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A peek into Jakarta's nightlife JAKARTA - It is just after six in the humid evening when Jakarta suddenly goes dark. It is Magrib, within a few minutes of the call for prayer performed by thousands of muezzin which create a true chaos of sounds throughout Jakarta, the evening arrives to the city that never sleeps. However many hundreds of thousands - mostly men - hurry themselves to a nearby mosque, life in the city continues as usual.

In the city of ten to 15 million people - depending on the time of the day, the day of the week and the month of the year - there is no time to rest just a little while. There will always be people that are doing something, around the clock. In the morning traditional markets open and the remaining garbage is collected or burned in the gutters. Soon after big office buildings in the business district of the city and the hundreds of malls that the metropolis now counts open up as well.

Food stalls open up a while later and will be serving customers long after offices close again. Millions of hard working and less hard working city people will get their meals here. Several hours after shopping malls have closed their doors, nightlife really kick starts; hundreds of cafe's and clubs open their doors for the public, mainly consisting of upper-class Indonesians and a hand full of so-called 'expats', foreigners that work and live in Indonesia for the time of their contracts.

Together with a group of friends I brought a visit to Jakarta earlier this year. During those ten days we did our best to pick a different destination almost every night to enjoy ourselves. It was indeed meant to be an exploration to write about later on. Is might be obvious that it is not possible to visit all places in this city, so I just accepted the fact that we would probably end up at some unknown destination later at night. Eventually we managed to visit seven different locations, among them night clubs and cafe's.

Starting your evening out at cafe's with names like Aphrodite and The Cazbar is something that is recommended for many because of the very friendly atmosphere while often music is played in the background - there are no live bands here. The biggest problem is to choose from the big menu, especially the one in Aphrodite what is more like a restaurant. The Cazbar is more like a 'real Dutch cafe', like most would probably describe it.

After the food has been served, tried and liked and the personal mobile phone has been used a few times - you never know who would like to join you going out in one of the many clubs that Jakarta has to offer. Of course I had heard more than enough about it over the years, but I was never 'ready' - really - to see it for myself. Okay, I had consumed a beer somewhere, but that is nothing compared to how nightlife really should be celebrated here.

Experts - or people that have experienced going out in Jakarta - will not be amazed - or might just be amazed - when hearing names like Red Square, Tiga Puluh, Stadium, CJ's, B.A.T.S. and Dragonfly. These locations will all be spoken about in upcoming writings here, and not all those writings will be as stiff as this introduction. Rest assured that Jakarta has much to offer. There is so much to offer that it's absolutely possible to compare with other cities in the world. Jakarta has it all!


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Posted in Nightlife @ 26 March 2009 by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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