8 Of The Best Bars In Kuala Lumpur Where You’ll Have A Good Time

You’ll find most nightlife action in Changkat Bukit Bintang, Chinatown and Bangsar districts. 

To say that Kuala Lumpur’s cocktail scene has ripened for decades would be a lie. It is, however, gracefully intentional. There’s a common will to showcase Malaysia’s bountiful agriculture, which can be witnessed and tasted through the land’s rich ingredients integrated into classic drinks that we all love and adore. Coconut, ginger, lynchee…just to name a few. Not to mention, the interior design at each refined establishment range from glitzy glamour to rustic and historical. KL’s bar scene is an exciting one to hop through, here are some of the best locations in this capital city.

Bar Trigona

145, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Bar Trigona at the Four Seasons Hotel is one of the best in the city known for sustainable cocktails using ingredients made by local farmers. Its successful programs like “Adopt a Beehive” and Tree-Volution (a reforestation initiative which plants fruit trees around Malaysian farms) led to a special drink menu featuring cocktails that introduces growers behind the ingredients

Trigano Bar whiskey
Honey whiskey. PHOTO WENDY HUNG
Bar Trigano decor
Trigano behind the bar. PHOTO WENDY HUNG
Trigano Bar cocktails
Trigano Bar cocktails. PHOTO WENDY HUNG

Vertigo @ Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur

Level 59, Banyan Tree, 2, Jalan Conlay, Kuala Lumpur, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia

Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur is home to one of the trendiest bars, if not THE trendiest, in the city. Vertigo is the highest rooftop bar in all of Malaysia, making it the most ideal hotspot to indulge in an artisanal cocktail, such as: Mount Genting (gin, dry vermouth, lime juice, lychee, raspberry syrup, egg white,) or Gula Melaka Mojito (rum, lime wedge, spearmint, soda water, gula melaka which is palm sugar made from saps of coconut palms,) and Lemongrass Caipirinha (dark rum, lime juice, sugar, fresh lemongrass.)

Along with delicious cocktails, here you can munch on local Malaysian snacks like satay and salted eggs popcorn chicken.

Rooftop view from Vertigo TOO.
Rooftop view from Vertigo TOO. PHOTO WENDY HUNG
Vertigo Bar's cocktail.
Vertigo Bar’s cocktail. PHOTO WENDY HUNG
Artisanal cocktail at Vertigo Bar.
Artisanal cocktail at Vertigo Bar. PHOTO WENDY HUNG

Vertigo TOO

Level 59, Banyan Tree, 2, Jalan Conlay, Kuala Lumpur, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia

Vertigo TOO
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The rooftop hotspot is extended to Vertigo TOO, a late-night hangout with a live DJ as it elevates the open-air nightlife experience to a whole new level on the 60th floor. With an even more expansive 360-degree view of the bustling Golden Triangle, Vertigo TOO is a panoramic venue for fun events. The best part about both venues is that they welcome guests who aren’t staying at the hotel.

Pahit

3, Jln Sin Chew Kee, Bukit Bintang, 50150 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A proper gin bar, Pahit’s gin & tonic menu alone is lengthy since it encompasses almost every gin from around the world. Each gin is then matched with a tonic that perfectly balances the chosen gin. This classic British favorite comes in a wide array of Malaysian twists: ginger, lychee, coconut…just to name a few. The cocktail menu also expands to other signatures with modern takes. This is the sister bar to Coley (see below,) and hidden between two bustling streets: Jalan Hang Jebat and Jalan Pudu. Yet the bar itself sits tranquilly, simply cool.

Pahit
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Coley

6-G, Jalan Abdullah, Bangsar, 59000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Coley and Pahit go together like chic siblings. Situated in Bangsar district – KL’s lively nightlife area – Coley began as a popup in 2014 but since then, it has become quite the trendy staple. The menu features iconic cocktails by implementing Malaysian ingredients, tastes and aromas. Although, the names are a bit more tongue and cheek: Pumpty-Time (for Christmas,) Hanky Panky, Spiced Tequila & Apple, Papillon Eye…you get the drift?

Coley
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Penrose KL

149, Jalan Petaling, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Penrose is a fine example of Kuala Lumpur’s growing thrill in the art of mixology. Think simplicity and minimalism. The bar table is the heart of Penrose, meaning that the bartenders prefer if you sit at the counter where you can chat or observe their meticulous artistry. Local roots are shown in contemporary narratives on cocktails we all know well. Negroni, for example, is infused with oolong tea. The Storm & Spice is made with tequila, pear, tarragon, ginger and mulberry.

Penrose KL
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PS150

Ground Floor, 150, Jalan Petaling, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Located in the epicenter of Chinatown’s Petaling Street, PS150 can appear somewhat obscure as it’s inside a pre-war boutique and a little stationary store. But there’s utmost charm within a rustic throwback of a former brothel and a warehouse. There are three main areas of the bar, which symbolizes the three eras of Indochina and drinks. From Opium Den, Tiki (Post-War,) to Disco & Contemporary. The cocktails served in each area is reflective of its time!

PS150
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Concubine KL

Lot 2, Jalan Panggong, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Concubine KL is, obviously, an Asian-inspired bar right in Chinatown. To enter, follow the yellow brick walls until you encounter noise and chatter. Seductive murals and vintage decorations transport guests back in time. Hike up the neon lit stairs, and you’ll approach another bar on the second floor.  Concubine KL also offers outdoor balcony space. From cocktails to wine, the ambiance here is not only a major draw but also a sexy place to spend a few hours.

Wendy Hung

CEO, FOUNDER, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

As the founder of Jetset Times, Wendy is an avid traveler and fluent in five languages. When she's not traveling, Wendy calls Paris and Taipei home. Her favorite countries so far from her travels have been: Bhutan, Iran, and St. Bart's because they were all so different!

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