Bars and clubs in Kuala Lumpur • The insider's guide to KL nightlife
Time Out KL offer their insider's tips on the best basement dives, sky high bars and rooftop clubs for an incredible night out in the Malaysian capital
Kuala Lumpur nightlife
Though many think that Changkat Bukit Bintang is the default go-to nightlife strip in KL, it can be a snarly mess at times. To avoid that, walk a few streets down Jalan Mesui – the cooler counterpart of the main street. Pisco is a two-floor Spanish tapas bar with a music policy that runs across everything from funk, soul and house to nu disco. And everyone is very friendly.
A regular among tourists and locals is SkyBar on the 33rd floor of Traders Hotel KL. Not only is the cocktail drinking here some of the finest in the city, the views are just as spectacular. Another place to enjoy KL's skyline while nursing a drink is Claret Wine Bar. Located on the 24th floor of the stylish Troika building, this new wine bar may be the poshest one yet. It's classy without being pretentious. Think 'Sex and The City' before the movies; think cosmopolitan.
For dancing, KL's big clubs usually prefer glitz over quality in their music policies; at Vertigo you get the best of both. Big names like Calvin Harris, DJ Craze and Tiga have played here before and their regular nights' music range from EDM to nu-disco with several stops in between.
For the LGBT community, Frangipani on Friday nights attracts locals, expats and tourists alike. But don't expect to see any go-go boys or drag queen shows; this bar/lounge is more classy than that with an attitude-free crowd. And if you fancy dancing, there's a small dance floor and tiny podium too.
Bars and clubs details
Pisco 29 Jalan Mesui, Off Jalan Nagasar
03 2142 2900. piscobarkl.com
SkyBar Level 33, Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur City Centre
03 2332 9888. www.skybar.com.my
Claret Wine Bar Level 23A, Tower B, The Troika, 19 Persiaran, Kuala Lumpur City Centre
03 2162 0886. www.troikaskydining.com
Vertigo RT-02 Rooftop (6th Floor), The Gardens, Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra
016 339 0860. www.vertigo.my
Frangipani Restaurant & Bar 25 Changkat Bukit Bintang
03 2144 3001. www.frangipani.com.my