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Old City Nightclub and Karaoke (Jakarta)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Old City is a nightclub and karaoke located in North Jakarta, about 200 meters from the Fatahillah Museum and 500 meters from Colosseum.

I had already visited it in 2009 when it was called Athena and to be honest it hasn't changed much. It is a hardcore party spot with deafening techno music, a dark vibe and drugs aplenty. It is a bit dodgy, especially the surroundings, and you may bump into a few weird customers, but it is still safe to visit.

There is only one main room which is quite big and decorated with a classic Roman style. The karaoke is rather old but it is affordable. It has lady companions and the waiters probably sell more ecstasy than beer.

I saw some flyers about sexy dancers and topless female DJs but they didn't seem to be updated and I'm not sure the events still happen today.

While I would not have recommended this place a few months ago, I would say it could be an alternative to the now-defunct Mille's. If only they could have more Western music it would be perfect as an after hour underground nightclub.

Opening Hours:
Everyday until 6AM (according to the security guard who told me)

Old City - One Stop Entertainment
Jalan Kali Besar Barat No.22, Tambora, West Jakarta, Indonesia
Phone number: +62 812-9377-0699

The Far Away Nightlife of Tanjung Priok (North Jakarta)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
In 10 years in Jakarta, I had never been to Tanjung Priok at night. For those who don't know, Tanjung Priok is located in the extreme North of the city and it is home to the city's main harbour. It is not a very recommended area to hangout. Don't bring your girlfriend here on a date.

Anyway, we were actually planning to go to Senen from Kelapa Gading, but our taxi driver was tricky and he tried to extend our journey (and fare) with him.

My friend looked at his GPS and it was clear that we were completely off-track, going North West instead of going South East.

We started to argue and after a little fight with him, he dropped us off at the corner of Jalan Laksamana Yos Sudarso and Jalan Raya Enggano.
We were waiting for a new taxi back home, when we saw there were several bars, clubs and massage parlours in that area. I suggested we had a quick look as we had little chance to ever come here again.

We started our visit by the karaoke and massage parlour of the hotel MH Sepinggan, which surprisingly is not listed on TripAdvisor or
The back entrance of the Hotel MH Sepinggan
Finding the karaoke was a real challenge
The facilities of the rooms include a floor, a ceiling, and 4 walls. The lock on the door is optional.

The karaoke was very quiet. It is a lounge with sofas and a big screen, nothing special. Some girls were waiting a bit everywhere in the hotel.

We then decide to visit all the bars of the street, which took us about 2 hours as there were about 15 of them.

To be honest, they are all very similar, they are dark, smokey and there are a lot of prostitutes. Their sizes vary, the biggest and most busy is probably Monalisa Café. The music is either live band playing dangdut and Indonesian favourites, or clubbing music that I like to call Techno Kota (but is also known as Funky House or Dangdut House).
Cafe Dream
Monalisa Café (the best club in the Street)
Moonlight Cafe
Tu' Mou Tou (A Manadonese Cafe - The customers are mostly seamen from Sulawesi)
Inside Tu' Mou Tou café
Morena Café and Navigator
Celebrating a birthday in Morena Cafe
Santana Cafe
We ended up for a last Bintang in Morena Café, which was a very friendly place. There was a birthday for one of the customers on that evening and we were invited to share a piece of the cake. We also had the privilege of being interviewed by the MC of the evening, who shed a tear when we left.

Overall: Excellent evening but I will probably not go back. It can be a way to experience a different side of Jakarta nightlife if you live in the North of the city. Be careful though it didn't seem like a super safe neighboroud (even though everyone was welcoming).

Bars, Cafés, Clubs, Discos of Jalan Enggano
Jalan Enggano Raya
Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta 14330

The only phone numbers I could find were the ones of Monalisa Café: +62-21 43932507 and of MH Sepinggan Hotel +62-21 4352222.

If you are interested in local Jakarta nightlife venues, you may want to read on Jakarta100bars: Pasar Rumput Nightlife and KSC 117.

Marimba Night Club (Sentral Hotel)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Marimba "Diskotik" is a 100% local night club located in Central Jakarta. Due to the traffic in the area, it could take you more than one hour to reach it from Jalan Sudirman.

Marimba is part of Sentral, a 4-star hotel heavily dependent on government officials on seminars and training. Surprisingly, all these people working for the government have not noticed that there is a club popular with recreational drug users and prostitutes in the same building they are sleeping in.

Marimba is indeed a true North-Jakarta style party place. It is dark, rather basic, and the DJs play Stadium kind of music. The girls in the corner are here for the money and they will take you to a room/a karaoke if you are willing to pay.

Overall: If you are into Kota-style Jakarta Nightlife, then you may like Marimba for the atmosphere, the boom-boom music and the friendliness of the staff (who does not see foreigners more than twice a year). If not, then stay in South Jakarta.
Marimba Club and Matoari Karaoke
Hotel Sentral
Jalan Pramuka Raya Kav 63-64
Jakarta Indonesia
Phone number: +62-21 4225511 ext:127, 128

Website: Marimba Dugem Jakarta and Matoari Karaoke
Facebook: Sentral Disko

Akasaka and A-Club (Bali)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Akasaka is one of the biggest nightclubs in Denpasar, Bali. It is a Jakarta-style one stop entertainment complex controlled by the Balinese mafia. It is 99% crowded with Indonesians and it is famous for being full of drugs, particularly ecstasy. The security of the place actually offered me some just after I paid for my entrance ticket (Rp60,000).

The main club of Akasaka is called the Music Room. It is a dark stage where they have live music, sexy dancers (sometimes nude), and later in the night Funky House DJs. For those who are not used to it, Funky House or Techno Kota is a headbanging music style in which the DJ remixes famous tunes 3 times the normal speed. It is particularly suitable for users of recreative drugs... It is usually packed on weekends until early morning. Many prostitutes go there too.
Music Room in Akasaka (yes it is dark...)
Inside the same complex, you have a big karaoke with Lady Companions, some of which you can see on their website: LC Akasaka Bali. I made screen shots below at the end of the post.
Sexy Dancer in A-Club
"Fashion" show in A-Club
A-Club is part of of Akasaka but you will have to pay again to enter. It is more expensive but it is more classy. They will often have guest DJs from the best clubs in Jakarta. On the night I visited, there was DJ Bobby from Stadium actually. They also have sexy dancers and there seems to be prostitutes as well, but from higher class. I did see a few foreigners inside. 
Overall: Akasaka is recommended if you are into Kota Jakarta's kind of nightlife. It is the occasion to party in Bali away from the tourists, with the local crowd. A-Club is much more appropriate for expats as the music is Western electro, but it is not often full. For more info about Kuta, Seminyak and Denpasar nightlife, please read my guide about the 12 Hottest Nightclubs in Bali.

Akasaka and A-Club Bali
Club, Bar, Restaurant, Karaoke, Live Music
Jalan Teuku Umar, Simpang Enam, Denpasar, Bali

Phone number: +62-361 238551 or +62 (0) 8 12222 666 80 (Akasaka Club) or +62 (0) 8 1222 6666 80 (A-Club)
BB pin: 25B5D7FD

Sorry for the low pictures quality! I only had a mobile phone with me as the security took my camera... To compensate, here are pictures from their facebook page and from their website:
- screenshots from the Lady Companion (LC) of Akasaka + individual pics:

Siera or Pujasera Nightclub (Mangga Besar)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Jakarta nightlife still surprises me... The latest unexpected find was Siera which I had heard of before but never had the chance to visit... People also call it Pujasera, but I was unable to understand which name was the proper one...

Siera is located on Jalan Mangga Besar, about 1 kilometer East of Jalan Hayam Wuruk. It is not too difficult to find but you should be attentive not to miss it. It looks like a Roman temple, with a colourful lighting.

You have to pay about Rp20,000 to get in, and for this price you will get a small bottle of water. Inside is really crowded, until morning. The club is like a long corridor, maybe a 100 meters deep, with at least 500 people, maybe a 1000. If you were on the dancefloor at the end of the corridor and suddenly there was a fire, you'll have no chance to escape. It is very likely that 90% of the customers have taken drugs, and I would imagine that all girls in this place are working. As the price and facilities are quite cheap, it attracts a crowd of middle class Indonesian, with few Chinese.

The music is very aggressive and loud, and personally I couldn't stand to stay more than 10 minutes in the club. I took a few pictures, which are unfortunately quite dark, but I have a video that captures well its essence.

Overall: Recommended place for those wishing to explore the undergrounds of Jakarta nightlife. Also good for anybody who wants to experiment the contradictions of the capital of the largest Muslim country on earth.
Pujasera / Siera Discotheque
Jalan Mangga Besar 65, North Jakarta
Phone number: +62-21 659 2445

Stadium (Jalan Hayam Wuruk) CLOSED

By The Jakarta Team →

Update May 2014: The Jakarta City Administration has closed down Stadium following the death by overdose of a policeman who partied there.

Best disco in Jakarta for me, Stadium can be extremely crowded on week-ends and for special events. It has four flours, each supposedly with different themes but tribal techno/progressive is dominant. Stadium is big enough to get you lost and so dark you could not recognize your mom if she was dancing 1 meter away from you.

The atmosphere inside the club is unique: A melting-pot of human misery with an underground feel and with drugs and prostitutes easily available (just ask the waiters). You will find all kind of people partying hard in Stadium: taxi drivers, socialites, bosses, students, expatriates, etc...As it is open until very late in the morning (9am during the week, later during the weekend), it is where all the nightlife ends in Jakarta, once all the other bars and clubs have closed. It has the reputation of staying open 60 hours non-stop from Friday to Monday morning, but this is true only for the karaoke.

If you come for the music, you will need to go to the 4th floor, the famous "lantai empat". Most foreigners stay on the left of the podium, near the DJ. Many gays are just below and the rest of the dance floor is mostly packed with young people. On the corners, in the dark, dealers, prostitutes and pimps. Older clients usually go downstair in the karaoke room and take ectasy/shabu-shabu with some girls. The crowd is at best on Sundays afternoon I think, because many youngsters who do not have permission to spend the night out clubbing do it during the day.

Great DJs came here, in particular Ame and Luciano, plus some Ibiza DJ such as DJ Pippy. It is currently hosting more and more international DJs, at least once a month or two.

The owner of Stadium has a few other places, more specifically massage parlours and karaoke, namely MalioboroBeverly Hills and Sumo. It has also shares in the restaurant and club Kampus.

Our french blog has more photos and more infos about Stadium and nightlife in Jakarta: Click here! and click here!

Safety in Stadium:
As with other nightclubs in North Jakarta, most of the clubbers inside Stadium take drugs, in particular ecstasy. Beer is enough for me, but if you decide to take something stronger, you have to know about the potential risks. There are police raids occasionally, but the management of Stadium is usually informed before they occur and they can prevent anybody to deal inside its premises on these days. People can get caught more easily outside the club, and therefore you should be extremely discreet and you should not keep anything on you when you leave the building. The worst thing that could happen to you is having your urine tested, and it happened (see this news article to know more about drugs in Indonesia). If you don't take drugs, you can ask for a drink called Barracuda (Rp200k), which is known to be quite strong. The Cendana cocktail is popular as well.

4000 or 5000 people can fit in the whole club, but there is only 1 fire exit, so pray hard and nothing will happen. Pickpockets are another safety issue, with the primary target being cell-phones left in the rear pocket of your pants... you may be high, but others aren't and they are much aware that you are an easy prey..

At last, the taxis located just outside of the club should be avoided at any cost. Walk along Hayam Wuruk for at least 200 meters, then catch a Blue Bird or an Express.

Update July 2009: There were a few people injured and one dead in a fight that took place in Stadium. Apparently, the attack was led by a group of young people in white shirts who wanted to close down the place. In spite of that, I don't think it's unsafe to go there by yourself, the biggest danger you might encounter is being ripped off by a taxi driver.

Update March 2011:
As some readers commented, there are indeed some nude dancers in Stadium now.. I took a photo that I voluntarily censored:

I also have a good video, even though the place was not too full:

Some famous Stadium songs (from 2004-2008):
For the music, Stadium is setting the tone for most of the other discos in Jakarta. Some tracks are so easily identifiable that when they are played in other places, you'll see people go "Stadium song!". Here are some sample:
Runaway - Iio - played live in Stadium by DJ Mumuch
Till There was you - Rachel Starr - Gabriel and Dresden
Storm is Rising - John Creamer & Stephane K feat Susana
Habibi - DJ Mumuch
At The End - Iio (Couldn't find the Stadium remix though)
Stadium song unknown title A great one but can't find the name (or maybe Commisar Pro?)
Ecstasy - Stadium Jakarta remix
Desert Rose by Sting, Stadium remix Another "Ecstasy" song.
House of Voodoo - Shadows This one may not have started in Stadium, it's a bit more housy, but you hear it everywhere (the remix is not the original one but it's the best I could find).
Contact details of Stadium Club Jakarta:
Stadium Jakarta
Hayam Wuruk 111
Phone Number: +62-21 626 3323

Facebook fan page: Stadium Jakarta Official Group
Check their website also, it is quite complete with events, photos, music and promos: Jakarta stadium club website

Exotis Diskotik Jakarta/ Dugem (Mangga Besar Raya)

By The Jakarta Team →
Dark, dirty place, with Techno Kota, plenty of drugs and lots of prostitutes. Open non-stop during the weekend. The staff and the other customers are generally friendly and happy to dance with foreigners.

I give the rating 1/10 but if you are adventurous, you should visit it at least once.
Exotis Club Jakarta
Jl Mangga Besar Raya Ruko Mangga Besar Permai 10
Jakarta 10730
Phone : 021-6245406

"A part of the waiters job is to propose to you ‘girls to fuck’". SZ

A vibrant description of this place was given by our fellow reporter PL in our nightlife blog, Crazy Nights In Jakarta.