Jakarta Nightlife & Girls

Anyone who has ever experienced the Jakarta nightlife scene will tell you that it is an eclectic mix of everything that makes for a great night out. The place is loaded with great bars, restaurants, karaoke joints, clubs, and of course, stunning women.

From Wednesday night through to Sunday morning, parts of the city come to life and shine brightly with the promise of unforgettable adventures.

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Although in recent years the number of foreign tourists coming to Jakarta has been steadily increasing, what makes this place such a gold mine is just how small the numbers still really are.

I have often raised a smile, when inside a club, I found myself gazing around at all the gorgeous Indonesian women, only to realize that I was one of only a handful of foreigners in the whole place.

And since many of these foreigners only stick around for a few days and have no real idea of what these girls are about, the competition element in Jakarta’s nightlife is virtually non-existent.

Now, how many other capital cities in the world can you say that about?

Since the expat community is pretty small in Jakarta, it doesn’t take long before you get to know most of the regular faces about town.

Jakarta girls; teaching & fun times

By Axel (from Prachuap)

In my experience, Jakarta girls are rather confident and they ooze sex appeal. My story started out in Jalan Jaksa, a centrally located backpacker street in Jakarta, it was my first trip to Indonesia and I quickly took a liking to the friendly people, the colorful culture and the exotic foods.

To be perfectly honest, I couldn't wait to get to know some Indonesian women. An Australian bloke told me that it was a breeze to land a job teaching English at one of the capital's many private English schools, he was doing it himself.

I figured I could make it back to Indonesia in 3-4 months to try my luck with the teaching. Who wouldn't want to spend more time in Indonesia? In my free time, I was hoping to travel around Java.

The Jakarta skyline

Around mid-September I was back on Indonesian soil. After a shopping spree I definitely looked the part, wearing a freshly ironed white shirt, grey slacks and a black velcro tie. Every job interview I went on resulted in a teaching position, it was so easy to find work. Even more unbelievable, the schools I called up were not actively looking for teachers!

In a matter of 10 days I had secured three part-time jobs and I was getting into the swing of crisscrossing Jakarta by bus and taxi. All my employers paid me in US dollars and I couldn't have asked for more.

At school, there were plenty of Jakarta girls and some of them were quite flirtatious. How about receiving boxes of pastries and all kinds of invitations. Having three part-time jobs made for plenty of variation. It was refreshing to go from school to school, it was anything but boring.

The Indonesian colleagues were most generous and welcoming. Out of all the countries I have worked in, it is one of my top experiences.

Getting to know some Jakarta girls

After work I often hung out in the bars at Jalan Jaksa. My mates were a mix of English teachers and backpackers, a great bunch. One evening a student of mine came to Jalan Jaksa to chat with some foreigners. That was a popular way for Jakarta girls to practice their English, they usually hit the bars with a group of friends.

Dewi was in her early twenties. She had long, jet-black hair and a beautiful smile. Judging by the way she spoke and carried herself, she was from a well-to-do family. Yes, she was flirting with her eyes, looking at me from the corner of her eyes, and getting up close, face to face, to look in to my eyes.

She was confident, which made her even sexier. I asked her what drink I could get her, like most Jakarta girls Dewi rolled her R's, she said, "Mister Alex, I like small Bintang." Her accent cracked me up, it was so cute. Bintang was my favorite beer, the name means star in Indonesian. I really enjoyed Dewi's company and we quickly hit it off.

After an hour or so, Dewi came up really close to my side and spoke into my left ear, I could feel her warm breath when she asked, "You want go with me to business club?" I was quite surprised at her move, and replied, "Sounds like fun!" Dewi grinned from ear to ear as we left the backpacker's joint.

A few minutes later we were seated in the backseat of a taxi. She told the driver where we were going and then she looked me in the eyes while explaining that she wasn't that comfortable in Jalan Jaksa with all the language students around. She smiled and confessed, "I like be alone with you, too."

At the business club there were only Indonesians, all dressed like professionals, so I stuck out like a sore thumb… and I didn't feel that welcome either. We sat down on bar stools, at a dark corner of the club. Dewi ordered and paid for some bottles of beer. Since the music was loud, we had to sit really close together in order to hear each other.

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Dewi asked me what I liked the most about Indonesia. I said that I loved the Indonesian people and that they were super friendly. She kept firing questions at me, "What food you try?" I told her that I enjoyed ordering from the food carts in the street, especially nasi goreng, which is fried rice with veggies and egg. "The Sambal chili sauce makes it really yummy," I added. Dewi nodded in agreement and smiled.

We were getting pretty intoxicated by the cool Bintangs. The drunker we got, the more we touched each other as we talked. Out of the blue, Dewi asked me, "Tonight, you make love to me?" That was the first time I saw her look a bit uncomfortable. I thought to myself, "Now we're talking." How do you respond to that, especially when it's coming from one of your students? I slurred, "Yeah, where do we go?"

Dewi had stopped smiling, instead she looked me straight in the eyes, with a firm look on her face. I could tell that she wanted it... She whispered in my ear, "I know special place." Then she took me by the hand and we made our way out of the club.

We ended up at a so-called love hotel, a discreet place that Jakarta girls use for secrecy… Once the cab had entered the car port next to the room, someone pulled a huge curtain behind the vehicle. We slipped out of the car and entered the room, now we were totally alone. It was great to finally kiss her.

Tooth brushes and all kinds of toiletries were provided. I let Dewi shower first and she came out of the bathroom wearing only a white bath towel. She smiled and looked so hot. It was wonderful to take a shower and to wash off the tropical sweat.

I will never forget that night. We didn't get much sleep...

Memories of Jakarta girls

It wasn't the last time we checked in to that hotel. In the mornings, we would call the reception and a taxi would turn up behind the black curtain. Dewi would get off at her university, while I continued to the language school. On occasions, I had to go via my apartment to pick up some fresh clothes. There was so little time to spare, those mornings I hardly had anything to eat.

More often than not, I would spend my days off sleeping in. My Jakarta stint can be summed up in three words: work, alcohol and Jakarta girls.

Dewi was going to introduce me to her parents, but it fell through.

We didn't spend much time at my studio, rather, we frequented exclusive bars and the love hotel. We had a wonderful time together and it definitely fueled my fancy for Indonesian women. When the Jakarta girls say, "Darling," you know it's the real thing!

How to get Jakarta girls

After only a few months of fully immersing myself in the Jakarta nightlife, I had managed to get on at least taking terms with most of the regular expat hook-up artists, all of whom had a phone full to the brim with numbers of delicious local girls. 

The key in Jakarta, as with anywhere, is to learn the game and figure out the best places to go. Some of these girls can be pretty wild and more than willing to have as much fun as you like, provided you press all the right buttons.

BintangBintang beer is the beer of choice in Jakarta.

It took me around 2 weeks to figure out the game here and I haven’t looked back since. Back in the day when my face (and sadly reputation) wasn’t known around the clubs, I was managing to get a different girl every time I hit a club.

Nowadays, I average a new girl around 60% of the time; a statistic that here might seem a little disappointing, but is one that anywhere in the west would seem like a dream.

Though Jakarta is changing fast, the city’s reputation for being ugly and polluted still remains as strong as it did 10 years ago when I first came here. While this has no doubt helped keep the tourists (or competition as I call them) away, the daily smog and dense fumes have masked the real modernization that the city has undergone.

The last few years alone has seen loads of great new clubs and bars springing up all over the city, something which has really helped mature and diversify the nightlife in the city.

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There's not much to write about Jakarta escorts because the traditional model of ringing up a call-girl is a none starter here. The prices quoted are ridiculous and higher than you can find in some western countries.

This doesn't mean that there are no sensible P4P options, there certainly are, but it's better to use either a regular dating site to find willing ladies or head off to a red light district.

Kota is usually the best place to go in search of this, and I've given a few details below about this area of the city. Happy ending massage as well as freelance hookers can be found, and prices are typical of what you find in other areas of Southeast Asia.

Jakarta nightlife: where to go

With so many different venues and forms of entertainment, Jakarta is a city that has something to offer everyone. From low-end drinking holes to city view VIP bars, provided you have the cash, you are certain to find the kind of place where you are happy to spend it.

For some ideas about daytime tourist attractions, have a look at this report by the Jakarta Post.

Though a night out in Jakarta will cost you a little more than cities like Phnom Penh or Ho Chi Minh, it will still be cheaper than most other South East Asian cities and will be a lot cheaper than in any developed country.

Despite being a mostly Muslim country, alcohol in Jakarta is still relatively cheap, especially when compared to its Muslim neighbor Malaysia.  

Another great thing about the Jakarta nightlife is the sheer number of the locals who love to go out and have a great time. Of all the people I have spoken too, most tell their parents that they have gone to a friend’s house for the night, leaving them free to have fun until the sun comes up.

For the upmarket visitor

The best places for those with the money to spend are the bars, lounges, and clubs of Jakarta’s five-star hotels. Most of these are located in the area around the circle that joins Jl. Jend. Sudirman.

This area is really swanky and is definitely the place to go if you want to see the best dressed and most glamorous women in the city. The occasional luxury sports car roaring by, and a noticeable lack of interest from the locals when compared to the rest of the city, definitely keeps you aware that you are in an area where money talks.

So for those people like me who don’t have much of it, these parts are window shopping only!

Being the premiere spot of the Jakarta nightlife scene, this area obviously has some amazing bars, many of which have some pretty stunning views of the city. Some are more laid back and are designed more for the relaxing businessman type, while others are far more lively bars that frequently have live bands.

On Friday and Saturday nights many of these upmarket bars are jammed full with wealthy locals and of course working girls. The chances are at least one will approach you in the first 20 to 30 minutes of you being there, offering to come ‘join you’ for a drink.


If you are looking for the best place to do some day drinking then head down the bay and visit Ancol. Though the beach is nearly always crammed, and the rest of the place looks like a Disney theme park, it has a really fun vibe and is a nice place to chill.

Ancol, JakartaAncol Beach with the Jakarta skyline in the background.

I met one of my former girlfriends in Ancol by just walking up to her and asking her the time, something that has gotten me a few numbers since then too. I like the area, though it can just be a little bit of a pain to get too, especially in rush hour traffic.

The top expat spots - Bintang

It took me about 5 minutes to find the best expat spots in Jakarta, so you will have no trouble whatsoever finding them. All over the city, you are bound to run into the odd foreigner sitting in some local bar drinking away.

For the most part, expats and tourists tend to gather in the Bintang area of the city, undoubtedly because of the locals’ ability to speak English and the safety in numbers factor.

The area is full of ‘cafes’, particularly along Jalan Jaksa, where prices are quite reasonable and there always seems to be something going on.

On the whole, it is a good crowd around there which is a nice mix of people of all ages with different backgrounds. This is the area I head to every weekend to ‘pregame’ before hitting the clubs.

Kenanag and Kota

The two other areas that show just how varied Jakarta’s nightlife really is are Kenanag and Kota.

Kenanag fills the gap between Bintang and the 5-star hotel bars, being the trendy spot for emerging middle-class Indonesians that have a little more cash to spread about. I like this area for its variety and cleanliness, though again, the locals seem a little less interested in you being there.

Kota, on the other hand, is an entirely different kind of place altogether.

Most of the expats I know tend to avoid it altogether saying that it is a blot on the Jakarta nightlife scene that is helping to give foreigners a bad name due to the kind of troublemakers that often go there.

This is the area you will find all the sleazy bars and prostitutes should you want to get a taste of the local girls without having to do anything more than opening your wallet. Jakarta has so much to offer that it won’t take you any time at all to find what you want.

The city is generally very safe, despite recent student demonstrations, but people heading to Kota should take extra care of their possessions and to keep clear of any trouble. There are loads of live music venues dotted around the city, along with karaoke bars for those of you who want to experience a local night out.

Having had so many great nights out in Jakarta, and being a place full of so many beautiful and friendly women, I can definitely say that the city is worth checking out and deserves to be on most guys' itinerary.

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