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Club 3 Degrees Christian Bar (CLOSED)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
No smoking, no alcohol and only "clean" music: That's the worst concept I have ever heard for a bar, and it is that of Club 3 Degrees. This "club" is not an entertainment venue, it was opened by a Christian religious group in order to "reach [the] city with the gospel in non-traditional ways".

Club Bulgary (Kota Jalan Hayam Wuruk, 72) CLOSED

By The Jakarta Team →
NB: I went to the club and found a place apparently being renovated so it is closed for now. Here's a picture: Open at the beginning of November 2007, Bulgary Club is 100% chinese, except for the name which is probably a reference to the brand Bulgary, and not the country. The lounge is quite small and doesn’t have a dancefloor. It looks like an old fashion cabaret, with baroque paintings on the walls, small marble statues, and an elegant red carpet. There is a live band during the week, singing Mandarin favourites. During the break, some (not so) sexy dancers entertain the guests. According to management, they go topless on week-ends. House music, the exact same as in Sun City .

Cocktail & Friends (Jalan Jaksa)

By The Jakarta Team →
Cocktail and Friends is a popular place on Jalan Jaksa for the student crowd mostly, with always some expats/backpackers. Not bad and probably the best and cheapest venue to drink spirits in that street.. Quiz nights on sundays (at least the sunday I was there!).. For those familiar with Jalan Jaksa, Cocktail and Friends replaces BFC. Operating hours: Everyday from 3pm to 4am.

Comedy Café and restaurant (Pasar Festival)

By The Jakarta Team →
Comedy Café is a nice bar, with an important part of the customers being gays or lesbians, but not only. They have live shows, which can be quite funny because it's really non-pretentious. The deco is quite original, and everything is done by the waiters to make you feel welcome, including inviting you on stage and laughing with you. A good address to try at least once, preferably on week-ends, and the only to my knowledge to watch stand-up comedians. There are two other Comedy Cafe in KTS, Sudirman and one in Semanggi Sky Dining Plaza .

Coquelicot Bistro Restaurant

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Update December 2011: Coquelicot has changed owner in February 2011! We just revisited it and changed our previous review: If you are craving for a cheese fondue, fresh foie gras, or other traditional French culinary trademarks, look no further, Coquelicot is the place. The atmosphere there has this little something that instantly brought me back to France.

Delta CD's Club (Pondok Indah)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Delta CD's club opened on January 14th, 2011. It is owned by the Puri Group , famous for its massage parlours (see review Delta Spa ).

D'Barons (Indie nights, Drum N'Bass)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Located in Ambhara Hotel, D'Barons is a quiet bar, not really worth it if you are not staying very nearby. It gets more interesting when they host special events, such as the very hip Blackout parties or the Phunktion Drum N' Bass nights. If you are interested, you can check the following websites for more information: Blackout Party : one of the only indie parties in Jakarta (check Monday Mayhem as well): The music is pretty much anything you can listen to in the hip student circles in Europe and North America.  Phunktion: Jakarta's most popular Drum n' Bass regular event, organized by Javabass .  

D'Bar (Kemang)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
D'Bar used to be located in Pondok Indah but moved in Kemang in mid-2010. It is a well-designed bar, with a tiny pool in the middle of the main room. They have different themed nights almost every day: Acoustic night, rock night, house music night, retro night, reggae night, etc... The best way to be sure about their events is to check their facebook page D'Bar Kemang or twitter: @dbar_jakarta. I would not say it is a happening place at the moment, even though it can get full on weekends. They probably need more time to build a fan base.. I'll be back to check in a few months.. Opening hours:

D' Cost Seafood Cheap Restaurant

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
After Warung Pasta , another cheap eating spot is D'Cost Seafood. The brand is quite famous in Indonesia and you will find them a little everywhere, including in Kemang. The outside looks terrible and is closer to a Walmart than a restaurant. But I was seduced by their motto: " Price of a street food stall, taste of a 5-stars". The inside is a little better, but still not much to talk about as it is quite simple and functional. The menu has two pages, one for the food, the other one for the drinks. It is very cheap (click on the photo of the menu below to see the prices), and you can easily have a meal for less than Rp25,000. D'Cost seems to be quite popular with office workers and students. We ordered a few dishes: Baby Kailan saus tiram, Ikam Guram Tim Kecap, Tahu Jepang saus tiram, Udang Pancet saus Padang, etc..

Dallas Roadhouse Bar & Grill

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Dallas Roadhouse is a mall-type restaurant serving grilled beef and other types of American food.. Good reputation but how hard is it to grill a steak? Not really a bar also though it serves alcohol.. It is expensive, as any restaurants in Jakarta serving imported beef, but you have a 3-course dinner set for Rp. 140,000. Opening Hours: Weekdays = ( 11.30 - 24.00 ) Weekend = ( 11.30 - 01.00 ) All Day Long Happy Hour

Dapur Babah Elite

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Dapur Babah Elite is considered as one of the best restaurants in Jakarta. However, as it is the case with most of the restaurants belonging to the Tugu Group, while the setting is impressive and worth a visit, the food is slightly disappointing. It is obvious that Tugu restaurants are focused on creating an atmosphere rather than serving fine cuisine. It's ok with me because if the food was better, I think the prices would jump. Dapur Babah Elite restaurant specializes in Peranakan/Babah cuisine, both of which have become quite trendy over the recent years among Jakartans. It is a fusion of different traditions: Indonesian, Chinese, and Dutch. So as I said, I didn't fall in love with the food, but maybe my expectations were too high considering how elegant the Dapur Babah restaurant is. All furniture and decoration come from the private collection of the owner of Tugu Group, Anhar Setjadibrata, who is in my opinion the main reason behind the success of this hotel and res

Cork & Screw Restaurant and Bar (Wisma Kodel, Rasuna Said)

By The Jakarta Team →
Cork & Screw is one of the most popular lounges and restaurants in Jakarta. There are currently two locations in the city, one in Wisma Kodel, and a smaller one in Plaza Indonesia. Though their food is very average for the price, they are trendy places to have a drink, in particular wines. They have a large collection of bottles coming from Vin+ shops, most of them around Rp300k/400k. That's about twice as expensive as in Europe but unfortunately, this is the norm in Jakarta. Overall, I do not recommend Cork & Screw for eating, but you can share a bottle of wine with a few friends.  It is quite busy so you may also want to book your table.

De Leila - Arabic Bar and Belly Dancing (Gatot Subroto)

By The Jakarta Team →
De Leila is a popular bar with dangdut and arab music. I learnt that it is owned by the guy behind Tanamur and JJs, 2 famous discos in Soeharto's era Jakarta nightlife. It's kind of like an hotel bar but with arab expats mostly, so it is a tiny bit different: You'll see girls are a usually less skinny than regular indonesian girls, and apparently, somebody left a comment saying it's the place in Jakarta to go where girls do anal sex... Think global, act local?

De Hooi Cafe (Pondok Indah Plaza)

By The Jakarta Team →
An excellent bar, De Hooi was not in our listing until now only because it is located a bit far from the center, in Pondok Indah, where we seldom venture. In this part of town however, it is easily the most popular and the most happening bar, attracting a good mix of both expats and locals, in an easy going and welcoming atmosphere. Many regular customer crowd the bar and it seems like most patrons know each other already.. Live music , free-wifi, and a good menu featuring American, Indian, Dutch, Indonesian food (you can take a look at it here: De Hooi menu part 1 , part 2 , part 3 , they do delivery). If you live in Pondok Indah, this is the place where you want to go to have fun.

Delta Spa (Different branches in Jakarta)

By The Jakarta Team →
Delta Spa is probably the most famous men spa in Jakarta and also the best. It is not a sex spa though: You will always get a plus-plus, but nothing more... Another similar chain of men spas in Jakarta is My Place . The masseuses in Delta Spa are usually experienced and skillful, much more than in many other more expensive massage parlours. Yet, the prices have almost doubled in the past five years, and it is no longer a cheap venue. It will cost you around 600,000rp for a 3 hour massage + the possibility to use the facilities for the whole day (jacuzzi, sauna, swimming pool, fitness equipment). Perfect way to end up a week-end of clubbing on sundays. Opening Hours: Depending on the branches, but usually everyday from 11am to 11pm. Call them first to make sure. List of Delta Spa branches in Jakarta: Delta Spa Harmoni Harmoni Plaza, Bl B 12 - 12 A unit 36 - 38 Jl. Suryopranoto No. 2, Jakarta Phone: +62-21 6358-3777 Fax: +62-21 6386-6079

De Volvo (Mandarin Singing Hall) CLOSED

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Located on Jalan Hayam Wuruk, in the red-light district of Jakarta, De Volvo is a typical Mandarin singing hall where the male customers come to sing while enjoying the company of ladies much younger than them. While the place is full of prostitutes, it is rather mild and not shocking. I wouldn't mind bringing my girlfriend here, or even my mom. The main attraction is the center stage where imported Chinese divas sing classic mandarin tunes. Sometimes, the customers join them on stage. To be honest the songs are all the romantic, boring-to-death type, so come with a group of friends to help you stay awake.

De Tao Lounge and Restaurant (Jalan Kebon Sirih, near Jalan Jaksa and Sabang)

By The Jakarta Team →
Update July 2011: This place is closed now, and replaced by another restaurant. I will try to visit soon. Restaurant/Lounge/Bar: Not so crowded, but the design is nice, and it holds one of the best podium in Jakarta. The food is good too! I haven't been there for a really long while, and the last time, they where under renovation... You can try to call them to make sure it's still open... it will avoid you some of Jakarta's traffic jam: +62 21 344 7912

Dim Sum Festival (Kemang)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
  More a hangout spot than a restaurant, Dim Sum Festival is famous in Kemang for being one of the few places where you can eat 24h. Since there are quite many nightclubs in the same area, it is always crowded, and especially around 3am, when it becomes the last stop of many late-night clubbers. Very recommended at that time during the weekends. During normal hours, it isn't a bad restaurant either. Though more expensive than similar venues in Kemang, it remains popular, probably because of the laid-back, open-air atmosphere. It isn't the best place to eat, but it feels happening and busy.

Die Stube (Kemang)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
One of the favorite expat restaurants in Jakarta, Die Stube manages to serve excellent German food at a reasonable fare (less than Rp100,000 for a meal with drinks). The design is very simple, nothing too fancy. Highly recommended . It is also a popular drinking joint as it offers a wide selection of beers. The crowd is a mix of locals and long-term expatriates (all age groups, but mostly above 35). They organize a special event for Oktoberfest every year and put a wide screen when the German team is playing. Live music occasionally. You can check their latest news on its facebook page: Die Stube . The owner of Die Stube, Patrick Widjaja, opened a similar restaurant in Cilandak called Imbiss Stube (Citos). Other German restaurants in Jakarta are Paulaner Brauhaus (more upmarket) and Ya Udah Bistro. Opening hours: Every day from 11.30am to midnight (1am on weekends).

Diritna Lebanese Café

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Diritna is a tiny "mediterranean" restaurant where you can also smoke different flavoured shishas. The type of food available is Lebanese, Syrian and Jordanian. You have an outdoor section, a bit noisy, and a sort of aquarium, more quiet but not really cozy.