Kuala Lumpur is quickly becoming known for its amazing nightlife, with a vast variety of bars and some of the best nightclubs.
A multicultural city filled with friendly locals, cosy shops, and a vibrant nightlife scene, Kuala Lumpur has a lot to offer to its visitors. Everything from tiny local spots to luxurious, high-end places and chilled out lounges. In no particular order here are 16 of the best bars in Kuala Lumpur.
[Updated 26 January 2020]
1. The Iron Fairies KL
The jewel of TREC and expected flagship of The Iron Fairies brand with décor themes taking its cues from a fantasy where ore miners stumble upon little-winged spirits and walls lined with vials of fairy dust all interpreted across 3 spaces from the enchanting outdoor rooftop Fairy Garden (DJs at the weekend), heading down to the dark enclosed Butterfly Room (DJs at the weekend) and then deep underground into the cast iron space resembling an iron mine with a mythical twist. Expect happy hour deals Tuesday to Sunday, 5 pm to 10 pm, Every Wednesday & Thursday is ladies night, Live Bands Wednesday through to Saturdays from 10 pm.
Located at Trec, 438 Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Phone: +60 3-2110 5095
Located in Chinatown. PS150 is a unique space that has been divided into three different sections. You can either chill out in the vintage-styled "Opium Den", sip on some cocktails in the open-air courtyard area known as the "Tiki or Post-war space" or you can join in on the action in the main bar area where you will find a mix of modern and old. With a variety of options, depending on your mood, this is one of the best bars in Kuala Lumpur.
Located at 150 Jalan Petaling, Ground Floor.
Phone: +60 3-2022 2888
Another bar in Chinatown is recently opened Rentak that serves up both classic cocktails and music, with a hip atmosphere that appeals to a wide range of people who are looking for a fun yet chill night out. This is one of those cool bars in Kuala Lumpur where cocktails are delicious and creative, yet reasonably priced. The set up is cosy, old world Malaya, with wooden chairs and green plants and plenty of comfortable sitting areas. But what makes Rentak so special is the DJ, who plays mainly 70's funk and soul music, and the small yet welcoming dance area. Guests happily get up to dance, or they just chill and chat, tapping their feet. Either way, Rentak's got everyone enjoying great cocktails and music and each other.
Located at First Floor (above ETC), 198, Jalan H.S. Lee Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
4. Mr Chew's Chino Latino
You can find this warm and inviting eatery, complete with impeccable design work, in a beautiful loft-like space when exploring the bars in Kuala Lumpur. A fusion of Chinese, Japanese, a little bit of Thai and of course Latino spirit, you can expect a unique experience and delicious food if you are craving a little culture. It's a great place for some afternoon cocktails but the main focus here is on the food so make sure you go hungry!
Located at The Penthouse, Wolo Hotel, Corner of Jalan Bukit Bintang and Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Phone: +60 3-4065 0168
5. Shelley Yu's
Specialising in traditional Nonya food and artisanal cocktails, Shelley Yu's is one of those cool bars in Kuala Lumpur that is perfect for a family lunch, casual dinner with friends or to dance the night away to DJs on the weekend if you're feeling a little more in the party mood. It has that rare quality that allows it to be wild enough to let your hair down with friends or decent enough to enjoy a leisurely family meal together. Gin and tonics are a favourite here, so be ready to indulge in the Kuala Lumpur Nightlife.
Located at 49 Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Kuala Lumpur.
Phone: +60 3-2201 4139
6. Havana Bar & Grill
Set in an elegant 1950s mansion, you can expect some fun when exploring the Kuala Lumpur nightlife at this Latin American inspired restaurant and nightclub. Keeping in line with the theme, you can dance the night away to some samba and bachata tunes and even a few disco hits that are sure to be thrown into the mix. Complete with Cuban style decor and a sprawling terrace, this is a great place to enjoy a few cocktails and of course, indulge in some delicious food.
Located at Changkat Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Phone: +60 17-812-7775
7. The Roof
Found on the sky level of First Avenue, you will find this spectacular restaurant and bar that has been divided into Seven well-defined venues. Guests can choose between an elegant and relaxed lounge bar at Signature, a viby sports bar called Score, Malt & Leaf (see picture above) which is a luxurious whisky and cigar lounge, chilled drinks on the open-air rooftop helipad at Stratosphere, First of its kind concept steamboat that uses coconut-based broth at Yezi, modern bar & bistro Liquidity or clubbing at BAE. These are some of the best bars in Kuala Lumpur, all conveniently located at Asia's premium entertainment hub.
Located at 1 First Avenue Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Phone: +60 3-8605 3388
8. Mantra Bar
Strategically located to give you some of the best views of the city skyline, Mantra bar is the perfect place to sit back, relax and enjoy some sun dowers after a long day. Specially crafted cocktails are a hot topic here, where food and drinks are widely considered being some of the best that the city has to offer. You can also find Ladies night on Wednesdays with a consistent list of local and occasional international DJs during the week and weekends. This bar definitely deserves a spot on the best place to drink in Kuala Lumpur list.
Located at Rooftop Bangsar Village II.
Phone: +60 17-344 8299
9. Pisco Bar KL
Pisco is a South American themed restaurant and bar, offering a unique blend of Peruvian and Spanish inspiration whilst offering regular live music, cinema nights plus local and international DJs. If it's outstanding cocktails you are looking for, then expect to be in for a treat when exploring the cool bars of Kuala Lumpur Bukit Bintang!. Pisco, the national drink of Peru is also a speciality and It might be good to note that its mild taste is deceiving to many as it contains about 45% of alcohol! If you are ever in doubt of where to go in Kuala Lumpur during the weekend, Pisco bar is a superb choice!
Located at 29, Jalan Mesui, Off Jalan Nagasari, 50450 Kuala Lumpur.
Phone: +603 2142 2900
10. The Whiskey Bar Bukit Bintang
Offering an intimate atmosphere, classy decor, a huge selection of bottles displayed on the walls and over 650 labels of whisky, it's enough to entice any whisky lover into the Whisky Bar. If you are wondering where to go in Kuala Lumpur during the weekend and you enjoy the finer things in life, then you could give whisky tasting a try at this trendy bar. But it's not all about the whisky here, there is also a selection of foods on offer from their western-focused menu, including pasta, pizza, and tapas.
Located at 46, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Phone: +60 3-2143 2268
11. Junglebird KL
This tropical-themed rum bar, decorated with bamboo stilts and rattan furniture on the interior and infused with Caribbean spirit. Whilst It's all about the drinks at this Malaysian inspired bar, Junglebird also serves a selection of pizzas and antipasti from Enoteca which is downstairs. The extensive drinks and cocktail menu is by no means lacking, offering over 100 rums from around the world! The speciality is, of course, the Jungle Bird cocktail, which is designed to look like an actual jungle bird, with pineapple leaves sticking out of the glass. This is a great place to experience the essence of the Kuala Lumpur nightlife with locally based DJs on the weekend.
Located at 15 Plaza Damansara, Jalan Medan Setia 1, Bukit Damansara.
Phone: +60 3-2011 7715
12. WET® Deck at W Kuala Lumpur
Located at the trendy W hotel in downtown Kuala Lumpur with amazing views overlooking the Petronas Twin Towers.. WET® Deck is a stylish bar lounge at the heart of the Golden Triangle that transcends traditional pool deck bar expectations with its blend of cutting-edge mixology, and modern design. Expect guest DJs daily from within the Kuala Lumpur scene plus weekly wet session events with renowned international DJs. Also open for Lunch and dinner, dress code is smart casual.
Located at 121, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Phone: +60 3-2786 8888
13. Marinis on 57
One of the highest rooftop bars in Kuala Lumpur has a lot more to offer than just a phenomenal view. This chic and futuristic styled restaurant offers a wonderful à la carte menu full of Italian specialities. There is also a separate bar and lounge area where you will find an extensive selection of wines and a great selection of cocktails and champagne. Those looking for an elegant spot with a superb view, cool music with occasionally booked international DJs, delicious food and a vast variety of drinks could consider this to be one of the best places to drink in Kuala Lumpur.
Located at Level 57, Menara 3 Petronas, Persiaran KLCC.
Phone: +60 3-2386 6030
14. Suzie Wong KL
Suzie Wong is a mysterious and unique bar tucked away down a hidden laneway in the city. Serving a small selection of bowls of noodles and dumplings as post-drink or pre-drink snacks, you definitely visit here if you are looking for a hidden gem among the bars in Kuala Lumpur. This is a sophisticated and beautifully decorated venue that is sure to intrigue your senses with cabaret and regular DJs. Call in advance as reservations are required.
Located at Wisma Lim Foo Yoong, 86, Jalan Raja Chulan, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Phone: +6017 22 66 480
15. Omakase + Appreciate
This is a stylish and attractive cocktail establishment set up in a small and intimate space that seats roughly two dozen. It's the perfect place for a date or to have a few drinks with a couple of friends. Featuring award-winning mixologists, "Shawn Chong" and "Karl Too" you can expect some superb cocktails. The cosy atmosphere is sure to make you feel right at home at this classy speakeasy.
Located at Ampang Bangunan Ming Annexe, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
16. HealyMac's Bangsar
Looking for a local bar to chill out with friends, catch up on some sport or enjoy a few drinks and some excellent pub grub? Check out the new Healy Mac's at Bangsar. Open since September 2019, the new kid on the Irish bar block has the homely feel of a real Irish pub, serving up great Guinness with a side serving of welcome. The Healy Mac chain has four other bars in the city, found on Changkat, P. Ramlee, Publika and Ampang and this latest edition stays true to the feeling of being on the Emerald Isle - but with the bonus of the warmer Malaysian climate. Slainte!
Located at 39, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Phone: +60 11-2334 6185
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