The new year has started strong for the city of Jakarta, with many new food and beverage outlets opening this January. Amongst those are several new bars that have opened their doors in the past weeks, introducing fresh concepts and menus. Drink enthusiasts can be excited about the diverse cocktail menu offerings that are shaking up the capital’s taste bud. Here are three new notable bars that have opened for the public this month.
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, 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.
A perfect place for those looking for a Japanese cocktail bar experience in the middle of Jakarta, Koda, is the new bar opened by Yutaka Nakashima. Jakarta’s very own resident Japanese bartender, Yutaka formerly helmed the bar at D’Classic, a Japanese speakeasy bar in the SCBD area. Bringing over his wealth of expertise to his new project, it is not surprising that the quality of cocktails in Koda is 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 uniques hospitality experience only found in the classic Japanese cocktail bars.
An exciting new cocktail bar has emerged in the SCBD neighborhood. Located on the 2nd floor of the newly opened Elysee Building is LBRTY Jakarta. Having just opened their doors the previous week, LBRTY 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 multistation bar as the centerpiece. A perfect spot for a late nightcap, LBRTY will excite the tastebuds of those walking through their doors.
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.