Changkat Bukit Bintang is Kuala Lumpur‘s river of booze; a jam-packed street home to a cluster of bars, pubs, clubs and bistros. And, considering Malaysia‘s stellar reputation for food, there’s no better place to double up your bar-hopping endeavours with a gastronomic journey spanning all corners of the globe. Here are some of the best drinking dens in Changkat.
First things first, eat up – drinking on an empty stomach never ends well. Located in the centre of Changkat, this traditionally Chinese-decorated bistro offers a fusion of Southeast Asian and Chinese food. Complete the wine-and-dine experience with one of Opium KL’s specialty cocktails, which showcase the mixologists’ knack for putting a spin on old recipes. It’s a hard-to-miss corner spot; simply look out for the lanterns and a big, aqua-coloured sign. And why kick off a pub crawl in the middle of the street? There’s method in the madness: you’ll get your bearings and enjoy a taste of what’s to come.
Opium KL, 50 Changkat Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia. T: +60 3-2142 5670
The Ceylon Bar
Next stop is The Ceylon Bar, a Sri Lankan sports pub down the road. A chill place to let the dinner sit and enjoy a drink or two, this quaint haunt offers Tuesday quiz nights and Thursday live bands, should it be out of season for football matches. If you’re still peckish, feast on the kitchen’s Sri Lankan dishes or simply order some appetisers to keep the alcohol from hitting too soon in the night.
The Ceylon Bar, 20-2 Changkat Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia. T: +60 3-2145 7689
Palillos ‘Spanish Yakitori Bar’
Yes, you read that right. Seamlessly blending Japanese yakitori skewer-style foods with a dash of Spanish flair, this bar offers uniquely spiced treats at very affordable prices, all washed down with tasty tipples. A little catch, however, is that this hidden gem is really easy to miss; its grand entrance being a simple, slim staircase, with a tiny, poster-sized neon sign for greetings. Just look out for Pinchos Tapas Bar, and aim right.
No Black Tie
With all the eating going on, it might be best to take a night stroll, before hitting up another bar. No Black Tie prides itself on being a premier jazz lounge, a road away from the hectic Changkat buzz, providing exposure to local and up-and-coming artists. On lucky days, visitors might be treated to poetry and readings from some of the more artistic patrons and guests. A little warning, however, the place can get crowded on weekends, and an entrance fee is charged (price varies).
No Black Tie, Jalan Nagasari & Jalan Mesui, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia. T: +60 3-2142 3737
Havana Bar and Grill
Amble back to Changkat road and resume your journey by paying a visit to Havana Bar and Grill. One of the most happening places on the street, this Latin American nightclub serves up national delicacies as hot as its retro-Cuban music playlists. Its popularity makes prices a little more expensive, but great vibes make every dollar worth it. Be sure to spend at least an hour here dancing away to Salsa tunes by live bands.
Havana Bar and Grill, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia. T: +60 3-2142 7170
The Whisky Bar
An ideal final stop for those who would like to remember the night, The Whisky Bar provides a classy end to the evening. Simply and directly named, its library of namesake drinks, accompanied by an equally stellar selection of malts, will entice you to wind down while savouring the finer things in life. And if you’re keen for some (more) late-night eats, try out one of the prime steaks to go with the main of whisky. And for wannabe connoisseurs, an array of tasting sets on the menu and some very helpful staff will be sure to set you on the right path.
The Whisky Bar KL, 46 Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia. T: +60 3-2143 2268
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