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De Leila (Arabic Nightclub) - FX Sudirman

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Update 24th October 2016: 17 Moroccan prostitutes were arrested in De Leila over the weekend, yet strangely no newspaper was mentioning the name of the club. This is the review I wrote about the venue in March 2016:

De Leila is an arabic nightclub located on the 8th floor of FX Sudirman, where Privé used to be. It is a popular party spot for tourists from the Middle East and particularly Saudis, Qatari and Emiratis. You have a few other nationalities such as Egyptians, Iranians, Turkish and Omanis. Even though most customers are Muslims, alcohol and prostitutes are widely available.

I had reviewed De Leila before when it was still in Putra Jasa on Jalan Gatot Subroto. You can see the original review here: De Leila Gatot Subroto.

Do you need a hotel near De Leila? Harris FX is walking distance and the price is affordable. You can compare the prices here: HotelsCombined.

The new De Leila was opened a year ago early 2015. It is still partly owned by the Ahmad Fahmy family (also behind Tanamur).

It is now more modern and spacious, with an upmarket feel. I have to warn you though that is a a place of prostitution, with at least 50 freelance working girls from Indonesia, China and Morocco (yes there are Moroccan prostitutes in Jakarta!). You will notice that many girls are plump while some are borderline obese. Many are very pretty though, better than in BATS, Blok M or CJs.

The music in De Leila is Arabic, either from their live band or from the DJ. It is best to book a sofa so you can enjoy the show with the best possible view. You can order shisha as well.

There is also a mezzanine with brand new pool tables and a second bar. There was no belly dancers when I visited but there are regular performances.

The entrance fee is Rp125,000 and it includes one free draught beer.

I shot this video inside of their beautiful and sexy belly dancer (apparently from Uzbekistan):
De Leila Arabic Nightclub
FX Mall Sudirman 8th Floor (You have a dedicated entrance in the lobby of FX)
Jalan Jendral Sudirman Pintu Satu Senayan
Jakarta 10270

Phone number: +6221 2555 4489
Email: claudyasti@yahoo.com

Facebook: Arab Bar Jakarta
Website: DeLeila

Opening Hours:
Every day from 7pm to 4am (from 5pm on Saturday and Sunday)

Cherry Spa, Bar & KTV (Grand Wijaya)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Cherry is a spa, bar and karaoke located in the Grand Wijaya complex, an area with several other naughty massage parlours and karaokes such as Fortune, D'Heaven and Delta. It is popular with Japanese/Korean expats and it is walking distance from the budget hotel Amaris Panglima Polim 2 and the 4-star property The 101 Sedayu.

There is another Cherry Spa in North Jakarta, in Lokasari to be precise, that I once reviewed here: Cherry Lokasari.

The concept is similar to the Lokasari branch: It is a naughty, girlie club with about 20 masseuses and 10 lady companions. Most of them are hanging out in a lounge where a DJ/live band is playing. As you enter the place, they will offer (through a mamasan) to join your table and they'll get a cut on the drinks you buy. What they really want though is to be taken either to the room for a massage/sex or to the karaoke.

You may also refuse to be accompanied and enjoy just watching the girls. The alcohol is rather cheap (large bintang for Rp50,000) and on weekends you have sexy dancers/costume nights.

You can pass on the lounge and visit the spa directly. It has a small sauna, a cold & hot pool and a jacuzzi. One of their specialty is the bikini massage that costs Rp450,000 net (all-in) for 90 minutes. You can get a cheaper massage (Thai style, shiatsu, traditional) at Rp250,000 (without sex).

The karaoke has 3 kinds of rooms (Standard, VIP, Suite with bed). To use them for 5 hours, you need to spend at least Rp750,000 for the Standard room and at least Rp2,000,000 for the Suite. If you want girls to accompany you, you'll need to pay between Rp500,000 and Rp600,000 for each.

Opening hours:
Open Every Day
Massage parlour from 10am to 11pm
Karaoke and bar from 10am to 2am

Cherry Spa GranWi
Jl. Wijaya II komplek Grand Wijaya Center Blok E No 14 - 15 Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta Selatan
Phone number: 0217223289 081218880837
BB Pin: 53B98EFB

Website: Cherry GranWi and Cherry (Group)
Instagram: Cherry Angels (pictures of the girls), Cherry Jakarta (Lokasari), Cherry Grand Wijaya
Twitter: Cherry GranWi

Kota Indah Jakarta - Red Light Area in North Jakarta

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Kota Indah is the name of a small red light area with around 10 bars, clubs, spas and karaokes in North Jakarta. It is located in a street perpendicular to Jalan Pangeran Jayakarta in Glodok. For this reason, it is sometimes referred to as Pang-J or Pen-J.

This is a map of the exact location (Kota Indah streets are highlighted in green):
It is walking distance (10 minutes by foot) from Station Kota which can easily be reached with Transjakarta buses. You can also sleep in nearby hotels such as Ibis Mangga Dua, Best Western Mangga Dua, Le Grandeur or Orchardz (that includes a naughty spa).

The visitors of Kota Indah are almost all Indonesians, usually older than average. They come to do 3 things: Drink alcohol, listen to music (sometimes sing along) and have sex with prostitutes.

Most of the venues have a similar concept of bar + massage. The ground floor is typically a lounge with either a DJ or live music, and girls waiting in sofas. After you sit down, a mamasan will come to your table and ask if you want to be accompanied by a girl while you drink. This is free but it is expected that you buy at least a drink to your lady companion. Upstairs, there are private rooms where you can bring the girl (for a price between Rp300,000 and Rp350,000 paid in advance + a tip of Rp50,000 to Rp100,000). It is not compulsory to be with a girl, you can just sit alone like in any normal bar if that's what you are looking for. You can also go straight to the room and skip the bar. Note that in most bars, the massage is not a real one, it is just sex.

The most famous venue on the street is Grand MTR 1 (MTR 2 is in Kelapa Gading) in which you have live music (Indonesian and International songs) and sexy nude dancers. Other venues include Royal Massage, Sari Ayu Spa, Astro Bar, Grand LA Bar and a few others.

Kota Indah is a bit more dodgy than famous prostitution centers like Classic or Travel, but it is still clean and comfortable. Foreigners are welcome, but don't do anything stupid as the whole street is managed by a gang (Laskar Merah Putih).

Peach Blossom -Massage, Karaoke, Lounge - North Jakarta (Bandengan)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Peach Blossom is a girlie bar, karaoke and spa (read "brothel") located in North Jakarta. It is within a tiny red-light complex with a few other massage parlors such as Dunia Sehat. It is not a very touristic area and you only have one hotel nearby, the Grand Asia (that has a karaoke as well).

Peach Blossom belongs to the same group as Cherry Spa in Lokasari and Grand Wijaya. It is targeting a lower class of customers though, with cheaper prices and basic facilities.

The massage in Deluxe room costs Rp140,000 and in VIP room Rp160,000. "Extra" services will cost you an additional tip.

The DJs in the lounge play local house music. There may be a few people dancing, including the lady companions, but most of the time people are just sitting. You will have sexy dancers on weekends.

Peach Blossom Jakarta
Jalan Bandengan Raya, Ruko Robinson 82
Penjaringan, North Jakarta

Phone number: +62 (0) 8 13 11 21 24 34 or 08 98 88 87 068
BB Pin: 547B14B9  /2AB9ED5F

Facebook: Peach Blossom

Blok M (Jalan Falatehan)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
My previous visit to Jalan Falatehan was 3 years ago, during a memorable pub crawl, the Blok-M-thon. Last week (June 2011) was more healthy, but I still managed to visit each venues (except Highway to Elle). My objective was to see if there was any update that could be made to this blog.

For those unaware of the name, Jalan Falatehan is one of the two main red-light areas in South Jakarta (the other one being "Little Tokyo"). It is not very long, about 200 meters, and you'll find less than 10 bars, usually owned by foreigners.

Here is a quick list, by order of appearance:
  • Sportsmans: A sports bar, no girls, only for chatting, drinking beer, and watching sports
  • Everest: An easy-going bar, with a few girls and few clients. Mostly regular customers
  • D's place: The most trashy place in Blok M, with usually a lot of girls, striptease and gogo dancers, just like in Pattaya
  • My Bar: A bar packed with girls of all ages and shapes, at least 50 of them, and less than 10 male customers, all expats (double those figures during the weekend).
  • Maxi Bar: Empty but good food, they have about 6 waitresses/hostesses, dressed to kill. It stands where the now defunct One Tree Bar used to be.
  • Oscar's Pub: Live music, mostly Indonesian crowd, they have some house music now but it was empty at the time of my visit. For regulars only.
  • Guitar String: Not bad, there was a good live band and the waitresses were extra-friendly. A dozen girls there and Indonesian customers only. 
  • Top Gun: The best bar in the street, with a lot of people, a party atmosphere and live music. Your best choice if you are a newcomer to Blok M.

    In three years, the only changes I noticed were:
    Generally speaking, it isn't much different: You have that same old disturbing mix of prostitutes, beggars, children, street sellers,  crooked taxis and security guards waiting for you outside every bars to ask something from you. The street is still dirty, and so are most of the bars.

    The only big advice you need to hear is to not take a taxi directly right on Jalan Falatehan, they cannot be trusted. Instead, walk 50 meters until you reach the main road, then take a Blue Bird or an Express taxi.
      I wished I had more to talk about, I'll be back in three years for a new review. For any questions you may have, please leave a comment.

      For an updated article about nightlife in Jakarta in 2014, please visit this link: Jakarta Nightlife Update 2014

      Starmoon Bar and Massage (Kota Indah)

      By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
      Starmoon Café, Massage and Bar is a prostitution place located in the red light district of Kota IndahNearby hotels include Ibis Mangga DuaBest Western Mangga DuaLe Grandeur and Orchardz (also a bordello actually).

      The owner of Star Moon was the owner of several joints in the now-closed Kalijodo area (Mona Lisa, River Citra, etc). Many of the girls used to work there actually, which would indicate that contrary to what Ahok promised, they haven't been successfully rehabilitated.

      The concept of the café is rather simple: There are some girls sitting down (aquarium as in picture above) and you can choose one to accompany you for drinks. You can also ask a mamasan for help. On the stage, you either have a live band, sexy nude dancers (on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night from midnight to 1am) or a DJ. Some customers may sing a song as well.

      If you want to do more, you can take the girl you chose to a room. You'll pay Rp330,000 for one hour. When finished, you should give a tip (Rp50,000-Rp100,000).

      The prices for drinking are rather cheap, from Rp45,000 for a small Bintang to Rp275,000 for a beer tower.

      Star Moon Bar and Massage
      Kota Indah - Jalan Pangeran Jayakarta,
      North Jakarta

      Phone number: 021 629 3259

      Opening Hours:
      Everyday from 3pm to 3am
      Happy Hour from 4pm to 8pm: -15%

      Su International Business Club and Karaoke (Senayan)

      By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
       
      Su is one of the largest karaokes in South Jakarta. It is located in STC Senayan on the 5th floor (the now-closed Hyu Karaoke was on the 7th floor). It targets mostly Korean customers.

      It is clean and modern, but not as luxurious as other karaokes like Paragon. The main attraction here are the 150 girls that can accompany you in your room while you sing. In particular, if you ask for 2 or more LCs (Lady Companion), you can request them to wear a kimono or sexy lingerie. They won't have any bras then. Depending on how much you tip the girls or how drunk they are, you may do some kissing and groping. Some girls may be willing to go home with you after they finish their work but it's not automatic. Most are looking for a boyfriend or at least a sugar daddy.

      Prices are rather expensive. You can expect to pay at least Rp600,000 per person including alcohol and a LC. Tips to the girl between Rp200,000 and Rp300,000.

      See the drink list below:
      Su International Business Club
      Executive Lounge and Karaoke
      STC Mall Senayan, 5th Floor
      Jalan Asia Afrika, Jakarta 10270
      Phone number: +62 (0) 21 5793 17 00

      Instagram: SU Karaoke Jakarta
      Website: SU VIP

      The Far Away Nightlife of Tanjung Priok (North Jakarta)

      By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
      In 10 years in Jakarta, I had never been to Tanjung Priok at night. For those who don't know, Tanjung Priok is located in the extreme North of the city and it is home to the city's main harbour. It is not a very recommended area to hangout. Don't bring your girlfriend here on a date.

      Anyway, we were actually planning to go to Senen from Kelapa Gading, but our taxi driver was tricky and he tried to extend our journey (and fare) with him.

      My friend looked at his GPS and it was clear that we were completely off-track, going North West instead of going South East.

      We started to argue and after a little fight with him, he dropped us off at the corner of Jalan Laksamana Yos Sudarso and Jalan Raya Enggano.
      We were waiting for a new taxi back home, when we saw there were several bars, clubs and massage parlours in that area. I suggested we had a quick look as we had little chance to ever come here again.

      We started our visit by the karaoke and massage parlour of the hotel MH Sepinggan, which surprisingly is not listed on TripAdvisor or Booking.com.
      The back entrance of the Hotel MH Sepinggan
      Finding the karaoke was a real challenge
      The facilities of the rooms include a floor, a ceiling, and 4 walls. The lock on the door is optional.

      The karaoke was very quiet. It is a lounge with sofas and a big screen, nothing special. Some girls were waiting a bit everywhere in the hotel.

      We then decide to visit all the bars of the street, which took us about 2 hours as there were about 15 of them.

      To be honest, they are all very similar, they are dark, smokey and there are a lot of prostitutes. Their sizes vary, the biggest and most busy is probably Monalisa Café. The music is either live band playing dangdut and Indonesian favourites, or clubbing music that I like to call Techno Kota (but is also known as Funky House or Dangdut House).
      Cafe Dream
      Metropolitan
      Monalisa Café (the best club in the Street)
      Moonlight Cafe
      Tu' Mou Tou (A Manadonese Cafe - The customers are mostly seamen from Sulawesi)
      Inside Tu' Mou Tou café
      Morena Café and Navigator
      Celebrating a birthday in Morena Cafe
      Santana Cafe
      We ended up for a last Bintang in Morena Café, which was a very friendly place. There was a birthday for one of the customers on that evening and we were invited to share a piece of the cake. We also had the privilege of being interviewed by the MC of the evening, who shed a tear when we left.

      Overall: Excellent evening but I will probably not go back. It can be a way to experience a different side of Jakarta nightlife if you live in the North of the city. Be careful though it didn't seem like a super safe neighboroud (even though everyone was welcoming).

      Where?:
      Bars, Cafés, Clubs, Discos of Jalan Enggano
      Jalan Enggano Raya
      Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta 14330

      The only phone numbers I could find were the ones of Monalisa Café: +62-21 43932507 and of MH Sepinggan Hotel +62-21 4352222.

      If you are interested in local Jakarta nightlife venues, you may want to read on Jakarta100bars: Pasar Rumput Nightlife and KSC 117.