Por Que No
From the outside, Menteng’s De Ritz buildingâ€”plain and seemingly unfinishedâ€”does not give away much. But as the elevator opens on the fifthÂ floor and thousands of colored pencils skillfully arranged to spell the bar’s name come into view, it quickly becomes clear that one is in for a treat. Opened in April this year, Por Que No, which is Spanish for “Why Not?”, is a tapas bar created by a tight group of friends looking to createÂ a chic yet casual bar and restaurant where the pursuit of fun requires little to no rules.
Be it for lunch or late-night drinks, guests are welcome to enjoy cocktails, tapas, and the warm ambiance of the place in the comfort of its air-conditioned roomâ€”dotted with playful decorations and more penciled colors on the wallsâ€”or its charming al-fresco area, where homey wooden furniture and trees adorn each corner. Most of the dishes on the menu are created by Melissa Kowara, one of the owners who also doubles as a chef, andÂ polished by a food consultant flown in from Spain whose job is to ensure their authenticy. Drinks, from Spanish beer to playful cocktails that bear each of the owners nameâ€”and supposedly embody an aspect of their characterâ€”are served by friendly bartenders. Drop by for lunch or any night of the week and enjoy a range of fun events like game nights and live music, as well as exciting deals.
Por Que No; De Ritz Building, 5th Floor, Jl. Hos Cokroaminoto No. 91; 62-21/390-1950