The area near the malls Grand Indonesia and Plaza Indonesia, around the iconic Bunderan Hotel Indonesia (Hotel Indonesia roundabout) is one of the most strategic to meet friends for drinks and party in Jakarta. It is also an ideal location for inviting someone on a date.

The main reason for that is that it is positioned in the center of the city, along Jalan Sudirman- Jalan Thamrin, its most important thoroughfare. It is therefore easy to reach, either by private car or by public transportation (Transjakarta and soon, the MRT). It is no surprise that I rated it the best area to stay in Jakarta.

Naturally, you can find plenty of activities and businesses there, including 5-star hotels, luxury malls, prestigious office buildings, and, of course, a lively nightlife.

In this article, I will review my top 10 favorite bars and clubs in Grand Indonesia / Plaza Indonesia. Please don't hesitate to leave a comment if you think I forgot an important venue.

This stylish outdoor rooftop bar is particularly recommended if you are a tourist. Located in The Plaza building, it offers a spectacular view of Jakarta that will make you realize how gigantic the city is. After 6 PM, you need to dress up to access it (pants and shoes required). Electronic/Lounge music.

Paulaner Brauhaus
This restaurant has a Bavarian beer garden concept: Long communal tables, home-brewed beer, German food (including pork). Fun atmosphere, perfect for after-hour drinks. Live music every evening.

Social House is a trendy wine lounge and restaurant from the Ismaya Group. It is one of those places that are almost always busy, no matter the day or the hour. Average food, a bit expensive, but interesting for people-watching.

Similar to Social House, this wine lounge-restaurant is popular with groups of friends who often rent big tables and share bottles and food among themselves. Not really a place to visit if you are alone, but perfect for a celebration.

The main competitor of Cloud has an inferior view but a cozier design. It is also more creative (different music every night) and they organize more events (live bands, fashion show, guest chefs, yoga sessions, etc). The staff is notoriously snob, especially with tourists.

The only proper nightclub in this area, Immigrant is one of the highlights of Jakarta nightlife. The DJs usually play anything that makes people dance: Rn'B, electro-pop, old school, EDM. Quiet nights on Wednesdays but full on Fridays and Saturdays. There is also a restaurant attached to it called the Dining Room (excellent Western food from the chef behind Garçon).

Greyhound is a brand-new Thai café and bar located on the ground floor of Grand Indonesia's West Mall. It serves a variety of fusion dishes, Thai bubble teas, and alcoholic drinks! Live music and DJ every Saturday. Don't miss their all-you-can-drink promotions:

- Every Monday from 4 PM until 10 PM: Free flow wine for only Rp 229.000++.

- Every day from 4 PM until 8 PM: All-you-can-drink Signature Thai cocktails for just Rp375,000++.

Burgundy in Grand Hyatt is always very quiet. I have been there about 5 times and I never saw more than 10 customers in total. Despite this, it is actually one of my favorite bars in Jakarta, mostly because of its panorama on Bunderan HI (Hotel Indonesia roundabout). Great service and drinks.

A discreet, yet long-time favorite of many expats in Jakarta (in particular Western girls, journalists, embassy workers, NGO staff). Nothing really special except a relaxed atmosphere, tasty cocktails and low music. Many regular clients. It is attached to the restaurant Lan Na Thai.

This Italian restaurant, part of the Union group, gets normally quite lively on weekends. I'd recommend it for dates more than anything else. Their bar has a good selection of wines.

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