Attractions and distractions
Much of this was posted on our original site, and we are working to update things.
Ever wonder what’s happening at night in Surabaya
Here’s where to find out about the nightlife in Indonesia’s second largest city.
This page is a list of possibilities and perils
That being said … Enjoy
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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, best to read that as 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(Pakuwon 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.
Foreplay Surabaya Town Square, 1st Level Unit 118
Eclectic Pub & 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.
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(formerly the Hyatt) Good food, usually a decent band.
The bar at the Elmi Hotel
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.
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: 6:00pm – 10.30pm Sunday lunch: 11.30am – 2.30pm in the Shangri-La Hotel
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
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
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
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
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.
Studio Food Court Near Cinema in PTC/Supermal. A variety of Indonesian and Western fast food.
G-Walk near Citraland.
More a selection of places strung along a pleasant street.
You’ll find many things to enjoy about this place. Just use your head.
|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.
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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 equal parts caveat and endorsement.
That being said … Enjoy
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 its dark side. This page represents a hint of that duality.
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 Ride-sharing services exist in the major cities. Grab, Uber and Gojek. Add the apps to your phone once you arrive in Indonesia
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I like this place, but just use your head.
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.