Kuala Lumpur has a thriving nightlife scene and nowhere is this more apparent than in the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) district. While Bukit Bintang is most popular for its ground level bars, KLCC takes advantage of its many skyscrapers by hosting a healthy portion of the city’s best rooftop bars which offer stunning views of the city and, best of all, the iconic PETRONAS Twin Towers.
More often than not, the vibe is refined and exclusive, with exquisite decor and an eclectic mix of music genres a night out in KLCC ensures there is something for everyone. Standouts include Sky Bar, topping Traders Hotel and offering some of the best views of the Twin Jewels in the city, as well as one of the city’s only super clubs, Zouk KL. Once you immerse yourself in KLCC’s nightlife scene, you will redefine what it means to go clubbing.
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Airy and sexy, Sky Bar is a glamorous cocktail lounge on the 33rd floor of Traders Hotel KL. A local institution, its centrepiece is a swimming pool bordered by ‘cabanas’ (large sunken alcoves with chaise longues) on one side, and a bar on the other. Recommended not only for its good location and giddying views over the city but also its excellent drinks, it is a must-visit if you are planning on hitting the nightclubs in KL.
A skylight overhead makes you feel like you are on top of the world, with KL’s famous Twin Towers clearly visible. An industrial-chic bar with definite character, Sky Bar has no theme or overplayed concept, but feels like a secret club with a refined, sultry vibe to it. Resident DJs spin techno music at Sky Bar on select nights; on other nights tunes alternate from jazz, easy listening and soft rock to modern pop hits. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 01:00 Sunday – Thursday; 10:00 – 03:00 Friday & Saturday
- Address: Level 33, Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur City Centre
- Tel: +603 2332 9911
A sprawling nightclub, bar, live music venue and restaurant, Zouk KL is an icon in Kuala Lumpur’s nightlife scene since opening in 2004. Located along Jalan Ampang, it encompasses six rooms, Aristo & Rooftop Garden, Barsonic, Main Room, Phuture, Terrace Bar and Velvet Underground. Best known for hosting epic parties that span all six rooms like retro Mambo Jambo (70s and 80s hits remixed with house music) on Wednesday nights, it has become a staple in the city’s clubbing scene. Sister nightclub to Zouk Singapore, its moniker means ‘party’ in French Creole and it lives up to its name, with each of the club’s spaces featuring different decor and offering diverse clubbing experiences.
At Zouk KL a rotating list of local and international DJs spin heady dance floor tracks until the wee hours of the morning, but it has also attracted international heavyweight headliners such as DJ Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk and David Morales in the past. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 03:00
- Address: 113, Jalan Ampang, KL
- Tel: +603 2171 1997
Set on the 15th floor of Impiana KLCC Hotel, Cedar on 15 is a restaurant and nightlife venue combo that has us thoroughly impressed. Whether you are looking to kick back after work or just grab a mojito after dinner, it seamlessly merges vintage and contemporary style, with classic, simple furniture and a warm, inviting feel.
Wine labels from an array of regions and crafty cocktails feature prominently on its menu, but you can also find a selection of imported beers. Our personal favourite is the non-alcoholic selection, especially the green energy mocktail: a stimulating mix of soda water, Red Bull and lime juice. Either call ahead to book a table or arrive early to get seated on the balcony – it is the perfect spot for photos of the city skyline. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – 02:00
- Address: 13 Jalan Pinang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2147 1111
TREC Kuala Lumpur (Taste, Relish Experience, Celebrate) is the city’s largest entertainment centre, featuring an array of restaurants, bars, pubs, lounges, cafes, and clubs under one roof. Spanning over 28,000 square metres, this dining and nightlife hub is set along Jalan Tun Razak, with expansive views of the Royal Selangor Golf Club, Petronas Twin Towers, and Menara KL Tower.
TREC Kuala Lumpur is also the new home of Asia’s most popular super nightclub Zouk KL. Boasting 11 nightlife concepts under one roof, seasoned clubbers will recognise some of Zouk KL’s original nightlife concepts such as Zouk Main Room, Phuture, and Velvet Underground, as well as exclusive members’ areas, al fresco dining spaces, bars, club rooms, lounges, and a balcony deck. Accessible within a ten-minute drive from Pavilion KL and Starhill Gallery, read on to discover TREC Kuala Lumpur’s most popular nightlife and dining venues. Read More...
- Location: Jalan Tun Razak
Marini's on 57 is an exclusive Italian restaurant set on the 57th floor of Petronas Tower 3. Located in the heart of the KL city centre, it consists of a restaurant, bar and lounge. Refined and elegant, paintings from Italian artist Rosalba Mangione hang on the walls, while floor-to-ceiling windows and a glass roof provide great views of KL.
Drinks-wise, the bar has an extensive selection of wines, but there are also great cocktails and champagnes. Meanwhile, the Lounge (looking very much like an exclusive gentleman’s club) is for those who want to sip on their Highland Park, Yamakazi or Johnnie Walker Blue in style. Tavern-style shelves house a collection of bottles that include single cask whiskies from independent bottlers and special-edition scotches from big distilleries. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Bar: 17:00 – late; Restaurant: 19:00 – late; Lounge: 15:00 – late
- Address: Level 57, Menara 3 Petronas
Bridge Bar is an exclusive nightclub in KL suspended between the two blocks of G-Tower Hotel. Offering some of the best views in the city, one of the major highlights here is a glass platform that you can step on and take a thrilling downward view – an exhilarating experience you will not easily forget. Set 28 floors up, Bridge Bar imposes an RM50 cover charge (it is free entry for G-Tower Hotel guests), but this fee includes one drink and the stylish décor, refined vibe and top notch service makes it worth it.
Bridge Bar is the more exclusive of the two nightclubs at G-Tower Hotel. The other, View Rooftop Bar, has a lively atmosphere, loud music and no cover charge, so it’s a great clubbing place. In contrast Bridge Bar is the bar to visit if you want to relax with a drink in hand, take in the view and listen to R&B, jazz and Top 40 hits playing quietly in the background while you chat with friends or wind down after a business meeting. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 17:00 – 01:00
- Address: Level 28, G Tower, Jalan Tun Razak, KL
- Tel: +603 2168 1899
View Rooftop Bar is a nightclub with three distinct sections on the 29th floor of G Tower Hotel KL. A popular after-work bar, from its outdoor deck you can see the famous PETRONAS Twin Towers, Ampang Hills and the Titiwangsa mountain range. By far the best seats in the house are at the al fresco bar: the no-fuss, airy wooden terrace beside the long bar offers a fantastic panorama of the city.
The music alternates between jazz and easy listening favourites in the early evenings to techno and pop as the night wears on. There is a strict dress code here (no sneakers or ripped jeans) but the club’s friendly and down-to-earth service has you feeling completely at ease. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 17:00 – 01:00 Sunday – Thursday; 17:00 – 03:00 Friday & Saturday
- Address: Level 29, G Tower, 199 Jalan Tun Razak, 50400 Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2168 1881
Like an exclusive gentleman’s club (worry not, as the place is open to anyone and everyone), Tate is an elegant bar that follows the style of an expensive speakeasy. In fact, it follows it so well that you almost feel like it is really illegal to have a cocktail – when our drinks arrive, (served by a waiter dressed in a retro-inspired outfit complete with suspenders and slicked back hair), we almost expect teacups filled with whiskey.
There are a couple of things that are unusual about Tate: the first is that its entrance has been purposely designed to be a little hard to find and the second is the suit of armour waiting to greet you the instant you step through said front door. But it is all pretty understandable once you get the concept behind this Intermark KL bar: the place has actually been done up in the style of a secret 1920s prohibition-era bar, so expect dim lighting, intimate seating areas and mismatched but masculine furnishings. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 17:00 – late (Monday – Saturday)
- Address: Ground floor, The Intermark, 182 Jalan Tun Razak, 50400 Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2161 2368
Canopy Lounge Kuala Lumpur is a stylish rooftop nightlife venue in Kuala Lumpur City Centre, where you can enjoy a wide range of alcoholic offerings, premium cigars and shishas, as well as homemade desserts to satisfy your late-night cravings. Set along Jalan Mayang, it’s accessible within a five-minute walk from Avenue K Shopping Mall.
Located on top of The Mayang Club, Canopy Lounge is the first Malaysian branch by UK-based shisha lounge and bar, Tiger Bay London. Catering to just about any clientele, it’s fitted with a sleek open bar section with plenty of high stools and tables, Moroccan-style gazebos, an al fresco wooden deck, as well as a semi-covered lounge area overlooking the iconic Petronas Twin Towers. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 12:00 – 03:00
- Address: The Mayang Club, 183 Jalan Mayang, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +016 913 8675
Live House KL boasts a spacious setting and laidback atmosphere, making it an ideal venue for a variety of live performances. Accessible within a ten-minute drive from Pavilion KL and Starhill Gallery, the two-storey entertainment space is located within TREC Kuala Lumpur, a trendy dining and nightlife hub that overlooks Royal Selangor Golf Club, Petronas Twin Towers, and Menara KL Tower.
Interior-wise, zany portraits of comedy and music icons adorn the walls while bar stools and leather couches comfortably accommodate up to 200 people. Fitted with elevated stages, Live House KL hosts live bands and DJs in the ground floor Main Room while the upper level, aptly named LOL, is dedicated to English stand-up comedy. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Tuesday – Thursday 12:00 – 15:00 & 18:00 – 03:00, Friday 12:00 – 15:00 & 18:00 – 05:00, Saturday – Sunday 18:00 – 05:00
- Address: E-G-07, Electric Boulevard, TREC Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +6012 223 1937