How to Open a Bar in Indonesia

Bars in Indonesia are a popular place for drinking and socializing. They are mostly part of a restaurant, although some are exclusively alcohol-only.

It’s not difficult to open a bar in Indonesia. However, you will need a business license and a unique concept. You should also conduct research into your target demographic.

A/A Bar, located in Jakarta, is a speakeasy with a warm, wooded interior. The bar’s menu offers some tasty cocktails. Each cocktail is named after the headline ingredient.

Koda is a Japanese-inspired cocktail bar in Jakarta. Koda has a menu of signature cocktails with local twists. Their resident Japanese bartender, Yutaka Nakashima, is a master of making complex drinks.

Jaya Pub, in the South Jakarta district of Jalan Falatehan I, is a western-style pub. It has a stylish lounge with live performances.

Union, which has seven locations in Jakarta, is an award-winning bar. In fact, it is the only Indonesian bar in Asia’s 50 Best Bars list.

Another notable Jakarta bar is La Vue Rooftop Bar, which offers a romantic setting. This bar has 360-degree views of the city center.

Another noteworthy bar is the Four Seasons Nautilus Bar, which is a secluded enclave in a hotel. It features artisanal single-malt whiskeys, handcrafted libations, and an intimate setting.

If you want to check out the local nightlife, head to Jalan Jaksa, a lively street of bars in the ‘backpacker district’ of Indonesia’s capital. Most of the bars here cater to a wide range of clientele, from locals to foreigners.