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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

Octagon Karaoke (Blok M)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Octagon is an executive karaoke in South Jakarta (Blok M). Executive means it caters to male clients looking for lady companions, unlike family karaokes. 

It is a modern KTV, one of the nicest in the area, and it is popular with Japanese, Korean and Indonesian guests. They have about 20 ladies, called Octagon girls, who are not prostitutes but hostesses. What you can do with them varies: Some will only give their phone numbers, others might follow you to your hotel after working hours.

They have 4 types of rooms:

Deluxe room for 3 to 5 persons
Suite room for up to 9 persons
Royal karaoke room for up to 12 people
VIP room for up to 25 people

The cheapest package start at Rp1,000,000 minimum spend for 3 people. VIP package for 15 people is available with a minimum spend of Rp3,000,000.

There is also a small lounge with occasional events (DJs).

Opening Hours:
Every day from 3pm to 3am

Octagon Karaoke
Jalan Falatehan 1, No 8, Melawai, South Jakarta
Phone number: +62 (0) 21 29 42 86 86

You can book you room online directly on their website: octagonclub.co.id

Instagram: Octagon Blok M

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

Karaokes and KTVs in Jakarta (Complete Guide)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Karaoke and KTV bars in Jakarta are used for a multitude of purposes. Singing is one of them, but it is definitely not the only reason. Most commonly, they are used for prostitution, drugs, private parties, striptease and sometimes orgies.

As a foreigner, it took me several years to understand what was truly going on behind those doors. It is only after discussing with girls, clients and club owners, that I finally realized what karaokes were for and why Indonesians are so crazy about them.

The main appeal of karaoke in Indonesia is the need for privacy. The Indonesian society is quite hypocritical in the sense that it is officially religious and traditional, but in real life, many people (especially in Jakarta) behave in a liberal way. A good illustration is the lawmaker from PKS Arifinto, a conservative Muslim who was caught watching porn during a parliamentary session. If you've lived in the country long enough, that should not surprise you a lot.

This clip is from the movie Iseng (2016) and it gives a pretty accurate description of how parties end in some karaokes in the red light areas of Jakarta:
Many Indonesians love to party and love sex, but they need to hide this because it is not considered appropriate by the rest of the population. Karaoke bars and clubs are the perfect place for that because they are ambiguous. Unlike a bordello or a massage parlour, you can never be sure of what happens inside unless you are also inside yourself.

Not all karaokes have prostitutes and drugs though. You will find two broad kinds of karaokes in Jakarta:

Family Karaokes (Karaoke Keluarga):
As the name indicates, these are legit venues for clean fun between colleagues, friends and family members.

Nothing really special here. People are sitting in a room, requesting songs and singing. Usually they can order food and drinks as well.

There are 3 famous companies in Indonesia with locations everywhere: Happy Puppy, Nav and Inul Vizta. Nav is usually the cheapest with less songs and less eating/drinking options. Happy Puppy is in the middle. Inul Vizta is the most expensive with the best locations in mid-to-high-end malls. They also serve alcohol (at least in the outlets I've visited).

You also have several smaller chains and boutique karaokes. For instance, X-KTV in Senayan City, Diva Karaoke, T-Rex Karaoke in Grand Indonesia, Zodiak KTV in Citywalk and The Boutique KTV in Arcadia, etc.

To my knowledge, there is not one mall in Jakarta that does not have a family karaoke inside or at least within walking distance from it.

Naughty Karaokes:
Real photo from inside a Jakarta karaoke (taken by a friend and censored by me)
Naughty karaokes are much more numerous and diverse. You will find them everywhere in the city, even in central Jakarta where I can count at least 10.

According to dozens of girls I've talked to, the majority of the customers are government officials using government money. In the accounting books, it is recorded as "entertainment expenses". Since Ahok and Jokowi have been elected though, it seems there is a tighter control on such expenses and some karaokes are struggling to make as much money as before.

The second most important group of customers are business people who need to entertain their clients. If you wonder how companies choose their suppliers in Indonesia, you have your answer: They "entertain" the key people of that company with booze, sex and drugs. An ex-boss once told me he spent 8,000$ on a night out in Kota to impress a CEO who was 70 years old.

How does it work: Rooms
You either pay for the room a certain amount, or you have a minimum spending for using the room. For instance, in Alexis hotel, the President VIP Suite costs IDR15M for 3 hours, which means you must spend at least 15M on drinks and girls to be allowed there. If you spend less, for instance 10M, you have to pay an additional 5M.

In high-end karaokes, you must generally spend at least IDR2,5M to 5M for 6 hours for a room that can accommodate up to 8 people.

How does it work: Girls
The karaokes will provide guests with lady companions, also called hostesses or Public Relations (PR) or Guest Relations Officers (GRO) or models. Girls are usually ranked by desirability, which includes beauty, age, personality, singing skills or flirting skills. The more desirable the girl, the more expensive she is.

Some places allow you to choose the girl you want through a contest, meaning all available girls will come to see you and you can pick the one you prefer. Some do not allow you to choose, but you can give your preferences to the mamasan who will then suggest someone for you. 

The price of a girl also depends on what the she agrees to do or not. In North Jakarta, most guests want a girl who is willing to take ecstasy and drink alcohol. Girls will get a commission on drinks, but also on the number of pills she takes.

There are several types of naughty karaokes in Jakarta:

- Hostess Karaokes: These are all the karaokes with lady companions, but without any rooms nor any arrangement for guests to have sex with the girls. It does not mean that girls are not available for sex and it does not meet that sex is not possible. It depends on the willingness of the girl, which is influenced by how nice you are, how many ladies drink you buy her, and how much tip you give.

There are no rules for how much you must pay to get laid. I know a guy who bought a house to a lady companion just to sleep with her. Others will get a blowjob in the toilets for Rp300,000. Some girls will only give their phone numbers, some may go straight to the guests' hotel.

Some famous addresses: Roxy karaoke in SCBD (next to Lucy in the Sky), Grand Manhattan Karaoke or the chain Roppongi Papa.

- Japanese and Korean Karaokes (KTV): They are hostess karaokes targeting those specific communities. You can usually find them in South Jakarta, particularly in Jalan Melawai (Little Tokyo) and Dharmawangsa. Girls know some Korean/Japanese songs and they will usually look younger (between 18 and 22). Popular places include Cantik, Mitsubachi, Yujiro, Jawa Jawa, Chameleon and Geisha. You can also check those two websites for more information: jktlife.com and j-spot.info

- Bordello Karaokes: Most karaokes are hidden bordellos where sex is on sale. You will find the most famous ones in big one-stop entertainment complexes that also include spas and clubs. If you take girls and pay the right price, you will get an attached bedroom. The most luxurious may also have a jacuzzi inside.

Famous addresses include:
- High-end: Grand Paragon Hotel (the most expensive and luxurious karaoke in Jakarta), Illigals, Sun City, Alexis, Malioboro, Club 36, 1001, Emporium, Diamond, Sense, Zen, V2

Sex is not automatic though. It depends on what the client negotiates and what the girl is willing to do. The difference with the hostess karaokes mentioned above is that if you want to have sex, it will happen on the spot for an amount decided by the management of the karaoke.

In some karaokes where a room is provided, sex is included in the package without having to negotiate. You generally have a voucher system: The more vouchers you buy, the more you get from the girl.

For instance, in a famous spa in North Jakarta, 1 voucher costs IDR600K. For 1 voucher, the girl will only accompany you sing. For 2 vouchers, she sings wearing sexy lingerie. For 3 vouchers, she sings topless. For 4 vouchers, she is naked. For 5 vouchers, you can have sex with her.

You must ask the mamasan in each venues about what you can get, and which girl is up for what (some girls will only accept 1 voucher).

- Clubbing Karaokes: Within the karaokes listed above, some of them cater especially to clubbers. It is what Indonesians call "open room". This is one of the most interesting aspects of Jakarta nightlife.

Even though it is still called a karaoke, people are not paying to sing, but to party with their friends. They ask for a specific mix or they get a DJ specially for them included in the price of the room.

There are several reasons for people to party within a karaoke room. One of them, as I mentioned before, is the need for privacy. Some people do not want to be seen inside a club drinking alcohol, taking drugs or flirting with prostitutes. This is especially true for married men, VIPs and government officials. Surprisingly, I also know some girls wearing jilbabs who only party with other girls in karaoke rooms as they do not want to go to clubs.

Another reason is that some karaokes have very flexible opening hours. Some are open 24-hour like in Mille's and therefore attract all the hardcore clubbers, usually those who take ecstasy. Those open in the afternoon may attract young jakartans who are still living with their parents and have a curfew. They will pretend to go to the mall, and instead drop a pill in North Jakarta.

Drugs are usually easy to buy from the staff or from the security, but you won't get the same protection everywhere. For instance, Illigals and Paragon have the reputation to always pay the police to avoid razzias, but Mille's does not.

For a full list and reviews of all karaokes in Jakarta, please click here: Karaoke Jakarta.

I tried to make this review as easy to understand as possible. If you need more details, please leave a comment below!
Photo Credit: Main photo from Roppongi Papa Karaoke

Little Tokyo (Japanese Karaoke in Jakarta) - Jalan Melawai

By The Jakarta Team →






Little Tokyo is not the name of a bar, it is the name of an area of south Jakarta with a lot of Japanese massage parlours, karaoke and other sleazy sex places. It is not limited to the south, but 90% of this places can be easily found in Jalan Melawai VI and VIII. The opening hours are not very late, from 6pm to 1 or 2 am.

There are at least twenty japanese karaokes in Jakarta, which are very similar. The most popular one seems to be Melodi Karaoke (they have a website here), and other places include: Jawa Jawa, Gokurakucho or the Rifle Bird, Jawa Jawa, Kasumicho Bozu, King Kong Karaoke, Komachi, Minami Aoyama Mama Karaoke, Roppongi PAPA (this one is in Setiabudi One), Cantik Tokyo Karaoke, etc, etc... Many of them, I'm not making up the names, you can find the complete listing on this website here, it is the made for the Japanese community in Jakarta.



Level 5 Karaoke (Jakarta)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Level 5 (also spelled Level V) is one of the most popular luxury karaokes in North Jakarta along with Crown, Illigals, Alexis and Paragon. Located in Whiz Prime Hotel, it is next to Nuage and it belongs to the Stadium Group (Malioboro, King Cross, Nebula, Exodus, Sumo).

Level 5 has dozens of hot lady companions, many of which can be booked out to an hotel (or directly to Whiz Prime if you sleep there). Some of their most expensive karaoke rooms even have a separate bedroom area if you want to have sex inside.

Many people don't come to Level V to sing, but to rent a room for party, especially after 3am. Drug use is quite common. You can ask the security if you need anything.

The price is on the high side, you'll need to spend at least 3M rupiah to get a room for 10 people for 8 hours.

Opening Hours:
Every day from 12am to 5am

Level V or Level 5 Executive Karaoke KTV
Komplek Ruko Inkopal Blok B/18, in front of MOI
Jalan Boulevard Barat, Kelapa Gading, Jakarta

Phone number: +62 (0) 21 2452 0111 or +62 (0) 21 6263 323
Email: info@level5jakarta.com

Instagram: Level5JKT

More photos from their website:

F1 Executive Club / GP Lounge

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Small nightclub and karaoke in Pecenongan (North Jakarta) with a Formula 1 theme. They have live music or DJs, usually with progressive house. You can request a lady companion while you drink. There is no entrance fee and it's free to sit at a table. If you want a VIP sofa you must spend a minimum of 7,5M. They also have sexy dancers (topless) occasionally.

Overall: It's a middle class venue for Indonesians so you can expect cheaper prices and average standards. The crowd is underground, including many clubbers on drugs.

They organize Sunday parties in the afternoon from 1pm to 8pm. Similar to Mille's in Lokasari.

Opening Hours:
Everyday from 6pm to 2am

F1 Executive Club / GP Lounge
Jl.Batu Tulis Raya 23, Jakarta

Phone number: +62 (0) 21 345 7250
Email: info@f1executive.com

Line ID : gpbarlounge
BBM : 597E4958

Facebook: GP Jakarta

Grand Paragon Karaoke, Hotel, Mall, Club (Jakarta)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Update 2 January 2017: There was a fire in Paragon Hotel and it is closed at the moment.

The Grand Paragon is a complex located on Jalan Gadjah Mada, opposite to Illigals. It is mostly famous for having one of Jakarta's most popular naughty luxury karaokes. It is similar with Malioboro, Sun City or Alexis.

They have over 50 rooms with packages prices ranging from 500,000rp to 1,000,000rp. Lady companions will add to the cost. They seem to have girls from China as LCs.

You also have a 4-star hotel and an almost empty mall with only a few restaurants and caf├ęs in the ground floor. There are some big stores too like Ace Harware, Grand Lucky Supermarket and Informa.

To book a room there with the best prices, you can click here: Book Paragon Hotel Jakarta.

They are currently building a nightclub that should open in late 2016.

Grand Paragon Karaoke and Lounge
Jalan Gadjah Mada Raya No126
Jakarta 11130

Phone number: +62 (0) 21 625 2111
Fax: +62 (0) 21 2907 3070
Email: grand_paragon@yahoo.com