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Drinking and nightlife

Top ChoiceClub in Ulu Watu

Omnia

Perched at the base of the Bukit peninsula, Bali's hottest new day club is home to seekers of sunshine-fuelled revelry and house and hip-hop beats. The imposing architecture of the modern Cube bar is a stunning...

Top ChoicePub in Padang

Bat & Arrow

Overlooking the river in the colonial quarter, this sprawling, graffiti-splattered 'ruin pub' feels a bit like a bombed-out building, but instead is Padang's top traveller hang-out. The beer garden fills up...

Top ChoiceCocktail Bar in Ubud

Night Rooster

From the same folks at Locavore, this neighbouring, 2nd-storey cocktail bar has a talented mixologist and some fascinating flavour combos. Inventive cocktails include things such as jackfruit-infused dry gin,...

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 ChoiceCocktail Bar in Canggu

La Laguna

A sibling of Seminyak's La Favela, La Laguna is one of Bali's most alluring bars. It combines a beatnik look with Moorish trappings and sparkling tiny lights. Explore the eclectic layout, and sit on a couch, sofa...

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 ChoiceCafe in Ubud

Sweet Orange Warung

An idyllic location in the midst of a rice field a short walk from the centre of town makes this a wonderful spot for a drink or simple meal. You'll be serenaded by water running through the farming channels,...

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 ChoiceRooftop Bar in Pekanbaru

Sky Garden & Lounge

Escape Pekanbaru's grind and head up to the top of Sumatra's tallest building to enjoy a cold beer or cocktail with 360-degree city views. Its outdoor bar has a luxurious feel with contemporary furniture and palm...

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 ChoiceLounge in Ubud

Bridges

The namesake bridges are right outside the Divine Wine & Cocktail Bar on the lower level of this bar/restaurant complex, which has sweeping views of the river gorge. You’ll hear the rush of the water far...

Top ChoiceBar in Kuta & Legian

Double-Six Rooftop

An infinity pool, suave lounges, a commanding location and tiki torches: this ostentatious bar above the Double-Six hotel could be the villain's lair from an alt universe Bond film. Amazing sunset views are best...

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 ChoiceBar in Gili Meno

Brother Hood

Part educational hub promoting a cleaner island through garbage pick-ups (each Sunday at 3.30pm) and part workshop where you can learn to make dreamcatchers, glass cups, bamboo straws and other upcycled art...

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 ChoiceClub in Kerobokan

Mrs Sippy

This Mediterranean-style beach club pretty much has it all – booze, international DJs, a saltwater swimming pool and three levels of diving platforms. It's not currently a late-night spot (the neighbours have...

Top ChoiceBar in Padangbai

Omang Omang

A loyal crew of Omangsters (regulars) joins a constant stream of blow-ins at this friendly eatery, bar and live-music venue. Nosh on toasties, tacos, burgers and Indonesian favourites, down an ice-cold Bintang or...