Best resto-bars in KL

The city's best restaurants and bars



Whether you’re seeking a weeknight drink in a not-so- boisterous setting or an informal catch-up with old friends, this greatly overlooked wine sanctuary is your answer. It’s easy to see why the pioneering establishment has stood its ground in the scene for so many years – a rustic, wood-accented setting, a reasonably-priced wine range and decadent roast pork. Wine bottles line the shelves while house pours are expelled from wine dispensers; if you’re unsure about what you want, speak to the in-house sommelier for recommendations.


The Social Bangsar

As its name indicates, The Social has been host to merry gatherings big and small since its first establishment in Bangsar 13 years ago. Dinner crowds can be overwhelming but the bustling atmosphere is a fitting backdrop during the restaurant’s happy hour. Draught beers start at RM12++ per glass, a complement to the equally affordable menu. From pastas and burgers to fried rice and noodle soup, the choices are extensive enough to please everybody.



There are few establishments in town similar to this neighbourhood yakitori bar, where one goes for an after-work sip of premium Japanese whisky in a modern setting. Snack plates like the Wagyu slider, venison carpaccio and unagi with foie gras are invigorating alternatives to standard meat skewers.



Now here’s a resto-bar that does casual right with a playful, mod-style interior that screams chic without any of the airs that often come with it. The dinner menu is a decent east-meets-west compilation of pastas, pizzas and sandwiches but it’s the mojitos that have us hooked – with varieties like lychee, assam boi and banana, every visit to Tujo will likely be an extended one.

KL City Centre

The Whisky Bar

As its name suggests, the range of whiskies here is immensely wide – whether it’s a single malt or an aged blend you’re after, you’ll find it here. We suggest you begin with the tasting platter complete with water and ice balls before easing your way into more unusual labels. Steaks and oysters are worthy accompaniments next to drinks this outstanding.

Bukit Bintang

Naked Restaurant and Bar

Here’s a bar in Hartamas that attempts to strip off all your worries (not your clothes, relax) with a roster of cool cocktails. By cool, we mean tongue-in-cheek cocktail names and inventive drinks. Decked out in red and black hues, Naked also has a café on the upper floor – but the bar downstairs is where all the fun is.



While the European- Mediterranean food here is consistently hearty, a solid wine selection and weekend slots of jazz only add to the warmth. On paydays, add on a platter of cheese and cold cuts.

Bukit Damansara

Ril's Steakhouse Bangsar

The first floor of Ril’s opens up to one of KL’s most attractive bars. This Prohibition-era-style joint exudes mood and style by way of dim lighting, leather armchairs, vintage-inspired wallpaper and an exhilarating cocktail list.