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Bintan Nightlife - Tanjung Pinang & Lagoi Bay

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Since Bintan nightlife is limited, this review will focus mostly on Dope nightclub in Tanjung Pinang. I will give you a few other clubbing options as well, notably in Lagoi in the north of the island.

Dope Nightclub
Open since 2012, Dope is the only proper nightclub in Bintan at the time of writing. If you are staying in a resort in the north, don't get happy too quickly as it is located in the provincial capital Tanjung Pinang, which is at least 2 hours away by car.

Dope is open from Monday to Saturday from 9pm to 4am (closed on Sunday). It is truly busy only on Saturday though, while the rest of the week you'll just see a few tables occupied. They have a resident DJ and resident sexy dancers (currently the 4-Tune Galz) that perform every night. The music is western and generally commercial. Special events take place on Saturdays with guest DJs and live bands from Jakarta or Singapore. On the occasion, the entrance fee may increase to Rp100,000 (for guys) depending on the artist.

The crowd is overwhelmingly male and local, but you have more women on weekends. There might also be Singaporeans and Malaysians.

Address:
Jalan Gudang Minyak 4,  Tanjungpinang, Bintan, Riau

Phone number: +62 (0) 771 26 247 or +62 (0) 77126247
BB Pin: 7A5603E0 or 2A03493F
Email: dope@kkm-group.com

Facebook: Dope Club Bintan
Instagram: Dope Photos
Youtube Channel: Dope Club

Other Nightlife Spots in Tanjung Pinang
If you are looking for more nightlife spots in Tanjung Pinang, you can also check the bars Fabrica (upmarket, popular with rich local kids, near Dope Club) and Basecamp (live rock music, good for a beer).

For karaoke, the best place to go to is probably CK KTV, inside the  CK Hotel and Convention. They also have a small lounge with live music, but no lady companions.

Some more underground nightclubs and karaokes can also be found in Tanjung Pinang, for instance Galaxy Pub (Jalan Rawasari Km5). Prostitution and drugs are not uncommon there. With its many naughty cafés, the area around Plaza Hotel is also considered a red light district but it is targeting lower to middle income Indonesians.

Guest Friendly Hotels in Tanjung Pinang Near the Nightlife
Tanjung Pinang is a small town, sparsely populated, with mostly low-rise buildings and many empty plots of lands. It can be accessed by air from Jakarta or by boat from Singapore, Malaysia and Batam. It is not so convenient to get around so I advise you to choose your hotel carefully.

Dope nightclub is actually not far from the ferry terminal and you have a few decent hotels nearby. For 20$, you can sleep in the basic Hotel PanoramaHotel Nirwana or Hotel Paradise. Another option, the Shangri-La Hotel (not related to the 5-star chain) is walking distance from Dope but it is seedy with a massage parlour plus plus in its walls. If you need something more comfortable, you will have to go at least 15 minutes away in either CK Hotel and Convention (with a spa and a huge luxury KTV) or the Aston (girl-friendly, closer from the airport).

North Bintan Nightlife: Lagoi Area
The nightlife in the north of Bintan is almost non existent. The only venue worth considering may be the Silk Club in the Bintan Lagoon Resort. They have live music daily, a few customers (clients from the hotel) and what seems to be some working girls. You can play pool but that will cost you. 

Did I forget a famous nightclub, a bar or a KTV? Please help me keep this Bintan nightlife review up-to-date by leaving a comment below!

Bengkulu Nightlife: 3 Best Nightclubs and Bars

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
As you can imagine, Bengkulu nightlife is not the most glamorous in Indonesia. This coastal town is quite small, with only around 300,000 inhabitants and very few foreign tourists visiting it apart from surfers/backpackers. It does have an interesting history as it used to be a British possession from 1685 until 1824. Once called Bencoolen, it was given to the Dutch who, in return, agreed not to oppose British settlements in Singapore (among other things).

The options for sleeping in Bengkulu are limited but they are all rather cheap. I stayed in Tanjung Karang Hotel, which is clean, comfortable enough and costs only Rp300,000. You also have hotel chains like Santika or Amaris (closer from the nightlife). If you are on a budget, the cheapest option is Xtra Hotel.

What to do at night in Bengkulu?
I don't think you can have a real party during week days and the best thing you can do is simply eat in a seafood restaurant by the beach. On weekends, you may want to try one of the following nightclubs/bars:

New Malibu Café
New Malibu Café, near the beach, is probably the best place for partying. It is a lounge/club and karaoke with events every Saturday. They may have sexy dancers, a famous Indonesian DJ or a live band. Sometimes the songs are in Indonesian and the DJs play fast-beat "funky house", while sometimes it is more westernized. The entrance fee is Rp100,000 for special events.

The karaoke has about 10/15 lady companions and it is popular with businessmen/officials/local tourists. They have several packages, the cheapest one cost Rp1,000,000 for the room/10 beers and the most expensive Rp2,900,000 for the room/2 bottles of whisky.

Address:
Jalan Pariwisata, Pantai Panjang
Email : Newmalibucafe@gmail.com
Phone number: +62 (0) 85 36 66 22 652
BB Pin: 5a44c41d
Instagram: New Malibu Bengkulu
Facebook: NMLB Bengkulu

New Rainbow Club and Karaoke
New Rainbow, also on the beach front, is similar but probably more male-oriented. You have a bar/club area with generally female DJs (from Jakarta), sexy dancers and a live band.

During the week, you can visit on Wednesday as they have a campus night special for students.

Address:
Jl. Pariwisata Pantai Panjang No. 2
Email: newrainbow.bengkulu@gmail.com
Phone number: +62 (0) 736-7321281 or Whatsapp: 081317999939
Pin BB: 5FA8739B
Instagram: New Rainbow Nightclub Bengkulu
Facebook: New Rainbow Club and KTV Bengkulu

Six Pattaya
Six Pattaya is a more underground type of club. It is darker, the music is more aggressive (trance, funky house, trap), and I suspect that alcohol is only the second most popular party substance. They also have a karaoke with girls.

You can get a KTV room with 3 bottles of whisky for Rp2,700,000. Otherwise, the prices are by the hour, from Rp80,000 for the Deluxe (8 people capacity) to Rp160,000 for the VVIP (24 people). 50% discount from 1pm to 6pm.

Address:
Jalan Pariwisata Pantai Panjang (yes again)
Phone number GRO: 0857 5832 4440 or 0852 0899 9610
Instagram: Bengkulu Six Pattaya

Batam Nightlife Guide

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Nightlife in Batam - Overview:
Batam is a small island in the Free Trade Zone (FTZ) located about 45 minutes from Singapore by ferry. With a population of 800,000 souls, it is the home to a small community of expatriates, most of them working in the Oil & Gas or in the High Tech manufacturing. Unlike in other parts of Indonesia, you'll find that Batam is rather well organized and clean. Close to Singapore and very little traffic.

NEW REVIEW October 2016: 18 Best Hotels Near Batam Nightlife and Spas

The Indonesian island of Batam has long been one the best kept secrets as a low cost getaway for Singaporean local and expats.  The island has seven golf courses, several resorts and the costs are a fraction compared to Singapore and Bali. There is also an expat entertainment area like Blok M / Kemang.

Four – Five Star hotels run from as low as USD $50 - $80 per night and green fees can range from USD $60 - $105 which includes twin buggy sharing & caddy.  Beers at the pubs run from USD $2 - $5 and mixed drinks from $3 - $6. Batam also has a fair share of spa’s and traditional massage outlets that will cost you USD $10 for 60 minutes and slightly higher if you want sauna etc.

The Batam nightlife is very active, as you will read on this blog post and our goal is to write comprehensively as possible. We urge visitors to share your experiences, updates and feedback.

Batam for Fun: Nightlife, Massage, Pubs, Golf, Casinos and Shopping:
The main entertainment centre is located in downtown Nagoya: ‘The Nagoya Entertainment District’ or commonly referred to by expats as ‘The NED’ (and by locals as Kampung Bule). This area attracts a fair number of Indonesian girls working in massage parlours, karaokes, or freelancing in some bars & clubs.

See my review about the NED: Kampung Bule in Batam.

The NED is a bit like Blok M in Jakarta, only bigger, with a decent concentration of nightlife venues, catering to different markets. Generally speaking though, the atmosphere is laid-back and girl-friendly, and you won't find very chic or sophisticated bars & clubs like in Singapore or Jakarta. You may meet all kind of girls there, but you should be aware that most of them are thinking in dollars.  Meeting local girls is not easy as they rarely frequent the expat entertainment district although you can meet some in venues like "Noname Club" in Harmoni Hotel or simply in the malls.

During the day, there isn't much to do in Batam, except for golfing, some shopping (cheap clothes, knock-off handbags, Chinese electronics, and liquor is very cheap.(If buying spirits whether traveling back to Singapore or other parts of Indonesia you are only allowed one bottle of spirits and one bottle of wine – they will check at the airport!)  The massage parlours / spa’s are popular with Singaporeans. All of these activities will be reviewed below.
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Getting there:
From Singapore: 
You have to go to Harbour Front ferry terminal and there are about 5 ferry companies with service to Batam.  There are several port destinations in Batam:  Batam Centre, Sekupang, Nongsa & Harbour Bay (Batu Ampar)   The closest location to downtown Nagoya and the entertainment district is ‘Harbour Bay’ which is 5-10 minutes from The NED and all the pubs. Wavemaster has far more ferry service but you’d need to go to Batam Centre which is about a 20 minute taxi ride and costs Rp.50,000.

The ferry ticket from Singapore is SGD $48 for two ways or SGD $42 for one way. This includes the SGD $21 fuel surcharge from the ferry operators. If you are coming from Jakarta, you can purchase a Wavemaster Ferry Ticket at most money changers or in Nagoya Hills mall and the cost of the ticket (2 way) is only SGD $30. (Add SGD $6 if traveling on the weekend – limited promotional price).

By Air from Jakarta:
By Air you can take Garuda, Lion Air etc. The flight is one hour twenty minutes. The air fare on Lion runs about Rp. 380,000 each way (1 week advance booking). On Garuda it can run twice that amount.

Visa from Singapore:
ASEAN nationals can get a free visa upon arrival good for 30 days. Most westerners can get a holiday visa on arrival for USD $35 for 30 days or USD $15 for 7 days. If you need to extend your visa, you can go to the Sumatera Building, 3rd Floor and can extend a 30 day visa for Rp. 300,000. Go in the morning and pick up the same day after 3PM (The Sumatera Building is next to the ferry terminal at Batam Centre).

If you require a visa it is suggested you pay with USD – otherwise you be charged a premium in the exchange rate.

Taxis
Taxis in Batam are far more expensive than in Jakarta. Although a law was passed to have the taxi’s metered – the taxis installed the meters but disconnected them!  Many of the taxis are substandard ‘rust buckets’ and if you are western, the taxi drivers will try to charge you a premium (2 to 3 times the standard rate and they can be aggressive and rude).

Taxi fares from the airport to the downtown Nagoya is Rp 80,000 – and the ride is approx. 30 minutes

Taxi fares from the ferry terminal to downtown Nagoya should be no more than Rp 30,000 – for a 5-minute ride!  The taxi drivers will try to charge you Rp 50,000 and show you a paper with a government logo and insist that this is the published regulated price!  Negotiate – there are tons of taxis available.

Good News!  - Bluebird Taxi is now operating in Batam. They are metered and costs’ less than the others.  You can call Bluebird: 0778-421 234  Very professional service.

There are many hotels in the Downtown Nagoya area close to The NED and the nightlife. The following are all girl-friendly or guest-friendly:

4-5 Star Hotels:

Planet Holiday Hotel – One of the best with rooms running about SGD $90 2 blocks from the action

Harmoni Hotel - closest hotel to all the pubs. Rooms run about SGD $90 per night

Goodway Hotel  - an older hotel but it has big rooms & a nice spa. Rooms will run around Rp, 500,000

Swiss Belhotel Harbour Bay – next to Planet Holiday Hotel and you can book a nice room for SGD $50 – including breakfast and taxes.

Nagoya Hill Hotel - This new hotel in Nagoya is clean and modern for around SGD $ 60 per night.

There are many cheaper hotels near The NED that cost  Rp, 250,000 – 350,000.  (Lai Lai Mutiara Hotel is across the street from Harmoni and rooms start at Rp 230,000).

If you are looking for a luxury resort, the best ones are Montigo Nongsa and Tempat Senang.

I found that it is best to book through Agoda as they usually have the most choice, including the newest hotels.

You can also read my guide to the best hotels near Batam nightlife.

The Pubs
In the past few years there have been an explosion of pubs!  Way too many for a small expat community. A visitor may find many of the pubs empty or with less than a handful of customers. In our Batam Pub Listing below we only added those that are the most entertaining and/or of interest.


There are over 35 pubs and counting with more opening every few months.  Only several Batam pubs have "real" kitchens but most can provide you with a menu and will order food for you from the other pubs.  The majority of the pubs are ‘entertainment’ driven featuring SPG’s. In the past two years some pubs have adopted a Pattaya / Manila nightlife approach.  The girls will ask you to buy them ‘ladies drinks’ which can cost anywhere from USD $5 – USD $12. It’s a good idea you ask the girl what kind of drink they want before you end-up with a huge bar tab for enumerable ‘Long Island Ice Teas’ (They will try to coax you into buying drinks for other girls. It is not uncommon for a girl to approach you, introduce herself, and then order a drink on your bill!) .

Several pubs charge a bar fine if you want to leave with one of the girls or you will need to purchase several ‘ladies drinks’ like in Manila.  This policy varies from pub to pub. At last, most of the pubs have happy hours from 17:00 – 19:00. Several charge bar fines of Rp 1,2 million during the week and Rp.1.5 million on the weekend – that’s just the bar fine!  (not popular with the local expats)  At last, most of the pubs have happy hours from 17:00 – 19:00.

Batam Nightlife Pubs listing:

Lucy’s Oarhouse
Lucy’s is the oldest expat pub in The NED. It’s a major networking hub for the oil & gas industry. A good place to catch-up with your mates and Lucy’s features the largest selection of Classic Rock. Beers run 22,000 – 25,000. The have a western menu and a great ‘barbecue pork pulled sandwich and chips for Rp,65,000 and they added a selection of Thai Curries. They have a pool table & free WiFI. A Bottle of Jack Daniels is only: Rp. 660,000. 
The New Place – Sports Bar
The New Place has several large screens with global sports events. They have the best steaks on the island, Fried Chicken steak and TexMex, (Texan founder)   They have one of the largest selections of wines & spirits. Happy hour till 7pm. 
New Place Batam
Hot Spot
The Hot Spot is a popular traditional British pub known for its curries & pizza. Popular after work and the background music is kept at a reasonable level so you can chat with your mates. Free WiFi.

Cock & Bull:
(Formerly known as ‘The Red Cock’): The Cock and Bull expanded their menu but no Haggis. Best known for their pies and mushy peas (cost: Rp.60,000) and has beer for 19,000 per bottle during happy hour – which is from opening till 7PM. Great burgers too.  Prices for entree’s range from $6 - $12. Nice ambience, consistent quality and a very professional staff. Very popular.  Excellent service.
Cock and Bull Batam
Red Rose:
Red Rose is one of the oldest landmark British / Scottish style pubs in The NED. With 5 screens it’s very popular for sporting events. Good atmosphere and a ‘home away from home’ for the UK lads. They serve an excellent British style breakfast (all day) Happy hour till 7pm.

Goodies / Smiling Hill
Goodies / Smiling Hill is located less than 10 minutes away from downtown Nagoya, tucked-away on top of a hill with breathtaking vistas overlooking Singapore. This quaint enclave has a fully serviced guest house, western standard furnished flats, a large 1st class pool and an open air restaurant offering the best in western & local dishes.  Every Friday from 5:30 - 7 PM they provide FREE beer. To expats that affectionately refer to Batam as ‘Tombstone Indonesia’ for its wily, western frontier vibe, Friday’s at Goodies is where the ‘Wild Bunch’ meet – the movers and shakers in the oil and gas industry. THE meeting and networking place for the oil and gas industry on Friday.

On Sunday’s starting at noon, they host a Buffet Roast: Roast Beef, Roast Chicken, Roast Pork and they recently added Southern Deep Fried Turkey. (try to get there around noon - the food goes quickly!)  The price is only Rp.150,000 (plus tax)  (about USD $13!)  Awesome!

Please - Visit their website or better - stop by.  www.smilinghillbatam.com

Entertainment: 

With over 30 pubs within a few block radius, you can easily do a pub crawl and explore many of them in one night, till you find one you like.  Some of the most popular are:

Fat Willy’s/Dirty Dicks – Fat Willy’s is a very popular pub with a large staff. It usually kicks-off after 9PM, with crowds coming in at midnight. Attracts a good crowd every night. No pressure if you don’t want to buy ladies drinks and professionally run. (SPG’s must place their hand phones behind the bar!) Very good deals on bottles – ask the owners, who are there nightly.
Fat Willy's Batam
The Last Pub – One of the oldest and most popular party venues. Great music with a DJ and popular with expats and comfortable for couples. No ‘lady drink’ hustles, some freelancers and the occasional local gals from the office. Open Late. Worth checking out.
Last Pub Batam
Konings – an interesting pub. Nice ladies and a large selection of wines. Happy Hour house pours only Rp 35,000.  No hardcore lady drink hustle.

Our Bar – One of the older pubs in The NED and has a large Singaporean following. Comfortable atmosphere. No pressure from the SPG’s and a pool table.

Dragon Bar – This is relatively new, quite popular and open late. Can get wild…

Candy Bar – Quite a lively staff, plenty of SPG gals and opened late. LOUD & known for their pizza.

BB Bar (Bintang Bar) – Bali style decor and they just opened KTV rooms upstairs.

Mad Cow – beautiful ladies (SPG’s) but be prepared to buy ladies drinks mista…

Club 81 – new – ‘mini disco’ with pole dancers. Loud, party atmosphere and the ladies drinks run Rp 100,000 each.

(List of Pubs: 007, 4 Play, Asylum, Bar Fly, BB Bar Bingo’s, Bottles, Candy Bar, Chili’s, Circles, Club 81,Cock & Bull, D’Angels, D’Cents, Dirty Dick’s / Fat Willy’s, Dogs Bollocks, Dragon Bar, Hot Spot, Ice Pub, Java Pub, Lusys, Konings, Mad Cow, New Place, Our Bar, Red Rose, Slainte, Steps,Sullivans, The Last Pub, TiTi Bar, Wallabies)

For free Batam / SE Asia newsletter  ‘THE NED REPORT’ – send an email: nedreport@yahoo.com
Our Bar in Batam (Picture from Our Bar Facebook)
IMPORTANT!

Please be advised that some bars will attempt to exploit an unsuspecting expat and are rip-offs.  Loaded with girls that push expensive ladies drinks and before you know it - you will have spent $100 ++ with nothing to show for it.  Insult to injury - if you fancy one of the girls you have to pay a bar fine. (billed as ladies drinks.)  The gal will charge you another $100 + for the booking!  You may find that in some pubs the gals are older than the women you will find in Blok M or Kemang etc (5 or 6 pubs have this policy whilst others charge Rp200,000 bar fine – best to ask upfront as these prices can change).

ALSO – don’t leave your drinks unattended. A few expats have been drugged & robbed. Better to pay for your drinks as you go to preclude your bill from being padded. Keep your hand phone secure and don’t lay it on the bar..

Live Music
Noname – Located on the ground floor of the Harmoni Hotel is a popular live music venue for locals and expats. Most of the acts are flown in from Jakarta and one of the best place to meet local ladies.

Java Pub – just reopened, and has live music on Friday & Saturday. Older crowd, (like Jaya pub JKT but smaller)  Comfortable place to hang out.

Bingo’s Pub – just opened and has live music on Friday’s & Saturdays. Good place, nice staff and occasional celebrity entertainers popping in for a song or jam. A nice alternative to the usual very loud rap / trance pubs.
Bingo's
Sullivans – Used to be Ria Rita and has live music on the weekends. Mostly a local crowd. Across the street from the side entrance of Lusys (helps to speak Bahasa – mostly local gals).

Discos (Trance clubs like Stadium Jakarta)
Pacific Disco: One of the most famous place for Singaporeans in Batam when in comes to nighlife, it is a huge club with loud techno and girls everywhere. North Jakarta style entertainment, not everyone will like it, especially if you prefer a more relaxed atmosphere.  It has a young crowd and be sure to carry a small torch with you!  (pitch black!  Beware of pick-pockets, popular with ojek drivers).

Planet - Located in Planet Holiday Hotel. Similar with all One Stop Entertainment nightlife venues in Indonesia.

Newton Disco – located about 10 minutes from the NED is a 4 story entertainment complex. They have hotel rooms and a spa.  Newton is more popular than Pacific and is the #1 choice for Singaporeans that visit every weekend (Batam’s version of Malioboro).

WARNING! – using or possessing drugs in Indonesia is a criminal offense and possession can land you 5 years in jail!  & a stiff fine!   When in these clubs be very careful of women that approach you and want you to buy them ‘obat’ (Xstacy) – you may find yourself being arrested by an undercover police officer…  If a police officer wishes to search you – be sure it’s done in front of witnesses and YOU empty your pockets...

Good Restaurants (local food):
As far as 'food' goes – Batam has some excellent local food but is limited in western cuisine options.(aside from the fast food venues)  The most popular western food locations in the NED are listed above. Near the Ned are some alternatives worth checking out. They serve western and local dishes: (we will be expanding this list)

Citra Rasa - In the NED opposite Lucy’s side entrance is CitraRasa -  great local and Chinese dishes. Sweet and sour chicken costs Rp 35,000, Sizzling ginger beef platter Rp 40,000 – many selections and quite good. Cans of beer 16,000 – 18,000.
Citra Rasa Batam
Satay Centre: If you like Indonesian food, on the main drag near the entrance to the Nagoya Hill Mall are several stalls that specialize in satay – very reasonable. Opens after 5PM (about a 5 minute walk from the NED) You can’t miss it – very crowded with seating outside.

Matabak – if you like Indian food – roti prata, tandoori, curries etc. – check out Martabak. Around the corner from Lusy’s, on the main carriageway – corner location. Dishes run 30,000 – 50,000. Wide selection and been there forever.

Massage Parlours:
There are many, many massage parlours / spa’s in Batam. One of the best in the traditional category Adorabella, located in the Pacific Palace Hotel. In the sleazy category, you will find many that offer similar services around the bigger hotels like Harmoni. They offer massage for USD $10 for 60 minutes and are often frequented by Singaporeans.  For a little more, you can have private room / spa with a jacuzzi. The most expensive one in that category is Atalanta spa, with high end equipment and the prettiest girls. Very popular with Asian tourists.

Check out the Spa in the NEWTON complex. Upscale: pools, Jacuzzi’s and massage.

Gambling and Casinos in Batam
Scattered about the island and in some malls are ‘arcades’ with gaming machines – locally referred to as ‘Jackpots’ (geleper: It should be noted that these types of machines are not electronic slot machines per se). Players buy tokens to use with the games and are paid any winnings in tokens. Attendants outside the arcades exchange tokens for cash, which, according to critics, is done to prevent the impression that the arcades are involved in gambling.   You should note that when redeeming your tokens for cash, expect to have 10-20% premium deducted from your winnings!   If you win $100 – you will only net $80 -$90.
The payoffs in these machines is very, very low and you should be very careful.  Although the operators have a license to operate these arcades, they are subject to being raided and closed and at any time as ‘gambling’ is outlawed under Indonesian Law and clearly, they are operated for gambling purposes.  You don’t want to be caught in one in a raid!  A no-win situation!

Although some of these locations have opened, they can be closed at any time. You DON’T want to be there during a police raid – it will cost you~!  (Often raided on a weekend!) 

Dangers, Annoyances and Scams:
Taxi Drivers  - Be careful. Taxis in Batam are not metered and if you look like a newbie – you’ll be taken for a ride!  Across from Lusys there are some local drivers that you can trust or ask some of the pub owners / managers for a reliable driver or CALL Bluebird – 0778 – 421 234.

NEVER take-up a taxi driver on an offer to ‘find you woman mista?’ - !!!

One last thing about taxis: Prepare the correct amount of change if you can to avoid being rounded up...

STD ‘s – ALWAYS use protections. Statistics from 2007 state that 9% of commercial sex workers in Batam re HIV + ~ ~!

Drug Dealers – Western Expats are a far and few in-between in Batam. Be careful.  If you are in a club you could be targeted.

A Batam Nightlife Alternative: Golf!
Batam has 7 golf courses and green fee’s run from USD $65 - $105 which includes twin buggy sharing & caddy.

Courses:
•    Batam Hills Golf Resort (designed by Max Wexler)
•    Indah Puri Golf Resort (designed by Arnold Fream)
•    Palm Springs Golf Resort
•    Southlinks Country Club
•    Sukajadi Golf Club
•    Tamarin Santana Golf Club (designed by Jack Nicklaus)
•    Tering Bay Golf & Country Club (designed by Greg Norman)

The Batam Social Golf Society host a tournament the last Sunday of every month. The cost is only  S$60 for members or S$80 for non-members. Price includes all green fees, caddy, buggy and buffet dinner!  Contact Batam Social Golf Society: bsgs@ymail.com.

For More Information on Golf Packages you can contact Peter Williams  (UK national) from Paradise Golf Holidays by email (pete.w@paradisegolf.co.uk) or by mobile: +62 813 64 339 449 (Batam), +65 90848070 (Singapore).

We will complete this review from time to time with new information about Batam nightlife. Please help us also keeping this updated by sending new infos or comments.

Golden Palace and Jambi Nightlife (Sumatra)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Since there isn't much nightlife in Jambi, I thought I would write mostly about Golden Palace, its most famous nightclub, and just mention a few other options for the adventurous party-goers.

Golden Palace is the only proper clubbing option I found in Jambi, though I guess it is not very interesting for foreigners. It is your typical Indonesian live music venue, rectangle-shaped, with high tables on the dance floor and a mezzanine. The band finishes at midnight and it is then replaced by a DJ playing funky house techno.

If you are lucky, you might be in Jambi during a special event (check Golden Palace's social media accounts below). In that case, though the entrance fee may increase to Rp100,000, you will have a full house and possibly more Western music/sexy dancers.

Golden Palace Jambi
Jalan Dokter Sutomo No.58, Jambi, Sumatra
Phone number: +62 (0) 741 237 00
Email: goldenpalacejambi@yahoo.com

Instagram: Golden Palace Jambi
Twitter: Golden Palace Nightclub

Other Nightlife Spots and Recommended Hotels
If you need a good hotel in Jambi, there are two options that are recommend near the nightlife: Aston Jambi, which has a rooftop with live music called Sky Lounge, and the 4-star Swiss Bel Hotel.

If you want to stay very near from Golden Palace, the best option is to stay in Grand Malioboro Hotel, KTV and Spa. It is not the most modern hotel, but it is girl-friendly and it has male-oriented entertainment (karaoke, massage parlour). Just 100m from it, Novita Hotel, the ex-Novotel, is similar (but bigger) and it even has its own club called BabyRock on its 4th floor.

Another option is to stay in the newer part of town, around the mall Jambi Town Square (Jamtos). It is near from another nightclub called New Grand Club (inside Grand Hotel, which also has a spa plus plus called Octopuss). In the upcoming Jamtos FoodWalk, there will be a few hangout spots and places to drink alcohol like Nobar Live Music.

Café Hangout and Collega Café are two laid-back pubs with a student crowd. They sell beer and they have live bands/DJs occasionally.

Palembang Nightlife: 7 Best Nightclubs

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Palembang is the second largest city in Sumatra after Medan. It does not receive a lot of foreign visitors apart from Malaysians and Singaporeans.

As with most provincial towns in Indonesia, you'll remark the following features when partying in Palembang:
- Most clubbers are males who either take drugs, get hammered drunk or look for paid sex
- The music program management consist of selecting pretty singers or pretty DJs, regardless of their skills
- The concept of a dance floor is non-existent. Instead, you have high tables that are available if you take at least a bottle (or less when the club isn't crowded)
- If you are hoping to meet a girl in a Palembang club, your chances are slim as most girls are either working (as GROs/LCs) or the girlfriends of the other guys
- Alcohol is always expensive, even in lower-end places. If you go somewhere with abnormally cheap alcohol, you're probably drinking methanol.
- The police does occasional "razzias" on clubs when they need some cash

To meet normal girls in Palembang, day-time action is much better, in particular though dating apps. Check Indonesian Online Dating Apps and Websites for more information.

Some Hotels Recommendation:
I found the nightclubs to be quite far from each other. For this reason, I strongly recommend you to book a hotel in the city center.

The best ones in terms of quality of service and location (near the nightlife/bars/clubs) are the following:

Budget Hotels (under $30): Amaris PalembangRed Planet PalembangFavehotel Palembang
Expensive Hotels ($50-$80): Aston Hotel and Conference CenterNovotel PalembangThe Arista Hotel 

NB: I get a commission if you make a booking using one of these links (the price is the same for you).

Best Nightclubs in Palembang:

If you are traveling or working in Palembang, here are my nightclubs recommendations (honestly, only the first 4 are suitable for most people):

CenterStage
Center Stage is one of the most famous and expensive nightclubs on the Palembang nightlife scene. It is rather simple: You have a main large room with an elevated podium for the DJ and a large screen behind it. 

The music is progressive house and EDM. The kind you want to hear if you are drunk or high. They have regular sexy dancers, but no striptease. They love to have pretty female DJs. You usually have a band playing at the beginning of the evening.

It is part of Novotel Palembang and you'll also find an executive karaoke inside named Papillon. Open from Wednesday to Saturday Night starting 9pm until 3am. Free for ladies. Rp100,000 FDC for men.

Address: Jalan R. Sukamto No.8A, Novotel Palembang
Phone number: 0711-369777
Blackberry: 276ECD1D

Twitter: CSNovotel

Neo PC (Princess Club, Hotel Princess)
This is the best nightclub in Palembang in my opinion. It is located on the 5th floor of the Princess Hotel and it was just renovated in 2015. Contrary to CenterStage, it attracts more young, normal people and particularly students. The best day to visit is on Wednesday night for their Campus Night.

They have a DJ every night from 7pm to 2am (4am on weekends) and a live band playing famous songs from Monday to Friday. Many special events (check their facebook or instagram below). Sexy dancers (called Devious Angels). Entrance fee Rp75,000 to Rp100,000 on weekends only (1 free drink).

Address: Princess Hotel, 5th Floor, IBP District D2 No. 608, Palembang 30134
Phone number: +62 7113 13131
Email: clubpc@princess-hotel.com

Instagram: NeoPc Palembang
Facebook: Neo Pc Nightclub

Update December 2016: They do not have live bands anymore.

Mansion Executive Club
Mansion is a luxury night club, popular in the Indo-Chinese community. They have regular live bands followed by DJs. Sexy models/dancers between breaks. Most people go there with a group of friends before or after visiting their KTV. If you see hot girls in the club, they are either with one of those groups or lady companions. If they are LCs, the prettiest ones cost Rp600,000 for 3 hours (this does not include sex or anything, they just sing with you and make you drink more).

Address: Jalan Soekarno Hatta, Palembang, Ilir Barat I, Palembang
Phone number: +62 711 445557

Website: Mansion Palembang
Facebook: Mansion KTV and Club
Twitter: twitter.com/MansionPlmbg

S-Lounge in Selebriti Entertainment Center
Selebriti is famous for its karaoke. It's a clean place where you can go party with your colleagues after work. They also have a lounge/bar called S-Lounge with a different theme every night. The best one is the Campus night on Wednesday. Many pretty GROs. Live music and DJ. Sexy Dancers occasionally on weekends. Open every day from 10am to 2am.

Address: Jalan Veteran No.1243, Palembang, South Sumatra
Phone number: +62 711 323 333


Darma Agung Disco

Darma Agung is a "diskotik". If you are familiar with Indonesia nightlife, you may know that it is the term used for any drug-oriented nightclub. They play "funky house", fast-paced remixes of famous songs. They have a spa, needless to say the therapists are prostitutes. They were raided by the police several times but they must benefit from strong protection as they've been around for 20 years!

Address: Jalan Kol. H. Burlian No.45 KM7,5, Palembang
Phone number: +62 (0) 711 417 267
Facebook: DA (Darma Agung) Palembang

I saw something funny on the way out, I'm not sure if it is intentional or not. Instead of "In" and "Out", they wrote "In" and "Ex" on the doors. Inex is a well-known slang word meaning ectasy.

B'Nice Luxury Club and Karaoke
Very local place. Live band and prostitution. Friendly.

Address: Jalan Letkol Iskandar No. 1, Palembang
Phone number: +62 81958 782835

Venus Club and KTV
This is more a KTV than a club. You have a small lounge though open from 8pm to 2am with live music and lady companions.

Address: Jalan R. Sukamto No. 41, Palembang
Phone number: 07113 60014

Golden Dragon - Lampung Nightlife

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Golden Dragon is a one stop entertainment center in Batam with a Chinese restaurant, a pub, a karaoke (KTV), a nightclub, a spa and a function hall for events. It is located near the seafront, about 2 kilometers from the city center (a nearby hotel is Aston).

Considering Lampung nightlife is limited to mostly dangdut cafés, it is one of the most recommended venues in the city (the other one to try is Centerstage in Novotel Hotel).

The club is very quiet during the week, unless they have a special event (sometimes on Wednesdays). Typically, they will have a live band playing Indonesian love songs, then a DJ playing more aggressive electronic music. On the weekend, they like to bring a hot female DJ from Jakarta and sometimes a few sexy dancers. The entrance fee (first drink charge) is Rp50,000 on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, Rp100,000 on Wednesday and Friday, Rp150,000 on Saturday. Girls get in for free before midnight.

The karaoke is rather basic and a bit old-fashioned. They have escorts/lady companions if you need any (you probably will). Standard rooms start at Rp800,000 minimum spend and the presidential room costs at least Rp5,000,000.

The spa has a sauna, a steam room, and even though I didn't try it, I'm pretty sure extra services are provided.

Golden Dragon
Jalan Yos Sudarso 272
Bandar Lampung 35226, Sumatra

Phone number: +62 721 471 701
Email: cs@goldendragon.co.id
BB Pin: 7EF80BA1

Photos on Instagram: GD Disco
Facebook: Golden Dragon
Twitter: Golden Dragon

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 known to be popular with users. I strongly recommend you not to take anything illegal as you have no idea where you could end up if you get caught.

In spite of being Indonesia's third largest city, the number of decent clubs in Medan is incredibly low. To do a top 5 of the best nightlife in Medan, I had to include some underground clubs that most people wouldn't feel comfortable visiting. For this reason, if you are a "normal" clubber, I would only recommend trying the first two venues listed below:

1) Entrance
Located in Grand Aston Hotel, Entrance is the favorite club for expats in Medan. If you are a westerner, that's probably the first place you should visit. It is open everyday but you can expect it to be crowded only on weekends. They have more foreign DJs and the crowd is less static than in Retrospective (see below).

Check their events on Facebook Entrance Music Temple Medan or Twitter: Entrance Club

Entrance Medan
Grand Aston Hotel
Jalan Balai Kota No 1 Medan, Sumatera
Phone number: +62 (0) 61 4573 900 - HP +62 (0) 87867551188
Email: marcom@entrancemusictemple.com

2) Retrospective

If you are ready to spend a little money, another decent club to try is Retrospective, in Capital Building. Also nicknamed "Retro", it is located not far from the city center.

Nearby landmarks include the train station, the Marriott Hotel and the Grand Aston. Also in the vicinity is the Merdeka Walk, a string of restaurants which is one of the most lively areas in town in the evening. I would recommend to go there for a food-court type dinner.

Retrospective is a bar, nightclub and live music venue. The best events are almost exclusively on Fridays and Saturdays: You have a "big" performance once a week, either from a local celebrity band/singer, or from a special guest DJ. Guest DJs are usually coming from Jakarta, but they also had foreign ones. They seem to love female DJs and sexy dancers.

Check their events on their facebook page Retro Medan or twitter: Retrospective. There is also a high end KTV in Capital Building and SoHo lounge on 2nd Floor.

Retrospective
Capital Building 6th Floor
Jalan Putri Hijau No. 1A, Medan, Indonesia
Phone number: +62 (0) 61 4555 933 or +62 (0) 81375213828


3) 4) 5) Tobasa Medan, XXX3 and New Zone

Tobasa Club Medan
Sexy clubbers in Tobasa
Tobasa is an underground club which is part of the Danau Toba International Hotel. The place looks quite run-down and it is very dark. The music is typical funky house (listen below) unless they have a special event. It seems to be gay-friendly.

I also put XX3 and New Zone in the same category. Those places are very local and cater mostly to hardcore clubbers using drugs.

Tobasa Medan
Facebook: Tobasa Club Medan
Danau Toba International Hotel
Jl.Imam Bonjol No.17 Medan
Phone number: +62 61 8440717

XXX3 club
Twitter: XXX3 Medan
Yang Lim Plaza 6th Floor (Jl. Emas No.10), Medan, Sumatra
Phone number: +62 (0) 617351771 or +62 (0) 617333879
XXX3 Medan

New Zone Disko
Facebook: KTV New Zone Medan
Jalan Mangkubumi No 789, Medan
Phone number: +62 877-9901 9185
New Zone Medan

Bars and lounges:

If you are only looking for a place to listen to live music or to have a drink, I recommend you one of the 3 following options:

Prime Bar is the live music venue of the JW Marriott Hotel.
JW Marriott Hotel Medan
Jalan Putri Hijau No. 10  Medan  20111  Indonesia
Website: Prime Bar
For reservation : +62 61 4100 6500
Prime Bar in Marriott



Social House Medan (SoHo) is the trendy place in Medan for hanging out. It is in the same building as Retrospective. DJs or Live Music occasionally.
Facebook: SoHo Medan
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SohoClub06
Jalan Putri Hijau No.1A Capital Building 2nd Floor
Phone number: +62 (0) 61 4555677 / +62 (0) 812-6330-5080 / BB PIN: 29DEFC0A
SoHo Lounge Medan

Marin Lounge & Resto is the lounge of Karibia Hotel. I went there for a drink and the atmosphere was lively.
Website: Marin Lounge
Komplek Center Point, Jalan Timor Blok I No. I-IV, 6th floor of Karibia Boutique Hotel
Phone number: +62 (0) 61 8050-1933
Email marketing@marinlounge.com
Marin Lounge Medan
Photo credit: All photos were taken on the facebook pages of the venues, including the ones below (Retrospective):