An essential aspect of going these fun holidays is the wild and free nightlife of that place. That is the moment when we want to be ourselves, away from all the social niceties and traditions. A moment where we want to forget all our sorrows, let go all the future anxieties for that night and just party as if there is no tomorrow. Such breaks are quintessential of the fact that life begins on the other side of despair.
We have shortlisted the best pubs and bars of Kuala Lumpur with the famous spots for eating and shopping based on the experience of the tourists who have been there. In this post, you’ll know everything from the popularity of the place to the menus they had to offer, types of alcohol available, snacks they offer and a whole lot of other factors.
Things to do at Night in Kuala Lumpur
Drink → Eat→Shop→Repeat (Why Sleep?)
Kuala Lumpur, the beautiful Malaysian Capital city, is what we will explore this blog post, which is quite renowned for its nightlife in the Asian continent. Kuala Lumpur has everything that you can ask for or expect in an ideal nightlife, be it cosy bars, swanky pubs, tantalizing rooftop restaurants, street clubs, swankiest of the pubs in five-star hotels. You name any drink, cocktail, champagne, scotch and they serve it.
And the best part is Kuala ‘Lumpur’s larger than life nightlife is not just confined to these lavish pubs and flamboyant clubbing culture, the place also has several hawker food joints serving delectable Asian cuisine, seafood restaurants for food connoisseurs, and vivacious night markets with dirt cheap rates for shopaholics. These markets remain open till dawn, you will realize that people here go to bed at dawn and wakes up at sunset to party again from where they left last night.
Further Read: Malaysia Travel Guide 2019: Truly Asian
List of top places for an amazing nightlife in Kuala Lumpur
- Zouk Kuala Lumpur- Music of your choice
- Sky Bar- Sky Is Not The Limit
- Club Kyo- Underground Intoxication
- Elysium Bar & Terrace- Heaven On The Terrace
- Pavilion Mall- Brand Conscious Destination
- Istana Budaya- Cultural Palace
- Merdeka Square- Stroll Down The Memory Lanes
- Jalan Nukit Bintang
- Petaling Street
- Taman Connaught Night Market
Let’s get to know these places in great detail with every bit of information about them for better clarity.
1. Zouk Kuala Lumpur
Zouk is one of the trending clubs in Malaysia and is known to people of different countries as well. It has the best sound and lighting system in the region and remains crowded owing to its popularity among the tourists and even locals. The crowd is boisterous but poised at the same time, the music is soothing, and the whole ambience is just enticing.
And now the best part about Zouk, the venue is colossal with several rooms depending on what music you want to hear. The rooms are named as Phuture, where EDM and Mashups are played, Apex Lounge for Retro music, Imperial which is a VIP zone, the main area where DJs play, Ace room for Hip-Hop music. In a nutshell, customization at its peak. You can enjoy all sorts of music by switching between these rooms and get a flavour of everything under one roof in one night. ‘Isn’t that amazing? Now you know why Zouk is the Number 3 club in Asia and one of the best experiences of Kuala Lumpur nightlife.
Did you know: Zouk is ranked 19 in the DJ Mag Top 100 Clubs in the world
- Timings: Sunday-Tuesday: 10 PM-3 AM | Wednesday-Thursday: 10 PM-4 AM | Friday-Saturday- 10 PM-5 AM
- Menu Highlights: Snacks (both Veg and Non-Veg), Soft Drinks, Beverages, Cocktails, Alcohol (Beer, Wine, Whiskey, Vodka, Tequila, Malt)
- Type: Restaurant, Bar, Pub, Dance
- Address: 436 Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur
- Cost: Varies significantly on what you order and which day of the week it is. But, ‘it’s quite affordable in the range of ₹1200-2000 for Two People
Tip: Zouk is very meticulous about the dress code, you just ‘can’t walk in shorts. Also, they take age restriction thing very seriously, they strictly verify your age
2. Sky Bar
You have not been to Malaysia if you ‘haven’t been to Sky Bar Lounge in Kuala Lumpur. This rooftop bar is the coolest venue for nightlife in Kuala Lumpur with a serene view of the Petronas Twin Towers from this bar. This bar is on the 33rd floor of Shangri La Traders Hotel giving you a giddying view of the city with a mild chilled breeze and some fantastic drinks.
There are days when famous DJs takes you high and on other days Jazz and Soft Rock music is enough for you to reach another level of madness. All this makes Sky Bar a credible spot for enjoying a superb nightlife in Kuala Lumpur.
Do you know: Sky Bar bagged the award for ‘Asia’s Best Bar in 2016 by The Asian Club & Bar Awards. Also, has many such accolades to its name since its inception
- Timings: Sunday-Thursday: 10 PM- 1 AM | Friday-Saturday- 10 PM-3 AM
- Recommendation: Sky Bar has two sections, take the cabana booth for sitting to enjoy the breathtaking view of the city
- Menu Highlights: Creative Cocktails, Snacks, Martini, Gin, Tequila, Malt, Pizza, Chicken Tikka, Starters, Pasta, Platter, Beef Burger, Pasta
- Type: Restaurant, Bar, Pub, Dance
- Address: Traders Hotel, Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur
- Cost: ₹1000-1600 for Two People (approx.)
Tip: Happy Hours every day from 5 PM- 9 PM. Check out for some lucrative deals to get the best prices on drinks
3. Club Kyo
Another popular venue is known for the underground scene with just the perfect European music and lively atmosphere coupled with all brands of international alcohol makes it a must go place in nightlife in Kuala Lumpur. Club Kyo sets on fire late, and the wildness remains till sunrise, a paradise for party animals.
The club has two rooms, The Ren in basement 2 that plays EDM and The Kyo in basement 3 that plays your favourite R&B. Sundays are special here with famous DJs travelling to here from their countries to set the floor on fire with their beats. Thus, a classic setting coupled with the diverse and decent crowd along with good staff makes it an ideal place to spend your evening.
- Timings: Wednesday -Thursday: 11 PM- 4 AM | Friday-Sunday- 11 PM-5 AM | Monday-Tuesday: Closed
- Heads Up: The prices of drinks here keeps fluctuating with time. Expensive after 1 AM on weekends
- Recommendation: If you are all girls in your group then visit here on Wednesday, its ‘women’s night with complimentary entry and cocktails
- Menu Highlights: Drinks Only. Bourbon, Japanese Whiskey, Gin, Tequila, Vodka, Beer
- Type: Full Bar, Pub, Dance Floor, Indoor Seating
- Address: Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur City Centre
- Cost: ₹1400-1800 for Two People (with alcohol)
Tip: Entry to only people with 21+ years of age. No shorts, slippers, and singlets are allowed. Do carry a Government ID with you
4. Elysium Bar & Terrace
Almost everyone who visited this place appreciated the music they play here, so if you like some loud music when you hold a glass of your favourite poison, then do visit Elysium Bar. They also have local and even international DJs hijacking the stage here very often. The lighting and the whole ambience is pretty electric, you cannot stop yourself from dancing in this place.
The staff is amiable and the crowd is pretty eclectic which comes from all parts of the world unlike many other regional pubs in the city which makes it a trending rooftop bar in this city. Elysium bar has two floors, one floor is indoor which has the main bar and on the other floor is the terrace with a wooden floor which offers picturesque views of the ‘city’s skyscrapers and skyline from its prime location in the heart of the city. The terrace has a very laidback classical setting which gives a relaxing cosy feel which is appropriate for you to catch your breath after dancing wildly.
- Timings: Wednesday -Saturday: 5 PM- 3 AM | Tuesday & Sunday: 5 PM-1 AM | Monday closed
- Heads Up: There is an entry fee here of 40 RM (₹650 approx.)
- Recommendation: Do try their signature cocktails and Voga Prosecco here
- Menu Highlights: Only Alcohol and Cocktails
- Type: Full Bar, Private Dining Area, Smoking Zone, Club
- Address: Wisma Goldhill, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur
- Cost: ₹ 1600-2000 for Two People (approx.) with alcohol
Tip: There are happy hours every day from 5 to 9 PM here which offers lucrative deals on drinks when a beer is ₹160, wine is 220 and cocktails are ₹260.
5. Pavilion Mall
Known as the jewel of Bukit Bintang, Pavilion Mall is a feel-good shopping paradise in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Apart from shopping options, there is a wide range of the finest selection of dining and leisure options as well here.
You can figure out by yourself how gigantic and amazing this mall would be, when I will tell you that this mall has 550 brand outlets spread in 1.37 million sq. ft. of area offering almost anything under those three categories mentioned above. The mall ambience is very lively and with so many options in several price ranges at your disposal for you to choose by comparing, all this makes Pavilion Mall a must thing to do at night in Kuala Lumpur.
- Timing: 10 AM – 10 PM
- Recommendation: If you want to spend freely on brands then do check out the Couture Pavilion precinct here which has the presence of international designers and brands like Prada, Rolex, Jimmy Choo, Armani Jeans, Gucci, Bvlgari etc.
- Address: Pavilion Mall, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur
Also See: Best Shopping Places In Malaysia
6. Istana Budaya
This is quite a different but unique experience of one of its kind in Kuala Lumpur. It is colloquially referred to as the Palace of Culture owing to its rich history and cultural dominance evident from the shows and plays being performed here. You will fall for the interiors here made of Langkawi marble, tropical wooden doors and leaf motifs everything about this place from its architecture to its interiors is worth appreciating. The tickets can only be purchased from the Box Office counter from Monday to Friday between 9 AM to 6 PM.
The evening shows in Istana Budaya have food stalls to satisfy your hunger with some quick bites, music and entertaining dance performances are anyway going to happen which you will enjoy anyway. In totality, whether you are coming with your family, group of friends or even as couples, this musical theatre cum opera will entertain you making your evening more special. Thus, a must to do thing in night in Kuala Lumpur. Give it a try!!
Did you know: The first theatre in Asia with state of the art stage equipment, Istana Budaya is rated as one of the ‘world’s Top 10 most sophisticated theatres at par with the Royal Albert Hall
- Recommendation: Visit here on Saturday when it is packed with powerful performances and evening is more intoxicating with live music in the evening
- Seating Capacity: 1412
- Ticket Prices: Between RM 20 – RM 1500 depending on the presentation on that day
- Address: Jalan Tun Razak, Titiwangsa, Kuala Lumpur
Tip: Visitors are expected to be in decent attire here in formal dress code having long sleeve shirt, lounge suit or batik shirt (Slippers, Shorts, Round Neck T-shirts are not allowed)
7. Merdeka Square
Merdeka Square or Dataran Merdeka is a famous historical place and recreational park. It is basically a square beside which there is a humongous big lush green field that makes it an excellent playground for kids and a picnic spot for families. In the proximity of the Merdeka Square, there are many strategically significant buildings in the likes of Galeri Kuala Lumpur, Old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, Royal Selangor Club Complex, and Sultan Abdul Samad Building (former state secretariat) just to mention few of them.
The best time to visit here is at night, preferably post-midnight when it is beautifully lit and there is a heavy cool breeze making it a tranquil place to walk or relax after a long day in Kuala Lumpur. There is a market as well, the central market with many local shops that come alive at night. Make sure you collect some Malaysian souvenirs and can try out some delicious local cuisine. Summing up in one phrase, an ideal, rather surreal thing to do at night in Kuala Lumpur
Did you know: For the first time, Malayan flag was hoisted here at Midnight on 31st August in 1957 after lowering the union flag
8. Jalan Bukit Bintang
If you love to have options and varieties to choose from, then without a shadow of a doubt, this is your place. Bukit Bintang is the fashion and entertainment hub of Kuala Lumpur. You will feel as if you are in Chicago or Budapest on this vivacious street in downtown. Put on your shorts and flip-flops and go out for the coolest evening walk on the most happening street.
This place has temples, street food options serving delicious Asian junk food and Chinese cuisine, extensive drinks, gaming clubs, karaoke centres, bistros, gastropubs, stand-up comedy, restobars, an indoor amusement park which is the largest in the continent, and famous restaurants. In one phrase, it is a party place for all. All these attractions on one street make it the must go place to enjoy the Kuala Lumpur nightlife.
- Timing: This market becomes alive generally from 9 PM and opens till the wee hours of the morning
- Recommendation: Do visit the Jalan Alor, which is right behind the Jalan Bukit Bintang lane. Jalan Alor has some excellent Chinese restaurant, seafood options, street food, barbecued meat, and creative desserts
It is an acronym and one of the swankiest acronyms, to say the least for Taste Relish, Experience, and Celebrate. True to its name, this entertainment centre is one of the famous places in Kuala ‘Lumpur’s nightlife. This place hosts everything from cosy cafes to hipster pubs, from rooftop bars to piano clubs, from comedy clubs to fine dining restaurants, shisha bars, Irish pubs and what not.
Here you will get to see some of the enthralling views of the famous and jaw-dropping skyscrapers in the likes of the Petronas Towers, Royal Selangor Golf Club, and the Menara Tower. Apart from it, this place has some of the best clubs and bar of the city like Avalon Lounge Club, Arte Bar, and Meja Kitchen and Bar. This 7-acre site has more than 40 venues with renewed local and international brands club outlets.
- Recommendation: Zouk Club, BKK Bar, Le Noir, Donkey and Crow, Super Club, Red Room, Star Hill Gallery
- Timings: Monday to Sunday from Midnight to 5 AM
Tip: Avoid going to this place during lunch hours as most of the outlets are closed and that nightlife feel is absent in the afternoon
10. Petaling Street
A one-stop solution to all your needs, empty belly, shopping desires, sightseeing, praying in Mosque etc. This shopping street turns into a bustling energetic nightlife spot as the sun sets and remains open post-midnight. If you have bargaining skills like an Indian mom then you will surely take a lot of things from here with you in even a small budget, you just need to know the right shop and apply your convincing skills.
You can visit here even in the opening hours in the morning despite a scorching sun right above you acting as an impediment in your shopping enjoyment as there is a roof here to shield you from the sun. You will get all the royal brands like Louis Vuitton and Rolex here which you dreamt of shopping that too at rock bottom prices. And if this is not enough the market also has several restaurants serving Asian cuisines, Chinese dishes, Seafood, and snacks to rejoice you after a hectic yet amazing day at shopping.
Did you know: Petaling Street is known in the world as one of the best places to shop for counterfeit branded apparels and products for one-tenth of its original price
- Heads up: The prices here quoted by the shop owners are generally 20-30% higher than their actual worth, so hone your bargaining skills and apply accordingly
- Timings: Monday to Sunday from 9 AM – 12 Noon and in the evening from 6 PM to 2 AM
- Address: Jalan Petaling, City Centre, Kuala Lumpur
11. Taman Connaught Night Market
This is a lane spread across 2 km but has everything that you could think of with over 800 stalls selling clothes, accessories, handicrafts, books, flowers, gifts, bags, household items, toys, street food, snacks, desserts, soft drinks and almost everything you expect to buy from here. The best part about this night market is that everything is available at dirt cheap prices, albeit you can also showcase your bargaining skills anyway. The street food here is the best you can find anywhere in the city and is also not very expensive.
A huge number of local hawkers are selling yummy curry noodles, laksa, satay, and a wide range of food stalls serving Thai, Korean, Japanese and Taiwanese cuisine at very nominal prices. You will also see vendors from Thailand here selling you, representing the eclectic nature of this market, just like how foreigners have set up their shops in Saturday night market in Goa. The attractions of these markets yell that it happens to be a must go place to get the essence of nightlife in Kuala Lumpur
- Timings: Wednesday and Thursday from 5 PM – 1 AM
- Recommendation: Allow your taste buds to experience chilli drench stinky tofu here, ‘it’s a very special snack here
- Address: Jalan Cerdas, Taman Connaught, Kuala Lumpur
Also See: Best Indian Restaurants in Malaysia
Tip: Spend at least 2-3 hours here and cover the entire market
So, these were the hotspots we have for you to spend a memorable night if you are in Kuala Lumpur. This magical city never sleeps, in fact they are in full energy.
There are a whole lot of things to do in the night in Kuala Lumpur from shopping to eating, from boozing to dancing, from sightseeing to exploration. What else do you expect from an Asian ‘city’s nightlife that provides you with options at your disposal to choose from. However, this goes with a caveat that this is merely an exhaustive list of Kuala Lumpur nightlife and there are many other places like Kasturi Walk, Chow Kit Market, Pisco Bar, Bangsar, Jalan Alor, The Rabbit Hole Resto Bar etc. to name a few, these are also at par with places in our list.
Let us know which among these destinations you explored and how was your experience in the comments section below