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Medan Nightlife: Top 5 Nightclubs & Bars

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
I spent a few nights in Medan in April 2015, unfortunately on weekdays only. I had the opportunity to try a few clubs there but most weren't too busy and I imagine it is more lively on weekends. If you need to book a hotel in Medan, I recommend Grand Delta Hotel , which belongs to the Delta Spa group. As you would expect, Medan is far from being a party town. It is more conservative than many other Indonesian cities and there are also very few tourists. Most foreigners living there are Singaporean and Malaysian businessmen with a small community of expat english teachers. As I wrote on the review  Spa and Massage Parlours in Medan , the police is active in controlling nightlife activities, in particular when it comes to drugs. Last February, the Lee Garden club was shut down after ecstasy pills were found ( Diskotik Lee Garden Tutup ). In spite of this, recreative drugs do not seem difficult to find and clubs such as Tobasa, XXX3 or Retrospective are know

20 Best New Year Eve Parties in Jakarta for 2016

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Update : You can read  New Year Eve 2017 / 31st December 2016  for more information about this year's events. The period from Christmas until New Year is rather quiet in Jakarta. During this time, many people leave the city: Expats go back to their home countries and many upper class Indonesians fly to Bali, Singapore or Bangkok for holidays.

Finding Your Best Spa & Massage in Jakarta

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Half of the people emailing me are usually just dropping the same sentence: "Hey, love your blog, where can I find the best spa/best massage parlour near my hotel?" As I'm getting tired of replying to the same question almost every day, I'm writing this blog post hoping that it will answer it once and for all. I'll update the list regularly, in particular with the comments you will be kind enough to leave. You can click on each venue, it will redirect you on this blog if there is already a review, or on an external website with more detailed information. Before starting, if you are looking for a hotel with a massage parlour plus plus located inside, you can check the following:  Ochardz Industri ,  Orchardz Jayakarta ,  Orchardz Bandara (near the airport)  or  B'Fashion . You can read more information about girl-friendly hotels in my  Jakarta Hotel Guide . Note: Next to each venue, I put a sign: $ (cheap), $$ (moderate), $$$ (expensive). Massage P

12 DJs I Want to See in Jakarta in 2016

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
If there is any club owner/manager reading this website, please invite one of the following DJs/Musicians to play in Jakarta :-) Full playlist and more available here: Playlist Jakarta100bars 2016 Gui Boratto Stephan Bodzin Extrawelt Recondite

Jakarta Nightlife in 2015

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Update: You can now read my Jakarta nightlife 2017 review . Jakarta nightlife has been a bit disappointing recently. After living over 10 years in Jakarta, 2015 is so far my worst year in the city when it comes to party. In this review, I will update you on the nightlife scene in Jakarta as of 2015 and the 6 reasons I was disappointed. Read also:  Saigon Nightlife 2015 - Bandung Nightlife - Bali Nightlife - Batam Nightlife  - Jakarta Nightlife 2016 Explained in 500 Words If you need a hotel close to the best nightlife spots, I recommend one of the following near Plaza Indonesia:  Kempinski ,  Grand Hyatt ,  Pullman Thamrin  or  Mandarin Oriental .  Shangri La  and the  Mulia  are good also because they have lively bars. Cheaper options are  Novotel Gajah Mada ,  Mercure Sabang ,  All Seasons Gajah Mada ,  All Seasons Thamrin  and  Holiday Inn Thamrin . Read more here on my Jakarta Hotel Guide .

Jakarta Nightlife 2014

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
  Note on April 2015: I have written an update of this review here: Jakarta Nightlife 2015 . The content of the 2014 review is still up to date for the most part except that Stadium, Red Square, Millenium and Alibi have closed. Jakarta nightlife has changed quite a bit since my previous guides: " Jakarta Nightlife 2011 ", " Jakarta Nightlife 2012 " and " Jakarta Nightlife Tips ". Before you head out tonite, these are the latest trends in the Jakarta's partying scene: The new center of Jakarta nightlife in 2014 is in SCBD (Sudirman Central Business District), in the ex- Bengkel area. In 2 years, many bars and clubs have opened there and they attract the wealthy, trendy youth of Jakarta: To have a drink, try Lucy in the Sky , Potato Head Garage , Beer Garden, Canos in Foundry 8 For clubbing: Fable (Young crowd, Jakarta International School) or Empirica (Upper Class Indo Chinese).  These places do not have too many tourists o

Bar Hopping in Jakarta: 10 Great Routes

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Jakarta nightlife, as I mentioned in previous posts ( Jakarta Nightlife Tips ), is best enjoyed if you explore a few venues on the same night, and it is preferable if those are close to each other (to avoid traffic). If you don't know Jakarta very well, I give you below 10 great bar-hopping routes. Some are famous, some are chic, some are dirty, and some are still unexplored... Anyway, follow one of them and I guarantee you a great time! Blok M - For the Beginner Difficulty: Easy, but be careful when you leave Jalan Falatehan, most taxis will overcharge you. Transportation: Walking only

Jakarta vs. Bangkok Nightlife - By a Bangkok Expat

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
I am Harvie, a Bangkok expat who runs his own Bangkok travel blog, where I talk about everything regarding Bangkok including Thai girls . I recently went on a two-week trip to Jakarta for a “cultural holiday”. For me a cultural holiday in Asia involves staying in my hotel with the air-con on until around 8pm. After chugging a few beers in my hotel room I head on out with the plan on getting blast out drunk, before finally starting the search for any human that has a pulse who is willing to go home with me. After spending two weeks in Jakarta, I will share my thoughts on the similarities and differences between Jakarta and Bangkok. I’ll try and keep it as un-biased as I can, and please remember that I was only in Jakarta for two weeks, all information is based on my own experience, picking a different day may have yielded different findings. I was drunk when I went out most nights, so the prices mentioned are what I remember paying, feel free to tell me if I have gotten a fe

Kalijodo: Visiting The Largest Red Light District in Jakarta

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
I had heard of Kalijodo a few times before, in particular through emails from readers of Jakarta100bars.com . It is famous for being the largest red light district in Jakarta and also a center for illegal gambling. It is located near Best Western Hariston Hotel, in Grogol, along the Ciliwung River. If you are on the toll road coming from the airport to the city center, you can actually spot it: There are maybe a hundred bars, discos and cafés lighted up with bright neon signs and with large advertising for Panther Stout or Bali Hai beers. Kalijodo street from the opposite river bank I visited a few days ago. It had been raining all day and the traffic near Taman Anggrek was horrible. Since we were stuck, I asked the taxi driver if he could bring me there to have a look. He went to Kalijodo following Jalan Pesing street, which is lined up with ladyboys (waria) and further away, with street girls. The location is just in front of the nightclub MW. Indonesian Ladyboy (W

The Top 10 Best Clubs, Bars and Restaurants in Jakarta 2014

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Update April 2015 - You may also want to have a look to the following updated rankings:  The Best Bars in Jakarta in 2015 ,  The Best Beer Gardens in Jakarta in 2015 ,  The Best Strip Clubs in Jakarta in 2015 ,  The Best Rooftop Bars in Jakarta in 2015 ,  Jakarta Nightlife in 2015 These rankings of Jakarta's best bars, restaurants, lounges and clubs should be read with my article " Jakarta nightlife 2014 " for more information.  I visited all the places listed below (and more), and I ranked them in the order by which I would recommend them to a friend. I may have missed some great venues. Don't blame me, just add a comment and I'll revise if necessary: Top 10 of the Best Nightclubs in Jakarta in 2014: 1) Empirica: From what I've seen, it is the most happening club in Jakarta at the moment. It is huge, attracts a beautiful/trendy crowd, and it is a really fun place to party. Easy number 1. 2) Immigrant: Still under renovation but we can expect gre

Jakarta Nightlife 2012: My Top Recommendations

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
For an updated article about nightlife in Jakarta in 2014, please visit this link: Jakarta Nightlife Update 2014 . For the 2015 update:  The Best Bars in Jakarta in 2015 ,  The Best Beer Gardens in Jakarta in 2015 ,  The Best Strip Clubs in Jakarta in 2015 ,  The Best Rooftop Bars in Jakarta in 2015 ,  Jakarta Nightlife in 2015 For 2012, this rankings of Jakarta nightlife's best venues are based on my personal preferences only . My criteria for assessing whether a place is recommended or not are varied, but most important of all is whether or not I'm having fun there. It all depends on the music, the people, the atmosphere, and the staff. What I generally don't care about is the design, the level of respectability, the presence or not of prostitutes, or the cleanliness. My objective is not to give good and bad points, but to help you decide where to go or not in Jakarta if you want to have a great night out, not simply sip on a Mojito and stares at other people s

Ladies' Nights in Jakarta (Updated List)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
To prepare this list of Ladies' nights in Jakarta and to make sure that the information is accurate, I've called directly all the bars and clubs listed below, one by one (on October 21st, 2011). Hopefully there won't be too many changes soon, and in case you know something, please leave me a comment or send me an email: thibaud@jakarta100bars.com. So, lucky ladies, if you go to the following bars on their Ladies' night, you will get the following discount or promo: Everyday, Ladies' night in: - De Burse 50% off all drinks except wine, starting at 7pm till 9pm.   Every Tuesday, Ladies' night in:

Jakarta's Special Parties & Regular Events

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Updated: October 2011: For more inforation about events in Jakarta, you should check my post about Ladies Nights in Jakarta . For an updated article about nightlife in Jakarta in 2014, please visit this link: Jakarta Nightlife Update 2014 .  You might have seen on the side bar I started including an " upcoming events " widget, which I will update regularly with the best parties and events in Jakarta. If you know about events that should be included there, you can send them to me and I will add them. It doesn't have to be always related to bars/nightclubs, anything that makes you get up your chair is great! When there isn't any special events, I advise you to check for these regular parties (please help me updating by adding some comments): - Party on Monday Night in Jakarta: Which are the best places to go to? BATS (which do not have a Ladies night) and CJs are usually two good places to have fun during the week because they are pretty much always crowd

Bali Nightlife Vs. Jakarta Nightlife: Which one is the Best?

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Note on February 2013 - This article about Bali nightlife is a little old now, you can read my 2013 update here: Bali Nightlife Update 2013  and my 2014 update: Bali Nighlife Tips . A few people asked me how partying in Bali compared to Jakarta. They intended to spend some time in both and they wanted to know in which place they would have the best parties. I'm not a specialist of Bali nightlife, but I've been there enough times to have an opinion. If you think you know better, please comment. Partying in Bali can be done almost exclusively in a tiny area that goes from Kuta-Legian to Seminyak. In Kuta, the crowd is dominated by young Australians in T-shirt and shorts as well as tourists from all over the world. It is what I could call holiday partying: In any given nightclubs, you will find a whole bunch of people who just happen to be on holidays in the same spot; they aren't always regular clubbers and do not have a lot of expectations except getting drunks, hea

Girls' Night Out: Jakarta Nightlife's Best Spots for Women

By The Jakarta Team →
In this article, I will give you information about the best bars and nightclubs in Jakarta for women (both expats and Indonesians) This blog may seems to be made for male expats since many posts talk about Jakarta nightlife's naughty spots like spas, massage parlours, girlie's bars.. I also wrote a few articles about the relationships between expats and Indonesian girls, or between expats and bargirls, or about dating Indonesian girls. If you are a woman, expat or not, living in Jakarta, you should not think that partying here is a masculine thing to do only. On the contrary, there are actually dozens of places that I'm sure you will enjoy, which are clean, classy and where you will not find any prostitutes. I asked some of my girl friends what were their favourite spots to go to in Jakarta before writing this blog article. I was actually surprised to hear that not all of them like the same bars and nightclubs, and that they may not always be scared to go to places whe

Ayam bars in Jakarta and normal bars?

By The Jakarta Team →
For an updated article about nightlife in Jakarta in 2014, please visit this link: Jakarta Nightlife Update 2014 . Ayam bars refer to bars where most of the girls are prostitutes or hostesses. In the clubs where expats go, prostitution is quite usual but it is much more subtle than in the places frequented by locals. Girls may ask for money directly, but they may also be looking for "taxi money" only, meaning that she will tell you in the morning she needs money to go back home and she will expect you to pay for it. The other option is to ask for "gifts": Mobile phone, jewellery, clothes, etc... After a short period, they will also probably have a brother, an uncle or a cow who's sick, and who can only be cured if you wire them a thousand bucks... Don't be stupid, as soon as she asks you for money, just end the relationship. I'm not saying you should never give anything, but at least use your brain to sort what is true and what is just lies. There

2011 Jakarta Nightlife's Top 100 Bars & Nightclubs

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
For an updated article about nightlife in Jakarta in 2014, please visit this link: Jakarta Nightlife Update 2014 . For 2015,  The Best Bars in Jakarta in 2015 ,  The Best Beer Gardens in Jakarta in 2015 ,  The Best Strip Clubs in Jakarta in 2015 ,  The Best Rooftop Bars in Jakarta in 2015 ,  Jakarta Nightlife in 2015 Each club in Jakarta says it is the best: Best in value, best in the atmosphere, best crowd, best design, etc... Actually, you've probably read a couple of those magazine rankings about the Best bars, the Best Clubs, the Best lounge or the Best restaurant in Jakarta. But how can you trust them? My advice: Don't believe anything you read: Magazines get their money from those same bars, clubs, lounges and restaurants, and it's only natural that those who pay the most reach the top spots.

5 Things You Will Love About Nightlife in Jakarta

By The Jakarta Team →
Those who had the chance to party in Jakarta will understand in no time why Jakarta’s nightlife is often referred to as “Asia’s best kept secret”. Few people imagine how active the nightlife can be here, in the most populous Muslim nation in the world. Jakarta100bars.com is currently writing a guide of nightlife in Asia, and as we are progressing, we are realizing that for all of us, the city that has the best nightlife in Asia is Jakarta. Here is a list of the 5 things that make us love it here: The diversity The 12th largest city in the world, Jakarta is the capital of a huge archipelago of over 17,000 islands. As a consequence, the megalopolis is home to a lot of diversity, with various influences and cultures. Add to that a strong Chinese community, over 100,000 expatriates, and a youth that has studied all over the globe (the owner of Dragonfly for instance studied in Boston), and you will get a cosmopolitan town that never sleeps.

Jakarta Nightlife Guide (Updated 2016)

By The Jakarta Team →
For more articles about nightlife in Jakarta, please visit these links: Jakarta Nightlife Update 2014  or Jakarta Nightlife 2015 . 1)Where to party in Jakarta ? Before starting to explore the city, it's important you have some idea of where the party places are in Jakarta so you won't lose time going from one place to another. Bar hopping is great in Jakarta: A good night out should always include the right mix of low-class/middle class/high class places, alternating expat and more local clubs, and if possible in at least two different areas. The main areas for partying in Jakarta are the following: In South Jakarta South Jakarta has mostly normal nightclubs and bars with no open prostitution or striptease. This is where most foreigners and expats will go. Blok M/Jalan Falatehan My Bar, Top Gun, D's Place, Highway To Elle This is a street with hostess bars popular with oil and gas expatriates.
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