50 Best Bars in Jakarta (2017)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars)
The following article is an update on the most happening bars in Jakarta as of 2017. I visited them at least once this year and I'm ranking them starting with my favorites.

You can just click on the name of each bar to see my full review (if I have one).


Currently, my favorite bars in Jakarta are:

Greyhound (Sponsored)
Part of the Arena group (Seribu Rasa, Penang Bistro, Hacienda), Greyhound is a fusion Thai/Western café centrally located in Grand Indonesia. During daytime, it is a perfect hangout spot to meet friends while in the evening, it is more like a stylish lounge, ideal for a date.

Website: www.greyhoundcafe.id

Instagram: @greyhoundcafe.id
Facebook: greyhoundcafeID

A recent addition to Jakarta nightlife, Basque is already one of the most happening venues in the city. It is very popular with young expatriates and Westernized Indonesians. There is also an increasing number of unattached ladies looking for foreigners. The restaurant serves Spanish Tapas.

Facebook: Basque

Opened in early 2017, Léon is a serious competitor to Basque, but it attracts mostly rich Indonesians (and a lot of sexy girls trying to get them). It actually consists of two venues: The main one, a huge room with a high ceiling, a long bar and a garden, is open to anyone (as long as you dress properly). The second one, smaller, is a member-only speakeasy.

Instagram: Léon

The most famous rooftop in Jakarta. The view is not as good as in Cloud but the atmosphere is less "business-y" and more relaxed. A must for tourists. Strict dress code in evenings: No shorts.

Facebook: SKYE

Another rooftop near SKYE in the Plaza Building (Plaza Indonesia). It is conveniently located in the heart of the city and it offers fantastic views of Jakarta by day or by night. Below Cloud, you'll find some chic but expensive restaurants (Gaia, Salt Grill, etc). It used to be my favorite bar but it has become a bit touristy and their prices have jumped 30% last year.

Facebook: Cloud

Lucy in the Sky started as a laid-back, unpretentious open-air café. Today it is a hip bar, rather expensive, attracting all the cool kids in the capital. Recommended if you are 20-25 years old hipster. Entrance fee of IDR150,000 on weekends.

Facebook: Lucy in The Sky

Walking distance from Basque, Loewy has lost some of its customers in the past year. It is still happening though, and a great place to eat casual French food and to hang out any day of the week. If you are alone in Jakarta, the bar area is an easy place to socialize (and also to meet girls). Most clients are expats.

Facebook: Loewy

Recently renovated, Safehouse is a small bar/club/restaurant catering to a small community of trendy expats and upper-class Indonesians. It used to focus on electronic music, but now they have more eclectic events (hip-hop, old skool, new wave, etc).

Facebook: Safehouse

J. Sparrows
J. Sparrows is a busy bar and grill in the basement of Noble House building (the same as Basque). Nice interior design (1930s Art Deco). I recommend it for a date.

Facebook: J. Sparrows

Pao Pao
Located in Senopati, Pao Pao is a narrow restaurant (serving dim-sun) and bar (mostly whiskeys and rums). 1930's Shanghai interior design with a dim red light atmosphere. It is usually quite full with Indonesian customers.

Facebook: Pao Pao

Nebula
Opened in the middle of 2017, Nebula is small, minimalistic bar and restaurant. It attracts a hip crowd, mostly groups of friends, who come to enjoy creative cocktails and delicious Indonesian food in an intimate atmosphere. Free flow alcohol on Thursday (IDR250,000) and live music on weekends.

Facebook: Nebula

Monty's occupies a whole 3-floor building in Senopati. The third floor is a hidden speakeasy lounge with live music and an elite crowd of Indonesians. It's better to go there with a group of friends (with a reservation) and to order bottles. Very expensive.

Facebook: Monty's

Flow
Discreet but sleek lounge with large bay windows overlooking the Mega Kuningan roundabout. Popular with girls more than guys. Not too crowded but fine for chilling. DJs or live music from Wednesday to Saturday.

Facebook: Flow

McGettigans
The newest expat bar in Jakarta, it is part of the famous International chain of Irish bars of the same name (they also have branches in Singapore, Dubai, New York, etc). Modern, with affordable food and drinks, perfect for watching sports.

Facebook: McGettigans

Located in the vicinity of Lucy in the Sky, the Pallas and the nightclub Fable, Hide and Seek is not as busy as its neighbors but it has more interesting events and DJs (tech-house mostly). Young crowd.

Instagram: Hide and Seek

Just recently opened, Savoi is halfway between a nightclub and a bar. It is built on two floors, usually full of mostly rich Indonesian-Chinese guests. Tasty cocktails. Live music and DJs.

Instagram: Savoi Ultra Lounge

Popular hangout on Senopati. During the day, it is an American restaurant with a diverse crowd (including a lot of middle-aged jilbabers). At night, it is famous for hosting Rn'B and Hip Hop events (by that time, the jilbabers are replaced with young Indonesians).

Instagram: H Gourmet and Vibes

Slowly becoming one of the oldest bars in Jakarta, EP is a hangout for the expat crowd in Kemang. Very large with several rooms (restaurant, sports bar, pool tables, beer garden with live music), it manages to be busy every night.

From the same group, you can also check their sister properties, all part of the Bugil's Group: Cazbar (Mega Kuningan), Double Doors (Puri Indah), De Hooi (Pondok Indah), De Burse (SCBD) and Frank's (Kemang).

Website: Bugils Group

BATS and CJs
Some people prefer BATS, some people prefer CJs. Both are quite similar if not identical: They are 5-star hotel bars with imported live bands and a crowd of husbands having fun away from home. Recommended for older visitors/businessmen who not too comfortable exploring the city. Both are very pricey.

Websites: BATS and CJs

Social House
The restaurant and bar Social House is not a really exceptional place, but it has such a strategic location within Grand Indonesia that I often end up there by convenience. Average food but a wide selection of drinks. It is normally crowded every day. Nice view on Bunderan Hotel Indonesia.

Facebook: Social House

Cork & Screw
There are 3 Cork & Screw in Jakarta, but the only one I've been to recently is the Pacific Place's branch. This wine lounge and restaurant is possibly the busiest nightlife spot in the whole mall, even more than Potato Head and Hard Rock Café. Most customers are Indonesian-Chinese in large groups. You can also buy wine bottles. It's better not to visit alone.

Facebook: Cork & Screw

Also a restaurant/café, Union is very popular with a diverse crowd, from office workers to socialites. Recommended for after-work drinks or for first-time dates (easy to find). It's better to make advance reservation as it is often full.

Facebook: Union

There are two Camden in Jakarta, one in Cikini and one in Gandaria. Both are very popular and busy almost any day of the week. They have an outside beer garden and an indoor area. Cheap prices, perfect for students or backpackers.

Instagram: Camden

Owned by the same people behind Union, The Dutch is a restaurant specializing in cold cuts and sausages. After 10 PM, the music gets louder and you start to see a crowd of drinkers at the bar. Live music on Friday.

Instagram: The Dutch

Paulaner Brauhaus
The famous chain of German restaurant is just above Social House in Grand Indonesia Mall. Live music every night and the famous Paulaner beer on tap.

Website: Paulaner Brauhaus

Prohibition
The original 1930s' speakeasy bar in Jakarta. It has a secret entrance leading to an intimate bar with live jazz every night. Great atmosphere.

Instagram: Prohibition Jakarta

Bluegrass
Popular with expats. The single ones go there hunting for girls, the attached ones go there on dates. Good food (steaks) but a bit expensive.

Facebook: Bluegrass

Underground speakeasy bar with a hipster theme (if that's a thing). Young, artsy crowd. Busy only when they have events.

Website: Lola

Masters Sports Bar
A hidden, expat-owned sports bars with the largest screens in Jakarta and 5 professional pool tables. Probably the cheapest prices in the Mega Kuningan area for beer.

Facebook: Masters

Aphrodite
An expat bar near Taman Rasuna. Dozens of TV screens on which you can catch any sporting events. Pool tables. Good value Western food.

Facebook: Aphrodite

Primarily a restaurant, their stylish bar can be a great place to go for a drink if you choose the right evening (too quiet on weekdays). They are serving some of the best cocktails in Jakarta.

Facebook: E&O

Potato Head
Potato Head used to be the hottest bar in Jakarta, but that was almost 10 years ago. It is not empty yet, but it would certainly need a refurbishment of some sort to make it exciting again. Great location in Pacific Place. Overpriced.

Facebook: Potato Head

Molly Malone's and Murphy's
Two authentic Irish pubs that were opened by an Irish-Indonesian couple (I'm not sure if they are still the owners as I had heard they were planning to move back to Ireland). One is in Kemang, one is in Senayan. Both are friendly, affordable and busy. They have sports on screens, pool tables and live music.

Facebook: Murphy's and Molly Malone's

Beer Garden
A group of affordable beer gardens (duh...) with 4 locations in Jakarta: Menteng, Radio Dalam, Kemang and SCBD. Usually, they are happening every night (at least the ones in Menteng and Kemang).

Facebook: Beer Garden

Queen's Head
One of the best venues in Kemang to have drinks. Beautiful design, delicious food and an interesting crowd.

Facebook: Queen's Head

Burgundy
Burgundy bar in the Hyatt Hotel (Plaza Indonesia) is generally quiet, but I really enjoy it simply to look at the view of Thamrin/Sudirman. Live low-key music.

Website: Burgundy

Parc 19
Same owner as Léon, Parc19 is a restaurant and bar in Kemang with live music or DJs depending on the day of the week. I find it expensive.

Facebook: Parc19

Liquid Exchange
The closest bar from the Taman Rasuna apartment complex (at least 18 towers), it is generally busy all week long. Indoor and outdoor area. Nothing special but good enough for an affordable drink while watching sports or listening to live music. Same owner as the expat bar Aphrodite (200 meters away).

Facebook: Liquid Exchange

Motion Blue
Jazz bar featuring different artists every week. Entrance fee around IDR150,000 inclusive of one drink. Check their Facebook for the updated event schedule.

Facebook: Motion Blue

Bauhaus
Bauhaus is a speakeasy with a bohemian/hipster design (but quite expensive and popular with the elite). Not too busy on weekdays but they have good parties on weekends. Same owner as Lucy in the Sky.

Instagram: Bauhaus

Super Loco

Mexican restaurant and bar with DJs on Wednesday and Friday. Next to Hard Rock Café.

Facebook: Super Loco

Halfway
From the same owner behind Camden, this is another student bar with very cheap prices (IDR25,000 for a beer during happy hour from 5 PM to 8 PM). Cheerful, yet messy, atmosphere. Located in Gandaria.

Instagram: Halfway

Hooters
Sports bar, part of the famous American chain, with hot waitresses who stop their work every 30 minutes to dance. Expensive but fun to try.

Facebook: Hooters

The Hard Rock Café in Jakarta is just outside the mall Pacific Place, sandwiched between Super Loco and Cork&Screw. It looks modern and it is spacious, with a large stage for bands to perform. Not as packed as the Balinese branch, especially during weekdays, and a bit touristy (out-of-town Indonesians).

Facebook: Hard Rock Café

Mixology
If you are in PIK, Mixology is one of most happening bars in the area. It serves Soju, which is popular among the young Indo-Chinese community in Jakarta. Not suitable if you come alone, bring at least a friend.

Facebook: Mixology

Vin +
A group of wine lounges with four locations in Kemang, Senayan, Central Park and Pondok Indah. It never gets crazy but it is fine for sharing a few bottles of wine with a group of friends.

Instagram: Vin +

Melly's Garden
This giant beer garden in Menteng (walking distance from Jalan Jaksa) is an all-time favorite of middle-class Indonesians, young or not, who enjoy the daily live music and the cheap prices. Number one bar for backpackers in Jakarta.

Facebook: Melly's Garden

Proof
Another elite speakeasy bar with live music and a hidden entrance. Next to the Senayan Golf Course.

Instagram: Proof

Missing a Bar?
If you think a bar should be included here, please drop me a comment and I will visit the place (if I haven't done it already).

Photo source: All of them were taken from the Facebook/Instagram of the venues mentioned. If you want one to be removed, just ask me!

17 comments to '' 50 Best Bars in Jakarta (2017) "

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  1. One of the better live bands that I've found in Jakarta is at Shy Rooftop in Kemang. Friday and Saturday are pretty packed and have a really good vibe.

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    1. Thanks for the tip... I thought Shy Rooftop was closed actually... I need to visit again...

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    2. Ya definitely give it a go. I was there only about 2 months ago... don't know if it closed since. I live close by so if you're heading down, let me know! I've only checked out half the bars on this list so I'll slowly be ticking them off.

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  2. Any good normal bars in North jakarta?

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    1. In PIK there are a few such as Mixology, Hugo's, Bienvenue, Wu Bar... I'm not sure which one is the most happening as I rarely go there... Also you'll find a few in Kelapa Gading... last time I went to the Barrels in La Piazza and it was fine... nothing comparable to South Jakarta though...

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  3. I like the way you wrote all this stuffs. To be honest, i often visit this blog just to read it. Let's grab a drink when you are in Jakarta :) cheers. Tria

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  4. I'm planning to spend a birthday on solitude chilling with a drink. Which bars do you think is safe for a girl without a group of friends?

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    1. Maybe Flow? If you don't like it, you can try the bars nearby like J Sparrows or Basque...

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    2. What do you mean nearby?

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    3. They are walking distance from Flow (350 meters away).

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    4. Depending what day your bday is, Sparrows has freeflow wine promo 5-10pm every Monday for 300++ and Hurricanes has same on Tuesday 299++ 7-9pm, both bars very single girl friendly and both have vvery friendly female pr marketing staff so if you are sat at the bar you won't be alone unless you want to be, actually even Basque you would not be bothered too much on the quieter nights - usually Wed, Fri, Sat are busy nights in those 3 and more bule on the prowl but a gentle "no thanks" should be enough

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  5. Basque? Really? This place is the new BATS and CJ. Not in a good way though:)

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    1. What do you mean by that? I disagree if you are trying to infer it is full of ayam? Or you mean full of bule? Well it is the busiest trendiest "latest" place in Jakarta, of course it will be busy and full but I would definitely say it is not full of hookers - in fact the opposite, nearly all of the women there are normal girls with jobs, there are no freelance hookers there. There are however lots of bule who don't respect Asian girls and think they can all be bought for a bottle of cheap gin, so if you mean it's the new BATS because of the bule chasing skirt, then yes, sadly there are still a lot of d1ckheads there. But I disagree about the girls being hookers or it being anything like BATS or CJs in that respect. You could argue any bar or club is the new BATS - if you are a nice enough person, most Indonesian girls will be happy to hang out with you. Its 2017, maybe they want a one night stand, who knows, who cares, but to suggest Basque is full of actual freelance hookers is a bit of a long shot to be honest. I would have to disagree with you there. But men-wise yes sadly as usual in Asia a lot of "big fish in a small pond" syndrome where a lot of guys assume or presume that all the girls are hookers. Pretty sad situation really.

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  6. Depending what day your bday is, Sparrows has freeflow wine promo 5-10pm every Monday for 300++ and Hurricanes has same on Tuesday 299++ 7-9pm, both bars very single girl friendly and both have vvery friendly female pr marketing staff so if you are sat at the bar you won't be alone unless you want to be, actually even Basque you would not be bothered too much on the quieter nights - usually Wed, Fri, Sat are busy nights in those 3 and more bule on the prowl but a gentle "no thanks" should be enough

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  7. I stay somewhere in the Thamrin vicinity.. A flyover from KL - Jakarta - Gili. A 3D2N tops in Jakarta. And I wanted to explore and discover the famous Jakarta nightlife. Last night, I told the hotel staff to get a taxi and bring me to Skye bar.. I wanted to just chill and have a view of spectacular Jakarta city.. Then, the driver took me to "cyber 1" which is like 15km away.. I said this is too far, thinking to myself so I told him.. Is there any other Skye bar? He says there's 2.. So I said bring me to the other one (maybe its the 2nd branch, and newer) so he took me to cyber 2 building.. What the F.. In addition to the traffic jams. I was furious but I knew it was a miscommunication.. Skye bar and cyber sound the same to the driver.. So I decided to head to mandarin oriental to see the live band.. To my suprise, there were none.. That's in Shang Rila. Took the 2nd taxi to shangrila.. And walked down to Bats.. It was half empty with a duet playing music at the stage.. I scanned the area.. 2 Caucasian, 1 single shemale, and a couple. Boring. Then, as I was sipping my beer, the unthinkable happened.. 2 white guys came over and strike a conversation with me. 1 bloke is American and the other sounds French.. Both are in the same professional field as I am. So, it was easy to have a conversation with common interest. I thought, the shemale would possibly approach me but I thought wrong. Anyways, the 2 fellas were also looking for some adventures.. So went from Alexis, Fashion hotel to somewhere I've lost track. I had a blast with these fellas. But as a single guy, I wanted to get to know a local girl/guy to befriend and keep in touch as you can see im pretty lonely and have absolutely no one to party and have an adventure with.. Anyone out there wanna chill?

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    1. If you trip was the last couple of days, it was Eid and most bars and clubs were closed. In future don't give the bar name to the driver, he is not going to know, it is better to give the building name or just the general location - Skye is Menara BCA (next to Grand Indo mall) Usually hotel staff tell the driver for you. BATS is Shangri-La, CJs is Mulia, probably the best and busiest 2 5* hotel bars with live music and girls, lots of other bars have live music (usually local Indo bands) but obvviously you want eye candy too. Otherwise busy bars are the usual ones in Kuningan or Senayan, Loewy, Union, Basque etc, Dragonfly (Graha BIP) and Immigrant (The Plaza, next to Keraton Hotel, Grand Indo mall) are the busiest these days, depending on your age, ethnicity, music choice and so on.
      Jenja is busy but EMD and a long way from Thamrin

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