These bars are not exactly secret to Jakarta’s bar-hoppers, but are definitely inspired by the prohibition era and the 1920s glam and finesse. Nevertheless, they do emit a subdued atmosphere and invitee only vibe while one does offera members only area. The place where you can quickly spot some of the most sophisticated gentlemen and the classiest ladies.
1. Prohibition Chophouse & Speakeasy Bar
The restaurant’s Art Deco interior design brings the classic American vintage feel, with stark geometric black and white carpeting and walls adorned with vintage pictures. Some corners also adopts the bare brick wall facade, and lends the feeling of a seasoned New York bar.
The bar offers classic Prohibition era cocktails, while the ‘Speakeasy Bar’ is their members’ only club offering one of Jakarta’s best selections of premium spirits, single mall whiskies and imported cigars. The Prohibition also bears the name ‘chophouse’, as it claims to serve “food fit for gangsters”. It caters to all who enjoys the best prime steaks, fresh flown seafood, pastas and fine wine.
Plaza Senayan Arcadia Units X215-217 Jl. New Delhi No. 9, Pintu 1
021 – 57901295
The latest addition to the ‘gentlemen’ bar list, Hemingway is located somewhere between the popular Three Buns burger joint and The Momo in Senopati area (you will definitely need to look!) reinstating the area’s status as one of the trendiest places in Jakarta.
Jl. Senopati Raya No. 92
3. Bauhaus 1933
Has one of the most carefully curated antique and upcycled furniture around; you can easily tell how much attention the people behind Bauhaus have given for the minutest details. Serving classic, old-school, hardcore cocktails made extremely well, with exceptional ingredients, in an elegant, but not ostentatious atmosphere. Bauhaus also have an extensive selection of single malts, including rare, old, and exclusive single malts that only last a week in their rack. They definitely want you to partly like it’s 1933.
THE EAST PLAZA, Mega Kuningan KAV E3.2 No.1 Basement Floor
RSVP: 021 – 29527173
Sunday – Thursday : 11AM – 1AM
Friday – Saturday : 11AM – 3AM
4. Nip & Dram
An exclusive club to sample some of the rarest and finest liquors in the city; Nip & Dram boasts a luxurious mahogany and ‘old money’ feel to it. The lighting is very subdued and the crowd is refined. This is the place for a quiet and relaxed drink over the sometimes live jazzy tunes in the background.
The Landmark Tower A Jl. Jend. Sudirman No. 1, GF, South Jakarta
Phone: +62-21 5790 3991
From Monday to Thursday from 5pm to 1am.
From Friday to Saturday from 5pm to 3am.