The Jakarta Post
The interior of T-Rex Family Karaoke Grand Indonesia might be described as cozy rather than modern. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)
Besides bar hopping, karaoke is another popular nightlife activity.
In Jakarta, there are many karaoke lounges, offering various prices and facilities. Those seeking to bring out their inner diva may have a look at the list below.
T-Rex Family Karaoke Grand Indonesia
The big rooms at T-Rex Family Karaoke come with private toilet facilities. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)
Revelers looking for a karaoke place in Central Jakarta may drop by T-Rex Family Karaoke in the Grand Indonesia shopping mall. As its name implies, the karaoke joint welcomes aspiring singers of all ages, including children.
T-Rex Family Karaoke Grand Indonesia offers no fewer than 29 rooms, varying from normal size for four people to 3XL size for up to 50 people. The big rooms come with private toilet facilities.
The karaoke lounge is open from 12 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. from Monday to Saturday. On Sunday, T-Rex Family Karaoke Grand Indonesia operates from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.
Where: Grand Indonesia Shopping Town, West Mall, Level 3A, Jl. M. H. Thamrin No. 1, Central Jakarta.
Crowd: Students and family.
Music: Everything you want, including R&B, hip-hop, K-pop and Chinese songs. The karaoke lounge regularly updates its playlist based on the customers’ requests, so make sure you share your favorite songs with them.
On the house: Those who look for a refreshing beverage may try T-Rex’s fruit punch. The drink is made from real fruits, making it the perfect beverage to quench your thirst after singing to Katy Perry’s songs. Cocktails, such as margarita, cosmopolitan or lychee martini, are also available for those looking for alcoholic beverage.
Crispy chicken with salad sauce is on the menu at T-Rex Karaoke, Grand Indonesia mall, Jakarta. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)
Meanwhile, the kitchen serves East-meets-West dishes, varying from oxtail soup to crispy chicken with salad sauce.
Wear: Casual outfits.
Quirks: The karaoke lounge frequently hosts public screenings, locally known as nobar or nonton bareng, of popular sports matches.
Price: Karaoke room fees start at Rp 93,000 (US$6.63) per hour.
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d’Storm Boutique KTV
Entering d’Storm Boutique KTV, visitors will find two well-groomed attendants at the reception, welcoming the guests. This is the first sign that d’Storm Boutique KTV is not just a regular karaoke place.
Nestled inside the Pacific Place shopping mall in South Jakarta, d’Storm is considered one of the more luxurious karaoke lounges in the capital.
Where: Pacific Place, Level P1, Jl. Jend. Sudirman, No. 52-53, South Jakarta.
Music: d’Storm Boutique KTV’s playlist includes R&B, 90s hits as well as the latest chart-toppers.
On the house: d’Storm Boutique KTV serves both western and Asian delicacies, varying from oxtail soup to fish and chips and chicken parmigiana.
As for drinks, the KTV lounge offers both classic and modern cocktails, such as long island ice tea and storm in the sky. The latter is a mixture of vodka, orange juice, tequila, blue curaco and grenadine syrup.
Wear: Smart casual.
Quirks: d’Storm Boutique KTV also caters to private meetings.
Price: For the smallest room, the KTV lounge charges Rp 300,000 per hour with a minimum booking of two hours. For groups, d’Storm Boutique KTV applies a minimum charge policy that can be used to purchase food and beverage.
Those who look for an affordable karaoke lounge may consider Alegro F-KTV Epicentrum in South Jakarta.
This venue frequently offers promotional offers, such as a family package. With a starting price of Rp 350,000, the promotion includes two-hour room usage, two pitchers of ice tea and the Alegro platter.
The karaoke lounge is open from 12 p.m. to 1 a.m. on weekdays and from 12 p.m. to 3 a.m. on weekends. It offers rooms of different sizes that can accommodate up to 35 people, making it a convenient spot for a big group.
Where: Epicentrum Walk, Media Walk Unit W169+W171, Jl. HR Rasuna Said, South Jakarta.
Crowd: Students and professionals.
Music: Similar to other karaoke joints, Alegro F-KTV offers a variety of songs, including Indonesian songs, top-40, Chinese and more.
On the house: Alegro F-KTV serves alcoholic beverages, such as beers, whisky and scotch.
Meanwhile, the food menu includes various comfort foods, such as chicken cordon bleu, dim sum and bakso.
Wear: Smart casual.
Quirks: Alegro F-KTV offers special promotions from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a starting price of Rp 140,000.
Price: For the smallest room, the KTV lounge charges Rp 105,000 nett per hour with a minimal booking of two hours. The room can accommodate four people.
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Established in 1994, Roppongi Papa is one of the longest-serving karaoke lounges. Currently, the brand has four outlets in Jakarta and Bandung, West Java.
Unlike the previous three karaoke lounges, Roppongi Papa only caters to adults of 21 years and above.
Where: Casazuki Building, Fourth Floor, Jl. Mahakam 1, No. 15, South Jakarta.
Music: Roppongi Papa offers a plethora of song choices in a variety of languages.
On the house: The karaoke place serves alcoholic beverages, including wine, vodka, beer and cocktails.
However, the food menu is limited to snacks like French fries, chicken wings, chicken satay and fried rice.
Wear: Smart casual.
Quirks: Find out for yourself.
Spend: Roppongi Papa applies Rp 290,000++ cover charge. (kes)