The Indonesian capital is home to drinking holes serving top tipples that are crafted by talented bartenders.
Occupying a sleek, high-ceilinged space in the Sudirman Central Business District, Mr. Fox has called on the expertise of Australian mixologist Peter Seabrook to create hits like Madame St. Germain, which adds strawberry and cucumber to sparkling wine, St-Germain elderflower liqeur, and vermouth bianco. Another must-try is the Francois â€śFrankieâ€ť Fox, a heady mixture of banana leaf cognac, blanco rum, citrus, milk, tea, and various spices that comes in a painted Russian doll.
The highest rooftop bar in town overlooks the sprawling metropolis from its 67th-floor perch at The Westin Jakarta. Order a few sundowners at Henshinâ€™s west-facing alfresco bar, where the drinks menu is closely aligned with the Japanese-Peruvian cuisine served upstairs. Signature cocktails here include the Last Roninâ€”an enticing blend of Kakubin whisky, choya umeshu liquor, yuzu juice, fresh pomelo, and pasteurized egg syrupâ€”and Sakura Maru, which counts TWGâ€™s Geisha Blossom Tea, London No. 1 gin, and rose syrup among its ingredients.
Just down the road from Henshin in Mega Kuningan, Bali-based Nebula has touched down in the Indonesian capital with a twist, spotlighting pan-Asian fare and a selection of inventive cocktails. Opt for the tropical island flavors of La Pinata, which features light rum, coconut milk, pineapple juice, fresh lime juice, and chili syrup; or try out Spicy Corn, an unusual concoction that also uses chili syrup, this time with bourbon, fresh lemon, egg white, and roasted corn.
This article originally appeared in the December 2017/January 2018Â print issue of DestinAsian magazine (â€śRaising Jakartaâ€ť).