The bar is an essential feature of any Indonesian evening, whether you are looking for a place to enjoy sunset drinks, a lively dance club or a more intimate setting. The best bars in Indonesia offer a mix of ambiance, cocktails and food, and can be found across the country. However, the availability of bars varies greatly from location to locale, with more metropolitan areas boasting a more thriving pub scene while less-developed areas have few options beyond local ‘warung’ restaurants.
Located at the top of the iconic Plaza Tower, the Cloud Lounge offers spectacular views over busy Jakarta streets and sparkling city lights. Guests can sip cocktails from the curated menu, which takes inspiration from its surroundings and seamlessly blends classic flavours with Indonesian ingredients. The Rock My World, a combination of kaffir and lemongrass-infused vodka, yuzu puree, pineapple juice and orange is a must try.
There is a large number of sports bars in Indonesia, thanks to the local fixation with European and international soccer (sepak bola). While most bars have TVs that broadcast games, some are better than others at showing the matches you want to see, and so it is worth checking ahead of time.
Located in the heart of Jakarta, this trendy bar has a funky vibe with its pink ornaments and leopard-patterned sofas. There is a lively music selection, from western to local hits, and the venue tends to be crowded with a young crowd. There are several locations across the city, but the one in PIK Avenue is a favorite.