Boca Rica is an upper-class restaurant/bar/club located on the ground floor of the Crowne Plaza Hotel, which is inside Mangkuluhur City. The latter is a high-end mixed-use complex belonging to Tommy Soeharto and named after his son, Darma Mangkuluhur Hutomo (who happens to be the owner of Boca Rica).

Since its opening at the end of 2018, it has become one of the hotspots of Jakarta nightlife. Its crowd is a mix between that of Léon (high-class, socialites, celebrities) and that of Basque (expats, travelers, businessmen). Because the entrance is free on most nights, it has also attracted a younger crowd who can't afford more established clubs like Dragonfly or Blowfish.

I haven't tried the restaurant, so I won't comment on that. I just know that it serves a Spanish-inspired menu with around 20 types of Tapas (costing between IDR 75,000 and IDR 250,000 each). They also have the usual burgers, grilled chicken, steaks and fish. Drinks are pricey, like everywhere in Jakarta: The cheapest beer is IDR 70,000 and the cheapest cocktail IDR 120,000.

The venue is large with a circular bar in the middle, and a stage for live music in the front. The tables are on the side, and you have enough space for dancing just in front of the band. Above the bar, there is also a VIP area that you can access with stairs.

During weekdays, it is reasonably busy, mostly with groups of friends and couples having dinner. There might be some dancing around 1AM, but not always.

On weekends, it is more interesting for clubbing. Then, it is often packed and you have a real party atmosphere. It is a good idea to book a table near the band to be closer to the action.

The entertainment alternates between a DJ (playing mostly EDM, sometimes reggaeton/Rn'B) and the live band (rock, top 40). Once in a while, they also welcome more famous acts (like recently DJ Puffy or Kriss Kross Amsterdam).

Beware that there is a strict dress code. If you wear sandals or shorts, you will be denied entry.

Boca Rica Tapas Bar & Lounge
Crowne Plaza Hotel
Jalan Gatot Subroto Kav 2-3,
Semanggi, South Jakarta

Instagram: @bocaricajkt
Facebook: Boca Rica

Phone: +62 822-7272-8808

Opening hours:
Every day from 11 AM to 2 AM (4 AM on weekends)

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