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Best Bars in Mega Kuningan (Jakarta) [2024]

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Home to 5-star hotels ( Ritz-Carlton ,  Raffles ,  Marriott ), foreign embassies, luxury apartments and prestigious offices, Mega Kuningan is easily one of the most exclusive  areas to live in Jakarta . As it was recently built from scratch, it is very different from the rest of the city. There are no warungs, no street sellers, no poverty and barely any traffic jams. Instead, you will see large streets lined with palm trees and a dozen skyscrapers (with a few more still under construction). Though Mega Kuningan does not have a proper nightclub yet, it has a vibrant nightlife almost any day of the week. You can walk in any towers and you are almost guaranteed to find a restaurant, a lounge or a bar. While each of them is unique, they generally target the same clientele: Expats, upper class Indonesians and businessmen. The following article will give you a quick overview of my 10 favorite bars in Mega Kuningan. They aren't far from each other and it's easy to wal

Top 10 Rooftop Bars in Jakarta (2024)

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Jakarta is one of the cities in the world with the most skyscrapers (buildings over 150 meters high). Luckily, several of them have rooftop bars and restaurants from which you can enjoy an amazing view. Rising way above the traffic jams, they are also a great way to escape from Jakarta's pollution, and to enjoy a fresher air. Below are my 10 favorite rooftop bars in Jakarta (scroll down for those which are free, without minimum charge to enter): Best Rooftop Bars in Jakarta SKYE  (Jalan Sudirman) The most famous rooftop in Jakarta. The view is not as good as in Cloud but the atmosphere is less "corporate/expat" and more relaxed. A must for tourists. Strict dress code in evenings: No shorts or sandals. Cloud Lounge  (Thamrin) Another rooftop near SKYE in the Plaza Building (Plaza Indonesia). It is conveniently located in the heart of the city and it offers fantastic views of Jakarta by day or by night. One of my favorite bars in Jakarta. Chao Chao  (SCBD) This rooftop bar

Best Bars Near Grand Indonesia / Plaza Indonesia [2024]

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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 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. Cloud Rooftop Bar T

Guide to Choosing Your Hotel in Jakarta [2024]

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In this guide, I will answer all the questions I received from readers regarding the best hotels to choose for a stay in Jakarta. What is the best area to stay in Jakarta? Pick any hotel located along or near Jalan Sudirman, between Plaza Senayan and Sarinah Mall. Read my full answer:  What is the best area to stay in Jakarta?

Cheap Bars in Jakarta for Backpackers / Students

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Clubbing in Jakarta is almost always expensive, especially if you drink alcohol (thanks to a 150% tax in imported liquor). If you are a backpacker, a visitor on a budget, or a student, you may be wondering how you can party in the city without emptying your bank account. In this article, I will give you tips to spend less when you go out, as well as a list of the cheapest bars/clubs in Jakarta (including those with free entrance).

Best Bars to Meet Expats and Foreigners in Jakarta [2024]

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The expat/foreign population in Jakarta is smaller than that of other Asian capitals, both because of government regulations making it harder to hire low-skilled foreigners, and because of the lack of attractiveness of the city. Tourists rarely visit Jakarta, and if they do, they usually only spend a few days here. The upside of this situation is that the expat community is compact, rather homogeneous, and friendly. Most of the foreigners in Jakarta come from a few industries or jobs such as IT, oil & gas, banking, NGOs, multinational companies, teaching, etc. Newcomers are generally welcome and they can quickly integrate to expat circles. Note: If you are single, you can also read  Best dating sites in Indonesia . Best expat bars in Jakarta Below is a list of the best venues to socialize with expats or foreigners in Jakarta: Eastern Promise (Kemang) Also called EP, Eastern Promise is certainly the most famous expat bar in Jakarta. It has 4 distinct rooms: A small

Guide to Karaokes and KTV Bars in Jakarta [2024]

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Karaoke and KTV bars in Jakarta are used for a multitude of purposes. Singing is one of them, but it is definitely not the only reason. Commonly, they are used for prostitution, drugs, private parties, striptease and sometimes orgies. As a foreigner (especially a Westerner), it took me several years to understand what was truly going on behind those doors. It is only after discussing with girls, clients and club owners, that I finally realized what karaokes were for and why Indonesians are so crazy about them.

Kemang Nightlife - Best Bars and Nightclubs [2024]

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Kemang is one of the best neighborhoods to live in Jakarta, especially for foreign families. Contrary to SCBD or Sudirman, it is mostly low rise and it retains a certain village vibe. It also has a vibrant nightlife that caters mainly to two distinct crowds: - Young Indonesian in their late teens and early 20s - Foreigners living in South Jakarta The nightlife in Kemang is always changing. The typical lifespan of new bars, clubs and restaurants rarely exceeds more than 2-3 years, which means you shouldn't be surprised if some of the venues listed below have closed already. Warning: Kemang is known for its horrible traffic jams. Avoid going there after office hours, especially on Fridays between 5 PM and 8 PM. During heavy rain, the traffic will be even worse as some areas often get flooded. Kemang nightlife: Where to Party + Hotels nearby Most of Kemang nightlife happens in Jalan Kemang Raya, especially near the intersection with Jalan Taman Kemang. There are several popular venues

Jakarta Nightlife: Best Bars and Clubs (Updated 2024)

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COVID-19 is (hopefully) behind us and Jakarta nightlife is as vibrant as ever. Dozens of exciting new clubs and bars have opened this year, including  H SCBD , the largest nightclub in Asia. I wrote this article to give you a concise overview of Jakarta nightlife. I'll answer all the questions you may have about the best areas for partying, the most recommended hotels, the best venues, as well as plenty of tips to help you have a great time. If you still have some questions, don't hesitate to leave me a comment below. Want to know more about Jakarta nightlife? Read  Jakarta's Best Bars and Jakarta's Best Nightclubs . If you are a first-time visitor, you might also be interested in my  Jakarta Travel Guide . Nightlife Areas There are so many nightlife areas in Jakarta that it can be confusing even for residents.

40 Best Bars in Jakarta (Updated 2024)

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This is my updated list of the best bars in Jakarta (2024). I wrote mostly about the most established venues that have existed for several years and are consistently crowded. I also focused mostly on South and Central Jakarta. At the end of the article, I've added some of the newest bars as well as some that are located in North and West Jakarta. Please leave a comment if I forgot one! For more information about where to party in Jakarta, you can also read: Best Nightclubs in Jakarta Jakarta Nightlife Guide Best Beer Garden and Beer Houses in Jakarta Best Expat Bars in Jakarta

PIK (Pantai Indah Kapuk) Nightlife: Best Bars and Clubs [2024]

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PIK, Pantai Indah Kapuk, is one of the favorite nightlife spots in Jakarta for wealthy, young Indonesian-Chinese. Many among them live in West and North Jakarta, especially in Pluit, Kelapa Gading and Taman Anggrek. Therefore, it can be more convenient for them to meet in PIK instead of going to South Jakarta's usual nightlife venues. As a result, the nightlife in PIK is heavily influenced by the preferences of this demographic. For instance, most of the popular restaurants in PIK serve pork, which is rare elsewhere in the city. You will also find more Korean, Japanese and Chinese restaurants as well as some trendy Asian brands (especially in the mall PIK Avenue). The bars and clubs in PIK follow the same logic. Soju is very popular here, and the clubs tend to focus on customers who buy bottles. There are also several karaoke joints. Below is a quick rundown of where to hangout and party at night in PIK: Nightlife in PIK Most of the popular restaurants are located in the streets su

Jakarta Nightlife: 15 Best Nightclubs (Updated 2024)

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The following is a ranking of the most happening nightclubs in Jakarta at the moment. Note: I updated this review of Jakarta's best nightclubs in January 2024. The line between a club and a bar can be thin. Some places are great for dancing and drinking but I didn't include them here because I considered them to be bars. Check my guide of the  Best Bars in Jakarta  for more party recommendations. If you think I forgot to mention a venue, please leave me a comment! Tips About Clubbing in Jakarta: Here are a few things you should know before heading for a night out: - If you are new to the city and you don't know where to start , I recommend going to the SCBD neighborhood where you can find several nightclubs and bars that are all within walking-distance from each other (H Club, Lucy in the Sky, Swillhouse, Embassy, Billions, etc). 5 minutes from there, you can also check all the venues in Senopati/Suryo street. - Clubbing in Jakarta is rather expensive. Expec

H Club (Jakarta)

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While driving in SCBD, you've probably seen a massive new building, just behind Electronic City, with the logo "The H Club". It just popped up in late May 2023 and it's hard to miss, especially at night, with its modern design and bright neons. Biggest Nightclub in Jakarta The H Club is actually the biggest nightclub in Jakarta, and possibly in the whole of Asia. Sprawling on 7000m2, it can accommodate more than 2,000 party-goers on its massive dance floor. It is the flagship property of the HW group, which is also the owner of multiple other nightclubs all over Indonesia (including the very famous Atlas in Bali ). It is even more impressive inside than outside. It has a rounded shape with a 10-meter high ceiling and several huge chandeliers. Both the sound and lighting system are top-notch, on the level of the best nightclubs in the world. The special effects are really spectacular, using fire, smoke, lasers, pulsing lights, and LCD screens to change the atmosphere o