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Kampung Bule in Batam - Best Bars and Hotels

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Kampung Bule is the main area for expat-oriented nightlife in Batam (Bule = white foreigners, Kampung = neighborhood). It is located in Nagoya, about 10 minutes by taxi from the Harbour Bay Ferry Terminal. It is also sometimes referred to as NED (Nagoya Entertainment District).

Need a Hotel? Please Read: 18 Best Hotels Near Batam Nightlife and Spas.

It is a small red-light district with only a few streets and not more than 40 bars, nightclubs and massage parlors. 

I find Kampung Bule to be quite boring to be honest as almost all the venues are identical (which is not surprising considering they are owned by a handful of individuals).

Typically, the bars have a name that has some sort of sexual connotation, for instance: Foreplay, Lusy's Oarhouse, Fat Willy's, TTs, Bollocks, etc... They look very similar: A rectangle-shaped room with a pool table in the front, a bar area, a few tables, music from a youtube playlist and around 10 girls to entertain the clients. The girls may be taken out if a mutual agreement is reached and a bar fine is paid. You should note that the prettiest ones will always be waiting outside to lure the customers in.
A typical Kampung Bule Bar
During the week, it is almost deserted and you'll probably be alone surrounded by desperate girls. On weekends, it is better but you may have to visit a few bars before finding a busy one.

Even though it is an area with many prostitutes, it is perfectly fine for those who only want to have a drink. I was more annoyed by the child beggars than by prostitutes personally.

Best Bars in Kampung Bule
Map of Kampung Bule / NED (Nagoya Entertainment District)
I went to Kampung Bule about 4 times and I think I've entered every bar at least once. I forgot the name of most, but some were more memorable (to a certain extent).

Secret's Bar
Centrally-located bar and restaurant. It is in the open air which is nice as it allows you to see how many customers it has. A good spot to see the street action (or lack thereof). A similar venue is Chili's.

Cock and Bull
I ate there twice as it has the reputation of having the best food in Kampung Bule. They had a crowd of old expats who were chatting with the waitresses while watching sports. Twice, I chose their meat pies which are indeed tasty and affordable. 

PP Banana
A very strange place that I felt I had to write about in details here: PP Banana's Review. It is a hidden strip club/brothel on the second floor of Lusy's Oarhouse.

Foreplay
The most expensive place on Kampung Bule. I paid Rp100,000 for entrance with a drink. The place was rather empty apart from their hostesses (that I must admit are hot). Live music every night followed by a DJ.

See my review here: Foreplay Batam.

No Name Pub
Located on the ground floor of the Harmoni Hotel, it is probably the best bar in Kampung Bule. It also features a DJ and live music daily but, unlike Foreplay, the entrance is free. It does not get busy before 1AM so it is best to go there at the end of your night. There are many freelance prostitutes but some normal girls as well.

See my review here: No Name Batam

The Office
I went there twice but it was empty both times. Too bad because they are look promising with sexy dancers, live music and sports.

Hot Spot
Nothing special but we had a dinner there once and the food was fine. The waitresses are quite friendly.

Tatwo
Next to Foreplay, they were fairly crowded when I visited on a Saturday night (= 10 customers). They had a DJ and some cute girls.

The prices in Kampung Bule are similar every where (more expensive only in No Name and Foreplay). You can expect to pay around 35,000 for a beer and Rp70,000 for liquor/cocktails. All bars close at 4AM.

Best Hotels Near Kampung Bule
As I mentioned on my article about the best hotels in Batam, Kampung Bule is the best area if you want to be close from the nightlife.

Ideally, you should stay in Harmoni Hotel. It is in the middle of Kampung Bule and you have No Name bar inside. The only problem you might have with it is the price (70$ per night).

A great alternative is Barelang Hotel. It is a brand-new property inside Kampung Bule that costs less than 25$ per night. It is only available through Booking.com at the moment and it is rated over 8/10.

My third recommendation would be the Allium Hotel, which is just 5 minutes away by foot. It costs about 45$ per night. While it is girl-friendly, it is more suitable for families and couples though.

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18 Hotels Near Batam Nightlife & Spas

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
In September/October 2016, I stayed over a month in Batam in Nagoya Mansion Hotel. As they have an interesting monthly rate at Rp6,500,000 for a studio, it can be an interesting option for long-stay guests.

For shorter stays though, I don't really recommend it as it is a bit far from everything with barely any food/shopping options very nearby.

I've compiled below a list of 18 hotels that are each conveniently located near Batam nightlife. Most of them have either an in-house nightclub, a bar, a karaoke, a massage parlour or a fully-equipped spa. They are all girl-friendly or guest-friendly.

I am indicating an approximate price in brackets. You can check the updated rate by clicking on the link provided. I make a small commission from Agoda if you book using my links, but this does not affect the price you pay. If you want to compare the hotel rates between Agoda and other booking engines, please consider using hotelscombined.com. I also get a commission if you use this link to Booking.com.

Harmoni Hotel (around Rp900,000/night)
This 4-star hotel is my first recommendation if you come to Batam for party. Though it is a bit expensive and not exactly new, it enjoys a perfect location: 5-minute taxi ride from Harbour Bay ferry terminal, 1-minute walk from the bars, restaurants and massage parlours of Kampung Bule (or NED Nagoya Entertainment Center), 1 minute from KFC/McDonald's, and it even has its own freelancer bar, the Noname Pub.

Be careful as the group Harmoni has 2 other hotels in Batam: Harmoni Suites (Nagoya) and Harmoni One (Batam Center).

Allium Hotel (around Rp650,000/night)
Only 200 meters from Harmoni, this is a newer hotel and less expensive hotel. The reason I'm not ranking it first is because it does not have any nightlife facilities (the café downstairs does even serve alcohol) and because there are many couples and families among the guests. There is a small street market near from it and it is across from the massage parlour Morena. Kampung Bule is only 3 minutes away by foot.

Planet Holiday Hotel (around Rp600,000)
This is a good, massive girl-friendly hotel with my favorite nightclub in Batam, F1 Club and KTV. It is also between Harbour Bay ferry terminal (5 minutes away) and Kampung Bule in Nagoya. You'll need just a few minutes by foot to go there. During the day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, they have a free shuttle but to the malls Nagoya Hills and BCS.

I Baloi Hotel (around Rp750,000)
This is a great 4-star hotel, one of the best in Batam. It is relatively new, has a very long swimming pool and an upmarket nightclub and KTV on its 2nd floor called Square. It could have been my top recommended place to stay in Batam, but it is located a bit far from Nagoya city center (5 minutes by car). On the bright side, the mall BCS is walking distance and there are many street food, hawkers stands and massage parlors around.

The cheaper Batam City Hotel Penuin (Rp400,000) and Gideon (Rp450,000) are in the same area and worth your consideration. Batam City Hotel Penuin in particular because it has the Dragon Pub and KTV inside it.

Swiss Belhotel Harbour Bay (around Rp850,000)
This is a new hotel with very comfortable rooms and an excellent buffet breakfast. It is located within the Harbour Bay complex so if this is where your boat arrives, you won't even need a taxi to go to your room (a Rp100,000 saving at least). Within walking distance, you can go to Titanium nightclub, M-One KTV or the Pacific Hotel (see below). Kampung Bule is 1,5 kilometers away.

There are cheaper accommodation options in Harbour Bay, all of them well-rated: Batam Harbour Hotel (around Rp500,000) and Zest Hotel (only Rp300,000).

Pacific Hotel (around Rp750,000)
This massive hotel has the particularity of being shaped like a cruise boat. It is walking distance from the Harbour Bay ferry terminal and mall but you'll probably need a taxi to go to Kampung Bule (just a 5-minute ride). Inside, you have a crazy nightclub called Pacific Disco and the spa plus plus Octopuss. There is also a food court with live music in the back. Just outside, you can walk to the high-end spa Atalanta (men-oriented). The rooms are a bit old so it is kind of an overpriced hotel.

Formosa Hotel (around Rp450,000)
Near Kampung Bule, this is a one-stop entertainment hotel with a massage parlour (King's Spa), a karaoke (Alishan KTV) and a restaurant. The mobile phone and gadget shopping center Lucky Plaza is next to it and there are several small massage parlors nearby (plus plus). The main drawback of Formosa is that it's an old hotel with limited comfort (AC not working properly, mold in the bathroom, tired bedding, etc). Some of the rooms have been renovated though so it is still a good value choice.

Da Vienna Hotel (Rp400,000) and Harmoni Suites (Rp500,000)
While those two hotels are not so central, they are still within walking distance from a lot of street food, massage parlors and game centers. They are also just across the road from the famous Windsor Food court, 5 minutes from Nagoya Hills by foot and 10 from Kampung Bule.

They are both new properties with modern amenities and a relatively low price. A good choice if you choose comfort over location.

Amaris Hotel (around Rp400,000)
This hotel is a bit far from the expat bars of Kampung Bule (10-minute walk), but it is right inside Nagoya Hills Shopping Center and only 100 meters from Delta Spa.

Nagoya Hill Hotel and Grand I Hotel are also nearby but they are about twice as expensive. They are brand-new properties with excellent room condition and service. They are close from family-friendly massage parlors (but also the Delta Spa Batam) and karaokes (Inul Vizta). Not really recommended for single guys interested in bars, but for couples why not.

Hotel Hana (around Rp200,000)
This is a budget hotel in Nagoya that offers the best value for money on the island. For just 15$, you have a comfortable room, AC, hot water, a flat-screen TV and a breakfast. There are a lot of massage parlours plus plus and brothels around (for instance New Berry Massage). You'll need to walk about 5 minutes to reach Kampung Bule. Good street food nearby too.

L Hotel (around Rp300,000)
This hotel is a bit hidden, at the end of Nagoya and next to a hangout for migrants (they were rejected from Australia and they don't have anywhere else to go to). The only reason I'm including it here is because the price is currently quite low and there is a nice spa and KTV in the facilities.

Conclusion:
Did I forget a good girl-friendly hotel near nightclubs and massage parlors? Please leave a comment below if you have any recommendations or questions.

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F1 Club and Planet 1 Disco (Batam)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
F1 Club & KTV is my favorite nightclub in Batam. It is located on the basement of Planet Holiday, one of the largest and most famous hotels on the island. In the same building, you also have Planet 1, a head-shaking techno disco similar to Newton, a billiard center and a big karaoke.

F1 is built in a L shape with a bar occupying the whole left side. In the middle, you have a stage for live bands to perform and sofas just in front. It is not so big so you should make a table booking if you plan to visit on a weekend night (during the week it is much more quiet). They have a live band every night until 2am (Top 40 and Indonesian songs), followed by a DJ playing party anthems/EDM until 5am. There are quite many girls, most of which I believe are working in the karaoke. There might be a few normal ones as well. I also saw at least 2 ladyboys.

No entrance fee. A whisky coke cost Rp112,000.

The official owner of the Planet group is a man named Karto. According to credible sources though, the owner of Pakuwon group (behind Tunjungan Plaza in Surabaya, but also Top 10 Coyote and Station Club) may be another major shareholder. It wouldn't be surprising at all.

F1 Club, Planet 1 Discotheque Batam
Planet Holiday Hotel & Residence
Jalan Raja Ali Haji, Batam, Riau, Indonesia

Phone number: +62 (0) 778 433 555
E-mail: sales@planetholidayhotel.com
Website: F1 Club Batam

Square Nightclub and KTV (Batam)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Square is a high-end nightclub and karaoke located inside the I Baloi Hotel in Batam. It is about 10 minutes away by car from Kampung Bule in Nagoya and 5 minutes from BCS Mall by foot.

Along with Titanium, Square is one of the favorite nightlife venues in Batam among the local elite (a lot of Indonesian-Chinese inside). It is clean, modern, with a proper lighting and sound system, similar to the one you could find in Jakarta. There is a bit of a naughty side as usual in the karaoke (lady companions), but it is rather discreet. Plenty of normal girls visit Square, but I wouldn't go as far as saying it is a pick up place because most of them are visiting with their own group of friends.

The entrance fee is Rp150,000, which is the most you'll pay in Batam, and it entitles you to one free drink. There isn't much of a dancefloor so you should try to get a table near the main area, between the bar and the DJ. If the place is crowded, you'll probably need to buy a bottle for that (around Rp1M).

During normal weekdays, they have a resident live band and a resident DJ taking turn every 30/60 minutes. The band plays Top 40 and classic songs, the DJs mix trap/EDM music. On weekends, they often have more famous artists from Jakarta. It's best to check the schedule in advance on Facebook to avoid bad surprises: The first time we visited, the band was terrible and we got bored after 30 minutes. They also have hot dancers called the "Squarelicious babes", who perform with sexy clothes or bikinis.
Karaoke:
Open from 8pm to 3/4am, from Rp600,000 for standard room to Rp3,000,000 for VVIP (up to 40 people).

Note about the hotel
My friends were staying in I Baloi Hotel but unfortunately, they were not entitled to a free entrance. Like everybody, they had to pay Rp150,000 to get in. Still, they strongly recommended it as one of the best places to stay in Batam, with a huge swimming pool and a lot of excellent street food nearby. The room rates are reasonable as well. You can check the prices here: I Baloi Hotel Batam.

Square Nightclub and KTV
I Baloi Hotel,
Baloi Kusuma Indah No.7, Batam, Riau, Indonesia

Phone number: +62 822 8032 3377
Email: squareclub_batam@yahoo.com

Facebook: Square Club

Batam Nightlife Guide

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Nightlife in Batam - Overview:
Batam is a small island in the Free Trade Zone (FTZ) located about 45 minutes from Singapore by ferry. With a population of 800,000 souls, it is the home to a small community of expatriates, most of them working in the Oil & Gas or in the High Tech manufacturing. Unlike in other parts of Indonesia, you'll find that Batam is rather well organized and clean. Close to Singapore and very little traffic.

NEW REVIEW October 2016: 18 Best Hotels Near Batam Nightlife and Spas

The Indonesian island of Batam has long been one the best kept secrets as a low cost getaway for Singaporean local and expats.  The island has seven golf courses, several resorts and the costs are a fraction compared to Singapore and Bali. There is also an expat entertainment area like Blok M / Kemang.

Four – Five Star hotels run from as low as USD $50 - $80 per night and green fees can range from USD $60 - $105 which includes twin buggy sharing & caddy.  Beers at the pubs run from USD $2 - $5 and mixed drinks from $3 - $6. Batam also has a fair share of spa’s and traditional massage outlets that will cost you USD $10 for 60 minutes and slightly higher if you want sauna etc.

The Batam nightlife is very active, as you will read on this blog post and our goal is to write comprehensively as possible. We urge visitors to share your experiences, updates and feedback.

Batam for Fun: Nightlife, Massage, Pubs, Golf, Casinos and Shopping:
The main entertainment centre is located in downtown Nagoya: ‘The Nagoya Entertainment District’ or commonly referred to by expats as ‘The NED’ (and by locals as Kampung Bule). This area attracts a fair number of Indonesian girls working in massage parlours, karaokes, or freelancing in some bars & clubs.

See my review about the NED: Kampung Bule in Batam.

The NED is a bit like Blok M in Jakarta, only bigger, with a decent concentration of nightlife venues, catering to different markets. Generally speaking though, the atmosphere is laid-back and girl-friendly, and you won't find very chic or sophisticated bars & clubs like in Singapore or Jakarta. You may meet all kind of girls there, but you should be aware that most of them are thinking in dollars.  Meeting local girls is not easy as they rarely frequent the expat entertainment district although you can meet some in venues like "Noname Club" in Harmoni Hotel or simply in the malls.

During the day, there isn't much to do in Batam, except for golfing, some shopping (cheap clothes, knock-off handbags, Chinese electronics, and liquor is very cheap.(If buying spirits whether traveling back to Singapore or other parts of Indonesia you are only allowed one bottle of spirits and one bottle of wine – they will check at the airport!)  The massage parlours / spa’s are popular with Singaporeans. All of these activities will be reviewed below.
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Getting there:
From Singapore: 
You have to go to Harbour Front ferry terminal and there are about 5 ferry companies with service to Batam.  There are several port destinations in Batam:  Batam Centre, Sekupang, Nongsa & Harbour Bay (Batu Ampar)   The closest location to downtown Nagoya and the entertainment district is ‘Harbour Bay’ which is 5-10 minutes from The NED and all the pubs. Wavemaster has far more ferry service but you’d need to go to Batam Centre which is about a 20 minute taxi ride and costs Rp.50,000.

The ferry ticket from Singapore is SGD $48 for two ways or SGD $42 for one way. This includes the SGD $21 fuel surcharge from the ferry operators. If you are coming from Jakarta, you can purchase a Wavemaster Ferry Ticket at most money changers or in Nagoya Hills mall and the cost of the ticket (2 way) is only SGD $30. (Add SGD $6 if traveling on the weekend – limited promotional price).

By Air from Jakarta:
By Air you can take Garuda, Lion Air etc. The flight is one hour twenty minutes. The air fare on Lion runs about Rp. 380,000 each way (1 week advance booking). On Garuda it can run twice that amount.

Visa from Singapore:
ASEAN nationals can get a free visa upon arrival good for 30 days. Most westerners can get a holiday visa on arrival for USD $35 for 30 days or USD $15 for 7 days. If you need to extend your visa, you can go to the Sumatera Building, 3rd Floor and can extend a 30 day visa for Rp. 300,000. Go in the morning and pick up the same day after 3PM (The Sumatera Building is next to the ferry terminal at Batam Centre).

If you require a visa it is suggested you pay with USD – otherwise you be charged a premium in the exchange rate.

Taxis
Taxis in Batam are far more expensive than in Jakarta. Although a law was passed to have the taxi’s metered – the taxis installed the meters but disconnected them!  Many of the taxis are substandard ‘rust buckets’ and if you are western, the taxi drivers will try to charge you a premium (2 to 3 times the standard rate and they can be aggressive and rude).

Taxi fares from the airport to the downtown Nagoya is Rp 80,000 – and the ride is approx. 30 minutes

Taxi fares from the ferry terminal to downtown Nagoya should be no more than Rp 30,000 – for a 5-minute ride!  The taxi drivers will try to charge you Rp 50,000 and show you a paper with a government logo and insist that this is the published regulated price!  Negotiate – there are tons of taxis available.

Good News!  - Bluebird Taxi is now operating in Batam. They are metered and costs’ less than the others.  You can call Bluebird: 0778-421 234  Very professional service.

There are many hotels in the Downtown Nagoya area close to The NED and the nightlife. The following are all girl-friendly or guest-friendly:

4-5 Star Hotels:

Planet Holiday Hotel – One of the best with rooms running about SGD $90 2 blocks from the action

Harmoni Hotel - closest hotel to all the pubs. Rooms run about SGD $90 per night

Goodway Hotel  - an older hotel but it has big rooms & a nice spa. Rooms will run around Rp, 500,000

Swiss Belhotel Harbour Bay – next to Planet Holiday Hotel and you can book a nice room for SGD $50 – including breakfast and taxes.

Nagoya Hill Hotel - This new hotel in Nagoya is clean and modern for around SGD $ 60 per night.

There are many cheaper hotels near The NED that cost  Rp, 250,000 – 350,000.  (Lai Lai Mutiara Hotel is across the street from Harmoni and rooms start at Rp 230,000).

If you are looking for a luxury resort, the best ones are Montigo Nongsa and Tempat Senang.

I found that it is best to book through Agoda as they usually have the most choice, including the newest hotels.

You can also read my guide to the best hotels near Batam nightlife.

The Pubs
In the past few years there have been an explosion of pubs!  Way too many for a small expat community. A visitor may find many of the pubs empty or with less than a handful of customers. In our Batam Pub Listing below we only added those that are the most entertaining and/or of interest.


There are over 35 pubs and counting with more opening every few months.  Only several Batam pubs have "real" kitchens but most can provide you with a menu and will order food for you from the other pubs.  The majority of the pubs are ‘entertainment’ driven featuring SPG’s. In the past two years some pubs have adopted a Pattaya / Manila nightlife approach.  The girls will ask you to buy them ‘ladies drinks’ which can cost anywhere from USD $5 – USD $12. It’s a good idea you ask the girl what kind of drink they want before you end-up with a huge bar tab for enumerable ‘Long Island Ice Teas’ (They will try to coax you into buying drinks for other girls. It is not uncommon for a girl to approach you, introduce herself, and then order a drink on your bill!) .

Several pubs charge a bar fine if you want to leave with one of the girls or you will need to purchase several ‘ladies drinks’ like in Manila.  This policy varies from pub to pub. At last, most of the pubs have happy hours from 17:00 – 19:00. Several charge bar fines of Rp 1,2 million during the week and Rp.1.5 million on the weekend – that’s just the bar fine!  (not popular with the local expats)  At last, most of the pubs have happy hours from 17:00 – 19:00.

Batam Nightlife Pubs listing:

Lucy’s Oarhouse
Lucy’s is the oldest expat pub in The NED. It’s a major networking hub for the oil & gas industry. A good place to catch-up with your mates and Lucy’s features the largest selection of Classic Rock. Beers run 22,000 – 25,000. The have a western menu and a great ‘barbecue pork pulled sandwich and chips for Rp,65,000 and they added a selection of Thai Curries. They have a pool table & free WiFI. A Bottle of Jack Daniels is only: Rp. 660,000. 
The New Place – Sports Bar
The New Place has several large screens with global sports events. They have the best steaks on the island, Fried Chicken steak and TexMex, (Texan founder)   They have one of the largest selections of wines & spirits. Happy hour till 7pm. 
New Place Batam
Hot Spot
The Hot Spot is a popular traditional British pub known for its curries & pizza. Popular after work and the background music is kept at a reasonable level so you can chat with your mates. Free WiFi.

Cock & Bull:
(Formerly known as ‘The Red Cock’): The Cock and Bull expanded their menu but no Haggis. Best known for their pies and mushy peas (cost: Rp.60,000) and has beer for 19,000 per bottle during happy hour – which is from opening till 7PM. Great burgers too.  Prices for entree’s range from $6 - $12. Nice ambience, consistent quality and a very professional staff. Very popular.  Excellent service.
Cock and Bull Batam
Red Rose:
Red Rose is one of the oldest landmark British / Scottish style pubs in The NED. With 5 screens it’s very popular for sporting events. Good atmosphere and a ‘home away from home’ for the UK lads. They serve an excellent British style breakfast (all day) Happy hour till 7pm.

Goodies / Smiling Hill
Goodies / Smiling Hill is located less than 10 minutes away from downtown Nagoya, tucked-away on top of a hill with breathtaking vistas overlooking Singapore. This quaint enclave has a fully serviced guest house, western standard furnished flats, a large 1st class pool and an open air restaurant offering the best in western & local dishes.  Every Friday from 5:30 - 7 PM they provide FREE beer. To expats that affectionately refer to Batam as ‘Tombstone Indonesia’ for its wily, western frontier vibe, Friday’s at Goodies is where the ‘Wild Bunch’ meet – the movers and shakers in the oil and gas industry. THE meeting and networking place for the oil and gas industry on Friday.

On Sunday’s starting at noon, they host a Buffet Roast: Roast Beef, Roast Chicken, Roast Pork and they recently added Southern Deep Fried Turkey. (try to get there around noon - the food goes quickly!)  The price is only Rp.150,000 (plus tax)  (about USD $13!)  Awesome!

Please - Visit their website or better - stop by.  www.smilinghillbatam.com

Entertainment: 

With over 30 pubs within a few block radius, you can easily do a pub crawl and explore many of them in one night, till you find one you like.  Some of the most popular are:

Fat Willy’s/Dirty Dicks – Fat Willy’s is a very popular pub with a large staff. It usually kicks-off after 9PM, with crowds coming in at midnight. Attracts a good crowd every night. No pressure if you don’t want to buy ladies drinks and professionally run. (SPG’s must place their hand phones behind the bar!) Very good deals on bottles – ask the owners, who are there nightly.
Fat Willy's Batam
The Last Pub – One of the oldest and most popular party venues. Great music with a DJ and popular with expats and comfortable for couples. No ‘lady drink’ hustles, some freelancers and the occasional local gals from the office. Open Late. Worth checking out.
Last Pub Batam
Konings – an interesting pub. Nice ladies and a large selection of wines. Happy Hour house pours only Rp 35,000.  No hardcore lady drink hustle.

Our Bar – One of the older pubs in The NED and has a large Singaporean following. Comfortable atmosphere. No pressure from the SPG’s and a pool table.

Dragon Bar – This is relatively new, quite popular and open late. Can get wild…

Candy Bar – Quite a lively staff, plenty of SPG gals and opened late. LOUD & known for their pizza.

BB Bar (Bintang Bar) – Bali style decor and they just opened KTV rooms upstairs.

Mad Cow – beautiful ladies (SPG’s) but be prepared to buy ladies drinks mista…

Club 81 – new – ‘mini disco’ with pole dancers. Loud, party atmosphere and the ladies drinks run Rp 100,000 each.

(List of Pubs: 007, 4 Play, Asylum, Bar Fly, BB Bar Bingo’s, Bottles, Candy Bar, Chili’s, Circles, Club 81,Cock & Bull, D’Angels, D’Cents, Dirty Dick’s / Fat Willy’s, Dogs Bollocks, Dragon Bar, Hot Spot, Ice Pub, Java Pub, Lusys, Konings, Mad Cow, New Place, Our Bar, Red Rose, Slainte, Steps,Sullivans, The Last Pub, TiTi Bar, Wallabies)

For free Batam / SE Asia newsletter  ‘THE NED REPORT’ – send an email: nedreport@yahoo.com
Our Bar in Batam (Picture from Our Bar Facebook)
IMPORTANT!

Please be advised that some bars will attempt to exploit an unsuspecting expat and are rip-offs.  Loaded with girls that push expensive ladies drinks and before you know it - you will have spent $100 ++ with nothing to show for it.  Insult to injury - if you fancy one of the girls you have to pay a bar fine. (billed as ladies drinks.)  The gal will charge you another $100 + for the booking!  You may find that in some pubs the gals are older than the women you will find in Blok M or Kemang etc (5 or 6 pubs have this policy whilst others charge Rp200,000 bar fine – best to ask upfront as these prices can change).

ALSO – don’t leave your drinks unattended. A few expats have been drugged & robbed. Better to pay for your drinks as you go to preclude your bill from being padded. Keep your hand phone secure and don’t lay it on the bar..

Live Music
Noname – Located on the ground floor of the Harmoni Hotel is a popular live music venue for locals and expats. Most of the acts are flown in from Jakarta and one of the best place to meet local ladies.

Java Pub – just reopened, and has live music on Friday & Saturday. Older crowd, (like Jaya pub JKT but smaller)  Comfortable place to hang out.

Bingo’s Pub – just opened and has live music on Friday’s & Saturdays. Good place, nice staff and occasional celebrity entertainers popping in for a song or jam. A nice alternative to the usual very loud rap / trance pubs.
Bingo's
Sullivans – Used to be Ria Rita and has live music on the weekends. Mostly a local crowd. Across the street from the side entrance of Lusys (helps to speak Bahasa – mostly local gals).

Discos (Trance clubs like Stadium Jakarta)
Pacific Disco: One of the most famous place for Singaporeans in Batam when in comes to nighlife, it is a huge club with loud techno and girls everywhere. North Jakarta style entertainment, not everyone will like it, especially if you prefer a more relaxed atmosphere.  It has a young crowd and be sure to carry a small torch with you!  (pitch black!  Beware of pick-pockets, popular with ojek drivers).

Planet - Located in Planet Holiday Hotel. Similar with all One Stop Entertainment nightlife venues in Indonesia.

Newton Disco – located about 10 minutes from the NED is a 4 story entertainment complex. They have hotel rooms and a spa.  Newton is more popular than Pacific and is the #1 choice for Singaporeans that visit every weekend (Batam’s version of Malioboro).

WARNING! – using or possessing drugs in Indonesia is a criminal offense and possession can land you 5 years in jail!  & a stiff fine!   When in these clubs be very careful of women that approach you and want you to buy them ‘obat’ (Xstacy) – you may find yourself being arrested by an undercover police officer…  If a police officer wishes to search you – be sure it’s done in front of witnesses and YOU empty your pockets...

Good Restaurants (local food):
As far as 'food' goes – Batam has some excellent local food but is limited in western cuisine options.(aside from the fast food venues)  The most popular western food locations in the NED are listed above. Near the Ned are some alternatives worth checking out. They serve western and local dishes: (we will be expanding this list)

Citra Rasa - In the NED opposite Lucy’s side entrance is CitraRasa -  great local and Chinese dishes. Sweet and sour chicken costs Rp 35,000, Sizzling ginger beef platter Rp 40,000 – many selections and quite good. Cans of beer 16,000 – 18,000.
Citra Rasa Batam
Satay Centre: If you like Indonesian food, on the main drag near the entrance to the Nagoya Hill Mall are several stalls that specialize in satay – very reasonable. Opens after 5PM (about a 5 minute walk from the NED) You can’t miss it – very crowded with seating outside.

Matabak – if you like Indian food – roti prata, tandoori, curries etc. – check out Martabak. Around the corner from Lusy’s, on the main carriageway – corner location. Dishes run 30,000 – 50,000. Wide selection and been there forever.

Massage Parlours:
There are many, many massage parlours / spa’s in Batam. One of the best in the traditional category Adorabella, located in the Pacific Palace Hotel. In the sleazy category, you will find many that offer similar services around the bigger hotels like Harmoni. They offer massage for USD $10 for 60 minutes and are often frequented by Singaporeans.  For a little more, you can have private room / spa with a jacuzzi. The most expensive one in that category is Atalanta spa, with high end equipment and the prettiest girls. Very popular with Asian tourists.

Check out the Spa in the NEWTON complex. Upscale: pools, Jacuzzi’s and massage.

Gambling and Casinos in Batam
Scattered about the island and in some malls are ‘arcades’ with gaming machines – locally referred to as ‘Jackpots’ (geleper: It should be noted that these types of machines are not electronic slot machines per se). Players buy tokens to use with the games and are paid any winnings in tokens. Attendants outside the arcades exchange tokens for cash, which, according to critics, is done to prevent the impression that the arcades are involved in gambling.   You should note that when redeeming your tokens for cash, expect to have 10-20% premium deducted from your winnings!   If you win $100 – you will only net $80 -$90.
The payoffs in these machines is very, very low and you should be very careful.  Although the operators have a license to operate these arcades, they are subject to being raided and closed and at any time as ‘gambling’ is outlawed under Indonesian Law and clearly, they are operated for gambling purposes.  You don’t want to be caught in one in a raid!  A no-win situation!

Although some of these locations have opened, they can be closed at any time. You DON’T want to be there during a police raid – it will cost you~!  (Often raided on a weekend!) 

Dangers, Annoyances and Scams:
Taxi Drivers  - Be careful. Taxis in Batam are not metered and if you look like a newbie – you’ll be taken for a ride!  Across from Lusys there are some local drivers that you can trust or ask some of the pub owners / managers for a reliable driver or CALL Bluebird – 0778 – 421 234.

NEVER take-up a taxi driver on an offer to ‘find you woman mista?’ - !!!

One last thing about taxis: Prepare the correct amount of change if you can to avoid being rounded up...

STD ‘s – ALWAYS use protections. Statistics from 2007 state that 9% of commercial sex workers in Batam re HIV + ~ ~!

Drug Dealers – Western Expats are a far and few in-between in Batam. Be careful.  If you are in a club you could be targeted.

A Batam Nightlife Alternative: Golf!
Batam has 7 golf courses and green fee’s run from USD $65 - $105 which includes twin buggy sharing & caddy.

Courses:
•    Batam Hills Golf Resort (designed by Max Wexler)
•    Indah Puri Golf Resort (designed by Arnold Fream)
•    Palm Springs Golf Resort
•    Southlinks Country Club
•    Sukajadi Golf Club
•    Tamarin Santana Golf Club (designed by Jack Nicklaus)
•    Tering Bay Golf & Country Club (designed by Greg Norman)

The Batam Social Golf Society host a tournament the last Sunday of every month. The cost is only  S$60 for members or S$80 for non-members. Price includes all green fees, caddy, buggy and buffet dinner!  Contact Batam Social Golf Society: bsgs@ymail.com.

For More Information on Golf Packages you can contact Peter Williams  (UK national) from Paradise Golf Holidays by email (pete.w@paradisegolf.co.uk) or by mobile: +62 813 64 339 449 (Batam), +65 90848070 (Singapore).

We will complete this review from time to time with new information about Batam nightlife. Please help us also keeping this updated by sending new infos or comments.

HH Discotheque - Planet 3 (Batam)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
HH Discotheque in Planet Hotel 3 has to be one of the loudest I've ever been to in my life. I went inside  for only 20 minutes, but my ears are still ringing from the noise until today.

HH is one of the many ecstasy-oriented nightclubs in Batam, along with Planet 1, Planet 2 Newton and Pacific. They all have pretty much the same concept: Total darkness, aggressive techno music and drug dealers ready to serve you. There are also prostitutes naturally.

On the day I visited (Friday), it was quite busy but not as much as Newton. I ordered a regular beer which I was surprised to pay a whopping Rp75,000 (considering I had already bought a Rp30,000 entrance fee with no drinks). A few seconds after I sat, a security guard came to ask me if I wanted girls or ecstasy. I said no, then a waiter also tried. Later, a girl came to my table, introduced herself and asked me for drinks. She left immediately after I told her I didn't want to buy her anything. Anyway the club was so dark that I had no idea what her face looked like.

I didn't visit the rest of the complex but there seems to be a "hotel" (= a brothel), a massage parlour and a 24h KTV.

HH Club and KTV Batam
Nagoya City Centre Phase II Blok B No. 88 (Nagoya)
Phone number: +62 778 426611

Morena Pub & KTV - 24H Massage Parlor - Batam

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Morena Pub, KTV and Massage is a small one-stop entertainment venue located on a dodgy street just a 5 minutes walk from Kampung Bule. I was walking in that area when I saw the lights still on at 3am on a Friday and I just went in for a quick beer for research purposes.

I was surprised to discover the place was quite new, clean and welcoming. You have a stage for live music in the center and sofas all around it. I was the only customer, apparently because it was too late and the bar was about to close. The waiters told me that if I had come at 11pm, I could have enjoyed a local band and a more busy atmosphere. They seem to have sexy dancers, possibly strippers. The massage parlor is open 24h.

The particularity of Morena is that there is a fishbowl/aquarium from which you can select girls to bring to the rooms upstairs. Even though it is officially for a "massage", my understanding is that you can have sex. At 3am, there was only one lady in the fishbowl though and she was sleeping with a phone still in her hand. She kind of looked like a corpse. After a few minutes, I heard a group coming down from the stairs, apparently after a karaoke session. The guys left and some pretty girls started to hang around the bar. A waiter asked me if I wanted one but I declined.

The music was very loud local techno for which I have a limited tolerance so I left after just 10 minutes. The beer was Rp45k. 

Sorry the photo I tool is horrible and doesn't do justice to the place. You can get more pics on their website: Morena Bar, Karaoke, 24h Massage Batam

Morena Pub, KTV and Massage Parlour
Complex Windsor Square Blok B No 63- 65
(in front of Allium Hotel and next to New Hotel)
Nagoya, Batam, Riau

Phone number: 0821 4695 5555
Facebook: Morena Batam

Opening Hours:
Every day from 6pm until 4am for the bar, until 5am for the karaoke. Massage 24h.

PP Banana - Bar, Massage, Striptease (Batam)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
PP Banana is quite a singular place in Batam as it is the only Thai-style gogo bar. It is officially a "laptop lounge", located in a hidden location above Lucy's Oarhouse in Kampung Bule. You need to access it from the back and then go up the stairs.

We visited by coincidence on a Friday night and we were not really expecting anything. We were surprised to discover there was a full bar with a few hostesses and, more remarkably, a dancing area with stripper poles. Naturally, we asked what the poles were for and the waitress replied: "Striptease of course". It turns out 2 customers walked in at this time and they ordered all the girls to go on stage. They started dancing with their clothes on, and then one of the guy paid Rp200,000 to a dancer who started to take her clothes off until she was naked...

He later took her to one of the rooms upstairs, for a price of Rp500,000. We were told some of the girls may also give blowjobs within the bar, on the sofas (I'm not sure about the cost). You can also bar fine someone you like so she can follow you to your hotel.

Apart from the seedy atmosphere, PP Banana is a pleasant place for drinking with friends. The name "laptop lounge" actually means that you can choose the music from their laptop (YouTube). You can also put your own music if you ask nicely. PP probably means "Panti Pijat" or massage parlour, but I'm not sure about it.

Prices are standard for drinks, Rp35,000-Rp40,000 for a beer, Rp60,000-Rp80,000 for spirits.

Address:
PP Banana, Kampung Bule, Nagoya, Batam
Open only on weekends until 2/3am

Pacific Disco, Karaoke and Hotel (Batam)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Pacific Disco is the nightclub inside Pacific Hotel in Batam. This 4-star property is located just 3 minutes from the Harbour Bay Ferry Terminal and 10 minutes from Kampung Bule in Nagoya. It is famous for being oddly-shaped like a cruise ship (look at the pictures here to see how it looks like). 

The disco is on the ground floor, near from the entrance. There is also a karaoke on the 2nd floor and a spa called Octopuss that offers extra services (last floor).

Pacific Disco is normally busy on the weekends, particularly with Singaporeans. Their number has been reduced though in recent years. The place is very dark and loud, similar with other venues like Newton Hotel. Most of the girls inside are prostitutes who will ask you for ecstasy instead of lady drinks. Drugs can be bought very easily, even from the security or the waiters.

The problem with Pacific is that the music is awful most of the time. They'll have either live bands playing cheesy songs or ultra-fast techno that can only be enjoyed with drugs. For this reason, I don't plan on returning there anytime soon.

For karaoke lovers, the rooms have recently been renovated. Lady companions are available on request.
Pacific Hotel, Disco, KTV and Spa
Jalan Duyung, Batam, Indonesia
Phone number: +62 (0) 778 42 1111
Whatsapp: +62 (0) 821 6969 1111

Twitter: Pacific Batam

Planet 2 Disco (Newton Hotel and Spa) - Batam

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
The Newton Hotel is a one-stop entertainment center located in Nagoya, Batam. It has a spa on the 2nd floor (plus plus of course), a karaoke the 3rd and the Planet 2 disco on the 5th. A few years ago, I had been to a pub called Double 2 on the 1st floor but last time I checked (October 2016), it had been replaced by a lounge with games. The "Hotel" is not exactly one, but it has short-term rooms. If you need a proper place to stay nearby, you can go instead to Swiss-Belinn which is walking distance.

Newton/Planet 2 is famous as both a place of prostitution and a place for buying drugs. As soon as you'll step inside, dealers will come to you and offer you pills of ecstasy for Rp350,000. Since the music is extremely loud and fast, and the club completely dark, I don't think this is a place you could possible enjoy unless you're completely high.

Overall: Typical Indonesian dugem disco. If you've never tried one, give it a go for your personal enlightenment.

Planet 2 Nightclub in Newton Hotel & Spa
Jalan Kompleks Nagoya City Walk, Batam, Riau
Phone number:+62 778 45 11 77

Titanium Nightclub (Batam)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Titanium is one of the largest and most luxurious nightclubs in Batam (Indonesia). It was opened in 2014 by the son of Jimmy Ho, one of the Island's main property developer. It is located on the second floor of Harbour Bay Mall, a 5 minutes ride from Nagoya and near the ferry terminal.

If you need a hotel walking distance from the club, I strongly recommend you book the Swiss Belhotel Harbour Bay (Click to view full reviews and special offers). 

Titanium is a Chinese-style disco, more modern and luxurious compared to its competitors like Newton, Planet, No Name and Pacific. By Chinese-style, I mean that there is not a real dancefloor and that most people stay around a table with their group of friends (and their lady companions). For this reason, it is best to order at least a bottle if you want to truly enjoy the place. The crowd is mostly Indochinese with also, I guess, Singaporeans, Malaysians and Koreans. Girls are pretty but few are "normal" or unaccompanied. Many are working in the Titanium KTV. Compared with other venues, drugs don't seem to be so common.

The music is always very loud, upbeat and commercial. They seem to love hiring sexy female DJs wearing short skirts and bikinis instead of talented DJs. Too bad because the sound and lighting system are definitely top notch. They have special events almost weekly, with sexy dancers, live band, fashion models and sometimes foreign DJs.

Overall: Titanium is recommended for a clean clubbing experience. If you are alone, it might not be so fun since people tend to stay between groups. Prices are high for Batam: The cheapest bottle costs about Rp1M, a cocktail Rp100,000 and a local beer Rp70,000.

Titanium Nightclub and Karaoke
Harbour Bay Mall, Floor 2
Jalan Duyung Sei Jodoh, Batam, Indonesia

Phone number: +62 812-6633-0000

Instagram: Titanium Club Batam
Facebook: TitaniumClubBatam
BB Pin: 59b69ecb
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