For nights when you just want to veer away from alcohol and thumping music, these night-time hangout spots and activities still pack all the fun; and they might save you some money.
Jump out of reality for the night
After a busy day of working and dealing with all the stress that comes with it, you’ll need a way to blow some steam. Head to VR Lab, a game centre that offers virtual reality (VR) experiences that let you step into a virtual world and do almost anything you like such as kill a horde of zombies, slice virtual fruits with a katana, explore the deep blue sea and more.
Your virtual reality experience will begin in a room that’s fitted with cushioned walls and minimal furnishing (for safety reasons), where there’s be a VR headset that you put on that will transport you into the game; and you’ll also be armed with a controller to move your character and interact with in-game objects. Each room fits a maximum of ten players and a maximum of two VR headsets. There will be experienced instructors on hand to help you gear up, explain the safety rules and keep you from banging into anything throughout your one-hour session.
Various locations including SS15 (03 5611 2588/vrlab.my); Bandar Menjalara (018 201 5703) and Publika (017 687 5227). RM50 per session.
Eat and shop 'til you drop at a pasar malam
For those night-time food and shopping cravings, there’s nothing a vibrant pasar malam can’t satisfy. You’ll find everything from knick-knacks and clothes to household items all at an affordable price. Look for those stalls offering ‘three-for-five’ – three items for just RM5. But we all know what the main draw of a pasar malam is – food. Taman Connaught’s pasar malam spans about 2km with over 700 stalls, and is where you can get your hands on items such as bingsu, stinky tofu, gold leaf-coated soft serve and more.
For PJ folks, you’ll find two pasar malams in SS2, but the one that opens on Monday is the crowd favourite thanks to its extensive offerings.
Over at Mont Kiara, the night market is located within Plaza Mont Kiara’s courtyard. Although not as big as the other two, what you can find here is more upscale in terms of quality. Besides food, expect to find handcrafted accessories, potted plants, books and more.
Taman Connaught, Jalan Cerdas, Taman Connaught, Cheras, KL (fb.com/PmTamanConnaught). Wed, 5pm-1am; SS2, Jalan SS 2/61, PJ. Mon, 5-10pm; Plaza Mont Kiara, 2 Jalan Kiara, Mont Kiara (plazamontkiara.com.my). Thu, 3-10pm.
De-stress in a park
Breezy, spacious and close-to-nature, parks make for some of the best places to cool down after a tough day, literally. And considering our country’s scorching heat, parks are probably best enjoyed during the night anyway. Located in the city centre is the KLCC Park, which fronts the Twin Towers. The huge park houses a children’s playground, a scattering of covered pondoks, a popular water feature (with both kids and adults) and a jogging track that’s always busy. Every night, there’s a water and light show at the aptly-named Lake Symphony fountains that draws hordes of both locals and tourists. If you’re looking to spend time with your pets after work, head over to Desa ParkCity’s pet-friendly The Central Park. The gated residence ensures tight security and there's hardly a scrap of trash found on its grounds.
Rooftop flicks and chill
Why go to a freezing and overly loud cinema when you can watch a movie on a helipad? Organised by the people behind Stratosphere at The Roof, the pop-up Helipad Cinema – sharing the same space as the bar – has a host of screenings lined up every month, and have included movies such as Oscar-winning ‘La La Land’, the hilarious ‘Step Brothers’ and the family-friendly ‘Finding Dory’. Beanbags are scattered about the artificial turf-covered helipad, the huge screen and great sound system ensure a pleasant movie-going experience, and your ticket grants you a bucket of popcorn and drinks from Stratosphere’s bar. That’s your weekend night, sorted.
Stratosphere at The Roof, Sky level, 1 First Avenue, Bandar Utama, PJ (03 8605 3388/helipadcinema.com). RM45 per ticket.