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Jakarta Nightlife: Top 10 Nightclubs (Updated 2017)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
"What are the best nightclubs in Jakarta?" is one of the questions I get asked the most by readers of Jakarta100bars. The following list should answer this question though I imagine some of you may disagree with my rankings. If you do, please leave a comment below about your favorite clubs in the city. Surprisingly, there has not been so many changes in the past few year in the city's clubbing scene. All the venues listed below already existed in 2014.  As I mentioned in my review Jakarta Nightlife 2015 , almost all nightclubs in Jakarta are expensive . If you are a heavy alcohol drinker and if you are with a small group, I would advise to always buy a bottle. That way you can get a table or a sofa close from the dance-floor and also avoid the First Drink Charge, FDC (usually amounting to Rp100,000 - Rp200,000). On weekends, it is essential to book in advance.

Omnia Nightclub (Jakarta) - Alila SCBD

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Omnia is a nightclub that will open in Jakarta at the end of 2016/early 2017 inside the new Alila Hotel SCBD (in front of Pacific Place). It is part of the group Hakkasan which already operates two Omnia nightclubs in Las Vegas and San Diego. The one in Las Vegas is one the largest and most luxurious nightclubs in the world. Located inside the Caesar's Palace Hotel , Calvin Harris is one of its resident DJs and it is where Justin Bieber celebrated his 21st birthday. It is unlikely that Omnia Jakarta will attracts such VIPs, but it will certainly be a game-changer for the nightlife of the city. They will also open an Omnia day club in Bali in Alila Uluwatu.

Old City Nightclub and Karaoke (Jakarta)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Old City is a nightclub and karaoke located in North Jakarta, about 200 meters from the Fatahillah Museum and 500 meters from Colosseum . I had already visited it in 2009 when it was called Athena  and to be honest it hasn't changed much. It is a hardcore party spot with deafening techno music, a dark vibe and drugs aplenty. It is a bit dodgy, especially the surroundings, and you may bump into a few weird customers, but it is still safe to visit.

Jenja (Jakarta)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Located in Cilandak Town Square (CiToS), Jenja is the newest nightclub to open in Jakarta. They had their first public night on August 5th, 2016 with a set from the German DJ Oliver Huntemann. It is their second branch after Bali, where  Jenja  is currently one of the best nightclubs . On the island, it is popular with expats, particularly because of the music they play (electro/tech-house/techno, the kind you would hear in Berlin, see 12 DJs I Want To See in Jakarta ). Their design is nice as well but it is not the main reason for their success in my opinion.

Wu Bar & Club (PIK - Jakarta)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Wu is a bar and nightclub located in North Jakarta. Opened recently, it is one of the few proper nightlife venues in PIK (see my review PIK Nightlife ), a trendy area among young and affluent Indochinese. Wu is actually more of a lounge where most people sit down and drink until they get so drunk they start dancing. It is better to come with a group as you are very unlikely to meet anyone if you are by yourself (unless you get invited to a table). They also serve shisha.

K43 Bar and Club (Kemang)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Last Saturday (December 3rd 2016), I visited the club K43 in South Jakarta (K is for Kemang, 43 is the street number). I had already been several time to this location that was once called Second Floor , then SF Club, and then Hangover. The entrance fee was Rp100,000 and it included a drink. Not many people were inside and I guess that several customers were just friends of the owner/manager/PR. There were some hostesses as well, two of whom came to introduce themselves and chatted with us for a while. Apparently they have fashion shows and sexy dancers occasionally.

Revolution Vodka Party Bar (Lotte Mall, Jakarta)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Revolution Vodka Party Bar was developed by some of the people who launched  Red Square  in Senayan Arcadia a few years ago. It is located in Lotte Avenue Mall, next to their sister Mexican restaurant  Gonzo's Tex Mex Grill . For those who don't remember, Red Square was one of Jakarta's best bars/nightclubs for expats. It was wild, packed with hot girls with usually good DJs playing a mix of commercial and underground music. I personally had a lot of fun there and I was sad when it closed.

New Red Square Jakarta (2016)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
The Red Square  opened again on May 5th, 2016. It is located in Bank Panin building on Jalan Sudirman. That's behind STC Senayan and next to Locanta restaurant. I made the mistake to go to Panin Tower first which is next to Senayan City and not the right location.

Popular Mansion - Club and Bar (Jakarta)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Popular Mansion is a bar and nightclub located on Jalan Gatot Subroto, not far from Dragonfly Club . It is owned by the company who published Popular Magazine, a male magazine similar to FHM.  In case you don't know, many models in such magazines in Indonesia are very sweet and friendly, yet borderline prostitutes. If you flash your money around them, you have a big chance of getting a date and probably more. The cost is very high though as you will compete with some Indonesians loaded with cash and who are ready to spend hundreds of millions to satisfy their egos. They are actually mostly looking for rich boyfriends/husbands/sugar daddies, not one-night stands.

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.

Dragonfly Jakarta (Graha BIP) (Updated)

By The Jakarta Team →
Update September 2015: Dragonfly has just reopened after its second renovation. Here are the photos of the new club: The review below is from a few years ago but things haven't really changed. Dragonfly is now mostly a club with expats and the girls range from normal ones, models, executives.... and quite a lot of prostitutes too! For this reason, Dragonfly can be considered one of the top pick-up bars in Jakarta .

Marimba Night Club (Sentral Hotel)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Marimba "Diskotik" is a 100% local night club located in Central Jakarta. Due to the traffic in the area, it could take you more than one hour to reach it from Jalan Sudirman. Marimba is part of Sentral, a 4-star hotel heavily dependent on government officials on seminars and training. Surprisingly, all these people working for the government have not noticed that there is a club popular with recreational drug users and prostitutes in the same building they are sleeping in.