What To Do in Yogyakarta Java Indonesia at Night?
Yogyakarta on Java island in Indonesia is limited when it comes to bar options but the city offers other activities to keep you well entertained during the night. Malioboro street gets livelier and busier after sunset and locals gather at Alun Alun Kidul peddling a neon lit pedal car round the square or take the challenge of the Banyan trees. Restaurants come in as plenty and serve amazing food including excellent western food. Other option is getting to the threatre to watch a non planned performance accompanied by a traditional orchestra.
Bars - Yogyakarta at night
Bars near Malioboro street
Oxen Free is in Sosrowijayan street and is the perfect place after spending some time on the busier Malioboro street. This nice beer garden is a good stop to relax over a cold one and enjoy a yummy burger. The evenings are livelier and on certain days there is a live band or DJ. The bar is laid back and running low on the selection of beers seems to be a norm.
Lucifer bar & resto
We visited this small cosy bar later at night for beers only and by that time there was a good live band. The atmosphere was lively and visitors were a mix of locals and foreigners.
Tap House Beer Garden
Tap House is one of those places which on first sight sucks you in. The ambience and most of all the design of the place are awesome and unlike any other. Avant-garde is what I would call the design. Basically, ruins of an old house make up the back area of this cool beer garden. Although this would be enough to get anyone’s attention, Tap House is also a great place for a fun night out with a good selection of beer. We visited on a weekend and this seemed to be were locals hang out. A live DJ and a young and joyful crowd make this one of our top picks around Malioboro.
Bars in Prawirotaman street
Play On Restaurant
Play on is a bar and restaurant with a wide variety of beer, spirits and food although we only came here for drinks. Best time to visit this place is at night when the atmosphere is livelier and on our visit there was a DJ. What makes Play On such a great place and popular with foreigners and locals are the cheaper prices.
Sate bar is a cozy garden themed restaurant. The main entrance leads through a short passage into an open air seating area. Attention to detail, a selection of beer, great live music and an interesting mix of local and western food are why we loved this place.
Restaurants in Yogyakarta
Roaster & Bear
Roaster & Bear offers a broad menu which is appealing to many. The selection of juicy steaks is the draw here and we cannot recommend enough. We came twice while in Yogyakarta. First time was for a steak and both our meat cuts where smoke grilled, tender and perfectly cooked. Second time around we tried the fish which again met expectations. A chic cafeteria is on the first floor and has a wide selection of yummy treats.
Pikali is on the outer area of Yogyakarta city. Its menu is made up of a wide selection of pizza and few side orders or snacks. The pizza is very good and prices are reasonable. The restaurant has a relaxed ambience and is nestled between trees and different kinds of tropical plants.
Whether its a good pizza, European food or a local meal Nanamia has a wide choice to choose from. The restaurant is set in a nice garden surrounded by large flora plants which give a tropical atmosphere. Food is delicious and reasonably priced with a good selection of beer. We tried pizza, meat and starters and must say everything was perfect.
Via Via is a healthy food restaurant on Prawirotaman street. Beside being a good option for healthy selection of food Via Via also has a varied menu of dishes from around the world. The choice of sandwiches and different breads is also a good option for a quick snack.
Traditional Javanese Theatre - Yogyakarta at night
Ketoprak Tobong is one of the last remaining theatres of its kind. The owners are trying to keep this traditional performance alive which sadly is slowly getting lost. We got here some time before the performance started and were offered a backstage peak and an opportunity to meet the actors.
The show which is accompanied by a traditional orchestra is different each week and depicts a humorous situation but with a meaningful conclusion. There isn’t a fixed script as the show is spontaneous and in Bahasa, the official language of Indonesia. With a little help from the owner’s daughter we managed to grasp the true meaning behind the performance.
Entrance fee is 50k IDR (3.50$) and includes a donation. The show is held every Friday night.
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