Nightlife in Kuala Lumpur is very under rated. People always talk of the vibrant nightlife that the Bangkoks and Singapores of this world offer, and they always seem to leave out Kuala Lumpur. Well I'm here to spread the world. Nightlife here is so diverse.
Firstly, no matter where you drink, by prepared to pay a lot for your alcohol.
As you might probably know, alcohol tax in Malaysia is very high. You are also going to pay a premium for drinking in a nightclub, but this is usual practice anywhere in the world.
Almost all the nightclubs in the city have a cover charge. Weekend are more expensive, where you will pay on average £8/9 just to get in.This can sometimes include a free beer. Prices of drinks inside these clubs are going to be about £5/6 per small bottle of beer, and about the same price for a spirit + mixer.
Now what ever style of music you are in to, you will find it in Kuala Lumpur. It would be impossible to list all the clubs, but I will jot down a breakdown of the different areas in KL, with the best club in each one.
1) Jalan P Ramlee -
Probably one of the busiest clubs in town, and its always packed all week. Now the music is house mixes of popular hits ,plus they have live most on most nights too. Now be careful here because there is a high percentage of working girls that drink here, mainly Phillapino girls.
Sorry I know I said I would only list 1 from each area but this club was my favorite. When I was there last month, they were running a promotion during weekdays, from 5pm-9pm where you payed £5 to enter, and then it was £0.40p per bottle of beer! Brilliant value, They also blasted really good 80s music until happy hour was over and then they would liven things up with house music.
2) Sultan Ismail
Featuring two nightspots in one building, Nouvo is split into the Nouvo nightclub upstairs and the Sangria bar downstairs. Playing a good selection of house music from trance to techno.
3) Jalan Ampang
Zouk & Velvet Underground
Perhaps the most well-known nightclub in this area, Zouk has recently had a face lift. It has one of the largest boogie halls in the city, plus a happening clubbing atmosphere with regular appearances from international deejays. Packed during the weekends, Zouk features four different dance rooms, each playing different kinds of music. Also located within the Zouk complex is Velvet Underground, Zouk's elite sister club. Classy and sensuous with velvet-lined walls, it is popular with the more mature crowd. You must dress well to get in here, no shorts,sandals ect.
This was certainly the best club I've been to in KL.
Now most clubs will not shut any earlier that 3am, and generally locals do not start to arrive until after 11pm.
Don't forget that taxis charge double time after 12am, but they are still very cheap. Don't waste your breath trying to get a taxi driver to switch the meter on after dark as they will refuse. Agree a price you feel is fair.
If you are with a local, they will normally get the driver to switch on the meter.
Kuala Lumpur, with its glittering mordern skyline, is not just another bustling Asian business city. There's a string of elegant colonial buildings in its centre, a colourful Chinatown with wonderful night markets and a vibrant little India, which we visited once or twice during our 3 week stay there, I would definatly reccommend it. The nightlife is lively enough and, like everything else in Kuala Lumpur, very muliticultural. Head out to the trendiest superb, Bangsar Baru, for a non-stop string of bars, like Ronnie Q's, The Roof, Soleil's and Finnegan's Irish pub. Finish up with a bowl of noodles with the local clubbers at the central market china town, thats what I did (shhhh!). If you've got time to spare, there are plenty of easy extursions to hill stations, fishing villages and Hindu caves. In the city, the streets are lined with hawkers selling Malay, Thai, Indian and Chinese food, which is often excellent, although you should avoid salads and ice cubes because of the contaminated water. While your there don't forget to visit the new F1 track and Petronas towers, the tallest in the world! Near there is Chinatown a massive maze with many street vendors. If you can't take the pace, cool down in the lake Gardens with its parks and paddle boats, which is very relaxing. Overall a wonderful place to visit if you want a balanced holiday of relaxing and hectic enviroments. Very cultural (if you like that kind of thing). I recommend Kuala Lumpur to everyone with a cultural spirit.