Jakarta has loads of good pubs, bars and clubs. It’s also a huge city so it’s important to know where where you’re going and how to get there. Use Google maps as taxis often don’t know bar names, only streets and buildings.

Note that, according to the police, you’re obliged to have a photocopy of your passport (photo page and visa page) with you. Many people don’t bother but it’s a big help if your taxi is stopped by the police (they are quite active late at night) – it will save you a lot of bother (and money). Also please note most clubs have a dresscode.

ONLY USE BLUEBIRD TAXIS AT ALL TIMES!

Cikini/Menteng/Kuningan Area

Close to us, plenty of mid-range options:

Skybeers Six Degrees Bar $ Cold beers, happy hours every day 6-8pm Upstairs!
Camden Our local pub $$ Up the road left at Bank Mega Opposite TIM 4 min walk
Aphrodite Expat Sports bar $$$ Inside Elite Gym, Epicentrum complex Kuningan 10-15 mins taxi
Liquid Exhange Decent Bar with food $$$ Epicentrum Walk (food mall) Kuningan 10-15 mins taxi
Cazbar ‘Dutch style’ pub $$$ Jl. Mega Kuningan, Mega Kuningan 15-20 mins taxi
Exodus Bar /restaurant /nightclub $$$$ Kuningan City Mall 15-20 mins taxi
Dragonfly Nightclub $$$$$ Jl Gatot Subroto 20-25 mins Taxi
Blowfish Nightclub $$$$$ Wisma Mulia, Jl Gatot Subroto 20-25 mins Taxi

Hotel Indonesia Roundabout Area

A shopping & nightlife area. There are several places other than those listed below

Paulaner Brauhaus Big German Pub $$$ Inside Grand Indonesia 10-15 mins taxi
Skye Trendy/ Best view in Jakarta $$$$ Top Floor of Menara BCA (next to Grand Indo) 10-15 mins taxi
Social House Trendy resto/bar $$$$ Inside Grand Indonesia 10-15 mins taxi
Immigrant Trendy Club $$$$ Inside Plaza Indonesia 10-15 mins taxi
B.A.T.S. Expensive hotel bar with live music $$$$$ Shangri La Hotel 15-20 mins taxi

Jalan Jaksa Area

Cheap and chearful. Fairly close (walk in 25 mins)

Memories Sometimes busy bar for backpackers $ Jl. Jaksa 10-15 mins taxi
Other bars They come and go $ Jl Jaksa (it’s a short street just walk around and have a look) 10-15 mins taxi
Mellies Garden Nice cheap bar with gardens $$ Jl Kebon Sirih Timur (a few roads up from Jaksa) 10-15 mins taxi
Beer Garden Beer Garden $$ Jl Wahid Hasyim 108 (v close to Jl Jaksa) 10-15 mins taxi

SCBD / Senayan Area

A little bit further away but lots of trendy new places all in one area.

X2 Multi-level nighclub $$$$ Plaza Senayan (upstairs from mall) 25-45 mins taxi
Molly Malone’s Irish Pub $$$ Arcadia Senayan (separate building inside Senayan complex) 25-45 mins taxi
Black Cats Jazz Bar $$$ Arcadia Senayan 25-45 mins taxi
Lucy in the Sky Rooftop Club/lounge $$$ SCBD 25-45 mins taxi
Empirica Bar / Lounge $$$ SCBD (parking lot behind Pacific Place Mall) 25-45 mins taxi
Beer Garden SCBD Bar / Beer Garden $$$ SCBD (parking lot behind Pacific Place Mall) 25-45 mins taxi

Kemang Area

A 30-60 min cab ride to South Jakarta’s expatriate district. Dozens of restaurants and good bars and clubs. Traffic bad on weekend evenings.

Murphy’s Irish Pub $$$ Jl Kemang Raya 11A 30-60 mins
Eastern Promise Expat /English pub / live music $$$ Jl Kemang Raya 30-60 mins
365 Eco Bar Bar/Club made of shipping containers $$$ Jl Bangka , Kemang 30-60 mins
Check google for loads of other good restaurants, bars and clubs in this area