10 Best Nightlife Experiences in KL

Most Popular Things to Do at Night in Kuala Lumpur

Nightlife experiences in Kuala Lumpur are plentiful as the city is teeming with 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, nightlife in KL isn’t just limited to watering holes as you can also find numerous hawker stalls with tantalising Asian cuisine and bustling night markets that remain open until the wee hours of the 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, this comprehensive guide of 10 Best Nightlife Experiences in Kuala Lumpur shows that there’s no shortage of exciting places to go at night in Kuala Lumpur.

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    Changkat Bukit Bintang, widely regarded as Kuala Lumpur’s definitive party venue, is easily accessible from prominent landmarks such as Pavilion KL, Starhill Gallery, and the Jalan Alor Food Street. This narrow avenue is filled with international restaurants, nightclubs with cocktails bars, and vibrant pubs with DJs spinning music, ranging from house and electro to remixed pop and hip-hop tunes. While its nightlife scene is always changing, there are a number of crowd-favourite establishments to be found here, include Pisco Bar, Havana Bar & Grill, and The Rabbit Hole. Read More...

    Rooftop bars are gaining massive popularity amongst Kuala Lumpur’s late night revellers. Some of the best nightlife in Kuala Lumpur happens far above the city streets, with 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...

    Petaling Street Night Market

    Petaling Street in Chinatown KL 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 that dominates the nightlife scene here. A well-known shopping district in the city centre, the whole area transforms into a lively and vibrant night market when the sun sets, with hundreds of stalls selling apparels, souvenirs, and accessories at dirt-cheap prices. You can also find several nightlife hotspots here, from hostels fitted with makeshift rooftop bars to speakeasies and cocktail bars hidden along narrow alleyways. Read More...

    Jalan Alor

    Jalan Alor is one of the most famous roads in Kuala Lumpur for food, hosting numerous hawker stalls and seafood restaurants that stay open - and packed - until late. 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 KL 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...

    Nightclubs in Kuala Lumpur are plentiful, ranging from well-hidden underground venues to sophisticated rooftop clubs with expansive city views. Those looking to enjoy a raving good time in Kuala Lumpur will find that these nightlife spots are always packed until morning, thanks to their impressive line-up of renowned DJs spinning dance-worthy tunes, extensive alcoholic offerings, and fun atmosphere. The most popular nightclub in Kuala Lumpur is Zouk KL, but if you’re tired of mainstream tunes and pricey cover charges, drop by Under9 KL on Friday and Saturday nights. Read More...


    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...

    Jalan Ampang Kuala Lumpur

    Ampang is known for its five-star hotels, where you can find a number of award-winning rooftop bars and posh cocktail lounges. As one of the main roads in the KLCC area which connects straight to the Petronas Twin Towers, this underrated nightlife district is also home to stylish speakeasies and nightclubs for late-night revellers looking to mingle with fashion-forward locals and dance the night away to heart-thumping electronic dance music. If you’re in the area, be sure to visit after-dark gems such as Como Bar Kuala Lumpur, Zouk KL, and Omakase + Appreciate Lounge. Read More...

    The Row Kuala Lumpur plays host to numerous dining and nightlife spots that offer European and local cuisine as well as unique events and live entertainment. Formerly known as Asian Heritage Row, the once popular nightlife district underwent a massive refurbishment that transformed over 20 1940s shophouses into stylish cafés, bistros, event spaces, and restaurants. Located beside Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur, you can easily make your way to The Row KL from anywhere in the city as it is less than five minutes away from the Medan Tuanku Monorail Station. Read More...

    Night Markets (Pasar Malam)

    Night markets (locally called pasar malam) 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

    Jalan Bukit Bintang is one of 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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