Best bars in KL? Looking out for some casual bars to hang out during the nightlife in KL. To a newcomer or just sometimes even for the local, Kuala Lumpur can be overwhelming. Malaysia’s capital is the kind of sensory overload: intense spice, extreme heat, and throbbing traffic.
Top 10 Bars Worth The Visit In KL
After a day of peak stimulation, you’re going to need a drink, and lucky enough for you, Kuala Lumpur is a damn good city for doing just that. Some crowd like it with a WOO HAA and some like whiskey on the rock over some jazz or some casual drake playing at back for the young soul! Fret not cuz we’ve got the list to impress all with the Top 10 Barts Worth The Visit In KL
#1 Heli Lounge Bar
Wanting to plan the best birthday for your friend and expect a cry or an overwhelming reaction out of em, head here to the helipad and be blown away by the spectacular uninhibited 360° view of the KL skyline. Imagine downing Heli’s signature cocktail, Hellusion as the sun sets and dining on fine food under twinkling stars amidst the lights of the city. This is certainly an urban adventure not to be missed. While it does break the bank, with the cheapest drink costing more than rm25 it is definitely worth the trip once in your lifetime for the view with the right company!
#2 Barlai @ Pahit
This is for the chill boos to sway to acoustic songs while enjoying a drink or two! Unconventional in both concept and location, Barlai promises a refreshing new bar experience in downtown KL. Inconspicuously located in a compact ground floor space among a row of mostly untouched 1920’s heritage houses, Pahit (once known as Barlai) a retro watering hole features an impressive selection of handcrafted alcoholic concoctions and some notable creations include the whiskey-based Milo Kaw and panda-infused Piña Colada.
Address: 3, Jalan Sin Chew Kee, Bukit Bintang, 50150 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Hours: 5 PM to 1 AM. Closed on Monday
Phone: 03-2110 0776
#3 The Attic Bar
Cocktails at The Attic are relatively cheap. A Mojito, Melon Martini or Mango Margarita are RM15 each, and RM20 will get you a Long Island Tea. But their most hyped drink has to be the mystery cocktail elusively dubbed Karma: for RM17. You get what you deserve but perhaps not what you want!
Travel Hub Guesthouse’s bar is a discreet haven for drinkers, located just a short stroll away from Petaling Street. To get to the bar, you’ll have to go through the guesthouse on the first floor to the back and climb a spiral staircase up. It also has a pretty sweet view considering how under-the-radar this bar is – one can see the Twin Towers and Menara KL from the rooftop.
Influenced heavily by Malaysian vibes, this cocktail bar showcases an eclectic mix of the fun and quirky decor. Be prepared to be hit by the nostalgic vibes of an old-timey Malayan atmosphere. Even the delicious drinks and food here are not spared as almost every item on the menu is given a local twist.
The food exhibits a sense of whimsy too – Malaysian-inspired fusion fare, including fettuccine chilli pan mee (RM8), spaghetti wantan noodles, stuffed eggs with ikan bilis sambal, fish & chips with assam sauce, & chicken chop with salted egg sauce, each priced below RM20, making BarAtas an affordable choice for a pre-drinks dinner.
The local influence is unmistakable in the cocktails as well – the Cendol Atas (RM28) & Cold Fire ice lollies (RM20; a nostalgic childhood treat, filled here with a blend of tea & whiskey) could be fine-tuned (one’s too frosty, the other’s too sweet), but this imaginative bar obviously has potential.
#5 Fuego Troika Sky Dining
They’ve got drinks, food, and Mexican guacamole! Fuego has a special place in our hearts. Apart from the stunning city skyline that is expected when dining here, the South American arm of Troika Sky Dining is alike its counterparts in consistently dishing out quality eats. Bring friends or family, as long as the group loves meat!
It’s imperative you begin with an order (maybe two) of The Fuego Guacamole (RM20), a failproof rendition served with baked lotus and beetroot chips. We here for the star of all, a rare French Beef Flank (RM125) that’s rubbed with peaty whiskey salt, yuzu, and black pepper sauce. The hearty meat main is good for two so make sure not to over order as their smoky cocktails await — think Whiskey Sour with Smoked Bourbon (RM36) and Margarita with charcoal-grilled lemon. A perfect way to have some drinks with a friend or two with some nachos on the side!
#6 The Mojito Man
With over 40 venues including international and regional brands, TREC KL Malaysia is Kuala Lumpur’s largest entertainment and F&B hangout, and the Mojita Man speaks for its name by serving one of the best Mojito’s in town!
Equipped with their own handmade neon light designs displayed on the wall with curated artworks, this bar serves you a relaxing vibe with their in-house innovation of classic cocktails at a starting price of RM25! While you’re at it, give their Frozen Mojito filled with rum, vodka, mint leaf, and limoncello a try! It’s as refreshing as it sounds.
#7 JungleBird Bar
At first, you might be tempted to call this a tiki bar, but there’s nothing tiki-tacky about it. There are no drinks with pink umbrellas, no hula girls, no one taking liberties with a ukelele. Styled with bamboo and rattan furnishings, wallpapers of green palms, and bartenders sporting Hawaiian shirts — but all tasteful and understated, balanced by sleek lines and contemporary elements, Jungle Bar stands out the most for their rum and a drink called ‘Closed on Mondays’made of tequila, coconut milk, salted egg yolk, red chili and curry leaf syrup, and is inspired by the salted-egg squid — legendary among both locals and tourists — at Jalan Alor’s Wong Ah Wah restaurant.
#8 Jazz Corner @ No Black Tie
The Jazz Bar is a favorite among expats and locals in Kuala Lumpur. After providing some of the best and more refined live entertainment in Malaysia’s capital for more than 14 years, No Black Tie attracts a particular crowd with an air of sophistication. Expect a chilled out environment with a selection of fine wine and cocktails as skilled performers play live jazz. So sit back and enjoy a glass of whiskey with a beautiful guitar show to keep the night going!
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Address: 17, Jalan Mesui, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Hours: 6 PM to 1 AM. Closed on Sundays.
Phone: 03-2142 3737
Nestled in the back of DR.Inc cafe in Bangsar, this sliver of a cocktail bar is a neighborhood gem.With its new establishment larger than its old digs whilst maintaining its intimacy, with romantic mauve walls, dim lighting, 1960s beats and brown leather ottomans facing an extensively well-stocked bar is Coley.
Honoring the most iconic female bartender Ada Coleman (1875-1966), aka ‘Coley’, CK and his team are preserving her legacy by creating timeless classic cocktails with a contemporary twist. With drinks that range from RM25 to RM58, fresh and local ingredients and flavors to satisfy a variety of palates Coley have something for everyone.
#10 The Rabbit Hole
Located along the infamous street of Changkat Bukit Bintang, right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, The Rabbit Hole is a must-go retro bar. You will be impressed with its interior offering different concepts – the colourful and artistic graffiti bar perfect for casual gatherings with friends, the green laser dance club room where the walls, DJ consol, and bar are made of 3-Dimensional Origami Art, and the chic and comfy Arthur’s Lounge which bears resemblance to an old English gentlemen’s club.
When talking about the drinks, the bar offers a wide array of beers and cocktails with signature fantasy-themed drinks like Mad Tea Party and Firefall. This very original and unique concept bar is designed and builds around inspirations of the well-known fantasy narratives of Alice in Wonderland & Narnia Chronicles. Reservations are highly recommended.
Address: 16, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur Hours: 4 PM to 2 AM. Opens daily
Phone: 010-899 3535
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