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JAKARTA APRIL 2017


ABOUT ME

Korean-American. From California. Mid-to-late twenties. 5'11". 170 pounds. Athletic build.

Earlier I wrote a datasheet about the secondary cities of Indonesia's Java Island. But since Jakarta is a beast of its own, it deserves its own datasheet. I know there's loads of information about Jakarta but it's good to keep its information updated. I posted this datasheet on my own thread on the travel section, but I want to contribute here as well. Enjoy!


DURATION OF STAY

28 days


EXISTING INFORMATION

http://www.jakarta100bars.com/: This website has been referenced many times on this forum. For good reason too. This guy made an entire website that is 95% dedicated for everything about Jakarta and other parts of Indonesia. I say 95% because the website also has a little information about other countries (Philippines, Vietnam etc...). To be honest, you can get away with just using this website alone. Without even needing the information on this forum. But the more information the better.

Due to the ever-changing nature of cities around the world (especially Jakarta). It's important to keep information up to date. But it's also important to give credit to those who have spent the time to provide intel. You will notice in my last datasheet (secondary cities of Indonesia) I provided a hyperlink of all existing threads pertaining to the topic at hand. The same will be provided for this datasheet as well. If I miss a thread I apologize in advance. Now even though some of the information on the below listed threads are a few years old. It's still important to reference them as an important source of information, because other users have posted comments regarding useful updated intel.

The hyperlinks below will be listed under chronological order based on the OP's first post.

2017

https://www.rooshvforum.com/thread-62924...ht=Jakarta: This has mixed info with Komodo island and Bali

https://www.rooshvforum.com/thread-62354.html: This is my last datasheet about the secondary cities of Java island. I am mentioning it here because some users posted comments about intel regarding Jakarta.

2015

https://www.rooshvforum.com/thread-48787.html: Mixed info with Manila

https://www.rooshvforum.com/thread-44922...ht=Jakarta: Mixed info with Philippines and Bangkok

https://www.rooshvforum.com/thread-44613...ht=Jakarta

2014

https://www.rooshvforum.com/thread-43578...ht=Jakarta

https://www.rooshvforum.com/thread-40116...ht=Jakarta: Great read. One of the first Jakarta datasheets I read.

https://www.rooshvforum.com/thread-38289...ht=Jakarta

https://www.rooshvforum.com/thread-33020...ht=Jakarta: Mixed info with Taipei

2013

https://www.rooshvforum.com/thread-25766...ht=Jakarta

https://www.rooshvforum.com/thread-22595...ht=Jakarta

2010

https://www.rooshvforum.com/thread-2781....ht=Jakarta: Mixed info with Kuala Lumpur and Bali

Hopefully you didn't burn your eyes reading through all those posts. Now lets continue on...


ACCOMMODATION

Apartamen Tamansarri Semanggi: This apartment complex is in between Central Jakarta and South Jakarta. I rented out a studio via Airbnb. The only good thing about this place is its location, as its close to all the South Jakarta nightlife venues. But the traffic is terrible in this location (but where in Jakarta is traffic not bad?). The building itself was built 8 years ago and it looks like it was never renovated ever since. Lots of ex-pats live there as well. I wouldn't stay here again due to the lack of maintenance, overall lack of care for the facilities and the occasional cockroach problem in my room.


TRANSPORTATION

Grab, Uber, Go-Jek


ONLINE GAME

Tinder


DAY GAME

Any mall in this concrete jungle will suffice. Jakarta has over 100 malls. Take your pick. One of my favorite malls is Kota Kasablanca. The locals call it Kokas

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NIGHT GAME

Lets be honest, the main reason most of us go to this city is it's night life and girls. I will comment on the clubs and bars that I've been to. Enjoy!

CLUBS:

Dragonfly: This is the place to be on Wednesday nights. It was renovated a few years back. Medium size club. 200,000 IDR cover charge with no drink voucher. Starts to get crowded around 1am. I don't know how this place is like on weekends because I would be at other clubs. Upscale older crowd. They have a small dance floor. I searched high and low for the best club on Wednesday nights and this yielded the best result.

Blowfish/Puro: I don't know if this is true or not, but I heard they also have ladies night on Wednesday's. But when I went there at 1am it was closed. I guess they discontinued it? Anyways, Blowfish and Puro are brother and sister clubs that are connected to each other. Separate rooms but you can walk to each one by a connecting hallway. Both places gets packed on weekends. I think it's a 100,000 IDR cover charge but that gives you access to both clubs. I forgot if you get a drink voucher or not. Both clubs are medium size with small dance floors

O2 Club: One of the newest clubs in town. This place was packed on a Thursday night. I don't know how it's like on the weekends since I've only been there on a Thursday. It offers a great view of the city since its on the 59th floor. Mixed crowd of students, tourists, locals, ex-pats... No cover charge. Medium sized dance floor which is nice to see in a Indonesian club.

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Equinox (2nd floor of X2): Located inside Plaza Senayan. Gets packed on the weekends. Went there once on a Wednesday and it was dead. But on the weekends there's lots of ex-pats here, they make up about half of the club's population. The other half being a mix of ex-pat hunters, locals and maybe a few tourists. I think 100,000 IDR cover charge that includes a drink voucher.

LOLA - Espiritu y Libacion: No this is not a salsa club. Actually its a "speak easy" hip-hop club. I say "speak easy" because there is no sign outside their building. They only have a big black door. But once you open it you will hear music and people. This place is cool but there are 2 things that I do not like. 1 is that its tiny, you can barely move. 2 is that its too dark inside, you have to be point blank at the girls face to determine if she's cute or not. But for all you hip-hop fans out there (me included) you would like the music. If this place was bigger and brighter I would go there every weekend. No cover charge. Mix of locals, tourists and ex-pats.

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The Pallas: Also one of the new clubs in town. In the same building as "Fable" and "Lucy In The Sky" in SCBD (Sudirman Central Business District). If memory serves, paying the cover charge for "The Pallas" also gives you access to "Fable". I forgot how much the cover charge was, maybe 100,000 IDR? Anyways, this club is big and upscale. Has that luxurious type of club vibe. Gets packed on weekends.

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Fable: Very young crowd. As in some 16 year old's go there to spend their parents money. But its not like the entire club is filled with high school students. I met plenty of other people in their early to mid-twenties. But be careful of those 16 year old's because they are there. **Disclaimer** According to my google search, the legal age of consent for a Indonesian female is 16 years old. But even then, that's just wayyy to young for me. **End Disclaimer**. Back on topic. Fable is a medium sized club and it does get crowded on weekends.

Empirica: In SCBD. Big club. Upscale and luxurious. This is the place to go if you want to party with Indo-Chinese people. Practically the entire club clientele are Indo-Chinese. Also they have one of the longest bars in Asia. The thing is like an anaconda stretching from one side to the other. I forgot how much cover charge was, 100,000 IDR? I think that comes with a drink voucher, not sure. As usual the place is packed on weekends. Wouldn't be surprised if there were pro's here, lots of rich Indo-Chinese buying tables and bottles here.

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BARS:

Por Que No: Spanish restaurant with a cool roof top bar. They have a DJ playing on the roof top and the view of the city is good. Great place for dates. Cheap beer

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Social House: Inside Plaza Indonesia. They have another location somewhere in Jakarta. Modern chill bar. Good place for dates.

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SKYE Bar & Restaurant: Also inside Plaza Indonesia. Really nice sky bar that offers a great view of central Jakarta. This place is not cheap. Good date spot.

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Pantai Indah Kapuk Street (PIK): PIK is located near CGK airport. It's basically a street filled with bars and restaurants. Mall PIK Avenue is also there. Marina Indah is a street right next to PIK and it too is filled with bars and restaurants. These 2 streets and the Mall PIK Avenue basically comprises Pantai Indah Kapuk District (PIK for short). Only issue is that it's far from the rest of Jakarta. If your accommodation is in South or Central Jakarta it will be about a 25-minute drive with no traffic. Good news is that you can take the toll road which avoids the traffic for the most part (sometimes the toll road gets clogged up). The toll fare is cheap, 9,000 IDR. There are no big clubs here, but this place is more for dates and casual nights out.

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SIGHT SEEING

Monumen Nasional (MONAS): The locals call it Monas. Its a pretty cool sight. You can go to the very top of the tower and you get a cool view of Jakarta. I recommend going early in the morning. I believe they open at 8am. The line gets long and standing outside in the heat is no fun. Avoid going on weekends and national holidays as tourists and locals all flock there. Early morning weekdays are the best.

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MY EXPERIENCE

I have a love/hate relationship with Jakarta. I love it because of the night life, girls and the cost of living for a major Asian capital city is fairly cheap. But I hate it because of the traffic, pollution, not much to do and incompetent Grab, Uber, Go-Jek drivers who get lost half the time. During the rainy season the traffic is even worse because the rain makes everything move slower. When it rains, all the Grab, Uber and Go-Jek drivers go offline because they don't want to drive in the traffic. So if you need to go somewhere, then good luck trying to get a driver. You can still get a blue bird taxi but you will pay more because the meter will be running when you're stuck in traffic. Even with all that being said I still had a good time. The first half of my trip I went through the tinder and night game gauntlet, bringing back different girls here and there. Eventually I met this cute college girl and I chilled with her for the remainder of my time there. For those of you on the fence about visiting Jakarta. Man I would say do it! Just try to avoid coming here during Ramadan. As many places will be closed. But even then, you can still use tinder and day game.


CONCLUSION

Jakarta isn't for everyone. I can understand how one can be intimidated by all the obstacles Jakarta can throw at them. But the juice is worth the squeeze. If you can just soldier through the chaotic maze of the concrete jungle that is Jakarta. You will see why members here go to this city. For me, I felt like I stayed too long. Thankfully, I had my college girl to keep me company and show me around Jakarta. I'm glad I stayed for almost a month because I didn't have to rush anything. I was able to follow up on my tinder leads, set up day 2's and hang out with my local friends. But next time maybe a 3 day weekend trip will be just fine. I hope this datasheet helps you guys out. I understand that the information that I have referenced and provided to you may not reach your 100% expectations. But that's the beauty of being human, were not perfect. You have to take the information that's available to you and go out and experience it yourself. If you choose to come back and share your story with us here, great! If not, hey no worries. As long as you gained something from it. For good or for worse, think of it as being a learning experience. I'm super grateful of the intel the members on this forum have provided. It helped me out a lot during my travels. So it's an honor for me to return the favor and contribute as much as I can. Until next time.

Peace.
05-26-2017 12:44 PM
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The Asian Travel Guide to Asia - Zerdame - 02-17-2016, 11:57 AM
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