Jakarta’s nightlife experiences are among the main reasons leisure and business travellers come to this bustling metropolis, be it for after-hour breaks following hectic day of meetings or simply to experience Jakarta’s eclectic clubbing scenes and social life by night. What the so-called ‘big durian’ lacks in tropical beaches and resort features it makes up for in its collection of modern lifestyle and entertainment venues.
Here is a compilation of great things to do at night in Jakarta, from out-and-out clubbing at the city’s selection of top nightspots, to enjoying rooftops up on high, or a casual evening break with a pint and good company at Jakarta’s variety of bars and pubs. On a lower key, you can alternatively tour Jakarta’s old town areas for truly mesmerising sights or enjoy a theatre show. Whatever your preference, check out the options for when the sun goes down over the city.
You can always rest assured that you’ll find no shortage of clubbing options around the city; there’s quite a mix. Most are grand complexes and even multiplexes, boasting ultramodern designs together with advanced laser lighting and high quality audio systems that ensure you get best visuals and virtually endless beats to endure the night.
Jakarta’s collection of popular bars and pubs are well spread and easily found throughout city, each featuring their own trademark designs. They also boast cosy corners and showpiece bar counters from which great selections of stiff drinks, imported beers, and signature cocktail mixes of exotic ingredients and flavours are served in friendly atmospheres.
X2 is the go-to for clubbing in Jakarta, and is one of Jakarta’s long-established and classiest clubs around. The complex occupies the 4th and 5th levels of Plaza Senayan, in the city’s upscale central business district, and comprises four spaces each playing different genres. The main namesake X2 room plays techno and house, and features a huge dance floor. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Tue - Thu 21:00 - 04:00; Fri - Sat 21:00 - 04:30
- Location: Plaza Senayan Level 4-5, Jl. Asia Afrika No.8, Central Jakarta
- Tel: +62 (0)21 572 556 0
- Price Range: IDR 100,000 (includes a free drink coupon)
Almost every metropolis has its set of rooftop bars, and Jakarta is no exception. These soaring venues serve as great oases to head up to for escaping the bustling scenes of the city. Cosy ambiances, refreshing cocktail selections and live music or curated playlists complement the great cityscapes from these cool vantage points.
Enter the retro-classic atmosphere of one of the best bars in Central Jakarta. European bentwood chairs and plush leather banquet seats adorn its interiors. From a bar you’ll be able to select from its great selection of cocktails, including standalone whiskeys to outright quirky signature creation cocktails. Read More...
- Location: Oakwood Premier Cozmo Lobby, Jalan Lingkar Mega Kuningan E4.2 No.1, Central Jakarta
- Tel: +62 (0)21 255 423 78
Colosseum is another massive nightclub in Jakarta that you ought to check out, with its spacious dance floor and high-rising ceilings fitted with dazzling world-class laser and stage lighting systems. Funktion-One systems also guarantee a great audio experience to keep you moving to the DJ’s mixes. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 21:30 – 05:00
- Location: Jalan Raya Kunir no.7, Pinangsia, West Jakarta
- Tel: +62 (0)21 690 999 9
Nightlife in Jakarta can be experienced on a lower key at several art institutions. Taman Ismail Marzuki as one is where you can view scheduled shows by Jakarta art troupes, particularly at its Nusantara Theatre. Another is Gedung Kesenian Jakarta or the Jakarta Performing Arts Theatre, often showing traditional and modern performances, from dramas to orchestras and piano recitals.
Another way to experience Jakarta by night is to step back in time and wander through Jakarta’s Kota Tua: the old town of Jakarta, where the antique and majestic structures throughout the old townscape are lit up. Alternatively, stroll through Jakarta’s Chinatown for a nostalgic ambiance from far eastern architecture and old temples or dine and shop for souvenirs.
Shopping at night can also be fun, especially at Jakarta’s handful of night markets. These include Tanah Abang for great textiles and trinkets, Blok M for a variety of cheap clothing goods, and Pasar Baru in Central Jakarta, which is the city’s oldest market. Jalan Surabaya, Jakarta’s flea market strip, has stalls selling all sorts of antiques.
Jakarta’s nightlife scene also features a small number of gay bars and clubs, including the likes of Apollo at the Bellagio boutique mall in Mega Kuningan. Here, DJs play from Top 40s to progressive, and fabulous drag queens perform alongside go-go dancers later into the wee hours. Nirvana Club on Jl. MH Thamrin is also a popular haunt, hosting various themed parties including ‘strictly topless’ nights.