Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown combines a mishmash of traditional shophouses, chaotic markets and a reputation for a good night out. Culture Trip rounds up our favourite bars in Chinatown KL, including quiet lounges, rowdy reggae bars and a few hidden locations most tourists don’t know.
The Attic Bar
Bar, Malaysian, $$$
Try one of their many signature cocktails | © Thitinun Lerdkijsakul / Shutterstock
The Attic Bar is probably the most mysterious bar in Chinatown KL. Hidden away on the third floor of Travel Hub Guesthouse on Jalan Balai Polis, visitors won’t find any signs or overt advertising. Instead, customers mostly visit from recommendations. The interior looks like an attic with bare brick walls, sofas and beanbags. But the highlight is the chandelier made using birdcages and the terrace overlooking the old railway station. Follow two spiral staircases into the spacious bar and enjoy one of their affordable cocktails such as a Mojito, Long Island Iced Tea and a mysterious cocktail made by skillful bartenders.
Bar, Chinese, Malaysian, Asian, $$$
The cocktail bar on Petaling Street sits inside a pre-war shophouse behind the endless stalls stretching along both sides of the street. After entering PS150, customers will find three different thematic seating areas based on historical Indochina and cocktail contexts. Expect a selection of drinks and spirits from around the globe and the chance to taste a series of unusual cocktails. The menu features several beverages from different eras including Contemporary, Disco and Tiki along with Vintage and Prohibition. Not only does PS150 transport patrons back in time with its decorations and drinks, but it also makes for a charismatic hangout in Chinatown KL.