5. Gunpowder Kitchen & Bar

A venture into exotic flavors, Gunpowder Kitchen & Bar does just that with their Indian cuisine. A new addition to the multitude of eateries and bars around the Bunderan HI neighborhood, this establishment does something entirely unfamiliar for the Jakarta public, they serve Indian inspired cocktails. Interestingly different, this Ismaya Group establishment has taken a bold venture into unusual territory with their cocktail menu. The entire restaurant and bar are decorated beautifully with Indian trinkets, colors, and patterns. Mandala patterns adorn the bar top creating a magnificent backdrop for every cocktail served by their skilled bartenders. One of a kind in Jakarta, Gunpowder, is for those looking for entirely new experiences.

Favorite Cocktails:
Amongst their signature cocktails menu, is their most popular drink thus far, The Gunpowder, named after the restaurant. An expertly made clarified cocktail infused with a potpourri of Indian flavors culminating into a smooth and delicious sip packed with a little punch. Presented under a glass bell jar with smoke for dramatic effect and taste. The Gunpowder cocktail is one to remember.

Highlight of 2019:
In October 2019, Gunpowder Kitchen & Bar hosted not just one, but two world-class bartenders behind their bar. Part of the various bar events of last year’s Jakarta Culinary Festival, the guest shifts of Mario Calderone from Hong Kong, and Sean Halse from Vietnam marked three electrifyingly boozy nights at Gunpowder.

What to Look Forward to:
Taking on the famous line “New Year, New You,” Gunpowder Kitchen & Bar will be changing up their current selection of signature cocktails. Looking to expand and explore new flavor combinations in their drinks, it’s exciting to see what they can come up with next!

Gunpowder Kitchen & Bar
Plaza Indonesia, Jl. M.H. Thamrin, Jakarta Pusat
P: +6221 50861550
IG: gunpowder.kitchenbar

6. Hakkasan Jakarta

Nestled on the 25th floor of the newly opened Alila SCBD hotel, Hakkasan Jakarta serves a unique fine dining experience overlooking the central business district. The international Cantonese restaurant brand opened its doors to the public for the first time in Jakarta early in 2019. Their nearly 360° impressively built bar sits in the middle of the restaurant, serving a nonstop array of cocktails from their expert mixologists. The bar top glows a dramatic blue making this bar unmistakably iconic amongst the numerous bars in the city. Serving Hakkasan specialty cocktails inspired by the restaurant’s modern Cantonese menu, the local talents have also injected some Indonesian flair in the offerings. Iconic and exciting, patrons of Hakkasan Jakarta can enjoy a lovely plate of dim sum while sipping a delectable drink overlooking the Capital.

Favorite Cocktails:
An original tipple from the opening bar menu of Hakkasan Jakarta, this drink is a crowd favorite. The Corn & Pepper cocktail gets its name from two key ingredients, American Bourbon Whiskey, which is made from corn, and the Szechuan pepper, a staple in Chinese cooking. This combination creates for a smooth cocktail with the distinctive flavors of the Szechuan pepper minus the spicy burn. A must-try for any avid cocktail enthusiasts, the drink will tickle your senses.

Highlight of 2019:
Late last year, Hakkasan Jakarta opened up their Hakkasan Rooftop right above the existing restaurant. This open-air rooftop bar and lounge provide a dramatic view of the Jakarta skyline and a completely new experience in the Jakarta SCBD area. Since first opening in November 2019, the Hakkasan Rooftop has had an impressive response from the Jakarta community.

What to Look Forward to:
2020 will no doubt be an exciting year for Hakkasan Jakarta, with its new rooftop extension fully operational. Stepping up their game in the Jakarta nightlife, it’s thrilling to see the Hakkasan Rooftop flourish.

Hakkasan Jakarta
Alila SCBD, Jl. Jend. Sudirman, Jakarta Selatan
P: +6221 50808766
IG: hakkasanjakarta