Kota Kinabalu drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Coffee in Kota Kinabalu

October Coffee House

Adding more appeal to backpacker street Lg Dewan, October is welcoming with a wood-accented interior and cosy mezzanine, arguably the best coffee in town, herbal teas, French toast, juices and cakes. The food's as g…
Coffee in Kota Kinabalu

Nook Cafe

There's much to like about this cavernous coffee shop, strewn with rattan and bamboo furniture: the quality of the beans, a chilled environment in which to tap on your laptop, a tranquil covered garden out back, and…
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El Centro

El Centro is understandably popular – it's friendly, its Tex-Med dishes and lamb pizza are good and it makes for a nice spot to meet other travellers. With cool tunes and a laid-back vibe, El Centro also hosts impro…
Bar in Kota Kinabalu


Shani's, as it's affectionately known, enjoys a loyal crowd of regulars, as well as a few international visitors. Below the Hyatt at street level, it has a beer garden and pool table, plus a decent live band (from 9…
Juice Bar in Kota Kinabalu


You know a city is undergoing gentrification when it acquires a 'lifestyle juice bar'. And as these places go, it's a very good one: you can power up on green-vegetable concoctions, or indulge your sweet tooth witho…
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Shamrock Irish Bar

About as Irish as a made-in-China leprechaun, this is, however, a good spot for a bit of rock music. There's Guinness on tap, but best of all is the al fresco, sea-fronting terrace when a red sun sinks beneath a gun…
Club in Kota Kinabalu


KK's largest club thunders with pop, gyrating Filipino musicians and shrill teenagers, and boasts guest DJs nightly. It's overcrowded and cheesy, but if you're looking for a party, this is it. Bands play from 9pm.