Nightlife in Indonesia can’t get more chill, there is so much to do. You can choose from many clubs to dance and party the night off or sip on some fancy cocktails at a bar. Head to karaoke and get those lungs working! World-class DJs are often found spinning in the major clubs in the capital as well as at offshore venues on idyllic islands, entertaining the holiday crowd. And if you are visiting Bali or other small islands, you know you’ll have a great time sipping on cocktails with some chilled music and the sound of island waves in the background.
Nightlife of course doesn’t have to involve getting intoxicated and dancing the night away. The Indonesians are renowned for staging spectacular traditional song and dance performances. Urban areas also have a profusion of cinemas, Karaoke joints, and bowling alleys. Here are some of the places we recommend for you to have a splendid Indonesian night:
Kota Tua Night Market
A night market usually offers a different ambiance than regular markets. You can enjoy the exciting scene from various merchants, culinary stalls, and public playgrounds under the flickering night lights. It is essential to full your tummy before we start partying hard, night markets give us various options on just one street! Kota Tua is widely known by tourists as a destination to visit while in Jakarta. At night, this area appears to be more vibrant packed by citizens that are likely to wander around. Most of them will take photographs of the old Fatahillah building or take a tour of the streets. You can even rent a bicycle to spend more time in the spot and savor traditional egg crust dishes, meatballs, kebabs, fried noodles, and street snacks in the market. They operate daily starting from 5 PM to midnight.
Pecenongan Night Market
The market has been around for the last ten years as the culinary hub in Central Jakarta. Other than that, Pecenongan can be a recreational area for families, partners, and friends. This place is particularly enjoyable for those who are food connoisseurs. Enhance your taste buds by trying local dishes such as soto ceker (local chicken feet soup), fried rice vendors, satays, seafood, noodles, chicken porridge, and the must-try dessert martabak Pecenongan 65A. Their operational hours start from 6 PM to 2 AM.
Basque is not the most impressive or the most beautiful bar in Jakarta. Most customers are foreigners, either ex-pats or tourists, and there are also a lot of Indonesian girls. Many are just office girls who want to have fun, but there are some prostitutes as well. The music is usually a mix of famous pop, rock, and hip-hop songs. On weekdays, from Sunday to Thursday, it is much quieter. Then, the focus is on the restaurant, which serves Spanish food and Tapas.
It is conveniently located in the heart of the city and it offers fantastic views of Jakarta by day or by night. Below Cloud, you’ll find some chic but expensive restaurants (Gaia, Salt Grill, etc). Cloud Lounge matches Skye’s fancy and vibrant crowd. They even have a Vodka Room, where you can enjoy a shot of vodka at zero degrees. With that said, you should bring with you at least Rp 400,000 for a night out.
If you want to be surrounded by models and celebrities, having a night out in Social House might be for you. They have a huge selection of drinks, with cocktails starting at Rp 95,000, beers at Rp 50,000. You will need at least Rp 250,000 for a drink and some appetizers on a night out. Famously known as SoHo, they have a nice view of Plaza Indonesia’s roundabout.
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Located in the capital city, Colosseum is considered to be one of the best nightclubs of Indonesia for its massiveness and ambiance that charms the visitors here. It is created in such a way that it gives it the look of the famous Colosseum of Rome, and its spacious dance floors and balconies make it the entertainment center of Jakarta. The best designers from Ibiza and New York were brought here to give this place the ambiance and interiors that cannot be witnessed anywhere else in the world. Colosseum not only provides you with the best music with its world-class DJs and Music System, but the elite party crowd here will surely give you the best time in Indonesia.
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Located on the 4th and 5th floors of Plaza Senayan, X2 club consists of 4 different rooms for clubbing and one dining area; hence, there are plenty of things to do in this club. The crowd mostly consists of office going people due to the presence of various offices around. The club is famous for its lightings, art, and the wine cellars that give this club a fancy mesmerizing atmosphere.
As a melting pot for upper-class party-goers from across the city, Immigrant neatly mixes excitement with class. From the deluxe interior to the splendid selections of food and drinks, it’s no doubt the quality of crowds this place attracts, from executives to expats. Immigrant has both a dining room and club, making it convenient for guests to have a luxurious dinner before drinking their body weight while partying.
Those who look for an affordable karaoke lounge may consider Alegro F-KTV Epicentrum in South Jakarta. This venue frequently offers promotional offers, such as a family package. With a starting price of Rp 350,000, the promotion includes two-hour room usage, two pitchers of ice tea, and the Alegro platter. The karaoke lounge is open from 12 p.m. to 1 a.m. on weekdays and from 12 p.m. to 3 a.m. on weekends. It offers rooms of different sizes that can accommodate up to 35 people, making it a convenient spot for a big group.
T-Rex Family Karaoke Grand Indonesia
Revelers looking for a karaoke place in Central Jakarta may drop by T-Rex Family Karaoke in the Grand Indonesia shopping mall. As its name implies, the karaoke joint welcomes aspiring singers of all ages, including children. T-Rex Family Karaoke Grand Indonesia offers no fewer than 29 rooms, varying from normal size for four people to 3XL size for up to 50 people. The big rooms come with private toilet facilities. The karaoke lounge is open from 12 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. from Monday to Saturday. On Sunday, T-Rex Family Karaoke Grand Indonesia operates from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m