After the sun sets the smart Malaysian middle class rid themselves of their stuffy work clothes and head out to party in their droves. The business centre of KLCC fills up with throngs of party-hungry revellers, especially along the main avenues of Jalan Ampang, Jalan P. Ramlee and Jalan Sultan Ismail.
Bukit Bintang is heavily laden with bars which carry on until the early hours. And the trendy expat area of Bangsar has a smattering of decent if lower-key venues plus some popular pubs and restaurants. But if you really want to get down and boogie in some serious dance clubs and discoteques, the KLCC has most of the international-standard venues.
Recommended Kuala Lumpur nightclubs and late-night bars
Nouvo is where top European djing names invariably end up when choosing which of the many nightclubs in Kuala Lumpur to play, and for good reason. There is a great low-key bar downstairs called Sangria if the heat of the dance floor gets too tiring.
Zouk and Velvet Underground
Probably the biggest name on the Kuala Lumpur club scene, Zouk is the sister of the Singaporean stalwart of the same name. With the largest dance floor in KL, there are four different rooms each pumping out a mix of sultry soul, hard-hitting house and thumping rock hits.
Velvet Underground, right next door, is decked out with the sexy felted fabric and more popular with older revellers who still love the music but no longer boogie until dawn. website: www.zoukclub.com.my
Beach Club Café
Beach Club Café is a favourite spot for travellers passing through during the weekend and the established Kuala Lumpur nightclubbing expat crowd. With great djs and live music setting off the beach theme, there are also good value lunchtime food promotions. website: www.beachclubcafe.com
Pulse Ultra Club
This brand new concept club overlooking Bintang Walk features live music plus djs spinning dance tunes and has become a favourite trendy nightspot. There is also an elegant champagne lounge if you fancy escaping the dance floor bedlam. website:www.millenniumhotels.com
A Hawaii-themed concept complete with beach huts, this enormous club, restaurant and bar packs in a lot. There is a beers garden plus different rooms playing everything from 80s classics to the latest dance hits.
With different periods in dance music reflected on different nights, Retro Club in Kuala Lumpur adds a healthy dose of nostalgia into the city’s clubbing scene.
This Kuala Lumpur nightclub is decked out in jungle creepers and leaves, making it look straight out of a Tarzan film. There is a popular restaurant here but the real party starts later on with resident djs and live bands. website: www.trendmatrixenterprises.com
Captain’s Cabin Funtheque
In the upper reaches of The Ship restaurant, Captain’s Cabin Funtheque is a great place for a frivolous evening of dancing and shows.
Popular amongst locals for birthdays and other celebrations, this bright club features plenty of seats and a great variety of stage performances to keep patrons interested. And although the drinks may be on the expensive side, at least you get top draw entertainment for you money as well. website: www.captainscabin.com.my
Bar Ibiza attempts to recreate the best of Baleric nightlife in Kuala Lumpur. With regular ladies nights, daily happy hour bargains (17:00–23:00) and banging international beats, the party continues here right until the early hours. website: www.modestos.com.my
This Latin-themed nightclub in Kuala Lumpur is especially popular during the weekend for its funky house music. There is a more chilled bar plus a restaurant here as well.
This club, bar and restaurant is split into four quarters, with each separate part themed to represent a different season of the year. Arrive early at the weekends and dress to impress.
A gay-friendly nightclub in KL which gets steaming hot on the weekend but has a more sedate bar ambience during the week. There are also cabaret shows and special theme nights.
House and dance tunes are spun by the accomplished resident djs at this extremely popular Kuala Lumpur nightclub. The chic ambience is matched by the clientele here who are the cream of KL’s young elite. website: www.mandarinoriental.com
Warp Dance Club
This three-storey KL dance club has a young clientele and features top Asian pop acts jetting in from Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong.