Drinking and nightlife in Kuala Lumpur

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    Suzie Wong

    Push aside the heavy curtain at the end of a clubby bar to discover the wild goings-on at this old Hong Kong–style speakeasy cocktail bar. Expect a glamorous drag cabaret, live music and handheld fireworks to accompany the popping of champagne corks and swilling of drinks in carved-out coconuts.

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    Coley

    Revive your parched taste buds with inventive libations such as coconut gin at this sleek and sultry bar that's one of Asia's best. It's named after Ada Coleman, a female bartender in 1920s London and creator of the Hanky Panky – a cocktail made with gin, sweet vermouth and Fernet-Branca. Unsurprisingly, it's a fixture on the menu here.

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    Three Little Birds

    Top-tier coffee bar and micro-roaster Three Little Birds is manned by the pioneers of third-wave coffee culture in KL: Michael Wilson and wife Amirah Mohammad of Artisan Roast, as well as coffee geek Joey Mah. The trio takes a focused approach to roasting, catering to drinkers who are not only here for a quality cuppa but also a serious education on coffee.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Chinatown, Merdeka Square & Bukit Nanas

    Botakliquor

    Hanging baskets and lush potted plants framing the bar set the leafy, botanical tone for the superior cocktails made by the mixologists at this cocktail bar in the Chō Chǎ Foodstore building. Ingredients such as pandan, jasmine, tarragon and kaffir lime feature in the drinks, which include liquors infused with pumpkin seeds, pineapple and jackfruit.

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    RGB at the Bean Hive

    This is what you get when a boutique coffee roaster teams up with health-conscious cooks in a quiet green oasis. RBG serves excellent hand-drip and espresso coffees as well as vegan and vegetarian breakfasts (RM10–28), sandwiches and wraps (RM16–28) and pastas (RM17–25), all in a spacious bungalow with a book exchange, kids' play corner, inner courtyard and big grassy yard.

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    Pulp Coffee

    Expect top-quality brews from this flagship store of premium Singaporean coffee roaster Papa Palheta. Apart from coffee, it also serves bottled craft beers, breakfast dishes (RM13–39), sandwiches (RM23–30) and pastas (RM28–32). The reading matter on the magazine rack is a clever homage to the space's former incarnation as the cutting room of the Art Printing Works (APW).

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    PS150

    The southern end of Jln Petaling's evolution into a hip ’hood is helped along by this cocktail bar concealed behind a fake toyshop in a building that was once a brothel. Inside, the dim red lights and vintage-style booths bring to mind the films of Wong Kar-Wai. Sit around the convivial bar at the back and watch expert mixologists ply their trade.

  • Nightlife in Bukit Bintang, KLCC & Pudu

    Delirium Café Kuala Lumpur

    Showcasing the products of Belgium brewery Delirium alongside other international craft beers, this cafe-bar has a large terrace overlooking Symphony Lake. You can get very merry indeed working your way through the 100-plus beers on offer, nine of which are on tap – so much so that you may think the huge pink elephant in the bar is for real.

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    Bar Trigona

    The signature drink at this glittering cocktail bar on level six of the Four Seasons Hotel lives up to its name, which is 'nectar'. Made with light rum, lime, jasmine and ginger cordial, and white vermouth, it can be enjoyed while lolling in a comfy couch and admiring the city-skyline view. Bookings advised.

  • Nightlife in Bukit Bintang, KLCC & Pudu

    Blueboy Discotheque

    An incredible survivor of the KL gay scene since the 1980s, Blue Boy has undergone a makeover to emerge as a surprisingly stylish but still trashily fun venue in which to watch glam drag shows and dance till the early hours. Friday and Saturday nights are most popular – expect a mixed and friendly crowd.

  • Nightlife in Bukit Bintang, KLCC & Pudu

    VCR

    Set in an airy prewar shophouse, VCR serves first-rate coffee, all-day breakfasts (RM19 to RM35) and desserts to a diverse crowd of backpackers and laptop-wielding locals.

  • Nightlife in Bukit Bintang, KLCC & Pudu

    Pinchos Tapas Bar

    Run by a Spaniard and packed with KL's approving Spanish-speaking community, this is the real deal for tapas. It's a welcoming place for a solo meal or drink, and loads of fun if you're here with a group.

  • Nightlife in Bukit Bintang, KLCC & Pudu

    Beta KL

    The interior design of this cocktail-bar-restaurant hybrid is a colourful mash-up of traditional Oriental tea house and louche boudoir, providing a characterful setting in which to sip flamboyant cocktails and nosh on modern Malaysian cuisine (tasting menus RM98 to 280, cocktail pairing RM168). Happy hour from 5pm to 7pm.

  • Nightlife in Bukit Bintang, KLCC & Pudu

    Zouk

    Zouk remains one of KL's premier dance clubs, with its Main Room space reverberating to electro, techno and trance. Wear your flashiest threads (no T-shirts or sandals for men). Saturday is the best night to visit and reserving a space in advance is a good idea.

  • Nightlife in Bukit Bintang, KLCC & Pudu

    TWG Tea

    Offering a mind-boggling range of more than 400 teas and infusions, this KL offshoot of the original Singaporean TWG is a luxurious place to refresh during your rounds of the mall. The teas are beautifully packaged for gifts. As well as afternoon tea (2pm to 6pm), it also serves brunch from 10am to 3pm and meals from noon to 10pm.

  • Nightlife in Bukit Bintang, KLCC & Pudu

    Marini's on 57

    This is about as close as you can get to eyeballing the upper levels of the Petronas Towers from a bar. The stellar views are complemented by sleek interior design and attentive service. When booking (advised), be aware that it's the lively bar not the laid-back whisky lounge that has the view of the towers. There's also an Italian restaurant.

  • Nightlife in Chinatown, Merdeka Square & Bukit Nanas

    Deceased

    Bloody severed hands (made of rubber), a skull mask smoking a cheroot, or a wooden shoe (for beating purposes!) are part of the gimmicky, Instagram friendly accoutrements for the cocktails at this death- and horror-themed cocktail bar.

  • Nightlife in Chinatown, Merdeka Square & Bukit Nanas

    LOKL Coffee

    Coffees served Western- or Malay-style (with a sticky splosh of condensed milk) are equally good at this welcoming cafe. Menu offerings include filling breakfast dishes (RM16–29), such as cornmeal waffles and omelettes, as well as hearty pastas (RM23–25).

  • Nightlife in Bukit Bintang, KLCC & Pudu

    Vertigo

    On the 59th floor of the Banyan Tree hotel, this is currently reigning champ for KL's loftiest rooftop bar. Off course, it's all about the views here, which you can drink in with your beer (RM28) or cocktail (RM45).

  • Nightlife in Bukit Bintang, KLCC & Pudu

    Feeka Coffee Roasters

    Set in a remodelled shophouse on hip Jln Mesui, Feeka serves espresso and cold brew with optional extras of syrup infusions, oat milk and almond milk. It's particularly popular at breakfast, when the food menu (RM10–33) includes freshly squeezed juices, smoothie bowls, berry chia pudding and indulgent lemon and ricotta pancakes.