Different places...: Nightlife...the rules, the wheres, the whens
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.Related to:
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Cruising Spots: After dark venue for PLU
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.Related to:
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Kaki Lima: Nighttime Snacks
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.Related to:
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South parking area: Cheap and noisy dangdut
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.Related to:
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Cafe Batavia: Farewell for Baton_East
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: CasualRelated to:
Izzi Pizza: The real Italiano pizza
Well, this cafe or resto serving a real Italiano pizza. A thin one, delicious topping, spicy enough and we can using fingers to eat them (normally, Indonesian people are using fork and knife to eat pizza :)). My fave here are Marinara Pizza (with anchovy, prawn and mussel) and Caesar's salad.
Meanwhile the place itself is cozy, blue light dominated (my fave color :D).
Dress Code: No dress code, but casual is cool :)
The best nightlife is chatting...
The best nightlife is chatting with the locals in their houses, or in the street, in the kampung.
NIGHTLIFE is relaxed.
Try 1.the Sportsman's bar in Blok M
or 2. BATS at the Shangri La.
Be aware that 1. Tanamur Disco seems to have few fire exits
and 2. Mobs occasionally burn down places of entertainment.
3. Visitors to one very seedy Blok M bar were kidnapped in a taxi and later found in a river.
Sportsman's is typical of the expat bar. BATS is plush and has good food and live music. There are lots of discos and bars of every type. AIDS is a major problem.
Dress Code: None
This is a littleguide to all...
This is a littleguide to all clubber lovers
The summary as following:
Blok M's premier live music venue with good food and cocktails. >Hotel Ambhara, Jl. Iskandarsyah Raya No. 1 Kebayoran Baru, Ph. 270 0800
Bohemian-themed music venue catering to executive partygoers. >Jl. Wijaya I No. 53 Kabayoran Baru, Ph. 723 3977/8.
Sophisticated jazz bar with good musicians. >Regent Hotel, Jl. HR Rasuna Said, Ph. 252 3456.
A popular after work expat haunt. Serves everything big. >Kota BNI, Jl. Jend. Sudirman kav 1, Ph. 570 7440.
Lively, young crowd with dance music and slick blazing bar trick. >Next to Hard Rock Café. Jl. Thamrin.
This is a cool place to hang out with friends. Very big place with hundreds of Pool game (billyards)at the Impressive modern club with one of the best sounds systems around, Rp. 30.000/hours. Also with karaoke rooms if you want. >Kawasan Niaga Terpadu Sudirman Lot 14, Jl. Jend. Sudirman, Ph. 515 5008
Personable staff offers hotel guests and Slipi residents a comfortable atmosphere. >Bulevar Park Plaza, Jl. S. Parman Kav. 93-94, Ph. 569 60888.
·Upstairs at Brasserie
Comfort and sophistication unite in this wine bar and cigar lounge. >Plaza Bisnis Kemang 1, Jl. Kemang Raya No. 2, Ph. 718 3422.
Amsterdam style bar with a cozy atmosphere inside and terrace outside. >Taman Ria Senayan, Laguna Ria Building, Ph. 574 7650.
Huge sports bar with burgers, fajitas and Asian food. >JL. Kemang Raya No. 10, Ph. 719 9041.
One of the most tasteful and modern designs in town and latest places for the in-crowd. >Ph. 390 3615.
One of the best bars in town in Jakarta's trendiest hotel. Quite expensive beverages. >Hotel Mulia, Jl. Asia Afrika Senayan, Ph. 574 7777.
Latin bar with cocktails and cigar lounge upstairs from Domus. >Jl. Veteran I, Ph. 344 7288.
Smart, modern décor and mainstream dance music. Live band on Wednesday and Thursday. >Jl. Kemang Selatan 2, Ph. 780 5610.
·The Face Bar
Trendy, ethnic and atmospheric bar above Lan Na Thai, Ph. 325 037.
Brought to you by Naomi Campbell et al. >Wisma BNI Ground Floor, Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 1, Ph. 574 4488.
·Gypsy Bar and Wayang Restaurant
Eclectic music in a traditional gypsy erotic style atmosphere. >Jl. Iskandarsyah I/9, Kebayoran Baru, Ph. 727 94243.
Hotel Dusit Mangga Dua, Jl. Mangga Dua Raya, Ph. 612 8811.
·Hard Rock Café
The right mix of good live music and DJ sounds. Always full and lively. >Sarinah Building, Jl. Thamrin, Ph. 390 3565.
Bar, Live music, disco, pool table, chill-out area, revolving restaurant and Japanese restaurant. >Menara Imperium, JL. HR Rasuna Said, Ph. 835 3979.
City's leading jazz club with great crowds. >Lippo Sudirman Grand Suite, Jl. Garnisun Dalam 8, Ph. 574 5670-72.
Balinese décor, Spanish Mexican menu, live reggae, funk and latin sounds. >Jl. Kemang Raya 85, Ph. 717 91537.
Jakarta's own authentic Irish pub. >Hotel Gran Melia, Ph. 526 8080.
Famous for it's delicious pizza. >Hotel Atlet Century, Ph. 571 2094.
Funniest place around, where the unpretentious crowd is out to party, aided by some very silly theme nights. Tunes are strictly mainstream dance, hip-hop and some crowd pleasing Indonesian pop favorites. Can get packed. Great view. See restaurant entry. >Metropolitan II building, Jl. Jend. Sudirman, Ph. 571 0064.
·Milenium Bowling Alley
Cool place to hangout and sport. Rp. 20,000/game, up to 5pm Rp.25,000/game. Shoes rent Rp. 5,000/pairs
·Morgan's Classic Disco
Named after the classic convertible that dominates the pub's décor. >Hotel Aston Atrium, Ph. 344 2826.
Techno music and ancient Greek décor. >Borobudur Hotel, Jl. Lapangan Banteng, Ph. 384 2050.
·New Age Bar
Upstairs from Hazara, it's a must for pre or post dinner drinks. Ph. 315 0424.
·News Café I and II
Two slick and modern upmarket cafes with varied menus and first class food. >Jl. Kemang Raya, Ph. 717 92575. Setiabudi Building I, Jl. HR Rasuna
Said, Ph. 525 7376.
At the forefront of taste and style with minimalist décor, a mirrored bar, and smart bathrooms. The tiny dancefloor pasks out easily to some excellent dance, garage and drum and bass. >Wisma iskandarsyah, Ph. 723 5123.
Stylish upmarket hangouts with live music in the evenings and great bar food. >Grand Hyatt, Jl. MH Thamrin, Ph. 390 1234.
This big, slick club-in-a-hotel is presently the in place among trend-obsessed Jakartans. Smart, colorful decorations, a spectacular light show and a crisp, clear sound system make a night out here a sensual extravaganza. DJs keep the upmarket public grooving to a funky dance set with some R & B, techno and disco thrown in. Parking spaces, queuing times and drinks prices are all at a premium. >Crowne Plaza Hotel, Jl. Jend. Gatot Subroto, Ph. 526 8833.
Stylish bar. Ph. 7179, 1405.
The world's 16th planet Hollywood is right beside my office building, below the Studio 21 multiplex cinema on >Jl. Gatot Subroto, Ph. 526 7827.
Popular latin party place in the middle of Kemang. Good pasta, good music, funky crowd and a quality pool table. >Kemang Selatan Raya, Ph. 719 5556.
Aaaaaaah... no comment here! This place is highly recommended for you guys who a clubber freak! 24 hours from Wednesday to Monday (ha!). 4 floors with different entertainment. Striptease, pills, drinks, or just chill out... bring your sneakers for a 46 hours bogus entertainment. Just ask your taxi driver to get there n they'll find out!
Genuinely authentic British pub with good beers and an excellent steak and kidney pie. This and friendly staff make it an after work drinking venue of choice.
>Hotel Ambara, Blok M, Ph. 270 0888.
Great food and targeted advertising make this a popular venue. >Park Lane Hotel, Ph. 828 2000.
American bars for those who like drinking imported beers and watching barmen juggle their shakers.
>Komplek Taman Ria Senayan, Ph. 574 2083 or Ascott Hotel, Kebon Kacang,
Ph. 391 6868.
Refreshingly there are no gimmicks at this relaxing, hospitable hotel bar famous for its hot-stone teaks ? a sizzling experience. >Aryaduta Hotel, Jl. Prapatan, Ph. 231 1239.
The 30s style music bar at Le Meridien Hotel. Resident band attitude also international band plays 'jam swing' on an pressive central stage. Ladies night on Thursday. cover charge Rp50,000 (free first drink) on weekend. Try their best Orgasm cocktail! lots of 'bule' on Friday. >Jl. Jend. Sudirman, Ph. 251 3131.
Live music venue in the north. >Sheraton Media, Jl. Gunung Sahari, Ph. 626 3001.
>Ph. 719 0371-74.
Crowded young people, live music, good pizza and pasta and ice cream. >Jl. Gereja theresia, Menteng.
***Happy clubbing ;-p
Errr.... You are not in Jakarta if you don't go to Stadium....
Dress Code: Just a smart and casual. No problem with sneakers in almost all places.
Cool Places of Jakarta would...
Cool Places of Jakarta would be:
Kemang area in South Jakarta would be a good choice, there are great places such as Venue, TC cafe, Cinna Bar, April, Cafe de Paris, Salsa, Shooter and many more.
RETRO at crown plaza hotel is cool too, Mana Lounge at Taman ria,Zanzibar at Blok M, Club 45 at Mahakam, Bar 30 at LeMeridien Hotel, Kafe Jalan-Jalan at Menara Imperium. Actually too much if I have to list them all..., just visit Jakarta to discover :-)
Great crowd and great music
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Cafe Batavia in the Old Town...
Cafe Batavia in the Old Town area is a classic, safe choice.
For a little live music: the cafes in Kemang area and next to Taman Ria are awesome.
To go Clubbing some of the hottest spots are: Tanamur and Bengkel.
Dress Code: Whatever you like
too much to do in day time
Had not so much night life as I tried to wake up early in the morning to see the more I could and, as I already said, traffic can make your day very slow here.
Just had some beers in Pisa cafè, that, even if named like an italian restaurant, had no tourists at all.Related to:
If you want to be seen in the...
If you want to be seen in the most happening places in Jakarta, head straight to Tanamur - Jakarta's hottest disco. It is packed to the brim (and I really mean it in every sense of the word!) on weekends and you may also bump into several celebrities and famous people.
For a very happening pub, I would recommend O'Reiley's at the Grand Hyatt. Have a great time.
Photo Below: That's a candid shot of me taken after a hearty Italian meal at Zigolini's and about to head over to 'O'Reilley's' at the Grand Hyatt for drinks with my buddies.
I MUST recommend this...
I MUST recommend this absolutely cooooool joint called - Cafe Batavia located in a dutch colonial house somewhere in the city.
It's open 24 hours a day. They serve fresh seafood, tim sum (Chinese dumplings) and western cuisines during regular meal times. At night (after supper), this place is packed with a cool party crowd. Love the quaint colonial ambience here.
You MUST try their specialty drink - a Brazilian cocktail called 'Caipiroska'. You'll never be the same again after taking a sip. I love it!
Dress Code: Smart Casuals.
Today's Country: Techno Spot
A techno club with loud blasting music all night long. A lot of local youngsters here but it was not really my type of scene. Dropped by to checked it out since I was there.
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Good live music. The bands play more hip-hop/rock music and only starts at 10.30pm. Although there is no cover charges, you will need to pay for 1 drink of your choice before you enter.
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