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Dragonfly Nightclub - Jakarta (Updated)

By The Jakarta Team →
15 years after it opened (and after several renovations), Dragonfly is still one of the top nightclubs in Jakarta. It is also one of the most exclusive, with a very strict door-policy: No torn jeans, no shorts, no t-shirt, no flat shoes for ladies, and you must be over 21 to enter. The entrance fee is also ridiculously high, up to IDR300K without any drink provided. 

9 Best Things to Do at Night in Jakarta (2021)

By Jakarta100bars →
I recently wrote about the best things to do in Jakarta . In the following review, I will be more specific and focus on night-time activities. A cliché used to describe Jakarta is that of "a city that never sleeps." While this could apply to any major capitals in the world, I think it is particularly accurate here. There is always some kind of life in Jakarta, whatever the time and whatever the location. It is quite logical considering the city has one of the highest population densities in the world. Another reason is that there are a lot of Indonesians working long shifts or night shifts, especially small business owners and independent workers. As long as money can be made, they won't close shop or go home. This is why you can always get food, cigarettes, or a taxi ride at any time of the night. For the traveler, the advantage of this situation is that there are a lot of things to do at night. Even better, if you go out after 9pm, you'll also enjoy less t

10 Best Nightclubs to Meet Indonesian Girls in Jakarta

By Jakarta100bars →
This article was last updated on September 14th, 2019. I removed X2, Immigrant, Empirica, and Level II (Foundry 8) that have closed down and added Boca Rica, Loewy, Beer Hall, and Eastern Promise. Going to nightclubs or bars is one of the best ways to meet Indonesian girls. It is a bit more challenging than  online dating  because you need to know what are the best venues and the best days to be successful. You must also be careful to differentiate between the "normal" girls, the prostitutes, and the professional girlfriends ( sugar babies ). The latter category are all the ladies who make a living from having one or several boyfriends. Depending on what you are looking for, they can be either a great target or something to avoid. Don't like Meeting Girls from Nightclubs? Read 10 Best Dating Sites and Apps in Indonesia . Tips for Meeting Girls in Clubs in Jakarta When to Party? Wednesday is the absolute best day for partying in Jakarta. It is chea

Jakarta Nightlife: Best Bars, Clubs, Spas and Hotels (Updated)

By Jakarta100bars →
This Jakarta nightlife review is an update this  article and it should cover any questions you may have about partying in Jakarta in 2019. If you are a first-time visitor, you might also be interested in my  Jakarta Travel Guide . Note : I last updated this review on September 13th, 2019. Nightlife Areas There are so many nightlife areas in Jakarta that it can be confusing even for residents.

Jakarta Nightlife: Top 10 Nightclubs (Updated)

By Jakarta100bars →
Note: I updated this review of Jakarta's best nightclubs on September 13th, 2019. I added Boca Rica, The Pallas, Swillhouse, Hotel Monopoli and removed X2, Immigrant, Empirica (all closed). The following is a ranking of the most happening nightclubs in Jakarta. If you are a newcomer to the city, I recommend you to go to the Fairgrounds complex first. There, you will find 3 venues that are listed below: Fable, The Pallas, and Swillhouse. This is an exciting and trendy party area where you will find plenty of other popular bars as well (BeerHall, Cork&Screw, Lucy in the Sky, The Dutch, Hard Rock Café, The Fools, etc). If you think I forgot to mention a venue, please let me a comment at the end of the article. Tips About Clubbing in Jakarta: Here are a few things you should know before heading for a night out: - All the nightclubs in Jakarta are expensive . Expect to pay IDR150,000 for a cocktail and up to IDR300,000 for the entrance fee (or FDC - First Drink Cha

30 Groups Who Own Jakarta Nightlife

By Jakarta100bars →
You would be surprised to know that 90% of Jakarta's main clubs, bars, spas and karaokes are in the hands of less than 50 persons and only about 30 groups. It is quite difficult to know precisely who owns what because there are usually several partners in each business venture . This is a way to minimize the investment cost, to spread the risks and to help with the promotion. Each of the owners brings his network of friends, family, strategic connections and partners to support the business and to make it grow. Within the same group, it is also not uncommon to have several companies (PT) with different shareholders each.  Another difficulty is that the real owners are sometimes hidden behind a nominee. This is especially true when the venue is reputed for hosting illegal activities such as drugs, prostitution or gambling. The best illustration for that is Tommy Winata who has the particularly of being a nominee who uses other nominees: He owns stakes in multiple compan

50 Best Bars in Jakarta

By Jakarta100bars →
The following article is an update on the most happening bars in Jakarta as of 2019. I visited them at least once this year and I'm ranking them starting with my favorites. You can just click on the name of each bar to see my full review (if I have one). For more information about where to drink in Jakarta, you can also read: Jakarta Nightlife Explained in 500 Words 10 Best Nightclubs in Jakarta Where to Party in Jakarta? Best Beer Garden and Beer Houses in Jakarta Best Expat Bars in Jakarta Currently, my favorite bars in Jakarta are:

Grand Manhattan Hotel Bar (Hotel Borobudur)

By The Jakarta Team →
Inside the Borobudur Hotel , this is one of the oldest bars in Jakarta though it has been renovated since I first visited in 2007. It's mostly a place with Indonesian people, including government employees. The live band will play a mix of international and local songs everyday from Monday to Saturday night. You will also find a KTV.