Heading to a bar is a great alternative for those who prefer a lesser head-banging experience than the usual clubbing. It is a perfect place for date nights, informal business meetings, gatherings or to simply unwind after a long day or week at work. Socializing at a bar is also much easier as the atmosphere is set to be just ideal for a friendly conversation between friends or to meet someone new.
Planning a night out? Here’s a perfect list of some of the most vibrant and best bars in Klang Valley which you must definitely experience.
1. Pisco Bar @ Changkat
Pisco Bar boasts a friendly service and management team that together with the cool music choice contributes to create the fun and relaxed vibe that has made of this place one of the most promising places for an after-work and night hangout in Kuala Lumpur.
Location: 29, Jalan Mesui, Off Jalan Nagasari, 50450 Kuala Lumpur.
2. Sky Bar @ Traders Hotel
Perched on the 33rd floor of Traders Hotel, this perennial favourite of KL’s party people has emerged from its chrysalis with two gleaming new bars, a revamped seating area and a culinary bay for food preparation. The signature 26m-long pool remains the undisputed centrepiece of SkyBar, an oasis of blue amidst the polished glass and steel fittings.
SkyBar has developed a popular following among local and international guests for its combination of great cocktails and panoramic views of the Kuala Lumpur skyline.
Location: Level 33, Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur, 50088 Kuala Lumpur.
3. The Rabbit [email protected]
The Rabbit Hole® is a dine, drink and dance establishment which is conceived, designed and build around inspirations of well-known fantasy narratives of Alice in Wonderland & Narnia Chronicles. It embodies six unique concept environments within a 3-storey pre-colonial building strategically located along the infamous street of Changkat Bukit Bintang, right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.
Location: 16, Changkat Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur.
4. Heli Lounge Bar @ Menara KH
A stylishly hip space greets you as you part the curtains that allow one to play peekaboo between the exterior and interior. A black and white inside with blood red accents predominates in this modestly sized room which accommodates 180 clubbers comfortably. Your eye is immediately drawn to the one of a kind DJ console which is specially constructed from a turbine engine of a Boeing 747 commercial aircraft. Its gleaming chrome reflects the ambient lights and winks to the beat of the house music that permeates the space.Resident DJ Discfunktion is on the decks Thursdays to Saturdays and spins an eclectic mix of house music, ranging from a blend of jazz and funky disco to chunky house beats. The crystal clear sound emanating from Heli’s custom crafted sound system will have you sashaying in no time.
In keeping with the aeronautical theme, a section of a Boeing 737 side panel has been cleverly converted into a booth for seating. Across the room, a DC9 turbine is used as a base for a low coffee table. On one of the wall hangs a 3 blade propeller and a Beaver model airplane hovers from the ceiling and completes and enhances the funky HELI vibe.
The piste de resistance is a mere 2 flights of stairs above the club. Take that last step and one will be blown away by the spectacular uninhibited 360° view of the KL skyline. One is now on the Helipad, which is one of just five helipads in KL. HELI plays host on the helipad during special events like Christmas, New Year’s Eve, National Day and is a perfect vantage point to view breath taking fireworks displays that ply the sky on such occasions. Apart from partying on the helipad, it is also open for private functions like product launches, birthday parties and corporate gatherings. 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.
Location: 34th Floor, Menara KH, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur.
5. WIP @ Bangsar Shopping Centre
WIP is a gastrobar located at the prominent Bangsar Shopping Centre and showcases an urban-tropic garden concept. It is part of the SOUL Society Group that comprises of other iconic outlets such as SOULed OUT and Tujo Bar-sserie & Grill. This stylish outlet boasts a coastal resort ambience characterised by several custom crafted features such as firefly pendant lights, coconut tree trunks, etched bird mirrors and alfresco garden. One particular unique attribute is the Clam Bar, designed with not a single straight line that encourages interaction between patrons and bartenders. The 5 elements of wood, fire, metal, earth and water are also applied to create balance of harmony. Luscious cuisine and heavenly brews accentuate the coastal resort concept and WIP features the largest Mojito selection in town with 20 flavours.
WIP’s accolades include the Gold Award as the Outlet of the Year and Silver Awards for the Most Innovative Guest Experience and Service Excellence at the recent Hospitality Asia Platinum Awards.
Location: Lot G111, Ground Floor Bangsar Shopping Centre, 59000 Kuala Lumpur.
6. Omakase + Appreciate @ Jalan Ampang
An eclectic concept bar bringing the best of various elements together to achieve balance just like a perfect cocktail. Blending service styles of Japanese and Western to décor of East and West, we are passionate in creating an enjoyable drinking experience that you would learn to Appreciate every single time. Tucked away in an artistic part of KL, “Omakase or entrust” your liquid cravings with us!
Location: Lower Ground, Bangunan Ming Annexe, Jalan Ampang, 55000 Kuala Lumpur.
7. The Whisky Bar @ Changkat
“Water of Life”, “Brown Gold”, “Sunshine held together by water”. Whatever you name it: if you are craving for the golden spirit make your way to our Whisky Bar on Changkat Bukit Bintang.
Our current selection includes over 400 labels from around the world, from the rarest single malts and exquisite blends to all-time favorites. We welcome the whisky connoisseur to indulge with his favorite label and encourage the curious to explore our range with selected whisky flights.
Location: 46, Changkat Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur.
8. The Balcony @ Jalan Ampang
A trendy setting neighborhood terrace bar serving selected premium whiskeys, cocktails and fresh grill food!
Location: 241-B, Lorong Nibong, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur.
9. Barfly @ Publika
Barfly is a lifestyle bar located in Solaris Dutamas. The theme here is ‘recycle’ as you will see that most items used in the decor are recycled. Also aimed at providing reasonable prices, Barfly now serves one of the cheapest beer in Malaysia!
Location: Publika, D1-G3-06, 1 Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.
We raise our glass to these bars for providing us with a wonderful experience; each in their own unique way.
*Photo credits to each respective bars.