The Jakarta Post
Music enthusiasts will find Jakarta home many places offering entertaining indie music performances. (Shutterstock/File)
Top-40 songs can become wearing after you’ve heard them over and over again on the radio, Spotify and in malls and cafes. Worry not, for the following places provide music from indie bands that you have probably never heard before.
Paviliun 28 is not just a cafe. Dubbing itself an art space, it also serves as a mini-cinema, creative corner, public discussion place and a coffee shop.
Aside from folk and acoustic music performances, they have a Jazz night every Thursday starting from 8 p.m. Located on Jl. Petogogan 1 No. 25 in the Gandaria area, this is the place to go for South Jakarta’s indieheads.
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As one of the oldest bars in the city, Jaya Pub has quite a reputation among both locals and expatriates for its European, rustic ambience. Once a gathering place for anti-government people, the Sarinah-based pub has held a monthly Superbad festival since 2008, initiated by the owner Frans Tumbuan's daughter Keke and Indra Ameng. The gig showcases indie musicians, local and foreign.
Another favorite among Jakarta indieheads is Borneo Beerhouse, located at Belle Point, Jl. Kemang Selatan VIII No 5, South Jakarta. Solid beer selections, great bar food, and a dimly lit room make this place perfect for late-night hangouts, especially for those who beat to rock and roll.
The schedule for upcoming performances can be found on Instagram and Twitter @borneobeerhouse.
Rolling Stone Cafe
Named after the prominent music publication the Rolling Stone Cafe is a haven for music lovers. A casual diner, the cafe offers mostly Western food and a selection of beer, wine and cocktails.
Located on Jl. Ampera Raya No. 16 Cilandak, South Jakarta, the highlight is a 3,000-square-meter space perfect for concerts or exhibitions. (kes)