KL's best bars for live bands

Have a drink with a side of live music at these top bars in town

Alexis Bistro

Toast to the music! Energise your nights with great live music and good drinks. We’ve got the lowdown on where to get both.

Alexis Bistro

Here at Alexis Bistro Ampang, you can unwind over live music with a glass of wine every Friday and Saturday night. Known as one of the top jazz spots in the city, Alexis consistently has a great line-up of local and international names. The roster changes every week, but you can expect crowd favourites Melissa Indot & Sirens, Reza Salleh Trio and more. Check out Alexis’s Facebook page or website for the weekly schedule. Note that some performances charge a cover of RM10++.

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KL City Centre

Taps Beer Bar

Beer with a side of music sounds like a good night out. At Taps, performances begin after 9.30pm every Thursday to Saturday with no cover charge. Varying between the Changkat and Mont Kiara outlets, the usual line-up includes artists like The Singing Bees (Yvonne Chong and Ray Cheong), Richard Lim and Mark Valerio, Acoustica and more. Covering a range of genres from pop, R&B and everything in between, there’ll be something for everyone.

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Bukit Bintang
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HIDE at The Roof

HIDE is your hideaway in PJ, featuring live bands from Wednesdays through Saturdays with a different band playing each night. Acoustic Fourplay takes the stage on Thursdays with music varying between the ’60s and today’s current hits; Chemistry goes up on Fridays playing retro chart-toppers; and Black Velvets plays on Saturdays with a whole lot of rock, soul and blues. On Wednesdays, aspiring musicians are welcome to jam and have fun on stage with the ‘Rock The Stage’ programme.

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Bandar Utama

Live House

Cure your mid-week blues with live music every Wednesday to Saturday nights at Live House. Wednesdays are dedicated to rock with three bands taking the stage, while Thursdays are ladies night with girl band Dotters’ Division playing a mash of pop and funk (free drinks for ladies all night long too!). ‘Retro Friday’ is a throwback to music from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s alongside occasional current hits by The Big Band featuring Baby. Come Saturdays, party it up with Top 40 dance favourites with NRG Band.

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KL City Centre
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The Merchant Live

Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at The Merchant Live is live music night. Party band Chemistry switches between funk, R&B, soul, Latin and jazz on Thursdays, while quintet KNY keeps things mellow with R&B, current hits and Chinese love and pop songs on Fridays. Rockers, come through on Saturdays and bang it out with Fifth Element with classics from Bon Jovi, Deep Purple and more. The bands take the stage from 9.30pm onwards. Did we mention that there’s no cover charge?

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Taman Jaya

Tom, Dick & Harry's Live

Boasting the same warm and cosy ambience that has made its first two outlets such popular neighbourhood watering holes, Tom, Dick and Harry’s Live sets itself apart from its TTDI outlet by offering live gigs everyday. Cover bands – expect decent if somewhat anodyne renditions of ‘Wonderwall’ – dominate the music roster at this oft-crowded bar.

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Bukit Bintang
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