There may not always be a music concert every weekend in the Big Durian, but the city never runs out of options when it comes to entertainment. For those looking to chill after a long day at work, Jakarta offers some great places – restaurants, bars and lounges – where you can escape for a while and enjoy the rhythm. Some provide live music, others excel in the quality of performances. Get ready to get up from your seat and start moving your feet on the ground. The music at these following places always guarantees a great night out.
Hard Rock Café Jakarta
Music is an inseparable element from this establishment. Located at Pacific Place, SCBD, South Jakarta, Hard Rock Café Jakarta offers live music literally all night long, with live music performances almost every night. Much like elsewhere in the world, décor at this international chain restaurant in Jakarta is also adorned with photos and memorabilia of rock star legends. There’s a good variety of music here, showcasing work from both local and international artists, and from different genres – or as they call it, “pitch-perfect live entertainment”.
Lucy in the Sky
If you’re in the mood for an uplifting beat, Lucy in the Sky could be your best choice. Electronic Dance Music (EDM) seems to be the mainstay here with cool performances from local DJs, though it isn’t the only music genre in the house. The venue is popular for its thematic live performances, be it ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s or the latest music. Lucy in the Sky promises party and great music.
Located on the rooftop of Jaya Building, Jalan Thamrin, Central Jakarta, Jaya Pub is the oldest local pub in town. It’s known for nostalgic music atmosphere – the kind of place where you could turn back time and reminisce the past. Most of the time, musicians here perform notable music from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s – blues, jazz and rock. Feel free to go on stage and sing your heart out. This pub guarantees you’ll feel warm and nostalgic with every visit.
Stepping into B.A.T.S is akin to stepping into an underground New York bar with its exposed brick and wood panelling, as well as nightly live entertainment. The place is rustic and warm and serves great food as well – the kind of venue you’d want to go with your friends for a night out. The bar is popular among expatriates and gets even more fun on the weekend. An international house band is always ready to entertain your every meal with a variety of music. B.A.T.S is open from 5 PM to 3 AM.
Tiga Puluh Music Bar + Lounge
As the first runner up of the 2017 Best Restaurant Bar & Café Awards, Tiga Puluh Music Bar + Lounge has a proven track record of quality entertainment. It is by no doubt one of the best venues in Jakarta for live music. Located at Le Meridien Jakarta, Tiga Puluh Music Bar + Lounge displays a minimalist design with urban industrial accent that speaks of a hip atmosphere and a high chill factor. DJs here perform music for the discerning ear. It’s definitely the place to go for sophisticated ambience. Tiga Puluh is opens every day from 6 PM to 3 AM.
Up in Smoke/One Eyed Jack
Both restaurants are located in the same building at RDTX Tower, Lobby Level, in Kuningan, South Jakarta. Up in Smoke is known for artisanal smoked and grilled meats while One Eye Jack offers modern takes of the Japanese cuisine. What they have in common are stage and DJ performance. Both establishments quite often hold parties and thematic live performances. Great food, great music – you couldn’t ask for more.
In case you haven’t heard, Japanese-Peruvian food, better known as Nikkei cuisine, is the latest trend to hit Jakarta. For a taste of that exotic combination, head to none other than Fat Shogun. The experience gets even better as the restaurant also offers live music performances that take on different themes – Beatles Night, Tribute to Republik Cinta, and Diskopantera – as well as performances from house DJs that include Fat Beats, Just a Lil Beat and Let’s Bounce.
D’Barons at Ambhara Hotel Jakarta
Located at the Lobby of Ambhara Hotel, D’Barons offers a welcoming English pub-style setting. It’s a great venue to play pool and enjoy live music as well as savour its famous hot stone meat specialties. Music lovers love D’Barons for its Indie Nights, Phunktion Drum N’ Bass Night and Hip Blackout Party.
K22 & Barong Bar at Fairmont Jakarta
Located at Fairmont Hotel, Senayan, South Jakarta, these venues offer culinary cocktails and unique presentations from the house mixologist. The atmosphere is dynamic, chic and stylish, allowing you to completely chill out. Barong Bar offers a more relaxed lounge experience, while K22 lets you discover open-air city views. Special thematic events are often held, offering live music and DJ performances.
Riva Grill Bar & Terrace at The Park Lane Hotel
Set in an urban landscape that offers casual dining experience, Riva Grill Bar & Terrace promises an exciting time, every time. Come here not only for tasty food, but also entertainment by DJ and weekly live acoustic performances. Some special themes at the establishment have included Spanish Culinary Fiesta, Saint Patrick’s Day and Halloween.