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  • 10 Great KL Nightlife Spots

    Ten great Kuala Lumpur nightclubs, bars and lounges

    The best bars and nightclubs in Kuala Lumpur range from swinging jazz bars and Russian-inspired establishments to fashionable dance clubs and Hawaiian-themed bars. The city’s nightlife scene covers a lot of musical ground, so expect the best hits in a variety of genres, put on your favourite dancing shoes and party with KL’s hardcore late night revellers.

    While the go-to avenue for the most popular nightspots in Kuala Lumpur is Changkat Bukit Bintang, there’s no shortage of exciting venues in different locales in the city, including stunning rooftop bars with breathtaking city views and lively restobars with resident DJs spinning heart-thumping tunes all night long. Check out our 10 Best Nightlife Spots in Kuala Lumpur for an unforgettable night out.

  • Pisco Bar, situated along Jalan Mesui (opposite Parkroyal Serviced Suites KL), stands out from Bukit Bintang’s horde of bustling bars and pubs with its eclectic decor of industrial chic and contemporary pop culture, outstanding Spanish tapas and cocktails, as well as ambience unlike any other. The ground floor is furnished with long tables and wooden benches for dining and social gatherings while a flight of exposed stairs takes guests up to an open terrace and stylish indoor space that hosts cocktail parties and movie screenings. Expats, locals, and travellers agree that Pisco is the best bar in Kuala Lumpur due to its unpretentious and laidback vibe as well as its diverse range of after-dark events, and resident DJS spinning techno and deep house tunes all night long. Read More...

    • Open: 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
    • Telephone: +603 2142 2900

    Sky Bar is an award-winning cocktail lounge that’s perched on the 33rd floor of Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur. Exuding a sophisticated and urban charm, its centrepiece is a narrow swimming pool bordered by ‘cabanas’ on one side, and a bar on the other. Sky Bar also offers a stunning panoramic view of the iconic Petronas Twin Towers. A must-visit if you are planning on hitting the nightclubs in KL, resident DJs spin techno music at Sky Bar on select nights, while tunes alternate between jazz, easy listening and soft rock to modern pop hits on other nights. If you’re planning on grabbing a drink after visiting Petronas Twin Towers, there’s a free shuttle buggy service to Traders Hotel that runs every 10 minutes from 08.30 till 22:30. Read More...

    • Open: Sunday – Thursday 10:00 – 01:00, Friday & Saturday 10:00 – 03:00
    • Address: Level 33, Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur City Centre
    • Telephone: +603 2332 9911

    Marini’s on 57, located on the 57th floor of Petronas Tower 3, is an exclusive Italian ristorante with an extensive selection of wines, great cocktails, whiskies, and champagnes. Located in the heart of the KL city centre, it is directly connected to the Suria KLCC shopping mall via an elevator on the ground floor (next to Versace). Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and a glass roof provide great views of Kuala Lumpur, Marini’s on 57 is divided into three settings with distinctive themes- the dining area décor is white with casual, modern furnishings; meanwhile, the bar has art deco furniture and neon lights, and the lounge has a Havana-esque feel with brown leather sofas. An in-house DJ spins unobtrusive tracks in the background, alternating between haunting, soul-searching smooth jazz, dance tunes and techno beats. Read More...

    • Open: Monday – Thursday & Sunday 17:00 – 01:30, Friday & Saturday 17:00 -03:00
    • Address: Level 57, Menara 3 Petronas, Persiaran KLCC
    • Telephone: +603 2161 2880 or +603 2161 4880

    Zouk KL, a sprawling nightclub, bar, live music venue and restaurant, is an icon on Kuala Lumpur’s nightlife scene and has been around since 2004. Located along Jalan Ampang, it encompasses six rooms – Aristo & Rooftop Garden, Barsonic, Main Room, Phuture, Terrace Bar and Velvet Underground. At Zouk KL, a rotating list of local and international DJs spin heady dance floor tracks until the wee hours and has also attracted international heavyweight headliners such as DJ Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk and David Morales in the past. We recommend the super club’s epic parties that span all six rooms like Mambo Jambo nights on Wednesday or Ghetto Heaven (ladies get in for free before midnight) on Tuesday night. Read More...

    • Open: Tuesday – Sunday 18:00 – 03:00
    • Address: 113, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
    • Telephone: +603 2171 1997

    Rootz Rooftop Bar is an opulent nightclub that is devoted to the idea of debonair drinking, complete with 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 one of the best clubs in Kuala Lumpur. Hosting regular themed parties, partygoers can enter for free if they dress up for the occasion. While Rootz Rooftop Bar has an extensive champagne selection, its signature Yoga Flame (a mix of blue Curacao, banana cream, framboise and absinthe) cocktail is a must-try if you’re a fan of Flaming Lamborghinis.

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    • Open: Wednesday - Saturday 22:00 – 03:00
    • Address: Rooftop, Lot 10 Shopping Centre, Jalan Sultan Ismail
    • Telephone: +6017 638 2250 or +6012 296 1903

    Heli Lounge Bar boasts a concept unlike most bars in Kuala Lumpur - a helicopter pad turned nightlife hotspot is definitely one of the coolest things we have seen or heard of in recent times. Situated on the 34th floor of Menara KH, the helipad (accessible via a flight of stairs) is still in use during the day, but come sundown, it transforms into a rooftop bar with a portable drink station and simple lounge chairs and tables. The downstairs lounge adopts an aeronautically-oriented theme, with a booth made from the converted side panel of a Boeing 737 and a Boeing-747 turbine turned into a DJ console. Drinks-wise, Heli Lounge Bar offers a satisfying selection of spirits, beers and cocktails, with friendly waiters dressed up in spiffy pilots’ uniforms. Read More...

    • Open: Monday – Wednesday 18:00 – 00:00, Thursday 18:00 – 02:00, Friday & Saturday 18:00 – 03:00
    • Address: 34th Floor, Menara KH, Jalan Sultan Ismail
    • Telephone: +603 2110 5034 or +6012 317 0925

    Frangipani Restaurant & Bar is known both for its frankly opulent ground floor fine-dining restaurant and its LGBT-friendly nightclub upstairs. The decor below is reminiscent of a black-tie James Bond movie dining scene, with cream linen covered tables and white Raj-like columns surrounding a black pool. But it is the upstairs that has earned Frangipani’s its wild and wacky reputation and made it a legend on KL’s nightlife scene. With a steady following of expats, hip and modern locals, as well as travellers looking for a exciting night out, Frangipani’s resident and guests 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...

    • Open: Tuesday – Thursday & Sunday 18:00 – 00:00, Friday & Saturday 18:00 – 03:00
    • Address: 25 Changkat Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur
    • Telephone: +603 2144 3001

    Havana Bar & Grill is a popular restaurant and nightclub that’s set in an elegant 1950s mansion with a distinctive Latin American ambience. Resembling a colourful Cuban-style hacienda in a tropical rainforest, this two-storey establishment is divided into three bright and colourful areas – an open-air pub, a cigar lounge and a restaurant that serves up island-inspired drinks and a mix of Cajun classics and Louisiana Creole specialities. In addition to talented DJs playing samba, bachata, and disco tunes, there’s also a live salsa band and dance shows held on certain nights to keep the party bouncing till the wee hours of morning. The vibe here is relaxed and intimate, making it favourite nightlife venue amongst the city’s growing expat community. Read More...

    • Open: Monday – Friday 17:00 – 03:00, Saturday & Sunday 10:00 – 03:00
    • Address: 2 & 4, Lorong Sahabat, off Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur
    • Telephone: +603 2144 7170

    No Black Tie is hailed as Kuala Lumpur’s best jazz bar, hosting live performances by some of the region's most established musicians for the past decade. Situated along Jalan Mesui (a four-minute walk from Jalan Bukit Bintang), it exudes a laidback and casual vibe with local and visiting jazz performers playing to a sophisticated, respectful crowd. Besides jazz performances, this bar also features live bands that play genres from lively Brazilian beats to classic Chopin, as well as quirky poetry acts and readings by local authors on special nights. Also a good place for dinner and a show, No Black Tie’s food-and-beverage offerings leans towards Japanese starters with a variety of wine and cocktails. Read More...

    • Open: Monday – Saturday 17:00 – 01:00
    • Address: 17, Jalan Mesui, off Jalan Nagasari, Kuala Lumpur
    • Telephone: +603 2142 3737

    Hard Rock Café Kuala Lumpur, well-regarded as one of the best nightlife spots in the city, has been continually impressing KL’s late night crowds for more than 20 years. Situated along Jalan Sultan Ismail (next to Concorde Hotel), it is a great place to go if you want to satisfy your burger cravings or if you just need a good dose of classic American rock. The trademark Hard Rock style, such as Tuscan-red wall splashes and high-back dark wooden chairs, massive glass cabinets displaying rock memorabilia and friendly staff walking around with tee-shirts full of pin badges, is evident throughout the place. Lit up brilliantly after sundown, Hard Rock Café KL’s steady clientele is a mix of sophisticates, expats, backpackers, and the indie-inclined. Read More...

    • Open: Monday – Thursday & Sunday 11:30 – 02:00, Friday & Saturday 11:30 – 03:00
    • Address: Ground Floor, Wisma Concorde, 2, Jalan Sultan Ismail
    • Telephone: +603 2715 5555
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