There are plenty of things that wow us when it comes to Heli Lounge Bar. First, there is the concept – a helicopter pad turned nightlife hotspot is definitely one of the coolest things we have seen or heard of in Kuala Lumpur in recent times. Secondly, there is the theme, with everything in the lounge aeronautically-oriented, like a booth made from the converted side panel of a Boeing 737 and a Boeing-747 turbine turned into a DJ console. Lastly, Heli Lounge Bar’s little-known status will make you feel like you are part of the super elite when you visit.
The helipad – one of only five in the city – is still in use during the day but at night turns into a rooftop bar with a portable drink station and some simple lounge chairs and tables.
Helipad Rooftop Bar
The layout at Heli Lounge Bar is uncomplicated with a lounge downstairs and bar on the rooftop: two flights of stairs from the lounge on the 34th floor leads up to the 36th floor rooftop stunner. There are no rails, no walls and no boundaries of any kind to stop you from going over the side of this wide open space so be sure to stay far away from the edge (we are not that brave, so we stayed pretty close to the stairway).
It really looks like the sort of spot where you should get close to the rim, fling your arms out Titanic-style (it helps if you are here with a significant other) and shout out “I’m King of the World!” You will have to endure bewildered looks from other patrons, as well as the staff members, but hey it is all in good fun.
The views for the top can only be described as rewarding – it is so gratifying to have made it to this ‘secret’ spot to see the sunset and even more satisfying if you have your camera with you to grab a few fantastic photos. Heli Lounge Bar is set directly across from the KL Tower and you will be hard pressed to snap better pictures of the city skyline than from here.
One thing to note, you will need to arrive between 18:00 – 21:00 to access the rooftop bar for free.
The lounge downstairs can accommodate 180 people and is pretty quirky with aeronautically-themed furnishings and fixtures – think plane propellers bolted to the walls, heavy red drapes, lots of black leather furniture and large black-and-white floor tiles. If you arrive early, you may hear some jazz but since the place operates more as a nightclub than a chill-out lounge, the music usually segues into R&B and house tunes later on at night.
Drinks wise you will find the usual selections of spirits, beers and cocktails at Heli Lounge Bar, with friendly waiters dressed up in spiffy pilots’ uniforms waiting to serve these reasonably-priced (starting at RM18 net) beverages. Flight crew, the oil and gas crew and banking professionals get special discounts on select nights, but our favourite night to visit is Thursdays for Ladies’ Night when the fairer sex gets to enjoy any cocktails off the menu (including lychee martinis) for only RM15.
Heli Lounge Bar
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – 24:00 Monday – Wednesday; 18:00 – 02:00 Thursday; 18:00 – 03:00 Friday & Saturday
- Address: 34th Floor, Menara KH, Jalan Sultan Ismail, KL
- Tel: +603 2110 5034 or +6012 317 0925