62 21 2510888
Specialties : Fine wine bars and bistro.
Hours of Operation: 04.00 PM to 01.00 AM.
Bakudapa (Paula) Café, Resto & Live Music
Address : Jl. KH. Wahid Hasyim 116, Jakarta
Phone : +62 21 3905987, +62 21 92927449
Bakudapa Café & Resto is a live music spot featuring local artists playing old Indonesian favourites.. After you enter the door, the mamasan (indonesian pimp) will sit you with one of the girl hostesses, to whom you are invited to pay a drink and do some chit-chat. Very empty, and very sad music so it makes the whole experience very depressing… The only patrons are indonesian men in their forties… Worth to grab a beer if you don’t know this kind of place. It is very close from the backpacker street Jalan Jaksa, less than 5 minutes by foot.
It is in the same building where once stood the Nusabunga Café, the lowest form of entertainment that existed in Jakarta back then.
Address : Jl. Kemang Raya 2 Bisnis Kemang Plaza, Jakarta (South) 12730.
Phone : +62 21 7183422
Specialties : Brasserie and library themed lounge.
Address : Taman Fatahillah, Kota, Jakarta.
Phone : +62 21 691 5531
Specialties : The downstairs music box bar is subtly lit with tables around couches. The upstairs Churchill bar next to the restaurant was rated in Newsweek’s Best Bars in the World a few years ago. Great cocktails, beautiful building.
Address : Shangli-la Hotel, Central Jakarta.
Specialties : The Shangri-la houses this great bar. This is one of the hottest bars in town. They are still using imported bands, and they get rocking at 9 to 9:30. They have a restaurant attached, that serves some great food.
It gets packed out on the standard Friday and Saturday nights, but it tends to be busy almost every night. There is a small dance area where you can work off the calories, and stress of the day. A 1999 Premier Award winner.
Sampoerna Strategic Square
South Tower B, Ground Floor No. 8
Address : Jl Jendral Sudirman Kav. 45-46, Jakarta 12930, Indonesia
Phone : +62-21-57956779, +62-21-57956780
Hours of Operation:
- Monday to Thursday : 11.00am – 01.00am
- Friday to Saturday : 11.00am – 03.00am
- Closed on Sunday
Bibliotheque, The Library bar, is an impressive and stylish venue, which made the buzz in Jakarta during the last semester of 2009. Not a great party place but ok for an (expensive) drink. It becomes much nicer in my opinion after 10pm as the formal atmosphere eases up a bit and the DJ kicks in.
Be careful, the dresscode is very strict: No short, no torn jeans, no sandals. Expect to pay around 400,000rp for a meal + wine if you decide to eat there.
Black Canyon Coffee Dharmawangsa
Dharmawangsa Square Unit 27-28
Address : Jl. Darmawangsa VI, South Jakarta 12160, Indonesia
Phone : +62 21 739 5446
Black Canyon Coffee is a Thai coffee house chain that has over 150 cafés in Siam, and is extending rapidly in the rest of Southeast Asia. I don’t know if it is the same in the other Jakarta branches (like the one in Cipete), but in Black Canyon Dharmawangsa, they have quite popular salsa nights on Saturdays. Otherwise, it’s a regular bar sitting in a mall. If you only care about partying, no reasons to go there unless for those special Salsa nights.
Black Canyon Coffee does not sell alcohol except beer so if you’re too shy to dance, do a warm up before. Girls seem a bit desperate to find dance partners in Jakarta, so it’s a good opportunity to meet young, smart and independent indonesian ladies. The same thing applies to Mistere in Ritz-Carlton.
Black Cat Jakarta
Plaza Senayan Arcadia Unit X 208-209
Address : Jl.New Delhi No.9 Pintu I Senayan
Phone : +6221 57901264
Black Cat Jazz Supper club is a classy, upmarket jazz Bar with good live performances. The seats are not so comfortable though and it’s a bit too dark. Mixed expat and Indonesian crowd. that I didn’t find so pretentious for a Jazz bar. Not far from Red Square bar if you feel like going out after that.
The restaurant proposes an original mix of creole/cajun food (not tried).
Bliss & Loft 25
Address : Menara Jamsostek 25th Floor. Jl. Gatot Subroto, Jakarta.
Phone : +62 21 252 22 11
Fax : +62 21 123 456
Specialties : This club presents an amazing panoramic skyline view of the metropolis, mind-blowing visual effects and sound system, and private VIP lounges. With a 1500 m2 party zone, the place is quite enormous and can easily contain up to 2,000 clubbers. A selection of R & B and hiphop music rocks the house all night long.
Bloeming Bar and Restaurant (FX Plaza)
Bloeming Beer Bar fX Lifestyle X’nter
FB floor #12
Address : Jl. Jendral Sudirman, Pintu I Senayan, South Jakarta
Phone : +62-21 9692 1000
Specialties: For around Rp.200,000, you have an all you can drink promo lasting three hours. And Happy hours run from 11am to 8pm, buy one get one. Acoustic nights and ladies nights on Thursday. Food is served also, not tried, but they advertise a lunch promo at Rp.55,000.
Hours of Operation:
- Weekdays : 10.30am to 02.00am
- Weekends : 10.30am to 03.00am
Bloeming could be a nice bar if it was located in Scotland, or at least in Blok M or Jaksa. But to have it here in a mall makes me feel this is just another marketing concept. The design is original though, it looks like the interior of a pirate ship, with some beautiful wooden tables and furniture. The main reason to go to Bloeming is for drinking beer. They have 32 kinds of beer from all over the world, many that you cannot find elsewhere in Jakarta. They also have flavoured beers, which are usually a way to have girls coming too.
(CC flickr photo credit: joe-joe)