Kuala Lumpur Nightlife

KL’s lively night scene can cater to any taste or fancy, be it a classical concert or all-night DJ set. While Malaysia may be a Muslim country, alcohol is freely available and many places offer happy hours. City slickers congregate in the glamorous addresses of KLCC, where some of finest see-and-be-seen bars enjoy elevated positions atop skyscrapers to provide fabulous vistas. The area around Changkat Bukit Bintang heaves with Western-style bars and pubs that attract a young, party-hard crowd, and the up-and-coming suburb of Bangsar, just south of the centre, promises a more relaxed vibe with cocktail bars and late-night speakeasies.

The website for Vision KL Magazine (www.visionkl.com) and Time Out (www.timeoutkl.com) are both packed with up-to-date nightlife listings.

Bars in Kuala Lumpur


Attracting the cool brigade, this retro-themed cocktail bar is hidden away behind a nondescript entrance of an old townhouse. Inside, seating comes in the form of wooden picnic tables set amid peeling walls, bamboo blinds and exposed bulbs. Expect heady drinks imbued with local ingredients such as lemongrass G&Ts and Pina Coladas made with pandan syrup.

3 Jalan Sin Chew Kee, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, 50150 , Malaysia
Telephone: +60 3 2141 7850
Heli Lounge

This daytime helicopter pad on the 34th floor of the Menara KH Building transforms at nightfall into a sky-high rooftop bar offering potent cocktails and heart-pulsing views of the glimmering cityscape below. Come early to watch the sunset before the night hots up with DJ sets and open-air dancing.

34th Floor, Menara KH, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, 50450, Malaysia
Telephone: +60 3 2110 5034
Sky Bar

On the 33rd floor of the Traders Hotel, adjacent to the KLCC complex, Sky Bar is a prime hangout for the 'smart' set, which means you should dress to impress. Tables are arranged around a stylish swimming pool on the rooftop (care is required to avoid an unwanted soaking), with spectacular views of the Twin Towers.

Level 33, Traders Hotel, KLCC, Kuala Lumpur, 50088, Malaysia
Telephone: +60 3 2332 9888

Clubs in Kuala Lumpur

Play Club

It’s worth the taxi ride to The Roof, a multi-space venue in Petaling Jaya that’s home to the much-touted Play Club. Trendsetters love this rooftop establishment for its industrial-themed interiors, all exposed pipes and neon lighting, while its state-of-the-art stage, sound and visuals host a steady stream of international acts.

Sky level, First Avenue, Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya, Kuala Lumpur, 47800, Malaysia
Telephone: +60 3 8605 3388

Dress to impress for an exclusive night at Providence, a more intimate alternative to KL’s super-club scene. The luxurious venue boasts a banging sound system and an impressive set of light fixtures that shine down on dancers as they shimmy to R&B, hip-hop and electro beats.

The Intermark Mall, 182 Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur, 50400, Malaysia
Telephone: +60 3 2166 8170

Reopened in 2015, the revamped and relocated Zouk has quickly established itself as KL’s most revered club with its all-night partying and roster of top local and international DJs. Revelry plays out across 11 rooms spanning 60,000 square feet and each has its own decadent style and music theme. There’s also a VIP lounge and snazzy rooftop deck.

436 Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur, 50400, Malaysia
Telephone: +60 3 2110 3888

Live Music in Kuala Lumpur

Dewan Filharmonik Petronas

Amazing acoustics define the Philharmonic Hall, Malaysia's first dedicated concert space for classical music that was inaugurated in 1998. The 865-seat venue, located in the Petronas Twin Tower complex, is home to the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra but also hosts many other classical concerts and musicians.

Tower Two, Petronas Twin Tower, Jalang Ampang, KLCC, Kuala Lumpur, 50088, Malaysia
Telephone: +60 3 2331 7008

A welcome addition to KL’s live music scene, this trendy entertainment hub stages live rock and pop concerts, with internationally renowned acts regularly topping the line-up bill. There are two licensed bars spread across two floors where, as well as musical performances, regular comedy acts and DJ sets play out.

1st Floor, Life Centre, 20 Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, 50250, Malaysia
Telephone: +60 3 2162 2570
No Black Tie

Offering authentic Japanese food and authentic live jazz, No Black Tie is the perfect gastro-bar for an intimate evening of easy listening. Its small, but a sleek wood and glass interior creates an atmospheric backdrop for local and international names performing to an unpretentious, music-loving crowd.

17 Jalan Mesul, off Jalan Nagasari, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, 50200, Malaysia
Telephone: +60 3 2142 3737
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