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Jakpost Nightlife: Wine hangouts

Liza Yosephine
Liza Yosephine

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Fri, April 13, 2018 | 05:15 pm
Jakpost Nightlife: Wine hangouts

The capital city is home to numerous spots boasting a respectable wine collection that can be enjoyed from the comfort of their well-designed premises. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)

Sipping a glass of wine can be enjoyed on many different types of social occasions, from casual gatherings and romantic dates to special celebrations.

The capital city is home to numerous spots boasting respectable wine collections that can be enjoyed from the comfort of their well-designed premises.

VIN+ Kemang

The collection at VIN+.The collection at VIN+. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)

Situated in Jakarta's nightlife hub of Kemang, VIN+ offers a unique layout. After starting out as a wine retail store 14 years ago, now it also hosts a cafe, as well as a bar and restaurant, offering live musical performances in the evenings.

With its wide range of dining options, VIN+ is open from breakfast at 8 a.m. until late supper at 2 a.m.

Where: Jl. Kemang Raya No. 45B, Bangka, Mampang Prapatan, Jakarta Selatan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 12730

Crowd: Professionals, often those in their 30s.

Wear: Smart casual 

Music: The bar hosts a live band and DJ after 9 p.m., with different genres playing each day, such as Top 40 music, classic rock, alternative and local.

A DJ performs VIN+.A DJ performs VIN+. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)

Taste: Head chef Deni Sugiarto created the menu, which emphasizes Asian-fusion cuisine designed to be paired well with its wine collection. 

Highlight dishes include roast chicken breast with kecombrang (torch ginger) chili, buttermilk fried chicken, galbi Korean-style BBQ beef ribs, tuna tartare and tapas. 

For drinks, a light option is the white-wine sangria, which is infused with a tropical touch as it is served with a stick of lemongrass and pieces of apple and orange.

An assortment of Asian fusion cuisine VIN+.An assortment of Asian fusion cuisine VIN+. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)

Quirks: The restaurant occasionally holds wine-dinner pairing events, which aims to educate diners on all matters related to wine.

Spend: Rp 300,000 to 400,000 for dinner and wine per person

Read also: Jakpost Nightlife: Must-try beerhouses

Cork & Screw

Andry, the runner-up in the 2017 Best Indonesian Sommelier, is the resident expert at Cork & Screw.Andry, the runner-up in the 2017 Best Indonesian Sommelier, is the resident expert at Cork & Screw. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)

Located inside the Pacific Place shopping mall in SCBD, Cork & Screw offers a rich wine experience, complete with an in-house sommelier to help you choose from their extensive collection.

The restaurant also boasts delectable dishes to complete a satisfying wining and dining experience. 

Where: Pacific Place, Jl. Jend. Sudirman No. 52-53, RT.5/RW.3, Senayan, Kby. Baru, Kota Jakarta Selatan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 12190

Crowd: On weekdays, visitors mostly consist of an after-work crowd. On weekends, the crowd is more varied, with those in their 20s, 30s and 40s. 

Wear: Smart casual

Music: The restaurant mostly plays ambient music. There is a DJ that plays three times a week - Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays - in the evenings at 9 p.m.

Taste: The restaurant's flavorful food selection was created by chef Fernando Sindu. To accompany your wine, the recommended items on the menu can be found in the tapas section. Must try dishes include the sizzling prawns, tuna tataki and Balinese chicken skewers.

A selection of tapas at Cork & Screw.A selection of tapas at Cork & Screw. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)

Quirks: Andry, an award-winning sommelier and 2017 Best Indonesian Sommelier runner-up, is available to help you select your wine. Andry is ready to guide, loaded with history and information to support your choice.

Visit the Vintage Room upstairs, where a wide range of bottles are available, including an extensive French Grand Cru collection with five famous First Growth wines from Bordeaux, namely from Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Chateau Latour, Chateau Margaux, Chateau Haut Brion and Chateau Mouton Rothschild.

Cork & Screw offers First Growth wines from Bordeaux.Cork & Screw offers First Growth wines from Bordeaux. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)

Spend: Approximately Rp 500,000 per person for a dining experience, including an alcoholic beverage.

Read also: Jakpost Nightlife: Asian-inspired bars

Bacco

Bacco restaurant and bar.Bacco restaurant and bar. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)

Bacco is a bar and restaurant located inside Lotte Shopping Avenue in South Jakarta. Presenting a more relaxed setting, visitors can enjoy wholesome foods such as pastas and ribs while taste testing various wines.

Its unique enomatic machine allows diners to try wines in smaller portions at a more affordable price. At any time, there are 32 bottles ready to dispense sip portions of 25 ml, with certain selections starting at Rp 16,000, and full glasses of 150 ml starting at Rp 99,000.

Where: Lotte Shopping Avenue Main Lobby LG-38, Jl. Professor Doktor Satrio Kav. 3-5, Karet Kuningan, RT.18/RW.4, Karet Kuningan, Kota Jakarta Selatan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 12940

Crowd: 20s to 40s

Sangria by Bacco.Sangria by Bacco. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)

Wear: Smart casual

Music: Varies from Top 40 music to alternative rock

Taste: Chef Chandra Yudaswara has been curating the menu at Bacco for almost five years. Special dishes include the salmon carpaccio and, for a more filling meal, the angel hair barramundi.

Meat lovers can enjoy a succulent dish of smoked, tender and superbly marinated beef ribs. Those with a sweet tooth have the option of finishing off their meal with a passion fruit and cheese mousse dessert.

Highlight dishes at BaccoHighlight dishes at Bacco (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)

Quirks: In addition to its approach to serve affordable wine, Bacco is also a retail store that offers a wide range of drinks, from spirits to wines. Those who want to open a bottle of spirit on the premises but not finish it in one sitting have the option to store the bottle for up to three months to be served during their visits.

Unique cocktails on offer at Bacco.Unique cocktails on offer at Bacco. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)

Spend: Approximately Rp 450,000 to Rp 500,000 per person for lunch or dinner. (wng)

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