Cocktails are a taste sensation. It is delicious, multi-layered with flavors and exciting ingredients, and made with such craftsmanship that the preparation itself can often turn into an entertaining scene.
Even during an average week, a well-crafted cocktail can make navigating the week easier. Whether you’re seeking relaxation after work, spending time with loved ones, or craving a tranquil getaway, bars possess a certain enchantment that turns ordinary moments into extraordinary ones. In Jakarta, there are plenty of intriguing options of bars to hop on to throughout the week. Here’s our recommendation:
Bars and Cocktails To Visit Throughout The Week in Jakarta
Monday Remedy at Mr. Fox
If you work in the SCBD area, then you’re in for a special treat with the eclectic pan-Asian space, Mr. Fox. With exciting weekly music programs adding to the allure, Mr. Fox is the ultimate after-work destination, where you can indulge in modern interpretations of classic comfort dishes and a dazzling array of expertly crafted cocktails that will captivate both cocktail enthusiasts and food lovers alike.
Their Happy Hour program, running from 4 to 7 PM, is the perfect excuse to unwind after a taxing Monday. Part of it is the newly released Shibui cocktail, a moderately strong cocktail that combines the zesty notes of calamansi citrus with the bitter undertones of tequila while a tantalizingly salty-spicy togarashi rim accentuates each sip. Pair this quirky libation with a few bites of Mr. Fox’s famous Short Rib Kushiyaki or Beef Cheek Bao Bun, and feel the weight of the Monday madness washes away and be replaced by simple bliss in a second.
Address: SCBD, The Energy Building Ground Floor, Jl. Jenderal Sudirman No.52-53, RT.5/RW.3, Senayan, Kec. Kby. Baru, Kota Jakarta Selatan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 12190
Bump The Mood of Wednesdays at TOMA
The hump day slump can be a tough one to conquer. The Sudirman’s heavy traffic, waiting for the odd-even policy, and after all that, you realize, “oh, we’re only halfway there to the weekend!” But worry not. Housed in the al-fresco-style compound Chillax Sudirman, TOMA has the perfect remedy to help you conquer the hump day slump.
Up until 6 PM daily, you can get into their Gin & Gin situation and grab a glass (or two!) of the refreshing gin and tonic concoction. Light enough to only revive the energy and be savored, their bar offers many choices with different flavor notes infused in-house to choose from. For someone who enjoys the sweet and soft tones in their Gin and Tonic, choose the Bombay Chrysanthemum Lychee, where the subtlety of floral notes balances the sweetness of lychee really well. With it, sit and experience the serenity of a Wednesday night like never before.
Address: Jl. Jenderal Sudirman No.Kav 22-23, Kuningan, Karet, Kecamatan Setiabudi, Kota Jakarta Selatan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 12920
A Friday Catch-up in Acta Brasserie
Nestled within The MAJ Senayan complex, Acta Brasserie beckons with its airy ambiance and picturesque setting overlooking a sprawling golf course. This charming establishment combines a tranquil ambiance, a curated selection of top-notch booze selections, and delectable modern cuisine, making it the ideal destination for those looking to kickstart their weekends early.
As weary souls sink into plush couches, they can unwind from a demanding week, indulging in refreshing tipples while engaging in leisurely conversations or even an animated catch-up around the dinner table. Their signature cocktail, Jasumin Uisuki, it’s the perfect glass to hold on to during–stirring whisky, umeshu (Japanese plums) liqueur, elderflower, and jasmine tea with honey and lemon. The subtle blend of tea fragrance and sweetness from the honey delights the senses, complements a bite of the beloved ACTA’s grubs perfectly, from the simple Truffle French Fries to a whimsical Crispy Soft Shell Crab Nori Taco.
Address: Senayan Avenue, Jl. Asia Afrika No.1, RT.1/RW.3, Senayan, Kecamatan Tanah Abang, Kota Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10270
Scare Away The Sunday Scaries at Cork&Screw Country Club
The Cork and Screw Country Club is an upscale sanctuary with a semi-open layout, complete with a modern bar, terrace, and a refreshing pool in the backyard. The airy and green ambiance made the space seem miles away from the bustling city, yet its prime location in Senayan ensured a central hub filled with like-minded crowd.
Alongside their signature elevated comfort food, and curated wine offerings, the bar put out delicious and refreshing tropical cocktails. One of the newest addition is a weekend special, the Sour Aperol. Mixing Apperol, Yakult (a Japanese sweetened probiotic milk beverage familiar to Indonesian), egg white, and house-made Falernum-flavored syrup–the pink drink is creamy and sweet, with a touch of indulgence. You can get it delivered directly to your daybed, and simply relish in a relaxed pool session while basking in the warm sun, or have it in a lively Sunday brunch with your loved ones on the lush lawn. Either way, it’s the exact retreat one needs to banish the Sunday scaries, refuel energy, and embrace the week ahead.
Address: Senayan Avenue Pintu IX, Jl. Asia Afrika, Gelora, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10270