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Masters Sports Bar (Bellagio - Mega Kuningan)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Masters Sports Bar and Restaurant is located on the ground floor of Bellagio Mall in Mega Kuningan. The place looks unassuming from the outside and you may have already walked past without noticing it. Should you decide to step inside, you'll be surprised to find a spacious 350m2 area with a long wooden bar, a 50-seat dining area, 2 professional electronic dart boards and 5 full-size tournament pool tables. Unlike the trendy venues nearby like Loewy or Basque, Masters has a much more laid-back atmosphere, perfect if you are looking for a quiet place to chill after work. Later in the evening, it gets a bit more loud and busy, especially on Friday and Saturday as they have a live band.

It is one of the few dedicated sports bars in Jakarta and it features at least 8 different TVs, including two massive HD projector screens near the entrance. It must be among the largest ones I've seen anywhere in Asia. If there is any live sports event in the world, you are pretty sure you can watch it in Masters: Football, Rugby, AFL, Racing, NBA, NFL, MLB, etc. They may also change their schedule to make sure you can watch special events like the Superbowl, the Olympics or the Fifa World Cup. Some screens also have music videos from an eclectic playlist of over 600 titles (pop, rock, Top 40, etc).

One of the particularities of Masters Sports Bar is that it is owned by a group of Jakarta expats who each have their own day jobs. I've met a few of them and it was refreshing to see how passionate they are. They come from different backgrounds and nationalities (Swedish, Indonesian, Malaysian, Nepalese, Denmark and Irish), but they share the same goal: Having the most friendly and comfortable bar for them to meet, drink and watching sports. The result is that Masters feels particularly homey and that a lot of their customers are regulars (sometimes with their families).

The crowd is quite diverse, but I would say there are about 50% expats and 50% Indonesians, most of whom are over 30 years old.

One of the best reasons to visit Masters is to play billiard. There is one table near the entrance and four more in the back. For casual players, you can use them for free as long as you make a purchase. Some competitive players train there as well, including several teams that participate in the Jakarta Pool League. There are seats all around the pool tables so it is nice to just watch (better) people play as well. Masters arranges pool events & tournaments on a regular basis, you can find more information about this on their very busy Facebook page (see below).

Regarding the food, they serve all the traditional pub fare for a reasonable price considering the area.

Light meals, soups, sandwiches, salads and snacks cost about Rp50,000 to Rp80,000 (Nachos, Wings, Spring Rolls, Wedges, etc...). Thai and Indonesian food cost between Rp50,000 and Rp100,000. Pizzas and Western main courses cost between Rp70,000 to Rp150,000. Their imported steaks (from US and Australia) are a bit more expensive as usual in Indonesia (starting at Rp200,000).

They also have lunch specials on their pies, hotdogs and Indonesian food with a fixed price of Rp50,000++ from 11am to 3pm.

The beer is rather cheap, starting at Rp38,000 for a Prost 33cl. You can see below the whole beer menu with happy hour prices (HH = 4pm to 9pm):
Cocktails and hard liquor glasses are priced between Rp70,000 and Rp90,000 per unit while a bottle of Jack Daniels will cost you only Rp1,000,000.

Every Thursday evening is Ladies Night (from 5pm to 8pm) with a free flow house pours for girls.

Masters Sports Bar and Restaurant
Bellagio Shopping mall Unit 20-21
Jalan Lingkar Mega Kuningan Barat Kav E4 No. 3
East Setiabudi, South Jakarta

Phone number: +62 (0) 21 300 199949
Email: mastersjakarta@gmail.com

Instagram: Masters Jakarta Sports Bar
Facebook: Masters Jakarta or add Masters as a friend for an updated sports schedule.

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
Email: claudyasti@yahoo.com

Facebook: Arab Bar Jakarta
Website: DeLeila

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

Jimm's Sports Café Mega Kuningan

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →



Jimm's Sports Café is a sports bar and an expat bar in downtown Jakarta. It is not as famous and popular as nearby Cazbar, but you have friendly staff and many regulars, among which many Indonesians. Since most clients are American, British and Austalian, the sports you are most likely to watch are English Premier League, NFL, Rugby, AFL, etc... The TVs are not so big (50"), except during special events when they put a wide screen and a projector.

I tried a cheeseburger (Rp60k) there once and it didn't taste very good so you can avoid the food and stick to the sport and beer. If you don't want to take advice from this blog for food, you should know that the waiter told me they serve the "best nachos in Jakarta".

Overall, it is a decent bar, less crowded than other venues like above-mentioned Cazbar or Aphrodite, but certainly more laid-back.

The best days to visit Jimm's Sports Café are Thursdays for its Ladies' night and Saturdays for live music. They have a pool table free of charge for clients too + Wi-fi. On the photos I took, the bar seems quite empty because it was 3 in the afternoon during the week.

Opening Hours:
From 10am to 1am everyday.

Contact details:
Jimm's Sports Café Jakarta
Bellagio Boutique Mall
Kawasan Mega Kuningan Barat
Kav. E4.3, unit 06 08-09
Jakarta Selatan 12950

Website: http://jimmssportscafe.co.id
Twitter: http://twitter.com/sportscafejkt
Facebook: Sports Café Bar Jakarta

Email 1: sportscafe@sportscafejakarta.com
Email 2: marketing@sportscafejakarta.com
Phone number: +62-21 3006 6771

Molly Malone's Irish Pub

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Molly Malone’s Irish Pub opened in August 2012 on the ground floor of Plaza Arcadia Senayan. It is one of two authentic Irish bars in Jakarta, the other one being Murphy's in Kemang (same owners actually).

Molly’s is divided into two separate sections, a traditional Irish pub and a live music venue

Overall: With its location one floor below the infamous Red Square, it is ideal to kick start your weekend. There also have three comfortable VIP booths available to rent if you want a semi private area to enjoy the live music and soak up the party atmosphere.

Opening Hours : 
Everyday from 11am to 2am

Molly Malone (Irish Bar Jakarta)
Plaza Senayan Arcadia, Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia 10270
Phone: +62-21 579 01433
Email: info@mollysjakarta.com

Website: http://www.mollysjakarta.com
Facebook: Molly Malone Jakarta
Twitter: @mollysjakarta

Absolute Café and Pool Bar (Jalan Jaksa)

By The Jakarta Team →


Absolute is one of the only bar in Jaksa with air-con. Lots of English teachers and journalists, and also some girls from Jaksa. Free pool table, darts, cheap beer, Premier League Soccer games on screen and always quite crowded by the same group of people. Nice.

For French speakers: More about Jalan Jaksa and the nightlife in Jakarta on our french blog: jakartateam.blogspot.com
Contact details:
Absolute Café
Jalan Jaksa No. 5
Telephone: 021-31909847
Open until 3am, sometimes after..

Afterhour (Sarinah)

By The Jakarta Team →

Afterhour is a famous pool-themed bar opened in Jakarta in 2001. Similar in the concept with Score or La Forca, you have quality tables and quite a lot of special events that make it a popular venue for playing pool as much as for hanging out with friends.

You have a DJ every night so if you are not used to it, beware because it can be quite loud and disturbing while playing. Afterhour is more expensive than the average pool venues in Jakarta, especially the drinks at the bar.

Open everyday from noon to 2AM. On Fridays, there is a special contest where you can challenge Atherhour's best pool players. If you win, you get prizes (I think it's a bottle of Johnny Walker). Happy Hours everyday until 22pm: 2 beers for the price of one.
Contact details:
Afterhour Sarinah (Near Jalan Jaksa)
Gedung Sarinah Lt. 2
Jl.MH Thamrin No. 11 - Jakarta Pusat
Telp.021 - 39832047 Fax. 021 - 39832048
afterhour@afterhour.co.id

Website (not updated regularly): Afterhour Playing Pool & Billiard Jakarta

Photos taken on Afterhour Jakarta facebook profile: Click here for more.

Another branch has opened:
Afterhour Lebak Bulus
Annex Building, Poins Square
Lebak Bulus
South Jakarta
Phone: +6221 75909116

Face Bar Menteng

By The Jakarta Team →


Face Bar, part of the Face group, is one of the oldest bars in Jakarta. It is still popular, especially with expats and tourists, in spite of being expensive and even though dozens of similar lounges have opened all around the city.

The secret of Face Bar is undoubtedly its interior design, which combines old antiques with more contemporary paintings and sculptures. It is quite small, and there are always some regulars, in particular foreign journalists. There is a pool table too but it is rarely used. There are two fine dining restaurants in the same building, each one with a theme: Lan Na Tai (Thai food) and Hazara (Indian cuisine, reviewed on this blog here)

Face bar is usually a recommended nightlife spot by many magazines/websites about Jakarta. Myself, I like to take my friends there when they come to Jakarta, because it is the kind of venue that would be popular in Europe. Don't expect something very happening though, it is a bar to chill and relax, not to party.
Face Bar
Kusuma Atmaja 85, Imam Bonjol,
Menteng, Jakarta

Tel: +62 21 31925037
Fax: +62 21 3143501

E-mail: jakarta@facebars.com

The photos were taken on Face Bar's website : Click here.
Facebook: Face Jakarta
Facebook of Face Group: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Face-Group-Jakarta/209858615695404

Fez (Expat Bar)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Fez is a popular expat bar in Kemang, owned by the same people behind Aphrodite. It is usually quite crowded, especially during sporting events. As in Aphrodite, you have some decent food (for around Rp100,000 a meal), and always a few pretty girls. You can check the food here: Menu Fez Kemang. You also have two pool tables.

It is not my favourite in Kemang (I prefer Murphy's or Eastern Promises), but still a good venue. Price for one small Heineken: Rp50,000 with taxes.
Opening hours:
Everyday, from 3pm to 2am (3am on weekends)

Fez bar (same building than Kinara)
Jl. Kemang Raya No. 78-B
Jakarta, Indonesia 12730

Phone number: +62-21 719 2677
Fax: +62-21 719 2654
Email: marketing@kinara.co.id
Website: http://www.kinara.co.id/fez/
Facebook: Fez

Jaya Pub (Thamrin)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
After 8 years living in Jakarta, I finally visited Jaya Pub, the oldest expat bar in the city (since 1976). It is really a shame I never came before because the place would have deserved a review on this blog a long time ago.

Owned by Rima Melati and her husband (also behind Le Bistro and La Bodega), Jaya Pub looks like a survivor. Not only has it been around for 35 years, it also hasn't changed during that time: Toto for instance, one of their employees, has been working here since the beginning. He is now 70 years-old, probably the oldest bartender in Jakarta. The decoration is nothing but the accumulation of all the souvenirs and photos gathered over time. You cannot help but feel nostalgic in Jaya Pub, especially if you've been an expat for a while already.

They have a live band everyday, playing a bit of everything but nothing too recent. Customers are welcome to go on stage to sing as well. Here is a video I shot:
They serve some decent pub food: I tried the Lamb Chops (Rp135k++) and Lamb Skewer (Rp75k++): The meat could have been more tender (or they could give a better knife), but the cooking was fine for pub fare. I thought it was a bit pricey though. For drinking, I had a Bintang (Rp37k++).
Lamb Skewer
Lamb Chops
Overall: Jaya Pub is not a place for everyone, especially if you are only interested in finding stylish, modern venues. But for those who enjoy grabing a beer in a friendly and laid-back atmosphere, it is a must-try bar.
 
Opening hours:
Everyday from 5pm to 2am.
Happy hours from 5pm to 9pm (buy one get one free).
Live music from 8.30pm onwards.

Jaya Pub
Gedung Jaya, Jl. MH.Thamrin Kav.1-2,
Jakarta, Indonesia
Phone number: +62-21 319 25 633

Facebook: Jaya Pub Jakarta
Website: http://jayapub.jktlinks.com/

La Forca Pool Bar and Live Music (Jakarta's Setiabudi Food Court, Jl Rasuna Said)

By The Jakarta Team →



La Forca is a popular pool bar with very loud music that can be quite disturbing. Live band sometimes, and cute waitresses. It's a good place to go out during the week, when other places are empty, from Sunday to Tuesday. It's not for a wild night out partying, but it's ok before moving to other places.
La Forca Pool & Lounge
Setiabudi One, Second Floor
Rasuna Said Kav. 1
Jakarta Selatan

Tel: +62-21 527 2024-34
Email: laforca.ent@gmail.com
Facebook: La Forca Fan Page

Markas Pool & Karaoke (Tanjung Duren)

By The Jakarta Team →


Markas Pool and Café is a popular joint to play billiard , as well as other classic games in Tanjung Duren in West Jakarta. It is actually so popular that it may take a while before you start playing during the peak hours of the weekend. There is also a cozy café attached to it called Strawberry Café which is a good hangout spot among locals. Many people also come to look at the beautiful hostesses working there as SPG.

Rates:
Billiard: For one hour, Rp. 24,000 during the week and Rp30,000 during weekends. 50% off before 6pm.
Karaoke: Rp50,000 for standard room, Rp120,000 for VVIP.


Markas Pool and Café
Jl Tanjung Duren Barat III No 1 Jakarta Barat
Phone : (62-21) 564 3373
(62-21) 564 3345

Opening hours: From Sunday to Thursday, Markas is open starting 1pm until 2am. On Friday and Saturday, it closes an hour later at 3am.

They have a very good website with a lot of information: Markas Café Jakarta (from which the photos where taken). You can also look at their facebook fanpage for the latest events here.


Maxi Bar (Blok M) CLOSED

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Maxi Bar opened in 2010, to replace One Tree bar. It is now owned by a guy from New-Zealand, also behind Maxi Pub in Serpong. Maxi Bar is unsophisticated, and yet with a better hygiene and decoration than most of Jalan Falatehan's venues. You have about half a dozen waitresses in sexy outfit, very friendly I must say, but unfortunately no customers during my visit (a Wednesday night at 11pm). They also have a brand-new pool table.

I tried their food, the beef ribs (Rp77k++) and the Chicken Cordon Bleu (which they call Gordon Blue, Rp60k++). I did not expect much but it was actually pretty tasty. It is still a bit expensive compared to what you can get elsewhere, but at least they are not ripping you off. Other dishes include all the classic pub fares in Jakarta: Burgers, steaks, nachos, pasta and asian favourites. The draught bintang cost Rp27k++.
The beef ribs
Overall: If crowded, it could be a decent place. Check it on weekend nights maybe. Otherwise, if you want to be in a happening place, just go to Top Gun.
Opening hours: Everyday until 2am.

Maxi Bar
Jalan Falatehan I No. 24
Kebayoran Baru, Blok M,
South Jakarta, 12160 Indonesia

Phone number: +62-21 722 9818
Fax: +62-21 722 9817
Email: maxi_bar_blkm@yahoo.com