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Guide to the SHVR Ground Festival 2018 (with Discount Codes)

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The SHVR Ground Festival 2018 is the most exciting dance music festival so far this year in Jakarta. It will take place in the Allianz Eco Park, Ancol, on May 4th and 5th, 2018. In this review, I will tell you everything you need to do about it: Which artists will attend, where to stay nearby, how to buy tickets (with discount), and how to prepare for the D-Day. Don't hesitate to leave a comment at the end of this article if you need more information! Artists Line Up: The line-up confirmed for this year's event features some of the world's most famous DJs and composers on the EDM and Trance scene. There are also several up-and-coming artists, some of them that you should follow closely like the band FKJ (French Kiwi Juice). Here are some of the names, along with videos of their most famous songs: Alan Walker (DJ Mag No. 17 Best DJ in the World) Nicky Romero  (DJ Mag No. 50 Best DJ in the World) Gareth Emery Disclosure  (DJ Ma

Jakarta Nightlife 2018: Best Bars, Clubs, Spas and Hotels

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This Jakarta nightlife review is an update to my 2015 article and it should cover any questions you may have about partying in Jakarta in 2018. If you are a first-time visitor, you might also be interested with my  Jakarta Travel Guide . Nightlife Areas There are so many nightlife areas in Jakarta that it can be confusing even for residents.

Where to Party in Jakarta - Nightlife Areas + Hotels

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If you are wondering where you can party in Jakarta, this review will guide you through all the most famous nightlife areas in the city. You can also read 10 Best Nightclubs in Jakarta  and Where to Stay in Jakarta for more detailed information. I've circled in blue  two main areas: South Jakarta and North Jakarta. Each has its own characteristics: • South Jakarta is the most modern part of the city, with plenty of skyscrapers, luxury malls and upmarket houses. Naturally, this is where you will find the most high-end nightclubs and bars in Jakarta. Expats and rich Indonesians will normally party there.

50 Best Bars in Jakarta (2018)

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The following article is an update on the most happening bars in Jakarta as of 2017. I visited them at least once this year and I'm ranking them starting with my favorites. You can just click on the name of each bar to see my full review (if I have one). For more information about where to drink in Jakarta, you can also read: Jakarta Nightlife Explained in 500 Words 10 Best Nightclubs in Jakarta Where to Party in Jakarta? Best Beer Garden and Beer Houses in Jakarta Best Expat Bars in Jakarta 20 Best Happy Hours and Ladies Nights in Jakarta Currently, my favorite bars in Jakarta are:

Jakarta Nightlife: Top 10 Nightclubs (Updated 2018)

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"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 Guide 2017 , 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.

10 Best Bars Near Grand Indonesia / Plaza Indonesia (Central Jakarta)

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The area near the malls Grand Indonesia and Plaza Indonesia, around the iconic Bunderan Hotel Indonesia (Hotel Indonesia roundabout) is one of the most strategic to meet friends for drinks and party in Jakarta. It is also an ideal location for inviting someone on a date. The main reason for that is that it is positioned in the center of the city, along Jalan Sudirman- Jalan Thamrin, its most important thoroughfare. It is therefore easy to reach, either by private car or by public transportation (Transjakarta and soon, the MRT). It is no surprise that I rated it the best area to stay in Jakarta . Naturally, you can find plenty of activities and businesses there, including 5-star hotels, luxury malls, prestigious office buildings, and, of course, a lively nightlife. In this article, I will review my top 10 favorite bars and clubs in Grand Indonesia / Plaza Indonesia. Please don't hesitate to leave a comment if you think I forgot an important venue. Greyhound (Spons

15 Best Bars and Nightclubs in SCBD - Pacific Place (Jakarta)

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SCBD is the most happening nightlife area in Jakarta at the moment. This is where you will find the hippest bars and clubs, especially those that are popular with young (and rich) Indonesians in their early twenties. The main reason for this success is the central location of SCBD, combined with the presence of a high-class mall (Pacific Place), prestigious offices (banks and financial institutions especially), and 5-star hotels ( Ritz-Carlton ). Another factor is that all the land in SCBD belongs to the Artha Graha group. This conglomerate is owned by the controversial Tomy Winata who is known to have a keen interest in nightlife. As such, he probably has shares in most of the bars listed below, particularly those located in the Fairgrounds complex (Lucy in the Sky, Fable, etc). Back in the 1980s, this spot was already a huge party destination called Bengkel Night Park, said to be the largest one-stop-entertainment complex in the world. Older expats would tell you that anyth

10 Best Nightclubs to Meet Indonesian Girls in Jakarta

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Going to nightclubs is one of the best ways to meet Indonesian girls. It is a bit more challenging than  online dating  because you need to know what are the best venues and the best days to be successful. You must also be careful to differentiate between the "normal" girls, the prostitutes, and the professional girlfriends. The latter category are all the ladies who make a living from having one or several boyfriends. Depending on what you are looking for, they can be either a great target or something to avoid. Don't like Meeting Girls from Nightclubs? Read 10 Best Dating Sites and Apps in Indonesia . Wednesday is the absolute best day for partying in Jakarta. It is cheaper, less crowded, and many nightclubs have ladies night. This means the percentage of good girls will be higher than usual. Also, you have less competition from other guys, as there are less of those tourists/travelers who come for the weekend from Singapore / Kuala Lumpur looking for one-night

Top 10 Striptease and Sexy Dancer Shows in Jakarta in 2018

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Yes, even in self-righteous Indonesia you will find more strip clubs and sexy dancers than in most other Asian countries. Sure Bangkok has its fair share of gogo bars, but women there rarely go full nude in public. In Jakarta, you have dozens of places with daily naked shows for a male public, obviously, to enjoy. Remember that you are in Jakarta, not in Hollywood. Don't expect a spectacular striptease show with pole dancing, synchronized choreographies and splits, it is usually pretty basic. In most places, you can also book the stripper for a private dance and more depending on the size of your wallet. In all those places, the dancers usually try to get customers to buy them ladies' drinks after they've finished their routine. The price for a drink is between 50k and 100k. If you buy one, you will just get a thank you. If you buy at least 3, you will get a short lap dance. If you buy more than 3, you won't get much more.  The huge majority of those venues

Jakarta: 12 Cheap Bars for Backpackers / Students

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Clubbing in Jakarta is almost always expensive, especially if you are a heavy drinker. For most high-end nightclubs and bars, the prices are approximately as follow (on weekends): - Entrance fee : Between IDR200,000 and IDR300,000 (usually waived if you book a table or a sofa) - Beer Bintang : IDR70,000 net - Classic cocktail : IDR150,000 net - Bottle of Whisky with 2 mixers: IDR1,500,000 net - Standing round table for 4 people : You must spend a minimum amount between IDR2,000,000 and IDR4,000,000 on drinks and food. - Sofa for 4 people : You must spend a minimum amount between IDR3,000,000 and IDR5,000,000 on drinks and food. Typically, when I go out in Jakarta, I spend about IDR2,000,000 ($140) per night from dinner until sleep. And I don't consider myself a big spender, on the contrary. If you are a backpacker, an expat on a budget, or a student, you are probably wondering how you can party without emptying your bank account. In this article, I will give you

New Year Eve 2017 / 2018 in Jakarta

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Spending your New Year's Eve 2017-2018 in Jakarta is actually not a bad idea, especially if you compare it with the alternative of going to Bali. Bali during New Year is crazy expensive (expect hotel prices in Kuta to triple at least), overcrowded even by Jakarta standards, and worst of all: Rainy. I spent 2 NYE there in 2012 and 2014 and they were each disappointing. The only thing that I liked was the fireworks on the beach. In 2016, I decided to stay in Jakarta for the holiday season, including Christmas. The city was much more livable than usual during the day (much less traffic) and there were great parties almost every night before and after New Year. The city also organizes several fireworks that you can watch from your hotel room, from the street or from a rooftop restaurant . Where to Watch the Fireworks on New Year Eve? Fireworks in Ancol on 31st December 2015 The official locations for the NYE fireworks are Ancol, Taman Mini, the Hotel Indonesia Roun

Guide to the Djakarta Warehouse Project (DWP) - 2018 Update

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The Djakarta Warehouse Project (DWP) is an electronic dance music festival happening every December in Jakarta. In 2017, it will happen on 15 and 16 December. It used to be in Ancol but it has now moved to  JiExpo in Kemayoran . It is organized by Ismaya, an Indonesian lifestyle group behind some famous nightclubs and bars like Dragonfly, Skye, Blowfish or Social House. It is also heavily sponsored by all kinds of brands and particularly cigarette manufacturers. It is a mainstream event featuring mostly commercial DJs who play commercial EDM, Trance and Techno. Many of the world's most famous DJs have participated in DWP in the past few years, among which Tiesto, Skrillex, David Guetta, Martin Garrix, Axwell, Avicii and Calvin Harris.  DWP often happens on the same weekend as Zoukout in Singapore. Both festivals share a very similar line-up and concept: The DJs who play on Friday in Jakarta will often play on Saturday in Singapore and vice versa. It is probably a way to

Happy Hours, Free Flows and Ladies Nights in Jakarta (2018)

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This article is an update on all the promotions (Happy Hours, Ladies Nights, All-You-Can-Drink) that the best bars in Jakarta are currently offering. The deals may change over time so I added the Facebook or Instagram of each venue for you to double check. In general, Wednesdays and Thursdays are the best nights to drink cheap in Jakarta (especially if you are a woman). If you are on a really tight budget, you can get a few bottles delivered to your home too (Read:  How to Buy Alcohol Online in Jakarta ). Here are some of the best happy hours, free flow deals and ladies nights in Jakarta in 2017:

9 Best Things to Do at Night in Jakarta

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I recently wrote about the best things to do in Jakarta . In the following review, I will be more specific and focus on night-time activities. A cliché used to describe Jakarta is that of "a city that never sleeps." While this could apply to any major capitals in the world, I think it is particularly accurate here. There is always some kind of life in Jakarta, whatever the time and whatever the location. It is quite logical considering the city has one of the highest population densities in the world. Another reason is that there are a lot of Indonesians working long shifts or night shifts, especially small business owners and independent workers. As long as money can be made, they won't close shop or go home. This is why you can always get food, cigarettes or a taxi ride at any time of the night. For the traveler, the advantage of this situation is that there are a lot of things to do at night. Even better, if you go out after 9pm, you'll also enjoy less tr

7 Best Bars in Cilandak - TB Simatupang - Lebak Bulus

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In recent years, the area of Cilandak/TB Simatupang/Lebak Bulus (South Jakarta) has seen tremendous development, with skyscrapers sprouting like mushrooms in what is now considered Jakarta's second business district. This trend will likely continue as the largest MRT station in Jakarta is currently being built in Lebak Bulus. Some major multinational companies have relocated there, especially those from the oil and gas sector. They are drawn mainly by the cheaper prices and by the strategic location between the airport and Bekasi. It is also convenient for expats due to the proximity of most international schools. As a result of all these, the nightlife in Cilandak/TB Simatupang/Lebak Bulus has improved. You have enough interesting venues to save yourself a trip to SCBD when you are in the mood for partying. Below are my 7 most recommended venues to go to in this area:

11 Best Bars to Meet Expats in Jakarta

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The expat population in Jakarta has always been limited, both because of government regulations and because of the lack of attractiveness of the city. My guess is that if it wasn't for Indonesian girls, there would probably be close to zero foreigners around. The upside of this situation is that the expat community is compact and rather friendly. It is easy to meet people as long as you are willing to socialize in the right places. To help you with that, the following article will give you a list of the best bars in Jakarta to meet other expats. Note: If you are single, you may want to meet Indonesian girls instead. Check my article Best Dating Websites in Indonesia for that. Eastern Promise (Kemang) Live music in EP Kemang Also called EP, Eastern Promise is certainly the most famous expat bar in Jakarta. It has 4 distinct rooms: A small bar, a restaurant (serving Indian and British dishes), a sports café and a beer garden with live music. Weekends are pack

6 Best Sports Bars in Jakarta

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Indonesians are really crazy about sports, and particularly football and moto racing. Even in remote locations, you will meet taxi drivers and shop keepers who know about your favorite team more than you do. Most of all, they love to cheer together or "nonton bareng" as they call it. This is why you will find at least a TV with sports in almost every bar in Jakarta (and even inside nightclubs sometimes).  If you are interested in watching sports that are more popular among the expat crowd (Rugby, AFL, NFL, NBA, MLB, etc...), it is probably best to visit a proper sports bar. There are several in the city, many of which are located in the South (Kemang, Mega Kuningan). My 5 favourite venues for watching sports in Jakarta are the following: Masters Sports Bar (Bellagio Mall) Opened in 2015, Masters is one of the newest sports bars in Jakarta. It is owned by a group of expats (and one Indonesian) that you are likely to meet at their bar on weekend nights. Th

Jakarta Nightlife Explained in Less Than 500 Words

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I've written dozens of articles about Jakarta nightlife , but some people don't have the time to read them. This is a summary of everything there is to know, in less than 500 words: Even though Jakarta is the capital of a conservative and Muslim-majority country, it has a fun and diverse nightlife that comprises some of the best bars, nightclubs and spas in Southeast Asia. As you can see on my Jakarta nightlife map , most of the trendy venues are located in the South of the city while "naughty" spots can be found in the North . For this reason, it is ideal to stay in the city center around  Grand Indonesia or Sarinah Mall ( Where to Stay in Jakarta? ). Budget hotels in this area cost around 40$ per night and 5-star properties around 200$. The only way to get around at night in Jakarta is to use taxis or apps like Uber /Grab. A 30-minute midnight ride from the nightclub  X2  in the South to  Colosseum  in the North will cost about Rp60,000 (5$). Taxis ar

10 Best Bars in Mega Kuningan (Jakarta)

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Home to 5-star hotels ( Ritz-Carlton ,  Raffles ,  Marriott ), foreign embassies, luxury apartments and prestigious offices, Mega Kuningan is easily one of the most exclusive  areas in Jakarta . As it was recently built from scratch, it is very different from the rest of the city. There are no warungs, no street sellers, no poverty and barely any traffic jams. Instead, you will see large streets lined with palm trees and a dozen of skyscrapers (with a few more still under construction). Though Mega Kuningan does not have a proper nightclub yet (apart from the gay club Apollo ), it has a vibrant nightlife almost any day of the week. You can walk in any towers and you are almost guaranteed to find a restaurant, a lounge or a bar. While each of them is unique, they generally target the same clientele: Expats, upper class Indonesians and businessmen. The following article will give you a quick overview of my 10 favorite bars in Mega Kuningan. They aren't far from each o

Kota Indah Jakarta - Red Light Area in North Jakarta

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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):