If you thought Kuala Lumpur is vibrant during the day, wait until the sun goes down. At night, the city continues to give the locals and visitors more reasons to enjoy the sights and sounds. From the lively bars and clubs to the well-lit streets, Kuala Lumpur has something for everyone. Don’t go to bed just yet; let these ten activities light up your nightlife!
1. A stroll along Merdeka Square
Merdaka Square will always be remembered for freeing the country from the British rule. It’s the place where the Malaysian flag was raised on the 31st of August 1957. Take a leisurely night stroll for an up-close look at the historical buildings, all of which have a unique combination of British and Islamic architecture. Keep your eyes wide open when you reach the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, the colorful lights give the structure a more bedazzling look. Merdaka Square can be reached by train from Masjid Jamek station. It’s beside the Royal Selangor Club.
2. Have a drink at The Skybar and marvel at the view
Go up to the 33rd floor of Traders Hotel to marvel at Kuala Lumpur’s night lights and enjoy the finest selection of cocktails. Winner of Asia’s Best Bar Award at the Asian Club and Bar Awards in 2016, the Skybar is the perfect spot to unwind at the end of the day. DJs will be playing music throughout the night to make your stay extra memorable. Smart casual attire is required, so don’t forget to dress to impress. At 7:00pm, guests below 21 years old are not allowed to enter.
Address: Level 33, Traders Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur 50088
Opening Hours: 10:00am to 1:00am (Sunday to Thursday); 10:00am to 3:00am (Friday, Saturday and eve of Public Holidays)
3. Dinner at The Menara KL Tower
There are plenty of dinner options in Kuala Lumpur but if you want something extravagant, then Atmosphere 360 Revolving Restaurant is where you should go. The restaurant is located inside the iconic Menara KL Tower, which is regarded as one of Southeast Asia’s tallest buildings. Standing at 421 meters (1381 feet), treat yourself to a delicious buffet dinner and be amazed by the panoramic view of Kuala Lumpur. The first buffet session is from 6:30pm to 8:30pm while the second one is from 9:00pm to 11:00pm. Prices are around 60 USD for adults and 34 USD for kids. You may even spot a few celebrities dining in this luxurious establishment.
Atmosphere 360 Revolving Restaurant
Address: Menara Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Puncak, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Price: from 60 USD (adults); 34 USD (kids)
Opening Hours: 11:30am to 2:00am
Contact: +603-2020-2121 / 2020
Website: Atmosphere 360 Revolving Restaurant
4. Enjoy street delights at Jalan Alor
If street food is your thing, then the lively Jalan Alor is where you can satisfy your cravings. Located in Bukit Bintang, this place is comprised of seafood restaurants and hawker stalls selling inexpensive and delightful dishes. Chinese lanterns illuminate the street and the vibrant atmosphere keeps on going. Some of the menus of the restaurants and stalls are in Chinese, so if you ever encounter one, don’t hesitate to ask for recommendations from the vendors. Have a taste of fried oyster omlette, soy-marinated chicken wings, satay, and many other local and tourist favorites.
5. Party at Bukit Bintang
Apart from the street food stalls, Bukit Bintang is also famous for its glamorous party scene. You will see restaurants turn into hip clubs where you can drink and dance the night away. What makes Bukit Bintang even more awesome is its easy access. All it takes is three minutes for you to reach the premier party area on foot if you’re coming from the Monorail Station.
6. Watch a show at Dewan Filharmonik Petronas
One way to fully appreciate the culture of Malaysia is through music. Visit the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas in Jalan Ampang to witness some of the best performances from both local and international orchestras and solo acts. The 865-seat venue has quality acoustics, giving the audience an uninterrupted and unforgettable classical music journey. The complete lineup of shows can be viewed here.
Dewan Filharmonik Petronas
Address: Level Two, Tower Two, PETRONAS Twin TowerKuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 10:00am to 10:00pm; Closed on public holidays and Mondays unless a concert is scheduled.
Contact: +603-2331-7008 (General Line); +603-2331-7007 (Ticket Booking)
Website: Dewan Filharmonik Petronas
7. Go night shopping at Petaling Street
Shopping is another popular night activity in Kuala Lumpur. Petaling Night Market, which is in the center of Chinatown, is where you can buy bags, clothes, watches, souvenirs, and many other items at the most affordable prices. It’s also open during the day but at night, there are more stores (over a hundred) on the road and the surroundings are much livelier.
Address: Jalan Petaling, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 11am - 10.30pm daily
Access: Several stations within walking distance. You can take the LRT (Pasar Seni or Masjid Jamek station), KTM Komuter (Kuala Lumpur station) or Monorail (Maharajalela station).
Contact: +60 3-2032 5988
Website: Petaling Street
8. Fall in love with jazz music at No Black Tie
Whether you’re a jazz purist or a music lover, a visit to No Black Tie is something you should add to your to-do list in Kuala Lumpur at night. Entering the big wooden front door is like joining a secret organization comprising of individuals who appreciate true artistry. The venue hosts several jazz and Brazilian funk performances from both well-known and up-and-coming musicians. Apart from band performances, you may also catch a few stand-up comedy shows here. You will surely appreciate the calm vibes brought by the tinted bulbs and the black and white pictures of different legendary Jazz personalities. Don’t forget to order one of their delicious cocktails while you watch the artists do their thing.
No Black Tie
Address: 17 Jalan Mesui, Off Jalan Nagasari Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 5:00pm to 1:00am
Website: No Black Tie
9. Chill colonial-style at The Row
What makes The Row stand out is its historical theme. The 1940s-style houses are occupied by bars, cafes, and restaurants, all of which are operated independently. You can enjoy live music, sip cocktails or coffee, or please your appetite with different types of authentic European and local dishes. The Row is located in Jalan Doraisamy and is just five minutes away from the Medan Tuanku Station. Yuppies are the most frequent visitors here.
Address: 22 – 64 Jalan Doraisamy, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 9:00am to 12:00am.
Website: The Row
10. Have a cocktail or beer and savour the 360 view at The Heli Lounge
Heli Lounge is on the 34th floor of Menara KH, and it’s divided into two sections. The first one is the lounge, where you can just chill with your friends while the DJ provides the music. The second one is a helipad, which is transformed into a bar at night. You just need to climb two flights of stairs to reach this beloved spot. There are no walls and rails, just an open space with a 360 degree-view of the metropolis. Savor your glass of beer, cocktail, or wine and let the unobstructed sights of the city centre complete your evening. Prices of beverages range from 4 to 6 USD. Dress code is smart casual and shorts, slippers, and sleeveless tops are not allowed. Since it’s a bar, it only allows guests ages 18 and up.
Address: Level 37, Menara KH, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur 50250
Opening Hours: 5:00pm to 2:00am
Website: Heli Lounge
Make it a night to remember
Since it’s the biggest city in the country, exploring Kuala Lumpur during daytime is definitely not enough. You may be already tired from sightseeing, but the bright lights, intricate attractions, and energetic vibes are guaranteed to revitalize you. Come feel the magic of Kuala Lumpur by night.
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