You’re in Kuala Lumpur with you mates and you want to have a great night out in the city. If you are following the mainstream forums and the usual travel suggestions, you are most likely to head to Changkat road and browse from there. The bars on that street looks hip but sadly, they are mostly conventional,overpriced undercover tourist traps. Kuala Lumpur is a vibrant city with its unique quirks of modern world class bars and clubs and the less generic hidden hang out spots where the locals only know. Skip the browsing of where is the best place to spend your valuable night out and experience the most unique and best value bars in Kuala Lumpur.
1. The Attic Bar @ Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur
With a great atmosphere, amazing cocktails and a beautiful view of the city, The Attic Bar is on top of this list. The hidden bar in Chinatown is THE gathering spot for travelers to share their best travel experiences and ideas. The unique vibe of backpackers and locals forms a interesting mix of crowds. Overlooking the twin towers and the national mosque, the feel of the rooftop bar sets the mood to grab a drink and relax. Nominated as one of the best cocktail bars in Kuala Lumpur, The Attic Bar is on many locals and travelers list to kick back and enjoy great company. With extensive promos, theme nights, and beautiful decor, this place sets the interesting meter up high. If you love to get to know people and have a passion for travelling, you are in for a treat for a trip here.
2. Heli Lounge Bar @ Menara KH, Kuala Lumpur
The Heli Lounge or commonly known as the Helipad is a bar not to be missed. The bar located on the top of the KH building in the heart of KL is the place to chill and watch the sunset. With 360 degree views of the city, you are literally hanging out on shoulder length with the twin towers and the KL towers. The helipad starts to fill in crowds at about 6:30pm. Just in time to catch the sunset, this is the place to start your night out as it is close to many great bars and clubs. Comparatively to Changkat Road, this is a great hidden find. The drinks here are reasonable at less than $8 dollars for a pint of beer, a glass of wine or a cocktail.
3. Mou Tou @ Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur
This is where the hippiest hipsters hang out. A deeply hidden hangout spot in Chinatown has been discovered. Mou Tou is an art space, event location, urban garden, a lookout spot and many more. It is hard to pin point what exactly this location is but it does have beers and great company. Almost unheard of from the local scene here in Kuala Lumpur, this is is a space for urban dwellers and city go-ers to experience nature in a foreign form. The place opens at 5pm to 11pm. They do at times cook dinner with a small donation of RM 5 for a meal and RM 10 tall can ice cold beers at this rooftop. If you need a quick escape, this is the quiet green spot in Chinatown.
4. Suzie wong @ Wisma Lim Foo Yong, Kuala Lumpur
Taking a step back to the old Malaya, the vibe from Suzie Wong Kuala Lumpur hit it with perfection. Set in the era of old Malaysia, this hidden bar sets the mood for the seductive Asian mystique with a local twist. The old timey Chinese bar is hidden behind the old grey doors. Disguised beside a noodle stall, this is the entrance to the bar. Upon entering, the world seems to shift into this Chinese burlesque underworld where all the cool people hang out. Their selection of cocktails are far beyond the conventional gin and tonic. Each of the cocktails here are made with an Asian influence of flavors, colors and garnishes. Though a bit pricey, the quality of drinks and atmosphere seem to live up to its value.
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5. IPong @ TREC, Kuala Lumpur
Beer pong is making a huge scene in Malaysia. If you are looking for a place to have a fun drinking night out with your mates, IPong is where you should go. The neon lighted digital beer pong table is the center of attention of the bar. Beer pong tournaments is the essence of the bar atmosphere here. Challenge the locals or each other to get the upper hand and make new friends along the way. With reasonable prices, this brosome sports bar in the hottest part of Kuala Lumpur is a great spot to get the party mood on.
6. Pahit @ Jalan Sin Chew Kee, Kuala Lumpur
Taking it down a notch, this laid back watering hole in the city gives off a different vibe from all of the rest. The rustic building with wall crawling vines is the main skeleton of the space. Blending in the old Kuala Lumpur with the new upbeat trend of Gin bars here in city, this is a great place to wind down for an uninterrupted conversation. With a great arsenal behind the counter, this bar is the epitome of Gin culture in Kuala Lumpur. Their gin infusions and special concoctions are worth a peep to check out.
7. I dont know bar @ Jalan Kemuja, Bangsar
This small tuck away bar in Bangsar is not an easy task to find. Away from the usual buzz of Telawi bar street, this is the hidden jewel of Bangsar. The bar is located under a large tree facing a housing area. I dont know bar is inspired from underground artwork with graffiti filled walls and dim lighting and its secrecy. The bar is not a large place but the feel of the place is amazing. The drinks here are reasonable at about Rm 30 per cocktail.