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Kuala Lumpur's Best Cocktail Bars & Party Spots

Kuala Lumpur's Best Cocktail Bars & Party Spots

Picture of Jessica Dawdy
Updated: 9 February 2017
Kuala Lumpur is a buyer’s market when it comes to finding a place to spend your evening. Whether you’re looking for a glitzy rooftop bar overlooking the city, a pulsating dance floor or a cozy pub, the nightlife scene evolves as quickly as Kuala Lumpur itself. From long-standing favorites to the coolest recent additions, here are the top ten spots to party in Malaysia’s capital.

Fuego

Fuego is a unique restaurant and bar dedicated to South American cuisine. The menu focuses on shareable tapas-sized portions, and many dishes are prepared using smoking techniques. The real highlight is the guacamole, with more than five unique types put together by a special team of guacamole chefs. Outdoor and open, diners have a truly stunning view of the iconic Petronas Twin Towers and the Kuala Lumpur city skyline.

Fuego, Level 23A (Tower A) The Troika, 19 Persiaran KLCC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +60 3 2162 0886

Laundry

Laundry is an easy-going and eclectic bar with a firm commitment to Kuala Lumpur’s music scene. The music ranges from rock and funk to soul and hip-hop, including a variety of local and international artists. In addition to indie bands on Thursday nights, the bar features live cover bands on Wednesdays, as well as DJs on Fridays and Saturdays. With a small stage, the performances always feel intimate and pair perfectly with one of Laundry’s ‘Oriental Cocktails’, such as the Somaek, with Korean rice wine and beer, or the Tokyo Rose with sake, peach liqueur, orange juice, and cranberry juice. A recent renovation has enhanced the bar’s sophisticated retro atmosphere, with an RGB wall by Italian designer, Carnovsky.

Laundry, Ground Floor, The Curve, Western Courtyard, Mutiara Damansara, Petaling Jaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +60 3 7728 1715

No Black Tie

A Kuala Lumpur institution, No Black Tie has been hosting some of the city’s top jazz performers for more than 14 years. The bar’s cozy interior features black-and-white photos of jazz legends, small tables, wood paneling, and low candle lighting. The menu includes Japanese-influenced dishes, along with wine, cigars, and a few cocktails. But the real focus here is on the shows. In addition to hosting some of the region’s top jazz musicians, the bar also presents everything from Brazilian funk to Chopin and poetry readings.

No Black Tie, Jalan Nagasari, Bukit Bintang, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +60 3-2142 3737

Pisco Bar

Pisco Bar serves up a Peruvian-inspired menu in a trendy, laid-back setting. The restaurant’s welcoming interior features exposed ceiling beams and brick walls decorated with black-and-white photographs and movie stills. The name comes from pisco, a Peruvian spirit made from distilled wine. Pisco Sour, the restaurant’s signature cocktail, and Peru’s national drink, is a light, foamy beverage containing pisco, sugar, egg white and lime. The fusion menu reflects chef Miguel Hokama’s Peruvian and Japanese culinary background. Go for the Ceviche Tasting, a sample of the restaurant’s signature tuna, snapper and mussel ceviches.

Pisco Bar, Jalan Nagasari, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +60 3 2142 2900

SkyBar

SkyBar is a sophisticated, open-air lounge that offers mesmerizing views over Kuala Lumpur. The menu features a selection of shareable tapas, such as the restaurant’s signature spicy buffalo-chicken wings served with french fries, vegetables crudités and blue-cheese dressing. A great selection of wines, beers, spirits, and cocktails is available, including signature cocktails such as the pineapple-infused Selangor Sling, or Kiwitini, fresh kiwi with Belvedere vodka. The interior is sleek and contemporary, with a pool running through the middle of the room bordered by sunken alcoves with chaise lounges. Most nights feature mellow jazz and soft rock, with DJs kicking the atmosphere into high gear on certain days.

SkyBar, Traders Hotel, Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +60 3 2332 9888

Tate

Tate is an intimate bar inspired by the atmosphere of Prohibition-era speakeasies. In keeping with a time when alcohol was illegal in the US, the bar’s entrance is subtle, marked with a top-hat-shaped light reflecting against a white wall. Inside, the space is handsome and sophisticated, with low lighting, Art Deco paintings, and plenty of leather. The menu includes a few snacks, but the emphasis is on the bar’s selection of gourmet cocktails. Go for a Matahari, made with Hennessy, chai-infused sweet vermouth, lemon juice, pomegranate and rosebuds, or the Ally Meet Early, which includes gin and Earl Grey tea.

Tate, Ground floor, The Intermark, 182 Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +60 3 2161 2368

The Rabbit Hole

The Rabbit Hole is a cool concept bar, with six themed rooms inspired by the stories of Alice in Wonderland and The Chronicles of Narnia. The outdoor Bamboo Forest area features seating under the shadow of secluded bamboo trees, as well as an elevated stage where live performances often take place. Inside, there is the relaxed Tiger Translate Art Bar with its industrial décor and quirky graffiti; the swanky Arthur’s Lounge, or the dance club ambiance of the Green Room. As beer brands collaborate with The Rabbit Hole on the room concepts, it is no surprise that the menu includes an excellent selection of brews, in addition to cocktails, wines, and western snacks.

The Rabbit Hole, 16, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +60 16 680 2200