Restaurant Review: Nip & Dram

Nip & Dram fulfills a niche needing to be filled in Jakarta – a place for serious drinkers to indulge in fine spirits and good conversation without fear of needing to shout over bad house music.

The bar has the feel of a speakeasy from the 1920s, complete with custom-made, plush leather chairs, dim lighting and glittering accents. Although it is not a private club, you can become a privileged member of the bar for an annual fee, which includes three bottles from the bars impressive collection of single-malt whiskeys that the owners select themselves in Scotland and are available exclusively here in Jakarta. Membership also includes a private storage space, invitations to private dinners and tastings, access to rare bottles, and much more. In addition to their specialty single-malt whiskeys, they have the usual complement of top flight spirits, wines and cigars. The menu includes a variety of tasty tapas like treats, such as buttery Wagyu beef bites and prawn tempura, that are perfect for munching between nips. In keeping with the speakeasy vibe, the bar features classy live music acts, such as pianists and jazzy soul bands, that play music that goes down just as smoothly as their rare whiskeys. (The Landmark Centre II, Jl. Jend. Sudirman No. 1, Ground Floor, Jakarta; (021) 57903991)