Nightlife

Top Choice Pub in Padang

Bat & Arrow

Overlooking the river in the colonial quarter, this sprawling, atmospheric '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 sur…
Top Choice Rooftop 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 tr…
Cafe 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, sip…
Cafe in Banda Aceh

Warung Kopi Solong

Banda Aceh’s most famous coffee house has been doing business since 1974. It’s an excellent place to try kopi sanger (coffee with condensed milk) – strained through a sock! You can buy 250g and 500g bags of finely g…
Pub in Medan

Bistronomix

Offering respite from the horrendous traffic is this two-storey pub with an outdoor Astroturf terrace for enjoying cocktails and cold beers (including frozen varieties and Guinness on tap). Inside is more of a sport…
Cafe in Bukittinggi

Taruko Caferesto

Around 4km west of Bukittinggi is this tranquil cafe set in an attractrive thatched building overlooking ridiculously picturesque countryside – complete with bubbling brook. It's a perfect spot to while away a few h…
Rooftop Bar in Medan

Level 02

Channelling a hip Jakarta rooftop bar is this vibrant open-air space that's a great spot for a balmy evening with Balinese craft beers, wine and well-priced cocktails. The food's a highlight, with the likes of crab …
Bar in Jambi

Sky Lounge

Jambi's finest spot for a drink is this rooftop bar atop the Aston Jambi Hotel. Enjoy fantastic city views while sipping on cocktails, beer or wine, or come for a meal served on the outdoor terrace or indoor lounge.…
Coffee in Kersik Tua

Shelter Coffee

This hip little cafe is an unexpected find along this dusty road, and makes a good place to sample local Kerinci beans. It does pour-over filter coffee as well as lattes etc, along with noodle and rice dishes. The y…
Pub in Bandar Lampung

Nudi

In a town where a beer isn’t always easy to find, this spot is a bit of an oasis, opening up to a smart, leafy decor where you can prop up a stool at the bar and order a pint from its frosty taps. Otherwise grab a b…