One of the best ways to enjoy the city is to head to one of KL's rooftop bars. Many of these bars have unobstructed views of the Twin Towers.
Sitting right by the hotel's pool and offering an ubobstructed view of downtown KL is Man Tao Bar, Hotel Stripes KL's rooftop bar. The cosy space boasts fuss-free decor with a touch of elegance thanks to warm colour tones, suspended lamps and a marble top bar. Highlights on the menu include mantau buns with a variety of interesting fillings and Tsingtao beer-inspired cocktails.
Exactly what the name implies – it's a place to sip cocktails in the sky. The open air lounge allows you to sprawl against the backdrop of the gleaming Twin Towers. Wednesdays are ladies night, and there are daily drinks promotions too. The best part is, there's usually no cover charge.
Not exactly a rooftop bar per se, but this open-air restaurant and bar is perched on the 24th floor with a direct view of the Twin Towers. The menu features South American-inspired dishes that are perfect for sharing; the grilled meats are stellar. Also, their cocktails are complex and creative, made using unusual ingredients such as charcoal grilled lemon and more.
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Located on the 31st and 32nd floor of Wisma Goldhill, there are two floors at Elysium. The interior on the first floor is kept clean and cosy with private cushioned booths and a scattering of comfy seats around the open area. Upstairs, the open-air terrace is perfect for taking in the sights and sounds of the city.
Sitting atop Bangsar Village II is Mantra bar with its alfresco deck. Here, classic cocktails are reimagined with Asian twists and flavours. Go for the Pulau Panjang, Mantra’s take on the classic Long Island. It’s served kopitiam-style in a plastic bag in a stainless steel cup, something quirky compared to the typical highball glass.
Perched on the 57th floor of Petronas 3 Tower, the views here are spectacular – so spectacular that drinking is almost an afterthought. On site, you'll also find an Italian restaurant and cigar lounge, making this a one-stop choice for swanky tourists and post-work urbanites.
View has a picturesque and seldom seen vista of KL – the Ampang Hills, which stretch all the way to the Titiwangsa mountain range. There are three drinking sections to choose from: Mumm Champagne room (fitted with live entertainment), Glenlivet single malt whisky lounge, and the alfresco ABSOLUT bar – the latter is the first for Malaysia.