Friday, December 5, 2008

Southeast Asia's new nightlife capital -- Jakarta?

The Indonesian capital, usually more associated with loud hotel bars, thumping nightclubs or karaoke joints, joins the likes of London, New York and Dubai in hosting a Buddha Bar.

While neighbours such as Thailand have suffered a deepening political crisis in the last three years, Indonesia's young democracy has surprised many by its resilience, and the economy has also benefited from a period of booming commodity prices.

New wine bars and bistros such as Cork & Screw, Loewy and Birdcage have also sprung up to serve a growing middle class and expatriates. Wine appreciation classes are also popular.

Harvey Nichols, the luxury U.K.-based retailer, opened its debut store in the Indonesian capital in October with a floor housing a trendy restaurant, bar and wine shop.

1 comment:

Sujan P (Australia) said...

Despite the jam, the pollution, there is plenty to do in Jakarta, from cosmopolitan shopping and also to the hippest nightlife scenes. New venues like Buddha Bar and Cork & Screw may soon see Indonesia’s capital challenging more cosmopolitan centres in the region.


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