The best things to do after dinner in Kuala Lumpur offer a winning combination of lively and friendly ambience, with talented DJs spinning dance-worthy tunes. The city is teeming with bars, pubs and clubs on the streets, and swanky rooftop restaurants and bars on top of 5-star hotels. 

    Nightlife in Kuala Lumpur isn’t just limited to drinking venues as you can also find numerous hawker stalls serving authentic Asian cuisine and bustling night markets that remain open until the wee hours of the morning. From Jalan Alor’s bustling hawker stalls and seafood restaurants to Changkat Bukit Bintang's chic see-and-be-seen nightclubs, this comprehensive guide to Kuala Lumpur's best nightlife shows that there’s no shortage of exciting places to go after sunset.


    Changkat Bukit Bintang

    Kuala Lumpur’s definitive party district

    Changkat Bukit Bintang, widely regarded as Kuala Lumpur’s definitive nightlife hub, is easily accessible from prominent landmarks such as Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Starhill Gallery, and the Jalan Alor street food street. 

    This narrow avenue is filled with international restaurants, nightclubs with cocktails bars, and vibrant pubs. Most venues have DJs spinning music ranging from house and electro to remixed pop and hip-hop. While its nightlife scene is always changing, there are several crowd-favourite establishments to be found in Changkat Bukit Bintang, including Pisco Bar and Havana Bar & Broil.


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    Rooftop bars

    Enjoy beverages with panoramic views of Kuala Lumpur

    Rooftop bars are very popular with Kuala Lumpur’s late-night revelers. Some of the best nightlife in the city happens far above the streets, with numerous nocturnal hotspots that range from classy restaurants to cocktail lounges nestled atop high-rise structures. 

    Offering great ambience and breathtaking views of the city, rooftop bars in Kuala Lumpur are your best bet if you want to just sit back and watch the sunset – with a drink in hand, of course. Some of the best rooftop bars in Kuala Lumpur include Marini’s on 57, Sky Bar, and Troika Sky Dining.


    Petaling Street

    Shopping street in Chinatown Kuala Lumpur

    Petaling Street in Chinatown KL is in a league of its own. Instead of rows of clubs, pubs and bars offering music-and-alcohol-fuelled entertainment, you can find a colorful after-dark market dominating the nightlife scene. 

    This well-known shopping district transforms into a lively and vibrant night market when the sun sets, with hundreds of stalls selling clothes, souvenirs, and accessories at cheap prices. You can also find several nightlife venues in Petaling Street, from hostels with makeshift rooftop bars to speakeasies and cocktail bars hidden along narrow alleyways.


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    Jalan Alor

    Find authentic hawker food in Kuala Lumpur

    Jalan Alor is one of the most famous roads in Kuala Lumpur for food, hosting numerous hawker stalls and seafood restaurants that stay open – and busy – until late. Located just behind Jalan Bukit Bintang and a short walk away from Changkat Bukit Bintang, it's a favorite after-clubbing dining spot in the Golden Triangle area. 

    A sharp contrast to trendy Jalan Bukit Bintang and Changkat Bukit Bintang, Jalan Alor has a traditional charm to it, with atmospheric, air-conditioned Chinese seafood restaurants, bright fluorescent signs, and red Chinese lanterns strung up in the trees.


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    Great for partying until late

    Nightclubs in Kuala Lumpur are plentiful, ranging from well-hidden underground venues to sophisticated rooftop clubs with expansive city views. Those looking to enjoy a raving good time in Kuala Lumpur will find that these nightlife spots are always packed until morning, thanks to their impressive line-up of renowned DJs spinning dance-worthy tunes, extensive alcoholic offerings, and fun atmosphere.



    Prominent expat neighbourhood

    Bangsar is a popular expatriate neighbourhood with plenty of lively nightlife haunts. Its nightspots range from funky pubs and mini nightclubs to resto-bars and elegant cafes. 

    While Bangsar’s nightlife scene pales in comparison to Changkat Bukit Bintang, the streets in the area are usually packed with college students, yuppies, tourists and expats during weekends. 



    Award-winning rooftop bars and posh cocktail lounges

    Ampang has a high concentration of 5-star hotels, award-winning rooftop bars, and posh cocktail lounges. As one of the main roads in the KLCC area, this underrated nightlife district is home to stylish speakeasies and nightclubs for late-night revelers looking to mingle with fashion-forward locals.


    The Row Kuala Lumpur

    Nightlife district in Chow Kit

    The Row Kuala Lumpur plays host to numerous dining and nightlife spots that offer European and local cuisine as well as unique events and live entertainment. Formerly known as Asian Heritage Row, the once-popular nightlife district underwent a massive refurbishment that transformed over 20 1940s shophouses into stylish cafes, bistros, event spaces, and restaurants. 

    Located beside Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur, you can easily make your way to The Row KL from anywhere in the city as it's less than 5 minutes away from the Medan Tuanku Monorail Station.

    Location: 22-64, Jalan Doraisamy, Chow Kit, 50300 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


    Jalan Bukit Bintang

    Resto-bars, karaoke lounges and nightclubs

    Jalan Bukit Bintang is one of Kuala Lumpur’s most well-known nightlife venues, providing endless choices when it comes to after-dark entertainment. You can find resto-bars that swing into action come nightfall, as well as many hotels with onsite trendy watering holes and nightclubs. 

    Karaoke lounges can also be found in abundance along Jalan Bukit Bintang, many of which offer private rooms for patrons who want to belt out to the latest tunes well into the night, no matter which day of the week it is.


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    Night markets

    Great for late-night shopping in Kuala Lumpur

    Night markets (locally called pasar malam) are prominent features in Malaysia's shopping scene. Available in every state throughout the country, these after-dark souks are all the rage because they allow locals and tourists to shop for inexpensive goods. 

    Once a week, busy streets within residential neighbourhoods are shut down to traffic, with stalls set up as early as 6 pm. In Kuala Lumpur, you can find many night markets happening each day in different places throughout the week. Vendors sell all sorts of merchandise under the sun, such as clothes, accessories, fresh produce, and street food.

    Penny Wong | Compulsive Traveler

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