Petaling Jaya’s after-dark scene is an assortment of pubs, posh nightclubs and live music venues with bass and beats hitting you from all sides, so to help you choose the right place to get footloose, we have compiled a list of the Top 10 Nightlife venues in PJ. Whether you are looking for a lively party or a mellow bar, these selections have something for everybody’s taste.
Great musical line-ups with good sound systems allowing you to experience the full impact of the music is not the only reason they make the cut – each of these venues has that x-factor which makes it really stand out. From one end of PJ to the other, we bring you the bars and nightclubs that will give you the best bang for your buck.
A rooftop bar in Petaling Jaya that has mastered the art of after-hours entertainment at an altitude, The Roof is spread across 4,645sqm of space and divided into five concept venues. Set atop First Avenue, just next door to One Utama, it is home to Stratosphere, Asia’s first ‘infinity-grass’ helipad champagne bar, offering impressive 360 degree views. There is also Signature, a fine dining restaurant with a menu of Asian and international fusion-inspired cuisine, and the 37sqm Malt & Leaf, a drinking den cleverly-designed to resemble an old gentleman’s club.
Besides that, there is also a sports bar, Score, with cafeteria-style tables and chairs that sit on artificial turf, making the bar seem like a mini stadium: a huge projector screen behind the bar screens various live sporting events, including English Premier League matches. Finally there is Play, The Roof’s dance super club with giant cages where dancers pull out their best moves and a steady stream of popular local DJs who spin here, and even famous international performers such as rapper Lil Jon. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 21:00 – 02:00 Stratosphere; 11:30 – 14:30 & 17:00 Monday – Friday and 17:00 – 02:00 Signature; 17:00 – late Malt & Leaf; 17:00 – 02:00 Score; 22:00 – 03:00 Play (Wednesday – Saturday)
- Address: The Roof, 1 First Avenue, Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
- Tel: +6012 691 0628 Stratosphere; +603 7725 3588 or +6016 229 1505 Signature; +6017 9085 766 Malt & Leaf; +6012 691 0628 Score; +6013 2703 111 Play
Tom, Dick & Harry’s is a lively award-winning restobar in Taman Tun Dr Ismail that resembles a mix of a traditional English pub and trendy American diner. Exuding a cosy tavern-like feel, it is furnished with wooden high tables and chairs, warm lighting, and a central chalkboard at the back of the bar which highlights the kitchen’s daily specials. Aside from serving up inventive by-the-glass cocktails and on-tap beers, as well as a mean selection of hearty pub grub such as fat biscuit dogs and pork knuckles, this neighbourhood watering hole is also well-patronised by locals and tourists alike due to its top-tier, super-friendly service all night long. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 16:00 – 01:00 Monday – Thursday; 16:00 – 01:00 Friday; 10:00 – 02:00 Saturday; 10:00 – 01:00 Sunday
- Address: 18, Lorong Rahim Kajai 14, 60000, Taman Tun DR Ismail
- Tel: +603 7729 5678
Hyde at 53M
Hyde at 53M is a classy speakeasy-style bar that serves some of the finest selections of champagnes, wines, whiskies, and cocktails in Damansara Uptown, Petaling Jaya (accessible within a 20-minute taxi ride from KL Sentral). Hidden behind a black sliding door atop The Good Batch Cafe, the establishment is adorned with comfy dark leather seats, low tables, exposed filament bulbs, and classic jazz music playing in the background. Despite its posh-looking interior, Hyde at 53M exudes a warm ambience due to its friendly service, making it a good place for casual after-dinner drinks. Highly recommended are the bar’s innovative cocktail creations, such as Boston Buillon (Maker's Mark Red Top bourbon whiskey, Marmite, agave and blueberry syrup) and Old-Fashioned (Bulleit Straight Bourbon, sugar, and angostura bitters).
- Opening Hours: Tuesday – Thursday & Sunday 17:00 - 02:00, Friday & Saturday 17:00 – 03:00
- Address: 53M, Damansara Uptown, Petaling Jaya
- Tel: +603 7733 2303
The Laundry Bar
When The Laundry Bar first opened in 2006, it was the toast of Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur – largely for its commendable line-up of live music band performances that drew people in from far and wide. Almost singularly responsible for popularising local indie acts from all musical genres, its centrepiece is a stage indoors (opposite the central bar) where live bands take to stage; indoor seating areas can be found around the bar or outside on the al fresco patio.
Recently, in an effort to compete with clubs that offer the same live-music focus (such as KL Live and No Black Tie), The Laundry Bar underwent a dramatic facelift that has resulted in a sleek, gentleman’s club-inspired feel – think, vintage wallpaper, chrome fixtures, Chesterfield sofas and polished wooden floors. Instead of overpriced drinks, the place truly tries to pack the highest quality DJs and performing acts, (expect to hear the best in hip hop, house, rock and more), to give patrons the most bang for their buck.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 01:00
- Address: 6 Jalan PJU 7/3, Mutiara Damansara, 47800 Petaling Jaya
- Tel: +603 7728 1715
61Monarchy Bar KL is a tropical-themed speakeasy located above Nara Kitchen & Co. Café, offering an extensive collection of premium whiskies and seasonal whisky-based cocktails. Hidden behind a wooden sliding door that's guarded by a statue of a dog, it’s fitted with vintage décor, rattan chairs with floral-patterned pillows, and cushioned seats by a window overlooking the Damansara Utama commercial district. You’ll find over 100 quality whiskies from Japan, Ireland, Australia, Taiwan, and Canada by the glass or bottle, but if you can’t decide on one, opt for The Flight (RM95 onwards) as you can sample four types of whiskies that are chosen based on your preference.
- Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 17:00 – 02:00
- Address: 61M, Jalan SS21/1A, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya
- Tel: +6017 680 1357
Sid’s Pub is a fairly authentic British watering hole in Petaling Jaya, where patrons can watch live football matches on the telly with a pint of ice cold beer in hand. Situated within a 30-minute drive from Kuala Lumpur city centre, Sid’s Pub is well-patronised by locals and travellers alike due to its friendly service, lively ambience, and the fact that pets are allowed indoors – a rarity in KL bars and pubs. The bar serves a wide variety of beers on tap such as Anchor, Guinness, Heineken, Kilkenny, Paulaner Munchen, Tiger and Strongbow Cider, as well as gin, vodka, rum, tequila and whiskey which are available by the glass or bottle. To complement its extensive beer offerings, Sid’s Pub also serves tantalising burgers, savoury pies, pastas, and pork ribs. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 23:00
- Address: 34 Lorong Rahim Kajai 14, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, KL
- Tel: +603 7727 7437
Dukes & Duchess
A posh brasserie in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Dukes & Duchess is a lovely neighbourhood pub with a warm atmosphere. Relaxed and stylish, its interior design of bare brickwork, polished wooden floors and flattering lighting certainly has earned it a steady stream of regulars. A chameleon in some ways, it manages to easily keep up with the latest fads – during the World Cup, it has the air of a sports bar, with the latest match airing on the extra large HD flat screen and uncharacteristically-rowdy atmosphere. When we visited during Christmas it was festooned with Crimbo décor and featured a menu of the best holiday dishes – roast turkey and black pudding to name a few.
All that aside, drinks-wise the cocktails here are fresh and fruity in the main, appealing to the fairer sex, with a few more complex, grown-up options (gin-and-tonic, beer and more) available too. Service is friendly and unfussy, and the atmosphere is usually laid-back and welcoming.
- Opening Hours: 16:00 – 02:00
- Address: No 52, Lorong Rahim Kajai 14, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000
- Tel: +03 7733 5850
The Great Beer Bar
The Great Beer Bar KL, as the name suggests, serves a variety of draught and craft beers from across the world. Located in the ever-bustling Damansara Utama, this casual nightlife venue isn’t fitted with any TV screens or loud music playing in the background. Instead, visitors are often seated on long communal tables to encourage friendly conversations. Drinks-wise, you’ll find hard-to-find bottled and canned beers such as Brewdog, Anderson Valley, Beavertown, and Stone Brewing Co. If you’re feeling peckish, The Great Beer Bar KL’s snacks menu changes regularly – expect Asian-inspired nibbles such as fried dumplings, chicken gizzard, and baked prawn skewers.
- Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday 15:00 – 01:00, Friday & Saturday 15:00 – 02:00, Sunday 15:00 – 01:00
- Address: 86G Jalan SS21/62, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya
- Tel: +603 7731 5946
Uncle Don’s Bistro
Uncle Don's Bistro KL is a local favourite in Petaling Jaya thanks to its affordable fare and extensive alcoholic offerings. Located within the SS2 neighbourhood, Carlsberg beer is served on tap, while Asahi, Corona, Stella Artios, and Royal Stout are available by the bottle. Uncle Don's Bistro KL also offers classic cocktails, like margarita, tequila sunrise, pina colada, and cosmopolitan, with prices ranging between RM15 and RM40. Open from 12 onwards, this bistro is frequently packed during the day as diners can enjoy Asian and western cuisine such as grilled pork chop, Portugese baked fish, burgers, pastas, and pizzas with various toppings.
- Opening Hours: Daily 12:00 – 01:00
- Address: 183, Jalan SS2/24, Petaling Jaya
- Tel: +603 7865 8293
D Legends Bar
D Legends Bar is an attractive neighbourhood bar that serves up inexpensive drinks and hearty porcine pub grub in Taman Tun Dr Ismail. Furnished with red couches, white tables, polished dark wooden floors and monochromatic portraits of legendary music and move icons including Jimi Hendrix, Marilyn Monroe and Bob Marley, the bar’s stylish interior definitely exudes a warm and welcoming ambience. Diners can choose to sit by the bar and watch the flair bartenders at work, or grab a cosy table in front of the stage, where a diverse range of live music performances are held. In addition to serving award-winning pints of Tiger, D Legends Bar also serves a wide range of local and western specialities such as pork satay, Cuban pulled pork quesadillas, and wild boar rendang.
- Opening Hours: 16:00 – 02:00 Monday – Friday; 11:00 – 02:00 Saturday & Sunday
- Address: 24, Jalan Datuk Sulaiman, 60000 Taman Tun Dr Ismail
- Tel: +603 7725 6270