West Sumatra drinking and 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…
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…
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…
Bar in Bukittinggi

Bedudal Cafe

Grab a beer (small/large 30,000/45,000Rp) and make yourself comfortable amid the wooden carvings and pop-culture posters and chat to the friendly youthful staff. There's a menu of Indonesian dishes (20,000Rp to 35,0…
Coffee in Sungai Penuh

Roemah Kayo

A great spot to grab a quick coffee for the road is this 24-hour cafe that does V60 pour-overs and espresso using local beans. It shares space with Hotel Jaya Wisata in the centre of town.
Coffee in Sungai Penuh

Wiyuka Coffee

This excellent coffee shop gives Sungai Penuh a cool, urban touch. Here you can sample quality beans from all over Sumatra and beyond, and there’s local dishes (mains from 16,000Rp) and free wi-fi.
Coffee in Padang

El's Coffee

This reliable Sumatran coffee chain is a great place to sample Indonesian beans (coffee from 17,000Rp) in modern, tasteful surrounds, with the luxury of air-con and reliable wi-fi.
Bar in Padang


Teebox is a fairly tacky entertainment complex with a bar, DJs, bands, karaoke, pool tables and restaurants, but it's an option if you're looking to kick on.