15 Groovy Bars in Kuala Lumpur to Party the Night Away!
Here is a list of the best 15 bars in Kuala Lumpur, in no particular order; so that you can have your party plans sorted for the weekends to come!
Previously home to a brothel, PS150 is now the talk of the town and one of the best bars in Kuala Lumpur. Located in Chinatown, the bar is divided into three different zones, with each zone replicating a unique theme of its own. The Opium Den boasts of its own Oriental Charm, while Tiki is an open courtyard inspired by post-war scenes. The main bar area is an amalgamation of the old and new, and is the favorite hangout spot from the three.
Address: 150, Jalan Petaling, City Centre, 50000, KL. Opening hours: Sundays and Mondays: 06:00 PM to 01:00 AM, Tuesdays to Saturday: 06:00 PM to 02:00 AM
2. Sky Bar
If you intend to explore some of the best bars in Kuala Lumpur, you cannot get away without visiting this gorgeous rooftop nightclub, which is located on the 33rd floor of the Traders Hotel. The center of attraction here is the pool, which is bordered by cabanas on one side, and a bar area on the other, both of which offer stunning panoramic views of the entire city and the glamorous skyline. But the fascinating location is not the only thing the bar is recommended for, since it also serves excellent drinks, including wines, beers, spirits, cocktails and mocktails; and good food. And to add to the fun, the in-house DJs play some great techno music on some nights, while on others, you will get to hear jazz, rock and pop music.
Address: Level 33, Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur City Centre Opening Hours: Sundays to Thursdays: 10:00 AM to 01:00 AM, Fridays and Saturdays: 10:00 AM to 03:00 AM
3. Jungle Bird
A new addition to the list of the most happening bars in Kuala Lumpur, the Jungle Bird opened recently in Bukit Damansara, and boasts of being a one of a kind of ‘Rumah Rum’ bar. The café has managed to stay true to its Malaysian roots, and the ambiance and décor of the place replicate exactly that. Bamboo stilts and rattan furniture will welcome you inside the bar, and the leafy wallpapers give you a complete tropical resort vibe.
Address:15 Plaza Damansara, Jalan Medan Setia 1, Kuala Lumpur Opening hours: Sundays to Wednesdays: 05:00 PM to 01:00 AM, Thursdays to Saturdays: 05:00 PM to 03:00 AM
4. The Vault
The Vault has been designed to give its visitors a feel of the Prohibition Era, and even the specially curated menu replicates the theme through its blend of authentic classics and specialty cocktails. In fact, entry to the bar is through a vault door, and hence, the name 'The Vault KL'. Currently on the menu are 18 specially crafted cocktails, which help the bar meet its vision of serving world-class cocktails with quality service. The music here is also exceptionally good, with DJs playing from Thursdays to Saturdays.
Location: 5, Jalan Sri Hartamas 7, Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur Opening hours: Mondays, Tuesdays and Sundays: 05:00 PM to 02:00 AM, Wednesdays and Thursdays: 05:00 PM to 03:00 AM, Fridays and Saturdays: 05:00 PM to 04:00 AM
5. Havana Bar and Grill
A perfect combination of a restaurant and a bar; the Havana Bar and Grill, located in what was formerly a mansion, has been serving happy customers for over 20 years now. Rated as one of the best bars in Malaysia, Havana has succeeded in bringing Latin America and Cuba to Malaysia; and you will find a lot of expats and western tourists relaxing here with a cocktail in their hand, blissfully enjoying the salsa music in the background. The staff here is really friendly and sweet, and you get to choose from a large range of draught beers, wines, specialty cocktails and spirits; with happy hours going on every day till 09:00 PM.
Location: Changkat Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur Opening hours: Fridays to Sundays: 01:00 PM to 03:00 AM, Mondays to Thursdays: 03:00 PM to 03:00 AM
6. Play Club at The Roof KL
If you wish to skip the usual commercialized and conventional night clubs and get to know those party animals better, then the Play Club is the place to be at – the ideal venue to mix up and interact with other people. This premium dance club, located in Petaling Jaya, is inspired by some of the best clubs of Europe, and is complete with an industrial themed set up with totally minimalistic décor and exposed pipes. The Play Club also boasts of having hosted a number of international artists, including Lil Jon, Cedric Gervais, and VINAI; and it is not uncommon to see a lot of expats and local celebrities grooving along to the hip-hop, trance and EDM music throughout the weekend at the bar.
Location: First Avenue, Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia Opening Hours: Mondays to Fridays: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM, Saturdays and Sundays: 04:00 PM to 10:00 PM
7. Shelley Yu’s
Named after the wife of one of its co-founders, Shelley Yu’s specializes in traditional Nonya food and artisanal cocktails, and beautifully combines the two to create a memorable experience for its visitors. This bar of Kuala Lumpur is a perfect place to meet at for a casual lunch or dinner with friends and family, and yet it doubles up as a club on the weekends, when the DJs play some amazing music, and guests groove along to the tunes enjoying their gin and tonic.
Location: 49, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur Operating hours: Sundays to Tuesdays and Thursdays: 12:00 PM to 12:00 AM Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays: 12:00 PM to 02:00 AM
8. Heli Lounge Bar
A fully functional helipad by day, a bustling bar and club by the night: nothing can describe the Heli Lounge Bar any better. Located inside the Menara KH Building, the bar is built on two levels: the top floor houses the nightclub, while the roof has the helipad bar. What adds to the elitist feeling of being at the place is the fact that not a lot of people know about this hidden gem, and also that this helipad is one of the only five in the city! And since the bar is located just across the KL Tower, you undoubtedly get the best views of the city skyline from here.
The bar serves a wide range of beers, both domestic and imported; and the classic cocktails including mojitos and martinis are also worth giving a shot. These include Dine in the Air, Chopper, Star Kiss, Hellusion and Fizzy 747.
Location: 34 Menara KH, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang, 50450, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur Opening hours: Sundays to Wednesdays: 05:00 PM to 12 midnight, Thursdays: 05:00 PM to 01:00 AM, Fridays and Saturdays: 05:00 PM to 02:00 AM
9. Omakase + Appreciate
Probably the coolest cocktail bar in Kuala Lumpur, Omakase + Appreciate is the brainchild of Shawn, and is a unique concept which is gaining much appreciation in the industry. Omakase is a Japanese word, which literally means ‘a meal which consists of dishes which have been chosen by the chef’; only, in this case, the beverages are the food. The mixologists here are great at what they do, and based on the interactions that you have with them, they will handcraft a drink, just for you! In fact, the bar has also been picked up as Asia’s top 10 bars by the World’s 50 Best Bars organization, and is constantly featured as the best bars in the city.
Location: Bangunan Ming Annexe, 9, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur Opening hours: Tuesdays to Fridays: 06:00 PM to 01:00 AM, Saturdays: 09:00 PM to 01:00 AM, Sundays and Mondays closed
Inspired by and built along the lines of Malaysian culture, BarAtas is a quirky cocktail bar in Kuala Lumpurwhich combines fun with nostalgia, by weaving together a quirky décor with the Malayan vibes of the bygone era. Even the food has been innovated with a local twist, and the bar serves a lot of Malaysian inspired food; and this influence is quite evident in the drinks too. The bar plays some great Hip Hop, RnB and commercial music, so groove along as you enjoy the imaginative drinks and lip-smacking food.
Location: 59100, 3-1, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur Opening hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays: 05:00 PM to 03:00 AM, Sundays and Mondays: closed
MANTRA Bar is located at the Bangsar Village Shopping Center; and is as famous for its panoramic views as it is for its Asian style cocktails and tapas. The interiors are pretty relaxed, with a long bar set in a modern Asian setting, as well as a beautiful dining deck fitted with high tables and potted plants; and lots of couches and private cabanas. Both the beverages and the food here are modern takes on favorite classics, with flavours from South East Asia; and don’t be surprised to find unusual tastes and textures in your food!
Location: Bangsar Village, 59000 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur Opening hours: Mondays to Thursdays: 04:30 PM to 01:30 AM, Fridays to Saturdays: 04:30 PM to 03:00 AM
Be sure to try the classic cocktail Hanky Panky while at Coley. In fact, the name Coley is inspired from the famous bartender Ada Coleman, who created this classic cocktail. Coleys’s Saffron Sour is also another must-try item on the menu.
Location: 6-G, Jalan Abdullah, Bangsar, 59000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur Opening hours: Mondays to Saturdays: 05:00 PM to 01:00 AM, Sundays: closed
13. Zeta Bar
Location: Level 5, Hilton Kuala Lumpur Opening Hours: Mondays to Tuesdays: 05:00 PM to 02:00 AM, Wednesdays to Saturdays: 05:00 PM to 03:00 AM, Sundays: closed
14. Pisco Bar
Undoubtedly one of the coolest bars in Kuala Lumpur, the Pisco Bar is home to an urban delightful atmosphere, which attracts expats, foreign visitors and trendy locals to it in large numbers, especially after its dinner hours. Some of the trendiest DJs in town perform here, as visitors enjoy the mesmerizing live music performances and dance along while sipping on their cocktails. Spread over two floors, the place can accommodate up to 250 people, and the elevated stage indoors makes for a great place to host parties, product launches, movie screening, and performances.
Location: 29, Jalan Mesui, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur Opening hours: Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays: 05:00 PM to 03:00 AM, Thursdays and Sundays: 05:00 PM to 01:00 AM, Mondays and Wednesdays: closed
15. Canopy Rooftop Bar and Lounge
Canopy Rooftop Bar and Lounge is the first outlet in Kuala Lumpur by the Tiger Bay of London; and is reputed for its cocktails, cigars, Mediterranean classics, premium-grade shisha and homemade desserts from all around the globe. Located on top of The Mayang Club, along Jalan Mayang; this stylish rooftop bar in Kuala Lumpur offers some of the best nightlife experiences, and the sleek bar area and the semi-covered lounge which overlooks the majestic Petronas Twin Towers are worth mentioning.
Location: 183, Jalan Mayang, Kampung Baru, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur Opening hours: 04:00 PM to 03:00 AM on all days of the week