The Best Bars in Indonesia

A thriving pub scene exists in Indonesia’s urban centres, particularly Jakarta. However, in less metropolitan areas you are likely to see a decline in the choice of bars. This is partly due to Indonesia’s strict blasphemy laws, which can result in a bar being closed and its staff being arrested for offences such as offering free drinks to those named Mohammad or Maria. It is also because the country’s Muslim majority favours ‘warung’ (street stalls and restaurants) over bars for evening entertainment.

One of the most sophisticated bars in Jakarta, Union has been ranked in Asia’s 50 Best Bars since it first appeared on the list in 2016. The visually eye-catching interior of this stylish bar has a retro-classic New York city feel and there is also a restaurant serving bistro fare and cakes.

Located in a chic hotel in the business district of the capital, this bar is a favourite for a romantic date or for those who want to impress a client. The swanky establishment serves handcrafted signature cocktails and bar bites in front of dramatic city views. A fashionable crowd frequents this nightspot for after-work drinks, post-dinner cocktails and a night out with friends.

A thumping digitech lounge and karaoke room with cheap prices make this a favourite hangout for middle-class Indonesians and foreign tourists. You can sing your heart out to a live band on Tuesday and Saturday nights at this popular bar in Jakarta’s swanky Senopati district.