RAISING THE BAR. Who’d have thought the skyline of Jakarta could be such a perfect accompaniment to cocktails and after-hours rendezvous? Here are three new rooftop bars to visit
The relentless traffic of Jakarta’s thoroughfares, such as Thamrin and Sudirman roads, can be pretty unforgiving at times. If so, simply hit up this well-situated oasis on top of Artotel Indonesia for a break. Bart (Jl. Sunda No. 3, Jakarta; +62 21 3192 5888; artotelindonesia.com) stands for Bar on the Rooftop, and its simple and relaxed concept as an understated city center refuge accommodates both tipplers and teetotalers. In keeping with the hotel’s signature, a striking piece of artwork depicting a sultry woman spruces up the long bar. With its fun vibe and friendly staff, it’s easy to envisage Bart as the perfect observation deck for Jakarta’s captivating New Year’s fireworks display.
Is higher, better? Cloud Lounge (The Plaza Oce Tower, 49th floor, Jl. M.H. Thamrin Kav. 28-30, Jakarta; +62 21 2992 2450) certainly thinks so. The undeniably enchanting evening spot serves as a lively after-hours playground with a freezing zero-degrees-Celsius Vodka room and an alfresco bar that lights up with fire on one end. However, couples might prefer to come in the late afternoon to sample the magnificent sunset views with refreshing cocktails in hand. And for the finishing touch, dinner by candlelight on the 46th floor, which houses both the Cloud Living Room and several fine dining options.
Well adept at accommodating the crème de la crème, Menteng is a prestigious address that blends old facades of Batavia and fine residences of today. La Vue at The Hermitage Hotel (Jl. Cilacap No. 1, Jakarta; +62 21 3192 6888; jakarta.hermitage.co.id) is perched on the 9th floor and overlooks the diverse vicinities of the charming Menteng area. Oering casual bites and mouth-watering main courses, La Vue takes pride in its Angus Beef Burger and, where beverages are concerned, its Chocolate Martini and Lychee Mint Bubble. The chic venue is open daily from 11am to 11pm, with a max capacity of 30 people.
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