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Blok M (Jalan Falatehan)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
My previous visit to Jalan Falatehan was 3 years ago, during a memorable pub crawl, the Blok-M-thon. Last week (June 2011) was more healthy, but I still managed to visit each venues (except Highway to Elle). My objective was to see if there was any update that could be made to this blog.

For those unaware of the name, Jalan Falatehan is one of the two main red-light areas in South Jakarta (the other one being "Little Tokyo"). It is not very long, about 200 meters, and you'll find less than 10 bars, usually owned by foreigners.

Here is a quick list, by order of appearance:
  • Sportsmans: A sports bar, no girls, only for chatting, drinking beer, and watching sports
  • Everest: An easy-going bar, with a few girls and few clients. Mostly regular customers
  • D's place: The most trashy place in Blok M, with usually a lot of girls, striptease and gogo dancers, just like in Pattaya
  • My Bar: A bar packed with girls of all ages and shapes, at least 50 of them, and less than 10 male customers, all expats (double those figures during the weekend).
  • Maxi Bar: Empty but good food, they have about 6 waitresses/hostesses, dressed to kill. It stands where the now defunct One Tree Bar used to be.
  • Oscar's Pub: Live music, mostly Indonesian crowd, they have some house music now but it was empty at the time of my visit. For regulars only.
  • Guitar String: Not bad, there was a good live band and the waitresses were extra-friendly. A dozen girls there and Indonesian customers only. 
  • Top Gun: The best bar in the street, with a lot of people, a party atmosphere and live music. Your best choice if you are a newcomer to Blok M.

    In three years, the only changes I noticed were:
    Generally speaking, it isn't much different: You have that same old disturbing mix of prostitutes, beggars, children, street sellers,  crooked taxis and security guards waiting for you outside every bars to ask something from you. The street is still dirty, and so are most of the bars.

    The only big advice you need to hear is to not take a taxi directly right on Jalan Falatehan, they cannot be trusted. Instead, walk 50 meters until you reach the main road, then take a Blue Bird or an Express taxi.
      I wished I had more to talk about, I'll be back in three years for a new review. For any questions you may have, please leave a comment.

      For an updated article about nightlife in Jakarta in 2014, please visit this link: Jakarta Nightlife Update 2014

      Top 10 Striptease and Sexy Dancer Shows in Jakarta in 2017

      By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
      Yes, even in self-righteous Indonesia you will find more strip clubs and sexy dancers than in most other Asian countries. Sure Bangkok has its fair share of gogo bars, but women there rarely go full nude in public. In Jakarta, you have dozens of places with daily naked shows for a male public, obviously, to enjoy.

      Remember that you are in Jakarta, not in Hollywood. Don't expect a spectacular striptease show with pole dancing, synchronized choreographies and splits, it is usually pretty basic. In most places, you can also book the stripper for a private dance and more depending on the size of your wallet. In all those places, the dancers usually try to get customers to buy them ladies' drinks after they've finished their routine. The price for a drink is between 50k and 100k. If you buy one, you will just get a thank you. If you buy at least 3, you will get a short lap dance. If you buy more than 3, you won't get much more. 

      The huge majority of those venues are located in North and West Jakarta in the following districts : Kelapa Gading, Taman Anggrek, Taman Sari, Hayam Wuruk, Gadjah Mada, Mangga Besar, Lokasari. If you stay in Sudirman area, the closest ones will be about 5 kilometers away. Without traffic in the evening it's a 15 minutes ride. 

      Following a hard work of research and investigation, here is my list of the Top 10 Best Striptease and Sexy Dancer bars in Jakarta in 2015:

      1) Tease Club (Full Nude)
      Managed by Alex Tirta from Alexis Group. It may be the most sophisticated strip club to date in Jakarta in terms of costumes and choreography. They used to have a live sex show but it was probably too risky. Even corruption has its limits in Indonesia.

      Recommended hotels nearby: Red Top and Alila Pecenongan are both walking distance from Tease Club and Emporium Spa.

      2) Malioboro (Full Nude)
      Managed by the biggest competitor of Alex Tirta in the naughty nightlife scene, the Stadium group. There are dancers in two areas, the Malio Club with about 8 to 10 girls dancing non stop, and the Malio Spa which is less busy.

      Grand Mercure Kota is a 4-star hotel located just across Malioboro. You also have a nearby 3-star hotel, All Seasons Gajah Mada.

      3) King Cross (Full Nude)
      Managed by Stadium Group as well. Sexy dancers on two floors. The best ones are on the top floors. It is best to arrive early to avoid the crowd (like 10pm).

      The closest hotel is the Santika Kelapa Gading (3 minutes by taxi).

      4) Classic Hotel (Full Nude)
      3 floors have dancers in Classic Hotel: On the ground floor, you have the best dancers but there is an entrance fee and the drinks are more expensive. On the 2nd floor and 5th floor, you have a basic dance show in two huge rooms (they are also called Terminal 2 and Terminal 5 as you are given a boarding pass upon exit). You should be aware that Classic is more a bordello than a bar.

      Red Top and Alila Pecenongan are both 3 minutes away by taxi. Since August 2016, you can also book a night in Classic Hotel on Agoda.

      5) Club 36 (Full Nude for Indonesian girls, Bikini for Thai Girls)
      Wait another hour and you will have the dancers instead of the band
      Club 36 is owned by Alex Tirta as well and it is located just next to Jayakarta Hotel. Intimate and usually crowded, you always have about 10 girls dancing on the main bar. It is the only place in Jakarta with Thai dancers.

      Club 36 is located next to the Jayakarta Hotel. It is also near from the brand new Santika in Hayam Wuruk.

      6) D's Place in Blok M (Bikini in Main Room, Full Nude in private)
      D's Place is one of the oldest bars of Blok M. You have a main room with a podium in the middle where girls will do sexy dances in bikini. Those girls are usually quite young and pretty. You also have a more private room, the "corner bar", where you can get a private lap dance from older girls. You can actually get more than a lap dance: D's place could be considered as the only blowjob bar in Jakarta.

      Jalan Falatehan, where D's Place is located, is close from Falatehan Hotel.

      7) V2 (Full Nude)
      V2 is a small one stop entertainment complex located at the beginning of Gadjah Madah street. If you come from Sudirman, it is quite easy to find. Nothing really special compared to the places mentioned above. They have live music and topless DJ from Eastern Europe once in a while.

      It is closest from Ibis Harmoni and Grand Mercure Kota.

      8) Golden Crown (Topless)
      Inside Golden Crown, you have a lounge with western music with sexy dancers during the week. You have a real hotel below the club that you can book here: Plaza Hotel Glodok.

      9) Diamond (Full Nude)
      Diamond Club is a discreet venue located just between Harco Glodok and Lindeteves LTC Mall. Dancers go full nude.

      Novotel Gajah Mada is located just accross from Diamond.

      10) Sumo Spa (Full Nude or Topless, I'm not sure)
      Sumo Spa in Kelapa Gading is also owned by the Stadium Group. They have a small lounge with dancers. It is located next to King Cross.

      In case you need more addresses:

      List of venues with non-nude sexy dancers:

      Play Club in Hotel Alexis

      Dreams Club in Plaza Indonesia: I didn't review it yet so I'll be interested to get more information. Apparently they have dancers/models from Eastern Europe.

      Illigals in Hayam Wuruk: They have regular events but no nude or topless dancing to my knowledge.

      Flirt Bar in Fashion Hotel: Daily - They've had topless dancing on occasion and some Russian TDJ (Topless DJ)

      Nebula: Occasionally

      Sun City: Daily, during break time of the live band:

      Other places with sexy dancers that didn't make the Top 10:
      Comfort Spa in Mangga Dua
      Galaxy Spa in Fatmawati (Owned by Delta Spa)
      CDs Club by Delta Spa
      M Star in Mangga Dua
      Top 1 Taman Anggrek
      Newton in Lokasari
      Fortune Spa in Sudirman
      MTR in Kelapa Gading
      Golden Hands Spa in Pluit

      For the following places I'm not sure if there are dancers or not, but it would not be surprising if they do:
      Zen Karaoke in Thamrin
      De Leila in Gatot Subroto
      New Medika in Daan Mogot
      Bandara in Taman Anggrek

      I've probably forgotten a few places, please comment on this list of the best Strip Club and Sexy Dancer Show in Jakarta to help me keep it updated and accurate. Thanks!
      Update May 2015: B'Fashion Hotel's club Oppai should be on top of this list: Oppai Club.

      You can also check: 4 Best Gogo Bars in Bangkok with Nude Striptease.

      The Sexy Pool at 1001 Hotel (Bikini Party)

      By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
      The Pool @1001 is a new concept developed by the Alexis Group. It is located in the same building as Colosseum nightclub.

      Only male clients are allowed in the pool area, where you have sexy dancers and bikini shows by swimsuit hostesses. You can watch them from private cabanas and you can also invite them to spend time with you.

      It is not a totally new concept as it already exists in Malioboro or D'Heaven (among few others). The only difference is that in those places, you will see the girls only once or twice at certain times, on certain days. The Pool @ 1001 promises almost non-stop performances and activities.

      A few months ago, a bikini party organized by a group of high school students created a bit of a sh*storm (see article from Jakarta Globe). Maybe this is where they got their idea from.

      The Pool @ 1001 Hotel (Gentleman Pool)
      Jalan Kunir 7, West Jakarta
      Next to Taman Fatahillah
      Phone number: +62 (0) 21 690 3333
      or +62 (0) 21 690 1001

      Opening Hours:
      From Monday to Tuesday, from 1pm to 3am
      From Wednesday to Saturday, from 4pm to 4am
      On Sunday, from 2pm to 2am

      B'Fashion Hotel, Spa, Karaoke & Oppai Club

      By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
      B'Fashion Spa is a popular massage parlour with plus-plus and even plus-plus-plus, located behind Mall Taman Anggrek. It offers similar services as Orchardz spa.

      On three floors, you will find an executive club (Oppai, with sexy dancers and striptease), a spa and a karaoke. It is actually also a real hotel with actual guests. The Taman Anggrek area (Grogol) is not the best but if you are looking for a guest-friendly hotel in Jakarta, then you cannot do much better. It is also within reasonable distance from both the airport and the city center.

      If you want to sleep in B'Fashion, you can book it on Agoda: B'Fashion Jakarta

      The spa is famous for the special services it provides. These include the "Ice mouthly", the "sweet honey", the "butterfly" and the "tiger claws" (cakar harimau). 

      So what do those special services exactly consist of? All of them are sexual/prostitution services:

      Ice Mouthly or Dreaming Ice or Alaska Dream (480,000rp): You will get a blowjob where the girl puts ice in her mouth then plays with it.. 

      Sweet honey (480,000rp): The girl will cover your whole body with honey, then lick it.

      Butterfly (580,000rp): It includes a Private body massage + an ice blowjob.

      Tiger Claws (880,000rp): It is an extreme body licking performed by the girl, followed with sex. Not all girls are able to perform it apparently.

      They also have a "traditional" massage which is done topless by the therapist and end with a "happy ending" (a "tug job", part of the SOP). 

      The Oppai club is quite happening, especially on weekends. It has all the typical shows of other adult entertainment complexes in Jakarta such as Classic or King Cross (nude dancing, gogo, pole dancing). It is the only place with shower dancing to my knowledge though. Drinks and cocktail prices are reasonable, in line with that of the nightlife venues mentioned above. Foreigners are welcome but you should know that the crowd is almost 100% local.

      Oppai Nightclub (2nd Floor)
      Jl. Aranda No. 1 West Jakarta (Grogol, Taman Anggrek)
      Phone number: +62-21 29 666 777
      Also try to contact them on mobile: 081295798509 or 085216303235
      BB Pin: 2774ceea

      Website (with photos of spa therapists): Bfashion Hotel and http://bfashion.co.id/
      Twitter: B'Fashion

      If you are interested to find more spas in Jakarta like B'Fashion, you should read my reviews:

      All photos are from the twitter and facebook of B'Fashion and Oppai Club. To get a better idea of the kind of event in Oppai, you can see the following advertising flyers:

      Paradise Spa (Sunter)

      By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
      Paradise Spa is a popular male-only massage parlour located in Sunter area. Most of the crowd is made of Indonesians, usually from the middle class, who are drawn by the cheap prices and the good value for money.

      For less than 30$ indeed, you can get a naked massage with a happy ending. If you spend 50$, you can actually even get sex. The system is similar to the one in D'Heaven Spa: You can choose an all-in package where everything is included (Rp525,000), or you can choose to pay for the room only and then negotiate directly with the girl for any extra.

      There are 2 types of rooms to choose from: Deluxe (Rp 185,000 for 90 min) or VIP (Rp 210,000 for 90 min). Tips range from Rp100,000 for a handjob, Rp200,000 for a blowjob, Rp300,000 for sex. I took this information from their website: New Paradise Spa Sunter and Paradise Spa Sunter (both also feature pictures of the therapists). 

      The spa includes all typical facilities such as sauna, hot and cold pool, jacuzzi (steam). You also have sexy dancers and therapist showing once a day. The price for the facilities only (no massage) is Rp 60,000.

      Paradise Spa
      Jalan Danau Sunter Utara
      Rukan Sunter Permai Blok E 15-16 (Next to Carrefour)

      Phone number: +62-21 65834425 or +62-21 90467223
      Twitter: Paradise Spa

      Opening Hours: Everyday from 11am to 11pm. 

      Newton Executive Club (Lokasari)

      By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
      Newton is a new luxury "Executive Club" with a lounge and a karaoke. It is located in the red-light district of Lokasari, just next to Mille's.

      At the moment it is still quiet and the customers are almost all locals. There are many hostesses and girls companions hanging out in the lounge, where you have naked girl striptease in the evening.

      For me nothing special, just a cheaper option compared to Malioboro or Alexis. A good reason to go there though could be to make a pre-party before going to Mille's.
      Newton Executive Club Jakarta
      Ruko Permata Lokasari Blok B1 (between Glodok and Mangga Besar)
      West Jakarta

      Phone number: +62- 21 6291.888

      More photos on their website: http://www.newtownexecutive.com/

      Is Bali Becoming a Sex Tourism Destination?

      By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
      One of the biggest changes to Bali nightlife since the past 5 years is the seemingly growing number of prostitution or semi-prostitution venues in Bali.

      Those places were once discreetly located in Sanur or in some seedy streets in Denpasar, but they are now everywhere and they are certainly not trying to hide.

      In Kartika Plaza, you have the new District Club which features sexy dancers and karaoke rooms with Lady Companions. It is owned by Tommy Winata, famous for being behind naughty clubs like Golden Crown in Jakarta. Other naughty KTVs include EC Bali, Tang Chao (for Chinese) and Level One.

      In Denpasar, Akasaka was extended with a new room called A-Club, also with sexy dancers and prostitutes. The old room in Akasaka is packed on weekend and during my visit there, I saw fully naked women trying to sell tequila shots to customers in exchange for private lap dances. Considering the head-banging music that was played there, we can imagine most people inside were taking drugs (I was offered ecstasy pills upon entering too, which I declined).

      Boshe is another example: Opened on Jalan By Pass Ngurah Rai about 3 years ago, it is one of the most popular clubs in Bali for Asian people at the moment. Most customers are men who book a karaoke room or a table, and lady companions.

      Adora (ex-Blue Eyes) is, according to my sources, in the process of being bought by the Alexis group from Jakarta (owned by Alex Tirta, behind Colosseum, Zen Club, 1001, Tease Club, Alexis, Club 36). If you live in Jakarta, you will know what it means: Adora should be turned into a complete luxury sex place with strippers and karaoke rooms.

      Delta has finally opened in Bali a spa, a karaoke and a club. They are not afraid to advertise about their Russian sexy dancers on a huge billboard in Sunset Road and with a full booth inside the Domestic Airport.

      Speaking of spas, the number of plus plus massage parlours has also tripled! It used to be only a few spas such as Star Bugar. You now have Delta Spa, Riverview Spa, Royal Palace, Flamming Spa, Sriya, Maharani, Ofis, etc...

      There is even a massage parlour where you can have threesomes, foursomes, bondage and roleplay (check H69).

      It is still nothing compared to what is available in Jakarta, but you have to consider all these places did not exist just 5 years ago... What surprises me is how easy they advertise about their facilities and services, most of which are illegal in Indonesia.

      Since the closure of Dolly, the largest red light district in Southeast Asia, it also seems many prostitutes have relocated to Bali, particularly in Sanur (see that article for more information Anticipating Dolly's Relocation To Bali). There may be also more freelance prostitution in several bars in Bali such as Crusoe's, La Vida Loca (closed), Mint, DeeJay Café, Skygarden, Paddy's Pub but I do not have any reliable data to support my claim.

      Finally, I believe there is also a growing number of online prostitutes in Bali. They can be found in apps like Badoo, Tinder, IndonesiaCupid or WeChat. Adult Friend Finder, a paying hook-up site also has several suspicious ads.

      In the end, there is an increase in the number of venues offering sex services but I believe it would not be appropriate to say that Bali is becoming a sex tourism destination. Organized prostitution caters mostly to a local market: Indonesian and expats residents in Bali, and also some Asian tourists from Jakarta, Malaysia and Singapore. It is very limited compared to Thailand where even the smallest island has dozens of massage parlours and gogo bars. I hope it will stay that way!

      Update 2015: I wrote a guide to the hottest nightlife spots in Kuta and Seminyak. You can read it here: 12 Best Clubs in Bali.