Drinking and nightlife in Kalimantan

  • Nightlife 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 a Jagermeister shot and listen to live music in a space that will soon make you forget you're in Borneo.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife 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 7pm. A large Bintang is 50,000Rp and there's a coffee and snack menu.

  • Nightlife 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 restaurant.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife 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 lychee beer is super refreshing.

  • Nightlife in Balikpapan

    RPM Bar

    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 local crowd.

  • Nightlife 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.

  • Nightlife 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.

  • Nightlife 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 cocktails at premium prices.

  • Nightlife 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.

  • Nightlife 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.

  • Nightlife 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.

  • Nightlife in Berau

    Berau Plaza Pub

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

  • Nightlife in Palangka Raya

    Vino Club

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