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7 Best Nightclubs in Bandung

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My last review of Bandung nightlife was written in 2010. Since then, I've noticed that all the most popular nightclubs are new ones that have either popped up from nowhere, or replaced existing venues. For a general understanding of Bandung nightlife, you can still read it here: Bandung Nightlife for Expats . The city is still fun for party, with a young crowd, a lot of pretty Sundanese girls , and affordable prices. It is more conservative than Jakarta though, so don't expect crazy and messy nights out.  The current 7 best nightclubs are the following (click on the name for a complete review): Shelter Cheap and popular nightclub with a relaxed, hipster crowd. Near ITB Bandung.

Southbank Bar, Lounge and Club (Bandung)

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The new Southbank just reopened on August 5th, 2016. It moved from Jalan Aceh to Jalan Sumatra, a street with several other nightlife venues. It is central and trendy location that I recommend if you are not familiar yet with Bandung. You can stay nearby in the Crowne Plaza Hotel , one of the best in the city. Southbank intends to keep the same concept as before. It is a bar/lounge that turns into a nightclub on weekends and for special events. More classy than its competitors ( Sobbers , Mox , Shelter ), it is popular with an upmarket crowd that includes a lot of Indonesian-Chinese.

Mox Nightclub (Bandung)

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Mox is the nightclub that replaced Embassy in Cihampelas Walk mall in Bandung. It is near Aston Tropicana Hotel and Hotel Sensa . The design hasn't really changed since the takeover. It is a rectangle-shaped club, on one floor, with a low ceiling and a large dancefloor in the middle. Tables are on the side. One difference is that they've added some TVs and a giant screen behind the DJ. Compared with other clubs in Bandung, it is more expensive and the crowd is slightly older. It also has the reputation of being full of "ayam", who are not necessarily prostitutes, but who are making a living from generous male sponsors. Few are alone by themselves so you won't have a lot of opportunities for pick-up. Shelter and Southbank are probably better to meet with normal girls.

Shelter Nightclub (Bandung)

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Shelter is a nightclub located in Bandung on Jalan Sulanjana. It is not far from ITB Bandung and the hotels Holiday Inn and Luxton .

Sobbers Nightclub and KTV (Bandung)

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Sobbers is one of the numerous nightclubs in Bandung. It is located on Jalan Setiabudhi, next to the famous factory outlet Rumah Mode. A nearby hotel is the Grand Serela . If you are staying in the older part of town, for instance on Jalan Braga, it is a bit far to reach. Most of the customers are young Indonesians, including students from the nearby schools (STP Bandung, UPI, ITB, Universitas Parahyangan). Since there is also a KTV with lady companions, it attracts older guys and some " ayam ". One of my friends told me that Sobbers is a hangout for gays and lesbians.

Embassy (Bandung) - Renamed MOX Club

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Update 2016: Embassy has changed its name to MOX. Embassy Bandung is one of the best and most popular night clubs in Bandung. If you knew Embassy Jakarta , the atmosphere is a little bit different inside, with the music being more commercial, and the crowd not as hip. For the music, it depends what day you go there but most of the time, it is electro/progressive, with one commercial hit once in a while (Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Beyonce, etc..). The crowd is mostly made of locals, students or young executives, mostly males. During the week it will be about half full, but completely full on weekends. When I said the crowd is not as hip, I mean you will see that most customers get so drunk you will meet at least 5 persons in one night puking or passing out. Also a difference with Embassy Jakarta , Embassy Bandung has a (very) few prostitutes. But I guess it is a part of Bandung nightlife since I saw working girls in every club I've been to here. Very discreet, if you close your e

Queen Rose Nightclub (Bandung)

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Queen Rose is located not very far from Bandung Station, in front of Paskal Hypersquare. It is an executive club, meaning a girly/prostitute venue, but not only (at least from my observations). I saw inside quite many lesbians, and maybe some ladyboys too but my friend said they were real women. Not a student crowd, average 35 years-old. No foreigners at all. Surprisingly for this kind of club, the atmosphere was really fun and easy-going, especially if you come with a group of friends. The club was only 1/3rd full, but most customers were dancing and singing when the live band was on. I think many customers are loyal and know each other so it added to the positive vibe. At around 00h30, the DJ started to play house/progressive tracks: Good sound system, though the music stopped at one point for about 5 minutes for unknown reasons. Another thing worth mentioning, someone tried to offer me some ecstasy. I don't know if it is a common thing in this club or not.

Maja House (Bandung)

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Braga Rave Club (ex-Caesar's Palace in Bandung)

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Update 2016 : Caesar's Place has been renamed Braga Rave Club: It has the Consortium Palace Disco, the Renaissance KTV, the Pandora Spa and the Entro Lounge. The review below is not exactly up to date as there has been some renovation work, but the spirit is the same. Old review: Caesar's Palace is an old-fashion night club on Jalan Braga. The place is quite cool, with modern lighting and sound system, but the music played is a kind of hardcore techno called funky house or "techno kota". Unless you are Indonesian, you won't like this place. I didn't see any foreigners there, but I can imagine some could be interested by the working girls, quite numerous on the dance floor.

New Braga Club (Bandung)

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Old club with DJ and live dangdut band. The place never really gets full and the crowd is rather old. Some depressing working girls.

Amnesia Night Club (Bandung)

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Amnesia is my favourite club of the Bandung’s nightlife scene: quite large, around 600 people dancing, some of them on a central podium, with House/progressive music and some Top 40 songs remixed. Very smoky, there is also a lot of "ayam", but not only. I guess it shouldn't be too hard in here to meet a girl. It is a happy mix of students, tourists, executives, and expats. You get an underground vibe here that I really enjoy. During the week it will be half crowded, but still ok for party, and during the weekend it is usually full and wild. Great place to have fun while visiting Bandung! Amnesia also has a karaoke, not tried yet, on the last floor.

Fame Station (Bandung)

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The Fame Station is a night club, bar and live music venue, especially popular with students. It is located a bit far from Bandung's town center, so you will need a cab or even better, your own car to get there (to come back you will have to wait a bit if you come with a taxi). They usually start the evening with a local live band, and then end it with electro/progressive or other depending on the DJs. Ladies' night is on Thursday and is always quite popular: Free entry and free illusion for all girls, guys have to pay Rp50k. Small dancing area, most people dance around their tables unfortunately, so less opportunities to meet people than in other Bandung clubs, in particular Amnesia or Legacy .