Alcohol By Volume (usually abbreviated as ABV) is the standard measurement of how much alcoholic content a beverage contains. For the whole month of December, we’ll be entertaining our readers with stories on beers, spirits as well as the swankiest bars for our ABV series. Bottoms up!

With Jakarta’s insatiable obsession for cool new drinking holes, perhaps it is inevitable that new skybars seem to pop up on a monthly basis. Let us cast our eyes to some of the spots with lofty ambitions (and views!)

Por Que No (5th floor)

Por Que No is a cosy drinking hole tucked away in the exclusive Menteng district. Located along the bustling Jalan HOS Cokroaminoto, the rooftop bar offers authentic Spanish tapas curated by Spanish chef Ana Maria Martin Diaz. We like the berenjenas fritas – fried eggplant chips with honey truffle – which goes perfectly with a refreshing glass of margarita.

Dress code: Casual

Editor’s Pick: The 1L red/white wine sangria is great for sharing amongst good company!

Por Que No
Image: Por Que No

BART (7th floor)

We like the sleek and comfy BART (Bar At the Roof Top) at Art Hotel. Smack dab across the ever-busy Jalan Jendral Sudirman, the elegant bar offers a much-welcome respite with a touch of class. The décor is woody with plush couches, wooden deck and steel accoutrements, giving the chill vibe of a resort.

Dress code: Casual

Editor’s Pick: Try the Singapore Sling, a surprise inclusion of Singapore’s most famous cocktail is well-worth a venture

Image: Artotel

La Vue Rooftop Bar (9th floor)

A secret hideaway known to the select few, La Vue Rooftop Bar at The Hermitage Hotel Jakarta is surprisingly comfy and intimate. The wooden deck, cushy chairs and candlelit space is perfect for a romantic evening rendezvous with your beau. The food and drinks menu is a simple 2-pager, with classic local and western favourites as well as delightful libations.

Dress code: Smart casual

Editor’s Pick: We like the truffle fries. I mean, it’s truffle and fries, what can go wrong?

La Vue Rooftop Bar
Image: The Hermitage Hotel Jakarta

K22 (22nd floor)

There’s many things to like about K22 located at The Fairmont Jakarta. The casual elegant service of its waiters, the sweeping views of the vibrant Senayan business district, the exquisite futuristic décor with tasteful lighting and of course, its famed culinary cocktails crafted by the bar’s mixologist maestros.

Dress code: Smart casual (no T-shirt, short pants or sandals)

Editor’s Pick: Calamansi Old Fashioned is the drink of choice for us. Scotch, house-made bitters and freshly made calamansi syrup is an inspired concoction indeed

K22 Bar
Image: The Fairmont Jakarta

Henshin (67th floor)

Henshin, which we covered previously in our Jakarta’s Quick City Guide, occupies (literally) the top spot in the city, clocking in at an impressive 67 storeys. Everything about Henshin is over-the-top – from the ultra-luxurious décor, three storeys of drinking and dining spaces, exclusive dazzling Peruvian cuisine made by famed Peruvian culinary whiz Chef Hajime Kasuga to high speed dedicated private lift access via the hotel lobby.

Dress code: Smart casual (no T-shirt, short pants or sandals)

Editor’s Pick: For food, definitely the salmon ceviche. For drinks, we like the Hajime Sansei, the cocktail inspired by the head chef!

Image: The Westin Jakarta
Categories: Asia Food