Jakarta’s Artsy New Rooftop Bar

  • The covered area can hold up to 100 guests in the case of rain.

    The covered area can hold up to 100 guests in the case of rain.

  • Art lighting and a photography mural decorate the bar area.

    Art lighting and a photography mural decorate the bar area.

  • In addition to the outdoor area, pictured here, a private VIP room is available for reservations.

    In addition to the outdoor area, pictured here, a private VIP room is available for reservations.

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In Jakarta’s central Thamrin neighborhood, Artotel stands as a hotel cum contemporary art space, or perhaps it’s the other way around. Since opening in 2013 as the second property of Indonesia’s Artotel hospitality group following the first in Surabaya, it’s been regarded by culture-savvy travelers and locals alike as one of the most unique digs in the city. The lobby serves as a gallery for exhibitions, each floor of rooms was designed by a different artist, and each room therein was individually pieced together as well.

Now, the hotel has a new draw with a freshly opened rooftop bar. Seven stories above street-level, Bart provides a sceney refuge for both hotel guests and city-dwellers with views of the skyline, stylish black-and-white design, and good drinks. Unlike other rooftop bars in the city, it’s neither extravagantly clubby nor overly casual. With wooden deck flooring, comfy lounge couches, a tastefully debauch mural behind the long bar, and an open plan that makes it easy to keep an eye on present company, it’s the type of space that feels equally appropriate for both after-work drinks and late weekend nights. With the crowd at its inaugural event attesting to its cool factor, which included the likes of Indonesian artists Eddie Hara and Wisnu Auri, it’s already rising high in the ranks of Jakarta’s nightlife circuit.

For more information, visit Artotel.

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