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Appropriately subterranean (given the name), descending from the main lobby of the Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta to B.A.T.S is an experience in itself. Early on, enjoy a cosy atmosphere with live music—as well as a happy hour that sees many fine house wines on tempting offer—and linger until late for a perfect people-watching opportunity as the place fills to the rafters with locals, expats and holiday-makers alike, and the band ramps the music up a notch.
B.A.T.S is tremendously popular and, as such, can get very crowded, although most people descend on the place after 9pm. So, if you’re looking for somewhere quiet, get there early and grab your space.
• The Wagyu beef steaks are cooked to perfection: we enjoy our meat medium-rare and paired with a surprisingly quaffable house cabernet, which is on offer during happy hour
• The pork ribs are a signature item and are imported directly from the US
• Wash it all down with an Urban Bats cocktail or a Jackhammer cocktail