Tourist Guide To Jakarta’s Nightlife Guide

When visiting a city or another country, you would also want to experience their nightlife. How does the usual local do in for their nightlife.

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Jakarta nightlife is not different as with any other cities in Southeast Asia or other countries for that matter. There are several places that you can be able to enjoy and experience a true Jakarta nightlife.

The Basics

Before anything else, you would have to know which type of party you would want to go to. Are you planning to hang out with decent girls or just a casual fling? Then once you have decided you can map out your destination for the night.

Next thing that you would have to consider just like any other places is that you would also have to dress decently. There are some bars that require certain dress code. So if you want to be able to get in one of the best places for Jakarta nightlife, avoid wearing board shorts and flip flops.

Dress smart casual and you won’t have any problem. Bouncers working at Jakarta bars do take their job seriously. You will be denied entry if you are wearing a t-shirt and torn jeans (for men). Women usually wear high heels when partying in these bars.

Jakarta Nightlife

The Best Nightclubs in Jakarta

Without any further ado, here is the list of the best nightclubs in Jakarta (in random order):

Immigrant – Immigrant is one of the best places that you should consider dropping by if you want to experience Jakarta nightlife. The place is usually full during the weekend. You can see lots of expats and sexy local girls. If you want to check out what’s happening at Immigrant, you would have to pay for their entrance fee (1 drink included). Most of the music they play is EDM, hip hop, and R&B. The place has a small dance floor thus explains why it gets full with some nights.

Dragonfly – Dragonfly is one of the top night club in Jakarta. It has a decent interior but the place is pretty expensive. Expect to pay around 200,000 Rp without a drink. But you can avoid paying the entrance fee if you book a table, especially coming in a group. They have a DJ who plays EDM and the place also has quite large enough dancefloor. Make sure that you dress smart and bring an ID to avoid any troubles.

Mille’s – Mille’s are included on the list because these are the places where you can still have a party after the party. They are open even after 7 am. But most of the people coming here are only after ecstasy. Entrance fee at this underground club is between 50,000 to 100,000 Rp.

Colosseum – Colosseum is one of the best nightclub in Jakarta located on Jalan Kunir No 7. The best thing about this place is that it has a nice interior, great sound system and they also host some of the biggest and best events in the city. The only downside is that it is located far from the city center. If you are looking for some casual hook ups, then Colosseum is the best place to go to. You will be able to find lots of working girls there (mostly freelancers or from karaoke bars). Gaining entry is not cheap as it is priced at 200,000 Rp and that includes 1 free drink.

Empirica – located at the city’s business district, you will be able to find lots of Indo-Chinese patrons in this nightclub. Although you will still be able to spot a few tourists and foreigners especially during the weekends. The place is also jam packed since the place hosts cool events. Most of the music that they play are EDM, R&B and HipHop which usually attracts the younger crowd. They have a large dance floor big enough to accommodate lots of guests. Pay 100,000 Rp for the entrance fee and you will get a free drink.

X2 – X2 is located in the heart of the city and you will be able to get yourself lost in this huge nightclub. But this place actually caters to good crowd. Most of the people partying here are young locals and foreigners. It actually consists of 4 rooms – X2 (which is the main room), Equinox (quite a popular room), Diagonale (room where you can just chill if you are getting tired of the loud music) and Ego Ultralounge (which serves as a private, member’s only room).

If you are a young foreigner who are looking for a Jakarta girl to meet, then X2 is one of the best place that you can go to. Entrance fee for this place costs around 200,000 Rp. A good place to party and enjoy nightlife in Jakarta especially if you have the money. Drinks are quite expensive so going on a budget would not be such a good idea.

Fable – Fable is probably one of the famous nightspot in Jakarta. But the place is mostly flocked by local, spoiled school kids. If you are between the ages of 18 to 22 then this is the best place to experience the young Jakarta nightlife. Otherwise, you’d feel out of place here. Entrance fee costs about 150,000 Rp.

Blowfish – Another place where posh people/ party goers meet is Blowfish. You will be able to see rich Indo-Chinese people hanging out in this place. It’s not really much of a nightclub, but the DJs and the music they are playing makes it a good place for dancing and partying.

Domain – unlike the other nightclubs, Domain offers a small dance floor. This does not mean that you won’t be able to experience a good Jakarta nightlife coming to Domain. The interior is quite classy and they also play some great music with their resident DJs. The place observes strict dress code so women should wear high heels and men are required to wear shoes. The place also serves good food but not a good place to go to if you are on a budget. Beer costs around 55,000 Rp. You can be able to find Domain in Senayan City.

Domain caters to young and yuppies that have good jobs. Chances of meeting a prostitute or a working girl in this area is very slim.

Golden Crown – If you are on to some wild Jakarta nightlife then Golden Crown is sure the best place to go. You will be able to see lots of drugs, prostitutes and a wild crowd. Expect Golden Crown to be full almost every night. If you are in town for a couple of days especially during the weekdays, visiting Golden Crown is a great way to enjoy the nightlife in Jakarta.

Illigals – Otherwise known as Voyeur Club. This is one of the best clubs in Jakarta that offers a decent party scene. It does not get crowded unlike the others. Unless if they have a big event with someone famous performing.

Other places that you might want to consider visiting to experience the club nightlife in Jakarta are Potato Head Garage, Exodus and Nebula. They are one of the few places that does not have any consistent good shows which is why most of the locals flock the other nightclubs as they attract good crowds, etc. These places only gets full during the weekends.

Other places to enjoy nightlife in Jakarta

Partying in Jakarta does not always entail nightclubs. There are also a few other places where you can be able to enjoy the Jakarta nightlife. If you want to see the city’s skyline while having a drink or two you can opt to go to SKYE and Cloud Lounge. These are rooftop bars located near Plaza Indonesia. Or if you want to hang out with a young and local Indo crowd, you can go to Lucy in the Sky which is right at the center of the business district.

If you are getting tired of the EDM/ Hiphop and R&B scene, you can also enjoy a little bit of jazz at BlackCat Blues Club located at Plaza Senayan. The place provides a cozy and comfortable ambience.

Bauhaus located at the East Plaza is also a good place to give you a laid back, relaxed and comfortable vibe. Beyond Lounge on the other hand, plays good music and caters mostly to older crowd.

If you are into some live band music, you can also go to Albero Island which is located at Jalan Tebet Raya. The place has a huge stage right in front where the performing band plays great music. Guests are normally seated in plush and comfortable sofas. They get to enjoy their drink while watching live bands performing. They also offer great food.

If you are into a classic British pub grub, Eastern Promise offers you that Western vibe. Just like any other English pubs, they are equipped with pool tables, lots of beers, and provide you with a sports bar feel with them showcasing huge sports event every now and then. You will be able to meet lots of older, mature foreigners in this place.

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You can be able to find Eastern Promise in Kemang area.

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