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Pisco Bar

Best free live music nights in KL

Where to catch free live music performances

Written by
Time Out KL editors

Forget cover charge. Here's where to go in KL for free live music gigs.

Alexis Bistro Ampang
  • Music
  • KL City Centre
If you don’t want to spend the night listening to overproduced tracks or loops of popular hits, head to Alexis where jazz – with blues, soul, bossa nova, swing, classics and more thrown into the mix – take centre stage. Aside from featuring local veteran performers, the venue often hosts international musicians (cover charge may apply).
Free gigs on selected Fridays and Saturdays.
The Bee Publika
  • Restaurants
  • Solaris Dutamas
This restaurant is known for being a firm supporter of budding music acts. Come for the food and stay to discover new gems at regular events like Soundstruck, LIVE!, Lot 36, Feedback open mic nights, Tunes & Pints and acoustic showcases by singer-songwriters.
Free gigs on Fridays and Saturdays, as well as occassional Tuesdays and Thurdays. 
Laundry Bar
  • Bars and pubs
  • Mutiara Damansara
Eight years on and this bar is still one of the city’s favourite go-to music venues. Expect an eclectic atmosphere paired with an equally diverse offer of genres through its event series, including Laundry X An Honest Mistake Records, Urban Sunset as well as Laundry Unplugged.
Free gigs on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
  • Things to do
  • Event spaces
  • Petaling Jaya
Freedom of speech or music is the rule at this creative space. Don’t be surprised to hear someone belting a song about a political figure or a band bemoaning some social injustice. There’s no cover charge but you’ll have to buy a drink. If you like what you hear, leave a tip.
Free gigs from Tuesday to Saturday. 
Pisco Bar
  • Bars and pubs
  • Bukit Bintang
Hit the bar on Wednesday – and the occasional Thursday – evenings for their Pisco Live Mic performances, courtesy of local and international talents. Space may be a bit tight upstairs but the good surround sound system ensures a cosy music experience. Genres range from bossa nova to reggae and retro rock, nothing too heavy for some mid-week fun.
Free gigs on Wednesdays and occassional Thursdays. 
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