How To Celebrate New Year's Eve in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Fireworks at The Eye of Malaysia, KL © amrufm/Flickr
Fireworks at The Eye of Malaysia, KL © amrufm/Flickr
The nightlife scene in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, can’t be left off the travel and lifestyle list; it is the ideal place to celebrate New Year’s Eve. The vibrant scenes with diverse events are not left out to celebrate this moment. Here is a list of locations for you to choose from to welcome the New Year.


KLCC Park, Kuala Lumpur City Centre
KLCC Park, Kuala Lumpur City Centre | © Sean Pavone / Alamy Stock Photo
KLCC Park is just right outside the Suria KLCC, frequently visited by travellers from around the world. The whole area consists of live music performances (with a perfect ending of majestic fireworks in the night sky) just for the New Year Eve. In between, you’ll be mesmerized by the beautiful Lake Symphony and want to take photos of the iconic Petronas Twin Towers at night. You can also have a short walk around the park or chill out at the bar and restaurants near the park while waiting for the New Year countdown.
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Troika Sky Dining and Skybar

Bar, Malaysian, $$$

The best way to see the fireworks and the night skyline of Kuala Lumpur is to be on a rooftop. You relax, with no worries of being too crowded, get delicious food and beverages to savour, live music performances and even get a mesmerizing night view of Kuala Lumpur. Indulge yourself with various cuisines to try at Troika Sky Dining, such as Italian, French, Spanish and Greek cuisine. End your night by having drinks at the Skybar while watching the fireworks sparkle through the night.

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Heli Lounge Bar

Bar, Malaysian, Pub Grub, $$$
Heli Lounge Bar KL
Heli Lounge Bar, KL | © Eduardo M. C./Flickr
Heli Lounge Bar is one of the best rooftop bars in Kuala Lumpur. Enjoy the sunset views, night skyline and fireworks displays at the top floor of Menara KH building. It has an indoor bar and an alfresco bar on the helipad. Helipad by day, the alfresco bar by night (opens at 5 p.m.). Enjoy the night view of high-rise buildings, including KL Tower and Petronas Twin Towers. By the way, be careful – there is jut a temporary rope surrounding the helipad for safety. Clink your glasses and watch the fireworks to welcome the New Year.
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Bar, Malaysian, $$$
Head down with your friends to TREC KL, the trendy nightlife hotspots in Kuala Lumpur. Similar to Changkat Bukit Bintang, the place is filled with pubs, bars, restaurants and nightclubs. You certainly don’t want to miss out the theme parties to welcome 2018. Enjoy delicious delicacies at restaurants followed by drinks at Coppersmith. Listen and dance the night at Le Noir, a five-storey building with different music genres on each floor, including a rooftop for you to dance and watch the fireworks display from afar.
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Changkat Bukit Bintang

Changkat Bukit Bintang is filled with pubs, restaurants and nightclubs along Jalan Changkat. The street is filled up with lights and a vibrant atmosphere. Enjoy the flow of drinks and live music – house, hip-hop, trance and R&B – to usher in the New Year. Before getting into the nightlife, why not shop around Pavilion, which is just a short walking distance from Changkat Bukit Bintang. We suggest to take the monorail that takes you straight to Bukit Bintang – there’s one based in the city centre and another for those who live outside Kuala Lumpur.

Desa Park City

Want someplace quiet and tranquil with your close friends and family? Then, Desa Park City is the perfect place to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Not only is it one of the most relaxing residential parks, you can cycle along the bike paths, have your meals at the nearby restaurants and even take your pets with you. Bring your friends and family to watch the New Year fireworks display. We recommend having your dinner early before the peak hour; tables are filled up quickly. By having dinner early, you will be able to get a good spot to watch the fireworks at the park.

Atmosphere 360 @ KL Tower

Restaurant, Chinese, Asian, European, $$$
Atmosphere 360, KL Tower
Atmosphere 360, KL Tower | © Moses Valle/Flickr
How about a private dining experience with fireworks in the center of Kuala Lumpur? Take your loved one to Atmosphere 360, a revolving restaurant. Enjoy your meal while watching the bright skyline of Kuala Lumpur around you. Right inside KL Tower, Atmosphere 360 offers a vast array of dishes made with the finest ingredients and cooked by its resident chef. There is a buffet, a la carte options and cocktails.
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Bar, Malaysian
Publika is lifestyle hangout spot filled with arts and entertainment. To usher in the New Year, the organizers of Publika will bring in live performances through the night. The live performances consist of the popular local acts, from rock to jazz. Sometimes there are food trucks nearby. Take part in games and win prizes. Countdown the New Year, watch the fireworks and you might even join the crowd in singing Auld Lang Syne by the time clock strikes at midnight.
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Dataran Merdeka

Building, Park
Dataran Merdeka at night, KL
Dataran Merdeka at night, KL | © Emran Kassim/Flickr
On New Year’s Eve, Dataran Merdeka offers a breathtaking celebration in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. It is located just right next to the Sultan Abdul Samad building and the Malaysian flag waving patriotically on a nearby flagpole. Watch the traditional dances, live vocals, marching bands and spectacular firework displays. Stand at the grassy lawns and enjoy the festive New Year’s Eve celebrations. We suggest taking the monorail to Masjid Jamek station, the nearest stop to Dataran Merdeka.
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These recommendations were updated on November 21, 2018 to keep your travel plans fresh.