Kuala Lumpur is one of those cities that continues to surprise, and with an ever-evolving nightlife catering to a cosmopolitan lifestyle, paired with an iconic skyline, quite a few bars, clubs and terraces have popped up to cater to this maturing destination.
Still have energy after a day exploring the city, or in the mood for after-hours entertainment? Then let Jay’s little entry here be your guide.
Wet Bar, W Kuala Lumpur. Closing Time: 0300
Recently opened in Q3 2018, the W Kuala Lumpur is one of the anticipated openings that happened within weeks of each other. It started with Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur with her redefined Vertigo. Four Seasons Kuala Lumpur followed up with her redefined cocktail bar overlooking KLCC. W Kuala Lumpur upped the ante with a pool party venue with breath taking views of the Petronas Twin Towers.
Located on the 12th floor, the bar quickly opens up to a triple height ceiling with interesting artwork, ample space to lounge, linger and order drinks, and to your left, a b
ig pool with a centre piece with a mist machine. Oh, and there’s that iconic view of the Petronas Twin Towers.
The colour scheme is very much W, with that fuchsia tone. The sofas are plush, with plenty of seating space for couples and groups. The deck chairs by the pool overlooking the Petronas Twin Towers are obviously hot property. Music is chill, with a hint of Chill-Out Sessions After Dark, with the occasional pop favourites.
Drinks-wise, the price point is very agreeable by Kuala Lumpur, and especially iconic view Kuala Lumpur prices. They have an extensive cocktail list, and I highly suggest their Milo-infused cocktail. There was something tropical as well but I forgot what it was called.
Atmosphere: Urban resort deck, but with an emphasis on urban and less on resort. The backdrop of the Petronas Twin Towers is well balanced with the sheer expanse of space.
Drinks: Good selection of signature cocktails, with the usual beer
Price Point: Agreeable by city centre KL prices. Expect to pay USD 9 for a cocktail.
Feel: Expansive, high youthful energy without feeling too overwhelming.
Address: 121, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Nearest Station: KLCC LRT Station
The Iron Fairies, Kuala Lumpur. Closing Time: 0500
I have been to The Iron Fairies Bangkok. I like the feel with all those fairies by the ceiling. I have been to The Iron Fairies Hong Kong. I like the feel as you wind off an alley and enter what feels like a blacksmith’s den. When I heard that The Iron Fairies Kuala Lumpur in TREC would be twice the size and include a club back room, I was a bit concerned.
Of course, always reserve opinion until you see it, and I must say, my concerns on the set up were not valid. It is double height, with two wrought iron spiral stairs leading to the upper level, with balcony space overlooking the raised performance space, and the ground floor being a space to enjoy the music without being distracted by the performance.
At the upper level, walk to the passageway behind the performance area and seek out a door. Open the door and be mesmerized by the Butterfly Room: the aforementioned club back room. With butterflies dangling above you, a central socializing counter top and an expansive bar, this venue is a good after-hours hideout.
The music is mostly deep house and electronica, with a bit of a tight squeeze if the dancefloor gets packed. However, there are a lot of sofas and seating area by the walls and towards the back away from the DJ console.
Drinks-wise, the cocktails may look familiar to patrons who have been to other cocktail bar/clubs in Kuala Lumpur, with a Pandan Sour a fun favourite. Drinks arrive quickly, which is good, but when it gets really, really busy, be prepared for a wait for your bill.
Atmosphere: Wrought iron, gothic with interesting art installations and fun decorations everywhere. Iron fairies resting on top of tables in the main bar, butterflies fluttering from the ceiling in the Butterfly Bar
Drinks: 2 pages of signature cocktails
Price Point: Average for similar Kuala Lumpur establishments. Expect to pay USD 9 for a cocktail.
Feel: Packed, bustling, trendy, see-and-be-seen in the Butterfly Bar
Address: H-G-06, Hive TREC, 438 Jalan Tun Razak, 43000 Kuala Lumpur
Nearest Station: Tun Razak Exchange MRT Station (but access is limited due to on-going construction work as of Q3 2018. Best take a Grab.)
Kyo KL. Closing Time: Pretty late
Located in the basement of the Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur, as in 3 basement levels down, Kyo KL is among the few really after-hours clubs in the city centre. Entered via the Mandarin Oriental’s side entrance facing the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, you will be transported down via the lift to a world where, well, let’s just say you lose track of time.
There is a cover change of RM40 at Kyo KL and it comes with a drink, but this cover charge depends what is going on. The venue is primarily hard house and electronica, and hosts a number of renowned house music DJs. Look out for their schedule, and if a Sweatbox event is on, then be prepared to sweat as if you are at ‘The Box.’
The space is very big, with an ample dancefloor, a lot of seating space, both next to the dancefloor and on the raised area behind it. The bar is expansive, and there is a counter top right in front of the DJ console where you can put your drinks as you dance the night away. Handy!
Atmosphere: Cosmopolitan after-hours night club. It could be located in any big city.
Drinks: Basic, but at this point, are you really looking for fancy cocktails?
Price Point: Reasonable at about USD 7 onwards for a beer
Feel: Spacious, and with the right energy and music, perfect to let your inner raver out
Address: Basement 2&3, Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
Nearest Station: KLCC LRT Station
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