Feast your eyes on these 10 best rooftop bars in Jakarta; take the lift up, order yourself a cocktail and observe the crazy city streets of Indonesia’s capital from above.
From 40+ storey hangouts in downtown, to some rather more laid back low-rises in the suburbs (including a particularly cool garden-themed hangout); we’ve scoured the mega-metropolis high and low, finding you very best places to drink above the city. Time to leave all that traffic behind in favour of one of these top rooftop bars in Jakarta listed below!
One of Central Jakarta’s most sophisticated rooftops, Cloud Lounge offers a 180-degree skyline over the city from the 49th floor of Altitude the Plaza tower. It’s a great spot to head up to if you’re looking for a place to hang out and wind down with friends in the evening, together with chill-out music, superb cocktails and an excellent view of city lights as backdrop. Cloud Lounge is also home to Indonesia’s first zero-degree temperature vodka room where you can sip vodkas in their most ‘natural environment’. The terrace bar has a top display that is lit ablaze, adding eye candy to sunsets. A ‘simply elegant’ dress code applies here.
- Opening Hours: 16:00 – 01:00
- Location: Altitude The Plaza Office Tower Level 46 and 49, Jalan M.H. Thamrin No. 28 - 30, Central Jakarta
- Tel: +62 (0)21 299 224 50
You can chill out up on high on this 56th floor of the BCA tower, which is one of the tallest in the city. Sky Lounge regularly attracts execs and expats, with chic décor throughout an expansive alfresco space where leafy gardens border comfy sofas under retractable awnings. A pool overlooking the beyond is lined with daybeds and timber decking, and its lounge bar is stylishly colourful with rustic stonewall motifs. Refreshing blends from the bar include Dragon Tattoo (IDR 125,000), a fruity cocktail of Jose Cuervo, triple sec, dragon fruit syrup and fresh lemon juice.
- Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 10:00 – 01:00; Sat – Sun: 10:00 – 02:00
- Location: BCA Tower Level 56, Jl. M.H. Thamrin no.1, Jakarta
- Tel: +62 (0)21 235 869 96
Lucy in the Sky
Quirkily designed, this rooftop garden bar on the second floor of South Jakarta’s Fairgrounds complex has décor comprising recycled furniture surrounded by organic gardens from which some of the fresh ingredients are sourced for its light bite and dinner menus. Fast becoming a favourite casual chill-out haunt for Jakartans at the turn of 2012, the rooftop serves wines, signature cocktails, mocktails and cold beers with DJs regularly playing steady chilled beats. Must-try blends include Zingiber, of gold rum martini and ginger. Live gigs spice up some evenings and it even has themed parties, making it a rooftop in Jakarta that promises a good variety nightly.
- Opening Hours: 16:00 – 01:00
- Location: Jl. Jend Sudirman Kav. 52-53 Lot 14, South Jakarta
- Tel: +62 (0)21 515 230 8
8 Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton Pacific Place
While not positioned on the highest vantage point in the city, this exclusive rooftop bar and lounge on the 8th level of The Ritz-Carlton Pacific Place is stylish, with a surrounding cityscape of skyscrapers serving as dramatic backdrop to your evenings. The bar features an extensive beverage list, with favourites that include creative mojitos and caipirinhas. Try the Cocopandan Mojito, a blend of Havana Club, Malibu, lime juice, mint leaves, pandan syrup and nata de coco, or Blushing, a Brazilian cocktail of cachaça with lime, white sugar, passion fruit and passion fruit syrup.
- Opening Hours: Thu – Sat 18:00 – 01:00
- Location: The Ritz Carlton, Pacific Place, Jl. Jendral Sudirman Kav. 52-53, Jakarta
- Tel: +62 21 255 018 88
Shy Rooftop at The Papilion
This French restaurant, bar and lounge offers a cool spot to spend an evening with friends in South Jakarta. Cosy lounging is well complemented by great drinks and live music under its main tent-like structure, and in alfresco setups along a timber deck. Order a glass of wine or cocktail then kick back to enjoy the regular live acoustic and jazz gigs. The extensive drink list presents great picks, from 18-year old Singleton whiskey and platinum Johnnie Walker to Ciroc ultra-premium vodkas made entirely from grapes. You can also go for classic cocktails or a selection of the world’s popular beers.
- Opening Hours: 20:00 – late
- Location: The Papilion Level 4, Jl. Kemang Raya no. 45 AA, Jakarta
- Tel: +62 (0)21 719 992 1
La Vue Bar at The Hermitage
Despite its relatively small size, La Vue offers a relaxing rooftop setting with pretty views over Jakarta’s city skyline. The bar is located on the 9th floor of The Hermitage, one of Jakarta’s most beautiful boutique hotels. The setting of La Vue follows the classical design of the hotel, and has a light and airy mood with whitewashed wooden panels and backlit glass-top bar tables. Great light bites to nibble include crab croquette and golden spring rolls, while delicious cocktails include Cheese Cake Creamy, a blend of Baileys, Frangelico liqueur, Oreos, cheddar and whipped cream (IDR 160,000).
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 01:00
- Location: The Hermitage, Jl. Cilacap, Menteng, Central Jakarta
- Tel: +62 (0)21 319 268 88
Karumba Rooftop Rum Bar
This alfresco space is located on the 19th floor of Mercure Jakarta Simatupang, and happens to be Jakarta’s only rooftop rum bar. Karumba is ideal for a business meet-up or simply a gathering with friends, with cosy sofas and lounge chairs overlooking the Jakarta skyline through a tall glass boundary while a small pool with a whirlpool and cascading features serves as foreground. Delicious rum cocktails complement regular live bands and DJs playing reggae, RnB, soul, Latin and calypso. ‘Legendary’ rum cocktails to try include El Presidente, aka ‘the martini of Cuba’, a combination of aged rum, vermouth, orange liqueur and pome syrup (IDR 130,000).
- Opening Hours: 12:00 – 01:00
- Location: Mercure Jakarta Simatupang, Jl. RA Kartini no.18, Lebak Bulus, Jakarta
- Tel: +62 (0)21 759 997 77
With a unique green garden concept, Awan Lounge provides you with a soothing oasis to unwind in the Jakarta after-hours. The bar and lounge is located on the rooftop of Kosenda Hotel in Jakarta’s Tanah Abang area, and features plush lounges with sofas and colourful cushions. Its perimeter is lined with leafy vertical garden borders and trees that create a pleasant feel day or night. Evenings in particular are wonderful as the venue takes on a chilled vibe with its bar serving an array of cocktails, mocktails and delish tapas. Signature blends include Sky Cooler, of gin, mint syrup and lime juice, and a refreshing Sky Coconut of vodka vanilla, Frangelico and cinnamon (IDR 120,000).
- Opening Hours: Sun – Thu 17:00 – 01:00, Fri – Sat 17.00 - 02.00
- Location: Kosenda Hotel, Jl. KH Wahid Hasyim no. 127, Tanah Abang, Jakarta
- Tel: +62 (0)21 319 368 68
The Edge at Kemang Icon by Alila
The rooftop bistro and bar of the Kemang Icon by Alila in South Jakarta is where you can enjoy pleasurable evenings complemented by great lounging options with cabanas around a poolside. Its menu presents casual bites and grilled a la carte items, while an extensive drink list lets you choose between a great selection of New World wines, single malt and blended whiskeys, martinis and a variety of unique cocktails. Quirky ones include The Wired White Russian, a blend of Absolut vodka, Kahlua, peanut butter, milk and espresso (IDR 140,000), or the Lemony Spritzer, a blend of Chardonnay, kettle one vodka, triple sec and cranberry juice (IDR 120,000).
- Opening Hours: 06:00 – 23:00
- Location: Kemang Icon by Alila, Jalan Kemang Raya No.1, Mampang Prapatan, South Jakarta
- Tel: +62 (0)21 719 798 9
BART at Artotel Jakarta
BART, short for ‘Bar at the Roof Top’, is a minimalist rooftop venue at the 7th floor of the Artotel Thamrin Jakarta. It regularly holds cocktail making classes, as well as being a watering hole for business executives and Jakarta urbanites looking for a simple and cosy place to chill out. The bar seating and lounges with black-and-white sofas and pillows enables patrons to enjoy refreshments and a selection of cocktails with views over Jakarta’s Central Business District cityscapes. From the bar, select affordable mocktails, beer, wines and innovative cocktails. An uplifting treat is Jumping Monkey, with vodka, gin, tequila, orange juice and grenadine syrup (IDR 110,000).
- Opening Hours: 17:00 – 01:00
- Location: Artotel Jakarta, Lantai 7, Jl. Sunda No. 3, Thamrin, Jakarta
- Tel: +62 (0)21 319 258 88