Changkat Bukit Bintang Nightlife
What to Do at Night in Changkat Bukit Bintang
All the rage in Kuala Lumpur now, Changkat Bukit Bintang is one of the city’s most happening boulevards. Regarded as the ‘it’ party venue in KL’s lively yet fluid clubbing scene, Changkat is crammed with restaurants that morph into nightclubs with cocktails bars and pubs that transform into rowdy drinking joints, with deejays spinning music. Live performances from various local acts are also held in a number of nightspots. Amongst the bevy of watering holes, there are a few establishments that stand out – Comedy Thursdays every first Thursday of the month at Havana Bar & Grill are a riot, stopover at Frangipani’s on Friday for unofficial rainbow nights and don’t miss out on Envie Club Lounge’s Saturday R & B night.
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Bakita is a trendy two-storey establishment conveniently located in a corner site of Jalan Berangan, Changkat Bukit Bintang. This cocktail lounge and gastropub offers a terrific range of creative cocktails as well as 14 imported and local beers on tap, including Erdinger, Becks, Leffe, Warsteiner, Hoegaarden, Fosters, Carlsberg, and Asahi.
Consisting of two themed areas, the downstairs space has a main bar extends across almost the entire span of one side of the ground level space and features a long stainless steel wall of draft beer taps and overhead large LCD screens. Outdoors, the timber decked terrace provides a breezy and relaxed setting for drinks and meals. The upstairs space at Bakita is sophisticated cocktail lounge tastefully decorated with modern furnishings and a colour scheme of light greys, black and white.
- Opening Hours: Monday - Friday 12:00 – 15:00 & 18:00 – 03:00, Saturday & Sunday 18:00 – 03:00
- Address: 33, Jalan Berangan, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2141 7733
One of the longest running bars in Changkat Bukit Bintang, Ceylon Bar draws a steady clientele of expats and locals due to its relaxed vibe and friendly staff. Adorned with kitschy decor and impressive beverage offerings, guests can opt to order a drink at the terrace upstairs or unwind by the bar and immerse themselves in football matches aired on the bar’s flat screen television. Ceylon Bar also offers mouth-watering Sri Lankan and western fare in massive portions such as savoury BBQ pork ribs and fried rice platter with plenty of chicken, fish cakes, eggs, and prawn crackers. Delicious cocktails are offered in this establishment as well, namely Ceylon Island Iced Tea, frozen margarita, and snowball (advocaat liquor, and sprite).
- Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 17:00 – 01:00, Sunday 11:00 – 01:00; Closed on Tuesdays
- Address: 20-2 Changkat Bukit Bintang
- Tel: +603 2145 7689
Daikanyama is a Japanese fusion bar and restaurant that is well-frequented for its soothing music, low lighting, tranquil eating area and of course, its wide array of Asian-inspired cocktails and sumptuous Japanese fare. Definite must-tries include Kansai No.1, an invigorating blend of sake, gin, mango, lemon and mint as well as Bikkuri,which is a mix of Choya, Shochu and mango syrup.
The interior of Daikanyama is an eclectic fusion of Asian and Western decor, with a row of black pendant down-lighting lamps illuminating the dining area that houses a bar filled with a multitude of different sakes and Japanese liquor. The lounge area upstairs is decorated with leather seats with an outdoor smoking area that overlooks the bustling streets of Changkat Bukit Bintang.
- Opening Hours: Friday & Saturday 18:00 – 02:30 Sunday – Thursday 18:00 – 00:30
- Address: 42, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur
Elixir is a truly opulent establishment. Featuring a plush red carpet running up its front steps a la Hollywood style, the club is a sumptuous mix of elegant and trendy fixtures. The walls are adorned with oversized photos of beautiful people and the luxurious couches lining the walls, in hues of black, pink and white, are extremely comfortable.
- Address: No. 37, 39 & 41 Changkat Bukit Bintang
- Tel: (603) 2145 8222 or (603) 2145 8111 or (6017) 310 6038
Envie Club Lounge
Featuring gothic French décor in shades of pink and white, Envie is one of the most popular Changkat clubs and manages to attract a steady crowd due to its knack of offering everything a good night out needs. The upstairs open-air rooftop lounge offers sweeping views of the entire afterhours Changkat scene while the party downstairs is a thumping scene with an illuminated interactive dance floor that lights up every time you step on it; Saturday is R&B night.
- Opening Hours: Daily, 12:00 - Late
- Address: 14 -16 Changkat Bukit Bintang
- Tel: (603) 2142 7381
Aiming to be different from the rest, Frangipani is one of the pioneer establishments along effervescent Changkat. Behind the heavy steel front door downstairs is one of the best French cuisine fine-dining experiences in KL. Yet it is the bar upstairs that draws in the crowds – the place is a mix of intimately lush spaces with beautiful artwork adorning the walls. Resident deejays spin various tracks all night long to suit different moods, from chill out tunes to hip grinding Latin house music; every Friday informal rainbow nights take place. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 19:30 – Late (Dinner); Closed on Mondays
- Address: 25 Changkat Bukit Bintang
- Tel: (603) 21443001
Fuzio Bar & Ristorante
Offering Italian cuisine in a classy setting, Fuzio Bar & Ristorante is a two-storey restaurant situated just a few lots after Bakita in Jalan Berangan. Pastas and pizzas feature heavily on its menu, along with main courses of grilled lamb rack, baked cod fish, and beef tenderloin; but the restaurant also serves a noteworthy dish of grilled rabbit and rabbit ragout. Cocktails, mocktails, whisky and various liquors are served for fun-filled gatherings with friends while a wine cellar boasting French labels pairs well with meat dishes.
Invoking a fine-dining environment, Fuzio Bar & Ristorante is decorated with oak furnishings, warm lighting, and neutral earth tones. While the ground floor caters to a large group with long tables and spacious seats, the second floor is best for diners who prefer a candlelit dinner in an intimate setting. Fuzio Bar & Ristorante is a non-smoking establishment but diners can head to the rooftop lounge for a livelier nocturnal concept.
- Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 17:00 – 01:00
- Address: 29, Jalan Berangan, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2110 0303
Renovated in August 2009 and previously known as Little Havana, this establishment is divided into three separate areas – an open-air pub, a cigar lounge and a restaurant. Featuring Cuban and Latin specialties, with a Salsa Party Night every Friday and Comedy Thursdays every first Thursday of each month, Havana Bar & Grill really draws in the crowd from sundown till sun up. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 17:00 – 01:00; Closed Mondays
- Address: 2 & 4 Lorong Sahabat, Changkat Bukit Bintang
- Tel: (603) 2142 7170 or (6012) 390 3610
Lust Kuala Lumpur
Lust Kuala Lumpur is a restaurant and bar situated behind Hotel Istana, beside ParkRoyal Serviced Suites on Jalan Nagasari. This nocturnal establishment is actually a combination of sections including a modern contemporary ground floor with a stage and double volume ceiling, a mezzanine floor named the 'Heineken Studio' and an al fresco dining section.
Offering a dance-worthy mix of hip hop, R&B, house and electro tunes, some of the best home-grown DJs and international artists take over the decks of Lust Kuala Lumpur during the weekends. The open kitchen serves Mediterranean flavoured tapas and specialty grilled delicacies while the bar offers intoxicatingly potent shooters including Liquidation (butterscotch and Baileys), Killa-Jager (Jagermeister and tequila) & B52 (Kahlua, Baileys, and Cointreau) to keep revellers partying all night long.
- Opening Hours: Monday - Thursday 16:00 – 02:00, Friday & Saturday 16:00 – 03:00
- Address: L1-3, L1-4 & L1-5, Office Tower, No.1 Jalan Nagasari, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2142 0525
Nagaba Bar and Restaurant is the latest addition to Bukit Bintang’s nightlife scene. A neighbour to Table 23 Restaurant & Bar and No Black Tie jazz bar, drawing instant attention are its whitewashed exterior walls, every inch 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 Nagaba Bar and Restaurant is divided into three distinctly different levels: the Industrial Lounge, Opulent Lounge and Rooftop. With fusion grill options, The Establishment is doing a lot of things extremely well. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 17:00 – 01:00 Monday & Tuesday; 17:00 – 03:00 Wednesday – Saturday
- Address: 31 Jalan Mesui, Bukit Bintang, KL
- Tel: +603 2141 1015
Never Mine Bar
Never Mine Bar, located opposite Reggae Bar in Changkat Bukit Bintang, offers a wide and affordable range of beers on tap, buckets of bottled beers and delicious cocktails. It mainly serves as a watering hole rather than a restaurant, but famished customers can order authentic Thai delicacies from the neighbouring restaurant called Baan 26.
Furnished with plush leather seats in a spacious setting, the upstairs lounge is a good place to unwind after work while the al fresco dining area downstairs is often packed with a steady clientele of both locals and foreign guests. Never Mine Bar also hosts live music performances from 20.00 until 22.30 followed by its resident DJs spinning dance-worthy tracks for late night revellers on weekends.
- Opening Hours: Daily 17:00 – 03:00
- Address: 30, Jalan Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2110 3062
No Black Tie is KL’s leading jazz bar and where some of the region's most established musicians have performed. The unpretentious bar has been around for over 14 years now and is considered an institution in the city. It is very laidback and casual, and local and visiting jazz performers play to a sophisticated, respectful crowd. Entertainment-wise, besides the jazz performances, it features live bands that play lively Brazilian beats to classic Chopin, as well as quirky poetry acts and readings by local authors on special nights. The favourable acoustics make the place seem like a mini version of the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas (Petronas Philharmonic Concert Hall) in KLCC. 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
Opium KL is a cool concept bar and restaurant that offers a wide array of Oriental delights with a twist such as Phoenix Dumpling, Fern Leaf Salad, Crispy Duck Noodles, Wagyu Beef Rendang, and the signature Beef Brisket & Tendon Stew just to name a few. Inspired by the Opium regimes of the east, Opium KL has an elegant 1930s vibe with age-old artefacts adorning the entire establishment, including an opium bed in the Rose Room, opium pipes and huge Chinese wine pots displayed vividly in the Communal area.
Formerly called Werner’s on Changkat, the outlet also boasts an extensive beverage menu with uniquely-named signature cocktails such as Peking Man (vodka, puer tea, longan, lime juice, egg white, and orange bitters), Shanghailander (whisky, peated puree, black tea syrup, lemon juice, and egg white), and Forbidden City (rum, grand Marnier, lime juice, orange juice, and five-spiced syrup).
- Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday & Sunday 16:00 – 01:00 Friday & Saturday 16:00 – 02:00
- Address: 50, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 21425670
Pinchos Tapas Bar is a Spanish-style bar and restaurant that is an ideal place for a light, casual dinner. On the night we visited the place was crowded but with plenty of tables, it was easy to get a seat. Salsa music plays over the speakers, creating a sultry, animated vibe and making it a great place to get together with friends for drinks. From the outside Pinchos looks modest, with lots of potted plants and some outdoor seating. Inside, the bar takes pride of place at the front, with intimate wooden tables and chairs set up all around it: Spanish tiles and pendant lights that cast a warm, romantic glow over the area make it a great place for date nights. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 17:00 – 02:30 Tuesday – Sunday
- Address: 18 Changkat Bukit Bintang, KL
- Tel: +603 2145 8482
Pisco Bar is well-regarded as one of the busiest nocturnal hotspots in Bukit Bintang, and is always packed with a multitude of expats, trendy locals and international travellers. The spacious two-storey establishment can accommodate up to 250 partygoers who love outstanding cocktails and live music performances, and dancing all night long with some of the best DJs in town.
Located opposite Lust KL along Jalan Mesui, Pisco Bar adopts an eclectic decor of industrial chic and contemporary pop culture: exposed brick walls are adorned with a number of black and white photographs of pop icons while the al fresco dining section is furnished with long tables and wooden benches catered for dining and social gatherings. A flight of exposed stairs takes guests up to an open terrace and an equally stylish indoor space with an elevated stage that offers the ideal layout for a variety of events such as cocktail parties, product launches, live performances, fashion shows, and movie screenings. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday 17:00 – 01:00, Wednesday 17:00 – 02:00, Friday & Saturday 17:00 – 03:00
- Address: 29, Jalan Mesui, off Jalan Nagasari, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2142 2900
Reggae Bar, located next to Frangipani Restaurant and Bar, is one of the oldest surviving bars in Changkat Bukit Bintang. Offering a chilled-out vibe with a Jamaican theme, the bar is decked out in a colour scheme of red, yellow and green with a massive bar downstairs and a balcony area upstairs.
The Reggae Bar mostly caters for the western palate and features Italian pastas, pizzas, salads, meat cuts like fillet steak and lamb racks and even fish and chips. A satisfying selection of beverages including wine, cocktails, local and international beers are offered here as well. With a wonderful ambience unlike other bars in Changkat Bukit Bintang, Reggae Bar is a perfect good choice for an exciting night out or even a place to unwind during the weekend.
- Opening Hours: Daily 16:00 – 03:00
- Address: 31, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2141 8163
Table 23 Kuala Lumpur
Table 23 is a quaint bar and restaurant in Jalan Mesui, a modest yet vibrant alternative to the often overcrowded Changkat Bukit Bintang. Adopting a rustic theme with exposed brick walls, unpolished wooden tables, hanging filament light bulbs, and a spacious al fresco dining area, it is the perfect place for hosting any occasion, from intimate dinners to casual gatherings with a large group of friends.
Serving Asian cuisine by day and Western delicacies by night, Table 23’s must-try dish is its beef cheek served with bacon, parmentier potatoes, cherry tomatoes and zucchini. Perfectly tender yet full of flavour, it is a sinfully meaty dish that pairs well with a glass of wine. In addition to its wide range of draught beers, wines, and cocktails, Table 23 also hosts a number of live performances with happy hour promos starting from 17:00 till 22:00.
- Opening Hours: Monday - Friday 11:30 – 01:00, Saturday 16:00 – 01:00
- Address: 23, Jalan Mesui, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2857 1051
Tetto Rooftop Lounge
Tetto Rooftop Lounge is a trendy graffiti-themed lounge perched atop Fuzio Bar & Ristorante. With resident DJs spinning funky tracks all night long, the lounge offers great happy hour promotions early in the evening, followed by great selections of beer, liquor, champagne and wine.
The lounge also features a sky bridge in the centre, which holds limited VIP sofas for guests to enjoy breezy evenings and a panoramic view of Kuala Lumpur. A distinctive feature of Tetto Rooftop Lounge is its 22 metre-long graffiti wall, which showcases artwork of Hollywood icons such as James Dean and Angelina Jolie. Tetto Rooftop Lounge also hosts a variety of live performances such as stand-up comedy, live bands, as well as guests DJs.
- Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 18:00 – 03:00
- Address: 29, Jalan Berangan, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2110 0303
The Bier Bar is a modern German gastro pub located along Changkat Bukit Bintang with a great neighbourhood-tavern feel. One of the things that have contributed to its popularity is the ‘one metre long draught beer’ – about 11 glasses of the bar’s different brews, lined up and served on a wooden board. Another quirky special at The Bier Bar is the Eiffel Tower, a three-litre beer tower shaped like the Eiffel Tower. Nominated in the Restaurateur of the Year category of Time Out KL Food Awards in 2012, The Bier Bar stays true to its German core serving authentic German dishes like Bavarian-style schnitzels, bratwursts and pork knuckles, plus there is also Spanish cuisine available. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 16:00 – 03:00
- Address: 47 Changkat Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2148 0511
The Green Man is one of the oldest restobars along Changkat Bukit Bintang. Set in an abandoned pre-war terraced house, it looks like a typical British pub with a bar and pool table. There are pencil-drawn sketches of old London Town and a few teakwood tables for you to sit at inside but most people choose the outdoor seating – the perfect spot to people watch. There are flashier clubs just next door but if you are looking for a different sort of energy, then the old tavern-like feel of The Green Man is for you. The pub’s happy hour deals, coupled with its green décor and peaceful, homey vibe make it the perfect place to hang out with friends. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 24:00
- Address: 40, Changkat Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2141 9924
The Rabbit Hole Kuala Lumpur, inspired and designed to emulate well-known fantasy narratives of Alice in Wonderland and The Chronicles of Narnia, is one of Kuala Lumpur’s trendiest nocturnal establishments. Set in a three-storey pre-colonial building strategically located along the infamous street of Changkat Bukit Bintang, The Rabbit Hole is divided into several unique concept environments with an unpretentious and relaxed vibe.
Near the entrance is a spacious al fresco dining area, aptly named as The Bamboo Forest. Offering semi fine dining and an elevated stage for numerous live music, comedy shows and stage performances, the open-air area is decorated with wild bamboos and lush trees with warm illumination which provides a rather secluded escape into nature from the hustle and bustle of the city. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Sunday, Tuesday – Thursday 16:00 - 02:00, Friday & Saturday 16:00 – 03:00
- Address: 14 & 16, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +6016 680 2200
One of the more popular outlets along Changkat, this establishment has another outlet in Bangsar. Sangria Sundays are a good deal and the bar has live bands rocking out a few times a week. The menu isn’t extensive yet the food is good; try the aromatic crispy duck – crispy duck served with homemade pancakes, sweet plum sauce, chilli oil and julienne of spring onions and cucumber.
- Address: 22, Changkat Bukit Bintang
- Tel: (603) 2142 8260
A favourable location at the end of Changkat Bukit Bintang and an intimate atmosphere helps The Whisky Bar to stand out in one of Kuala Lumpur’s prime clubbing areas. Though it is surrounded by nightclubs, this place is a drinking and dining spot primarily for a mature crowd. A jazz-infused sanctuary of single malts, it has a casual, good-time vibe, making it a great spot to mix and mingle. The hundreds of bottles of whisky on the glass shelves define The Whisky Bar’s interior design the most. But cushy, red leather bucket armchairs, blackboards with the bar’s vast list of single malt whiskies chalked up on them go a long way to ensuring the place looks a lot like a posh whisky den – you almost expect to see a roaring fireplace. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 16:00 – 03:00
- Address: 44 & 46 & 48 Changkat Bukit Bintang 52000 KL
- Tel: +603 2143 2268
Twenty.one Kitchen + Bar
A popular haunt amongst the young and uber trendy, the sleek and sophisticated, Twenty.one Kitchen + Bar is a restaurant that transforms into a throbbing party venue at night, particularly during weekends. Opened in 2007, the main dining area downstairs serves mouth-watering dishes in a quieter atmosphere but the best place to enjoy the delicious food is at the outdoor lounge. Try the penne drowned in three cheese sauce, diced chicken and sun-dried tomatoes; enjoy free cocktails on Thursdays if you don a pink outfit.
- Opening Hours: Daily, 12:00 - Late
- Address: 20 – 1 Changkat Bukit Bintang
- Tel: (603) 2142 0021
Werner’s on Changkat
Werner's has been rebranded to Opium KL
Boasting a well-stocked bar, Werner’s on Changkat occupies an expansive corner lot along Changkat Bukit Bintang. Especially popular among the young yuppie crowd, the establishment has plush yet spunky fixtures with chandeliers and luxurious sofas. Boasting a brightly lit catwalk dance floor, the DJ spins contemporary hits all night long from the raised booth.
- Opening Hours: Daily, 12:00 - Late
- Address: 50 Changkat Bukit Bintang
- Tel: (603) 2142 5670 or (6017) 388 1361
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