Popular Bars in Menteng
Menteng has been one of the most popular districts in Jakarta—mainly because of its history dating back to the Dutch colonial era, but also because it’s home to several elite residential lots. The buildings’ architectures are closely resembled to those of old European homes, emitting a cozy and classical feel in every inch of their structures. Menteng has also been a witness for various historical events throughout the years; one of them being the making of the proclamation text by our founding fathers: Soekarno and Hatta.
Aside from its unique historical values, Menteng is also home to some of public parks in Jakarta. Taman Suropati and Taman Menteng (Taman means park, in Bahasa) are two of them.
Because of this, many have opted to open bars in this area—and while some of them fell short against the others, a couple of venues in Menteng are popular among the locals and young expats alike. Here are five best bars in Menteng if you happen to be in the area:
Melly’s Garden offers a quick, refreshing break from all those city hecticness to bask yourselves in this Indonesian-heritage themed bar. Meaning? You get to enjoy a wide selection of Western to Javan dishes while sipping lightly on your favorite choice of cocktail. Aside from alcohol, this place also sells specialty Indonesian coffee and casual bites, making it a hip venue to hang out with your friends at any time of day. For those looking for a quick break from those bars with loud music or strobe lights, this place is a must-visit.
We recommend tasting their Aloha Meli (Hello Honey in Hawaiian), a prudent clash between the strength of a vodka and the sweet melon liqueur. A mix we never knew could exist!
Phone Number: +62 813 1604 4666
Social Media: @mellysgarden on instagram
Address: Jl. Kebon Sirih Timur No.37-39, RT.1/RW.5, Kb. Sirih, Kec. Menteng, Kota Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10340
Rp. 150.000 – 200.000 for 2 people
- 6.00AM – 3.00AM (Everyday)
The Jaya Pub
The Jaya Pub, just like Menteng, emits an oldies-vibe originating from the 80s. Loosely modeled after European pubs in the late 20th century, the Jaya Pub is also proudly renowned as one of the oldest—if not the oldest—bars in Jakarta. Because of this, most of their regulars are people from their late forties to fifties. Oldies music fills the air with nostalgic vibe as visitors are taken into the past during their time to unwind.
To say that the Jaya Pub is a legend would be an understatement in itself. Having witnessed the comings and goings of their past competitors, they’re still the preferred destination for some people—making it competitive even amongst the novel nightclubs and modern discotheques.
Phone Number: +6221 31925633
Social Media: @jayapub_jkt on Instagram
Address: Gedung Jaya, Jl. M.H. Thamrin No.Kav. 12, RT.10/RW.10, Kb. Sirih, Kec. Menteng, Kota Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10250
Rp. 300.000 – 350.000 for 2 people
- 17.00PM – 2.00AM (Everyday)
La Vue Rooftop Bar – The Hermitage
If you feel like you’re stuck in the fast lane (and can’t seem to get out) during your time in Jakarta, why not enjoy what that ‘fast lane’ looks like from the inside? In La Vue Rooftop Bar, enjoy the sunset-tinted skyline of Jakarta while you unwind with the enthusiastic youthfulness feel. Fall in love with the city during that sweet transition between sunset and nighttime—when the city lights will start to flicker one-by-one before eventually lighting the whole evening.
Despite a bit pricey, we think it’s worth it; especially when you’re offered an unmatched sight alongside a warm, elegant ambience on every inch of this rooftop bar. A must-visit!
Phone Number: +6221 31926888 ext. 2410
Social Media: @thehermitagejkt on Instagram
Address: Jl. Cilacap No.1, Menteng, Kec. Menteng, Jakarta, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10310
Price Range (approx.):
Rp. 650.000 for 2 people
- 10:00 AM to 23:00 PM (Monday – Thursday)
- 10:00 AM to 00:30 AM (Friday – Sunday)
SKYE Bar & Restaurant
If you’re looking for another rooftop bar to reference to, here’s one of Jakarta’s most popular bars: SKYE. Both a classy lounge and a prudent fine-dining restaurant, SKYE offers guests with a view of Jakarta’s skyline from the 56th floor of BCA Tower. Because this place offers a fancy, classy experience, an appropriate smart-casual dress code is also required to enter. That means no slippers, t-shirts, nor shorts!
Whilst offering a wide selection of appetizers, entrees, and desserts, we highly recommend their specialty SKYE Tiramisu for those with sweet tooth.
Phone Number: +6221 23586996
Social Media: @skye_56 on Instagram
Address: BCA Tower Lt. 56, Jl. M.H. Thamrin No. 1, RT.001 / RW.005, Menteng, RT.1/RW.5, Menteng, Kec. Menteng, Kota Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10350
Price Range (approx.):
Rp. 250.000 – 500.000 / person
- 16:00PM to 1:00AM (Sunday – Thursday)
- 16:00PM to 2:00AM (Friday – Saturday)
Whether you’re going out for lunch, or a drink with friends in the evening, Camden Bar is almost always on the list to consider. With an easygoing, pub-styled interior, spending your evening in Camden is always best accompanied with their delicious light bites and creative cocktails. There’s also a wide selection of pastas and pizzas, along with local Indonesian delicacies as main course.
Bearing this in mind, it’s no doubt that Camden often attracts locals and foreigners because of their extensive menu. You might wanna try their Spicy Linguine Vongole—theirs is one of the best we’ve ever tasted.
Phone Number: +6221 3101283
Social Media: @camdenjkt on Instagram
Address: Jl. Cikini 2 No.1, RT.12/RW.5, Cikini, Kec. Menteng, Kota Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10330
Price Range (approx.):
Rp. 100.000 – 150.000 / person
- 17.00PM – 2.30AM (Everyday)
That was our version of the five most-visit bars in Menteng area. Be sure to bookmark this list for future reference! Who knows, if you happen to be in that particular district, you might find our recommendation useful!