If you are wondering where you can party in Jakarta, this review will guide you through all the most famous nightlife areas in the city. You can also read 10 Best Nightclubs in Jakarta and Where to Stay in Jakarta for more detailed information.

I've circled in blue two main areas: South Jakarta and North Jakarta. Each has its own characteristics:

• South Jakarta is the most modern part of the city, with plenty of skyscrapers, luxury malls and upmarket houses. Naturally, this is where you will find the most high-end nightclubs and bars in Jakarta. Expats and rich Indonesians will normally party there.

• North Jakarta, or Kota Tua (Old Town) is the historical part of town. Most of the buildings are only a few floors high, and they may look shabby. The nightlife is often within large one-stop entertainment complexes comprising of a club, a massage parlor and a karaoke.  Drugs and prostitution are common. The party crowd is local and you'll only spot a random tourist once in a while. It is not as safe as in the South, particularly for the taxis, but it is still OK compared to any other world capitals.

South Jakarta Nightlife
Where to Party in South Jakarta?
SCBD
SCBD, which stands for Sudirman Central Business District, is a mixed-use development with many prestigious offices, a luxury mall and high-end residences. It has been the most happening party area in Jakarta for a few years already, especially among hip Jakartans and younger expats.

The best location for party in SCBD is the Fairgrounds complex where Lucy In The Sky, Fable Nightclub, The Pallas and Hide & Seek are located. Other popular nearby venues include Empirica, Beer Garden and the restaurants on the Ground Floor of Pacific Place Mall (Potato Head, Cork & Screw).

Best Hotels Nearby:
→ 4-star: Harris FX Sudirman

Senopati
Just a kilometer South of SCBD, Senopati is the most expensive residential area in Jakarta. There, you'll find smaller clubs, lounges and restaurants catering to the elite. The trendy places change every year, but currently you can go to Monty's, Pao Pao, Lola, Branché and H Gourmet & Vibes.

Best Hotel Nearby:
→ 4-star: The Gunawarman (Boutique hotel, 120$/night)

Mega Kuningan
It is also a mixed-use development, similar to SCBD, but with more residences and hotels. This is where many single expats in their 30s choose to live.

There are no nightclubs but several busy bars and restaurants like Loewy, Basque, E&O or Bauhaus. All of these are walking distance from each other and they are great for meeting expats and Indonesian girls.

Mega Kuningan is bordered to the South by Jalan Gatot Subroto on which two famous nightclubs (Dragonfly and Blowfish) are located.

Read also: Best Bars in Mega Kuningan

Best Hotels Nearby:
→ 5-star: Ritz Carlton Mega Kuningan or Oakwood (near Loewy)
→ 2-star: Favehotel Gatot Subroto or Amaris Satrio (35$/night both)

Senayan
Between Senopati and SCBD, Senayan is a popular shopping hub with 3 major malls: Plaza Senayan, Senayan City and FX. 

Each of them has bars, restaurants and nightclubs. X2, the largest and most crowded nightclub in Jakarta, is located inside Plaza Senayan. Domain Club is within Senayan City.

Some other recommended venues are Union Lounge (for a date/drinks), CJs (for live music if you don't mind freelance prostitutes) and Prohibition (jazz bar).

Best Hotels Nearby:
→ 5-star: Mulia Hotel (with CJ's bar) and Fairmont (connected to Plaza Senayan)
→ 4-star: Harris FX Sudirman

Sudirman-Thamrin
The axis Jalan Sudirman-Jalan Thamrin is the most important thoroughfare in Jakarta as it connects the South and the North of the city. It is lined up with skyscrapers, most of which have a lounge, a rooftop or a restaurant.

Around the iconic Bunderan HI (or Hotel Indonesia roundabout - see photo above), you have some of the most exciting nightlife venues in Jakarta (most of which are within the malls Plaza Indonesia or Grand Indonesia): Immigrant nightclub, the rooftops SKYE and Cloud, and plenty of bars like Cork&Screw, Social House and Paulaner Brauhaus.

Best Hotels Nearby:
→ 5-star: Kempinski (Grand Indonesia) or Grand Hyatt (Plaza Indonesia)
→ 4-star: Pullman Thamrin
→ 3-star: Holiday Inn Express

Jalan Jaksa
300 meters from Sarinah, Jalan Jaksa is the backpacker street of Jakarta. There are some cheap, friendly, open-air cafés where you can easily meet travelers and young Indonesians. You can also go to the nearby Wahid Hasyim street to visit popular bars like Beer Garden Menteng or to the B.A.R.T. rooftop in Artotel.

Best Hotels Nearby:
→ 4-star: Morrissey Hotel
→ 3-star: A One (New property)
→ 1-star/backpacker hostels: It is better to go to Jalan Jaksa directly and ask around. You can get a room with a fan for 10$.

Kemang:
Kemang is a residential expat area with many of the best-value Western restaurants in Jakarta. The bars and nightclubs are affordable, some catering to foreigners (Eastern Promise) and some to Indonesian teenagers (Tipsy, 999, Venue, Nu China).

Read more: Kemang Nightlife

Best Hotels Nearby:
→ 4-star: Grand Kemang Hotel
→ 3-star: Amaris La Codefin

Blok M, Wijaya, Melawai (Little Tokyo)
Those 3 red-light districts are located near from each other but they have their own characteristics:

Blok M (Jalan Falatehan) is a small street with 4-5 bars that have freelance prostitutes. They are popular with older expats.

Wijaya is a complex with small massage parlours and karaokes. It is popular with Koreans, Japanese and Indonesians.

Melawai (or Little Tokyo) is made of a few streets with authentic Japanese restaurants, Izakayas and karaokes.

Best Hotels Nearby:
Since the area is considered low class (due to all the prostitution activity), you can find rather good-value accommodation. The hotels are girl-friendly and they sometimes offer short-time.

Pondok Indah
Pondok Indah is an upmarket residential area in South Jakarta. You have a few bars in Pondok Indah Mall (Street Gallery) and a few more outside (like the expat bar De Hooi).

→ Don't sleep there unless you live in Jakarta.

Cilandak
Cilandak is a growing residential and business area (oil & gas). For the moment, its nightlife is limited to a few laid-back bars and Jenja nightclub in CITOS mall.

→ Don't sleep there.

North Jakarta Nightlife:
Where to Party in North Jakarta?
Gajah Mada - Hayam Wuruk
Gajah Mada and Hayam Wuruk are actually the same street but bizarrely, the left side is called Gajah Mada and the right side Hayam Wuruk.

On this 2 kilometer road, you will find almost all the high-end prostitution venues in Jakarta (Malioboro, Malio Club, V2, Sun City, Illigals, Paragon, Club 36).

Best Hotels Nearby:
There are affordable mid-range hotels in this area, only 15-30 minutes from Grand Indonesia.
→ 2-star: Yello Hotel

Pecenongan
Pecenongan is just a few streets away from Hayam Wuruk. It is famous for just two properties: Emporium Spa (with Tease Strip Club) and the gigantic Classic Hotel bordello.

Best Hotels Nearby:
Note that you can actually book a room inside Classic Hotel. If sleeping inside a brothel is not what you are looking after, you can go instead to the Alila Pecenongan.

Kota Tua, Mangga Besar, Glodok
This is also a red light area, but more middle class compared to Hayam Wuruk. Dozens of brothels, lady bars, karaokes, discos and massage parlours are spread around. You will find most of them in the Lokasari complex, on Jalan Mangga Besar Raya, or on the smaller street Mangga Besar VIII.

Glodok and Kota nightclubs have a high number of drug users (ectasy, crystal meth). Since Stadium and Mille's closed down, the go-to venues are Exotis, Puja Sera, Golden Crown and Old City. 

Colosseum, a more luxurious nightclub within the 1001 one-stop entertainment complex is also located there, just 200 meters from Taman Fatahillah.

Best Hotels Nearby:
This area has a bad reputation so you can get cheap prices for budget hotels. I once lived there and it was not as bad as it seems. I really enjoyed the authenticity and the hundred of street food stalls around.

Ancol Beach
Ancol has two sides. A "clean" one with laid-back live music cafés by the sea, and a more dirty one with dangdut bars and a naughty one-stop entertainment complex (the infamous Alexis).

Best Hotels Nearby:
→ 4-star: Discovery Ancol

Mangga Dua
Mangga Dua is a cheap shopping destination with several budget hotels. There are some massage parlours and some karaokes as well.

Best Hotels Nearby:
→ 5-star: Le Grandeur (maybe the cheapest 5-star hotel in Jakarta)
→ 4-star: Novotel
→ 3-star: D'Prima

Kota Indah/Pang-Jay
Sometimes referred to as the Blok M of North Jakarta, Kota Indah is a small street with 5-6 "massage bars", a euphemism for brothels. It is local and cheap.


Best Hotels Nearby:
→ 3-star: Zuri Express or Orchardz (with a spa ++)

Kelapa Gading
This is a residential area for middle to upper class Indonesians. You have several bars and coffee shops in and around Mall Kelapa Gading, Mall of Indonesia and La Piazza. There is also a red light district with 5-6 massage parlours and strip clubs (Sumo, King Cross).

Best Hotels Nearby:
→ 4-star: Grand Whiz or All Sedayu
→ 3-star: Whiz Prime

Pantai Indah Kapuk
The trendiest area in North Jakarta, PIK (for Pantai Indah Kapuk) is made of two roads with 30-40 restaurants, bars, cafés and nightclubs. It is popular with rich Indonesian-Chinese living in the upmarket neighborhood of Pluit.

If you are an Asian tourist craving for Taiwanese desserts and soju, you may enjoy it.


Best Hotels Nearby:
→ 3-star: Ozone

Grogol
Grogol is a middle class area strategically located between Jakarta and Tangerang (the airport). There are normal bars and clubs inside the malls Taman Anggrek/Central Park, but also many brothels, massage parlors and dirty discos (Bandara, Top 1, etc) in smaller nearby streets.

Best Hotels Nearby:
→ 4-star: Ciputra
→ 3-star: Grand Tjokro
→ 2-star: Hotel 88

Tanjung Priok
Near the busiest port in Jakarta, there are at least 30 small, low-end prostitute bars catering to seamen (many of whom are from Sulawesi). I wrote a full review here: The Far Away Nightlife of Tanjung Priok.

→ Don't sleep there.

Hotels Near Jakarta Nightlife
For those looking for the best hotel near the nightlife, you should consider the following rules:

 If you are interested in South Jakarta nightlife only   Stay between Plaza Senayan and Plaza Indonesia not too far from Sudirman street.

• If you are interested in North Jakarta nightlife only  Stay in Hayam Wuruk (3-star and 4-star) or stay in Mangga Besar (budget)

 If you are interested in both South and North Jakarta nightlife  Stay near Sarinah (2-star to 4-star) or near Grand Indonesia (5-star)

20 comments to '' Where to Party in Jakarta - Nightlife Areas + Hotels "

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  1. Where is Colosseum? The biggest nightclub by capacity and arguably getting the hottest DJ's playing at any club in Jakarta at the moment and it doesn't rate a mention?

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    1. Hi Thibaud, I'm not a Colosseum employee, I just thought it was a big omission to leave out what is currently the most popular club in North Jakarta for expats from an article about where to club in Jakarta aimed at expats? I would do the same if you didn't mention other popular clubs for expats e.g. Dragonfly, X2 or Immigrant in the article as well. To be fair I would not recommend for anyone to bother going to Colosseum on a normal night, the atmosphere is not fun when it's half empty but when a big international DJ is playing with a full house it definitely worth a look with in my opinion the best lighting and sound system in Jakarta and great atmosphere (with the potential to meet 'normal' party girls too) as well as late closing times sometimes as late as 9am in the main room on big nights. Even Ismaya Group which have their own venues are now booking some top DJs to appear at Colosseum i.e. Diplo just last week as they are too big for smaller clubs now.

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    2. Yes I guess you're right... the article was more a general review of nightlife areas that's why I didn't really think of including every clubs... But I've added Colosseum now... thanks for your feedback...

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    3. Is it possible to find rolls/ikan in Colosseum?

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    4. If by rolls/ikan you mean drugs, I don't think it's as easily available as in Exotis/Crown/Puja Sera...

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  2. Great article as usual. Would you be able to expand on the Ancol "dark side" a bit more? I wasn't aware of that

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    1. Haha thanks... Apart from Alexis, you have on Jalan Martadinata quite a few dangdut bars... some can be seen from the streets, and for the other ones you need to go inside the smaller streets...

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  3. Hi,I think you forgot to mention Cikini - Menteng - Kramat - Pramuka area as Jakarta nightlife spot! There are so many middle to low grade clubs and hotel in this area, popular hangout places for middle eastern and local patrons.

    I also want to give correction on Cilandak nightlife section.. Yes it's not that alive as many other area in South Jakarta but now there are some interesting hotels to stay after clubbing. Notably Aston, they have a nice rooftop bar which I think you should mention on next review.

    Thanks

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    1. Yes it's true... For Cikini there is also the TIM Cultural Center which is often busy at night... In Menteng, I wonder if the clubs Tiga Kuda (Three Horses) and Iguana are still open...

      Kramat and Pramuka I'm not so familiar with the area...

      Never checked the rooftop in Aston but I will when I'm back to Jakarta in March... Thank you for the suggestion...

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  4. Are there any massage places with mature ladies in south Jakarta?

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  5. Hi, I'll be visiting Jakarta next year. I like having decent accommodations (4-star range) and I'm in my early 40's, so I'm not really a fan of the loud clubbing scene. My last trip out that way was to the Philippines, where I really enjoyed the girly bar scene of sitting down, chatting up the ladies for a bit, buying a few lady drinks, then barfining the girl(s) of my choosing and bringing them back to my room for the night. I'm also ok with attractive freelancers as long as they are semi-approachable and can somewhat carry a conversation in English. What area would you recommend for that type of entertainment? Thanks in advance!

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    1. Hi there, what you are looking for does not really exist in Jakarta. The closest would be Blok M, but there are only 3 bars and they aren't particularly interesting. It's better to go to the 5-star hotel bars like CJs or BATS. If I were you I would stay in the South of Jalan Sudirman, near Senayan, so you can try all these places rather easily.

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  6. I see some dangdut bars were mentioned here. Is there anything with a more Indonesian flare that is worth visiting?

    From my limited experience it seems like local and expat life are quite separate here.

    I am staying in the north right now, and it has surpassed my expectations. It seems like there are quite a few high value for money accommodations here, and the seedy side doesn't seem too off putting.

    -Mr. Win

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    1. I'm not a big dangdut fan but it's worth trying once... In North Jakarta, maybe you can try the area of Tanjung Priok... I had written a review about the bars there, they are very local, with mostly seamen customers... http://www.jakarta100bars.com/2014/04/far-away-nightlife-tanjung-priok-jakarta.htm

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  7. Thanks for the insight, great article. Why do you have pondok indah marked as - do not sleep here unless you live in Jakarta? Just curious

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    1. Hi, thanks for your comment... I think that Pondok Indah is too far from the most interesting tourist attractions in the city... For a tourist, it's better to avoid it... (for an expat, especially with kids in International Schools it's fine though)

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  8. Hi There... You must visit BINTANG MAWAAR in Manga Besaar its a small pub with DISCO. but you can get much more there with pretty girls...

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  9. Hi there. Very interesting article. I'll be spending the end of the year in Jakarta with 2 guys. Havent settled on accomodations yet. Any reccomendations on which nightclubs to head to in terms of the girls or the overall crowd? Any rough estimate on the amount I'd be spending per night would also be helpful.

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