Supporting an impressive number of bars, pubs and dance clubs per capita, Bangsar is well known for its nightlife offerings which means your options are nearly infinite when looking for a place to hang out with buddies. We have scoured the entirety of Bangsar, and even neighbouring Medan Damansara, Mid Valley City and Damansara Heights, to bring you the Top 10 Nightlife in Bangsar – what follows is a guide for a fun night out, whether that entails dancing or just grabbing a quiet drink.
Always busy no matter the time of day, come nightfall the atmosphere turns even more electrifying with bars guaranteed to be hopping well into the wee hours of the morning. Attracting a healthy mix of locals and expats, Bangsar’s location just four km from KL Sentral station makes it conveniently accessible to travellers.
An independent, well-run restaurant and bar combo along Jalan Telawi 3, The Social Bar is a long-running Bangsar stalwart that has been in operation since 2001. Over the years, it has developed a loyal following among nine-to-fivers, which means that things really get going after sunset when its Happy Hour deals come into play. From Tiger, Guinness and Kilkenny to Heineken, Strongbow and Paulaner, pint prices are pretty decent.
Simple and trendy, its interior design of rough wooden floors, black plastic chairs and wooden tables, and wine racks along the walls, creates an intimate yet chic look. Besides beers, the bar has decent cocktail choices – we are big fans of the sangrias, frozen margaritas, mojitos and long island ice tea. It is not the type of place to get footloose and fancy-free, rather a great way to wind down after a day at work. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 11:00 – 02:00
- Address: 57–59 Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru
- Tel: +603 2822 2260
Atelier On Telawi Bar
Atelier On Telawi Bar hosts live jazz performances every Thursday and Friday night, and attractive happy hour promos for cocktails and wines by the glass. Set along Jalan Telawi, this sophisticated nightlife venue has a non-smoking policy, making it a good option for romantic dinners, private events, and after-work gatherings. Atelier On Telawi Bar’s Malaysian-inspired cocktails such as the Borneo sour (chilli-infused Tuak, lime, elderflower, and egg white) and Malaysian lady (rum infused with pandan and palm sugar, topped with cendol ice-cream and young coconut) come highly recommended. Every Sunday, wine lovers can enjoy buy-one-free-one promo for all wines by the glass between 16:00 and 21:00.
- Opening Hours: Tuesday - Thursday 16:00 - 02:00, Friday & Saturday 16:00 - 02:30, Sunday 16:00 - 02:00
- Address: 9, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +6014 662 2942
Ril's Steakhouse & Bar
Ril’s Steakhouse & Bar, a two-storey chandeliered, baroque-style eatery in Bangsar, is well-patronised by expats and locals alike for its meaty steaks and unique cocktails. On weekdays, Ril’s Bar is a sleek 1920s-styled speakeasy where guests can sip on their favourite cocktails in a sophisticated and relaxed setting. From Friday onwards, it becomes a lively dance venue with guests DJs spinning electro tunes until the wee hours of morning. Drinks-wise, Ril’s Steakhouse & Bar serves an assemblage of wine by the glass but it’s the bar’s extensive and intriguing cocktail menu that merits a visit here - highly recommended is the Shapiro Effect, a sweet and savoury concoction made with Hendricks, gin, sake, rock salt, syrup, celery bitters and sliced cucumbers.
- Address: 30, Jalan Telawi 5, Bangsar Baru
- Tel: +603 2201 3846
La Bodega Lounge
Largely resembling a Spanish hacienda, with its bright and colourful interior design, La Bodega Lounge is certainly no stranger in Bangsar’s nightlife scene – after all, it has been around since 1999 along Jalan Telawi 2. Well-liked for its extensive tapas menu and classy ambience, the award-winning bistro continues to draw in a steady stream of loyal regulars.
Inviting and intimate, the bar (set above the bistro’s dining room) has several seating sections – high tables and chairs surround the bar, with snooker tables tucked into the back. Around the music stage, there are comfortable sunken couches, perfect for playing board games that the bar supplies and sipping on a cocktail. There is a good selection of Spanish, South American, Australian and Californian wines, but we love the cocktail menu’s delicious, potent thirst quenchers.
- Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 - 02:00
- Address: 16 Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2287 9468
SIX Cocktail Lounge, situated in Kuala Lumpur’s Bangsar suburb, is a trendy bar that serves an extensive array of whiskies, wines, beers, and creative cocktails all in some rather laidback settings. A great place for after-work drinks and casual gatherings, SIX draws a steady stream of mostly expats and locals staying in Bangsar and Petaling Jaya. Perched above La Creperie de Caroline along Jalan Telawi 3, SIX Cocktail Lounge is a quiet gem compared to most of Bangsar’s plethora of often overcrowded bars and pubs.
Holding up to 100 people, the spacious and fully air-conditioned lounge is presents a mix of high stools, dark wooden furnishings, and plush leather couches. Fronting the open bar is Imran Hossain, SIX’s award-winning mixologist, who concocts some deliciously unique creations for the more adventurous of drinkers, as well as a range of signature and classic cocktails for those that like to play it safe. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 17:00 – 03:00, Sunday 16:00 – 01:00
- Address: 33A, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru
- Tel: +603 2202 0029
Located inside Bangsar Shopping Centre, WIP is certainly no stranger to change – after all, its name used to be an acronym for Work in Progress, with the bistro’s décor emulating that of a construction site with exposed ceiling pipe work, buffed concrete floors and construction tape. It later experienced an extensive renovation phase that resulted in an urban tropical setting, now christening itself Whipped into Place.
Whatever the theme, the food (a delicious mix of local, western and Northern Indian cuisine) has always been good, with so many locals considering it a staple on their list of places to dine out at. It is not a roaring dance club – rather, a cheerful and sophisticated place to have a drink. The bar offers premium and boutique labels, as well as champagnes, but it is the creative cocktails list that impresses, including over 21 different sangrias and mojitos. Themed-beverage nights make it especially worthwhile to come here – for example, Sundays is Get Sparkly with Bubbly and Tuesdays is Bullish with the Beer. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 12:00 – 15:00; 18:00 – 01:00
- Address: Lot G111, Ground Floor, Bangsar Shopping Centre, Bangsar
- Tel: +603 2094 1789 or +604 2094 2789
Gridiron Sports Cafe & Lounge
Though the monochromatic black and white colour palette used for its interior design lends an air of class to Gridiron, it remains a true blue sports bar, complete with snooker tables and dart boards. Some of its standout features include friendly service and a menu of hearty, comfort food which will make you want to linger long after the game is over.
A popular location for UFC fight nights and FIFA soccer, watch your favourite team compete on one of the bar’s large projectors screens or on one of its 33 flat screen TVs. Drinks-wise, the best time for beer is on Friday at 16:00 when a frosty mug will only set you back RM4; besides that, ladies are also well catered for with great-tasting long island iced teas and mojitos that make sports-watching sessions that bit classier.
- Opening Hours: Tuesday – Friday 16:00 – 03:00, Saturday & Sunday 14:00 – 03:00
- Address: 11-15, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru
- Tel: +603 2201 4820
When we input Mezze Bistro & Lounge onto this list, we knew there might be some confusion – after all, it is best known for its superbly good dining room on the ground floor. However, the bistro is topped by an equally-good lounge where you can kick back, relax with a dink and enjoy some seriously good live music.
There is plenty of mixing and mingling with friends and business networking that goes on here, with décor that is homey and hip – think, bare red brick walls, Oriental-style rugs and fat naked light bulbs. Drinks-wise, there are more than 40 single malt whiskey choices available, as well as beers on tap, and a fine selection of wines from major wine-growing regions around the world. When it comes to music, you will usually hear a mix of ballads, beach music, blues, smooth jazz and samba but we love Friday and Saturday nights when a live band plays jazz and R&B tunes Read More...
- Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 17:00 – 01:00, Saturday 12:00 – 01:00
- Address: 132, Jalan Kasah, Medan Damansara
- Tel: +603 2095 0122
Shelley Yu's Bar KL
Shelly Yu’s Bar KL is one of the most photogenic bars in Kuala Lumpur, featuring colourful floral murals, blue seating booths, hand-painted lanterns, and plenty of potted plants for an intimate setting. The Peranakan cuisine served here isn’t traditionally paired with alcohol, but at Shelly Yu’s serves a good mix of cocktails using local ingredients such as salted pineapple, turmeric brine, asam boi (preserved plum), and cinnamon. Food-wise, you’ll find classic dishes such as ayam sioh (chicken in tamarind gravy), cincaluk omelette, and deep fried whole fish with sambal. You can also catch local DJ spinning a mix of genres at Shelly Yu’s Bar KL, mostly on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
- Opening Hours: Daily 12:00 - 15:30 & 17:00 - 02:00
- Address: 49 , Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru , Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2201 4139
Mercat Barcelona Gastrobar KL
Mercat Barcelona Gastrobar KL is a good option if you’re craving authentic Spanish tapas and authentic sangria in Kuala Lumpur. Located in the Telawi suburb of Bangsar, this Catalan bar’s food menu changes from time to time as its resident chef uses only seasonal ingredients sourced from Malaysia and Spain. Gin-based cocktails are standouts here, particularly the Spanish Siderit, Siderit Hibiscus, and Seagram’s Gin, all of which pair well with traditional tapas such as patatas bravas, anchoas (anchovies), and smoked sardines. Wine tastings are also regularly held, and you'll get to sample imported Spanish wines at reasonable prices.
- Opening Hours: Monday - Fr iday 16:00 - 00:00, Saturday & Sunday 12:00 - 00:00
- Address: 51, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2201 5288