The relaxed physical distancing rules from the government make the bar scene business starts to roll again. This month, we’ve got some cool news that the best bars in town are already back to business by reopening its door for loyal patrons. We know there are dozens of bars that scatter around in Jakarta, listing them one by one is quite a stretch and making it to the never-ending list that goes on and on. To save your time, we’ve got you covered. Here are our top picks when it comes to finding the best bars in Jakarta in 2022. From the all-time favorites to the new hottest bars that recently popped out.

Black Pond Tavern

The Biko Group’s newest addition to their impressive F&B portfolio is a throwback to the classic American log cabin nostalgia. The Black Pond Tavern, located on the northern end of the Senayan Golf Course, is a never-before-seen concept in the heart of the city. A literal cabin, sitting on the edge of the golf course with a homey interior, stepping inside transports customers to another era. It’s classic American decor from the standard metal chairs to the billiards table, to the deer head mounted on the wall, wooden shacked bar built in remembrance of the 1950s, Black Pond Tavern. Located at Senayan Golf Course, the drinking den is filled with euphoria, transporting patrons to the deep southern of America back to its glorious golden era.

Walking in, the rugged and rustic décor is designed to meet the 1950s Native American folk house standard. With dimly-lit interior and organic features, the bar emits a sentiment of raw and unpretentious vibe, leading patrons to enter the old in all new. As for the music, the bar plays popular repertoire of the era, ranging from blues, rock and country. Talk Chuck Berry, Neil Young, Muddy Waters, John Denver, Hank Williams, Little Richard and Aretha Franklin kind of tunes, taking folks to a journey with slow, summery cotton field appears on the imagery. Many Indonesians who spent time in the United States will find this place very familiar. Serving up some Indonesian-inspired cocktails, beer, and bar snacks, the Black Pond Tavern is suitable for groups to enjoy themselves in the heart of the city. It’s a great place to take your mates after a long day at work and well worth checking out.

The MAJ, Senayan, Jl. Asia Afrika, Pintu IX, Tanahabang, Jakarta Pusa
Phone: +62811169721
Instagram: blackpondtavern
http://biko-group.com/

Koda

Find the exit to an entrance for the perfect drink. Koda is a perfect example for those looking for a Japanese-inspired cocktail bar experience in the middle of Jakarta. Koda, is curated by Yutaka Nakashima, Jakarta’s very own resident Japanese bartender. Bringing over his wealth of expertise to his new project, it is not surprising that the quality of cocktails in Koda is a world-class. Their menu features classic cocktails twisted with only the best local ingredients. Guests can also order a bespoke cocktail tailor-made to their desires by head bartender Yutaka. Located in the Sudirman 7.8 building right next to the Gedung Astra, it is somewhat hidden without any clear signage. A speakeasy in its own right, guests upon finding the entrance to Koda, is rewarded with a unique hospitality experience only found in the classic Japanese cocktail bars.

Sudirman 7.8, Jalan Jendral Sudirman, Jakarta Pusat
Phone: +6287800161818
Instagram: @koda.jakarta
info@koda.co.id

LBRTY Jakarta

An exciting cocktail bar that is nestled in the SCBD neighborhood. Located on the 2nd floor of the Elysee Building, LBRTY Jakarta offers a wild selection of cocktails by their world-class mixologists. Their drinks highlight flavors such as sweet corn, osmanthus, and truffle; the cocktail menu hits a variety of notes for every type of customer. A brilliant addition to the vast selection of quality bars in the area, the interior of the bar is beautifully designed with the marble-top multi-station bar as the centerpiece. A perfect spot for a late nightcap, LBRTY will excite the tastebuds of those walking through their doors

Elysee Lot 21 SCBD, Senayan, Jakarta Selatan
Phone: +628111524005
Instagram: @lbrtyjkt
lbrty.jakarta@gmail.com

Nautilus Bar – Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta

Convivial Nautilus Bar is Jakarta’s posh, grown-up destination for relaxed and refined enjoyment. This seductive, secluded enclave tucked away on the hotel’s ground level is an intimate setting for handcrafted drinks and sumptuous small plates. The stunning art mural, depicting Jakarta’s old Sunda Kelapa trading port, is a focal point anchoring the bar where expert Four Seasons bartenders can be seen handcrafting Nautilus’ tantalizing libations: bespoke cocktails with home-blended ingredients and exceptional, artisanal single-malt whiskeys from all corners of the globe.

Nautilus Bar offers a masculine and classic space for the most discerning of gatherings. Find the perfect setting to toast in style – cozy, hidden-away booths built within richly accented millwork paneling, or more social plush club chairs, all accompanied by live piano in the evenings.

Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta
Jl. Jend. Gatot Subroto Kav 18, Kuningan Barat, Jakarta Selatan
Phone: (+6221) 2277-1888
Instagram: @fsjakarta

MO Bar – Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta

One of Jakarta’s most fashionable nightspots, MO Bar is home to handcrafted signature cocktails, delectable bar bites and live entertainment. Drawing a fashionable crowd, the bar offers guests an enjoyable respite at the end of a busy day. Curated by a dynamic mixologist, guests can select from three signature cocktail collections while facing the dramatic city view.

Jl. M.H. Thamrin, Menteng, Jakarta 10310, Indonesia
Opening hours: 05:00 pm – 01:00 am (Tuesday to Friday)
Phone: +62 (21) 2993 8827

Botanica Dining Jakarta

Photo credit by Instagram @botanicadining.jkt

What better way to kick off the night at Botanica Dining Jakarta? Gin? Cocktails? Drop by and their friendly bartender to hit the shaker and make special concoctions for you. For your information, they also take a fun yet intimate drink experience to a whole new level as they bring back traditional Gueridon service for you tonight!

ASHTA District 8, Lantai Ground
Jl. Jenderal Sudirman Kav. 52 – 53, SCBD, Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta Selatan
Phone: +6282113112220

Letterpress – Swissôtel Jakarta PIK Avenue

Nestled inside The Chinese National at Swissôtel Jakarta PIK Avenue, Letterpress is a quintessential tea house during the day and an elegant bar at night. Enjoy timeless oriental snacks or a perfect cup of precisely decanted tea blends. Stay for the Chinese-inspired cocktails and enjoy the weekly live music. Their signature cocktails include Jasmine Blossom, Cultivar Hybrid, The Spicy Sundown, and Oolong Gong.

Swissôtel Jakarta PIK Avenue
PIK Avenue, Pantai Indah Kapuk Boulevard | North Jakarta | Indonesia 14470
Phone : +6221 22571188
Instagram: @swissoteljkt

LEÓN Goldstein

LEÓN Goldstein sure wins for its sophisticated design and atmosphere as one of the hippest speakeasy bars in South Jakarta. Wind down and let loose to their lively live performance regularly scheduled over the weekends. But more than just a place to hang out or party with friends, this place also offers a good selection of hearty dishes, as well as cocktail creations. Try its impressive Frozen Monkey, one of the cocktail choices the place really proud of.

Jl. Wijaya I No.25, RT.6/RW.4, Petogogan, Jakarta Selatan
Phone: +6221 7221188, +628118432025
Instagram: @leongoldstein_jakarta