Strolling alone on the road, taking a cyclo tour of the nightlife in the ethnic neighborhoods or being immersed into the bustling atmosphere of the night market, and watching the shimmering and fanciful clothes that Kuala Lumpur dressed up when the night falls are the exciting experiences you should try when coming to this beautiful city and trying to experience Kuala Lumpur nightlife.
About Kuala Lumpur nightlife
Like any other developed city in the region, the capital of Malaysia is crowded and bustling from morning until late at night. Bars, restaurants, nightclubs with various styles are present in this multicultural country.
Nightlife in Kuala Lumpur is extremely vibrant with boldly Asian features. All visitors can enjoy the cultural performances of traditional arts with traditional and contemporary styles as well as the diverse sports activities. The most famous are the three roads. The first one is a parallel road on Bukit Bintang Avenue where the Chinese restaurants opening late with the table in front of the house, encroaching down the road, and being full of the car of the players are located. The second one is the Jalan P. Ramlee Road, which has many bars for foreigners and locals alike. And the last one is Bukit Bintang which is also home to the world's most famous food.
Being immersed in Kuala Lumpur nightlife, you can have fun in the vibrant and bustling bars and nightclubs. Especially, the visitors can visit the Citrus Rouge, where they can enjoy a jazz-themed setting, with bustling dance floor and excellent cocktails as Kuala Lumpur's premier destination. Visitors can also visit Pavilion, which is the most luxurious shopping center in Malaysia and also a destination that attracts a large number of foreign visitors.
5 destinations to experience Kuala Lumpur nightlife
Surely tourists are overwhelmed by countless places to explore Kuala Lumpur nightlife. If your travel time budget is limited, we will recommend 5 places you should not miss in this city.
1. Changkat Bukit Bintang Road
Changkat Bukit Bintang is often compared to Piccadilly Circus in London and Times Square in New York. In essence, this area is located just behind Jalan Bukit Bintang, so it is very convenient to travel and also very lively. From here, just take a short walk, you can go to the culinary road of Jalan Alor. The intense music from the bars, pubs or restaurants always attracts the curiosity of tourists. And some popular pubs are The Bier Bar, Havana Bar & Grill, and Elixi.
- Elixi: It brings a luxurious style with the red carpet at the door welcoming guests and making everyone feel like being welcomed as a Hollywood star. It owns an elegant style with 3 main colors of black, white, and pink.
Address: 37, 39 & 41 Changkat Bukit Bintang.
- Pinchos Tapas Bar: It has a Spanish style with crazy dance. It is quite crowded on weekends, so it's hard for you to choose a place in this bar.
Address: 18 Changkat Bukit Bintang.
- The Bier Bar: It is a bar serving in the modern German style. Nominated as one of the restaurants of the year, in addition to German food, of course, the beer cannot be lacking.
Address: 47 Changkat Bukit Bintang.
- The Whiskey Bar: Located at the end of Changkat Bukit Bintang, in the middle of the lively bars, this is the place to dine and enjoy the fine wines in the relaxed atmosphere.
2. The Night Market on Petaling Street
Located in Kuala Lumpur's Chinatown, the Night Market on Petaling Street is a great place for leisurely strolls, enjoying the city nightlife and shopping for some lovely souvenir items during the Malaysian tour. There are hundreds of stores selling all kinds of eye-catching items such as clothes, jewelry, accessories, and shoes. Especially the price in this night market is very cheap, suitable for travelers' budgets.
3. Jalan Bukit Bintang Street
Jalan Bukit Bintang is also famous as a popular nightlife destination in Kuala Lumpur. There are many commercial centers and fashion boutiques on both sides of the street for visitors to take a walk, watch clothes as well as buy some favorite items. Beside that, the place is also filled with bars, restaurants with DJs playing live music to create an exciting atmosphere throughout the road. After a shopping trip, you can visit a waterfront to sit back, watch crowded passersby, and enjoy the cool air at night.
4. Jalan Alor Food Street
If you like to enjoy local food while strolling to admire the beauty of the city at night, the Jalan Alor food street is a good choice in Kuala Lumpur that travelers should go to while visiting Malaysia. This street is full of street vendors, seafood restaurants and there are always fragrant spices including barbecue, grilled shrimp or fried noodles. If you eat seafood here, the price is cheaper than some luxury restaurants with air conditioning but the quality is the same (sometimes even better). Local people also like to eat out at night so tourists will see the food road of Jalan Alor is always crowded.
5. The rooftop bars
Kuala Lumpur's rooftop bars are becoming increasingly popular with both locals and tourists. Located on the high buildings, this venue also provides visitors with a panoramic view of the city at night with sparkling lights. Of course, you will see the famous Petronas Twin Towers of Malaysia. Some of the best bars you should try are Marini Bar, Sky Bar, and Troika Sky Dining.
In addition to the tourist attractions in Kuala Lumpur at night, visitors can also explore other entertainment venues nearby the hotel and guesthouses. It is a great opportunity to learn more about the bustling Kuala Lumpur nightlife.
Author: Jim Liang
"A young & wild Asian wanderer who love traveling, writing and sharing his travel experience to audiences who are planning to Asia. To him, life is about traveling and his journey has just started."