The Bar in Indonesia – A Hit-Or-Miss Affair

While Indonesia is often perceived as a region of gloomy darkness and debauchery, its urban centres boast an exhilarating nightlife scene with plenty of options for those who want to indulge in the good things in life. For example, Jakarta’s renowned bars and lounges offer a cosmopolitan ambience with a range of cocktails that are bound to satisfy your cravings.

Nevertheless, the bar in Indonesia is a hit-or-miss affair depending on where you go. While the capital city – home to a vibrant and diverse mix of cultures – has an extensive selection, many of its less metropolitan areas don’t offer much in terms of bars, relying instead on warungs (street stalls) as social centers.

There’s no doubt that Indonesia’s bartenders are putting in the hard work to improve the industry. The country’s relatively high taxes and religious influence has led to a number of hurdles but, with determination and innovation, the bar scene in the nation is steadily evolving.

A/A Bar, nestled in a discreet nook in Gunawarman, is the perfect example of how a bar can exude a sense of mystery and sophistication. The drinks here use a variety of herbs, spices and fruits to create an unforgettable drinking experience, while live jazz tunes enhance the atmosphere.

Another bar to consider is Pantja, a wine lounge with locations in the heart of Jakarta’s business districts. It’s a great spot to grab a bite and enjoy a glass of wine with friends while listening to low-key live music. For those who prefer a refreshing cocktail, try the invigorating Kaffir Lime Gimlet made with Bombay dry gin, kaffir lime cordial and lime juice.