Although the country is predominantly Muslim, there is no shortage of nightlife and entertainment. As you might expect, the city’s five-star hotels feature upscale nightclubs and wine bars, where live entertainment accompanies immaculately put-together drinks. These include the ‘Fountain Lounge’ at the Grand Hyatt. Like Bangkok, Jakarta offers, or some would say suffers from a juxtaposition of upscale establishments and venues laced with sleaze and a dash of sauciness.
Tourists can be found knocking back beers in Bintang in one of the cafés at the Jalan Jaksa, a popular choice due to its chilled-out ambience and appealing prices. Kenanag is considered to be a fashionable area favoured by trendy young professionals and media types. Ancol offers a beach-bar like setting, a welcome respite from the chaos of the city. Kota is a district you will either avoid at all costs or go out of your way to discover on your first evening in town – the equivalent of Bangkok’s, Patpong… it’s a tad seedy to say the least.
Jakarta has a huge concentration of live music venues, with grunge, jazz, ballads classic rock and soul bands.
Less developed and modern than other areas of Jakarta, Blok M is home to the city’s biggest bus terminus, thus easily accessed. Due to the low rents in the area, there are favourable prices for drinking and eating here. Popular with backpackers and those looking for a cheap night out, the vivacious area basically revolves around Falatehan Street, where there are many venues.
To say that this area is relatively lawless might be an exaggeration but this is definitely the place to go if you like to drink until the sun comes up. Situated near Kebayoran Baru, finding Blok M is easy as almost every cab driver knows it. For a more off-the-beaten-track experience head a few blocks down to Jl. Melawai 6 (opposite Plaza Blok M), Jakarta's de-facto Little Japan with lots of Japanese restaurants, bars and karaoke joints.
Popular with Indonesians, this club has one huge Techno Kota room and a lounge with live music and house/progressive DJ. Expect a mixed crowd and the usual madness you would get from an up-tempo club in Asia.
Address: Glodok Plaza 5th-9th FL, Pinangsia Raya St., Pinangsia Village
One of the most famous, biggest and popular clubs in Jakarta, this is the place to head for international DJ and a loved-up crowd.
Address: Hayam Wuruk 111 FF, GG, HH, II JJ, West Jakarta
Comprising a spa, disco and karaoke, this is a good place to head with a group. Great service and an upbeat ambience make it a popular choice.
One of the most popular nightlife areas with locals, tourists and expats, it is something of a commercial zone, where you will find a broad range of imported beers and spirits, so expect higher prices. Situated in the very centre of Jakarta, this is the place to head for controlled nightlife and a relatively tame crowd but it's nonetheless a great place for a night out. The area comprises nightclubs, bars and pubs and is considered to be the haunt of the Indonesian young, rich and beautiful. To sum up; expect a cosmopolitan crowd in ultra-modern surroundings.
Address: Jl. MH Thamrin No. 28-30 (Right by the Grand Hyatt, Central Jakarta)
More than just a burger joint, this place is packed out with revelers on a weekend. Live entertainment and a vast assortment of drinks make it Party Central come Friday evening.
Address: Plaza Indonesia - Entertainment X'nter, Jl. MH. Thamrin Kav. 13, Unit L2#EX-07 Jakarta 10350
A funky club, with an interesting approach to design. The venue features an open-air kitchen and great DJ’s, who play on to the early hours.
Address: Jalan Kemang Raya No.8 3rd Floor
Open 24 hours a day, this place has a relaxed ambience and reasonably priced wine. Perfect for sitting back and listening to the chilled tunes while testing out the varied food and drink options.
Address: Jl. Kemang Raya No. 67
A great place to learn or practice your salsa moves. Friendly and lively, the venue has one of the best atmospheres in the city.
Address: Jl. Kemang Raya No. 10A
Address: Jl. Gedung Kesenian 1, Pasar Baru, Jakarta 10170 Central Jakarta
Tel: (62 21) 380 82 83; 344 1892
Address: Jl. Kalilio 15 Jakarta 10410 Central Jakarta
Tel: (62 21) 692 9560, Fax: (62 21) 692 9560
The Shangri La Hotel – Showcasing imported bands from across the globe, guests can wine and dine and then dance off the excess. A popular joint, especially on weekends it usually gets going about 21:30.
Address: Kota BNI, JL. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 1, Jakarta 10220, Indonesia
Tel: (62 21) 570 7440
The Grand Hyatt – Originally a venue for foreign bands, now you can catch the best of the local talent here. What really shines about this venue is the lively atmosphere and you will be hard pushed to see the actual dance floor once things get into swing.
Address: Jalan M. H. Thamrin Kav. 28-30, Jakarta 10350, Indonesia
Tel: +62 21 390 1234
One of Jakarta's premier jazz lounges, the venue for some of the world's top jazz musicians and a great place to eat and drink, any night of the week.
Address: JL Garnisun Dala, Jakarta South
Tel: +62 21 251 5151