Nightlife, attractions and distractions

Nightlife: attractions and distractions

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Nightlife

Ever wonder what’s happening at night in Surabaya

Here’s where to find out about the nightlife in Indonesia’s second largest city.

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A plethora of bars, nightclubs and discos await the visitor

A potpourri of diversions and distractions are available

“If you don’t keep your s— wired tight at all time I guaran G–D— tee you a trip home in a body bag.”

Sgt. Barnes in Oliver Stone’s Platoon

You can go to the movies. There are a lot of theaters in Surabaya. The better ones, read that cleaner and safer, are the Mitra 21 chain. The three best are now at Ciputra World(on Mayjen Sungkono), SUTO’s(Surabaya Town Square and PTC(Pakuwan Trade Center), part of the aptly named SuperMal(no that’s not a typo), next is the Galaxy Mall,then on to the Tunjunang Plaza.

For more active entertainment Surabaya is home to many nightclubs, disco, pubs and Karaoke bars.

Most of the bars have live bands. The music is okay. The musicians are good, as are the singers. Rock on.
The volume may be a concern.

Other venues for high noise levels are shopping malls, especially Surabaya (formally Delta) Plaza on Jalan Pemuda.

Pubs

Foreplay Surabaya Town Square, 1st Level Unit 118
Nightclub, Pub
Combination of live bands,dancers and DJs.

Eclectic Pub & Lounge
Surabaya Town Square, Level P-19
(Jl. Adityawarman No. 55), Surabaya, Jawa Timur 60264, Indonesia
Pub, Wine Bar, Lounge

Colors Pub on Jalan Sumatra The food’s good, and beer is cheap and it’s cold. The band is usually a bit loud and the service is good.

Matchbox close to Colors, on Jalan Sumatra.
Loud. Crowded and the place to party.

Lido’s is on Mayjen Sungkono, across from the Happy Puppy Karaoke and next to the Kodak photo studio. The music is good and the food is quite good.

The Tavern in the Hotel Bumi(formally the Hyatt) Good food, usually a decent band.
A lot of unattached ladies.

The bar at the Elmi Hotel
Bring a jacket or sweater. It’s quite cool due to an over-active AC.
The Elmi also has one of the nicer swimming pools in Surabaya.

Discos and Nightclubs

(Truthfully, I don’t know the difference)

Jimmy’s in the Mariott(formally the Westin) Hotel.

It’s a bit pricey with a Rp 50,000 cover charge, but the band and the young crowd made for a good night out.

Veranza Dangdut on Mayjen Sungkono(go with a group)

Desperados A Mexican restaurant and nightclub in the Shangri-La Hotel JL. May. Jend. Sungkono 120 Surabaya 60256 Indonesia T: (62 31) 566 1550 F: (62 31) 566 1570

Portofino’s is an Italian restaurant(which hosts a Sunday martini brunch) Hours Dinner: 6pm – 10.30pm Sunday lunch: 11.30am – 2.30pm in the Shangri-La Hotel

Jamoo JAMOO is the hotel’s all-day cafe and restaurant. Enjoy Asian and Continental dishes in the restaurant’s sleekly designed dining room or out on the outdoor terrace. The showcase buffets include a variety of antipasti, sushi, a hot pot and noodles section, a Chinese wok station, and an extensive array of dessert specialties such as Ice Cream Teppanyaki, a flowing chocolate fountain and, a variety of traditional Jamu choices in the Shangri-La Hotel

Kowloon’s On the fourth floor,in the parking garage of Delta Plaza

Restaurants

The Rocks

Jln.HR Muhammad

Open everyday 1:00pm

A good selection of Western and Indonesian food in a very modern and comfortable setting

Good beer

Beer, and mixed drinks

A fish pond with the biggest catfish you’ll ever see

Seating indoors and outdoors

Served hot at affordable prices

Ayen

Jl Darmo Permai Selatan V/16 (031)7312709 Chinese and Seafood

Food Court 5th floor Tunjunang Plaza A variety of Indonesian and Western fast food.

Pizza Hut in Tunjunang Plaza, Galaxy Mall,PTC,right on Maygen Sungkono

RODO R.O.D.O Coffee Shop

Jalan Arif Rahman Hakim No. 36 A Surabaya, Jawa Timur Coffee Shop, Bar, Café
Blues night every Friday

McDonalds in Tunjunang Plaza, Galaxy Mall,right on Mayjen Sungkono, and at Delta Plaza

KFC in Tunjunang Plaza,Galaxy Mall, and Delta Plaza

Malay Village in PTC and Suto’s
Great food,and a good place to get vegetarian dishes.

Cafe Pisa near Hartono Electric, just after Papaya supermarket on the way to Supermal/PTC

Excelso’s (Coffee bar and cafe)

Serves decent snack food, including club sandwiches.
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They have great coffee, and darn good ice-cream.
Try the Pearl tea!
Beer is reasonably priced and cold. Located in Suto’s(Surabaya Town Square) PTC(the Supermal)Tunjunang Plaza, Ciputra World, Galaxy Mall, and Delta Plaza.

Guilin Restaurant
Serving Authentic Chinese and Sea Food
One of the nicer restaurants in Surabaya. A quiet, pleasant place with a nice range of well-prepared Chinese and Seafood dishes.

Located at #34 Jl. Musi. (next to Gelora Pancasila)

Studio Food Court Near Cinema in PTC/Supermal. A variety of Indonesian and Western fast food.

deKasteel Villa Taman Telaga TJ no.1 (Citraland)

 

G-Walk near Citraland.
More a selection of places strung along a pleasant street.

15 Palms Pub (and restaurant)
Closest thing Surabaya has to a sport’s bar.
Beer, burgers and chips. Large TV and a pool table.

Located at Ruko Taman Gapura, Blok H 1, Citraland, Surabaya, Indonesia 60216
Hours
Mon – Sun: 4:30 pm – 12:00 am
Specialties
Dinner
Drinks
Attire Casual
Services
Good For Groups
Take Out
Waiter Service
Parking
Street
Contact Info
Phone (031) 7404115
Email novita@15palmsbar.com
Website Click here

 

 

 

You’ll find many things to enjoy about this place. Just use your head.

Annoyances

things that make you go

Grrrrrrr

STOP !

Before YOU read any further Accept that sections of this one page are not a flattering, nor a complete, portrayal of Surabaya.

It does not, nor is it meant to, reflect the entirety of Indonesian society.


I have lived here since 1996 because I love this place and its people. Indonesians are generous, warm and intelligent people.

Any society has it’s dark side. This page represents a hint of that duality.

Proceed carefully.

 

 

 

Aside from legal hassles there are scores of social taboos that we as foreigners couldn’t begin to comprehend.
You will always be viewed as an outsider.
You will always be judged by a different standard.
You are living in a fish bowl. Accept it and act accordingly.If you partake in drugs, be warned … the minimum sentence is four years.

Now listen closely Sparky; this is a foreign country.
If you go to jail, don’t expect your family lawyer, your mommy or the A-Team to come riding to your rescue.

Enjoy yourself, just be careful.

LISTEN … Not every Indonesian woman is overwhelmed by the wonder of you.
Keep your hands to yourself!

 

Be Aware, be safe.

 

Taxis are the best way to travel.
Bluebird Taxi,Oreng Taxi and Silver taxi are your best choices.Do what you want while being mindful that your actions have consequences.

 

 

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You will see the information around as it has been liberally borrowed by other sites.  C’est la vie.

An Important note from the management: This page is a list of possibilities and perils. Please view this as more caveat than endorsement That being said … Enjoy You will always be judged by a different standard. You are living in a fish bowl. Accept it and act accordingly.

Now listen closely Sparky; this is a foreign country. If you go to jail, don’t expect your family lawyer, your mommy or the A-TEAM to come riding to your rescue.

Enjoy yourself, just be careful. Be Aware, be safe. Taxis are the best way to travel. Bluebird Taxi, Oreng Taxi and Silver taxi are your best choices Add the  GoJek app to your phone once you arrive in Indonesia

Nightlife

A plethora of bars, nightclubs and discos await the visitor

A potpourri of diversions and distractions are available “If you don’t keep your s— wired tight at all time I guaran G–D— tee you a trip home in a body bag.” Sgt. Barnes in Oliver Stone’s Platoon

You can go to the movies. There are a lot of theaters in Surabaya. The better ones, read that cleaner and safer, are the Mitra 21 chain. The two best are now at SUTO’s(Surabaya Town Square and PTC(Pakuwan Trade Center), part of the aptly named SuperMal(no that’s not a typo), next the Galaxy Mall,then on to the Tunjunang Plaza.

For more active entertainment Surabaya is home to many nightclubs, disco, pubs and Karaoke bars. Most of the bars have live bands. The music is okay. The musicians are good, as are the singers. Rock on.

The volume is the biggest concern. The range can only be described as serious ear bleed. Other venues for ear bleed noise levels are shopping malls, especially the Surabaya (formally Delta) Plaza on Jalan Pemuda.

Pubs

Colors on Jalan Sumatra The food’s good, and beer is cheap and it’s cold. The band is usually a bit loud and the service is good. Matchbox close to Colors, on Jalan Sumatra. Loud. Crowded and the place to party.

Lido’s is on Mayjen Sungkono(Darmo Park 1), across from Happy Puppy Karaoke and next to the photo studio. The music is good and the food is quite good. This is a great place for good, inexpensive food.

The Tavern in Hotel Bumi (formally the Hyatt)Good food, usually a decent band.

The Elmi Hotel also has one of the nicer swimming pools in Surabaya.

 Discos and Nightclubs (Truthfully, I don’t know the difference)

Jimmy’s in the Mariott Hotel. It’s a bit pricey with a Rp 50,000 cover charge, but the band and the young crowd made for a good night out. The Elmi Hotel also has one of the nicer swimming pools in Surabaya. Spazio’s offers a number of patio bars and cafes including BURG and BURP and Mazeltov

Veranza Dangdut Mayjen Sungkono(go with a group)

Desperados in the Shangri-La Hotel

Kowloon’s On the fourth floor,in the parking garage of Delta Plaza

Restaurants

The Rocks Jln.HR Muhammad Open everyday 1:00pm A good selection of Western and Indonesian food in a very modern and comfortable setting Beer, and mixed drinks A fish pond with the biggest catfish you’ll ever see Seating indoors and outdoors Served hot at affordable prices

Ayen Jl Darmo Permai Selatan V/16 (031)7312709 Chinese and Seafood

Food Court 5th floor Tunjunang Plaza A variety of Indonesian and Western fast food.

Studio Food Court Near Cinema in PTC/Supermal. A variety of Indonesian and Western fast food.

Indigo in the Majapahit Hotel Address: Jalan Tunjungan No. 65, Surabaya, Jawa Timur 60275, Indonesia Phone:+62 31 5454333

G-Walk near Citraland.More a selection of places strung along a pleasant street.

Pizza Hut in Tunjunang Plaza, Galaxy Mall, PTC, right on Mayjen Sungkono

Wendy’s in Galaxy Mall

McDonald’s in Tunjunang Plaza, Galaxy Mall,right on Mayjen Sungkono, and at Delta Plaza KFC in Tunjunang Plaza,Galaxy Mall, and Delta Plaza

Malay Village in PTC and Suto’s Great food,and a good place to get vegetarian dishes.

Cafe Pisa near Hartono Electric, just after Papaya supermarket on the way to Supermal/PTC

Excelso’s (Coffee bar and cafe) Serves decent snack food, including club sandwiches. They have great coffee, and darn good ice-cream.Try the Pearl tea! Beer is reasonably priced and cold. Located in Suto’s(Surabaya Town Square) PTC(the Supermal)Tunjunang Plaza, Galaxy Mall, and Delta Plaza.

Guilin Restaurant Serving Authentic Chinese and Sea Food One of the nicer restaurants in Surabaya. A quiet, pleasant place with a nice range of well-prepared Chinese and Seafood dishes. Located on Jl. Musi. (next to Gelora Pancasila) Address: Jl. Musi No.34, Kota SBY, Jawa Timur 60241, Indonesia Phone:+62 31 5683329

Hours: Open today · 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

 

I like this place, but just use your head.

Annoyances … things that make you go grrrrrrr

STOP ! Before YOU read any further Accept that sections of this one page are not a flattering, nor a complete, portrayal of Surabaya. It does not, nor is it meant to, reflect the entirety of Indonesian society. I have lived here for a few years because I love this place and its people. Indonesians are generous, warm and intelligent people. Any society has it’s dark side. This page represents a hint of that duality Proceed carefully. Aside from legal hassles there are scores of social taboos that we as foreigners couldn’t begin to comprehend.

• You will always be viewed as an outsider.

• You will always be judged by a different standard.

• You are living in a fish bowl. Accept it and act accordingly.

If you have any questions or comments, email me If you want to be listed, contact me. If you have a concern about my opinion: contact me, or change my view with good service

 

 

 

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