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10 Best Nightlife in Kuala Lumpur 2017

Most Popular Nightlife Spots in Kuala Lumpur

Nightlife in Kuala Lumpur is well-regarded for its vibrant and lively scene, hosting countless bars, pubs and clubs on the streets, and swanky rooftop restaurants and bars situated within five-star hotels. After the sun sets, the city becomes alive with nightspots offering a winning combination of lively and friendly ambience, extensive alcoholic beverages, and talented DJs spinning dance-worthy tunes. However, the city also offers numerous hawker stalls with tantalising Asian cuisine and bustling night markets that remain open until the wee hours of morning.

From Jalan Alor’s bustling hawker stalls and seafood restaurants to Changkat Bukit Bintang's chic see-and-be-seen nightclubs spinning hip-hop and house tracks, our 10 Best Nightlife in Kuala Lumpur shows that there’s no shortage of exciting places to go at night in Kuala Lumpur.

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Regarded as Kuala Lumpur’s definitive party venue, Changkat Bukit Bintang is a narrow avenue filled with restaurants that transform into nightclubs with cocktails bars and pubs that transform into rowdy drinking joints, with DJs spinning music, ranging from house and electro to remixed pop and hip-hop tunes. Amongst the bevy of watering holes, there are a number of crowd-favourite establishments such as Pisco Bar, Frangipani, and Havana Bar & Grill. Read More...

Some of the best nightlife in Kuala Lumpur happens far above the city streets, and rooftop bars are gaining massive popularity amongst Kuala Lumpur’s late night revellers. It has resulted in numerous nocturnal hotspots that range from classy ristorantes to cocktail lounges nestled atop high-rise structures. Offering great ambience and breathtaking views of Kuala Lumpur, rooftop bars are your best bet if you want to just sit back and watch the sun set below the city horizon - with a drink in hand, of course. Some of the best rooftop bars in Kuala Lumpur include Marini’s on 57, Sky Bar and Troika Sky Dining. Read More...

The nightlife in Chinatown is in a league of its own - it’s not about rows of clubs, pubs and bars offering music-and-alcohol-fuelled entertainment, but the colourful after-dark market along Petaling Street that dominates the nightlife scene here. A well-known shopping district, the whole area transforms into a lively and vibrant night market after dark, with hundreds of stalls selling apparels, souvenirs, and accessories at dirt-cheap prices, making it the most happening night market in the city. Read More...

Jalan Alor

Hosting numerous hawker stalls and seafood restaurants, Jalan Alor is one of the most famous roads in Kuala Lumpur for food. Located just behind Jalan Bukit Bintang and a short walk away from Changkat Bukit Bintang, it is a favourite after-clubbing dining spot in the Golden Triangle area. A sharp contrast to trendy Jalan Bukit Bintang and Changkat Bukit Bintang, Jalan Alor has a traditional charm to it with atmospheric air-conditioned Chinese seafood restaurants, bright fluorescent restaurant signage lighting and mini red Chinese lanterns strung up in the trees. Read More...

Bangsar

Bangsar, a popular expatriate stomping ground in Kuala Lumpur, is famous for its lively nightlife haunts. It is home to a variety of nightspots ranging from funky pubs and mini night clubs and to resto-bars and elegant cafés. While Bangsar’s nightlife scene pales in comparison to Changkat Bukit Bintang, the streets in the area are crawling with college students, yuppies, tourists and expatriates during the weekends. Some of the most well-patronised establishments in Bangsar include SIX Cocktail Lounge, Ril’s, The Social, and La Bodega. Read More...

When it comes to nightlife in Kuala Lumpur, Jalan P. Ramlee is considered one of the city’s hottest venues. In comparison to its neighbour (Changkat Bukit Bintang), Jalan P. Ramlee can best be described as a wackier and more eccentric nightspot with throngs of party-goers club-hopping from one establishment to another. Lively and vibrant after dark, exciting nightlife options line the street, each looking as colourful on the inside as they do on the outside. Read More...

Asian Heritage Row

Popular with the young and yuppie crowd, the Asian Heritage Row is a section of Jalan Doraisamy which gives way to a spectacular stretch of converted colonial buildings. Located just off Jalan Sultan Ismail right next to Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur, the avenue features once-abandoned 80-year old houses that have been turned into trendy dining and entertainment options with elegant and arresting façades. Read More...

Pasar Malams (Malay for night markets) are an incredibly prominent feature in the Malaysian shopping experience. Available in every state throughout the country, these after-dark souks are all the rage because they allow locals and tourists to shop for inexpensive goods. Busy streets within residential neighbourhoods are shut down to traffic (one day only in a week) and stalls are set up as early as 18:00. In Kuala Lumpur, you can find many night markets happening each day in different places throughout the weeks selling all sorts of merchandise under the sun. Read More...

Jalan Bukit Bintang is Kuala Lumpur’s best known nightlife venues, providing endless choices when it comes to after-dark entertainment. Visitors can find a plethora of resto-bars that swing into action come nightfall while many hotels that line the street have on-site trendy watering holes and nightclubs. Karaoke lounges can also be found in abundance here, many of which also offer private rooms for patrons who want to belt out to the latest tunes well into the night, no matter which day of the week it is. Read More...

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Jalan Sultan Ismail Bukit Bintang
Jalan Sultan Ismail

Once the main nightlife district of Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Sultan Ismail is still reliable when it comes to its nightlife offerings, despite rising competition from happening areas such as Changkat Bukit Bintang and Asian Heritage Row. Here, nocturnal crowds can enjoy live band performances at the legendary Hard Rock Cafe or enjoy a cocktail or beer while enjoying panoramic views of Kuala Lumpur at Luna Bar and Heli Lounge Bar. Located just a short distance from the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, getting off at the Dang Wangi LRT station will put you right at the beginning of Jalan Sultan Ismail. Read More...

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