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Top 10 Best Bars in Jakarta (2017)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
As promised on my Jakarta Nightlife 2015 review, I am updating the blog with my list of Jakarta's best venues in 2015. 

For more recommendation about the best bars in the city, you can check my review about Jakarta's Best Beer Bars and Beer Garden. You may also want to read last year's ranking: Jakarta's Best Bars 2014.

More rankings coming in the next few days: Best Clubs, Best Spas, Best Live Music.

Regarding this year's best bars, I made the list based on my personal preferences only. If you are a Western expat in your 30s, you will probably find it relevant. 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.

Update 2017:
I will soon write a 2017 update for this review. The most happening bars at the moment in Jakarta are still very similar to the ones listed here. I would also add: Basque, Monty's, H Gourmet and Vibe, Pao Pao, Bauhaus, Lola, Proof, The Dutch and Revolution. Read more: Jakarta Nightlife 2016 Explained in 500 Words.

Currently, my favorite bars in Jakarta are:

1) Cloud Lounge
Cloud is the best place for a drink in Jakarta in my opinion. You have good music, good people, good view, good service and good food/drinks. I only wish it could become more wild sometimes late at night.

2) Safehouse
The newcomer Safehouse is small and not particularly pretty, but it may have the best music in Jakarta. Visit it if you are into electronic music (and expats).

3) Loewy
The ever popular Loewy is always happening, especially in the evenings around its main bar. Lots of expats and lot of expat hunters.

4) Potato Head Garage (closed in 2017)
Potato Head Garage is not always happening, but when it does it is usually for fun events with a great crowd. Visit it on weekends only.

Popular hangout for the cool kids in Jakarta. 

6) SKYE
First rooftop bar in Jakarta, similar to Cloud with a slightly less impressive view. The service gets messy when they are busy.

7) BATS and CJs
Band in CJs
Some people prefer BATS, some people prefer CJs. Both are quite similar if not identical: They are hotel bars with live music and a crowd of husbands having fun away from home.

8) E&O
Primarily a restaurant, their bar can be a great place to go for a drink on the right evening. They are serving among the best cocktails in Jakarta.

9) 365 (closed in 2017)
Alternative bar with usually a good music selection and an interesting crowd.

Union in Plaza Senayan
Those places have been around for half a decade now, which is an eternity in Jakarta. They are not exactly bars but they are still popular with upmarket Indonesians who want to drink and hangout.

As you may have noted, there are 14 bars listed above. Indeed, Jakarta's Top 14 Bars did not sound well to my ears. Photo Credit: I took the liberty of taking them from each venue's facebook page.

Dream Ultralounge (Plaza Indonesia, Jakarta)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Dream Ultralounge is a luxury club, restaurant and lounge who had its soft opening in February 2015. It is part of the revamping of the restaurant Moovina, which has been split in several venues, namely Wine Connection and Dream on its upper floor.

Located in Plaza Indonesia, arguably the most prestigious mall in Jakarta, Dream is the counterpart of the Ego Ultralounge/X2 in Plaza Senayan. It is targeting a similar crowd of wealthy Indonesian executives and expats who don't mind spending a few millions a night to entertain themselves. As it is still new, it has not been ruined yet by the tourists and the ayam as Ego/X2 did already a few years ago.

I find their motto "F*ck Water, Drink Champage" to be quite inappropriate considering the situation of Indonesia but it will give you an idea of the mindset of the people inside. If your budget is just a few hundred thousand rupiah and if you don't like wearing high heels, you may want to avoid it.
They have a live acoustic band every evening, followed by a DJ. They promise to bring a guest DJ every Saturday and to hold a themed event every Friday. They also have model fashion shows regularly.
Overall: Even though it is a bit pompous, I still recommend you to visit Dream because of its central location, its décor and its exclusive feel. Depending the evening, the music can be quite good as well. It is also more suitable for 30+ clubbers.

Dream Ultra Lounge
Mall Plaza Indonesia 4th floor - Moovina
Jalan Thamrin Kav 28-30 
Phone number:  +62-21 2992 3999 (fixed line) or +62 (0) 878 8536 8895 (mobile)

Website: Dream Club Jakarta 
Facebook: Dream Jakarta 
Instagram: Dream Lounge Jakarta 
Twitter: Ultralounge Dream Jakarta

Opening Hours: Every day until late. Closed on Sunday.

Note that there used to be a club in Mangga Besar named Dreams.

Photo credit: I took the pictures on Dream's facebook page.

The Playground Restaurant Jakarta

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Playground is a themed-restaurant located on the 4th floor of Plaza Indonesia. It is occupying an alley, not a proper, individual space. For this reason, it is suitable for people-sighting, but certainly not for a more intimate occasion like a date.
Chicken Kiev
Strawberry Juice
I had the Chicken Kiev at Rp85,0000++. What they brought me was small and it tasted average. No need to make a long comment about it. I also had a strawberry juice which was rather tiny for Rp40,000++.

The total Tax and Service Charge that I had to pay was over 22%, which is probably a mistake but I noticed that only after I came back home (it is maximum 21% usually).
Overall: Apart from the location and the marketing, I didn't find The Playground to be particularly attractive. Their only originality is that you can sit on swings instead of chairs, which does not really serve any purpose. I don't think I would visit again.
The Playground Plaza Indonesia
On Level 4
Jalan MH Thamrin Kav. 28 - 30
Jakarta 10350
Phone number: +62-21 2992 3747/48
Mobile phone: +62 (0) 858 1491 9449

They also opened a new branch in:

Pondok Indah Mall
Street Gallery GF
Jalan Metro Pondok Indah
Jakarta 12310
Phone number: +62-21 2952 9729
Mobile phone: +62 (0) 858 1491 9449

BB Pin : 238E5AAF
Instagram : @_Theplayground_
Email: hello@indriyalifeart.com

Opening Hours:
Every day from 11am to 11pm (until midnight on weekends)

The Dining Room at Immigrant (Jakarta)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Before it went under renovation, the club and the restaurant of Immigrant were not truly separated. You had clubbers next to you when you were dining, along with loud music and a terrible smell of cigarette smoke.

This was obviously a problem and the owners of Immigrant have solved it by opening two different venues: The club Immigrant, and the restaurant, The Dining Room at Immigrant. Both are still next to each other on the 6th floor of Plaza Indonesia, but there is no direct connection between them.

The Dining Room at Immigrant is probably one of the best venues for eating casual Western food in the mall, along with Moovina, Saint Louis (La Moda) and Bistro Baron. Compared to those, it has the advantage of being in a quieter location, and therefore more suitable for a date or an intimate dinner. It doesn't have a garden but there are large windows and many plants, giving the place a fresh feeling that it did not have before.

I visited during lunch on a weekday. The atmosphere was calm and serene. I imagine that it must be quiet different during the weekends, especially considering they will have DJs playing. The design is similar with E&O, Loewy or Union.

I was with a few friends and we were able to sample a few dishes (see below). The menu is international, with mostly Italian dishes (Pizza & Pasta) and Meat (particulary Beef Ribs). Overall the food we tried was very good, and not too expensive except if you go for the beef.
Pizza Margarita (Rp70,000++)
Iga Bakar Bumbu Bali (Rp190,000++)
Conchiglioni Pasta (Rp80,000++)
Fondant Au Chocolat (Complimentary from the Manager)
My only criticism is that the dishes were missing some originality and some truly unique flavours. I heard that the Chef from Garçon will work in the Dining Room soon and I hope he can add a little something to the recipes to turn them into something more memorable.

Overall: I recommend you to try the Immigrant's Dining Room. The place has just opened so I don't know how it will evolve.Hopefully it could become a lively pre-clubbing venue such as Loewy, Social House or Union...
The Dining Room At Immigrant
Mall Plaza Indonesia
Sixth Floor, Jalan Thamrin, Jakarta

Website: http://www.immigrant-jakarta.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/immigrant_jkt
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IMMIGRANT.Jakarta

Phone number: + 62-21 3892 8257
Mobile: +62 8 15 8560 1100

Opening Hours:
Every Day starting 11am until late

Yo' Panino Sandwich Jakarta

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
 
Yo' Panino is a local, independant fast food restaurant with a large range of sandwiches and paninis. It is located in Kota Kasablanka and in Plaza Indonesia.

The design and the marketing of the place puts it in the same category as Mc Donalds, Burger King, Taco Bell, etc...  I didn't expect incredible food but I thought Yo' Panino was a good alternative to the above mentioned restaurants as it offers the same concept, the same prices, but a much more original choice of sandwiches.

I tried the Grill Chicken Pesto Sandwich combo meal for 68,000rp net with french fries and a drink. It tasted fine enough and if I was a big fan of junk food I would certainly return to Yo' Panino.
Opening Hours:
Yo' Panino is opened every day from 10am to 10pm (until 12pm on Friday and Saturday)

Yo'Panino
Plaza Indonesia
Level 4 - Unit E0231, E023T
Phone number: +62-21 2992 4020 (Delivery Accepted)

Yo'Panino
Kota Kasablanka
Ground Level - Unit FSG - 09
Phone number +62-21 2948 8757 (Delivery Accepted)

Facebook: Yo'Panino Jakarta Singapore
Twitter: Yo'Panino Sandwich Restaurant Jakarta
Website: http://www.yopanino.com
Email: yolo@yopanino.com

Bakerzin (Jakarta)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Bakerzin is a long-time favourite dessert restaurant in Jakarta. I had never visited it until recently, in the Central Park branch. The place was very busy and I could not get a table nor a waiter until a few minutes. My first impression was that everything was very confused and unorganized.

The manager of the restaurant may have seen that I was getting impatient and he started to take care of me, which really improved the whole experience.

The menu is not just a menu, it is a full book with photos and text. My initial plan was to eat, but the pictures didn't look appetizing. I just took a Strawberry Juice and a Cherry Flan.

Both were very average and they didn't match with the expectations one could have about Bakerzin considering its prices, its marketing, its locations (high-end malls), and its success.
Overall: I will not try Bakerzin again.

Opening hours:
From 10am to 10pm every day (following the mall schedule)

Contact Details of Bakerzin Restaurant:
Corporate Website of Boga Group (also the owner of Pepper Lunch): http://www.boga.co.id/
Website of Bakerzin: http://www.bakerzin.com/
Facebook page: Bakerzin Jakarta
Twitter: @Bakerzinjkt
Bakerzin Instagram: bakerzinjkt
Bakerzin Path: bakerzinjakarta@yahoo.com
BB pin : 21E00811 

Phone: +62-21 29923715
Email: marketing@boga.co.id

Bakerzin Kelapa Gading Mall KG3 First Floor
Phone number: +62-21 458 53905

Bakerzin Mall Central Park Ground Floor
Phone number: +62-21 2920 0195

Bakerzin CITOS (Cilandak Town Square)
Jl.TB Simatupang Kav 17
Telp : (021)7592 0250

Bakerzin Plaza Senayan Second Floor
Phone number: +62-21 5790 0408

Bakerzin Pondok Indah (PIM 2) Third Floor
Phone number: +62-21 7592 0788

Bakerzin Plaza Indonesia First Floor
Phone number: +62-21 2992 3719

Bakerzin Summarecon Mall Serpong 2
Downtown Walk 2 Main Lobby
Phone number: +62-21 2931 0576

Saint Louis Lounge (Plaza Indonesia) RELOCATED

By Nyoman →


UPDATE SEPTEMBER 14: Saint Louis Lounge is no longer located in Plaza Indonesia. It has been relocated to Jl. Teluk Betung no. 43A near Grand Indonesia.

Saint Louis Lounge is located In Plaza Indonesia, one of the most fancy malls in Jakarta, along with Pacific Place Mall. The place is white, very white, shiny white ! White reminds you of purity and luxury.

This restaurant is owned by Hermès, the famous French Luxury brand. So it has to have a certain standard. I tried the food there and it was really good. This is not a very pricey place but the prices of some items are definitely on the upward trend. The food is mainly French-style and Asian Fusion.

This is a place to be seen, so get dress to impress while going there...


Saint Louis Lounge
Plaza Indonesia L1, 1st Floor
P: (021) 2992-3586

Open everyday from  10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Altitude (Gaia, Salt Grill, Enmaru) @ The Plaza

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Altitude is a group of 3 restaurants located on the 46th floor of the Plaza tower, one of the most expensive office buildings in Jakarta (also home the the Keraton hotel). 46th floor, yes: Great view of course, but make sure to book in advance and ask for a table near the window (if possible in the angle of the building).

Luckily for my wallet, I only tried one of the three restaurants, Gaia, the Italian. The food was good, but not spectacular for the price: 550k for one appetizer and one main course. The quality of the service and the attention that we got, not only from the waiters but also from the managers, including 3 foreigners, may have been what we are really paying in the restaurant.

One thing felt very wrong: The music was clubbing style and they only had one CD. So we had Gangnam Style and Party Rock Anthem twice each in one evening. That's twice too much.

In Altitude, there is also an Australian Steak House (Salt Grill) and a Japanese (Enmaru) that I haven't tried but visited. Salt Grill Jakarta is actually owned, or partially owned, or managed by Luke Mangan. If you don't know who he is, then you are just like me. Wikipedia will tell you that he is a celebrity chef from Australia, and probably a great business man too.

By visiting Altitude, I could not help but think about how the level (and the prices) of the restaurants have improved in Jakarta. We still don't have a Michelin-starred restaurant, but we are going there in a couple years I'm sure.

Altitude is trying to do that, with imported management, imported food & wine, and imported concepts. Altitude is saying: Jakarta can be just like Singapore or Hong Kong. I like down-to-earth restaurants so for sure Altitude restaurants are not what I prefer, but if what you are looking after is more sophisticated dining venues, then you will be happy in either Gaia, Salt Grill or En Maru.

Overall: Recommended if you have the money and/or if you need to impress a date. You can also try the bar area, (officially Cloud Lounge & Living Room) which was rather crowded during my visit (on a Saturday night), and it had a DJ.

Tips: Dress up and book in advance.


Altitude: Gaia (Italian Restaurant), Salt Grill (Australian Grill Restaurant), En Maru (Japanese Restaurant)
The Plaza, 46th floor
Plaza Indonesia
Jl. M.H. Thamrin
Kav. 28 - 30, Jakarta 10350, Indonesia

Phone number: +62-21 2992 2448

Twitter: Altitude

Opening Hours:
Sunday to Thursday from 11am to 11pm
Friday from 11am to 12pm
Saturday from 11am to 2am