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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

Facebook: Arab Bar Jakarta
Website: DeLeila

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

The Pallas (Lounge, Restaurant and Event Space)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
The Pallas is a new restaurant, lounge and event space that opened in Fairground in SCBD. It is owned by the All In Group which is also behind Fable (in the same building), Odysseia and Mirror Nightclub in Bali.

It overtook the lease of Potato Head Garage that closed down a few months ago. They've freshened up the place and added their own gothic touch (owls, stained glass, alcoves), but it still look similar as before. It is more upmarket and clean though, it might be sign that the hipster trend is fading.

My understanding is that the name Pallas is an Indonesian play on the word "Palace". It makes sense as it is a rather luxurious venue that specializes on Indonesian food.

The food is not the most interesting aspect of the Pallas. You can get it for much cheaper in any food court actually. Instead, you should visit it when they have special events. They've had a good start so far by bringing 2 "famous" international DJs within their first month of opening (Tay James, Aly & Fila).

They also have regular events: Live band on Monday, Live Harpist on Tuesday, Soul Rn'B on Wednesday, Live Piano on Thursday. You can see the updated schedule on their social media accounts below.

The Pallas Jakarta
Fairgrounds Building
Lot 14 SCBD, Jalan Sudirman Kav. 52-53, South Jakarta

Phone number/Reservation: +62 (0) 21 51 51 501 or +62 (0) 21 514 00 10
HP: 08 11 11 32 888

Instagram: The Pallas SCBD

Opening Hours:
Every day from 11am to 10pm for the restaurant, until 2am for the lounge. During special events, the operating hours will be extended until early morning.

¿Por Que No? - Tapas Bar - Jakarta

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
¿Por Que No? was opened in 2015 as a Spanish tapas bar and restaurant in the neighborhood of Menteng, at the northern end of Jalan Rasuna Said. While the food is decent but definitely not haute cuisine, it is an interesting venue to hangout and drink before party. Cocktails are just above Rp100,000 net and Bintang at Rp50,000 net, which is not that bad considering the central location. The food is more expensive and the portions small (obviously, small like tapas).

There are 2 different areas, indoor and outdoor. Outdoor is a small rooftop where regular events are organized. In particular, they have some techno nights that attract a young and fun crowd. You also have jazz nights, open mic nights, etc. Check their Facebook page or Instagram below to get their latest schedule.

Overall: A bit of a random, messy place that I recommend to younger people (18-30) to get some drinks before moving somewhere else. You can share some tapas in the process as well. It is quite popular with foreigners, particularly interns.

Opening Hours:
From Tuesday to Sunday from 12pm to 12am (until 2am on Friday and Saturday)

Por Que No - Spanish Tapas Bar and Restaurant
De Ritz Building, 5th Floor
Jalan Hos Cokroaminoto No. 91
Menteng, Central Jakarta

Instagram: ¿PorQueNo? 

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

H Gourmet and Vibes (Senopati)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →

H Gourmet and Vibes is a new trendy restaurant and bar that opened last year in the Senopati area. As I'm currently on a diet, I didn't try the food which consists mostly of fat American dishes (grilled meats, burgers, melted cheese, specialty french fries, sandwiches, etc). If you are skinny or not particularly concerned about eating healthy, I'm sure many items are as delicious as fried cheese with mayo can be.

My main interest was to test the bar. I had heard many praises from friends and I wanted to see for myself.

H Gourmet and Vibes is in brand new building which seems to be still under construction. Hipsters probably love that. The best thing about the place are the large windows that let you see the nearby trees with the skyscrapers in the background. In particular, you have an original clock-shaped window just behind the bar. The rest is your typical vintage-industrial design that many new venues in Jakarta I've chosen to copy from one another. It looks particularly neat in H though and it certainly explains part of its success.
Clock-shaped window in H Bar
The crowd is almost entirely made of Indonesians, most of them in their early 20s. It is the same kind that hangs out in Lucy in the Sky. The place is full most evenings, especially from Wednesday night until Saturday. You should book a table in advance on those nights.

They have live music (acoustic cover bands) followed by DJs from Tuesday to Saturday night. The music is mainstream, popular hits, unless during special events. It is worth noting that the official owners of H Gourmet and Vibes are the singer Vidi Aldiano and his dad, the event organizer Harry Kiss.
Overall: H Gourmet is new, crowded and happening. I'm too old to hang out there, but if you are under 30 and you like to party with educated, well-behaved people, this is one of Jakarta's current hot spot. 

The staff didn't seem to be very friendly. One of the waiters was even quite unpleasant to deal with.

Opening Hours:
From Monday to Thursday from 11am to 12am.
From Friday to Saturday from 11am to 3am.
Sunday from 11am to 1am

H Gourmet and Vibes
Jalan Gunawarman 41, South Jakarta, Indonesia 12110

Phone number: +62 (0) 21 275 10167

Instagram: hgourmetvibes
Facebook: H Senopati
Twitter: hgourmetvibes

Savanna Rooftop Bar and Restaurant (Kelapa Gading)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Savanna is a brand new rooftop bar and restaurant that opened in Kelapa Gading in March 2016. It is one of the nicest venues in the area to have a drink.

It seems one of the owners is Dada Hartoto Hardikusumo, an heir to the shipping company Andhika Lines. She was the Chef of Moya's Spanish Restaurant and she was also involved in other Spanish venues (Gusto in Epicentrum and Que Rico Hamburguesa in Kemang).

They have regular events such as live music and DJs. Friday night is Rn'B, otherwise it's more house and EDM. They also have stand up comedians on Saturday.

Savanna Rooftop Bar and Restaurant
Jalan Boulevard Raya Blok Pd 1 Number 11-12-13
Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta

Phone number: +62 (0) 21 4503 485

Instagram: savannajkt/

LOLA Lounge (Gunawarman - Senopati - Jakarta)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Lola is a new bar and lounge that just opened in December 2015 near Senopati, on Jalan Gunawarman. It is a bit hidden, below their sister Japanese restaurant FŪJIN. It is owned by the Biko Group which is also behind Beer Garden.

They are following the worldwide trend for speakeasy bars, started in Jakarta by venues like Prohibition, Artoz, Bauhaus and Nip & Dram. Since last year, you also have Hemingway and Proof.

LOLA is probably one of the best in terms of atmosphere. It looks a bit like La Favela in Bali for the dark, almost religious, latino-chic décor (though much less sophisticated). You also have some elements that resemble Potato Head Garage in SCBD.

The crowd and the music is hip and trendy. If you are a bit hipster or attracted to anything alternative, you will probably enjoy it. If you are a tourist or in Jakarta for just a few days, I think it's best to avoid though. It's quite hard to meet people and in particular girls.

They serve Southern food and specialize in Tiki cocktails. For the live music/DJ/event schedule, please check their intagram: Lola - Espiritu Y Libacion. This is also where I took the pictures.

Note: It is totally unrelated to Colette and Lola on Jalan Senopati.

Jalan Gunawarman No. 21
Senopati, Jakarta Selatan

Phone number: +62 (0) 21 27 51 3500 / 3600

Nuage (Whiz Prime, Kelapa Gading, Jakarta)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Nuage is the bar of the Whiz Prime Hotel in Kelapa Gading. It is in the same location as Level 5 karaoke and Portable Kitchen and Lounge. It is rather basic, with cheap chairs and cabanas around a large swimming pool. It is technically a rooftop bar, but only on the third floor of the building so don't expect a spectacular view.

The whole complex is owned by the infamous Stadium group (Malioboro, King Cross, Exodus, Nebula). Yet, there is nothing really kinky going on in Nuage. This might explain why the place is not so busy compared to the other ones.

In spite of being quiet, they have enough budget to pay a team of resident DJs as well as a regular live band. In general, the DJs will play a mix of Rn'B, EDM and Top 40. Wednesday is 80s and 90s favorites and Friday live acoustic rock. Once in a while they have ex-Stadium DJs. You can get more information about their schedule on their Instagram account below.

Overall: You can check Nuage if you stay nearby, but otherwise it is not really special. It is actually best during the day as you can use their large swimming pool. Free entrance.

Whiz Prime Hotel, 3rd Floor (in front of Mall of Indonesia)
Ruko Inkopal Blok B 18, Jalan Boulevard Barat, Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta
Phone number: +62 (0) 21 2452 0011
Mobile: 08 59 59 11 11 20 
Blackberry: 5B06C5B3

Hause Rooftop & Kitchen (Setiabudi)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Hause is a small bar and restaurant located on the rooftop of MD Place in Setiabudi. You have a long selection of cocktails, Western and Indonesian food, live music on selected nights, and a hipster vibe. 90% of the crowd is made of twenty-something Indonesians, among which a lot of pretty girls. 

The building is only 6 floors high so you don't expect a fantastic view. There are plants and flowers everywhere and it's what I liked the most about Hause. It truly feels like an oasis in the city (especially in that area of Jakarta where you don't have any green spaces). A similar venue is Lucy in the Skye in SCBD.

Apart from the plants, there is really nothing special about the design. It's cute and homey but nothing you've never seen before elsewhere.

My problem with Hause is that the prices are way too high compared to what the place has to offer in terms of food, drinks, service and atmosphere. Rp150,000 for a cocktail? Rp65,000 for bruschetta? Rp85,000 for nasi goreng? That's more expensive than Skye or Loewy.

I really think they should either improve the quality of their food or decrease their prices. If not, I don't think I would visit again. 

Hause Rooftop and Kitchen
MD Place, Tower 2 (in Tower 1 you have Akira Back)
6th Floor, Jalan Setiabudi Selatan No. 27, Jakarta
Phone number: 0822-9888-9852

For events and live music schedule:
Instagram: Hause
Facebook: Hause Setiabudi

Opening hours:
Everyday from 10am to 2am

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