Every city has a nightclub which has been around for years. A nightclub so old that noone is really sure when it first started to operate. In Jakarta, that nightclub is the venerable Tiga Puluh in the Meridien Hotel. Nope, it’s not the city’s funkiest nightclub. And neither is the music up to much: a stereotypical band from the Philippines (why always the Philippines?) crank out the latest – and not so latest - R&B tunes most nights of the week.
But rarely will you find anyone with anything bad to say about Tiga Puluh. That would be sacrilege. The history here is simply too great. Because many a philandering expat has come to Tiga Puluh seeking a good time and gone home a happy man. The wry smile may be fleeting, yes, but the memories will last forever.
The crowd here is pleasantly mixed, going all the way from the “barely legal” end of the age spectrum right up to the “just-about pensionable”.
The downside is that the prices are exorbitantly high, so if you plan to drink – or to buy drinks for people you meet – make sure you have very deep pockets.
In terms of when to visit Tiga Puluh, the best nights of the week are Friday and Saturday - when it gets busy and lively. A visit on Ladies Night – Tuesday’s and Thurday’s can also pay dividends!
Tiga Puluh Music Bar and Restaurant
Le Meridien Jakarta
Jl. Jend. Sudirman
Telp (021) 251 3131
Hours: Monday - Saturday 6:00 PM - 3:00 AM; Happy Hour Monday - Saturday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (50% off all beverages by the glass)