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Chamber Whisky and Wine Bar (Pacific Place)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Chamber is a whisky/wine bar and restaurant squeezed between Potato Head and Cork&Screw in Pacific Place mall. It replaces Capocaccia.

It is intimate and comfortable, with an outdoor and an indoor area. The design follows the current 1930s vintage trend that you can see in several speakeasy bars in Jakarta. It is a bit over the top for my taste. They target rich Indonesians by advertising a large collection of wines and spirits. Most items can only be ordered by bottle so avoid if you come alone.

The food is quite disappointing. It is expensive (10$ for a Nasi Campur or Spaghetti) and yet I don't feel they put a lot of effort into it. Most dishes are actually Indonesian, which does not really match with the theme of the restaurant. This may be due to the fact that their kitchen is small.

Overall: I think that Chamber is not on par with the competition in Pacific Place. While the design is nice, it seems to be lacking substance compared to nearby Paul, Cork&Screw and Potato Head. 

Chamber Food and Spirits
Pacific Place Mall, Ground Floor 51B, SCBD
Reservation is recommended: +62 (0) 21 5797 31 28

Opening Hours:
From Sunday to Thursday from 10am to 12am
From Friday to Saturday from 10am to 2am
Brunch every Sunday

Instagram: ChamberJKT
Twitter (where the photos come from): ChamberJKT
Website: Chamber Jakarta

Monty's Restaurant and Whisky Bar (Senopati)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Monty's is one of the hippest and most exclusive venues in Jakarta at the moment. The day I visited, you had 1 Ferrari, 1 Lamborghini, 2 Porsches, 2 Jaguars and several nice sports cars parked just in front. That should give you an idea of the crowd.

It was opened by Klabo, the same group behind Nip & Dram and Ivy Kitchen. From what I've heard, the owner of Blue Bird Taxis is one of the shareholders. 

The Restaurant
On the first two floors is a restaurant serving classic European food. They have all the priciest ingredients that you can possibly import in Indonesia such as caviar, lobster, truffle, charcuterie, cheese or wagyu beef. There also serve several organic and healthy dishes.

The kitchen is headed by a Norwegian expat who previously worked in Grand Hyatt as an executive sous-chef. The price is rather expensive: On average for a 2-course meal you'll spend at least Rp500,000 (without alcohol). You can try it for lunch as they have a 2-course set menu for a little less than Rp300,000 net. Unfortunately it's the price for decent food in this area of Jakarta.

The Lounge
On the third floor, you have a "secret" speakeasy lounge / whisky bar with very dim lighting and chic ambiance. You should really make a reservation in advance as it is fully-booked most of the time. They have live bands from Wednesday to Saturday playing covers of famous pop songs. Wednesday is the busiest and most-recommended night.

It has a capacity of around 60 people. You have to spend at least 5M rupiah to get a sofa (10 pax) or 3,5M rupiah to get a table (4 pax). If you want to drink by the glass, you need to sit by the bar but the available space is scarce and they might not let you in if it's full.

I think that this is the kind of place where either you have the money and you book a sofa, or you don't have it and you just go somewhere else.

Overall
If you want to network among the Indonesian elite, I advise you to spend a few nights in the whisky bar. People all seem to know each other and they are pretty relaxed, easy to talk to. Quite many girls as well. Large collection of expensive whiskies. If you are Muslim, beware because the bar only serves alcohol drinks.

They also have a Champagne-themed Sunday brunch.

Monty's Jakarta
Senopati Raya No. 84, Jakarta, Indonesia 12190

Phone number: +62 (0) 720 4848
Email: reservations@montys.co.id

Facebook: Monty's
Instagram: montysjkt

Artoz Whisky and Cognac Bar (Jakarta)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Artoz is a whisky bar/lounge located in the Energy Building in SCBD. It replaced Marley's Bar which closed down a while ago.

It claims to be the largest collection of Whisky and Cognac in Jakarta, but I am not sure it is true as I believe there is quite an extensive spirit menu in Nip & Dram as well.

I visited Artoz during Ramadan, probably not the best time to do so and unsurprisingly it was empty. Artoz is similar with Nip and Dram actually, both in terms of concept, size and setting: You have comfortable leather sofas and chairs spread across a windowless room, with a bar on on side and a live music stage on the other one. The main difference I saw is that Artoz is not as dark and it seems they don't have those crazy minimum spend amounts.

The prices are pretty steep still, about USD15 for a standard cocktail. You are also given the menu of the French Restaurant Amuz, which belong to the same person (Chef Gilles Marx, also behind Auroz).

They have weekly Jazz live music, currently every Wednesday. It is best to make sure about the schedule on their facebook page here: Artoz Bar Jakarta.

Overall: I can see three kinds of people who would enjoy Artoz: Whisky and Cognac enthusiasts, Jazz lovers, and people who want to have a quiet and upscale drink in the SCBD area. If you are looking for a hip, busy place, it is best you go to Potato Head instead. 
ARTOZ Bar
Whisky, Cognac and Jazz Lounge
Energy Building 2nd Floor - SCBD
Jalan Jenderal Sudirman Kav 52-53, South Jakarta
Phone number: +62-21 2995 9050

Twitter: Artoz
Facebook: Artoz Bar Jakarta

Nip and Dram (Whisky Bar)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Nip and Dram is a Whisky and Fine Spirit bar located in Landmark Center near Jalan Sudirman. In Jakarta, it is as close as it gets from a true Gentlemen's Club. While it is not member's only, it is clearly targeting a male, upper-class crowd. Women are allowed of course, but the feel of the bar is very masculine.

The team behind it is a group of 10 people, Indonesians and Expats, among which (from what the waiter told me) the owner of Blue Bird, the previous GM of Keraton at the Plaza (Klaus Woizik) or the previous GM of Buddha Bar Jakarta (Bogdan Vlase).

The prices are among the highest of any other bars in Jakarta. Cocktails start at 165,000rp++ and the (extensive) list of alcohols includes bottles costing up to 50 million rupiah per unit. They also sell cigars.

Nip and Dram is dark and intimate, with live music 4 times per week (Jazzy on Wednesday and Thursday, Top 40 on Friday and Saturday). It is recommended if you are looking for a classy, quiet place to have a drink, and of course if you enjoy alcohols that are not always available elsewhere in Jakarta.

They also have a kitchen, but I didn't try any of the dishes.
Nip and Dram Jakarta
The Landmark Centre II
Jalan Jend. Sudirman No. 1, GF
Jakarta, Indonesia 12910

Phone number: +62-21 5790 3991
Email: bogdan.vlase@nipanddram.com
Opening Hours:
From Monday to Thursday from 5pm to 1am.
From Friday to Saturday from 5pm to 3am.

Twitter: Nip & Dram Whisky Bar
Instagram: Nipanddram
Facebook: Nip and Dram Jakarta

Liberica Coffee (Pacific Place Mall and other locations)

By Nyoman →
In Pacific Place Mall, on the fourth floor, you have the possibility to enjoy a nice coffee at Liberica. That's what I did last time I went there. This place really looks like Starbucks but in a more elaborated way: Modern decor, cozy area, coffee to order at the counter, american pastries... This small coffee chain is Indonesian and currently has 5 outlets (Pacific Place, Kemang, Gandaria City, Central Park and Cilandak Town square). The name Liberica is taken from a rare coffee bean variant of Liberica beans. The main difference with Starbucks is that you can buy Beers and Wine. This is a weird concept when you think about it, Coffee and Wine ! 

Liberica Coffee in Pacific Place

Pastries & Beverages

Barista area

I went there many times now and it was always crowded. I assume people like going there instead of going to Starbucks where you can go pretty much in any mall. In Liberica Coffee, the seats are oriented towards the mall, that means you can enjoy your beverage and looking at people walking in the mall, which is pleasant in my opinion.

I would recommend the beverages here and some of the food but the pastries are not really worth it...

In the same Mall, you can go to Paul Bakery & Patisserie or Odysseia.

 

Liberica Pacific Place
Jalan Jend. Sudirman Kav. 52-53
4th Floor
South Jakarta 12190
Phone number: +62-21 5797 3375


Other Locations:
Liberica Gandaria City
Gandaria City Mall
Ground Floor (Main Street
Jalan Sultan Iskandar Muda Kebayoran Lama
South Jakarta 12240
Phone number: +62-21 2900 7986

Liberica Central Park
Central Park Mall
Ground Floor
Jalan Let Jend S. Parman Kav. 28
Jakarta 11470
Phone number: +62 828 1705 7626

Liberica Colony Kemang Building
Jl Kemang Raya No 6A
Ground Floor
Phone number: +62-21 2952 9914

Liberica Cilandak Town Square (Citos)
Jl TB Simatupang Kav. 17
Ground Floor
Phone number: +62-21 7592 0235

Bacco (Lotte Shopping Avenue, Kuningan)

By Nyoman →





Bacco is Wine Lounge and also a Restaurant located in Lotte Shopping Avenue Mall in Kuningan. It's the same type of wine venue as Cork & Screw or Vin +. I wanted to try this place for a long time because I didn't find a Wine lounge in Jakarta where the restaurant is worth it. Well Bacco is worth it in my book !

The decoration is full of wood, which makes it a warm atmosphere. The big leather couches at the entrance are also very comfortable and makes it a cozy place. When you get into the restaurant, from the mall, you can see the bottles of wine nicely display which makes it part of the decor. The prices of the bottles of wine, like any other Wine Lounge in Jakarta, are very expensive. Wine is a very luxury product here and you cannot find it for cheap !

I recommend the food here, it is subtle, tasty, and nicely put together. I had a sirloin and it was really good. The Lemon cheescake is also totally worth it. 

Bacco is also a nice place for pre-clubbing drink since they are making elaborated (and expensive) cocktails. Other option: you can have a nice glass of Wine on the terrace.

Overall I strongly recommend the food, a mix of Italian food and Gril. Though smaller, this Wine Lounge is better than any other in the city.

 

Bacco (Lotte Shopping Avenue, Kuningan) 
Lotte Shopping Avenue, LG Floor 38, Ciputra World 1, Jalan Prof. Dr Satrio Kav 3-5
Jakarta, Indonesia 12940

Open everyday : 10:00 am - 2:00 am
www.facebook.com/baccojakarta
Phone(021) 29888909








 www.baccojakarta.com
marketing@baccojakarta.com



Altitude (Gaia, Salt Grill, Enmaru) @ The Plaza

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Altitude is a group of 3 restaurants located on the 46th floor of the Plaza tower, one of the most expensive office buildings in Jakarta (also home the the Keraton hotel). 46th floor, yes: Great view of course, but make sure to book in advance and ask for a table near the window (if possible in the angle of the building).

Luckily for my wallet, I only tried one of the three restaurants, Gaia, the Italian. The food was good, but not spectacular for the price: 550k for one appetizer and one main course. The quality of the service and the attention that we got, not only from the waiters but also from the managers, including 3 foreigners, may have been what we are really paying in the restaurant.

One thing felt very wrong: The music was clubbing style and they only had one CD. So we had Gangnam Style and Party Rock Anthem twice each in one evening. That's twice too much.

In Altitude, there is also an Australian Steak House (Salt Grill) and a Japanese (Enmaru) that I haven't tried but visited. Salt Grill Jakarta is actually owned, or partially owned, or managed by Luke Mangan. If you don't know who he is, then you are just like me. Wikipedia will tell you that he is a celebrity chef from Australia, and probably a great business man too.

By visiting Altitude, I could not help but think about how the level (and the prices) of the restaurants have improved in Jakarta. We still don't have a Michelin-starred restaurant, but we are going there in a couple years I'm sure.

Altitude is trying to do that, with imported management, imported food & wine, and imported concepts. Altitude is saying: Jakarta can be just like Singapore or Hong Kong. I like down-to-earth restaurants so for sure Altitude restaurants are not what I prefer, but if what you are looking after is more sophisticated dining venues, then you will be happy in either Gaia, Salt Grill or En Maru.

Overall: Recommended if you have the money and/or if you need to impress a date. You can also try the bar area, (officially Cloud Lounge & Living Room) which was rather crowded during my visit (on a Saturday night), and it had a DJ.

Tips: Dress up and book in advance.


Altitude: Gaia (Italian Restaurant), Salt Grill (Australian Grill Restaurant), En Maru (Japanese Restaurant)
The Plaza, 46th floor
Plaza Indonesia
Jl. M.H. Thamrin
Kav. 28 - 30, Jakarta 10350, Indonesia

Phone number: +62-21 2992 2448

Twitter: Altitude

Opening Hours:
Sunday to Thursday from 11am to 11pm
Friday from 11am to 12pm
Saturday from 11am to 2am

Decanter Wine Lounge Kuningan

By The Jakarta Team →


Decanter is an upscale wine house and restaurant, popular with both expats and locals. Intimate interior design, quite comfortable and calm, Decanter is a good place to discover in Jakarta, close to the city center.

Not a cheap place to eat & drink but worth it. You may find useful information about Decanter's events, staff and news on their website: www.decanterjakarta.com. You may also want to check their facebook fanpage (from which the photos were taken): Decanter Wine Lounge & Restaurant.
Live music (easy listening/jazz) every Thursday and Friday nights.
Decanter Jakarta
Plaza Kuningan
Menara Utara. Ground Floor
Jl. H.R. Rasuna Said Kav. C11-14

Tel: +62-21 529 63888

Open from 11am to 2pm and from 4pm to 2am (3am on weekends)

The Cellar - Four Seasons Hotel

By The Jakarta Team →

Wine Lounges are among the trendiest night spots in Jakarta at the moment. Dozens of them have opened in the past two years, which is quite a surprise considering we are in a muslim country. Patrons in The Cellar are actually mostly business travellers and expats who come to enjoy a cozy, quiet lounge with a vast wine collection. Compared to other wine lounges in Jakarta, The Cellar has an internationally recognized sommelier that will guide you in your wine selection, but it is more expensive and exclusive.

Other wine lounges in Jakarta: Vin+, Magnum, Cork&Screw, Maroon.
The Cellar in Four Seasons Hotel
Lobby Level
Jalan H.R. Rasuna Said
Jakarta 12920
Indonesia

Tel: +62-21 252-3456
Fax: +62-21 252-4480

Open from 10am to midnight.

Photo credit: Toni Wahid - http://mypotret.wordpress.com/

Cork & Screw Restaurant and Bar (Wisma Kodel, Rasuna Said)

By The Jakarta Team →

Cork & Screw is one of the most popular lounges and restaurants in Jakarta. There are currently two locations in the city, one in Wisma Kodel, and a smaller one in Plaza Indonesia.

Though their food is very average for the price, they are trendy places to have a drink, in particular wines. They have a large collection of bottles coming from Vin+ shops, most of them around Rp300k/400k. That's about twice as expensive as in Europe but unfortunately, this is the norm in Jakarta.

Overall, I do not recommend Cork & Screw for eating, but you can share a bottle of wine with a few friends.  It is quite busy so you may also want to book your table.

For infos about the menus, prices and wine selection, you can check their website: http://www.corknscrew.biz/. Also on facebook: C&S.
Contact details:
Cork & Screw Jakarta Wisma Kodel
Wisma Kodel, Ground floor, Jalan H.R. Rasuna Said Kav B4
Open from 11h30am until late.
Phone number: +62-21 5290 2030
Fax: +62-21 5290 2031

Cork & Screw Plaza Indonesia:
1st Floor, Unit 127 AD, Jl. MH.Thamrin, Kav 28/30
open from 10am until late.
Phone number: +62-21 31996659
Fax: +62-21 31996658

Similar places: Vin+, Magnum, Social House, Domain.

FrontPage

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →

The oldest Jakarta expats may remember that FrontPage stands where the popular Cinnabar, one of the first modern bar to open in the city, used to be.

Frontpage is not making the same buzz, but it is a good address to know because the food is excellent (mainly Indian dishes) and because you have a great selection of wines. The owner is the same than Maroush and Anatolia, both Middle-eastern/Indian restaurants with an excellent reputation.
FrontPage
Plaza Gani Djemat
Jl. Imam Bonjol Kav.76-78
Central Jakarta
Tel: (62 21) 390 3614

Open from 11am to 23pm from Sunday to Friday, until 2am on Saturday.
Closed on Monday

Read about the best Indian restaurants in Jakarta here: Top Indian Restaurants.

Kudus Bar Jakarta (The Sultan Hotel, ex-Hilton, Jalan Sudirman)

By The Jakarta Team →

Nice classy wine bar, popular with businessmen, expats and wealthy locals. The decor is inspired by the town of Kudus, in Central Java, to make its interior Jakarta's first "Javanese wine lounge".

The beautiful furniture and artefacts gives Kudus an elegant feel, without being too pompous. You also have an interesting selection of live music, from jazz to acoustic, every day from 8pm to midnight (you can check the schedule here: Sultan Jakarta Kudus Bar).

Kudus is quite expensive, but you have some interesting discounts if you come during the happy hours, from 5pm to 8pm, with 30% off on beers and soft drinks and 15% off on wines.

At last, the list of wines and champagnes is very complete, with the possibility to take away some bottles. If you want to eat in Kudus, you have the possibility to bring food from Taman Sari, the famous restaurant of the Sultan Hotel.
Address details:
Kudus, in Sultan Hotel (ex-Hilton)
Jl Jend Gatot Subroto Hotel Jakarta Hilton Internasional; Jakarta; Dki Jakarta

Phone number: +62-21 570 3600 ext. 1178
Fax: +62-21-5733091

Email: hotel@sultanjakarta.com

Opening Hours: Everyday except on Sunday from 11am to 1am (2pm on Saturday)

Magnum Wine Bar and Cigar Smoking Lounge (Jakarta's Mall Bellagio, Mega Kuningan)

By The Jakarta Team →



Magnum is a very relaxing and upmarket wine bar ownd by a young wine enthousiast. It has a very extensive selection of wine and also cigars. You should go there for having a nice evening starter as its well located and the music is not so loud. It's small though so be sure to be there early to have a place to sit. Open everyday from 12am to 12pm. Wine tasting classes are available.

Magnum Jakarta
In Bellagio Boutique Mall (1st and 2nd floor)
Mega Kuningan (Near Mistere in Ritz Carlton or Blu Martini Bar in JW Marriott)

Phone number:+ 62 21 300 66 597
Fax number:+62 21 300 66 598
E-mail : magnum@magnum-jakarta.com

Website (with the wine list): http://www.magnum-jakarta.com/

Similar places: Vin+, Cork & Screw.

Maroon Wine Bar (Jittlada Jakarta)

By The Jakarta Team →

Maroon Wine & Lounge is a great lounge located in Jittlada Royal Thai Cuisine, the best Thai restaurant in Jakarta.

It is only open until 10pm so you might want to go there only before eating.

Maroon Wine & Lounge
Jittlada Royal Thai Cuisine
Jl. Sultan Agung 10
Jakarta 12980
Phone number: +62 21 829 6126
Fax machine: +62 21 830 3938
E-mail: info@jittlada.com
Website: http://www.jittlada.com/

Oak Room (Hotel Nikko Jakarta)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Oak Room is quaint lounge located inside Nikko Hotel. I went there to have a quick drink after eating in the Olive Tree restaurant, and even though I would not come back, I thought it was a nice place to relax. Since the bar is quite small, almost all the sofas were taken on that evening.

I guess most clients are Nikko Hotel guests since there isn't anything special to make anybody else visit. Some pop music in the background, a lot of cigarette smoke, free magazines/books, old furniture, that's about all for the atmosphere.

Oak Room has a decent selection of wines, liquors and cigars, with prices slightly inferior to that of a 5-star hotel bar (Rp80,000 for a cocktail).

Opening hours: Everyday from 11am to 1am.

Oak Room
Nikko Hotel Jakarta, Ground Floor
Jl. M.H. Thamrin No. 6
Jakarta Pusat 10350, Indonesia

Phone number: +62-21 230 1122 ext 22423
Website: Oak Room Jakarta