Despite Jakarta being a city with a population of nearly 10 million, the gay scene is relatively small and fairly discreet. Nonetheless, there is still plenty of fun to be had. Here are some of the main gay and gay-friendly venues.
Bellagio Mall, UG No 07, Mega Kuningan, Jakarta Selatan, Tel.+62 21 9127 5566
weekday - bar 19:00 - 03:00, weekend - bar 19:00 - 03:00
bar, music, dancing, karaoke, free wi-fi (酒吧, 舞蹈, 音乐, 卡拉OK, 免费无线上网) Updated: 01-14-2013
Apollo Bar and Club is one of the most popular venues in Jakarta. The spacious 500-capacity venue features a stage, dance floor and fabulous sound and light system. Some of Jakarta’s most talented DJ’s keep the party going with top 40 hits, tribal and progressive house music. Expect to see the best drag performances in the city, along with some of hottest go-go dancers. The entrance fee includes your first drink. The club is open every Friday and Saturday night from 10pm.
The Apollo bar is open 7 days a week from 7pm offering signature cocktails and daily drinks promotions. The stylish black and red themed bar hosts regular special events include a ‘Foreigner Tuesday” with free flow beer and canapés and karaoke every Saturday night. Free WiFi available.
Annex Jaya Building - Parking Lot Area (close to SARINAH & Sari Pan Pacific)
MH Thamrin No. 12 Kav. 1-2, Tel.+62 21 391 7119
weekday - 10:00 - 04:00, weekend - 10:00 - 04:00
bar, music, dancing, gogo show, cabaret show (酒吧, 舞蹈, 音乐, 性感秀, 夜总会表演) Updated: 12-12-2012
New Heaven club makes a welcome return to Jakarta. Expect a great mix of progressive house music mixed with some more commercial funky tunes. Heaven holds regular themed nights attracting the younger party crowd – particularly on Friday and Saturday nights.
Gedung Djakarta Theater
Jl. MH. Thamrin No. 9
Jakarta Pusat, Tel.+62 21 316 0316
bar, music, cafe, internet access (酒吧, 音乐, 咖啡馆, 网际) Updated: 12-12-2012
Although not completely gay, Oh La La Sarinah is dominated by a gay crowd determined to have a great night out. Oh La La serves a range of affordable beverages and wide range of tasty pastries. It’s busy every night of the week and packed at the weekends. Great place to meet new friends.
111 Hayam Wuruk, Tel.+62 21 626 3323
bar, dancing, karaoke, cafe, restaurant (酒吧, 舞蹈, 卡拉OK, 咖啡馆, 餐厅) Updated: 12-12-2012
If you are looking for very long night dancing to progressive hard core house music, then head for Stadium. This dance club is huge even by international standards and features one of the largest dance floors in Asia. This particular dance floor is just one of four in this huge building that has a 5000 capacity.
Stadium attracts a mixed young crowd who don’t care whether you are gay or straight. As with all large venues, take precautions with valuables or better still, leave them in your hotel safe.
Jl. Talang Betutu No. 4, Jakarta Pusat, Tel.+62 21 319 24467
weekday - 11:00 - 24:00, weekend - 11:00 - 24:00
steam room, massage, sauna, maze, jacuzzi / hot pool, relaxing cabins, dark room, spa (蒸汽房, 按摩, 桑拿, 温泉池, 放松舱, 暗室, 温泉) Updated: 02-27-2013
9M is the only gay sauna in Jakarta. So you will not be surprised to learn that it’s packed with professional workers on Friday evenings and equally busy with a more diverse local and international crowd on Saturday & Sunday afternoons. 9M is undeniably a place for fun seekers and those who wish to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Located in the heart of Jakarta within walking distance of Protocol Street, Jl. Sudirman.
Jl Asembaris Raya No.148 Kebon Baru Tebet, Tel.021 9741 6776 (Mobile) 0817 6494 007
weekday - 11:00 - 23:00, weekend - 11:00 - 23:00
steam room, massage, spa (蒸汽房, 按摩, 温泉) Updated: 12-12-2012
The Turkish Bath of Traditional Hammam is an exclusively male bath house and massage spa located in South Jakarta. Services offered include body massages, body scrubs and masks, detox cholestrol therapy, ‘Face Point’ (Totok Wajah) and ear candling.
Facilities include 4 private Hammam (bath) rooms, plus an additional Hammam that is suite for shared use by a couple of friends. Open seven days a week – last booking is 23:00.
Jl.Kemang Utara IX Ruko Tiara Buncit Block C22 (Behind KFC) Basmar Mampang, Tel.+62 21 9341 4249
weekday - 10:00 - 22:00, weekend - 10:00 - 22:00
massage (按摩) Updated: 03-22-2013
Exclusively male massage spa in south Jakarta, Sphinx have 15 male therapists who offer traditional Javanese massage, body scrubs, ‘asmaragama spa’ (which is believed to possess aphrodisiac qualities) and a Caligula hot tub with salt or milk. Sphinx has 16 treatment rooms.
(March 2013 – Phone number reported not being answered. Know more? Please email us.)
Outcall service only, Tel.+62 819 16714744
weekday - 00:00 - 24:00, weekend - 00:00 - 24:00
massage (按摩) Updated: 12-12-2012
Exclusively male massage service provider offering Java and traditional massages. Out-call service only in and around the central Jakarta area. Available 24 hours a day.
steam room, sauna, gym (蒸汽房, 桑拿, 健身房) Updated: 12-12-2012
Fitness First is an international chain of gyms with locations in most major cities of the world. Fitness First has five branches in Jakarta, of which Senayan City is the largest. All of the gyms are modern, well-equipped and gay-friendly.
The Senayan City branch features a sauna, steam room and swimming pool and has proved popular with fit professional gay men – both Indonesian and expats. It’s a great place to make new friends particularly in the sauna or steam room. Weekly passes and one-day trial memberships available.