Entertainment in Kuala Lumpur

  • Entertainment in Masjid India, Kampung Baru & Northern KL

    Istana Budaya

    Large-scale drama and dance shows are staged here, as well as music performances by the National Symphony Orchestra and National Choir. The building's soaring roof is based on a traditional Malay floral decoration of betel leaves, while the columned interior invokes a provincial colonialism. There’s a dress code of no shorts and no short-sleeved shirts.

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    Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre

    Part of the Sentul West regeneration project, this modernist performing-arts complex puts on a wide range of progressive theatrical events including dramas, musicals and dance. Also on offer are performing-arts courses and screenings of art-house movies.

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    No Black Tie

    Blink and you’d miss this small live-music venue, bar and bistro, hidden as it is behind a grove of bamboo. NBT, as it's known to its faithful patrons, is owned by Malaysian concert pianist Evelyn Hii, who programmes the varied musical acts who perform here from around 9pm. Check the website for the schedule.

  • Entertainment in Bukit Bintang, KLCC & Pudu

    Dewan Filharmonik Petronas

    Don’t miss the chance to attend a show at this gorgeous concert hall. The polished Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra plays here (usually Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees, but also at other times), as do other local and international ensembles. Smart-casual dress code.

  • Entertainment in Chinatown, Merdeka Square & Bukit Nanas

    Panggung Bandaraya

    Originally designed as City Hall by British colonial architect AB Hubback, this handsome 1896 building with distinctive black domes has been refitted into one of KL's most beautiful theatrical spaces. The intimate auditorium's design is based on the shape of a Malaysian kite. Find out about events here (which are rare) from online listings or by dropping by the building itself.

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    Bee

    The stage at this chilled and popular cafe-bar is well used for various events, including live music, film screenings and open-mic nights. They also serve burgers and sandwiches that are the real deal, plus good salads, local gourmet ice creams and decent coffee.

  • Entertainment in Masjid India, Kampung Baru & Northern KL

    Sutra Dance Theatre

    The home of Malaysian dance legend Ramli Ibrahim is also a showcase for Indian classical dance as well as a dance studio, painting and photography gallery and cultural centre. See the website for upcoming events.

  • Entertainment in Lake Gardens, Brickfields & Bangsar

    Bobo KL

    Live jazz lovers speak highly of this intimate performance space. Resident and guest artists usually take to the stage around 9pm. There's no cover charge if you dine here or at a few of the neighbouring restaurants.

  • Entertainment in Chinatown, Merdeka Square & Bukit Nanas

    fono

    The events space in the Zhongshan Building hosts live performances including sets by local DJs and musicians. Check out the Facebook or Instagram streams for details.

  • Entertainment in Bukit Bintang, KLCC & Pudu

    KL Live

    A boon to KL’s live-music scene, this spacious venue packs in rock and pop fans with a decent line-up of international and local big-name artists and DJs.

  • Entertainment in Lake Gardens, Brickfields & Bangsar

    Temple of Fine Arts

    Classical Indian dance and music shows take place here throughout the year. The centre also runs performing-arts courses; see the website for schedules.

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    Alexis Ampang

    At weekends this bistro becomes one of the city's top venues for live jazz. Shows begin at 10pm.

  • Entertainment in Lake Gardens, Brickfields & Bangsar

    GSC Mid Valley

    This branch of the GSC multiplex cinema chain includes a 277-seater screening room.

  • Entertainment in Bukit Bintang, KLCC & Pudu

    Golden Screen Cinemas Pavilion KL

    Expect to queue to see a movie at this 13-screen multiplex in the popular Pavilion KL mall. This is one of the few multiplexes in the GSC chain that has an International Screens program showing art-house and foreign movies. There's also Gold Class.

  • Entertainment in Masjid India, Kampung Baru & Northern KL

    Slate @ The Row

    The redevelopment of Jln Doraisamy's row of old shophouses into the contemporary dining and shopping destination the Row includes this events space where you may be able to catch live performances of music or a pop-up weekend market.

  • Entertainment in Chinatown, Merdeka Square & Bukit Nanas

    MABA Stadium

    Check the MABA website to find out about matches held at the headquarters of the Malaysian Basketball Association. There's also a training court on the roof.

  • Entertainment in Bukit Bintang, KLCC & Pudu

    Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

    The largest of the convention centre's conference rooms and events spaces is Plenary Hall, which is sometimes used for concerts and seats up to 3000.

  • Entertainment in Masjid India, Kampung Baru & Northern KL

    Coliseum Theatre

    One of KL's oldest still-functioning cinemas, this art deco–style building dates back to 1920 and screens Tamil and other Indian-language movies.

  • Entertainment in Chinatown, Merdeka Square & Bukit Nanas

    Saxophone Store

    This space functions as a musical instrument store during the day and hosts regular jazz gigs come night. Check the Facebook page for the schedule.

  • Entertainment in Bukit Bintang, KLCC & Pudu

    TGV Cineplex

    Take your pick from the mainstream offerings at this 12-screen multiplex. Book in advance or be prepared to queue, particularly at weekends.