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Prohibition (Jakarta) - Speakeasy and Live Jazz

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Prohibition is a restaurant, bar and speakeasy lounge located in Senayan Arcadia, just next to Plaza Senayan. It was opened by some of of the people behind Black Cat, Hacienda, Red Square and Boutique KTV. As the name suggests, the whole venue has a 1920s' prohibition theme from the interior design to the staff uniforms and the menu.

The Restaurant: Chicago-Style Chop House
Prohibition specializes in broiled meats, a cooking method similar to grilling. These include chicken, salmon, pork, mamb, and imported US beef. The prices range from just over Rp100,000 to Rp400,000 for the 200-g prime rib-eye steak. If you come with a small group, it's a good idea to share their 600-g "gangster" meat platter for just over Rp1M.
Gangster Meat Platter
If you are on a budget, they also serve a variety of pasta dishes for less than Rp100,000. You can see the full menu here: Menu Prohibition Jakarta.

The Bar and the Secret Speakeasy Lounge
I visited Prohibition a few months ago but it is only recently that I've discovered about their secret room, hidden behind the bar. You can see the access from this video I took:
They were actually the first ones to initiate the trend of speakeasies in Jakarta, later followed by places like Monty's, Lola, Proof and Hemingway. Prohibition is the one with the best design, ambience and music.

If you are a jazz enthusiast, I recommend you to visit on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday for live music with a different band every night.

The current schedule includes some of the top jazz artists in Indonesia: Ahmad Ananda and Friends, Donny Joesran and Swing Machine, Barry Likumahuwa Quarted, Taufan Goenarso Quintet or Abe Simpson & Friends. Check their facebook page for the latest events: Live Band Prohibition.

The atmosphere in the the speakeasy is dim-lighted and intimate. It's a great place for a small gathering with friends or for a date (especially if you have a dinner in the restaurant before). It is also walking distance from X2 and Domain nightclubs.

If you need a sofa or a table, you must buy at least a bottle during weekdays. On weekends, you have a minimum spend between Rp2,500,000 and Rp5,000,000. They also have private rooms for karaokes, meetings or private party with a minimum charge of Rp10,000,000.

Their drink menu is very complete with a long list of cocktails and premium alcohol. While the prices are slightly more expensive than average, the drinks served are pretty heavy in alcohol unlike other bars in Jakarta. Also, I liked the concept of their 250 ml bootleg bottles as it saves you from buying a whole bottle if you just plan on having a short night out. It also makes it easier to try a few samples of different spirits. Finally, they have a cigar menu (you can check it as well on their website).
Prohibition Chop House, Speakeasy Bar and Live Jazz
Plaza Senayan Arcadia, Jalan New Delhi No 9,
Jakarta, Indonesia

Phone number: 021 57901295

Opening Hours:
From Monday to Saturday from 5pm to 2am
Live band from 9pm to midnight

Motion Blue (Jazz - Fine Dining Lounge)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Motion Blue is a fine dining restaurant/lounge located in Fairmont Hotel in Jakarta. It was named Cotton Club for a couple months, then changed its name. You can read my review of Cotton Club here.

The concept of Motion Blue is very similar. It is an upmarket venue with live jazz bands or musicians every day. It is even more expensive than Black Cat. The food is nice, with mostly French fusion dishes.

Music charge with first drink free: Rp250,000.

Opening Hours:
Everyday from 9:30am to 10:00pm (until 7.30pm on Sunday and holidays)

Motion Blue Jazz Lounge
Fairmont 3rd floor, Jalan Asia Afrika No.8
South Jakarta, Indonesia

Phone number: +62 (0) 21 2903 9189

Instagram (not active yet): motionbluejkt

Cotton Club Jakarta (Jazz and Fine Dining)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Update October 2015: Cotton Club has been replaced with Motion Blue.

The Cotton Club Jakarta is a new jazz club and fine dining restaurant located in the Fairmont Hotel in Senayan. It is managed by the same group behind the Blue Note and the Cotton Club in Tokyo, both among the best venues in the city to listen to jazz, soul, or latin music live bands.

I don't think they can offer the exact same experience as it will be much harder to attract the best international jazz performers in Jakarta. Still, it has the potential of becoming a nightlife hotspot for an older type of clientele.

It will compete with nearby Black Cat in Senayan Arcadia, but also with a bunch of new upmarket lounges that have opened recently like Artoz, Hemingway or Nip And Dram.

Cotton Club Jakarta
Fairmont Hotel Jakarta 3rd Floor
Jl. Asia Afrika No. 8 Gelora Bung Karno
Central Jakarta, Senayan, 10270, Indonesia

Contact details:

Artoz Whisky and Cognac Bar (Jakarta)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Artoz is a whisky bar/lounge located in the Energy Building in SCBD. It replaced Marley's Bar which closed down a while ago.

It claims to be the largest collection of Whisky and Cognac in Jakarta, but I am not sure it is true as I believe there is quite an extensive spirit menu in Nip & Dram as well.

I visited Artoz during Ramadan, probably not the best time to do so and unsurprisingly it was empty. Artoz is similar with Nip and Dram actually, both in terms of concept, size and setting: You have comfortable leather sofas and chairs spread across a windowless room, with a bar on on side and a live music stage on the other one. The main difference I saw is that Artoz is not as dark and it seems they don't have those crazy minimum spend amounts.

The prices are pretty steep still, about USD15 for a standard cocktail. You are also given the menu of the French Restaurant Amuz, which belong to the same person (Chef Gilles Marx, also behind Auroz).

They have weekly Jazz live music, currently every Wednesday. It is best to make sure about the schedule on their facebook page here: Artoz Bar Jakarta.

Overall: I can see three kinds of people who would enjoy Artoz: Whisky and Cognac enthusiasts, Jazz lovers, and people who want to have a quiet and upscale drink in the SCBD area. If you are looking for a hip, busy place, it is best you go to Potato Head instead. 
Whisky, Cognac and Jazz Lounge
Energy Building 2nd Floor - SCBD
Jalan Jenderal Sudirman Kav 52-53, South Jakarta
Phone number: +62-21 2995 9050

Twitter: Artoz
Facebook: Artoz Bar Jakarta

Red White Jazz Lounge (Kemang)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Red White Lounge is one of the few venues in Jakarta to listen to live Jazz. To my knowledge, there is only Black Cat in Senayan Arcadia which is similar. Red White is run by Indra Lesmana, a well-known Indonesian jazz pianist. They have an impressive schedule and it is run by passionate people. 

You can check their website:, or their twitter @RWLounge for show updates. 
Red White Jazz Lounge Jakarta
Jalan Kemang Raya 16B,
South Jakarta, Indonesia 12730

Phone number: +62 21 71792252
+62 (0) 8 21 23 75 1943
+62 (0) 8 21 19160 1999

Opening Hours:
Wednesday to Sunday from 7pm to 1.30am

Tartine Restaurant FX Mall

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →

Tartine is a moderately priced eatery focusing on tartine, a french word for a slice of bread topped with anything eatable (just like a sandwich without a second piece of bread to close it). It is not haute cuisine but it is good enough and creative. Tartine is also very pleasant in its design: Elegant, yet simple and homey. For the price you pay, it is worth it not so much for the food, but rather for the atmosphere, very cozy.
Opening Hours:
From Sunday to Thursday: 9am to 12am
Friday and Saturday: 9am to 2am
Live Music from Wednesday to Saturday. Happy Hours: From 4pm to 6pm = 50% discount.

Tartine Restaurant
Jl.Sudirman Pintu 1 Senayan
FX Lifestyle X'nter Lt.FB No 02A.03
Jakarta, Indonesia
Phone: +62 21 2555 4222

Check their facebook fan group Tartine Restaurant for more information about events, discounts and pictures.

My own (bad) pics from my visit:

Decanter Wine Lounge Kuningan

By The Jakarta Team →

Decanter is an upscale wine house and restaurant, popular with both expats and locals. Intimate interior design, quite comfortable and calm, Decanter is a good place to discover in Jakarta, close to the city center.

Not a cheap place to eat & drink but worth it. You may find useful information about Decanter's events, staff and news on their website: You may also want to check their facebook fanpage (from which the photos were taken): Decanter Wine Lounge & Restaurant.
Live music (easy listening/jazz) every Thursday and Friday nights.
Decanter Jakarta
Plaza Kuningan
Menara Utara. Ground Floor
Jl. H.R. Rasuna Said Kav. C11-14

Tel: +62-21 529 63888

Open from 11am to 2pm and from 4pm to 2am (3am on weekends)

Black Cat Jakarta Jazz Club (Senayan Arcadia)

By The Jakarta Team →

BlackCat Jazz Supper club is a classy, upmarket jazz Bar with good live performances. The seats are not so comfortable though and it’s a bit too dark. Mixed expat and Indonesian crowd. that I didn't find so pretentious for a Jazz bar. Not far from Red Square bar if you feel like going out after that..

The restaurant proposes an original mix of creole/cajun food (not tried).

CLOSED: You can go next door to Prohibition instead...
Contact details:
Black Cat Jakarta
Plaza Senayan Arcadia Unit X 208-209
Jl.New Delhi No.9 Pintu I Senayan

Phone number Black Cat: +6221 57901264

Website: Black Cat Jazz Jakarta

Similar bars: Nine Muses Club Kemang, BB's Menteng.

Burgundy Bar & Lounge & Live Jazz Music (Hyatt Hotel Jakarta)

By The Jakarta Team →

Expensive drinks (Beer = Rp 60k), but classy bar with live music everyday (including Jazz) and businessmen talking. Not a hotspot of Jakarta nightlife and rather quiet, it attracts the capital's most upmarket crowd. Definitely not a girls' bar comparing with BATS in Shangri La hotel or CJs bar in Hotel Mulia, but unexpected meetings are not impossible since some rich, older indonesian women come here. There are a few working girls as well that always hang out in Burgundy and I suppose they are up for grab.

Awesome view on Plaza Indonesia, making the experience quite enjoyable.

Starting on March 5th, 2010, the Las Vegas style show "Mister Moonlight" will be in Burgundy at 21h30. You can read more about it in this article of Jakarta Globe: Mister Moonlight. The same show used to be in Gaudi.
Contact details:
Burgundy Jakarta
Grand Hyatt 4th Floor
Jl. M.H. Thamrin
Kav. 28-30
Jakarta 10230

Opening hours: From Sunday to Thursday - 4:30 pm to 1:00 am
From Friday to Saturday - 4:30 pm to 2:00 am


Check their (small) webpage here to see the live music schedule: Burgundy Bar Hyatt Hotel Jakarta

Cava Jazz Coffee Lounge (Cikini)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →

Cava (├ža va in French, meaning "I'm feeling good) is a new restaurant and bar in Cikini with jazz music in the background. A live band plays there but only once a week, on Saturday evenings from 7pm to 10pm.

The place is gorgeous but expensive (around 150,000rp for one person) and the food far from being awesome, except for the desserts. I recommend it if you like live jazz and come on a saturday night. Do make a reservation because Cava isn't so big.
Cava-jazz coffee lounge
Jl. Cikini Raya No. 38 Menteng, Jakarta Pusat 10330, Indonesia.
Tel: (62-21) 230 0581

More information on its facebook fanpage: Cava Jakarta Jazz Lounge

Read about my favourite French restaurants in Jakarta: Best French food in Jakarta

Eastern Promise Pub and Live Music (Kemang)

By The Jakarta Team →

Eastern Promise is a friendly, laid-back expat pub with several rooms, each with a particular atmosphere. You have a quiet bar in the entrance, then a dining room for eating British and Indian food, and in the back a beer garden with live music for partying. Also on the side, a billiard/darts room, and a sports-watching room. Eastern Promise is usually very crowded, especially on weekends, with a lot of expatriates mostly above 35.

Surprisingly, many Indonesian girls go there to hang out and I would put it in the OK bars to meet single women in Jakarta. I don't know if they met there, but there are always quite many mixed couples in EP.

There are special promos or events almost everyday, so be sure to check:
Facebook pages: Eastern Promise or EP (the latter one is more updated)
Website: (new site - April 2011)
Eastern Promise
Kemang Raya No. 5
Jakarta Selatan
DKI Jakarta - Indonesia

Phone number: +62-21 7179 0151

Kudus Bar Jakarta (The Sultan Hotel, ex-Hilton, Jalan Sudirman)

By The Jakarta Team →

Nice classy wine bar, popular with businessmen, expats and wealthy locals. The decor is inspired by the town of Kudus, in Central Java, to make its interior Jakarta's first "Javanese wine lounge".

The beautiful furniture and artefacts gives Kudus an elegant feel, without being too pompous. You also have an interesting selection of live music, from jazz to acoustic, every day from 8pm to midnight (you can check the schedule here: Sultan Jakarta Kudus Bar).

Kudus is quite expensive, but you have some interesting discounts if you come during the happy hours, from 5pm to 8pm, with 30% off on beers and soft drinks and 15% off on wines.

At last, the list of wines and champagnes is very complete, with the possibility to take away some bottles. If you want to eat in Kudus, you have the possibility to bring food from Taman Sari, the famous restaurant of the Sultan Hotel.
Address details:
Kudus, in Sultan Hotel (ex-Hilton)
Jl Jend Gatot Subroto Hotel Jakarta Hilton Internasional; Jakarta; Dki Jakarta

Phone number: +62-21 570 3600 ext. 1178
Fax: +62-21-5733091


Opening Hours: Everyday except on Sunday from 11am to 1am (2pm on Saturday)