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  • 10 Best Night Spots in KLCC

    Best Places to Go At Night In KLCC

    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.

  • 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...

    • Open: 10:00 – 01:00 Sunday – Thursday; 10:00 – 03:00 Friday & Saturday
    • Address: Level 33, Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur City Centre
    • Telephone: +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...

    • Open: 09:00 – 03:00
    • Address: 113, Jalan Ampang, KL
    • Telephone: +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...

    • Open: 18:00 – 02:00
    • Address: 13 Jalan Pinang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
    • Telephone: +603 2147 1111

    Exuding a glitzy and glamorous vibe, Sultan’s Lounge is a cocktail lounge in Mandarin Oriental Hotel KL. A favourite place for the who’s who of Kuala Lumpur to mix and mingle, its underground location in the basement of the hotel has a hidden, mysterious feel. Designed by Stephane Dupoux (creator of hip restaurants such as Buddha Bar in New York), it has a hint of an Arabic desert prince’s tent but to us it looks ultra modern with polished wooden floors and sheer white flowing fabric hanging from the ceiling in a fan-like fashion.

    Some of its more unique features include a golden, lit-up DJ console, a glass bar and an artsy water fountain. There is a heavy focus on music at Sultan’s Lounge, with a resident DJ who plays bass-heavy tracks – tunes are a mix of party pop, R&B and some ‘best of the 80s’ tracks. Read More...

    • Open: 09:00 – 03:00 Monday – Saturday
    • Address: Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur City Centre
    • Telephone: +603 2179 8966

    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...

    • Open: 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...

    • Open: 17:00 – 01:00
    • Address: Level 28, G Tower, Jalan Tun Razak, KL
    • Telephone: +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...

    • Open: 17:00 – 01:00 Sunday – Thursday; 17:00 – 03:00 Friday & Saturday
    • Address: Level 29, G Tower, 199 Jalan Tun Razak, 50400 Kuala Lumpur
    • Telephone: +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...

    • Open: 17:00 – late (Monday – Saturday)
    • Address: Ground floor, The Intermark, 182 Jalan Tun Razak, 50400 Kuala Lumpur
    • Telephone: +603 2161 2368

    Set on top of a low-rise Jalan Mayang office building, the two-storey Il Lido Kuala Lumpur is an award-winning fine-dining restaurant and rooftop bar combo in the heart of KL. Its crowning glory is the views from its rooftop bar. Sure, they’re not the sky-high views found at Sky Bar but Il Lido is near to the ground and offers some pretty unique photo opportunities of the PETRONAS Twin Towers, KL Tower and the city skyline.

    Shaded by white awning, the bar is located in the centre with seating areas flanking it. On one side is green turf with lots of foliage, benches bolted to the walls, squat wooden tables and transparent, molar-shaped red, green, orange and yellow stools – it is pretty quirky. A study in contrasts, the other side of the bar is the embodiment of sophisticated with concrete floors, lots of wood panelling, and the same molar-shaped stools, only this time they are in shades of shiny silver and gold. Portable air conditioning keeps the whole place very cool. Read More...

    • Open: 12:00 – 14:30; 18:30 – 22:30
    • Address: 183 Jalan Mayang, off Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, KL
    • Telephone: +603 2161 2291
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    Casbah @ Mandarin Oriental
    Casbah @ Mandarin Oriental

    The Mediterranean-inspired Casbah is a must-see venue in Mandarin Oriental Hotel, with exotic, opulent Mediterranean decor. Its interior design is similar to its sister venture but a little more cosy – think curvaceous couches, dimly-lit Moroccan-inspired ceiling lamps, silk screens, wood panelled walls and Oriental rugs in a barrage of colours. What makes it a standout is the fact that you can be assured of a night of exquisite elegance and sophistication at this KL nightlife venue.

    Though there is a food menu (focusing on Eastern Spanish and Mediterranean flavours) available, its cocktails are the real stars of the show, with creative takes on standard drinks such as Casbah Colada, a pina colada-esque concoction, with rum, lime and pineapple juice and gold leaf. Its music policy is a mix of classic jazz and chill out tunes, with Arabian influence.

    • Open: 18:00 – 03:00 Wednesday – Saturday
    • Address: Mandarin Oriental, Jalan Pinang Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur
    • Telephone: +603 2380 8888
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