Kuala Lumpur is, well, not exactly known as a party or drinking heaven, what with the above average prices here for a tipple or two. With the stunning rooftop bars and chic inner city lounge spots, one would be forgiven thinking an early evening drink would cost, well, dinner. Scratch the surface and you’d be very surprised at what you’d find after office hours for happy hour.
Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
This is a perennial favourite of mine, primarily because their twilight hour delight focuses on my favourite drink. From 5pm until 8pm daily, their martini set is a nice, fancy delight. For RM 55, get two martinis, the usual bar nuts and a view of the city from your fancy perch on the 38th floor.
Tip: avoid Sundays, that’s when they have their Sunday Brunch that spills in to the late afternoon and on to the main bar area.
Atmosphere: Hotel lounge bar, with wooden touches and a fantastic vantage of the Petronas Twin Towers and Kuala Lumpur city centre, and of course KLCC precinct itself.
Drinks: martinis, martinis, martinis.
Price Point: RM 55/USD 14 for 2 martinis
Feel: Upper management feel; expect wheeling and dealing next to you
Address: Level 38, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, 12 Jalan Pinang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: +60-03-2182 1234
Nearest Public Transportation: KLCC LRT Station (Bukit Bintang MRT Station/Raja Chulan Monorail Station via KLCC-Pavilion Elevated Walk)
Altitude, Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur
There are some secret spots you want to keep to yourself. However, deep down, you know someone will blab about said secret spot, so you think to yourself “maybe I should pre-empt the rave first.” Of course, you will enjoy the spot for all your privacy for as long as you can before you reveal said spot.
That is Altitude at the Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur. Located on the 53rd floor, tucked away behind the sky lobby of the hotel and near the spa, this cosy lounge has expansive views of the Petronas Twin Towers, central Kuala Lumpur and has a fantastic spot to view the sunset, all without paying an arm and a leg like you would 6 floors above you at Vertigo. Plus, you are indoors!
What makes this spot special? Well, RM 15 for a glass of wine or RM 14 for a beer, and their wines are pretty good too. Did I mention they serve canapes as well? Their Social Hour is from 6:30pm until 8:30pm.
Atmosphere: Fancy bar with a view, standard hotel bar but with massive windows that let in the view
Drinks: Beer and wine
Price Point: Beer at RM 14/ USD 4, but you can’t complain with good wines at RM 15/ USD 4~
Feel: Quiet, private spot, for now.
Address: Level 53, Banyan Tree Signature Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Conlay, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Nearest Public Transportation: Raja Chulan Monorail Station/Bukit Bintang MRT Station
Mezzanine Bar at Brasserie Fritz, Wolo Hotel Kuala Lumpur
This cosy spot in an unassuming corner of a major junction in the centre of the city is a really good quiet, hideout. If the heat feels oppressive, the rain torrential or the crowds maddening, but you don’t want to be too far away from the action, then maybe something closer to earth than the aforementioned above might be a good choice.
At RM 15 for wine, beer, gin and tonic or an aperol spritz, you’d be forgiven for whiling away the late afternoon here. The canapes served every 30 minutes or so definitely encourages you to stay on, giving you a taste of the fantastic food served downstairs in Brasserie Fritz. From 4pm until 8pm, this is by far, a good spot to while away the afternoon as twilight approaches!
Atmosphere: Intimate, cosy and small, with peeks of Bukit Bintang Junction outside to remind you of the buzzing city.
Drinks: Beer, wine, aperol spritz, gin and tonic
Price Point: RM 15/USD 4~, and this includes somewhat substantial canapes
Feel: Hidden in plain sight bar?
Address: Ground Floor, WOLO Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Nearest Public Transportation: Bukit Bintang MRT Station
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Jason is a world traveller and avid seeker of high perches, on a mission to capture the unique experiences that makes destinations iconic.