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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.

Bouncers in Jakarta take their jobs very seriously. If you are not dressed appropriately, you will be refused no matter how much money you are about to spend. Girls should always wear high-heels. Men should not wear a t-shirt or a torn jean.

Unfortunately, the quality of the music is not the focus in Jakarta. In most clubs below except Mille's, the playlist is similar and consists of a mix of mostly famous, mainstream international hits. You have an international DJ playing almost every weekend in Jakarta though. In this case, the music is more likely to be original.

If those 10 clubs are not enough, I invite you to read my list of Jakarta's Best Bars. Most of these have a DJ on Fridays and Saturdays.

Quick introduction to Jakarta nightlife: Read my article Jakarta Nightlife 2016 Explained in 500 Words.

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Jenja
Jenja is the newest and currently most happening nightclub in Jakarta. It is the second Jenja to open in Indonesia following the success of the Seminyak branch. Well-designed yet not overly luxurious, it is the first nightclub in the city to specialize in non-commercial techno music. Their first guest DJs were Oliver Huntemann, MANDY and Marc Romboy. The crowd in Jenja is quite eclectic, mixing expats, students and socialites. There aren't that many girls, at least not as much as in Immigrant or X2.

Note that Jenja is located in South Jakarta (Cilandak), a 30-minute drive from the city center. If you need a cheap hotel nearby, I recommend you Midtown Residence.

Immigrant
Even though Immigrant is not as good as it used to be before its renovation, it is still one of Jakarta's top party places. It has a small dance floor usually full of expats and sexy local girls. Prices are slightly above Dragonfly for individual drinks, but they give you a drink with the entrance fee. Music is hip hop, EDM, Top 40, Rn'B depending on the night. Great for pick-up.

It is located inside the Mall Plaza Indonesia, which is the best area for staying in Jakarta.


Dragonfly
Dragonfly has the nicest interior design of any nightclubs in Jakarta (and even Indonesia). It has a good crowd, though almost half of the girls are hookers or semi-pros hunting rich expats. The entrance fee is stupidly expensive, Rp200,000 without a drink. Book a table to avoid this if you come with a group. Their best night is on Wednesday. They have strict door policy: Dress well and if you look young, don't forget to bring an ID.

Jakarta's SCBD is the best area in the city for a fun night out. The massive Empirica is always as fun and popular, I love their 50m long bar, the chic crowd and the great sound-system. More than half the crowd is Indo-Chinese. Entrance is usually around Rp100,000 with a drink.

Mille's (CLOSED)
Mille's is an unusual choice and most people I know don't like it. Still, it is the only decent underground club in the city, and the best place to visit after hour. Be warned that for most people partying in Mille's, the only cocktail they need is ecstasy and water. The best time to visit is after 7am. Entrance is between Rp50,000 and Rp100,000 (with soft drink).

Update October 2016: Mille's has been shut down, guess for which reason? Drugs.

Colosseum is the best nightclub in Jakarta on the paper: The best layout, the best sound and lighting system and some of the best events. Yet, the crowd is mostly static and not very fun to hang out with. Many girls are probably escorts from the karaoke. It is also quite far from the City center. First drink charge around Rp200,000.

X2 is the favorite nightclub of many clubbers in Jakarta. If you are a 20-something foreigner looking to meet an Indonesian girl (and vice versa), it is certainly your best choice. The entrance and the drinks are expensive (FDC Rp200,000). One room has hip-hop/Rn'B and one is for Trance/EDM lovers.


If you are between 18 and 22, Fable could be your hottest party spot. You have all the cool kids from high school getting drunk with dad's money, which is even nicer when you get invited to a table. It is just below Lucy in the Sky. Entrance: Rp150,000 (FDC).

Blowfish was just renovated in 2014 during Ramadan. Since it reopened, it has managed to attract Jakarta's best crowd (particularly Indochinese in their early 20s). Recent guest DJs include Dirty South, Fat Boy Slim or Richie Hawtin.

5-year old Domain Club can have some great nights, but it is inconsistent. It is cheaper than most clubs mentioned above so you will find more relaxed people. Few expats. Recent events included a performance by the porn star Sasha Grey.

Golden Crown is a typical North Jakarta nightclub with a high level of drugs and prostitution. It is almost always crowded, mostly with Indonesians. It is a sure bet if you want to go clubbing during weekdays and if you don't mind its seedy side. Huge karaoke.

Illigals (Voyeur Club)
Illigals is very rarely crowded. Forget it during the week unless they have a big name coming. Still, it deserves to be in the Top 10 because they have a decent list of events. Many DJs from Stadium are now playing in Illigals too. The karaoke is very popular after hour because it is protected from the police.

Need more clubbing ideas? Check Exodus, Nebula , Foundry 8 (similar with Fable but more easy going), Potato Head Garage (only good if they have events). All of them are usually busy on Friday and Saturday nights and they have special events on a regular basis.

Photo credit: Main photo Chris Seward - Other Photos from Facebook.

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.

The group Hakkasan is a bit mysterious and it has been making the headlines recently. Based in London but owned by members of Abu Dhabi's royal family, it has been accused of being financed by money from Malaysia's development fund 1MDB.

The group Alila is not new to the nightlife scene: It is presumably the owner of Illigals and Sparks, two famous venues in North Jakarta. Another person probably involved in Omnia is Tomy Winata who does not need any introduction. First, he is the owner of the land in SCBD. Second, he is connected to Hakkasan through the casino group MGM: Hakkasan is a shareholder of MGM Hospitality, which is a potential candidate to manage the Signature tower of Tomy Winata.

More information: You can check their website Omnia Nightclub.

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.

There is only one main room which is quite big and decorated with a classic Roman style. The karaoke is rather old but it is affordable. It has lady companions and the waiters probably sell more ecstasy than beer.

I saw some flyers about sexy dancers and topless female DJs but they didn't seem to be updated and I'm not sure the events still happen today.

While I would not have recommended this place a few months ago, I would say it could be an alternative to the now-defunct Mille's. If only they could have more Western music it would be perfect as an after hour underground nightclub.

Opening Hours:
Everyday until 6AM (according to the security guard who told me)

Old City - One Stop Entertainment
Jalan Kali Besar Barat No.22, Tambora, West Jakarta, Indonesia
Phone number: +62 812-9377-0699

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.

I hope they will be successful as this could be a game changer for Jakarta nightlife. It would be the only nightclub in South Jakarta that does not play commercial music (EDM, house, Rn'B, etc).

I'm a bit skeptical about their location though. To be successful, they need a trendy crowd that Cilandak may not have. You have expats and rich Indonesians, but mostly families. I wonder if the people who currently party in SCBD/Mega Kuningan will accept driving 30 minutes to Cilandak. Or maybe I'm underestimating the clubbing crowd in South Jakarta?

We will know the answer soon. Please leave a comment if you have partied in Jenja. I'm not in Jakarta until September so I won't be able to visit it until then unfortunately!

Jenja (Jakarta)
Town Square Cilandak (CiToS)
2nd Floor, 1 Jalan TB. Simatupang, Kav. 17
Jakarta, Indonesia 12430

Email: reservationsjkt@clubjenja.com or infojkt@clubjenja.com
Phone number: +62 822 1181 3383

Website: Club Jenja

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.

The current schedule is the following:
- Old school music, rap and Rn'B on Monday
- Acoustic nights on Tuesday
- Ladies' night on Wednesday (girls get free shots if they come before 11pm)
- Trap, hip-hop and Rn'b nights on Thursday
- Live music followed by DJ on Friday and Saturday
- Progressive, house and trance DJ on Sunday

Overall: Recommended if you are under 25, staying in Pantai Indah Kapuk, and part of a group.

Opening Hours:
Every day from 7pm to 4am

Wu Bar & Club
Rukan Crown Golf blok D8-10,
Jl. Marina Indah Raya 
Pantai Indah kapuk - North Jakarta

Email: wubar.pik@gmail.com
Phone number: 08 77 81 43 6393 / 08 5711 888 187

Instagram: Wu Jakarta

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.

The music was commercial EDM, nothing really special. Drinks were rather expensive for Kemang at Rp100,000 for a whisky coke.

The only thing I liked was the set up of K43 which is quite intimate and modern. They also have a cool LED light display on the ceiling.

Overall: Not really worth it, it is better to go to Tipsy, Venue, 999 or Nu China if you want to party in Kemang.

K43 Pub and Club
Jalan Kemang Raya No.43A
Bangka, Mampang Prapatan, South Jakarta

Phone number: 082211767657
Email: k43.bar@gmail.com

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.

Revolution Vodka Party Bar is targeting the same crowd with the same recipe. It is a fun place for partying, with the same central table/podium where people can mingle and dance as the night gets wilder. The staff is friendly and welcoming, very different from the PRs and bouncers that you get in places like Dragonfly or X2. Revolution is upmarket, but not pretentious and snob.

You have several packages if you plan on booking a sofa, starting Rp3,000,000++ including 3 bottles of Vodka (among which one Absolut Elyx Premium Vodka) and snacks. If you prefer drinking "à la carte", cocktails costs around Rp100k-Rp110k net and a local Bintang beer Rp50k.

They have a special event or promo almost every night. The most interesting is the ladies' night on Wednesdays. On that day, they have bikini dancers and girls get free cocktails from 9pm to midnight.

It is most busy on weekends but it's worth visiting during the week as well to enjoy great promotions. On Monday for instance you get a buy 1 get 1 free on Absolut cocktails.

You can get more details on their facebook or website below.

Revolution Vodka Party Bar (Jakarta)
Lotte Mall - Shopping Avenue LG No. 58, Ciputra World 1,
Jalan Prof Dr. Satrio Kav 3-5, Kuningan, Jakarta, Indonesia 12940

Phone number (bookings, sofas, table reservation): +62 (0) 21 2988 8986
Email: reservations@revolution-jakarta.com, socialmedia@revolution-jakarta.com

For events, party photos and latest informations, you can check:
Facebook: Revolution Jakarta
Instagram: Revo Jakarta
Website: Revolution Bar Lotte

Opening Hours:
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday from 4.30pm to 1am
Wednesday and Thursday from 4.30pm to 3am
Friday and Saturday from 4.30pm to 4am

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.

Since Red Square closed, some crucial members of the original team have left to create Revolution in Lotte Mart. The new Red Square was developed by the owners of the brand only. They changed the design significantly, removing the main podium and adding a restaurant on the side.

I visited at 2am on Friday, May 6th, just one day after opening. It is in a basement with no windows. The entrance fee was a ridiculous Rp150,000. A shame considering the place was empty. The design is OK but I don't think it will be enough to attract people.

The music was progressive/house, typical of Red Square. Good sound system. I left after a few minutes as it was not really happening. I'll try to be back in a few weeks to see how it goes.

Overall: Wait and see. The current best things about Red Square are its location and its name. If it manages to get a decent crowd, it could be a good pre-party spot just next to X2. They could use the underground vibe to play some different kind of music like Minimal or European-style electro.

New Red Square Jakarta 2016
Bank Panin LG (behind the McDonalds in Senayan, before Ratu Plaza)
Jalan Sudirman, Central Jakarta

Phone number: +62 (0) 21 7278 96 07/08
Fax: +62 (0) 21 7278 9605

Instagram: RedSquare_JKT

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.

Popular Mansion is usually not really happening except when they have special events with Popular girls. During those events, you can be introduced to the girls you like if you ask one of the waiters or the manager. Show you have money and you're about 80% sure to get a number (if she came alone and if she is single).

If you visit during a normal day, most likely you will see just a few groups of people but not more.

They also serve your usual Western-Indonesian popular dishes like pasta, nasi goreng, sandwiches, fish and chips, cordon bleu, etc. Average taste but cheap prices. They are open for lunch and dinner. Unless you stay nearby, I don't really see any reasons to go to Popular Mansion for eating.

Overall: I think you should check their schedule on their facebook or instagram page below. If you see a special event with dancers or fashion show, you can give it a try, otherwise it's best to avoid. Another reason to visit is that they have rather cheap prices, especially if you take 2 or 3 bottles. Please see the prices on their website below.

Opening Hours:
Restaurant from 10am to 9pm
Bar and club from 10pm to 3am

POPULAR Mansion - Restaurant, Bar and Club
Menara Global Ground Floor
Jalan Gatot Subroto Kav.27, South Jakarta

Phone number: 08 52 88 88 11 68 
Website: Popular Mansion

If you want to see pictures of hot and pretty girls, you can check: Sexiest FHM Models Indonesia and Sexiest FHM Models Philippines.

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.