Dope things to do in Jakarta
As people arrive for 88rising’s Head in the Clouds, check out the LiFTED guide to clubs, record stores, & vintage shops
Entering the final month of 2022 means that festival season is back even though it really never left. Heaps of events are about to pop off from every corner of Asia, and LiFTED is covering them all. 88rising’s Head In The Clouds will make its debut in the capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta, for two days of brilliant music from Jackson Wang, Rich Brian, Warren Hue, MILLI, BIBI, Joji, Kaskade [!!], and more.
In Jakarta, there are a whole lot of spots to pregame the Head In The Clouds weekend or to keep the bender going till Tuesday. Or maybe you’re thinking of crate digging for some records or copping some vintage gear? Whatever it may be, LiFTED has you covered.
The entertainment industry took a big hit when the pandemic came, and many nightclubs from all over the world bore the full brunt of it. With social distancing regulations being enforced, the dancefloor was a place one could only imagine being at. Thankfully, the world is moving past that, and life is slowly returning back to normalcy. What better way to get the party started than to hit the club?
Colosseum is one of Jakarta’s largest clubs, with a space encompassing over 1,000 square meters. You know that feeling when you’re sandwiched in a packed dancefloor, almost breathless at times? There’s no need to worry about this when you’re there. The nightclub plays an eclectic mix of sounds and has brilliant reviews from punters and international DJs alike. Get on the party bus and head over after day one.
Address: Jl. Kunir No.7, RT.7/RW.7, Pinangsia, Kec. Taman Sari, Kota Jakarta Barat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 11110, Indonesia
Big spaces aren’t something you fancy? The Swillhouse might be a better choice for your night out then. The space was originally called Hide and Seek before the Indonesian lifestyle and entertainment company SwillFam took over it. Now, it’s a dedicated space for all that Hip Hop and R&B goodness, which makes it the perfect spot for an after-HITC boogie.
Address: Fairgrounds, SCBD lot 14, Jl. Jenderal Sudirman, RT.5/RW.3, Senayan, Kec. Kby. Baru, Kota Jakarta Selatan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 12190, Indonesia
The thing about going to a record store in a new country is that you never know what you are going to get. For certain people, crate-digging is nearly a religious experience if the spots and the prices are right. Going digging in the morning may make some people miss the first few acts at HITC.
Andi Twins Music
With cassettes, vinyl records, and CDs, Andi Twins Music has it all. If you’re looking for physical copies of seminal bodies of work, this is the place for you. Jazz classics, Pop hits of the 80s, and a myriad of records by Indonesian and international acts all line the shelves. The folks over at Andi Twins Music also run their own YouTube channel where they invite artists over to their shop and talk about the history of their music.
Address: Blok M Square, Basement B 175, RT.3/RW.1, Melawai, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta City, Jakarta 12160, Indonesia
If it’s current and newer records you seek, Atlas Records is for you. The three-story space not only houses a selection of crates to dig from, but also a coffeehouse nestled on the first floor. Get some records and then grab a fresh drink and admire your vinyl purchases.
Address:Jl. Kemang Selatan VIII No.56C, RT.7/RW.2, Bangka, Kec. Mampang Prpt., Kota Jakarta Selatan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 12730, Indonesia
Are you looking for the ‘90s Adidas pullover in neon colors that you haven’t seen on anyone? How about some Jordan 4s with the multi-color sole? You may have to dig, but what better way to spend the money that you didn’t spend at HITC?
Vintage football jerseys? 90s Hip Hop tees? Classic sneakers? Primetime Jakarta has it all in their locker. The store is packed with hidden gems, and there’s so much to see. The store also offers patrons the option to sell and trade their wares, so if you’re looking to give your pre-loved goods a new life, head over to Primetime Jakarta.
Address: STC Senayan No. 1001, RT.1/RW.3, Gelora, Kecamatan Tanah Abang, Kota Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10270, Indonesia
Vintage Vibes Thrift Shop
The name of the establishment speaks for itself and all that it offers. When you think of a thrift store, instinctively, a small space comes to mind. But Vintage Vibes Thrift Shop offers a huge space filled with not only clothes and sneakers, but also products like speakers, cameras, bags, furniture, and more.
Address: Pakulonan, Serpong Utara, South Tangerang City, Banten 15325, Indonesia