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If you like watching moneyed people fake their appreciation for jazz, overpriced food and the slaughter of several old time tunes, head down to Black Cat on a Saturday night.
I don't know where they found the singer, I can hear singing like that in any craptastic mall opening! The woman is cacophony personified, she makes me want to hurl a chair at anyone in the place. And please don't call yourself a jazz singer if you've never even heard of "Strange Fruit", what a joke.
The crowd is a bunch of posers and you can tell that they're there just to appear "sophisticated". The menu is a pathetic attempt at jazzification-- insert the name of a famous jazz musician plus the name of the dish, for example: "Miles Davis" Ribeye Steak.
Fakeness limits one's creativity, you see.
And if anyone calls this place romantic, I will hold a personal grudge. What a waste of time and money. Totally ruined an otherwise perfect Saturday.
The Senayan area is quick becoming a hotbed for wannabes. The newly opened X2 is chok full of them. Spend your weekend somewhere else.
If you're a real jazz aficionado, I still recommend BB's, it's cheaper and unpretentious. I'm not a HUGE jazz fan, but I appreciate a few of the classics, but even so I can tell the difference between the good and the bad when it's staring me in the eyes.
Dress Code: Everyone wore black here, but fight the system and dress like Jerry Garcia
Written Apr 29, 2007
Address: Senayan Arcadia
BB's is located at Menteng, and not a lot of people know about it. Just look for F1 hotel and the pub is right behind, it's dimly lit and a little run down, but completely unpretentious.
There are three floors playing different types of music every night. Come on Friday night , when they play excellent soul and blues (3rd floor) starting 1030pm, wait until after midnight, when Sue Bonnington takes over the stage and charms the socks off everyone. She'll even do your request if ur lucky. They also have reggae on the second floor and the first floor is basically songs from the early 90s (think Santeria and Mr Big), and a pool table. The cover charge depends on what drink you order. I say stick with Bintang, it's cheap, it's pretty good and it saves you from looking like a foofie. Beware of the amount of cigarrete smokes, though, i find it more bearable if I light up one too, or three.
Come Saturday, third floor plays classic rock, but if you want more of Sue, you can head over to the Nine Muses in Wijaya, where she'll do jazz, but that place is more upscale, you have to dress up and be prepared to spend a gajillion on the cheapest bottle of wine that tastes like melted barbie doll.
Dress Code: You can come looking like Haight Ashbury circa 1969 and no one would give a flying crap
Updated Mar 27, 2007
weLL, all Of them are the best club in jakarta.. it's located in central of jakarta and south of jakarta... it does have really good atmosphere.. and if u go to jakarta dont forget to go here,,,.
Dress Code: no sandals and no shorts
Written Nov 26, 2006
Address: Plaza semanggi , graha bip , central jakarta
South Jakarta’s premier nightspot regularly hosts a melee of big (and not so big) European DJs to their loyal home crowd. When the party-faced spinners arent’t in town it’s over to the local crew and the hip hop heads.
Written Oct 8, 2006
Address: Jl. Dharmawangsa IX
Ultra-hip stylish lounge with futuristic décor popular with the fashionistas. Filled with tvs playing non-stop fashion tv and bartenders tossing and mixing must try drinks. And come on, who wouldn’t want to see hot Victoria secret’s model?
Written Oct 8, 2006
Address: Plaza Indonesia, EX
If you are not lucky enough to have relatives in this city...it's tough to find the great nightspots of this fabulous city.
Going out in JKT is NOT easy.
Why you ask? There are so many hotspots here and not only does the hotspot changes. But each spot is popular on a given day only. For example you can hang out on a friday and it's happening only to find it nearly deserted on saturday.
Also not to be underestimated...certain types/groups of people tend to congegrate to certain locations during certain days. giving that spot the specific atmosphere. So what do you like teens, 30 somethings, hookers...what ever you want it's there. Just need to find it.
Wednesday night is ladies night
Thursday night is studentsnight
Friday night is the night yuppies etc party.
The hottest places and when to go.
1) King of the night life. Dragonfly. Very difficult to get in. Best night wednesday(ladies night) and friday night when the yuppies come out to play. Place where all the beutifull people come out to play.Saturday is more a younger crowd.
2)Bedroom; smallish trendy place in kemang. very intimate and cosy. quite exp.(buy a bottle of wine and get to sit/lie/relaxc/cavort in one of the beds right next to teh dancefloor.
3) Embassy...just renovated. Is trying to regain it's place of eminence as jakarta's premier night spot of the upperclass.
3)Xlounge and Vertigo combination of club and lounge at plaza semagi. Good and popular hangout for nearby uni students.
4)Flounge...on saturday is a regular club. Plenty of beuatifull people. I was there on sunday. Lingerie fashionshow....NICE.
5)Hard Rock Cafe...location and style not as nice as the old one. Music is good...mor elocals instead of filipino bands. On monday there's i don't like mondays...with good semi-famous local artisits performing. Best thing going for it...less sleaze than in old HRC.
Dress Code: PS Anyway lets not forget the fave pastimes for all indonesians is nothing simpler than strolling the malls and go for a bite to eat with family and friends.
If this is what you want to do.....on fridaynight the place to be when you are at a mall. Kelapa Gading La piazza. In teh open air area full of eateries etc livebands perform and place is just rocking and happening.
Smart casual....but in teh topend clubs dress to kill. Can hardly be overdressed.
Anyway that's it...these info are uptodate as of now. So have fun and head out and explore the nightlife of this awesome city.
Written Aug 17, 2006
It's a heaven for gay comunity in Jakarta. Friday and Saturday nights always packed with the boyz. It reminds me to one of the gay disco in Florida where the boyz dancing shirtless with another boyz. I think it's the only disco in Jakarta that let you take off your shirts beside the seedy MoonLight in Kota area........the music is good, mostly house, the boyz are beautiful, the place is nice. The name is Heaven in Dharmawangsa Square, above Centro (straight disco), south of Jakarta.
MoonLight discotheque is quite seedy, they never done any renovations at all for ages. The location is in the heart of Jakarta, next to Stadium in Hayam Wuruk area. Plenty money boyz, so be careful if you want to pick up somebody. Wednesday nights is drag show nights. Saturday night is incredibly packed, but again seemed like they need better ventilations and the music is a bit acward, especially for foreigner.Entrance is very cheap Rp.15 000 to Rp 20 000.
Red Square, located behind the Plaza Senayan parking's lot at Arcadia Hotel has a really nice vodka bar. Try their chocolatini. During the day and early evening, it's a bar and restaurant. When the night comes, it becomes a unique dance bar. The lighted table in the midle becomes the dance floor, So you can dance on their lighted long table that looks like a catwalk. The staff are quite friendly, it's not a gay place but Gay Friendly place. They play house music and nice 80's music.No cover charge, so it's really good to start off your club hopping night.
Vertigo, located on Gedung Sarbini, Plaza Semanggi, has 2 dance floor. Vertigo itself plays nice house music while the other room, X-Lounge plays R&B. Gay Friendly club.
Cafe Oh Lala, at the ground floor of Jakarta Theater building, accross from Mc. Donald jl. Thamrin, is the meeting point for almost every gay guys in town. Super crowded at evening.
Other cruising spots? try public swimming pool at Pasar Festifal,Kuningan and Citos (Cilandak Town Square), mostly crowded by PLUs after working hours.
Dress Code: only Heaven sometimes has dress code if they throw special events.
Updated Jul 28, 2006
This area in Jakarta, located behind the Islamic School Al-Azhar, is filled with outdoor vendors known as kaki lima (five legged vendors), because supposedly the vendors carry around their carts with them, so the legs of the carts are counted along with the vendor's legs (which are two ..obviously). These vendors usually really great Indonesian food, such as sate ayam, bakso, and the most famous one in this area, Roti Bakar Edy, which serves a variety of grilled/toasted breads in different fillings, depending on what you want. It's a good way of getting to know what the youngsters of Jakarta do at night on a budget.
Dress Code: Anything casual .. don't get too dressed up because it's outside. You might want to wear jeans or anything durable because the seats might be a little bit dirty.
Written Mar 20, 2005
Address: Behind the Al-Azhar Islamic School, near Blok M.
Is it special? I don't really think so. But ok, there are many small open air cafe to drink, and sing along. Some performing live music, dangdut and other local music. Yes, there are girls. Cheap one. Not really recommending, but it is nice to see other nightlife site here. Just beware of your belonging.
Dress Code: Casual, and whatever comfort.
Written Oct 11, 2003
Address: Jl. Merdeka Selatan
Well, this picture and presentation is dedicated to Frederik, Frank and Christa for their visit Jakarta and pick-up the Baton East. Saying goodbye is a hard moment, but we also celebrate a meeting and hoping will meet again someday in the future. So, Frank ordered a home-made ice cream with cookies and fruits for six persons (and we are only 5, hahahaha).
Dress Code: Casual
Written Jul 15, 2003
Address: Jalan Taman Fatahillah, Oud Djakarta
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