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Jakarta Nightlife: Top 10 Nightclubs (Updated 2019)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
"What are the best nightclubs in Jakarta?" is one of the questions I get asked the most by readers of Jakarta100bars. The following list should answer this question though I imagine some of you may disagree with my rankings. If you do, please leave a comment below about your favorite clubs in the city. Surprisingly, there has not been so many changes in the past few years in the city's clubbing scene. Most venues below have been around for more than 10 years. Note: I last updated this review on September 4th, 2018. Few Infos About Clubbing in Jakarta: Here are a few things you should know before heading for a night out: - All the nightclubs in Jakarta are expensive . Expect to pay IDR150,000 for a cocktail and up to IDR300,000 for the entrance fee (or FDC - First Drink Charge) on weekends. If you are a heavy alcohol drinker and/or if you are partying with a small group, I always recommend buying a bottle . The purchase will save you some money as you

6 Famous Indonesian Pornstars and Nude Models

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Despite being considered a conservative country, watching porn is just as popular in Indonesia as it is elsewhere on the planet. When I was living in Jakarta in the early 2000s, I remember that it was quite common to see pirated porn DVDs and VCDs (also called "blue movies") being sold discreetly along some major streets of the city. Things have changed today. Indonesians now find their porn on the Internet, using VPNs to bypass the censorship of the government (see my article Best VPNs for Indonesia  for more information). In fact, according to a 2016 poll, 41% of Indonesian internet users  have a VPN installed on their computer or smartphone. The main reason for that, obviously, is to access porn websites. With such an appetite for porn (and a country of over 250 million inhabitants), one could think that there are many Indonesian pornstars around. Sadly, the answer is no. I could not find one that is still active as of today, even after looking at a list

How to Meet Beautiful Japanese Girls? (JAV Actresses, Gravure Models, etc...)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Meeting Japanese girls is definitely not as easy as meeting other Asian girls. You cannot just pop up in the country and expect to have a girlfriend the day after. You will need much more time and, in the end, you probably won't end up with a girl as pretty as you had wished. Also, before anything happens in the bedroom, you'll have to show that you are serious, stable and committed. That does not sound really fun, right? Now, what if I told you that there is a way to have easy dates with open-minded, young and beautiful Japanese girls, including gravure models and even JAV porn stars? The secret is to become a member of a social/dating club. Also called "Kousai club", these are the Japanese equivalent to what we call "Sugar Dating". It allows young Japanese girls to meet and date wealthy older men who can offer them a more luxurious lifestyle. In this article, I will introduce you to the most famous dating club in Japan, Universe C

The Swillhouse - R&B and Hip Hop Bar - Jakarta

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
H&S Swillhouse is a hip-hop and R&B club that replaces Hide and Seek , in Fairgrounds SCBD. In the same complex, you also have popular venues such as Fable , Lucy in The Sky and The Pallas . I visited on a Friday night around 1AM. I was warned at the entrance that all the tables were occupied and that I could only stand at the bar. I was fine with it so I went inside, free of charge. The design is as minimalist as it can be. It is basically just a mid-size rectangular room with concrete walls and floors, neon lighting and sofas on the side. Positioned at the entrance, the bar is quite large and it wasn't too crowded. On the contrary, the narrow dance floor was packed all the way from the bar area up to the DJ booth. It was almost impossible to move, let alone dance. Something particularly annoying was that there is only one toilet at the back which is quite difficult to reach. While the music in Hide and Seek was often electronic/techno, the Swillhouse is f

Duck Down Bar - Senopati

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Duck Down Bar is the latest opening from the Biko Group, one of the most successful nightlife brands in Jakarta.  Most of their venues, such as Beer Garden, Beer Hall or Lola target young and hip Indonesians from the mid-to-upper class, and Duck Down Bar is no exception to that. I visited on a Friday night (9/11/2018), following a friend's recommendation. The bar is located in the basement of the Soho building on Jalan Gunawarman. You need to go down a flight of stairs, and then you arrive in a medium-sized L-shaped room. There are no windows and no natural light, but the ceiling is high enough to prevent you from feeling too claustrophobic. Everyone is smoking inside so it can get a little suffocating. The design is pretty cool, they tried to recreate what could be a student bar in Europe in the 1990s, the sort of cheap but cozy place that would play bands like Nirvana, the Pixies, etc. One major difference here is that you are in the most expensive neighborhood

Guide to the Djakarta Warehouse Project (DWP) in Bali - 2018 Update

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Updated on September 10th, 2018 The Djakarta Warehouse Project (DWP) is an electronic dance music festival happening every December. It is normally in Jakarta, but the 2018 edition will be set in Bali's GWK cultural park  (Garuda Wisnu Kencana) on the 7th, 8th and 9th December. The relocation is a way to celebrate the events' 10th anniversary. GWK is a fantastic venue for a music festival and a perfect match for DWP. The park recently got the spotlight after a massive 121-meter high Vishnu/Garuda statue was completed. As it turns out, the mythical Garuda bird has often been the main theme of the previous DWP editions. The setting of DWP in GWK The DWP is organized by Ismaya, an Indonesian lifestyle group behind some famous nightclubs and bars in Indonesia like Dragonfly, Skye, Blowfish or Social House. It is also heavily sponsored by all kinds of brands and particularly cigarette manufacturers. It is a mainstream festival featuring mostly commercial DJs who pla