If you’re short on time in Jakarta here are some suggestions to make the most of the night.
Before heading out on any night out in Jakarta you might want to make the decision to stay put in one area all evening. Traffic on a Friday and Saturday night is far worse than normal (and that’s bad). It’s just a hunch but I’m sure you can find better ways to spend your night than being stuck in a taxi.
A good place to start the night is to have a cheeky drink (alcoholic or otherwise) at the Grand Hyatt. It’s a great way to see the city at night (and let the rush hour traffic calm down). The fountain lounge overlooks the theatrical hotel lobby. If you sit by the window you can see the traffic of Jakarta down below and, of course, the large fountain. Have some nibbles (the strawberries dipped in chocolate are delicious), some chilled champagne and a few drinks whilst being serenaded by a live acapella band. Be warned: this is not cheap so do remember to bring your wallet. The lounge is open from 8am to 1am.
Once you’ve finished you champagne and strawberries check out Plaza Senayan – a mall that offers evening entertainment. The Black Cat Jazz Supper Club is home to live jazz and piano music every night apart from Sundays. Happy hour is from 5-7pm. You can also grab a spot of dinner here – it is served from 5pm to midnight. Signature dishes include shrimp creole, blackened steaks and catfish, seafood gumbo and jambalaya.
If you fancy a change of scene hit Red Square – Jakarta’s first Russian inspired vodka bar. The bartenders are renowned for putting on a flare show including juggling vodka bottles with special fire effects. There is also a “show” bar and guests are not averse to dancing on it after one (or two) too many vodkas.
Still standing and awake? Why not brave the traffic and head over to Ancol, in north Jakarta, one of the most popular going out districts. You might not equate a mall with the best place for going out but Plaza Indonesia’s Ex annex is the destination for many of Jakarta’s young rich and beautiful party goers. Bars, clubs and pubs can all be found here.
The Hard Rock Café is a lively hangout on the weekends and the staff are very friendly. Local bands and live music often play here. See http://www.hardrock.com for more info.