Drinking and nightlife in Java

  • 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. Try dishes such as citrus and creamy Benedict, croque madame or soft-shell crab burgers. Find it in an unlikely backstreet next to Thamrin City shopping centre.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in South Jakarta

    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. Their sister bar Union in Plaza Senayan has the same drink list but is blighted by a haze of cigarette smoke that may turn off non-smokers.

  • 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. Pick up some local merchandise inside too, including coffee-inspired T-shirts.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Jakarta

    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. It has a tasty bar menu, electronica thumps at a perfect volume and the crowd is mixed local and expat. Weekends can get overly crowded.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in West Java

    Bamboo Beach Café

    This old favourite has upped sticks and moved further along the beach (alongside a number of other warungs), but the beach-bum vibe and sunset sea views are just as good as before and it remains the perfect place to scout the swell with a cold Bintang in hand. With luck, someone will grab a guitar and start strumming. It's 4.5km west of town, and around 20,000Rp by Grab taxi or 10,000Rp by motorbike to get here.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Semarang

    Hero Coffee

    This delightful cafe is one of several popping up in the old city area. Housed in a beautifully restored colonial terrace, with a pink awning and wrought-iron details, it features international favourites including toasted sandwiches and fried sliced potatoes. The homely interior is a winner, with giant murals, wooden tables and colourful plates, and there's an assortment of home-bakes for sale.

  • 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.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Jakarta

    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.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Bandung

    Wiki Koffee

    The best place for coffee on Jl Braga is this smoky cafe set in a restored old storefront and tastefully decorated with vintage furniture, art and fresh-cut flowers. This is where the hip, young and cute collide in intimate corners and at table-and-chair arrangements that feel like your living room. It does a small food menu (mains 22,000Rp to 25,000Rp), with sweet snacks like waffles and salty ones like fried chicken wings. But it's mostly a hangout spot with good coffee. Hence the long wait for a table.

  • Nightlife in Jakarta

    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 Jakarta

    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. The dining room serves dishes like slow-cooked lamb, pork chop with parsnip purée, and pizza. Small bites such as chicken wings, fries and calamari are available from the bar when the main dining area is closed.

  • Nightlife in Jakarta

    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. It offers tasting flights, and is very popular for its all-day breakfasts including avocado toast and shakshuka. There are a few other branches about town.

  • Nightlife in Yogyakarta

    Agenda

    This Berlin-inspired bar has relocated from its former hip hotel rooftop location to this equally cool industrial space with atrium roof and concrete wall splattered with graffiti. It's one of Yogya's coolest spots for a drink and a feed, and also features regular DJs and events. It takes up the back section of a hipster arcade comprising third-wave coffee lab Ruang Seduh, a speakeasy-themed bar, co-working space and boutique clothing stores.

  • 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. Breakfast dishes include açai bowls, banana waffles, avocado toast, granola, pancakes and more.

  • 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. It's equally popular for its breakfasts and brunches. Light eats include prawn and salmon omelettes and green hummus bowls.

  • Nightlife in Jakarta

    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.

  • Nightlife in Yogyakarta

    Sakapatat Social House

    A little out of the way in a residential area north of town is this hip, contemporary Belgian-owned gastropub. It has several local beers on tap along with Belgian beers and a large menu of mocktails. Choose from the leafy beer garden or atmospheric interior with exposed brick. There's a menu of Belgian fries and tasty burgers using homemade buns.

  • 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.

  • Nightlife in Yogyakarta

    Taphouse

    A good spot for a beer, this atmospheric bar is set within a crumbling, stylised, ruined-brick courtyard. It's a sprawling, eclectic space with bench tables and beanbags on the grass. There's a big screen showing movies and sports, a menu of pub food and a lengthy drinks list. Live music and DJs entertain punters most nights from 10pm.