5 Nightlife Hotspots in Jakarta
After-hours Jakarta is heating up with these hot vodka bars, speakeasies and cocktail lounges that offer everything but an excuse to sleep. BY MERRITT GURLEY.
Published on Jun 21, 2016
Of late, the club scene in Jakarta has been losing a little of its neon-lit luster. The timing couldn't be better for this newcomer, which offers a much-needed injection of fun… and vodka.
Jakarta's club-hoppers will be lining up to knock 'em back at Revolution, slated to open in March 2016. Calling itself a "vodka party bar," Revolution is looking to be part bottle service, part spectacle. The bartenders will juggle spirits, like a scene straight out of the movie Cocktail, and the waitresses will take regular dance breaks to pump up the party. If the staff's pep doesn't get you out on the dance floor, a few shots of 80-proof liquid courage will do the trick.
If speakeasies feel stuck in the past, these lounges offer a more modern setting.
2. Sea Grain
Opened in the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Jakarta, Sea Grain has all the ingredients for the perfect after-work drink: a great view, happy-hour discounts, a solid drink selection and tons of tapas.
Sea Grain's interior decor. Courtesy of DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Jakarta.
3. K22 Bar
This is one of three great drink options at the Fairmont Jakarta. While View offers a dazzling lookout over the city and Barong Bar has a masculine charm, the outdoor space at K22 makes it our top pick. Located on the 22nd floor, the pub hovers over the skyline and clever design features add to the view—take the two island bars located on opposite sides of the outdoor deck, making it faster to get a drink. fairmont.com.
K22 Bar offers views of the Jakarta skyline. Courtesy of Fairmont.
Speakeasies first hit the Jakarta nightlife scene a few years ago with the opening of Nip & Dram and Bau-Haus 1933, but in the past year these two additions are raising the stakes, and the ABV .
4. Hemingway Speakeasy Lounge & Cigar Bar
You have to know where you're going to find this covert cocktail joint, secreted behind the façade of Kingsman suit shop on Senopati. Once you've earned your stripes by hunting down the entrance, you'll be rewarded with live jazz music, an exhaustive cigar menu, and drams of premium scotch. +62 21 2904 3996.
Bust out your cloche and trilby hats for an evening set in the Jazz Age. Prohibition really gets into the spirit of the roaring twenties, from the design—bronze fixtures and marquee lights—to the drink menu, with classics from the early 1900s like the Negroni and the vodka gimlet, and dangerous group-sized cocktails that play off underground rum-running with liter-sized mini-bathtubs of gin and 250-milliliter bootleg bottles served in buckets of ice.