Drinking and nightlife in Indonesia

  • Nightlife in Cikini & Menteng

    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 Labuan Bajo

    Le Pirate

    This colourful 1st-floor bar is a popular space for a drink after a day on the water. There's live music (8pm to 10pm Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) and film nights (Monday and Wednesday). There's also a decent restaurant (mains 60,000Rp to 110,000Rp), rooftop bar and stylish but poky accommodation (private bunk from 500,000Rp, double from 650,000Rp).

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Ulu Watu


    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 focal point, but a peek over its patio's glass barriers yields an eyeful of jagged cliffs, lush oceanside canopy and hypnotic azure waves.

  • Nightlife in Cikini & Menteng


    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.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife 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 nightly with surfers, backpackers and locals. Beer, pizza and pub food (mains from 40,000Rp) are on the menu, and there are pool tables, live music and even a half-pipe for skateboarders.

  • 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.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife 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, homemade bitters and flaming cassia bark. The selection of appetisers and cheese and charcuterie platters makes for satisfying pairings.

  • 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.

  • Nightlife in Yogyakarta


    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.

  • 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.

  • Nightlife in Bengkulu

    Edu Coffee

    One for coffee aficionados, Edu Coffee is a microroastery that sources arabica beans locally as well as from across the archipelago. It has all the tools of the trade to prepare the perfect cup – AeroPress, V60, siphon, espresso machine and tubruk (unfiltered coffee); ask if owner Andy is around to see what seasonal concoctions he's brewing. They also do food and cold beers.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in South Jakarta


    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.

  • 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.

  • Nightlife in Seminyak

    La Favela

    An alluring, mysterious entry seduces you into full bohemian flair at South Bali's most popular nightspot. Themed rooms lead you on a confounding tour from dimly lit speakeasy cocktail lounges and antique dining rooms to graffiti-splashed bars. Tables are cleared after 11pm to make way for DJs and a dance floor, which sees upwards of 8000 people partying on weekends.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife 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 bed, a table inside or a picnic table in the garden. The drinks are good and the food is delicious (mains from 80,000Rp).

  • 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.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Kota & Glodok


    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.

  • Nightlife in Labuan Bajo

    Paradise Bar

    'Come to Paradise' is a common phrase in Bajo, referring to the bar-slash-nightclub famed for sea and sunset views. It's a preposterously lovely place for a cocktail; come nightfall live music provides a party vibe. Saturdays see a 65,000Rp cover charge, including a drink.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife 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, birds singing and local children playing. Drinks include French-press coffee, beer and fresh juice.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Jalan Jaksa Area


    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.