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Barcode Bar & Kitchen (Makassar)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Barcode is one of the happening bars/beer houses in Makassar. It is located walking distance from Singgasana Hotel and Aston Makassar (both of which are near My Place Spa ++).

It is a recommended venue to hang out, but probably better if you are with a group of friends. Most of the space is occupied by sofas and tables, with a large bar on the side.

They have regular events, including live music (rock, pop, top 40) or DJs (EDM). You can check their updated schedule on their Instagram page below. You can also watch sports and play electronic darts.

They serve Western and Asian food for a reasonable price. Beer is the preferred drink, particularly their beer towers. You can buy a 33-cl Bintang for less than Rp40,000.

Barcode Bar & Kitchen
Phone number: +62 (0) 411 3634930 or +62 (0) 8 123 792 12 66
Jalan Amanagappa No. 5, Makassar, South Sulawesi

Instagram: Barcode Makassar
Facebook: Barcode

Malibu Café & KTV (Makassar Mulia Hotel)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Malibu Café and Karaoke in Makassar is a bit of a naughty nightlife spot. It is located in Jalan Nusantara, a street where I counted at least 20 prostitute bars (full list below), on the 5th floor of a seedy hotel (Makassar Mulia).

Inside the club is actually not as bad as I expected. It is not particularly luxurious, but it is decent with proper sound and lighting. There are some girls, obviously lady companions for the karaoke, but they are not too pushy with clients.

You have a main stage with a live band, replaced by a DJ during breaks. The music is western (no dangdut, no funky house) so it is quite enjoyable. You also have sexy dancers wearing bikinis/bras.

One of the particularities of Malibu is their iconic "Hobbit Brothers", two small people who dance and entertain the crowd a few times in the evening. It is a bit embarrassing to watch it but in the end, they get a salary out of it. It reminded me of Manila's famous Midget Boxing Bar.
Red light district of Jalan Nusantara Makassar:
Malibu is in the middle of the prostitution area of Makassar, which is basically a 300-meter street with small cafés, dangdut pubs, karaokes, live halls, massage parlors and clubs. They are rather low-end and target locals. There are several short-time and girl-friendly hotels nearby but I'd recommend you to stay in the Swiss-Belhotel instead. It is only 5 minutes away by foot and it has its own nightclub (Zona).

Here is the list of the venues: Padi's Executive Karaoke, Lips Karaoke, Mekar Cafe, Mabua Cafe, Raja Mas, Studio 86, Venus, Melody Karaoke, MM Cafe, Makassar Pub, 7 & 7 Cafe, Andre Karaoke, Adipura Cafe I, II, III, Delima Cafe, Leo Karaoke, Cafe Dangdut, Top 9 Cafe, Taman Impian Cafe, Ariel Karaoke, Kafe Baji, Mirama, Dhika Karaoke, Cindy Karaoke, Bintang Executive, New Melody Karaoke, D'Everyday Live Music and Karaoke, Ratu 2 Café, Lae Lae Karaoke, Mega Café, Metro Sulawesi.

Malibu Café & KTV
Jalan Nusantara 48, Makassar Mulia, 5th Floor
Phone number: 0821 8968 8095

Free entry every night from Monday to Sunday.

Instagram: Malibu Makassar

The Level Nightclub, Bar, Karaoke (Makassar)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
The Level is a modern one-stop entertainment complex in Makassar featuring a restaurant, a coffee shop, a bar, a nightclub and a karaoke. Built on 5 floors, it is located on the popular Losari beachfront right next to the Aryaduta Hotel (Rp600,000 per night on Agoda). 

It is one of most famous nightlife spots in the city and one of my top recommendations for hangout.

If you need a place to stay nearby, I advise you to consider the Novotel Grand Shayla (Rp600,000 per night), the Ibis Makassar (Rp300,000 per night) or the Favor Hotel (Rp250,000 per night).

Most outlets in Level have a nice view on the sea. For this reason, you can go there late afternoon as well to enjoy a drink or smoke a shisha (especially on the terrace). They have Western and Asian food too, quite more expensive than the average for Makassar and not particularly tasty. A plate of spaghetti costs Rp60,000 and a steak Rp140,000. 

The club itself is quite small, with a 400-person capacity on two floors (the second one is more a mezzanine actually). It is not particularly original apart from its huge bay window. There are no dancefloor, only tables and sofas. You normally have live music and DJ every night, with a special event every 2 weeks (famous band or DJ, fashion show). The 10-room karaoke has hostesses/lady companions that you may bring to the club to drink with you.

Though the karaoke is a bit naughty, there are still many "normal" people who visit the club. In the restaurant in particular, it is not rare to see female customers wearing the jilbab.

Opening Hours:
Restaurant and Coffee shop (1st floor) - Every day from 10am to 2am
Bar/Lounge/Terrace (2nd floor) - Every day from 4pm to 2am
Karaoke (3rd floor) - Every day from 12am to 2am
Rooftop/Club (4 and 5th floor) - Every day from 4pm to 2am

Happy Hours:
Buy 1 Get 1 Beer from 10am until 11am (restaurant), from 4pm to 11pm (bar and lounge), from 8pm to midnight (club and karaoke)

The Level Nightclub, Karaoke, Bar and Restaurant
Jalan Somba Opu Number 277C,
Losari Beach, Makassar, South Sulawesi, 90122
Phone number: +62 411 831400

More photos and more information about the next events:
Twitter: The Level

Zona Café - Nighclub - Makassar

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Zona is one of the most famous nightclubs in Makassar. It is located on the seafront next to Swiss-Belhotel (Rp500,000/night) and walking distance from the city's top attractions like Fort Rotterdam and Losari Beach (and also the red-light district on Jalan Nusantara). Two more recommended guest-friendly hotels nearby are the Aston (Rp600,000/night) or Whiz Prime (Rp250,000/night).


Zona Café is surprisingly quite modern even though it was opened 7 years ago already. It features giant LCD screens, a laser show, a good sound system and even some pyro. It is not so big (maybe 400 people capacity) with 2 VIP sofa space at the entrance and on the side. I like that their bar is in the middle of the room so even if you are alone you can still chat with some other people.

Zona Makassar functions like 90% of the clubs in Indonesia: You have a live band and a DJ every night, some sexy dancers and several lady companions (called Guest Relation Officers or GRO here). On Saturday, there is generally either a famous band or a DJ from Jakarta. Visitors come with a group of friends and stay between themselves around a table. They order bottles or beer towers, not individual drinks. The staff is friendly and performs a show once a night, including the bartenders (bar flair).


It is busy on weekends (and to a lesser extent on Wednesdays) but the rest of the week is typically quiet.

Some of the bands may sing rather slow-paced love songs, especially the famous ones on Saturday. If that's not your thing, it is best to visit it after 2am.

There is a small café outside called Coffee Ping. It is a good place to chat with other party-goers.

Entrance fee:
Rp75,000 on weekends (FDC with 1 drink included) - Free for girls
Rp150,000 for special event (Ticket - no drinks included)

Zona Cafe & Nightclub
Jl. Ujung Pandang No. 2
Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia
Phone number: +62 (0) 852 99 52 61 61 or +62 (0) 411 362 3451

Twitter: Zona Cafe MKS
Instagram: ZonaCafeMKS
Facebook: Zona Cafe Makassar