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  • ross1948 12:40 on May 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , Jalan Falatehan   

    RIP D’s Place! Gone But Never Forgotten! 

    My thanks to Indonesia Expat magazine, or at least its online edition –

    Legendary Blok M Bar D’s Place Shuts Its Doors

    – for sad tidings today.

    D’s Place is no more!

    I won’t offer you the picture of its locked doors which the link provides.

    Way too depressing.


    Jalan Falatehan


    Instead there’s a picture of Jalan Falatehan, taken one night maybe ten years ago or more, back when ‘The Street of Dreams’ was at its zenith.

    Many’s the tale all of us expats could tell – except many are too outrageous to be told!- about the clientele and carry-ons in that never-boring bar.

    I recommended it to a Scots visitor.

    He subsequently moaned that-

    The wummen therr widnae geez peace tae watch the fitty oan the telly!’

    My fault, of course!

    It had never occurred to me that anyone would take exception to young ladies seeking to introduce themselves, some, admittedly, known for their importunate style of approach.



    I stopped going there about seven years ago and I’m told it’s been going downhill ever since, though I’m confident my absence is unconnected with its demise.

    But the happy memories, especially of the Happy Hour, will be with me, and hundreds, thousands, of Jakarta guys forever.



    • JazPen 13:25 on May 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Oh no!


    • Calum McLeod 13:38 on May 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      It wiznae me.!
      He sounds like The Wrong Kind of Scot.
      When I went to D’s Place, I was overjoyed to meet so many friendly natives!

      That was well over 10 years ago but I still get friendly text messages, translatable as the old Jacobite song. Will Ye No Come Back Again!? ‘
      Now I can’t as D’s is closed forever, and that’s a shame, but I still have those mobile numbers for when I can reach Jakarta once again.


    • Jim Ex Jakarta 20:30 on May 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      All we have to go through at this time and now this!
      Never did so many have so much fun!
      After Tanamur closed, I was sad.
      No D’s Place? I know it was a shadow of its old self, but…it would have been nice to go back for one final night!


  • ross1948 09:24 on December 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , Jalan Falatehan, Top Gun   

    Shock News From Falatehan – Top Gun No More? 

    Just got a news flash from Falatehan, the short jalan in Blok M once described tongue-in-cheek by expat revellers as ‘The Street of Dreams…’



    …famous, or infamous, for its dodgy bars, dodgy women and dodgy taxis, as one ancient put it when I was still new here.

    An sms arrived ten minutes ago to say that Top Gun is said to have shut down!

    Hasil gambar untuk top gun jakarta indonesia


    This place was one of the oldest bars on the Blok, established before I appeared on the scene not far off twenty years ago, always crowded back then…


    Hasil gambar untuk top gun jakarta indonesia


    …and lots of fun.

    I won’t this morning recount my own outings, merely give you the link to all the bars here in Jakarta and you can inspect others’ views. http://www.jakarta100bars.com

    So if Top Gun truly has passed into the annals of night-life history, then it may soon be time to start writing an epitaph for the whole street.

    A tempora, a mores….


    • Jim in Jakarta 21:06 on December 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Oh no! Not Top Gun! How long will D’s Place last now?
      Sad news but the Sportsman’s closure, its resurrection, then it closure again, made me realise the writing was on the wall for Blok M.
      I stopped going to Falatehan a couple of years ago. It was a shadow of its old self even then and I heard its getting more forlorn all the time.
      Those fanatics who want to replace fun palaces with sharia hotels will get some pleasure from this news but us old expats know how to get by when times and places change.
      There is still plenty of fun to be had in Jakarta if you know where to look and you know as well as I do Ross, that we never have to look too far. .


      • JazPen 00:37 on December 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        True what you say Jim.
        Top Gun was good in its heyday and wont be forgotten. Same with The Club which was situated where the Losari 2 hotel is now. I think Ross told me once about a wild adventure he had that started there, girls, fanatic gangs and all.

        I use to hear from older guys about another place that burned down before we got here, right beside Blok M terminal, on the north side. They use to say it was the greatest.
        Afraid I cant remember its name.Can any of you?
        I suppose every generation believe they saw Jakarta at its best. ,


        • ross1948 20:18 on December 16, 2017 Permalink

          Tambora, JazPen!
          Before my time too, but many amazing yarns about that place.


    • Wacka 15:09 on January 17, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Top Gun on a Saturday was absolutely cooking 2 years ago. Great band. Last Year when I went, not so great. Where is the best classic rock live music venue in Jakarta now ?


    • FastFreddie 14:55 on January 23, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Vale TG. We had our times.

      Its all gone now. Ds Bar has closed, My Bar is shut.

      The heyday was in the 90s. The strip was alive, Bules splashing cash, office girls looking for fun and “taksi money”. Tambora was the place, along with places like Hotman and a place I cannot remember.

      Tambora burned down. Everyone said it was an insurance job.

      Krissmon started the death. The expats went home, consultants stopped visiting.

      Places like Oscars and Sportman stuck around, but were zombies.

      And now its all over.


  • ross1948 10:53 on June 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , dancers, , Highway to Elle, , , Jalan Falatehan, Moon Rider   

    Blok M, Jakarta – Bye-Bye Highway, Hello Moon Rider! 

    highway L

    That’s a sight you won’t be seeing again, since the Highway has changed its name.

    I used to drop by there, especially on Wednesdays ,when the then managment showed lots of smarts by pouring free beer till ( I think) 8pm.

    After guzzling a copious quantity, of course, nobody felt any overpowering urge to go home early, and we continued slaking our gargantuan thirsts till midnight or later, paying full whack with no complaints, certainly not to the lovely lasses behind the bar.

    I haven’t been there for a year or two – why?



    Blok M’s Jalan Falatehan is now a pricey place, among other reasons.  

    But from a friend I hear the new name is Moon Rider, and checking out their website…  http://www.highwaytoelle.com/ …it seems they still have quite a good deal, on Thursdays, FROM 8pm!


    ‘Buy 1 Get 1 Free!’ 


    Moreover, from the illustrations on that website, there are still lots of lovelies around!

    I can’t find any recent reviews, but there’s one on http://www.jakarta100bars.com/2010/04/highway-to-elle-bar-blok-m.html from the old days when the late Daryl  ran the place.

    It sings the bar’s praises – one can’t fault the mellifluous prose!  


  • ross1948 00:01 on December 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Jalan Falatehan, , The Sportsman’s, The Street of Dreams   

    Sportsman’s Bar Closed -Forever? 

    Spent a great deal of today getting back to normal, after a heavy night out with an old friend, yet still news reaches me, even when recuperating!

    Hence that headline!

    As I said when it last shut down,The Sportsman’s was one of the oldest bars on Jakarta’s famous Jalan Falatehan – aka The Street of Dreams!


    sportsmans bar jakarta


    It was not a typical Falatehan bar, with its strange restrictions on the entry of those lovely but importunate butterflies who flocked to its competitors – if you wanted to meet somebody new, tough!

    It could be a bit of a bore, really – 


    falatehan Jalan Falatehan


     – but sad, however, when any bar closes!

    It is said that more bars are expected to be closed in 2015 – wretched gentrification, developers – aka vultures – circling overhead.

    Sic Transit Gloria Jakartae!

    • Darren 08:40 on December 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Sad to see, as you say.
      The places we like to go, and can afford to go,like Jaksa and Falatehan, are dwindling.
      I agree with you, Ross, on this if not on much else.
      We could do with more bars like Blok M’s, and fewer of the Kuningan and Kemang chic.


    • Peter V. 05:54 on December 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Darren, never fear, you and Ross will always be able to find cheap (sleazy) hang-outs.
      He likes Pasar Rumput, so maybe you can ask him for the names of those horrible dangdut bars there that he likes so well.
      The rest of us are perfectly satisfied paying a little more for clean and modern surroundings!


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