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Tangerang Nightlife: Exploring BSD and Serpong

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
I've been living in Tangerang for over a month now and I've had a few occasions to visit the bars and nightclubs there.

This review will give you a short overview of the nightlife in Tangerang and more precisely in the new cities Bumi Serpong Damai (BSD) and Gading Serpong.

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Overview of Tangerang
Enigma Nightclub in Gading Serpong
Tangerang and South Tangerang are two separate suburban cities located about 20 kilometers from the center of Jakarta. You have probably been there without realizing it since the Jakarta airport (CGK) is actually in the northern part of Tangerang.

When I first arrived in Jakarta in 2004, Tangerang was a conservative, working-class area that was flirting with shariah law. Alcohol was prohibited even in hotels and the police was arresting women simply for walking in the street alone at night.

Since then, things have smoothed a bit, though not everywhere. The most visible transformation is happening in the privately-owned new cities that have emerged in recent years. I'm sure you are already familiar with a few of them such as:

→ Bumi Serpong Damai (BSD) owned by the Sinar Mas Group
→ Gading Serpong owned by Summarecon Agung Group
→ Lippo Karawaci owned partly by Lippo Group and Salim Group
→ Alam Sutra owned by the Argo Manunggal Group

These new cities are well-planned with modern roads, brand-new malls, offices towers, apartments, housing complexes, hotels, golf courses, hospitals and schools. They have attracted tens of thousands of middle and upper class Indonesian families as well as several large companies. Judging by the number of new construction sites in Tangerang, this trend is likely to continue over the next decades.

This new demographic has led to a new demand for entertainment venues, starting with restaurants, coffee shops, bars, nightclubs and spas.

Nightlife in Tangerang: Best Bars and Clubs
While the nightlife in the traditional neighborhoods of Tangerang is still limited, it is slowly starting to take off in BSD, Gading Serpong, Lippo Karawaci and Alam Sutra.

Almost all the places I'm writing about below didn't exist 5 years ago and I'm sure that in 5 years, there will be twice as many. Please do leave a comment below if you know about a new opening so I can check it out.

This is my ranking of the best clubs and bars in all Tangerang (starting with my favorites):

Enigma (Gading Serpong)
Enigma is just across the street from Summarecon Mall Serpong and it is the best nightlife option in Tangerang at the moment. You have a coffee shop on the ground floor, a club on the second and pool tables on the third. During the week, it is a popular hangout for students. On weekends, the club normally gets full and happening until 4am. Once or twice a month, they'll have famous DJs.

Its crowd is mixed, including some really young people and older executives/professionals. There are normal girls, but also some semi-prostitutes/freelancers. The entrance fee is Rp100,000 on weekends with 1 drink.

You can read my full review here: Enigma Gading Serpong

Clique (Gading Serpong)
Clique is close from Enigma and you can reach it by foot if you're not too lazy. It is also built on several floors with a lounge and an Italian restaurant. I only visited the lounge, on a Saturday night. There was no entrance fee , the drinks were cheap and the small dance floor was packed. It is more upper class than Enigma.

You can read my full review here: Clique Serpong

The Breeze (BSD)
The Docks German Restaurant inside The Breeze
The Breeze is a crossover between a public park and a lifestyle center. You'll find many restaurants there, including a few that serve alcohol. They are not party places but you can grab something to eat while having a few beers. Most have an open-air terrace with a view on a muddy lake. As it is new, it is still quiet and it probably hasn't reached its full potential yet.

The best venue is The Docks German Restaurant (previously known as Metro). It is the closest thing from an expat bar in Tangerang. They have good food, some games (darts, pool) and live music on Saturday. It is open until 2am on weekends.

The sports bar/microbrewery chain Brewerkz is the second best option. It is part of a Singaporean group that also owns a branch in Senayan City. It is similar with the Docks but with a more Asian touch (in the sense that it is a more modern/playful). They craft their own beer in Singapore and they import it in Indonesia. They have several pool tables as well.

If you need more options, you can also visit The Fool and Juan Coffee Bar.

Venesia (BSD)
Venesia is a one-stop entertainment center, the only one of its kind in Tangerang (to my knowledge). It features a hotel, a karaoke, a spa and a small lounge/club. It is quite expensive and not always crowded unless they have a special event. The crowd is older than elsewhere and consists mostly of guys accompanied by lady hostesses.

You can read my complete review here: The Venesia Hotel, Karaoke and Spa

Summarecon Mall Serpong (SMS)
Live music in The Barrels
There are a lot of restaurants within Summarecon Mall but the majority doesn't sell alcohol. Still, it can be a fun place to hang out on the weekends as it gets quite crowded and you'll often have a live band.

There are two recommended venues serving alcohol: The Barrels, a semi-open air café with various types of draft beer and some basic food, and the tiny but popular Poka Ribs, where you might meet a group of loyal expat customers (apparently because that's where they can buy the cheapest beer). 

Backyard Café (BSD - Teras Kota)
Backyard is a laid-back café in Teras Kota, just across the street from the Venesia Hotel mentioned above. It is a nice place to watch sports, listen to live music or just to hang out. A few of their waitresses are cute. They serve cheap food (Rp40,000-Rp60,000 for a main course) and alcohol (beer tower Rp325,000++).

Benton Junction (Karawaci - Lippo Village)
Waitresses/SPG from House of Bintang Spirit
This is a small colonial-style complex next to Supermall Karawaci with a few restaurants and coffee shops. It attracts many students from the nearby Pelita Harapan University (UPH), most of them Indonesian-Chinese. The only real bar is House of Bintang Spirit, a small café with an indoor area and a terrace that serves all types of beers, spirits and cocktails. You can also hang out in the 24-hour Dim Sum Inc and in Poka Ribs.

Not far from Benton Junction, the Hotel Aryaduta has a sports bar with live music called RJ's.

Aeon Mall (BSD)
Stopover Beer and Satay
I didn't find a proper bar in the Japanese-oriented Aeon Mall apart from Stopover Beer and Satay and Little Tokyo Bar.

Enigma Nightclub (Gading Serpong - Tangerang)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Enigma is a complex on several floors with a nightclub, a sports bar, a billiard room and a restaurant. It is located in Gading Serpong, an area of South Tangerang (1 hour from Jakarta by car). It is walking distance from Summarecon Mall, Clique Bar & Kitchen, Grand Royal SpaAtria Hotel, Atria Residences, Ara Hotel and Ibis Hotel.

I visited Enigma once on a Saturday night. I didn't try the food and didn't play pool. I reached the place at 1AM, paid a Rp75,000 entrance fee (that included a beer) and went straight to the bar. The main room is quite large, with a low ceiling and a sort of underground feel. The crowd was young, not looking particularly fancy but definitely fun. The people I talked to were students living nearby, obviously from well-off families but with a limited budget. There were also a lot of ladies hanging around and some could have been hookers. At the end of the night, they all seemed to go home with guys they barely met. As far as I can tell, I was the only foreigner.

The DJ that night was playing commercial dance music, including some old songs. I remember hearing "I Like to Move it" and possibly "Baby One More Time" (my memory is blurred). Some clubbers were shaking their head so furiously that I suspect they were on some kind of drugs.

The prices are interesting, comparable to those in Kemang nightclubs. You can get a beer for less than Rp40,000 and a hard drink for under Rp80,000. There are promo on bottles before 12pm (2 Red Label for Rp1,1000,000). If you are a student, bring your ID card as you may get additional discount on food, shisha and pool.

It closed at 4am.

Overall: Enigma is much more laid-back than most nightclubs you'll go to in Jakarta. It is easy to meet people, the drinks are cheap and the atmosphere is fun. Probably the best place for partying in Tangerang/Serpong at the moment.

Enigma Restaurant, Sports Bar, Pool and Nightclub
Ruko Paramount Digital Arcade no. 12-18
Gading Serpong, Tangerang

Phone number: +62 0) 21 542 030 01 or 087808608381
BB Pin: 56FEFE20
Email: info@enigmaserpong.com

Clique Bar & Kitchen (Gading Serpong - Tangerang)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Clique is a restaurant, bar and nightclub located in Gading Serpong, in the vicinity of Summarecon Mall.

It is open daily for lunch and dinner, serving moderately-priced Italian and International food. I haven't eaten there though as I visited at 2am on a Saturday night. Just before that, I was partying in Enigma which is just 3 minutes away by taxi (you could also walk there if you aren't too lazy).

The clubbing area of Clique is rather small and I don't think it could hold more than 200 people. You have a long bar on one side, the DJ booth in the back, a small dancefloor and a dozen high tables. There are some cool mural paintings of pop icons like John Lennon, Marilyn Monroe and Micheal Jackson.

I don't know if this is because of the alcohol, but I felt people were very friendly and I ended up chatting with several groups. The crowd was young, mostly Indonesian-Chinese in their early 20s, with a fair number of pretty girls. I was the only foreigner except for a guy who told me he was British (but actually looked Indonesian).

I didn't pay any entrance fee but you may be charged a First Drink Charge (FDC) during special events. Recent famous acts include Winky Wiryawan, DJ P. Joana and DJ Riri. They have mostly commercial EDM with several Rn'B and live music nights.

Prices: I only bought a beer: Rp43,000 net. The cocktails cost a bit more than Rp100,000 net.

Overall: If you stay in Tangerang/Serpong, it is a good idea to start a night out in Clique first, then later on head to Jakarta. I'm not sure if the place is busy during the week though.

Opening Hours:
Every day from 10am to 10pm for the restaurant
The club closes at 3am officially on weekends but there was still some music until 3.20

Clique Bar, Kitchen and Nightclub
Graha Sapphire Tower A No. 9,
Jalan Boulevard Gading Serpong Blok M5 No. 9A
South Tangerang, Indonesia

Phone number: +62 (0) 21 54 22 09 17/18

To check the current schedule of events:
Website (currently not working): www.clique-kitchenbar.com

Venetian Spa @ Grantage Hotel (Serpong)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
The Grantage is a hotel located in BSD, Serpong, near from the Damai Indah golf course. Though not that expensive (US$50 a night on Agoda), it is decorated in a kind of grandiose, classic roman design that often announces a naughty place in Indonesia.

It has a rooftop bar called the "Sky Lounge" with live music and a resident DJ. The band schedule is available on their Instagram account below. They also have a karaoke with lady companions (11 karaoke rooms).

The most interesting though is their spa, called The Venetian. I suspect it is part of the same group as The Venetian Bandung (and therefore of the nightclub Venesia). They have some very pretty therapists that are willing to do a little more than a massage (the management calls it "romantic service"). The spa facilities include a jacuzzi, a gym, a sauna, 7 deluxe rooms and 8 VIP rooms.

Sorry the pictures I have are terrible. You can see more on their website below or on Agoda - Grantage Hotel & Spa.

The Grantage Hotel, Rooftop Bar, KTV and Venetian Spa
Jalan Boulevard Utara, BSD, Serpong, Tangerang (25 kilometers from Jakarta)

Phone number: +62 (0) 21 8063 4518 (Hotel) or +62 (0) 21 8063 4525/+62 (0) 21 8063 4514 (Spa)
Email: reservasi@thegrantage.com

The Venesia BSD - Tangerang Nightlife

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Update December 2016: I went to Venesia with a friend last Saturday night. The entrance fee was Rp150,000 (Rp100,000 during week days) so we hesitated a bit before paying. We finally did after the receptionist told us the club was full. It turned out she lied and it was almost empty. The only people there were a group of 3 lady companions who were playing on their phones and didn't even acknowledge our presence. The DJ was playing music from the 90s (Ace of Base, Inner Circle, etc). Just before leaving, we ordered a beer and it turned out the price was Rp75,000 each.

Original review:
The Venesia Executive Hotel, Club and Karaoke is located in BSD (Bumi Serpong Damai) in Tangerang. It is at least one hour away from Jakarta.

To my knowledge, it is the only upper class one-stop entertainment venue in Tangerang. For those who don't know, one-stop entertainment venues in Indonesia are big complexes with generally a hotel, a spa, a karaoke, a restaurant and a club. If there is the word "executive" in their names, it means that it is reserved for men and that most likely, all girls you will find inside are money-oriented. For exemple: Golden Crown or Sun City.

I was quite surprised to learn such a party place existed in Tangerang as the local authorities have been known to be rather conservative. The nightlife there, until now, was almost non-existent and it can still be difficult to buy alcoholic drinks.

The Venesia is owned by the same group behind The Venetian Spa and Karaoke in Bandung, which is one of the city's top massage parlours. It is still new but already popular, particularly on weekends. The events are usually similar to that of North Jakarta clubs: Sexy dancers, female DJs or live bands. They are also working with the DJs from Stadium.

Overall: Tangerang is far for anyone staying in Central Jakarta. If you are living there though, The Venesia might be your best option for a festive night out.

The Venesia Hotel, Spa, Club and Karaoke
Jalan Pahlawan Seribu (Next to Teras Kota Mall)
Commercial park CBD Lot VIII. No.2 BSD City
South Tangerang

Phone number: 081802020248 or 08568886646
BB Pin: 79BC2411