We’ve spent just as many nights sipping on cocktails at Havana’s alfresco courtyard as tearing up their dance floor upstairs. International DJs sometimes spin upbeat tracks for a predominantly young crowd but their slew of retro hits every Friday and Saturday night seeks to bring the nostalgic and the wallflowers out on to the floor. Also look out for Kizomba and Salsa every Tuesday.
Party it up at Gravity, which has now become one of KL’s more happening clubs to be seen at. Gravity constantly keeps the party crowd in KL going with an array of guest DJs spinning under one roof. Lights, music and drinks, the party goes on till the wee hours of the morning.
It’s a one-stop shop for your Friday and Saturday nights: a club on the ground floor, a restaurant, an alfresco rooftop lounge bar, and hunks, who often go shirtless. You won’t find a lot of women there, but if you’re one, the Market Place crowd is accommodating, flirty and high-energy. It’s a can’t-miss combo of drink specials, dancing and a straight-up good time.
The three-storey Nagaba has built its reputation on the wildly popular EDM series Ohrwurm, which has featured some of the major DJ bigwigs around the region. Nightlife veterans throng to the first floor – where all the ‘sidewalk’ and ‘popping’ action is – for a well-edited selection of underground house music, techno, drum and bass, as well as funk. When you tire of all the shimmying, their Mojito Rooftop Bar is great for stirring up conversations.
If you’re feeling like a VIP, spend those ringgits at Rootz Club. The Russian themed club comes with a dance floor big enough to squeeze hundreds of partygoers. Rootz Club houses DJs that hit the decks with a playlist of EDM, hip hop and even remixed Top 40 hits that will cater to all your dancing needs.
Just down the road from rowdy Changkat is calmer-but-cooler Jalan Mesui, and tucked away on Jalan Mesui is Pisco, a Peruvian-slash-Spanish bar that not only serves great ceviche and cocktails but also has a second floor where DJs spin on Fridays and Saturdays.
Setting itself apart from the Top 40s clubs in Changkat, Lust KL is winning the war on two fronts: the electronic dance music scene, helmed by its roster of regular table turners; and the hip hop heads, with scene stalwarts Adrian G, DJ Biggie and MC Syze. Also note, Lust is temporarily closed for refurbishment (its popular parties have been moved to Nagaba, its sister outlet), but rest assured it’ll be back in business by the month’s end.
Party with the KL skyline as your backdrop. SkyBar at Traders has become a destination bar and is a good one to party at. People have been known to fall into the pool on certain nights.
If your usual go-tos are infested with weekend warriors, Under9 has your number. A somewhat-secret basement at Bangunan Ming Annexe, it begins with a descent down a flight of stairs; once inside, it’s just small enough to fuel the surreptitious vibe, soundtracked by acid to big-room, industrial to tribal techno tunes.
We bid goodbye to Zouk KL on Japan Ampang in July – but only so we can make new memories at its new home at TREC on Jalan Tun Razak. Spanning over 60,000 sq ft, the spanking new, RM38-million superclub reintroduces its multi-room concept (Zouk’s Main Room, Phuture and Velvet Underground will be making a comeback, and then some), a café, a member’s lounge and VIP bar lounge, as well as a rooftop deck. Welcome back, Zouk.