Get your dance moves ready as the sun sets over the city. Roam the streets and you’ll find that Kuala Lumpur becomes vibrant and buzzing with late night revellers ready for a fun night out. The city is packed with bars, clubs, and lounges offering a sweeping list of liquor and heart-pumping jams. Here are 10 of the best nightclubs in Malaysia’s capital city to show off your moves.
Zouk Club Kuala Lumpur
Restaurant, Nightclub, Pub Grub, $$$
With its upgraded location at Jalan Tun Razak, Zouk features a one-of-a-kind combination of nightclub, bar, live music venue, and restaurant set within the lively TREC entertainment hub. This nightlife hotspot has eight clubbing spaces featuring different themes and dancing experiences for partygoers. Zouk KL is also known for its impressive lineup, featuring both local and international DJs. Keep an eye out for the themed party nights: Crayon (EDM, trance, trap, and hardstyle) and School of Pop (pop, radio hits, and 90’s to current music) every Thursday; C.R.E.A.M (hip-hop music) every Friday; and LOUD (EDM and anything that will make you dance) every Saturday.
Bring your funky moves to the floor as you dance the night away to underground electronic, R&B, techno, trance, and progressive tunes. Smack right in the heart of Bangsar, you can marvel at the panoramic views of Bangsar Village and Telawi while sipping on cocktails. There are two fully-equipped bars, providing an onslaught of drinks for the hardcore revellers. With its state-of-the-art lighting system, the mood is set to have you partying until the early morn’. Jiro KL, known for being a big supporter of both local and international DJs and aspiring artists, brings in a breath of fresh air every month with its unique lineup, so be sure to keep an eye out for their upcoming events.
Keep that energy going all night long at Kyō, with their upbeat house, techno, hip-hop, and R&B jams. Located in the basement level of the classy Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur, it houses a spacious dance space that can accommodate up to 770 people. Ren, Kyō’s partnering cocktail bar and lounge, is the perfect place to take a break from all the dancing and sip on exquisite drinks. With its high energy and good tunes, it’s no surprise that Kyō is one of KL’s most popular clubbing spots.
Bring out your inner 90’s kid at Groove the Disco and unwind to great music from the past. Located in Desa Sri Hartamas, Groove brings one hell of a party with a trip down memory lane. Get ready to dance to classic tunes from the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s until 2001. Show off your dance moves — while doing the Macarena, Running Man, or Voguing — under the colorful hues of the disco balls.
Looking for something under the radar? Make your way down a graffitied stairwell to get to Under9, a well-hidden house and techno club in Kuala Lumpur without the influx of mainstream clubbers. This compact club can only accommodate about 130 people. Expect a mixture of alternative tracks from disco, psychedelic, and trance to techno, acid, rave, and house — nothing is predictable at Under9! With cover ranging from RM15 (about $3.75) to RM20 (about $5), Under9 is one of the most affordable nightclubs in the city.
Esperance KL offers more than just the usual nightlife experience. Nightclub? Check. Cigar lounge? Check. Live music? Check. Fine-dining rooftop restaurant? Check. Located in Fraser Business Park, Esperance proves to be one of the hottest spots in the city for a fun night out. The nightclub features a futuristic setting with plush seats and a neon-lit dance floor where you can move to the beats of trance, EDM, and house tunes.
It’s just music, drinks and you at The Box. With its dark setting and minimal seating, the dance floor quickly fills up with partygoers dancing to mixed genre and eclectic vibes. Keep an eye out for the weekly themed nights like Underground Sound of Substance, Dictatorship, The Sweatbox, and Taboo. If you need a break from all that dancing, head to the main bar terrace section downstairs. You can enjoy majestic views of the Petronas Twin Towers and the Kuala Lumpur Tower as you sip on your drinks.
Vibes Club is hard to miss, as it’s along the main stretch of TREC. With an area covering over 3,000 sq ft, nightlife revellers looking for tunes to move to all night long stream in steadily. The dance floor brings a mix of both local and international DJs with EDM beats going all night long as well as a recently revamped thematic colour lighting system. They have weekly themed nights from Tuesday until Saturday: Virgin, 24K, Baetahouse, Luvee, Vibrations, and Swag.
Bar, Restaurant, Cocktail Bar, Pub, Wine Bar, Malaysian, Tapas, Italian, $$$
Tucked away in a three-storey pre-colonial house in Changkat Bukit Bintang, The Rabbit Hole is popular among young partygoers. There are six unique spaces for you to explore, with each exuding a style and theme of its own. Hang out at the classy Arthur’s Lounge, show off your dance moves at the laser-lighted Heineken Green Room, or grab a bite at the relaxing Bamboo Forest that offers alfresco dining.
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One of the city’s nightlife hotspots, Fuze can be found tucked away in a warehouse-like venue in the famous Golden Triangle. Techno and EDM beats can be heard consistently in the club. The industrial interior is decked out in laser light technology and features a balcony that offers views of the dance floor. Grab one of their many delicious drinks and enjoy their weekly live music on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. If you’re looking for more excitement, put on your best suit and join them for their themed nights: Ultra Violet on Thursdays, Loco on Fridays, and Kink on Saturdays.