Jakarta Nightlife During Ramadhan

By The Jakarta Team
BATS is usually the best bar in Jakarta during Ramadhan.
Nightlife in Jakarta during Ramadan is quiet and rather boring. For expats, it can be nice to rest for a few weeks because partying in Jakarta can be exhausting. It is a great way to save money too.

For those who don't want to wait until the end of Ramadan, you can still have some fun, but the atmosphere is different than usual. Each year, the government announces new rules concerning the opening/closure of entertainment venue: The more often, during the first 2 days following the beginning of Ramadan, everything is closed and you should really avoid going out. After that, the nightlife starts again slowly, with shorter opening hours, for the following venues:

- All the clubs, bars, karaokes, spas that are located inside "hotels". This is the reason why many clubs/massage parlours in Jakarta are calling themselves hotels: Alexis Hotel, Malioboro Hotel, Illigals Hotel, Classic Hotel, Fortune Hotel, Orchardz Hotel, Sun City hotel, Colosseum, Hotel Tematik, etc... All those venues will be open, but they shall not be very busy.

- All the bars in 4 or 5-star hotels, in particular:
  • BATS in Hotel Shangri-La: I would say BATS is the best place to go in Jakarta during Ramadan as it will always be a bit crowded and you won't lose time going from one bar to another hoping to see one that's not closed.
  • CJ's Club in Hotel Mulia would be my second best choice.
- Nightclubs that are usually open but close early:
  • Mille's Club in Lokasari (but apparently, the entrance is hidden so you need to know how to get in)
Other venues can be a hit and miss:
  • MO bar in Mandarin Oriental Hotel
  • Flirt in Fashion Hotel
For all these places, it usually closes earlier than usual, not more than 2AM in any case. They may also forbid electronic music, to allow only live bands. 2 days before the end of Ramadhan, the clubs should close again completely, and they may not reopen until a few days after Lebaran/Idul Fitri. The few venues that may still be operating will not be very happening anyway as the city is deserted. On the contrary, nightlife in Bali is usually very busy during that time.

If you know of any venue not mentioned here, please comment.
  • Important: On the 17th day of Ramadhan is Nuzulul Quran, the most religious day of the month. On that day, ALL bars and clubs will be closed.
  • Last year, I have been to quite a few places during Ramadhan, and most of them were open and quite crowded. I guess things are much less strict than what they used to be. Golden Crown, Top Gun, Aphrodite, Hard Rock Café and Loewy in particular were all fine.

49 comments to '' Jakarta Nightlife During Ramadhan "

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  1. Thank you for you tips and information..
    We are tourists in Jakarta, and we didn't think about the Ramadhan month when we booked.. So now we are looking for some nightlife places and your blog is really helpful..!

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  2. I can add one more club to the list. Blowfish is also open on Fridays and Saturdays during Ramadan.

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  3. Dragonfly open on friday and saturday

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  4. Red Square is open Friday and Saturday night. Not sure about Sundays.

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  5. Will be in Jakarta next weekend and Ramadan starts the following Monday 1st AUgust - will the nightlife still be happening the 28th to 31st July?

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  6. Friday and Saturday should be normal, but Sunday probably very quiet..

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  7. Can you recommend places that serve alcohol for happy hour during Ramadhan ? Thank you

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  8. Where are you located? Most bars will now be open, but if you want to be sure, go to any hotel bars: BATS, CJs, Burgundy, MO Bar, etc... Try also Aphrodite, Eastern Promise, Murphy's Pub, Fez, Cazbar, Sports Café...

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  9. Has nightlife resumed now, after the 1st two days of fasting?

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  10. Ya, it's quiet but most bars and clubs are open... they will close early, probably between 1 or 2 am, except for the biggest ones like stadium..

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  11. not really recovered, most of the places are empty, dragonfly and x2 closed. Domain is a good choice.

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  12. Arriving Jakarta (on the way to Bali) from Manila this Friday at 23:45. Any idea to check the "Ramadan night life" in Jakarta that night, or better to just head to Bali as early as possible on Saturday morning?

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  13. Sunday and monday this week most clubs are closed or sparse. i went to bats on monday figured the most people would be there. Still kinda empty. Then went to hotel alexis which had alot more people around 3.

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  14. Amigos in Kemang (i dont know about the other ones) has Monday night madness which has all drinks at a half price! very good deal and nice atmosphere. the restaurant is open everyday too

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  15. So there arent any bars or clubs open from 1- 5 September during Idul Fitri?? Im in jakarta now and Me and my friends are looking for some entertainment during the evening.. Any recomendations??

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  16. i m planning to go to jakarta with my friends during the first week of august and it falls during the month of ramadan.. i will probably be in jakarta on a sunday and monday before i leave to bali.. hows the nightlife and entertainment during these days? any suggestions? pls help!!

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  17. There are three categories of nightlife venues:
    1) Karaoke and Live Music
    2) Bars, nightclubs, sauna, spa, massage parlours
    3) Bars & Clubs located in star-rated hotels


    1) 2) 3) will be completely closed on the first day of ramadan, on the 17th day of ramadan, and 4 days from the last day of ramadan (idul fitri, start of lebaran)

    1) and 3) will be allow to operate from 8.30pm to 1.30am except on the days mentioned above.

    2) are completely closed.

    Things are a bit more complicated as some places like Stadium or Golden Crown or Alexis fall into the three categories!

    Alexis is a karaoke, a hotel, a club, a bar, a live music venue, etc.... For these reasons, many places that should be closed are actually open during ramadan in Jakarta... Also, I know that in some clubs, they will replace the DJ with a band so that it becomes a live music venue...

    My conclusion: It is still possible to have fun in Jakarta during ramadan, just look around and you'll find many places packed with party-goers...

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  18. Went to all the massage and spa places yesterday and found it all closed, atleast for the two days,saturday and sunday,ie 20th july and 21st july.. another thing is that i stay at the bellezza suite and just came to jakarta on 20th. my bad that it was the first day of the Ramadan...
    Could somebody suggest me any place to hang out near bellezza shopping arcade...

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  19. i went to bats last night to see it was closed, but they said its open tonight

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  20. I will probably visit Jakarta next week. Any updates on the places to go? i wished to go to Oasis Spa, does anyone know whether it is open or closed?

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  21. DO you have the same list for 2013? Highly appreciated!

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  22. Hi, thanks a lot for your blog and all these informations. Any update for all venues open during Ramadan 2015?

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  23. Wr are a group of friends visiting Jakarta from 8th to the 11th of july which are the places open for ++ massages and to pick up girls.

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    1. Can you use your eyes and read? You are posting your comment on a review about the massage parlours and bars that stay open during ramadhan, just f.cking read the article you idiot!

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  24. Dear all, just to correct a small fact, The Coran was revealed in the last ten days of Ramadhan, with no precise or accurate date, this period is the most important of Ramadhan.

    However, there is a consensus or a general agreement to celebrate the revelation of the Coran on the night from the 26th to 27th of Ramadhan, and not on the 17th as stated in the note.

    Just a small facts in between cant hurt anybody ....

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  25. Just landed jakarta last night. Heard regulation is tight this year. Anyone knows if places like classic or malioboro are open?

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  26. Yes Malioboro and Classic will be open during ramadan, except during the first few days after it begins and before it ends. Unfortunately, the weekend of the 20th June it will probably be closed as it is just the beginning. Things should get back to almost normal the weekend after. They may have only live music instead of techno, and they will probably close earlier.

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  27. This Article is from 2009? Still same?

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    1. Yes it's still valid for the most part. Please add a comment if there has been some changes since. Thank you. Thibaud

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  28. EP in Kemang is closed and will re_open saturday 20th june

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  29. Will place i can try vitamin(such as ectasy) will open during ramadan? Next week i will go to jakarta for business trip please advise me if you know. It would be highly appreciated.

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  31. Fable is still open at Fri-Sun 10pm-3am

    keep getting updates from them in Line Messenger.

    Pretty much practical you know, to get connected to their social media account. Maybe you can update which places that have active social media account so we can get to know their newest promotion?

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  32. When will the gals come to work? Will them only come to work after break fasting at 7pm?

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    1. Not necessarily. They will come whenever the place is open.

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  33. When will Malio open? Only after fasting,7pm?

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  34. This satur is the nurul Quran day, is that means all the bar/pub/massage will closed on that day?

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    1. most likely yes... at least they were closed last year...

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  35. You need to update - BATS open and busiest, CJ's #2, but DF closed all month. I would say for weekends probably Immigrant is the best "club" open until 2a.m at least the first 2 weeks then gradually later. 30 and MO and Musro are unreliable to say the least for crowds etc, same as Burgundy. Really they are just hotel bars.

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  36. Colosseum was good on Fri and Sat (1001 was open but empty), did Karaoke til 4am on Monday at Grand Paragon so there's that... Cloud was open til 1 or 2 last Thursday as well. Kimochi Mabes is closed (saw their Twitter account before I headed north, thankfully). Any cheap massage joints open that you guys know of?

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  37. CJ's Bar at Hotel Mulia closes early at 2am on weekdays (other months it's till 3am usually). Not sure for weekend.

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  38. come to my place and have a partY ! :-)

    Only need enough ppl!

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  39. The 17th day of ramadan when everything is closed is called Malam Nuzul Koran (Nuzul-Al Quran) or Muhammad's Revelation Day in English. It commemorates the first day when Gabriel appeared to him.

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  40. Due in Jakarta 2 days after idul fitri. Will there be much going on or will most places be empty as the entire week is a public holiday

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    1. It should be quiet but not dead... bars and clubs should be open but with less crowd than usual as many people will be away...

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    2. Thanks for the information. Will be staying at Mulia so hopefully CJs will not be completely empty

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  41. All the spas closed during this period?

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  42. Damn Thibaud. I am very impressed.

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  43. Great site!! Are places like Alexis and malioboro open and normal during cuti bersama? I'm planning on coming to jakarta on June 27,28 and trying to figure out what's open.

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