Drinking and nightlife

Top ChoiceCafe in Sintang

Kece Cafe

One of a line of open-fronted cafes opposte My Home hotel, Kece is also one of the only places in Sintang where you can legally get a cold beer. There's open-mic-style live music on Wednesday and Saturday from...

Top ChoicePub in Banjarmasin

People's Place

With 270 degrees of floor-to-ceiling windows and an open-air porch overlooking the river and mosque, this is the best hang-out in town. Cold beer, Western snacks and live acoustic music draw a youthful crowd. The...

Irish Pub in Balikpapan

Seventh Street

We're pretty sure this is Kalimantan's only Irish pub and it works hard at authenticity with snug booths, pool tables and beer taps – no Guinness on tap though (bottles only). Mingle with locals and expats, down...

Rooftop Bar in Balikpapan

Sky Bar

Take the elevator to the 8th floor of the Hotel Gran Senyiur for awesome rooftop views from the Sky Bar. Drink prices aren't completely stratospheric (until they add the taxes) and there's a sophisticated grill...

Bar in Balikpapan


Our favourite Ruko Bandar music bar, intimate RPM (Retro People of Music) has live music most nights on the ground-floor stage and DJs on the 3rd floor. It's a fine place to sit with a drink and mix with a young...

Club in Samarinda


Muse is the most sophisticated nightlife venue in central Samarinda, with several floors of karaoke, DJs and live bands, as well as a chilled rooftop lounge-bar called the Beer House.

Rooftop Bar in Berau

Sky Lounge

The stylish, partially open-air rooftop bar at Palmy Exclusive is the place to come for a panoramic city view, live music on weekends and pricey drinks.

Bar in Samarinda

Dejavu Kitchen Bar & KTV

This complex contains a booming nightclub with lots of security, while a separate classy dinner restaurant is frequented by a hip and dressy crowd. The menu includes international cuisine plus a spectrum of...

Cafe in Palangka Raya

Coffee Garage

This neighbourhood cafe comes alive at night, serving all manner of coffee drinks in a colourfully painted house. It offers free wi-fi, basic food (spaghetti, desserts), outdoor seating and occasional live music.

Bar in Palangka Raya

Brader Brew Garage

One of a new breed of bars in Palangka Raya, Brader Brew is a low-key hang-out where you can enjoy a cold beer or hot coffee, listen to music and chat with young locals. Snack food available.

Coffee in Pontianak

Warung Kopi Asiang

The most famous, and crowded, coffee house in the city, where Mr Asiang prepares a perfect brew to an adoring bunch of locals.

Club in Berau

Berau Plaza Pub

At the back of the Hotel Berau Plaza, this becomes a popular nightclub with karaoke or live music.

Club in Palangka Raya

Vino Club

Cosy DJ club that doubles as the city's major performance venue.