The High Life: Jakarta’s best rooftop bars

September 11, 2015 thalia
Bart at Artotel Jakarta. Photo credit: Artotel

What’s not to love about a rooftop bar? After all, gorgeous sweeping city views, electric beats, and a cocktail in hand high up in the sky is the ultimate big city experience. For an elevated night out, perch yourself at one of these spots stat! From the most sophisticated lounges to the best party bar in town, here are our picks for Jakarta’s prime rooftop drinking destinations.

Skye Lounge

It’s all about the party here at this rooftop lounge high on the 56th floor of BCA Tower. Skye is one of our favourite Jakarta bars to visit, and it’s easy to see why. This popular nighttime hangout boasts remarkable city views that overlook Bunderan HI, so make sure you bag a spot on the lounge decks by the pool’s edge! We love Skye for throwing their fantastic Moon Dance parties that feature international artists such as RAC, Pomo, and Aeroplane. And if you fancy yourself a fitness enthusiast, they even host early morning yoga and Pilates classes every once in awhile!
Skye Lounge. BCA Tower. 56th Floor. Jl. MH Thamrin, Jakarta. p. +62/21-23586996. Hours: Sun-Thurs 10AM-1AM. Fri & Sat 10AM-2AM.

Cloud Lounge & Living Room

This dazzling rooftop bar is a part of Altitude’s repertoire, and is a stunning open-air lounge that offers 360-degree views of the Big Durian’s skyline. With elegant interiors, Cloud offers a more intimate and sophisticated atmosphere for those looking to unwind to chill lounge beats. Their superb cocktail menu features drinks of real quality thanks to the expert mixologists heading the bar! Definitely come up for a nightcap after a meal downstairs.
Cloud Lounge & Living Room. The Plaza, 49th Floor, Altitude, Jl. MH Thamrin, Thamrin, Central Jakarta. +62 21 2992 2450.

Awan Lounge

Kosenda is high on our list of favourite boutique hotels, so we’re thrilled that they have a great rooftop bar to match! We love visiting Awan Lounge during a breezy night for casual drinks (a bucket of beer anybody?) paired with tasty tapas. In fact, surrounded by all the lush greenery that makes up the bar’s interiors, you’ll almost forget that you’re in the middle of the concrete jungle that is Jakarta.
Awan Lounge. Jl. KH Wahid Hasyim No. 127, Central Jakarta. +62 21 3193 6868.

DJ playing at Skye Lounge. Photo credit: Skye Lounge
The pool at Skye Lounge. Photo credit: Skye Lounge
Cloud Lounge. Photo credit: Cloud Lounge
Bart at Artotel. Photo credit: Artotel
La Vue at the Hermitage. Photo credit: The Hermitage
Drinks at La Vue. Photo credit: The Hermitage
Por Que No at night. Photo credit: Por Que No
The view at Por Que No. Photo credit: Por Que No

Bart at Artotel

Perched high on the top of the very trendy Artotel, Bart is one of the city’s most stylishly unique rooftop bars. With an artsy urban décor that is instantly Instagrammable, Bart should definitely make your list of places to check out while in Jakarta. Their extensive cocktail list will impress any drinks aficionado, and their resident DJs during the weekend bring the party hard. Don’t let the open air dissuade you from visiting even during bad weather as its slick black and white canopy will protect you from the rain.
Bart at Artotel. Jl. Sunda 3, Thamrin, Central Jakarta. +62 21 3192 5888.

La Vue at the Hermitage

This casually chic rooftop space is a bit of a low-key hideaway in comparison to the other rooftop bars that serve to party. Situated in the colonial Hermitage hotel hidden in the sleepy neighbuorhood of Menteng, this is one better suited for those looking for casual afternoon drinks on the weekend. On one of Jakarta’s rare clear days, we highly suggest heading there for a beer or a glass of wine while watching the sun go down.
La Vue. Jl. Cilacap No. 1, Menteng, Central Jakarta. +62 21 3192 6888.

FJ on 7

This urban rooftop joint may not be as high up as some of the other bars listed, but FJ on 7 sure gets some great sunset views when the skies are clear! Choose between the al fresco terrace seats, or air-conditioned dining room, and park yourself there from sun down all the way to the late, late hours of the night! We love their Sunday afternoon sessions with their dance-worthy house beats and bottles of beer.
FJ on 7. The Colony, 7th Floor, Jl. Kemang Raya No. 6A, South Jakarta. +62 21 2952 9912.

Por Que No

Though a tapas restaurant by day, Por Que No’s multifunctional open-air terrace has been host to nostalgic cinema nights, pop-up markets, and on-point music events. Just check out their Instagram for tons of exciting stuff planned for the rest of the calendar month! With a superb cocktail menu, yummy eats, and amazing line-up of events, trust us when we say you’re always guaranteed a good time over at this pretty awesome rooftop haunt.
Por Que No. De RITZ Building 5th Floor, Jl. HOS. Cokroaminoto No. 91, Menteng, Central Jakarta. +62 21 390 1950.

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