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Lucy In The Sky (Bar & Restaurant)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Update Dec 2016: Lucy has been renovated due to noise complaints from neighbors. It is now covered by a large glass building (as in the first photo above). It looks more upmarket than before but it is still popular with the same crowd (young, trendy Jakartans).

Located near Jalan Sudirman, in Fairgrounds (ex-Bengkel), Lucy In The Sky  is a rooftop restaurant/bar with an open-air garden terrace and a laid-back, close-to-nature atmosphere. It is probably partially owned by Tommy Winata, the ex owner of Bengkel and owner of the land of SCBD.

The location of LITS is probably its best assets as it gives the feeling of escaping the city. Though in the heart of Jakarta's business district, it is surrounded with plants and flowers, which makes it relaxing, and a perfect spot to look at the skyscrapers around. Similar ambiance than SHY Rooftop but less expensive (80k for main dish) and with a better view.

Regarding the taste of the food though, there is still large room for improvement. For now, I advise you to stick with the drinks.

Lucy is one of the most crowded bars in Jakarta, even on week days (starting Wednesday). Most customers are young and chic. You have about 5-10% of foreigners as well. Every 1st Thursday of the month, they have a great hip hop party called In Effect. You can see more information about it here: In Effect Jakarta.

Surprisingly, there is a karaoke ++ attached to Lucy in the Sky with sexy lady companions. It is called Roxy.
Opening hours:
Everyday from 3.30pm to 1am (2am during the weekend)

Lucy in the Sky
Kawasan Central Business District
 Kav 52-53
Jakarta Selatan 
Indonesia, 12190

Phone: +62-21 515 2308 / 09
Facebook: Lucy In The Sky Jakarta
Instagram: Lucy Jakarta

¿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? 

Bistecca (SCBD - Jakarta)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
The Union Group (behind Union, Loewy, Cork&Screw, Benedict, Casa, E&O, The Dutch, Canteen, etc...) opened Caffè Milano almost 2 years ago. Following its success, they are opening a sister restaurant called Bistecca.

This new venue is still under project and it will open in August 2016. It will be located next to The Dutch restaurant, one of the trendy spots in Jakarta nowadays.

As the name suggests, the food will be mostly steaks and grilled meat, Italian-style. They will also sell fine Italian wines. The Head Chef is still Luca Pezzera.

I will add information about prices, menu, opening hours, etc. when I receive them. Please comment if you know something!

Update August 2016:
Bistecca is already open. Full menu available here: Drinks and Cocktails Menu Bistecca and Food Menu Bistecca.

Bistecca Jakarta
18 Parc Place Tower C, GF SCBD
Jalan Jenderal Sudirman Kav 52-53
South Jakarta

Phone number: +62 (0) 21 5151 660
Website (not active yet): Bistecca Jakarta

Chamber Whisky and Wine Bar (Pacific Place)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Chamber is a whisky/wine bar and restaurant squeezed between Potato Head and Cork&Screw in Pacific Place mall. It replaces Capocaccia.

It is intimate and comfortable, with an outdoor and an indoor area. The design follows the current 1930s vintage trend that you can see in several speakeasy bars in Jakarta. It is a bit over the top for my taste. They target rich Indonesians by advertising a large collection of wines and spirits. Most items can only be ordered by bottle so avoid if you come alone.

The food is quite disappointing. It is expensive (10$ for a Nasi Campur or Spaghetti) and yet I don't feel they put a lot of effort into it. Most dishes are actually Indonesian, which does not really match with the theme of the restaurant. This may be due to the fact that their kitchen is small.

Overall: I think that Chamber is not on par with the competition in Pacific Place. While the design is nice, it seems to be lacking substance compared to nearby Paul, Cork&Screw and Potato Head. 

Chamber Food and Spirits
Pacific Place Mall, Ground Floor 51B, SCBD
Reservation is recommended: +62 (0) 21 5797 31 28

Opening Hours:
From Sunday to Thursday from 10am to 12am
From Friday to Saturday from 10am to 2am
Brunch every Sunday

Instagram: ChamberJKT
Twitter (where the photos come from): ChamberJKT
Website: Chamber Jakarta

Branché (Senopati)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
This is a really late post. I had visited Branché a few days after it had opened a couple years ago (2014) and I had never published my draft review until now.

At the time of my visit, I had met with the owner, a nice, young guy who seemed surprised by the sudden success of his bar. Even though Branché is simple compared to nearby trendy venues in Senopati, it is still quite popular with Indonesians.

My guess is that they enjoy the no-frill atmosphere, the cheaper prices and the young crowd. The bar/restaurant is built on several stories. The top floor is the nicest, with large bay windows and comfortable sofas. There is a French-inspired menu but the quality is disappointing. Expect to pay around Rp250,000 for a meal and an alcohol drink.

Overall: Nothing really special but you may enjoy Branché if you are young and you only need a simple place to drink with friends. Ladies' night on Wednesdays with free flow special cocktails for girls.

Branché Restaurant, Lounge and Bar
Jalan Senopati No33
Phone number: +62 (0) 21 573 44 48

Opening Hours:
Every day from 11am to midnight (until 2am on weekends)

Photos from Instagram: Branché Bistro Senopati

Kila Kila by Akasya (Indonesian Restaurant)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Kila Kila is a brand new rooftop restaurant serving fine dining Indonesian cuisine. It is located not far from Pacific Place Mall and offers a beautiful view over SCBD.

It is managed by Akasya Catering, a famous company owned by Enny Latief. They provided the food for numerous VIP events such as the wedding of Edhie Baskoro, the son of SBY. If their food is good enough for the president of Indonesia, it should be good enough for you too.

You can get more information about their concept, menu, prices and design on their websites and social media accounts listed below.

Kila Kila by Akasya
SCBD Gedung Lot 4, 7th Floor 
Jalan Sudirman Kav. 52-53+62 21 514 014 84

Instagram: Kila Kila

Opening Hours:
Everyday from 11am to 11pm

Gonzo's Tex Mex Restaurant (Jakarta)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Gonzo's is a brand-new restaurant serving Mexican, Texan and Tex-Mex specialties. Its first location is in Lotte Mall Kuningan, slightly hidden behind Ranch Market. It doubles up as the first Margarita bar in Jakarta.

The theme is Mexican but I don't think it was the objective of the owners to recreate Mexico in Jakarta. It is colorful and friendly, yet simple. Gonzo's caters to a mall crowd who needs a fun place for meeting/hanging out. They serve mostly popular dishes like Burritos, Fajitas, Steaks, Tacos, Quesadillas, etc, not fine dining Mexican food (see Full Menu).

As such, they are reasonably-priced, especially if you benefit from one of their promotions (Free Tacos on Monday, Free Burritos on Wednesdays -> see their facebook). Actually, when we visited we were expecting small portions as the prices weren't that high. We ended up with so much food I had to call a friend to help us finish.
That's what you get for less than Rp200,000 in Gonzo's!
We tried the burritos, tacos, quesadillas and enchiladas. The taste was great, just as good as any of the most famous Mexican restaurants in Jakarta. I regret we didn't go for one of their grilled meat "Texas favorites" though. I also recommend you their Margaritas, you get 1 free for each you buy from 5pm to 8pm.

Gonzo's is right next to the new bar/club Revolution too so it's a good place to go to for pre-party snacks and drinks.

Opening Hours:
Everyday from 10am to 10pm

Gonzo’s Tex Mex Grill and Margarita Bar
Ciputra World Mall, Lotte Shopping Avenue, LG No57
Jalan Prof Dr Satrio, Karet, Jakarta

Phone number: +62-21 2988 8973

Instagram: Gonzo's Jakarta

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

Basque Spanish Restaurant and Tapas Bar (Jakarta)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Basque is one of the most happening new restaurants/bars to open so far this year in Jakarta. It is a Spanish restaurant / Tapas bar with a great design, good food and a trendy feel.

Currently, I see that more and more expats are hanging out there instead of Loewy. It is a good pick-up place for girls also.

The location on the 8th floor of Noble House offers a nice view on the surrounding buildings of Mega Kuningan. The food is not so expensive, you can get a decent meal for less than Rp200,000. 

It is open every day for lunch and dinner. After 11pm, they generally turn up the volume and it turns into a bar. The music is a mix of popular songs from the past 20 years.

Basque Bar de Tapas - Spanish Restaurant
8th Floor, Noble House Building,
Mega Kuningan, South Jakarta 12950

Phone number: +62 (0) 21 2978 3111-12

Blue Fox Senopati

By Nyoman →


Blue Fox is a cool joint located in the busy Senopati. It is both a Restaurant and a Lounge. The food there is mostly Western with American, Spanih and French influence. 

You would definitely go there for their "chemistry shots", as they take good care in making a nice-looking shot (see 1st picture, Embrio Foxy is the name of the Drink, 80 K ). The corner bar with seats makes it comfy to stay and have some shots over there. This reminded me the drinks in Kemxtri Bar in Pullman Hotel Jakarta Thamrin. 

Last time I went there, it was pretty full, with a mix crowd of 20's and 30's Indonesians, eager to have multiple shots before heading to a club nearby. This is a perfect spot to start a party night in Jakarta, before going to Fable or Empirica. Try to get some food and not to drink shots only !

Blue Fox Senopati
Jalan Suryo No 6
Kebayoran Baru
Jakarta 12180
Phone: 081188 0033 

Opening Hours: Monday Through Sunday 10:00 AM to 02:00 AM

Hide & Seek (SCBD - Jakarta)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Hide & Seek is a restaurant and bar located next to Lucy in the Sky, Fable and Potato Head Garage in SCBD area. It is a small, discreet venue with an industrial theme. I think they got their inspiration from the Nautilus submarine in Jules Verne's novel.

I never tried the food there, but I went a quite a few times for parties on Friday and Saturday nights. It's not too crowded so it's perfect for having a few drinks before moving elsewhere in SCBD. Occasionally they have good DJs as well. Beware that most clients are quite young, in their early 20s.

Prices are high, at least Rp100,000 for spirits and Rp130,000 net for the cheapest cocktails.

Overall: One of Jakarta's trendy spots among the younger generation. If you are an expat under 25 you should probably give it a try. Make sure there is an event on their Facebook page below before going.

Opening Hours:
From Sunday to Thursday from 11am to 12am
From Friday to Saturday from 11am to 2am

Hide & Seek Swillhouse
Fairgrounds Lot 14 SCBD
Jalan Sudirman #52, South Jakarta

Phone number: +62 21 5150366

Twitter: hideseekjkt

Motion Blue (Jazz - Fine Dining Lounge)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Motion Blue is a fine dining restaurant/lounge located in Fairmont Hotel in Jakarta. It was named Cotton Club for a couple months, then changed its name. You can read my review of Cotton Club here.

The concept of Motion Blue is very similar. It is an upmarket venue with live jazz bands or musicians every day. It is even more expensive than Black Cat. The food is nice, with mostly French fusion dishes.

Music charge with first drink free: Rp250,000.

Opening Hours:
Everyday from 9:30am to 10:00pm (until 7.30pm on Sunday and holidays)

Motion Blue Jazz Lounge
Fairmont 3rd floor, Jalan Asia Afrika No.8
South Jakarta, Indonesia

Phone number: +62 (0) 21 2903 9189

Instagram (not active yet): motionbluejkt

Pho 24 (Vietnam Restaurants - Jakarta)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Pho 24 is a chain of Vietnamese restaurants with several locations in Asia. Specializing in Pho, it belongs to a major conglomerate in Vietnam which is also the owner of Highlands Coffee.

I've actually lived in Vietnam for several months and I tried hundreds of street Phos there (Pho is pronounced a bit like F*ck, without the "K" sound at the end).

Even in Vietnam, Pho 24 is not that good and it is expensive. The other major chain, Pho Ong Hung, is much better in my opinion.

The pho in Pho 24 Jakarta does not taste anything like authentic pho. It is bland, the meat is low quality, the bean sprouts are too big, and instead of the usual Vietnamese herbs (long coriander, cinnamon basil), they serve you a kind of parsley that does not add any flavours to the broth. It costs over Rp60,000 including tax, not worth it .

Overall: If I ever return to Pho 24 in Indonesia, I will not order their pho again. For the other dishes, I haven't tried them yet but I would not expect great tasting food.

Pho 24 contacts details:
Several locations in Jakarta, among which:
Gandaria, TIS Square Tebet, Food Court Grand Indonesia, Alam Sutera Boulevard, Mall Kelapa Gading 3, SMS Serpong, Jalan Wolter Monginsidi (Senopati) No 38, PIM (Pondok Indah Mall) 1 and 2, Pacific Place, Senayan City,  Kota Kasablanka, Lotte Ciputra World, CityWalk Sudirman, Central Park, Puri Indah Mall.

Facebook Page (vietnamese language): Pho 24 Vietnamese Food
Phone numbers: See website above.