A Quick Guide to Nightlife in the City

August 14, 2015 gabriela bhaskar
Potato Head Garage

Jakarta is definitely as social as it gets, so when night falls, everyone wants to go hard. Any city that never sleeps is bound to have an amazing nightlife, and boy do Jakartans love to party. Whether it’s catching up with friends over a drink or three, or dancing on tables ‘til the early hours of the morning, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to nightlife here. We scoured the town for some of the best places to party to make sure you’d stay on top of the party circuit. It’s a tough job, but hey, someone had to it!

THE PARTY CURATORS

Pon Your Tone
Pon Your Tone is a regular pop-up party featuring some of Jakarta’s favourite musicians & DJs, and is always a guaranteed good time. It’s definitely a spot where Jakarta’s hippest crew congregates. Follow them on Instagram and Facebook to get the scoop on when the next event is!

Sindhen
If you ever thought you were missing out on any of Jakarta’s awesome happenings, then download SINDHEN App immediately! This handy little app helps you stay on top of all the great parties and events that Jakarta nightlife has to offer. SINDHEN also regularly throws their own parties which you definitely do not want to miss.  

LAIDBACK DRINKS

Jaya Pub
Any list of Jakarta’s best nightlife without Jaya Pub should be dismissed immediately. As one of Jakarta’s oldest standing bars that dates back to the 70s, we are smitten with how raw and divey this bar is. We recommend coming as a group and booking a table in advance as this place is always packed. How can it not be, when the drinks are cheap, and there is usually a great cover band on the weekends. We love this place for the music, the utter old school grunge, and the experience, also that they have the cutest, oldest bartenders who’ve been there since the bar opened.

Jaya Pub. Gedung Jaya. Jl. MH Thamrin Kav. 1-2. Jakarta Pusat. p. +62/21-31925633. Hours Mon-Sun 5PM-3AM.

Treehouse Kemang

Treehouse Kemang

Treehouse
If you’re looking for a laid back, alternative place to grab some legitimate cocktails with a good group of friends, Treehouse is the place to go. With rotating exhibitions and periodic live music events, we are all about this spot in Kemang. They also have food if you feeling a bit peckish. Plus, we’re totally into the covered outdoor “rooftop” space. Not only is it nice to be semi outside under night sky, the airy space ensures that as the night goes on, you can still breath (a bit), and the cigarette smoke has somewhere to escape.

Treehouse. Jalan Kemang 1. No. 72. Kemang, Indonesia. p: +62/21-71791867 Hours Tues-Thurs 4PM-1AM, Fri & Sat 4PM-2AM, Sun 4PM-12AM.

ROOFTOP BARS

Skye Lounge
If you ask someone where to go in Jakarta, Skye Lounge always pops up at the top of the list. Skye is an exclusive venue – there is a strict dress code every day except Sundays – but once the party gets started, Skye consistently has the best drinks, DJs and music in the city. Aside from being an incredible time, this is also the most picturesque lounge in Jakarta located on a terrace on the 56th floor of one of Jakarta’s tallest buildings, cue sweeping panoramic views of the city.

Skye. BCA Tower. 56th Floor. Jl. MH Thamrin, Jakarta. p. +62/21-23586996. Hours: Sun-Thurs 10AM-1AM. Fri & Sat 10AM-2AM.

Lucy in the Sky, Fairgrounds SCBD

Lucy in the Sky, Fairgrounds SCBD

Lucy In The Sky
Lucy is one of the few outdoor bars in the city, with a consistent party. The crowd is a little hit or miss, and the service is pretty poor and the food leaves (A LOT) to be desired but if you’re coming for a good time the house/electronic music is on point and the drinks are decent. Located in the same building as the Potato Head Garage, this is where the not-as-hipster crowd heads on the weekend. Beware during the rainy season though because there really isn’t anywhere to stay dry here.

Lucy In The Sky. The Fairgrounds. (formerly Bengkel SCBD) Jl. Genderal Sudirman Kav. 52-53. Jakarta. p. +62/21-5152308. Hours Sun- Thurs 3:30PM-1AM, Fri & Sat 3:30PM-2AM.

THE CLUB SCENE

Blowfish Kitchen & Bar
If clubbing is your thing, Blowfish is one you have to check out. A clubbing institution in the city of Jakarta, Blowfish recently went under a massive remodel and is even more happening now. International DJs frequently make an appearance on the weekends, so you’ll definitely want to check their calendar to check who’s on. Blowfish is one of the higher end clubs so be prepared to spend some money here. It is a restaurant during the day, and serve some awesome sushi too!

Blowfish. Wisma Mulia City Plaza. Jl. Gatot Subroto, Jakarta. p. +62/21- 52971234. Hours. Mon-Sun 10AM-11PM

Potato Head Garage

Potato Head Garage

Potato Head Garage
This incredible chandelier-filled venue is not only an amazing place to just stare at interior-wise, but is also home to one of our favourite event series: Peaches and Cream, a night of hip-hop and R&B. Follow Potato Head Garage on Instagram or Facebook as they are always putting incredible parties, DJ sets, and are bringing in some incredible local and international artists for live sets! Although they are a bit on the pricey side, they serve pretty solid drinks, and have a well stocked bar.

Potato Head Garage. Fairgrounds (formerly Bengkel SCBD) Jl. Genderal Sudirman Kav. 52-53. Jakarta. p. +62-21/57973330. Hours: Mon-Sat 11AM-1AM Events usually start at 10PM.

AFTER HOURS

Colosseum Jakarta
Once the regular clubs hit their lights on telling disappointed partiers that it’s finally time to go home, the night birds flock to Colosseum. This after-hours nightclub is open until daylight, and the lightshow from its impressive massive LED chandelier alone is worth staying up all night for. Dance music juggernauts from all around the globe perform here on a regular basis with Orjan Nilsen, Dash Berlin, Emma Hewitt all making appearances. You’ll definitely want to check it out.

Where else do you like to go out? Let us know in the comment section below!

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