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¿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? 

Cloud Lounge Rooftop Bar (The Plaza Office Tower)

By Nyoman →
Cloud is a rooftop bar/lounge/club located on the 49th floor of the Plaza Tower, just 3 floors above Altitude which is part of the same group.

For many years, Jakarta was missing a real rooftop bar. Some clubs, restaurants and lounges were located on higher floors but never opened on the outside (for instance Vertigo, Pure, Kampus). SHY in Kemang was one of the first rooftop lounges but the Papillion building where it is located did not offer a very impressive view. 

Being located on top of one of the tallest towers in the city, SKYE was the first real rooftop bar in Jakarta, with an immediate success. It probably encouraged others to copy it and I am sure that we will see even more of them in the future.

Cloud is very similar with SKYE: It looks fancy and it is expensive (though not too much: a cocktail will be around 10$). For those who have been there, it looks much like Kudeta in Singapore, without the swimming pool.

There are some differences though between the two main rooftop bars of Jakarta:

- Skye has a more easy-going, artsy vibe and it is more popular with the Indonesian and Indo-Chinese crowd.

- Cloud seems to be targetting an older crowd, business type, more expat. I was there on a Saturday night and 50% of the clients were Indians actually. Cloud also has a cold room for drinking vodka.

Overall: I recommend Cloud and I will visit again. It was not that busy when I went there though so I hope they develop it into a real, busy bar.
Cloud Lounge & Living Room
The Plaza Tower 49th floor
Jl. M.H Thamrin Kav. 28-30
Jakarta 10350
Telephone: +62-21 2992 2448 

Twitter: Cloud Jakarta 

Opening Hours:
Sunday to Thursday from 11am to 11pm
Friday from 11am to 12pm
Saturday from 11am to 3am

If you are looking for more rooftop bars in Jakarta: You can also try Awan Lounge (Kosenda Hotel) which is trendy at the moment.

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/

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.

Nuage 
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.

Overall:
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

Top 10 Rooftop Bars in Jakarta

By Nyoman →
When you live and work in a city like Jakarta, you might want to elevate yourself above the traffic and the pollution. Rooftop bars give you this opportunity to enjoy a drink outside in the open air and to experience another sight of the city, most often spectacular. Most of Jakarta's Rooftop Bars listed here are located in Hotels or in landmark office buildings.

Here is a list of the 10 best Rooftop Bars, to have a drink with friends, to bring your date, to enjoy Jakarta's skyline or to simply enjoy Jakarta's Nightlife while having a drink outside.

1. Skye Bar
56th floor,
Menara BCA, Jalan Thamrin

2. Cloud Lounge
49th floor,
The Plaza building, Jalan Thamrin

 3. Awan Lounge 
9th floor,
Kosenda Hotel, Jalan Wahid Hasyim

4. Soupanova Ecosky
23rd floor,
GKM Tower, Jalan TB Simatupang

5. BART
7th floor,
Artotel Hotel, Jalan Sunda (near Sarinah)

6. La Vue
Top floor,
The Hermitage Hotel, Menteng

7. SHY Rooftop
Top floor,
The Papilion Building in Kemang.

8. 8 Lounge
8th floor,
The Ritz-Carlton Pacific Place, SCBD

9. FJ on 7
7th floor,
The colony building in Kemang.

10. Lobbyn
Top floor,
FaveHotel Kemang.
Lucy in the Sky is also a good option for a Rooftop bar in the SCBD area, even though it is only located on the 2nd floor.

Read more: The Best Bars in Jakarta in 2015The Best Beer Gardens in Jakarta in 2015The Best Strip Clubs in Jakarta in 2015The Best Rooftop Bars in Jakarta in 2015Jakarta Nightlife in 2015

BART (Bar at the Rooftop) Artotel Jakarta Thamrin

By Nyoman →








BART is the latest of the Rooftop Bars in the city. Going on the roof is a very good option in Jakarta since most of the place are closed, with no windows and with full AC. That is maybe one of the reasons why so many rooftop bars have opened recently in Jakarta, and why it is so trendy.

BART (Approximate Acronym of Bar at the Rooftop) is the latest of this long series, it is located in Artotel Hotel on Thamrin near Sarinah. The Hotel itself is very art-friendly with a different Indonesian artist decorating the rooms for each floor. This hotel opened in late 2013 and in October 2014 they are just opening the rooftop bar, maybe after the huge success of Awan Lounge, rooftop bar of Kosenda Hotel, located 200 meters away.

I went to BART for a private party, before the official opening and I was quite impressed by the size of it. It is bigger than Awan Lounge. It is approximately 2 times the size of it and you can actually walk and navigate in the whole place. The other positive thing about BART is that you get some breeze, some air so you are not totally hot and sweaty while drinking your cocktail. The design of the place is not extraordinary I would say, the whole black and white theme colors on the furniture and on the ceiling makes you feel you are a zebra. Girls, you know what colors to wear if you want to be in tone with the place ! If you feel a bit hungry, try the food there: it comes from the restaurant located on the lobby of the hotel and it is very tasty. The Menu is mostly Asian with some western dishes. I had the chicken panini and it was great.

The Bar is located on the seventh floor of the Hotel and you can have a great view at Jakarta Skyline, towards Thamrin, Sudirman and Rasuna Said. This bar is a great addition to Jakarta's nightlife Rooftop Bars list along with Skye Bar and Cloud Lounge in the same area.

Last but not least, you cannot seat on the counters located all around the place.. Even though it is at the perfect height to seat, and there will be a shortage of seats when the bar will be packed, the waiter/waitress will gently tell you that you cannot do that...

Give us your impressions in the comments box and tell us which is your favorite rooftop bar in the city ?


BART @ Artotel Jakarta (near Sarinah Mall)
Jalan Sunda #3
Jakarta
Phone: 021 3192 5888
Website: Artotel
Twitter: Artotel

Kosenda Hotel Jakarta

By Nyoman →
Kosenda Facade

After being to Awan Lounge Rooftop Bar in Kosenda Hotel, I was curious about this place. Now that I read the Wall Street Journal Review, I thought that international attention on this Hotel must be a good thing and I had to try it.

1. The Location
This Hotel is located on Jalan Wahid Hasyim 127, very close to Thamrin. Jalan Wahid Hasyim is a busy street for Hotels (Oria, Akmani, Ibis but also Morrissey, FaveHotel), Restaurants (my favourite being Ocha & Bella) and Bars like Beer Garden Menteng. The street is very close to Thamrin which makes it a very central location, with a close access to Bunderan HI and Sudirman. The location is thus perfect for a 2/3 days business trip in Jakarta.

2. The Design
Teak Wood in the Hallway

There is something about design in this place: well-kept and maybe more than that. As soon as you enter the Restaurant, located near the Hotel lobby, you feel something is different here.Teak wood makes it definitely Indonesian. But along with the decoration, which reminds me of 60s or 70s, especially for the furniture, it gives a modern and trendy touch as soon as you get in the Hotel Lobby.

3. The Rooms
There are 3 types of rooms : The Petita, The Comforta and The Spatia. The Spatia is the biggest room available in Kosenda Hotel. As you can see on the picture, there is a small living room with a couch and a coffee table in the Spatia Room.

Spatia Room in Kosenda

There is only one Spatia Room in the whole Hotel, so it's kind of unique. The price starts from Rp 1.8 Million, including breakfast. Taking the Spatia Room is a good option since the other rooms are slightly too small for 2 people.

 Comforta Double Room in Kosenda

Comforta Twin Room in Kosenda

The 2 other types keep the same decoration and color tones, but with a smaller room size. For the bathroom, the Kiehl's Toiletries are a real plus that makes it enjoyable to take a shower here.

 Bathroom in Petita Bedroom

Desk in Petita Bedroom

You can enjoy a small work area to either plug your computer or tablet, or simply make a couple of phone calls, for those who came here in a business trip.

4. The Breakfast/Restaurant

 Waha Kitchen Restaurant in Kosenda Hotel

Since Breakfast is included in the price, you don't have to pay extra to grab a bite in the morning. Fair choice is proposed and it was acceptable. On the contrary, the food in the restaurant was average and misses something in my opinion. Maybe a bit of taste and maybe a bit of attention to details, and also some efforts on decoration. The desserts were better than the rest of my meal, mostly Asian-fusion style.

Nasi Rendang in Waha Kitchen Restaurant

Overall: Kosenda Hotel has one of the nicest design and decorations in Jakarta, this is definitely a plus that makes you feel like you stay in a unique place. The location close to Thamrin makes it  very central and convenient for business trips. The basic room is too small though, especially for 2 people. The Rooftop Bar is very nice. I would not recommend to stay on the 8th floor ofthe Hotel though since it is close to the Rooftop bar and it might be a noisy.

Price for 1 night : Rp 1,300,000 (breakfast included)

Have a Drink in the area ? Beer Garden Menteng
Clubbing in the area ? Immigrant (Plaza Indonesia)


Entrance Terrace of Kosenda 

Kosenda Hotel
Jalan KH Wahid Hasyim No.127, 
Tanah Abang, 
Kota Jakarta Pusat, DKI Jakarta 10240
Phone: 021 31936868



Beer Garden Menteng

By Nyoman →



After Beer Garden Kemang and Beer Garden SCBD, Beer Garden Menteng is now open, right in front of the Oria Hotel, not too far from Ocha & Bella . Same concept, same furniture, even the same Rooftop Bar like in SCBD. Those places really look alike.

The place opened in October 2013 but has already a good basis of customers who already went to the other Beer Gardens. Since the place is all open, you would definitely get hot and sweaty, thus drink more beer to refresh yourself ! You get the concept ?

Live bands, affordable prices and good choice of imported beers.

 

Beer Garden Menteng
Jl. KH Wahid Hasyim, No. 108
Menteng, Jakarta
Phone: +62-21 3192 6588

Opening Hours: Every day from 17.00-02.00

Twitter: Beer Garden
Facebook: Beer Garden Jakarta (including the latest one in Radio Dalam)