While I was staying in Mercure Simatupang, I had the opportunity to try their rooftop rum bar, Karumba.

Located on the 19th floor of the hotel, it is a Carribean-themed venue with a more than 180° view of Jakarta's skyline. In particular, you can face the Central Business District and, in the late afternoon, the sunset.

It is a simple bar, semi-open, with a relaxing atmosphere. Everything is made to help you forget the daily stress of living in Jakarta: Laid-back music, smiling waiters and waitresses, colorful furniture and posters, and even a small swimming pool...

Based on my observations, it seems to be popular with Indonesian women. Many will come in large groups to celebrate birthdays, baby showers, weddings or "Arisan" (social gatherings).

The menu is international, with a zest of Latin American and Caribbean influence. While you have all the typical classics (pasta, pizza, salads, nasi goreng, etc), the favorites are more exotic specialties such as nachos, chimichangas, quesadillas, enchiladas or Jamaican skewers. On average, a meal in Karumba will cost you between IDR90,000++ and IDR130,000++.

The drink list is dominated by rum-based cocktails: El Presidente, Pina Colada, Cuba Libre or Mai Tai (from IDR95,000++ to IDR130,000++). If you come with a small group (or if you are a strong drinker), you can also order a full jug of punch (IDR400,000++). Local beers (Bintang) start at IDR60,000++.

There are live bands or DJs on most nights at 9PM (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday). I invite you to check the updated schedule on their Facebook page: Karumba Rooftop Rum Bar.

In any case, it rarely gets very crowded unless during special events. It isn't a party spot but instead, a place to chill and to hang out with friends. I would recommend especially for after-work drinks with colleagues or for a romantic date with your girlfriend.

As a woman, you may also want to try one of their new "Arisan" promotions:

→ IDR750,000++ (or IDR500,000++ without non-alcoholic pitcher) for Free Flow Sangria / Long Island / Beer with 2 complimentary sharing plates and a IDR150,000 meal voucher.

→ IDR125,000 for a set menu with 1 appetizer or dessert, 1 main course, 1 welcome drink.

Opening Hours:
Every day from noon to 1AM (or 2AM on weekends)

Mercure Jakarta Simatupang hotel
Jalan R.A. Kartini No. 18, Lebak Bulus, Cilandak, South Jakarta
Phone number: +62 21 75 999 777
Email: H6680-SM4@accor.com

Website: Karumba Rooftop Rum Bar - Jakarta or Karumba Jakarta
Facebook: Karumba Jakarta

1 comment to '' Karumba Rooftop Rum Bar - South Jakarta "

  1. Hi, I was the person who commented on your previous article http://www.jakarta100bars.com/2017/01/where-to-party-in-jakarta-nightlife.html on January 18th... I think I've mentioned the wrong hotel, I said Aston instead Mercure. Glad that you've found the place I was thinking of! I'm sorry for my stupid mistake, maybe it was because I'm getting old hehehe. Welcome back to Jakarta and good luck for your blog!