Jakarta Night Life

Photo by Judhi Prasetyo
Photo by Judhi Prasetyo

You wouldn't think that the capital of the most populous Muslim country in the world has a hot night life, but it does. Jakarta has clubs and pubs of all types: dance clubs, music clubs, sports bars and the old fashioned nightclubs where you just come to have a few drinks and some talk with your friends. Jakarta is a massive city and nightclubs are spread out, but you can always find two or three good ones within walking distance of each other. Some clubs stay open until the wee hours of the night, so if you really want to party, you can do it here.

Hard Rock Cafe

For those folks who are just looking for a tame night out on the town, the Hard Rock Cafe offers the familiarity of being back home. You can order Asian food or have some comfort food to ease your time in this massive, complicated city and have a burger and fries. The Hard Rock is more for tourists than local expats, but if you're in town for a short visit and want a relaxing evening this could be the place.

The Hard Rock is open from 11 am until 3 am so if you want to stop by for lunch, you can do that, and if you want to come by for some partying and meeting folks. Located in the Jakarta business district.

Plaza Indonesia -
Entertainment X'nter
Jl. MH. Thamrin Kav. 13
Unit L2#EX-07
Jakarta 10350
+62-21 3199 0164

Red Square

The Red Square is located in the Plaza Senayan Arcadia in Central Jakarta. The posh Jakarta location is mirrored in the interior of the bar: gleaming stainless steel with a red, white and black color scheme. The Red Square prides itself on being Jakarta's first vodka bar. You will find all sorts of creative vodka based drinks here. But, beware, this is not the place for the faint of heart. A martini can set you back a good ten dollars or more.

They serve lunch and dinner. Meals and snacks are available. Red Square opens for lunch on Mondays through Fridays; Happy Hours everyday from four o'clock until eight o'clock, except for Mondays when Happy Hour goes on all night.

This is an upscale place and you can find a mix of trendy Indonesian and expatriates. You can dance to a mix of musical genres along with a high tech light show. Free Wi-Fi is available.

Plaza Senayan Arcadia, Unit X210-211
Jl. New Delhi No 9, Pintu I Senayan
Jakarta 12710 - Indonesia
+62 21 5790 1281


This club is popular with expats and upscale Indonesians. If you're not a teenager and don't want to party with teens, then this is not the place for you. X2 is a dance club so if you just want to hang out with your friends, this is probably not the place for you. DJs offer a mix of progressive and trance music. You can also check out live musicians here. The club has a 150,000 rupiah fee (about 15 dollars US). X2 is located in Central Jakarta in Plaza Senayan Jakarta.

Plaza Senayan, 4th Floor, Senayan Square Complex, Jl. Asia Afrika no. 8

Jakarta 12710 – Indonesia
+62 021 572 5559

Sportsman Bar and Grill

Sportsman Bar and Grill is located in Blok M in South Jakarta. Blok M, and the collection of bars frequented by expats here has a somewhat seedy reputation, but good fun can be had if you pick your bars carefully. Sportsman is enjoyed by a large group of expats who are into sports and drinking. Unlike many of the bars in the Blok M area, Sportsmans considers itself to be a family place where you can come to get a good meal, have a few drinks and watch some sports. Anker and Bintang beer are on tap. The bar also offers pool tables and a foosball table. Sportsman is open from 11am until 1 am.

Jl. Palatehan I No. 8, Blok M
Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta Selatan
+62-21 7204731

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