Drinking and nightlife

Top ChoiceCoffee 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...

Top ChoiceCocktail Bar 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...

Top ChoiceCoffee 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...

Top ChoiceCoffee 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...

Top ChoiceBar 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...

Top ChoiceBar in Pangandaran

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...

Top ChoiceCafe 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...

Top ChoiceClub 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...

Top ChoiceClub 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...

Top ChoiceCafe 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...

Club 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...

Cafe 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,...

Bar 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...

Coffee 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...

Coffee 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...

Cafe 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...

Bar 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...

Lounge in Cikini & Menteng

Cloud Lounge

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...

Coffee 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,...

Pub 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...