Blok M (Jalan Falatehan)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars)
My previous visit to Jalan Falatehan was 3 years ago, during a memorable pub crawl, the Blok-M-thon. Last week (June 2011) was more healthy, but I still managed to visit each venues (except Highway to Elle). My objective was to see if there was any update that could be made to this blog.

For those unaware of the name, Jalan Falatehan is one of the two main red-light areas in South Jakarta (the other one being "Little Tokyo"). It is not very long, about 200 meters, and you'll find less than 10 bars, usually owned by foreigners.

Here is a quick list, by order of appearance:
  • Sportsmans: A sports bar, no girls, only for chatting, drinking beer, and watching sports
  • Everest: An easy-going bar, with a few girls and few clients. Mostly regular customers
  • D's place: The most trashy place in Blok M, with usually a lot of girls, striptease and gogo dancers, just like in Pattaya
  • My Bar: A bar packed with girls of all ages and shapes, at least 50 of them, and less than 10 male customers, all expats (double those figures during the weekend).
  • Maxi Bar: Empty but good food, they have about 6 waitresses/hostesses, dressed to kill. It stands where the now defunct One Tree Bar used to be.
  • Oscar's Pub: Live music, mostly Indonesian crowd, they have some house music now but it was empty at the time of my visit. For regulars only.
  • Guitar String: Not bad, there was a good live band and the waitresses were extra-friendly. A dozen girls there and Indonesian customers only. 
  • Top Gun: The best bar in the street, with a lot of people, a party atmosphere and live music. Your best choice if you are a newcomer to Blok M.

    In three years, the only changes I noticed were:
    Generally speaking, it isn't much different: You have that same old disturbing mix of prostitutes, beggars, children, street sellers,  crooked taxis and security guards waiting for you outside every bars to ask something from you. The street is still dirty, and so are most of the bars.

    The only big advice you need to hear is to not take a taxi directly right on Jalan Falatehan, they cannot be trusted. Instead, walk 50 meters until you reach the main road, then take a Blue Bird or an Express taxi.
      I wished I had more to talk about, I'll be back in three years for a new review. For any questions you may have, please leave a comment.

      For an updated article about nightlife in Jakarta in 2014, please visit this link: Jakarta Nightlife Update 2014

      58 comments to '' Blok M (Jalan Falatehan) "

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      1. Is the secret room at D's still there? :-D
        Jerome

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      2. Block M is a ton of fun but at the end of the night the taxi mafia can be brutal. If you walk to the main road you towards Top Gun you can get a Bluebird but still the mafia hits them up for a tax...like Pp 5000. I used to tell them to f-off but I'm too fat and old and lazy to do that anymore, so I or the driver just pay it and get on with it. Oh please consider that I am American so A: I don't take kindly to injustice and B: I am arrogant and could give a shit. Bring it.

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      3. D's place still has the secret room.

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      4. I've notice the taxi mafia guys aren't so sharp. I always wear a shirt with a breast pocket. During the evening I put several folded notes in the pocket just for that taxi mafia guy. They never look at the amount I give them, I just hand them the folded notes and he shoves it in his pocket and opens the taxi door for me and the girl and tells the driver where to take us. The driver just turns on the meter and goes. Cost = 50 US cents for the mafia guy in front of Top Gun.

        One time the driver, before turning on the meter, asked for 60,000 to go the short distance. I got out of the taxi with the girl (intending to walk down the street to the main drag and get a bluebird), and without blinking the mafia guy pulled my folded bills out of his pocket and gave it back. Then he opened the taxi door and argued with the driver. Then he said to me: "Meter!" I handed him back the bills and got into the taxi. This stupid trick has worked everytime.

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      5. How is Top Gun on a Sunday or Monday night? Still people there?

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        1. Absolutely stil the same....
          Croud and many sexy girls now

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      6. Sunday and Monday night in Top Gun still OK, usually less expats so more girls alone... Live band is better on Sunday also I think.. But anyway, you should go to BATS or CJs or Golden Crown on Sundays. You should check the review: "Weekly events in Jakarta"

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      7. So expensive. Rp. 600,000 3 hours , just sing Japanese songs , no touch.

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      8. Guitar String, or G string is closed since sepetmebr 2011. The place has been renovated to an office.

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      9. any info on singer rossa performing at any club? on this 25th feb? great if anyone could post some info...

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      10. Buahahaha.... everyone is anonymous!

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      11. Just went to B.A.T.S last night. Scored a hot Indonesian version of J-Lo. What a night, she is a robot.

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        1. U got her number? Pass it to me please. Thanks

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      12. Hi Guys, I'm a newbie to blok M, will be there end march. Any suggestions on hotels nearby, nothing flash, just decent, air cond and private bath w hot shower.

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      13. Is it only me but every time i go to My Bar i see more and more Asian and Indonesian male customers.

        The other night i was there and i was the only bule, all the other hunters were Japanese, Korean and Indonesian males.

        It also seems the girls are developing a preference for the asian guys (probably spilling over from the Japanese Karaoke joints nearby)

        Anyway for me it is no problem, i never go to Blok M for a girl.

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      14. Ambhara Hotel is close and the rooms are pretty good.
        Walking distance from MBlock and you do not have to crab a taxi to your hotel with your girl.
        i always stay at this hotel and in my opinion good value for money

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      15. how much a girl from blok m take for a night
        and for 2 hours

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      16. Ok lame question but can a guy have a fun time in blok m and not drink? It all sounds like great fun but I'm deathly allergic to alcohol. I don't mind paying draft beer prices for bottle water as I understand the clubs need to make their money . . .

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      17. Alcohol is not required. Most venues will serve you pop at 25,000 per can. Most places won't sell you bottled water though, not sure why. I did get a glass of regular tap water served with my hamberger the other night.

        Just let them know you're there to have fun with the girls and spend money and they won't care.

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      18. I had a good first Blok M experience the other night. I showed up around 8:30 pm and all the venues were quiet but the girls were there and waiting.

        Around 9:30 - 10 things started to come alive.

        Around midnight D's place was starting to quiet down again but Top Guns seemed to continue to go strong.

        Highway to Elle was quiet all night. When I went in a girl was quick to meet me and take my drink order but after that no attention whatsoever. I got so bored I left before I was even half finished my drink. I suspect the lack of girls and attention to patrons is why they are so quiet.

        D's place is where I had the most fun. Being my first time it was all a bit overwhelming. I got hustled out of 50,000 on a 2 minute game of pool and that left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth. I was going to leave but an older, heavy set lady, Susi, approached me and asked me to sit down next to her and a bunch of the gogo girls.

        Susi was warm and friendly and took the time to explain to me, in her broken english, how everything worked. She let me know that she leaves all the work to the younger girls, she's just there to be "mama" lol. Thanks Susi for saving the night.

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      19. Im coming to Jakarta on the 9th of Jan for 4 nights. Heard that Blok M is the place to check out. Also Red Square on a Saturday night. Where are most of the Hot girls in Blok M ? Keen to pick up for the nights im there. Payed or not lol ... Looks like Ds place might be a good place to start

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      20. How much for a girl for 1 night?

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      21. How is it for a 25 years old man to travel to Jakarta alone for the first time? (never been in Indonesia)

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      22. Can anyone recommend a fine hotel in block m to a maximum of $ 100?

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      23. There's very brand new 3* hotel named Amazing at the end of the street... But I heard it will charge you about $65 US a night..
        I wish, this one gonna make changes to better neighbor..
        PPN ;)


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      24. just like in Pattaya???No way,man.these is a small shitting hole.Any small secondary street in Pataya is MUCH,MUCH,better.All the experience in Indo is worse.Choise,security,services,food,traffic,.EVERYTHING is better in Land of smiles.Bali,yes,have Skygarden which is probably the best nightlife spot in all EA,but that's all.Going around Jakarta in the night is just a worse nightmare,been in Kemang area,Blok M also,pick up nice girl from Top Gun,but loose my plane for Bali next day,becouse of traffic.Never ever comeback to Indo.cheers.

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      25. was just there at 8:30 pm on Saturday... maybe to early.. but

        place looks like old shity place... no girls... and if I look at the place I do not want to know how "dirty" the girls must be....

        no recommendation from my site, for people who are use to the high class massage places of Jakarta.

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      26. This may hardly be relevant for newcomers, but good old Blok M is not what it used to be - venues having been closed/unnecessarily "updated" etc. - and nobody really knows why.

        Nonetheless, Blok M is still a nice place with part of its somehow "innocent" charm intact - meaning that you can go there just to absorb the atmosphere (and perhaps a few Bintangs - or sodas if that is your thing) and fall into nice conversation with both locals and visitors.

        I've been coming there relatively regularly over the past seven years (though more in its haydays) and I will continue to do so. And when I do I always have a swell time.

        I used to get "normal prices" with the taxis in the street (I assume I obtained some kind of "special friend" status), however I actually prefer to completely leave the area before getting a taxi - just to avoid the idiotic hazzle. And rgd. the streetkids, well, admittedly, I usually ignore them.

        So in spite of the fact that I've never been much of a "monger", I've surely had my share of fun and memorable moments in the blok. And I plan still to have and surely suggest first-timers in Jkt to give it a go :-) It remains a Jkt nightlife institution and, I guess, of city-cultural significance.





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      27. Been to Blok M many times. Always had fun. Always started at the Sportsman for pizza and a few beers and to chat with the girls at the bar. Hello Kiki.

        If you are in Jakarta for a while it is best to buy your own bottle of booze and leave it in the bar (Sportsman) and then just pay for set-ups.

        First place I'll go when I get in Jakarta again.
        The only other bar I go in is Top Gun.

        So D's Was where the sliding wall was. Never could remember from the first time I was in Jakarta back in'91. I think I remember they asking $100.00 for the girls then. Too drunk to remember.

        Red Square is ok but not a big Vodka fan but the girls are pretty.

        Dragonfly is good but wine is very expensive and the furniture is not comfortable.

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      28. Can anyone tell me where I can find a cute girl for tonight in Jakarta

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      29. Wtf! You think it's instant messaging here? Go get a life man.

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      30. Top gun is the best with quite good live band and lot of girls.
        I have entered at 8 pm on Tuesday with my colleague and no client but us.
        However, old lady came to us to ask shoulder massage with small money as taxi fare.
        We disregared her offer and drunk san miguel continually and we noticed the place was bursting with people since 10pm.
        Most of girls working independently and just ask her to come to you if you find your type. (It was a very easy, indeed...)
        Normally, they said the short time 500k and long time 1,000k but it can be negotiable little bit anyway.(We took them to our hotel for long time and it was a really great time.)

        And next day, we visited D's first at 10pm around but, the hall was not good mood that I felt because it seemed like closing time and waitress who was serving in the hall was not so kind and the stage of dancers was messed up by drunken big fat white guy and some local girl who may be staff there.
        Important point is that very hard to find nice girl there at that time and overall mood was not better than Top gun.
        So, We just drunk one beer and moved to next door where is my place.
        This place was full of Techno sound by DJ like discotheque and we got very good lucky there because we could get round table in front of stage and watch sexy dance competition which we did not know at that time.
        Sexy dancing battle was a great fun and marvelous show because we could see some girls took off every piece of cloth even underwear to be naked!!! (It was a really horny~~~ and it seemed special event at that time..)
        The hall was bursting with people and could meet normall(?) girls and offer to them to stay until in the morning at our hotel.
        Of course, they asked pay and we agreed to accept their request and had a fun.

        Remember... if you want to date with girl, just ask her to come and negotiate condition... then have a fun and great time.

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      31. Sportsman is closed now, street is dirty probably best viewed when intoxicated to overlook some of the shortfalls in cleanliness. Rats are commonplace in this littered street that's controlled by a taxi mafia that you need to tip just to enter a cab that they have no connection with! Children begging on the streets throughout the night. A very low hygiene/low class area. One to be avoided if this bothers you....the sportsman was the best bar and the only one you would even consider eating at....but yes there are females there, second rate in the vast majority! Would you want a girl who inhabits these surroundings in your room????

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      32. oo 'long time not go there falatehan 'im remember my memory with my,,,,,,,im so sad,

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      33. hiii..my name is linda indonesian girls, if you will go falatehan maybe you can call me if you good mood,first time come there i meet one boy nice'but now hes dont know where

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      34. Yes linda, whats ur number?

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      35. yes linda, give me ur number.

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      36. Me Lucy, me so horny. Me sucky for free. You kiss me free

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      37. Guys, are those bars on falatehan street open during ramadan?..if they do, are there any girls to be found?..thankzz..

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      38. D's is where the working girls from other bars go to retire.
        Make eye contact with any of them and you'll be swarmed…
        Check upstairs at Highway to Elle…found younger, hungry girls there on occasion.

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      39. "D's is where the working girls from other bars go to retire.
        Make eye contact with any of them and you'll be swarmed…
        Check upstairs at Highway to Elle…found younger, hungry girls there on occasion"....reply to this comment : yes..but is this D's place and highway to hell open during ramadan month?..if it does..are there hookers to be found inside?..thankzz...

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      40. was there on the 10th anneversiry party but the place sucks, disgusting hookers, and some hooker gave a kidney to the owner, since she wanted his cash, haha a kidney will do it:P

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      41. Blok M :D i like this place but at afternoon rhat any store with low price... actualy i dont like bar or club or etc nigth live... never have been go to club or place night live

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        1. hello I am from Malaysia I find Blok M so boring any suggestion please
          081210370932

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      42. was in Top Gun last night and may visit again tonight. tons of freelancers there but looks are just average. girls are asking for high price nowadays.

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      43. hello looking for some company in Blok M area so boring
        081210370932 my hp number if you wish to company me

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        1. Are you a man or woman haha?

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      44. hi...can anyone let me know jakarta nightlife where is the best...clubbing and bars..

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        1. Hi Oscar, maybe you could just read this blog? it's called jakarta100bars.com and you are on it...

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      45. btw, the first dat when the ramadham started everything was closed, now i read topgun is not open again on the block? Can someone tell me for sure?

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      46. i´m going next week to jakarta. stay only one weekend. where is the best place to have fun and meet some girls?

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      47. I am 32 yrs old guy Going to Jakarta on Oct. 4th . Any one want to me for fun and party? This is my first time , any one want to do a combined girl hunting'?

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      48. Going to JKT and Blok M tomorrow. How are the rates nowadays, if I take girl to my hotel for 2 hours or so ?
        Thank in advance - J

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      49. Girls want $100 or 1,500,000 rupiah for long time. You could negotiate if she is really "into" you. Didn't have an issue with the taxis, but I recommend taking only a Blue Bird taxi. They are parked midway down the street, parallel to the traffic pattern. The driver did slip some money to a nasty looking guy before we drove off. Perhaps this was the mafia tax explained above. We were oblivious to it at the time. Went to Top Gun, and D's Place. Liked D's place better. It was quieter, less hassle from the girls, and they have free pool and darts. The girls will play with you if you buy them a drink. Not too much smoke either. Top Gun was FULL of girls. Many were quite attractive, others not so much. It appeared that there are several Mamasans in there. Each having a stable of a few girls. This was very weird and made us feel uncomfortable. The girls will come with you to other bars if thats what you like. There are a few bars that we went into with no customers at all. Perhaps a cool place to chill with a girl you met elsewhere. We did not get a chance to fo to Octogon, but it seemed lively. Will have to stop in there next time.

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        1. Thank you for your report... Is Octagon a karaoke? a bar?

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      50. Any update for 2017?

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