Jakarta - Post Report Question and Answers

What are some typical ways to socialize, either with local people or with other expatriates? Are there groups or clubs that you can recommend?

American club, woman associations, many golf courses, SCUBA diving trips, day trips for hiking, etc. There are many people who bike here even with the crazy roads and traffic. - Oct 2021

There are Facebook sites that will lead you to clubs if you are interested in expats. - Sep 2020

The American Club in South Jakarta is a good meeting place. Schools, churches, and work provide other connections. - Feb 2018

Movies, the mall, going out to eat, swimming, getting massages. - Jun 2015

Going for chocolate martinis at the Dharmawangsa, pool parties, brunch at a swanky hotel. Kids play area- nannies watch the kids while moms shop...! - Jan 2015

Tons to suit your lifestyle. The barrier is the traffic. - Jan 2013

It really depends. I think there is something for everyone, like any big city -- families, clubbers, church-goers, the like. It is very popular to go to a buffet brunch on the weekends. - Jun 2012

can be quiet. Much indonesian entertaining is at a very wealthy, high level to which most expats and diplomats below ambassador level have no access. - Jan 2012

There are a variety of ways to socialize: restaurants, day trips, home parties, events at the American Club, overnight trips, CLO events, etc. - Jul 2011

As busy as you want to be. You can entertain in or you can meet people out. - Jul 2011

Easy enough. This always seems to me to be up to you. There are enough ex-pats, there are nice Indonesians, there's enough food and wine/booze (though expensive), there are places to go, you can certainly entertain and have a good social life. - Dec 2010

St George Society, St Pat's Society, British Womens' Association, ANZAC etc all abound. Plenty going on socially. Entertaining is done behind closed doors in the airconditioning for the most part due to the suffocating humidity. - Nov 2010

If you search for it, you can find it in Jakarta. There are some good dance clubs available--Dragonfly, Blowfish, Immigrant. Jakarta's nightlife is unique given one cannot find it concentrated in one area (except for Kemang); one often is taking taxis around to the different clubs/bars. Music festivals and international DJ parties keep the variety high enough. Expats often throw fun parties too. - Jul 2010

People entertain both in their homes and out at Jakarta's many restaurants/clubs. In general, if you want an active social life, you can have it. If you want to be left alone, that is OK too. - Mar 2008

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