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A Guide to Kuala Lumpur Nightlife

 
  • 01Changkat Bukit Bintang

    Changkat Bukit Bintang is often associated with the London’s Piccadilly Circus and New York City’s Times Square. It is one avenue, where one can come across a number of KL’s most popular bars and restaurants. This trendy place is ideal for pub crawling. Jalan Alor happens to be an extremely busy area especially during the weekends and the public holidays.



    Location: Nestled behind the Jalan Bukit Bintang, Jalan Alor is very easy to get to especially if you are staying near the Golden Triangle area.

    Highlights: Buildings on the Jalan Alor Street are unique. Originally the buildings belong to the pre-war, colonial shop-houses that were later remodeled and converted into the up market pubs and restaurants that usually serve the Western food. There are a number of hawker stalls and Chinese seafood restaurants too. Dining options here are endless. This street has the most vibrant scene in the downtown of KL.

    Best Time: 10 PM – 3 AM in the morning.
  • 02Rooftop Bars

    Kuala Lampur is one vibrant, bustling city right from the sunrise to the sunset. To be able to actually appreciate Malaysia’s capital, you must get away from all the busy streets of the city to experience a whole new angle i.e. the rooftops situated here. Kuala Lumpur is a home to number of nocturnal hotspots from the cocktail lounges to the classy ristorantes that are situated atop the high-rise structures. Watch the sun set below the city horizon with a drink in hand, to unwind the beauty of the city.
    3 Best Rooftop Bars:
      



    Marini’s on 57 is an exquisite ristorante set on the 57th floor of Petronas Tower 3

    Opening Hours: 17:00 – late Bar; 19:00 – late Restaurant; 15:00 – late Lounge

    Sky Bar is a glamorous cocktail lounge on the 33rd floor of Traders Hotel KL.

    Opening Hours: 10:00 – 01:00 Sunday – Thursday; 10:00 – 03:00 Friday & Saturday

    Lunar Bar is located directly opposite the opposite Menara KL Tower that offers a 360 degree view of the city.

    Opening Hours: 17:00 – 01:00 Monday; 17:00 – 03:00 Tuesday – Friday; 10:00 – 03:00 Saturday; 10:00 – 01:00
  • 03Petaling Street Night Market

    Looking for a subtle Kuala Lumpur Chinatown nightlife experience? Head from the main road (Jalan Petaling) to the narrow side and get to the Petaling Street Night Market. The thriving street market with the stalls cluttered close to one another stock everything from the Hello Kitty watches to fake-label Gucci clutches. To get your stuff at the best price, you can stroll along doing ‘window-shopping’ first and then return back to the stall that gives you the best price. All the prices quoted by the seller are usually marked up by approx 50%.



    Location: Situated along the Petaling Street at the intersection of the Jalan Hang Lekir

    Highlights: Referred simply as the Petaling Street by locals this is your go to place to satiate your every need from the local handicrafts, souvenirs to batik-print shirts. You can also get a range of designer apparel, handbags, shoes, watches and even, pirated DVDs at a much cheaper price.

    Best Time: 09:00 – 12:00 & 18:00 - late
  • 04Jalan Alor

    Jalan Alor is one of the most famous nightlife spots in Kuala Lumpur. Housing a number of hawker stalls and seafood restaurants, the street is one of the most famous in KL for food. Jalan Alor is an ideal after clubbing dining spot in the Golden Triangle area.



    Location: Situated behind the Jalan Bukit Bintang, Jalan Alor is a small stroll away from the Changkat Bukit Bintang.

    Highlights: The variety of food available is huge. You can get everything from the barbecued meats, noodles to desserts at the best and the most cost effective rates in the city. Hawker stalls at the Jalan Alor are the city’s favorite food joint. Largely different from the trendy Jalan Bukit Bintang and Changkat Bukit Bintang, Jalan Alor has a traditional charm associated with it courtesy its atmospheric air-conditioned Chinese seafood restaurants, mini red Chinese lanterns and bright fluorescent restaurant signage lighting.

    Transportation: You can easily get here via monorail.

    Best Time: Hustle Bustle starts from 6 PM in the evening
  • 05Bangsar

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    Night life of Bangsar plays a host to a number trendy restobars, pubs, and cocktail lounges. Ideal for all the international visitors and the fashion-forward locals, it is particularly popular expat area. It is just the right alternative for those tired of the much over crowded bars and pubs in Changkat Bukit Bintang.

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    Location: Situated just a 10-minute drive from the city centre, a number of the nightlife hotspots of the street are present around the Jalan Telawi in Bangsar Baru. They are just walking distances from each other. About 10 minutes from the Jalan Telawi is Bangsar South which is a popular commercial hub known for hosting trendy eateries with impressive alcoholic offerings.

    Highlights: The area is bustling with backpackers and late night revelers during the weekend. Some of the places to visit include Brotzeit Bier Bar & Restaurant, Eau De Vie Retail & Bar, Gravity Club Kuala Lumpur, Gridiron Sports Cafe & Lounge, La Bodega Lounge, Nexo Restaurant & Bar, Mezze Bistro & Lounge, among others.

    Best Time: 11 PM – 3 AM
  • 06Jalan Bukit Bintang

    The variety for a pleasure filled night life in Jalan Bukit Bintang is endless. This street is best known for its after dark entertainment. Hosting a plethora of unique themed nights you can experience everything from games, live bands and the much latest sports matches. Be it the extensive drinks list, excellent food offerings, energetic ambience or the friendly service, everything is best suited to make you feel alive and active.



    Highlights: Jalan Bukit Bintang’s nightlife caters to a diverse clientele. So, you can hear anything from a mix of Latin American, house, trance, funk, hip-hop, electro dance, techno to R&B tunes when you come out exploring the night life. The expansive Pavilion KL and Lot 10 shopping centres play host to a number of trendy gastro-pubs, bistros, award-winning cocktail lounges, karaoke centres, and rooftop nightclubs.

    Best Time: Almost all the restaurants that adorn the street are equipped with a well-stocked bar that comes in a full swing by 21:00 till wee hours in the morning.
  • 07Jalan P. Ramlee

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    Jalan P. Ramlee is the best and the most eccentric alternative to Changkat Bukit Bintang. Famous for its glitzy cocktail lounges, tropical-themed bars and pubs and the chic nightclubs adorning the streets of bustling Kuala Lumpur city centre, Jalan P. Ramlee is always packed with backpackers, business travellers, expats, and a handful of locals.



    Location: The night life district of Jalan P. Ramlee is easily accessible within a 10-minute walk from the Petronas Twin Towers as well as the five star hotels such as the Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur.

    Highlights: Night life is vibrant and lively. There are a number of venues here that host events like live bands playing radio-friendly covers and DJs spinning a medley of electro, hip-hop, and retro tunes. Jalan P. Ramlee os known to be the hottest locale as it is a great place to unwind with a pint of ice-cold beer.

    Best Time: Visit after 21:00 to experience the active nightlife.
  • 08Jalan Sultan Ismail

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    Jalan Sultan Ismail was once the key clubbing district of Kuala Lumpur. Today the nightlife in Jalan Sultan Ismail is restricted to a few nocturnal hangout spots which can be just a starting point for everyone who wishes to explore the nocturnal offerings of Kuala Lampur.

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    Location: Situated just a small stroll away from the Raja Chulan Monorail Station on a street lined up with a plethora of classy restaurants and cafes as well as the five-star luxury hotels such as ParkRoyal Kuala Lumpur, Sheraton Imperial Hotel, and Shangri-La Hotel.

    Highlights: Of course there is a huge competition from the popular and happening locales like the Changkat Bukit Bintang and Bangsar there is still a range of activities as well as sights that one can enjoy in the nightlife scene of Jalan Sultan Ismail. Dip yourself in serenity by enjoying the breathtaking sunset views of Kuala Lumpur city with a class or two of champagne, cocktail or wine at the stylish rooftop bar located ahead of the iconic Hard Rock Café.

    Best Time: Variable for different restaurants and bars
  • 09Zouk KL

    Zouk Club is the leading night club in Malaysia. This party destination is situated in Kuala Lumpur which makes it so popular. The architecture of this night club has won the hearts of thousands of people who have visited this place. The music along with the ambience is very attractive which makes Zouk the top-rated night club.



    Location: Zouk is located at 113 Jalan Ampang, Federal Territory, Kuala Lumpur 50450, Malaysia.

    Highlights: Many famous personalities from Malaysia and around the globe have visited this place. The drinks & cuisine is amazing that has helped attract more audience in the recent past. Zouk has maintained a certain standard which makes it a flashy party destination.

    Best Time: Zouk is open from 5pm-5am on Friday & Saturday. The timings are 5pm-3am on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Wednesdayand Thursday Zouk closes at 4 am.
    Price: There are different entry charges at Zouk.
  • 10Pisco Bar

    The capital city of Malaysia is famous for its night life. There are a number of bars & night clubs which are tagged as the best in Asia. Pisco Bar in Kuala Lumpur has a poised ambience which is loved by the visitors. The dinner hours at Pisco Bar offer an exclusive range of Spanish Tapas and Peruvian cuisine. The interior of this bar is quite amusing that is best suited for social gatherings and cocktails.



    Location: This bar is situated in Jalan Mesui, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.

    Highlights: Pisco Bar has become the main hub for international travellers and trendy locals. This place is known for live music performances which have attracted a lot of customers. Pisco Bar is home to the coolest DJs in town.

    Best Time: Monday to Thursday 5pm-2am and Friday & Saturday 5pm-3am. Sunday Pisco Bar is closed.

    Price: There is no fixed price for this place.
  • 11Sky Bar

    If you wish to visit the best rooftop bars in Kuala Lumpur, then Sky Bar is the perfect place to be. This particular party place is best known for its ambience and scenic setup. The visitors can view the Petronas Twin Towers from the cabana booths. Sky Bar has been lauded with a lot of awards like the Best Nightlife Experience, Expatriate Lifestyle Best of Malaysia 2013 and Best Bar, Pub or Club, Expatriate Lifestyle Best of Malaysia 2015.



    Location: The exact location is Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    Highlights: One must make sure that, it requires the visitors to wear smart casuals which are known to be the unofficial dress code of Sky Bar. The drinks here are quite popular which makes Sky Bar a preferred destination.

    Best Time: Sunday to Thursday timings are 10am-1am. Friday & Saturday the bar is open from 10am-3am.
    Price: The price is not stated.
  • 12Rootz Rooftop Bar

    One word that describes the Rootz Rooftop Bar is Opulence. Rootz Rooftop Bar is a nightclub that promotes the idea of debonair drinking. Seen as the lavishly-conceived version of a Russian palace bar, the place is embellished with thick carpeting, velvet drapes as well as gold-gilded paintings of early 19th century.



    Location: Nestled in the Lot 10 Shopping Centre, 50, Jalan Sultan Ismail. Despite being situated on the same road as the Hard Rock Cafe KL and Luna Bar (along Jalan Sultan Ismail), a visit to the Rootz Rooftop Bar is something that you’ll just not get anywhere else.

    Highlights: The music policy of Rootz Rooftop Bar is R&B, house and remixed top 40 tunes. Together these make it a great nightclub for bringing out the dancer in you. Interiors of the Rootz Rooftop Bar look more like a baroque set of a movie on the life of Russian royalty courtesy its rustic color palette seen in all its furniture and fixtures.

    Best Time: 22:00 – 03:00 Wednesday - Saturday

    Prices: Depends on what you order
  • 13The Rabbit Hole Restobar

    The Rabbit Hole Restobar is designed and inspired to emulate the much famous fantasy narratives of Alice in Wonderland and The Chronicles of Narnia. It is known to be the most hip and classy nocturnal establishments.



    Location: Set in a 3 storey pre-colonial building, Rabbit Hole Restobar is strategically located across the infamous street of the Changkat Bukit Bintang.

    Highlights: Dissected into several distinct concept environments with a relaxed atmosphere, the entrance of the Rabbit Hole Restobar is a spacious al fresco dining area that is famous as The Bamboo Forest. Besides, the bar has as elevated stage for the comedy shows, live music and the stage performances. Open area of the restro bar is embellished with the wild bamboos and beautiful trees that keeps you away from the hustle bustle of the city.

    Opening Hours: Sunday, Tuesday – Thursday 16:00 - 02:00, Friday & Saturday 16:00 – 03:00

    Prices: Variable