There’s a prevailing misconception that the Kuala Lumpur nightlife scene is rather dull, as compared to many other neighbouring countries in Southeast Asia. This probably stems from the belief that Malaysia is more conservative as a society.
However, those who take the time to explore and understand the city will know that there are plenty of great nightlife spots. Some examples are these that will add that spark to your nightlife:
1. Suzie Wong
The entrance to Suzie Wong is located at the back of Wisma Lim Foo Yong on Jalan Raja Chulan. You’ll spot what looks like a traditional Chinese house with red lanterns and a wooden double door. Go through that and you’ll be greeted by a push-cart selling noodles. The bar is beyond this cart, where you’ll be greeted by a world inspired by Hong Kong in the 60s. This is the world of Suzie Wong.
Address: Wisma Lim Foo Yong, Jalan Tengah, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening hours: Mondays to Fridays, 4pm-3am; Saturdays 6pm-3am; Closed on Sundays
The City List: https://thecitylist.my/venue/suzie-wong-kl
In the heart of KL’s Chinatown stands a rather lonely looking toy shop. But is it really a toy shop? Venture beyond its back door and you’ll find a bar with creative Asian and Malaysian inspired cocktails. Space is divided into three sections, all inspired by the shop lot’s checkered past. There the Opium Den, Swinging 60s lounge and the main classical Chinese bar area.
Address: 150 Jalan Petaling, Ground Floor, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening hours: Sundays to Mondays, 6pm-1am; Tuesdays to Saturdays, 6pm-2am
The City List: https://thecitylist.my/venue/ps150
3. Omakase + Appreciate
Look for Omakase + Appreciate behind an electrical switchboard door, hung with a ‘No Admittance’ sign. This rather small speakeasy fits a maximum of 20-25 people at one time. However, they don’t take reservations and entry is on a first come first serve basis. Rather than featuring guest performers, Omakase + Appreciate regularly bring in guest bartenders that whip up original cocktails in addition to their regular drinks menu.
Address: Bangunan Ming Annexe, 9, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: Tuesdays to Fridays, 6pm-1am; Saturdays and Public Holidays, 9pm-1am. Closed on Sundays and Mondays.
The City List: https://thecitylist.my/venue/omakase-appreciate
4. 61 Monarchy
61 Monarchy gives off a cool, classic vibe set in a sleek and minimalistic setting. A dark wooden bar top and tables are paired with rattan furniture. They pride themselves as Whiskey specialists, with more than 400 bottles of Whiskey from all over the globe to satisfy your curiosity.
Address: 61M, Jalan SS21/1A, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Opening hours: Mondays to Saturdays, 5pm-2am. Closed on Sundays
The City List: https://thecitylist.my/venue/61-monarchy
To look for this speakeasy, you’ll have to venture through the back alley behind Huckleberry Food & Fare in Plaza Damansara. Skullduggery is decked out like an old-fashioned gentlemen’s club, with cocktails that are well thought out. Try their signature Black Tai, made with Bacardi 8, Lime, Sesame Orgeat, Amaro Montenegro, Raspberry Jam and Mint.
Address: 2M Plaza Damansara, Jalan Medan Setia 2, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays, 7pm-3am; closed on Sundays and Mondays
The City List: https://thecitylist.my/venue/skullduggery
6. The Attic Bar
Feel the wind in your hair when you visit this hidden rooftop bar. The entrance is rather complicated. You’ll have to enter through a first floor guest house and then climb up two floors through a winding staircase. The bar has both an indoor and outdoor seating area, which you can choose according to your mood.
Address: 3rd Floor, 15 Jalan Balai Polis, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening hours: Daily, 6pm-1am
The City List: https://thecitylist.my/venue/the-attic-bar-kl
7. The Deceased
Death isn’t something very cheerful, so it’s rare to find that theme in any entertainment joint. The Deceased breaks all stereotypes and goes all out with their hidden bar based on Chinese funerary traditions and superstitions. The bar used to be a traditional Chinese herbal medicine store, and all their cocktails are served in horror themed designs, complete with props. It’s a hair raising experience that will thrill you to no end.
Address: 55, Jalan Sultan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening hours: Wednesdays to Mondays, 6.30pm -2 am; closed on Tuesdays.
8. The Berlin KL
Found in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, this is a German-themed bar, with an edgy vibe is located in Chinatown (Look for a red door along Jalan Tun HS Lee). Inside you will find walls covered in photos of Berlin's past, neon signs of the city's name and a bar that showcases the vast liquor collection, keeping the space as a well thought out representation of Berlin. They also offer an interesting selection of cocktails and bar snacks and have regular entertainment including live bands and DJs at the weekend.
Address: 208, Ground Floor, Jalan Tun HS Lee, 50000
Opening hours: Sunday, Monday & Wednesday 6 pm - 2 am, Tuesday Closed, Thursday - Saturday 6pm - 3 am
The City List: https://thecitylist.my/venue/the-berlin