HA­VANA

Exquisite Taste - - Best Bar : Jakarta -

Vis­i­tors to South Jakarta's premier Pon­dok In­dah Mall Street Gallery look­ing to en­joy a good bar can look for the pri­vate lift and be whisked into HA­VANA, a pol­ished, suave venue of­fer­ing warm hos­pi­tal­ity, good food and an en­vi­able range of drinks. The tow­er­ing ceil­ing lends it­self to dra­matic dé­cor and a bar with high shelves filled with spir­its, while the tiled floor, pol­ished dark wood, curves and arch­ways, plus the leather so­fas and booths make for a dis­tinctly old Euro­pean feel. There is plenty of space at the bar to sit and dis­cuss your drink choices with the bar­tenders, or pull up a chair at one of the tables or slide into a booth with friends to catch up and spend the evening over good food and good drinks. The height of the build­ing al­lows for a mez­za­nine floor that pro­vides a more se­cluded and slightly qui­eter venue up­stairs with great views over the lively lower floor. The sound track is vi­brant and there is live mu­sic most nights with dif­fer­ent themes to ap­peal to dif­fer­ent peo­ple.

The bar­tenders are pas­sion­ate about drinks and are al­ways happy to chat and sug­gest some­thing to tickle your palate. Cock­tails with special fo­cus in­clude, ob­vi­ously, rum­based drinks such as mo­ji­tos, in­clud­ing the Faler­mary Mo­jito, an ad­ven­tur­ous con­coc­tion of Ja­maican white rum, faler­num syrup, rose­mary, lime, mint and soda water. There is also an ex­cel­lent and ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion of whiskies, from The Ma­callan, to John Walker & Sons Odyssey and Ja­panese Hibiki, in­clud­ing a 30-year old vin­tage.

ESPRESSO MAR­TINI

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