Whether it is the upscale and luxurious Nautilus Bar at the Four Seasons or the more casual yet sophisticated Brotherhood in Senopati, bars in Indonesia are a great place to meet friends for drinks or just unwind with a good read. Usually serving food during the day, these watering holes often flip into nightclubs or social lounges as the evening goes on. Most also have some form of entertainment and can be noisy and crowded, especially on weekends.
The bar at the Le Méridien in Jakarta, one of the city’s most popular hotel bars, is a stylish and sophisticated space. Its dark and moody ambiance is perfect for unwinding with a drink, with live jazz music being played throughout the week. Its cocktails are created with a blend of herbs, spices, and fruits for a unique flavour that exudes a sense of mystery and sophistication.
Another of the top bars in Jakarta, the Cocktail Club, burst onto the scene in 2021 with its unique take on local ingredients and flavour combinations. Located on the first floor above a bistro in the busy Senopati neighbourhood, this veteran team led by Indonesian cocktail stalwart Kiki Moka has crafted a tantalising drinks list that won them Siete Misterios Best Cocktail Menu in 2023.
Opened in 2019, the visually eye-catching Pantja Bar is a fun and trendy spot where you can enjoy some of Jakarta’s best cocktails. It celebrates Indonesian culture and tradition with its innovative drinks, and has recently been named in Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2023.