Drink Up: Jakarta's Best Speakeasies

December 7, 2015 Thalia Yanuar

Photo: Courtesy of Prohibition

We’ll admit, these bars aren’t exactly a huge secret – or that hard to find or get into for that matter – but it’s their great vibes, fab music, and stiff drinks that have these speakeasy-type establishments on our list. Here we round up the best speakeasy bars in Jakarta.

Hemingway

Unwitting passerbys to Jakarta’s only properly disguised speakeasy have most likely driven by what looks like a suit shop on Senopati called Kingsman. Little do they know that this shop front is actually a ruse for a fantastic secret bar called Hemingway. The lounge and cigar joint is everything you’d expect from a Senopati hangout with its uber trendy vibes and on-point selection of drinks and eats.
Hemingway Speakeasy Lounge and Cigar Bar. Jl. Senopati 92, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta. +62 21 739 7459. 

Nip and Dram

Nip & Dram is a true gentlemen’s style whiskey den set in an elusive location in the neighbourhood of Kuningan, and those in the know head here for a cozy and low-key evening. Punters can enjoy the finest whiskeys in Jakarta over at Nip & Dram, and the lounge even hosts live jazz nights every once in awhile.
Nip and Dram. The Landmark Centre II, Jln. Jendral Sudirman No. 1, Ground Floor. +62 21 5790 3991.

The door at Nip & Dram. Photo: Courtesy of Nip & Dram
Photo: Courtesy of Prohibition
Photo: Courtesy of Hemingway

Prohibition

Though not exactly in a secret location, Prohibition is immediately inspired by 1920s America – where prohibition was in place and bootlegging gangsters ruled. The restaurant’s Chophouse does, in fact, serve “food fit for gangsters,” while its Speakeasy Bar serves premium whiskeys and spirits with a side of lively jazz. As an additional touch, they’ve even set up a snazzy members-only lounge, with a secret entrance accessible only by members’ fingerprints. Now isn’t that just the cat’s meow?
Prohibition. Plaza Senayan Arcadia Unit 10 215-217, Jl. New Delhi No. 9 Pintu 1, Senayan, Central Jakarta. +62 21 5790 1295.

Bauhaus 1933

There’s something quite thrilling about walking down the stairs to Bauhaus 1933’s basement location. Sure you’re greeted by a hazy waft of cigarette smoke, but turn left into the dimly lit main room and you’ll see a crowd of fellow drinkers enjoying the bars buzzing atmosphere. Bauhaus 1933 has that typical New York speakeasy-type vibe, which is not a problem at all. The music is always impeccable, and the drinks are always strong.
Bauhaus 1933. The East Plaza, Jln. Dr Ide Anak Agung Gde Agung, Mega Kuningan Kav. E3.2 No. 1 Basement Floor. +62 21 29527173. 

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