Kuala Lumpur is one of Southeast Asia’s busiest cities and offers visitors a dizzying mix of old and new. The city is a mosaic of historic monuments and modern skyscrapers, leafy parks and fashionable restaurants. The culture here is no less diverse – Kuala Lumpur is a melting pot of different influences with a huge international community.
It’s no surprise then that the city is also home to some of the most exciting bars in the region. If you want to explore the nightlife, Kuala Lumpur does not disappoint; every corner of the city is teeming with fashionable watering holes, from the cheap and cheerful to the ultra-sleek and sophisticated.
Get the most out of your next visit to Kuala Lumpur with our guide to the city’s most exciting bars.
Bangsar’s newest cocktail bar and lounge, SIX, has quickly established itself as one of the most fashionable watering holes in the city. Their signature cocktail, ‘Six Wrong Do Make It Right’ is a blend of homemade grapefruit bitters, gula melaka (palm sugar), dark rum, lime juice and green apple foam. The result is a sweet, sour and bitter cocktail so delicious it will have you coming back again and again.
33A Jalan Telawi 3 – Bangsar – Kuala Lumpur – 59100
Changkat Bukit Bintang
For a drink in Changkat Bukit Bintang, look no further than the Rabbit Hole. Inspired by the fantasy worlds in Alice in Wonderland and the Chronicles of Narnia, this three-story bar has four distinct environments to choose from, all under one roof. There’s the al fresco dining area called the Bamboo Forest, the relaxed and casual Translate Art Bar, the sophisticated Arthur’s Lounge or the dynamic dance floor in the Green Room. And boasting a location on the busy Changkat Road, the Rabbit Hole is right in the heart of the action.
14 & 16, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur
In Petaling Jaya you can find one of the most popular nightlife hubs in all of Kuala Lumpur – The Roof, stretching across an expansive 4,645 square metres. Five different concepts are housed under one roof to suit every kind of night-time adventure. ‘Malt & Leaf’ is modelled after an old gentlemen’s’ club. ‘Score’ is a laid-back sports bar. ‘Stratosphere’ is their Champagne bar that offers a 360-degree view of the city. If you have dreams of dancing the night away, The Roof can accommodate that too; ‘Play’ is a huge dance club that regularly hosts local DJs and internationally recognised stars such as Lil Jon.
1 First Avenue, Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
You may be in the heart of Malaysia, but at Bukit Bintang’s Havana Bar & Grill you might sooner forget you’re in Kuala Lumpur and mistake your surroundings for Cuba’s most sensual city. Celebrating the colourful Latin American spirit, Havana Bar & Grill is decorated in the style of a tropical Cuban-style hacienda and features a lounge, back patio and outdoor bar. Nightly live salsa music offers visitors the chance to shake their hips and enjoy Cuba’s vibrant culture from the other side of the globe.
No. 2 & 4 Lorong Sahabat, Off Changkat Bukit Bintang KL
If you’re looking for a night out further afield in Puchong, try 32 Bistro Bar. Inside you can find a drink for anyone, from fruit smoothies to German beers, spicy Bloody Marys and even Scotch Malt Whiskys. The atmosphere here is relaxed – a great place to go if you want to relax and enjoy an evening with friends.
32 Jalan Puteri 2/6 – Bandar Puteri – Puchong – Selangor – 47100
Experience the best of the city’s buzzing nightlife from the comfort and convenience of a centrally located hotel in Kuala Lumpur. The modern PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur hotel is in the heart of the action, meaning you won’t need to travel after a night out on the town.
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