Drinking and nightlife in Jakarta

  • Nightlife in Cikini & Menteng

    Cloud Lounge

    Gourmet bites in a decadent dining room, flaming cocktails, an indoor-outdoor lounge with views of the entire city from the 49th floor of the Plaza tower – this hip spot is a mainstay on Jakarta's upscale night scene. Meals range from pasta and rice dishes to wagyu rib-eye. While 360-degree views are lure enough, there are also rotating DJs.

  • Nightlife in Cikini & Menteng

    Immigrant

    By day this is a stylish art deco dining lounge high atop the trendy Plaza Indonesia mall. At night, the adjacent club serves crafted cocktails and imported wines and hosts top DJs (who mix R&B, hip hop and bubblegum rock). It attracts a glamorous local and expat crowd. Happy hour runs 4pm to 10pm with 25% off selected drinks.

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    One Fifteenth Coffee

    Set in a stylish space within an attractive heritage house, this contemporary cafe is named in tribute to the ideal coffee-to-water ratio. It was one of the city's first places to embrace the third-wave scene, using Indonesian and Ethiopian single-origin beans prepared using techniques such as Chemex, Kalita wave, AeroPress, V60, cold brew and French press.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in South Jakarta

    Tanamera Coffee

    A real contender for Jakarta's best cup of coffee is this third-wave roaster that offers a range of single-origin beans from around Indonesia. It now has numerous branches, but this is the original, and is where it roasts its beans. Coffee is prepared either as V60 pour-overs or by espresso machine, along with tasty breakfasts.

  • Nightlife in South Jakarta

    One Fifteenth Coffee

    This Indonesian Barista Championship–winning small chain, named after the perfect water-to-coffee ratio, is known for its minimalist style and exceptional coffee. Kemang Raya's branch is no exception, with simple grey decor and wooden chairs. The coffee is flavoursome and the food perfectly executed. We love the shakshuka with merguez sausage, goat's cheese, baked eggs and flatbread.

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    Loewy

    One for those who take their booze seriously is this classy French bistro with a long bar you can prop yourself up at to order from a pleasing, ever-evolving menu of experimental and classic cocktails. All are meticulously concocted by a team of passionate mixologists, and it's a regular nominee on Asia's Best 50 Bars list.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in South Jakarta

    Filosofi Kopi

    Immortalised by the Indonesian coffee-lover's movie Filosofi Kopi (the film itself was shot here), this busy cafe does a range of local coffees prepared using siphon, V-60, Aeropress and Vietnam drip. It's a cool little space with exposed brick and illustrations on the walls and is a good spot for a break if you've been shopping at nearby Blok M.

  • Nightlife in South Jakarta

    St Ali Jakarta

    Getting onboard South Jakarta's burgeoning third-wave coffee scene is acclaimed Melbourne roaster St Ali. As well as Indonesian coffees, it does African single-origin pour-overs prepared at its designated brew bar, and offers tasting flights if you want to sample a few. Enjoy your chosen brew on a communal work bench or stall.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Kota & Glodok

    Acaraki

    Hidden in a renovated building near Taman Fatahillah, Acaraki is the coolest cafe in the area. It's decorated with exposed brickwork and an enormous wicker lampshade. It serves coffee, plus the traditional Indonesian medicinal drink jamu (herbal infusions of roots, bark, flowers, seeds, leaves and fruits, believed to have many health benefits); flavours include aromatic ginger.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Jalan Jaksa Area

    Awan

    Set on the top floor of Kosenda Hotel, this lovely rooftop garden bar manages to be both understated and dramatic. There's a vertical garden, ample tree cover, plenty of private nooks flickering with candlelight and a vertigo-inducing glass skylight that plummets nine floors down.

  • Nightlife in Cikini & Menteng

    Bakoel Koffie

    Occupying a fine old colonial building dating to 1878, this elegant art-deco-style cafe has twirling ceiling fans, marble-top round tables and vintage weighing scales and clocks. It serves strong coffee using beans from across the archipelago. Cakes, breakfasts and local dishes like nasi goreng and bubur ayam (Jakarta-style chicken with spicy peanut sauce) can also be ordered.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in South Jakarta

    Dragonfly

    In the most unlikely of locations (the lobby of an office building), you'll find this top stop for visiting DJs to Jakarta. Lights are projected onto Dragonfly's mesmerising tunnel-shaped interior, there's a bar at the club's centre and the DJ booth is at the far end. Dragonfly attracts affluent revellers, plus a few insalubrious types. The dress code is strict.

  • Nightlife in Jakarta

    Oetara

    Cool, laid-back, bright neighbourhood coffee shop with marble tabletops, vintage chairs, tiled walls, hardwood floors and a chrome cage over the serving counter. All-day food options include organic granola, sesame chicken yakisoba salad, Mediterranean-style couscous and prawn-curry pasta. The coffee is super smooth. Nice terrace area too.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Kota & Glodok

    Colosseum Club

    Next to the 1001 Hotel, this vast club with a huge dance floor and a 16m-high roof is the venue for what's easily one of the most impressive lighting systems in the world. Trance, house, retro and foam are just some of the elements of the spectacle. Somewhat upscale, there's still a hint of sleaze around the edges.

  • Nightlife in Jakarta

    Ombé Kofie

    In an affluent north Jakarta suburb, this cool little neighbourhood cafe offers pour-over coffees using beans sourced from across the archipelago. Patrons can sit on a stool at the bar and wax lyrical with the passionate baristas about all things java.

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    HARO

    Occupying the top floor of a gritty office building is this rooftop dive bar that's a good spot to tap into Jakarta's underground music scene. It's a relaxed, welcoming space with retro furnishings, psychedelic murals and an outdoor terrace to enjoy cold beers, local wine and bar snacks. DJs spin anything from obscure '60s garage and B-grade kitsch to hip-hop vinyl.

  • Nightlife in South Jakarta

    Prohibition

    Inspired by 1930s-style Shanghai speakeasies, this decadent lounge takes you to a bygone era. Grab a booth or a stool at the long marble-topped bar where flat-capped bar staff will mix you up Prohibition-era cocktails. It has a revolving liquor shelf that can be hidden with the press of a button, and a long menu of pre- and post-Prohibition cocktails.

  • Nightlife in South Jakarta

    Amomali

    A well-respected coffee chain specialising in quality Indonesian beans prepared by expert baristas using Aeropress, V-60 pour-overs and espresso. It serves single origin brews including those from Papua New Guinea, Java, Bali and more. It's a cool little hang-out with polished concrete floors, good breakfasts and light mains (pasta, salads and kung pao chicken).

  • Nightlife in South Jakarta

    Brewerkz

    One of the few places serving craft beer in Jakarta is this Singaporean microbrewery that has a bar in the Crystal Lagoon part of Senayan City mall. It's essentially a sports bar, but brews nine beers on site including an IPA, golden ale, lager and stout, though it's pricey at 135,000Rp a pint. Otherwise, go for a tasting paddle.

  • Nightlife in South Jakarta

    Lucy in the Sky

    Head upstairs to this atrium rooftop garden space to soak up one of Jakarta's best party spots with fun-loving locals here for nightly DJs spinning anything from loud hip hop to R&B. It's a great place to hang out, with retro furniture, pot plants and city views, and a good cocktail list including watermelon Moscow mules and mint martinis.