The Golden Triangle provides the best nightlife in Malaysia, ranging from exclusive rooftops to wine bars boasting incredible selections of rare varieties. From classy evenings to enjoying tailored-made cocktails and live music in an Irish Pub, check out our round-up of the Golden Triangle’s best bars in Kuala Lumpur.
Bar, Pub, Cocktail Bar, Pub Grub, Asian, Malaysian, $$$
SkyBar rates as one of the best bars in Kuala Lumpur and holds the title as the most popular rooftop spot in Malaysia’s capital. High on the 33rd floor of Trader’s Hotel with views of Petronas Towers, this rooftop bar offers a selection of drinks including an extensive list of cocktails to entice guests. Expect high prices but excellent value for money.
Bar, Pub, Cocktail Bar, Wine Bar, Pub Grub, Asian, $$$
Ever had a drink on a helicopter pad? Heli Lounge Bar offers an unusual theme and concept. Once a helipad and now a sprawling rooftop bar with decorations and furniture from old parts of a Boeing, drinking here offers a somewhat different experience. The downstairs lounge on the 34th connects to the rooftop on the 36th-floor helipad. Don’t expect railings around its perimeter and take extra care especially after a drink or two. Regular themed nights including Ladies Nights and Happy Hour promotions attract visitors to this little-known bar in Kuala Lumpur.
Bar, Pub, Cocktail Bar, Malaysian, Spanish, Cuban, $$$
For a Cuban-themed night of fun in Bukit Bintang’s Golden Triangle, head to Havana Bar. Expect Latin American decorations, a background of salsa playing and a menu filled with exotic cocktails. Growing in popularity among locals, expats and tourists, Havana provides a mouth-watering variety of draught beer, fine wine and imported spirits. Head down and enjoy an evening drink in the courtyard or balcony while soaking up a little bit of Cuba in Malaysia. Happy Hour promotions last until 9:00pm.
Bar, Pub, Cocktail Bar, Wine Bar, Malaysian, Asian, $$$
Another rooftop bar in Kuala Lumpur situated on the 34th floor. Expect a modern décor with a hip atmosphere attracting a younger crowd who come to enjoy their drinks in style. With views of the KL Tower and Petronas Towers and being a favourite spot with local celebrities, there’s little wonder why Luna received the Excellence Award, Best of Malaysia in 2012. The drink prices might be towards the higher end of the spectrum, but the views and atmosphere retain its excellent value.
Looking for the best views in Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Triangle? Head to Marini’s, the Italian-themed restaurant and bar on the 57th floor of Petronas Towers. Inside the highest rooftop bar in Malaysia, expect world class service and exclusivity. With three seating areas and a floor-to-ceiling window providing unobstructed views of the skyline, Marini promises an incredible experience. World class DJs play the latest hits as Kuala Lumpur’s rich and famous imbibe on exotic cocktails and rare spirits. Grab a seat and order a drink before 7:00pm and enjoy the romance as the sun dips below the impressive skyline.
Bar, Pub, Cocktail Bar, Bistro, Italian, Asian, $$$
The street-level bistro is a stone’s throw from Petronas Towers. Limoncello isn’t just famous because of its excellent Italian meals and classy environment. Instead, its location overlooking Symphony Lake’s 8:00pm light show keeps attracting tourists. Diners especially rate the experience of people watching and enjoying the show as they savour a cold beer or glass of white.
Imagine watching this with a glass of beer or wine.
For a sophisticated evening of fine wine and single malt whiskeys, View Rooftop Bar in GTOWER Hotel is the place to be. Not only does the menu feature a long list of cocktails, wines and spirits but it also provides views of the skyline from its location on the 30th floor. The highlight of this exclusive bar in Kuala Lumpur is the romantic atmosphere, making it a favourite spot for young couples.
Bar, Gastropub, Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, Irish, British, Asian, $$$
Almost every major city in the world features an Irish bar and Malone’s in the Golden Triangle is Kuala Lumpur’s. The Western, Irish pub-themed interior boasts a wide selection of beers including Guinness on tap to satisfy any cravings. Malone’s welcomes everyone from homesick expats to locals looking to unwind and enjoy a small piece of Ireland in Malaysia. Expect a welcoming atmosphere with regular drink promotions, events and live music.
With a somewhat secret location and hidden entrance, Omakase + Appreciate provides a mini-adventure and an intriguing drinking experience. But the speakeasy-style bar in Kuala Lumpur offers something else that consistently wows its patrons: cocktails. The bar employs award-winning mixologists who experiment and create tailor-made cocktails. Simply choose the spirits, and the experts will mix up something unique to suit the drinker’s personality. Few places in the world, let alone Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Triangle, offer this kind of experience.
According to some, The Barn rates as the most exclusive bar in Kuala Lumpur. The quiet and refined bar, one of two branches in the city, features an impressive menu of rare and fine wine from around the globe. With an interior design resembling a cellar or a barn, hence the name, expert waiters can offer suggestions on pairing their meals and drinks. Expect excellent service and the biggest selection of fine wine in all of Malaysia promising a classy night out.