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Indonesia's nightlife fizzles amid growing conservatism

Difficulty in alcohol-sourcing and slowing economy also prompt revellers to rein in spending

Alcohol importers are often short of favourite brands, prompting some managers to dip into the black market - a risky proposition as a tax-hungry government steps up raids to crack down on bootleggers.


AS revellers filed into the Empirica nightclub on a recent Friday night in Jakarta's business district, just a stone's throw from the stock exchange, manager Joe Chen was counting on a good night.

International DJs were lined up, ready to play to a crowd of at least 800.

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