BackStage "Beach Concert Café"

By Jakarta100bars

BackStage, a restaurant, bar and live music venue, is a popular hang-out spot located far north of Jakarta, on Ancol beach.

There are two areas: The first one, inside, is more like a lounge than a restaurant, with sofas and small coffee tables for eating. From there, you cannot really hear the live music playing.
The other area is outdoor, and it is decorated in a Kuta-Bali style. It is quite large (around 50 tables) with view on a real stage for concert. The rooftop terrace is also nice but it was closed when we were there. The big problem is that in case of rain (as it was the case during my visit to the café), the show will be cancelled or postponed until the clouds leave.

The menu is really not surprising with some international food and some Indonesian dishes. The positive thing is that everyone will find something she/he likes. Quite expensive, I had the chef's salad (Rp42,000), and I made a sad face when they brought me my dish, which looked like the kind of salad you can get in the cheapest restaurants on Jalan Jaksa. It didn't taste bad but for the price I could have expected something prepared with more creativity. My friend had the Tom Yum Sea Food soup (Rp45,000) and the Backstage Mussels (Rp 28,000). Once again, the food was fine, but the price is a kind of rip-off.

The drink list is also expensive: Mineral Water Rp17,000, orange juice Rp26,000, cocktails from Rp90,000 to Rp120,000. They have many different kinds of tea and coffee for Rp30,000. Given that live music is provided, it can be worth it. Otherwise, you can also enjoy a free concert if you stay right next to the Backstage café, on the beach...

In conclusion: Backstage is strongly not recommended for eating (ordinary food, expensive price) but you may come to have a drink, especially on their outdoor terrace. There is live music every night (Indo pop/rock, international Top 40). You can check the performance schedule on Backstage facebook fanpage: Backstage Ancol.
 Backstage Jakarta, "Beach Concert Café"
Beach Pool COM2, Taman Impian Jaya Ancol
Jakarta, Indonesia, 14000

Phone number: +62-21 984 952 05/06
Fax: +62-21 647 029 36

Open everyday from 10am to midnight (and until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays)

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