Favorite Jakarta Nightlife

by Doug
(Waterloo, Ontario)



Jakarta Nightlife

Despite being the capital of the world’s largest Islamic country, Jakarta has a vibrant nightlife. Whether you are looking to hook up with a local Indonesian girl or make new friends from the large expat community, Jakarta’s wide selection of bars, nightclubs, pubs, and lounges won’t disappoint.

Generally as an expat in Jakarta, service and treatment at nightclubs is very good, if not preferential. Expats have little trouble getting admitted to clubs and can often forgo the queue. Booking a VIP tables is also quite affordable, so you will have no problem being in the center of the action.

The only real negative of Jakarta nightlife is the fact that nightclubs are scattered throughout the city. With the absence of a concentrated entertainment district in Jakarta, one is forced to spend time traveling from one club to the other via taxi. While not all that inconvenient (due to the less congested traffic on the roads at night), it is best to get a clear picture of the different Jakarta nightclubs, so you can plan your route, and spend more time clubbing and less time scrunched in a cab.

Special Notes

Dress codes are enforced in most bars and clubs Jakarta (no shorts or slippers). Regardless, if you want to impress a local girl, dress up.

If you are interested in hooking up with a legitimate girlfriend in Jakarta, be careful not to mistake a working girl or “ayam”, who commonly congregate in certain bars.

During Ramadan, the holy Muslim fasting month, nightlife ends at midnight (and some operations even close for the entire month).

My Favorite Jakarta Nightclub

Stadium - The most popular nightclub in Jakarta. The club attracts some of the world's leading DJs who play tribal house and techno. Club has a distinctly underground vibe.

website: StadiumJakarta

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