6. Mega Amelia – Social Garden
If you’ve ever made your way to the beautifully decorated Social Garden in Senayan City, you would have most likely had a look at their beverage menu. With cocktails seemingly picked straight out of the garden, you can thank Mega Amelia or Amelia for short, for the brilliant drinks. The Group Beverage Manager for Ismaya has over twelve years of experience in the bar industry and overseen the creation of several beverage programs across the city. Amelia is most known for taking the title as champion at the Teisseire Cocktail Competition back in 2016 and has since stamped her reputation as one of the best in the city. Find her at her current outlet Social Garden and try her garden variety cocktails such as the Hills of Okinawa or the Caribbean Potion of Youth.
Senayan City, Jl. Asia Afrika, Jakarta Pusat
P: +6221 72781516
7. Muhammad Zaky – Doublechin at the Artotel Thamrin
Service with a smile, you will almost always find Muhammad Zaky, also known as Zakyoso, at the Doublechin bar with a friendly smile on his face. Handling the lobby bar of the Artotel Thamrin as their Head of Mixology, Zaky oversees the creation of their signature cocktails. The most recent winner of the Monkey Shoulder Ultimate Bartender Competition for Indonesia, he brought his talents and flair to the finals in India. With nearly a decade worth of experience bartending on the seas and land, you can visit Zaky regularly at the Doublechin bar. Please take the opportunity to try his prized cocktail the Lantera Life next time you visit his bar.
8. Reiza Yudha Putra – Cork & Screw Jakarta
The current bar manager of the popular Cork & Screw outlets in Jakarta is no freshman in the bar world. The thirteen-year veteran, Reiza Yudha Putra, has worked in various significant outlets in Jakarta and now expertly oversees the operation and beverage program of all three outlets in the city. One of the most significant moments in his career came in 2018 when he made it to the top 4 of the Global Round of the Legends of London competition after being crowned the Indonesian champion. You can spot Reiza at either one of the Cork & Screw bars, which he manages, if you do, order his specialty Green Pea-ce cocktail.
9. Rizky Ramdhani Razak – Barong Bar at the Fairmont Hotel Jakarta
One of the youngest bartender entries in this list, Rizky Ramdhani Razak, has proven that age is only a number in the world of bartending. Rizky currently handles the elusive Barong Bar, located in the Fairmont Hotel in Senayan. His four years of experience behind the bar reached a milestone when he won the Giffard Agave All The Way cocktail competition last year in 2019. Talented in twisting local flavors into classic cocktail recipes, you will find him behind the bar on most days of the week. Please have a chat with him at the bar and let him design a carefully curated cocktail just for you.
10. Trisna Albona – Sofia, The Gunawarman
Undoubtedly one of the most well-known names in the Indonesian bar industry, Trisnawati, or more commonly known as Trisna Albona or simply Bona, broke barriers early in her career as a female bartender in Indonesia. Back in 2013, she was crowned champion of the Ungava Cocktail Competition, marking her as a heavy hitter behind the bar. Her nearly fifteen years of experience, and her achievements have earned her a reputation as an industry icon. Now she oversees the beverage program in Syah Establishment outlets as the corporate beverage manager. However, you will most likely find her behind the bar at Sofia at the Gunwarman Hotel.
Written by: @Sip_Sensei – Tariq | Jakarta Liquorist”
An educator by day, Tariq Widarso is a cocktail enthusiast and home bartender behind the all-things-mixology Instagram page @sip_sensei. Using social media as a platform to educate and raise awareness about the world of cocktails, he aims to create a greater appreciation of the craft through his writing, events, workshops, and of course, his photography.