Top 10 Nightlife in Bukit Bintang

Best Places to Go at Night in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur

Thinking of dancing, drinking and partying the night away in Kuala Lumpur? There is no place better than Bukit Bintang – the capital’s famous avenue for shopping and entertainment. Changkat Bukit Bintang is the go-to avenue for the newest, most popular watering holes but several close-by avenues also play host to some pretty cool hotspots, like Havana Bar & Grill along Lorong Sahabat, off Changkat Bukit Bintang.  

Whether you are looking for a live music scene, a posh see-and-be-seen nightclub like Frangipani, or an opulent rooftop bar like Rootz Rooftop Bar, Bukit Bintang has it all. The city’s after-hours scene is pretty fluid with clubs coming and going all the time, but we’ve come up with a list of those along this strip with some serious staying power.

1. Rootz Rooftop Bar

Opulence – thy name is Rootz Rooftop Bar. A nightclub that is devoted to the idea of debonair drinking, this nightclub (topping Lot 10 mall) is a lavishly-conceived version of a Russian palace bar. Velvet drapes, thick carpeting and gilded paintings of early 19th century Renaissance revival on the walls has us instantly impressed; from the entrance hall, it opens up to a ballroom-sized 700-capacity space.

The music policy of R&B, house and remixed top 40 tunes makes it a great dance nightclub. The centrepiece here is a bar set on an elevated platform in the centre of the room and a dance floor that can accommodate up to 400 people, ensuring plenty of space to move. Read More...

Opening Hours: 22:00 – 03:00 Wednesday - Saturday
Address: Rooftop, Lot 10 Shopping Centre, Lot RT3, No.50 Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +6017 638 2250 or +6012 296 1903


2. Frangipani Restaurant

Frangipani is an institution in Kuala Lumpur and features an immaculate, award-winning French fine-dining experience on the ground floor and a posh upstairs nightclub. Known as one of the pioneering LGBT-friendly spots in the city, Frangipani is regarded as one of the places to go for a great night out if you are looking for somewhere classy yet unpretentious in which to let your hair down.   

Opened in 2001, its most recent renovation has resulted in the lounge area sporting a much classier look – heavy on mirrors and stainless steel pillars – giving the place a much-needed edge. Frisky Fridays sees a thoroughly gay-friendly crowd, and if the music’s too loud on the dance floor, head down to the City Deck Bar, an al fresco seating area where you can watch the action along Changkat Bukit Bintang close up and personal. Read More...

Opening Hours: 19:30 – 22:30 dinner
Address: 25, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 2144 3001

3. QBA Latin Bar & Grill

Qba Latin Bar & Grill is a Latin American restaurant, wine bar and cigar lounge hidden within the smart Westin Hotel KL (set along Jalan Bukit Bintang). Opened in 2003, the two-storey bar all but transports you to rustic, pre-Castro Cuba, with an interior reminiscent of Havana. Tripling as a restaurant, wine bar and cigar lounge, beers, cocktails, grilled food and good music are all on the menu here.

It is split over two floors: downstairs is the main bar area, with an island bar, cosy booths and a stage for live Latino bands, whereas upstairs is a lounge overlooking the stage. Meanwhile, outside is an al fresco tapas garden. Over the years it has attracted an elite crowd of food enthusiasts. With seafood, steaks and more represented on the menu the award-winning kitchen is most popular for succulent and tender signature steaks. Read More...

Opening Hours: 18:30 – 22:30 Monday – Saturday
Address: The Westin Hotel, 199 Jalan Bukit Bintang
Tel: +603 2773 8338

4. No Black Tie

The city’s leading jazz bar, No Black Tie is an unpretentious live music venue that has been around for over 14 years now and is considered a permanent fixture on KL’s nightlife scene. Favourable acoustics make the place seem like a mini version of the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas (Petronas Philharmonic Concert Hall) in KLCC.

Besides the jazz performances, it features live bands that play lively Brazilian beats as well as classic Chopin, plus quirky poetry acts and readings by local authors on special nights. Looking to classic 1920 Americana as their inspiration, a nondescript pathway and heavy wooden front doors lead to a venue with the look and feel of an intimate speakeasy. Laidback and casual, local and visiting jazz performers play for a sophisticated, appreciative crowd. Read More...

Opening Hours: 17:00 – late Monday – Sunday (closed on random Sundays)
Address: 17 Jalan Mesui, Off Jalan Nagasari, KL (a few streets away from Changkat Bukit Bintang)
Tel: +603 2142 3737

5. Kitchen +Bar

It is hard to resist kitchen + bar – after all, who could keep away from a place that lets you dance until 03:00 and pull out your best interpretive dance routines? Groove to R&B beats, acid techno or best of 80s hits – it all depends on the DJ’s mood, and is what makes the club such a fun dance spot.

KL-ites rave about the award-winning food, but we’d rather talk about the club’s decor – posh yet inviting, lots of steel, glass and mirrors will quickly turn this into your favourite place to unwind with friends. We also love its themed parties – Wednesdays and Thursdays are ladies nights, when girls drink free designer cocktails from 21:00 to 03:00.

Opening Hours: 12:00 – late
Address: 20-1 Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 2142 0021

6. Havana Bar & Grill

Located along the main block of Changkat Bukit Bintang, Havana Bar & Grill is a restaurant and nightclub that celebrates the Latin American spirit. Looking like a colourful Cuban-style hacienda in a tropical rainforest, it is set in an elegant 1950s mansion and divided into three bright and colourful areas – the main outdoor bar, back patio, and upstairs lounge.

Even if you are not the type to get down to the beats of the club’s salsa music, you will be foot-tapping the night away to the sounds of samba, bachata and disco hits – additionally, a live salsa band and dance shows on certain nights keep partiers moving till late. The vibe here is relaxed and intimate, and besides island-inspired drinks, the kitchen serves up a mix of Cajun classics and Louisiana Creole specialities. Read More...

Opening Hours: 16:00 – late (Monday – Friday); 12:00 – late Saturday & Sunday
Address: No. 2 & 4 Lorong Sahabat, Off Changkat Bukit Bintang KL
Tel: +603 2144 7170

7. The Establishment

Neighbour to Palate Palette bistro and No Black Tie jazz bar, The Establishment draws instant attention for its whitewashed exterior walls, every inch of which is covered in graffiti-style mural images of famous celebrities such as Amy Winehouse, Audrey Hepburn and Abe Lincoln. A lovely bar set in a beautiful colonial-style terrace, the expansive and stylish nightclub is divided into three distinctly different levels.

The cavernous Industrial Lounge on the ground floor is where you can dine and drink, whereas the classy Opulent Lounge upstairs serves as great dance space. Meanwhile The Rooftop, set on the third floor of this warehouse-sized drinking joint, is the spot to visit if you enjoy good views with your dinner and drinks. Read More...

Opening Hours: 17:00 – 01:00 Monday & Tuesday; 17:00 – 03:00 Wednesday – Saturday
Address: 31 Jalan Mesui, Bukit Bintang, KL
Tel: +6018 366 5863

8. La Boca Latin Bar & Grill

With a weekly roster of live Cuban bands, salsa dancing and Latin American music, La Boca Latin Bar & Grill is a South American-inspired ‘bistro’ that really knocks it out of the park in more ways than one. With a music policy of samba, salsa and bachata, it can be found along Pavilion KL’s al fresco stretch, beside Tom, Dick & Harry’s Live.

Expect a menu of tasty Argentinean, Brazilian, Cuban, Mexican and Peruvian food. Together with décor reminiscent of a Buenos Aires barrio, you can expect a thoroughly Latin experience. Its fun, welcoming vibe is just one of its big draws. Read More...

Opening Hours: 10:00 – late
Address: Lot C3, 10.03, Level 3, Pavilion KL, 168 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 KL
Tel: +603 2148 9977

9. Tom, Dick & Harry’s Live

An energetic, contemporary bar and diner along Pavilion KL’s al-fresco drinking and dining stretch, Tom, Dick & Harry’s Live is a live music venue continually cherry-picking and hosting some of the most exciting and eclectic live bands from around the city. Despite its limited dimensions, it has made a name for itself by hosting acoustic nights, occasional jazz shows and much-feted up-and-coming acts, making it a magnet for its music performances.   

With a cosy tavern-like feel, its interior design is reminiscent of a San Francisco basement poet’s club, with buffed concrete floors, exposed pipe work and a small podium taking up centre stage. Meanwhile, walls are decked out with colourful impressions of musical instruments and funny quotes, with the occasional gig poster and vinyl record plastered up, to lend the place a hip, quirky edge. Read More...

Opening Hours: 16:00 – 01:00 Monday – Friday; 10:00 – 02:00 Saturday & Sunday
Address: Lot C3.10.04, Level 3, Pavilion, No. 168, Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL
Tel: +603 2148 0122

10. Circus @ Pavilion KL

An award-winning restaurant and cocktail lounge in Pavilion KL, by day Circus is a modern casual eatery with a menu of international food but at night it transforms into a club with live bands on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Far from an everyday watering hole, it receives rave reviews not only for its excellent food, extensive drinks list and good service, but also for the fact that it is the type of place to see and be seen at. Its style puts us in mind of a classy but modern, playful pop art nightclub, with a little bit of Victorian splendour thrown in. In addition, its selection of over 60 cocktails hold court, taking mixed drinks to new levels of sophistication: the usual sours, fizzes and cobblers are represented but most people come for the bar’s ‘Moods of Circus’ selections. Read More...

Opening Hours: 10:00 – 02:00 Sunday – Thursday; 10:00 – 03:00 Saturday
Address: Lot C3.10.01b, Level 3, Fashion Avenue, Pavilion, 168, Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL
Tel: +603 2141 6151

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