In Indonesia's teeming capital, a thirst for excellent cocktails can be easily quenched. Over the past few years, local mixologists and bar owners have been upping the ante, making the drinking scene a thrilling one.

From bars doling out Asian-inspired concoctions to twists on the time-tested classics, here are ten bars in Jakarta well worth checking out.

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Fresh and fruity: take a swig of Jakarta's vibrant cocktail scene ©  Nykonchuk Oleksii / Shutterstock

Attarine: superbly crafted cocktails at a neighbourhood gem

With a chilled Californian vibe, Attarine ( stands out among the trendy hangouts of Jakarta's Senopati area. This neighborhood spot is big on natural elements – wooden tables and benches fill the space, and potted plants dangle from ceiling. There's even a fresh produce car standing in the middle of the room. The restaurant serves modern, unpretentious grub inspired by the legendary spice route, with a drinks list that fittingly reflects this. A Bloody Mary gets an Indonesian twist with local rawit chilli and a coffee martini is blended with espresso from local roasters.

E&O: fruity drinks and Southeast Asian bites

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Signatures, classics, mojitos, and shaved ice cocktails are all on the menu at E&O © Thalia Yanuar / Lonely Planet

Conveniently situated in the happening district of Mega Kuningan, E&O ( is a great place to kick off a big night. Start with an aperitif: the Cucumber Collins is a refreshing little number and works wonders to cool off a plate of spicy Southeast Asian fare. Catch a seat barside to watch award-winning liquor masters in action as they mix Asian-inspired tipples using the best local ingredients and fresh tropical fruits.

FUJIN: handcrafted Japanese cocktails

At FUJIN ( bespoke whiskey-based cocktails are the drawcards, with visiting international mixologists on regular rotation. The drinks repertoire includes a selection of refined highballs and concoctions such as the flambéed Gomme Kyoto made with whisky, orange bitter, and gomme syrup. Line your stomach with a selection of Japanese tapas and teppanyaki cooked right before your eyes before moving on to the harder stuff – there’s everything from umeshu (plum wine), top-shelf Japanese whiskey, craft beer and of course, sake, to sample.

J. Sparrow's Bar & Grill: outstanding rum-based cocktails

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Cocktails fit for a pirate are on offer at J. Sparrow's © Thalia Yanuar / Lonely Planet

Housed in the heart of the Kuningan district, J. Sparrow's ( is a relaxed yet refined venue with swish art deco interiors and high ceilings. An ode to a certain debaucherous pirate, J. Sparrow's fittingly excels in top-shelf bottles of rum (a Jakarta first!) and stunning seafood dishes. Splash out on an outstanding selection of rum-based tipples, and make sure to try the house special, J. Sparrow, a mix of gunpowder-infused rum shaken with gin, lime and mint syrup. If that doesn’t suit, fret not, the experts behind the bar will happily mix something more to your taste.

LOLA: a hidden speakeasy with South American spirit

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If you can find the door, luscious drinks await downstairs at LOLA © Thalia Yanuar / Lonely Planet

Whiskey speakeasies are generally the trend in Jakarta, but LOLA ( takes a new approach with South American flair. This tucked-away drinking den is entered through a black, signage-free door on the side of a building on Jalan Gunawarman. Head downstairs where luscious libations await. Killer live music by popular local cover bands set the mood for the intimate room, while the mix-masters behind the bar dream up fun and daring drinks like their Diablo Popsicle, a tequila-based cocktail with chilli powder and an actual popsicle, all served in a tiki cup (colourful plastic umbrella and all!).

Twisted classics at award-winning bar Union

Classic cocktails are celebrated as a house specialty at Union (, and made even better when done with a twist. The New York-style brasserie has an infectious energy and award-winning mixologists who whip up bespoke beverages with skillful finesse. This is a great place to try a Pletok cocktail – Indonesia’s first president’s alcoholic beverage of choice. For a burst of nostalgia try Union’s signature Pop Rocks Martini, a crackling delight with actual popping candy lining the glass.

VIEW at Fairmont: stunning cocktails and even better view

For inventive cocktails with sophisticated surrounds, VIEW at Fairmont ( is a stylish rooftop bar that pulls out all the stops. Bespoke cocktails are at another level with concoctions brewed with house-made liquor infusions using ingredients like pandan leaves and jasmine tea. To soak up your drinks, graze on the equally appetizing five- or seven-course tasting menus.

Potato Head: cocktails with an Asian twist

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Put your order in safe hands at Potato Head © Thalia Yanuar / Lonely Planet

From a Jakartan Bloody Mary for brunch to its best-selling aloe vera and pandan martini at night, Potato Head Jakarta ( is one of the CBD's most iconic venues for cocktail connoisseurs. With celebrated mixologist Dre Masso at the helm, there’s a fine craftsmanship that goes into each drink; the menu tends towards classic combos with a creative Asian twist. Its central location, and fun, easy-going vibes makes Potato Head a sanctuary for office workers, and a favourite for locals and visitors alike.

Cork & Screw: tailored drinks in the CBD

With two equally bustling locations, Cork & Screw ( is just the ticket for late nights and strong liquor. The after-work crowd mingles with those dressed to the nines to sip killer cocktails – from the classics to the creative – and wines from a 300-strong wine list. Cork & Screw specialises in using fresh ingredients fit for the city’s tropical climate: a draught of the Pistachio Lemon Sorbet cocktail made with limoncello, pistachio-infused vermouth and homemade lemon sorbet, will refresh where other drinks fail.

A-grade cocktails at Loewy

Modeled on a French bistro by way of New York, Loewy ( aims for a buzzy yet informal vibe, and is much loved by locals and visitors for it. Nab a cozy leather booth, or otherwise head straight to the bar and choose from a cocktail list that is divided in to sections for 'classic and twisted', 'signature', 'fresh and tropical' and 'spritz'. You'll be guaranteed a beautiful fusion of flavours.

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