is not a city packed with discos and clubs, you can find some interesting
and lively dancing places to spend the late hours of the evening.
In many hotels, you will find some small disco spot. Plenty
of tourists will be found with a beer Bintang
in one of the many cafes at the Jalan Jaksa and its vicinity. Some
restaurants offer live music and food.
Jakarta usually mean pubs. At these places you
can find alcohol drinks, and sometimes even live music.
The Shangri-la houses this popular. They host imported
bands, and they get rocking at about 9:00. They also have a restaurant
attached, that serves food. It gets crowded on the standard Friday
and Saturday nights, and tends to be busy almost every night.
The Grand Hyatt has switched to using local bands.
They get started at around 9:00.
This is the infamous place in Jakarta and some
would say that no visit to Jakarta is complete with out a visit.
It will cost about 20,000 rupiah's to get in and includes a drink
and 20,000 per beer thereafter. It is not worth going to before
midnight, and several (but no all) of the girls here are extremely
friendly but are also working.
Next door to Tanamur is owned by the same people.
On week days it costs nothing to get in. The disco area is slightly
elevated and small. They also have a nice outdoor spot, with tables
and chairs. Again not worth going to before midnight.
Located at the Pan Pacific Hotel, a nice bar and
disco with Philippine live entertainment. This disco/bar gets busy
late so go around 10:00 if not a little later.
Two floors of rocking times. It is said to be one of the
best Hard Rock Cafes in Asia. It is big and a great place
to meet, drink and dance the night away. Good music and friendly
In the restaurant row of Kemang, Café Jimbani
is built with Jakartanese architecture, with many structures a la
Bale Bengong completely separate from the main building. A rectangular
bar sits in the centre of the main building, and a small stage is
situated with its back to the far wall.
They can be found around Jakarta like Starbucks in Seattle. There
is 1 in Plaza Indonesia, 1 in
Blok M Plaza, and several others.
Starbucks meets CNN- mixing news with a restaurant
and a café environment. Numerous Indonesian delicacies are
on the menu, along with some Western dishes. TV screens bolted up
on the walls of the café broadcast the latest news.
Also in the restaurant row of Kemang, a stone's
throw away from Jimbani, Twilite Cafe is 2-story home converted
into a popular hang out. The front door is raised above the street
level forcing you to walk around and up the stairs like a miniature
Viennese mansion. Once inside, a chic and trendy life appears.
Jakarta isn't a great place for indigenous cultural performances,
and if you're heading off to Solo or Yogya you're better off waiting.
If not, the Gedung Kesenian , at Jl Kesenian 1
(telephone 021-3808283), just north of the GPO, offers classical
music, ballet and wayang orang. The Bharata Theatre
at Jl Kalilio 15, Pasar Senen (bus #15 from Jalan Kebon Siri), stages
traditional wayang orang and ketoprak performances
every night at 8pm. If you're in Jakarta on a Sunday, head for the
Wayang Museum on Fatahillah Square in Kota , which
offers a free four-hour wayang kulit performance at 10am.