If you came to Jakarta hoping to score with an Indonesian girl (and if you are under 30), then look no further than X2 in Plaza Senayan. It has become so popular with expats that probably has more foreigners than any other nightclub. For this reason, it attracts hundreds of Indonesian girls who are looking to hookup with expats. If X2 doesn’t suite you, you may want to try these other popular clubs: Immigrant (close to Cloud) or Dragonfly on Jalan Gatot Subroto. Both are a bit smaller than X2 and usually have an older crowd. They are also very popular with expats.
North Jakarta nightlife
Until now, all the venues I have mentioned are located in the South of the city and they are considered to be “normal”. If you want to explore Jakarta’s seediest clubs, you will have to take a cab at least 20 minutes north of Plaza Indonesia.
North Jakarta clubs are all owned by people linked to the Indonesian mafia and as such they make most of their money from drugs and prostitution. Considering that Indonesia is reputed to be conservative, newcomers to Jakarta are often shocked by the craziness that can be found inside these clubs.
Three of the most famous places are Alexis, Tease Club and Malioboro, all of which have become extremely pricey over the past few years. I would recommend these options only if you have some serious cash to burn.
Alternatively, you can go to King Cross, Colosseum, Classic Hotel or Golden Crown. These often referred to as “one stop entertainment” because you can do anything there including clubbing, massage, karaoke, eating, etc. If you are not looking to spend a lot of money, you can just stay in the lounge area where all of the clubs listed above have sexy dancers, sometimes going full nude.
If you are feeling adventurous, you should check one of Jakarta’s underground clubs such as Mille’s or Exotis. Mille’s in particular is the best after-hours club in Jakarta. People tend to arrive after 6 or 7am and may leave as late as the afternoon. Even though drugs are almost sold in the open, I would strongly recommend against making purchases this way. The Indonesian police would be absolutely thrilled to catch you so they might extort as much money as possibly can from you.