A bar in Indonesia is more than just a drinks spot. It’s a social hub where people gather to meet friends and catch up on each other’s life stories. The best bars in Indonesia feature an elegant atmosphere and expertly-crafted cocktails that will titillate your taste buds. For example, try the Pantja Bar’s cocktail made with gin, black tea and jasmine flowers that is inspired by Indonesian tea drinking rituals. You can also try the Nusantara, which is made with rum and coconut milk or the Java, which is made with whiskey and coffee.
Jakarta has plenty of dazzling rooftop bars and lounges that overlook cityscapes. The most stylish of these is Cloud Lounge & Living Room, located on the 47th floor of SKYE Tower. The elegant and intimate space opens out to a breathtaking backdrop of skyscrapers and stars and is framed by permanent flames. In addition to a selection of wines and cocktails, the bar features an indoor and outdoor vodka room complete with ice cabin.
Sports bars are popular in Indonesia, given the local fixation with international soccer and F1. However, only a few bars broadcast American sports as a matter of course. For a more refined bar experience, head to A/A Bar in Jakarta. This speakeasy offers a number of tucked-away corners and a menu of aromatic, herbal and floral cocktails, each named after a headline ingredient such as Pandan, Sage or Chrysanthemum.
Bali’s relaxed nightlife is centred around Jalan Raya Ubud, the main road that leads to Ubud’s central market and Monkey Forest street. In the evening, the bars come to life and are lively with music and a good crowd of young international visitors and jazz fans.