What makes this thriving South East Asian nation all the more appealing is that it's equally impressive by night as it is by day. Whether you're looking to have a relaxed evening out or engage full-on party mode, Malaysia's nightlife promises plenty of opportunities to sample unique cultural flavours, quench your thirst at the end of a warm day and mingle with the locals, expatriates and fellow travellers. Elegant gastronomic experiences, street-side supper spots, cheerful neighbourhood pubs, laid-back lounges, exclusive clubs, speakeasies and stylish rooftop bars - Malaysia's nightlife has it all.
In Kuala Lumpur, areas such as Changkat Bukit Bintang, Old Malaya Street, TREC and Bangsar are known to be bustling hives of activity, ideal for a memorable time of bar-hopping, singing along with live bands, taking part in pub quizzes and learning some salsa moves. There's also a vibrant clubbing scene in Kuala Lumpur, with well-known clubs like Zouk KL, Club Kyo KL, Play Club at The Roof and Zion Club that have talented local and international DJs at the decks to tempt you onto the dance floor.
Nestled atop some of the city's most impressive skyscrapers, swanky establishments like Marini's on 57, Troika Sky Dining, Sky Bar and Heli Lounge Bar invite you to wine and dine and gain a whole new perspective of the capital's ever-changing skyline. Other trendy nightspots include the numerous "hidden" bars, which are tucked away in some of the most unlikely and surprising places. Skullduggery, The Locker & Loft, The Vault KL and The Berlin KL, to name a few, pique interest with their intriguing and intimate spaces.
However, Kuala Lumpur's nightlife is not just limited to spirited gatherings at the local watering holes. Extraordinary dining experiences at restaurants like Tamarind Springs and Dinner in the Sky allow you to truly enjoy Malaysia's lush tropical environment and take in the splendour of your surroundings. Another unforgettable venue for dinner and completely new sensory experience is Dining in the Dark, where patrons are served a multi-course menu without the aid of any lighting.
Food is a source of great passion for Malaysians and there is certainly no shortage of hawker stalls selling delicious street fare until late into the night. It's not at all unusual for partygoers to head to areas like Jalan Alor for a cheeky snack when the hunger pangs hit at the end of a thrilling night out.
Vibrant night markets like the popular tourist attraction, Petaling Street, or more authentic community markets in areas like SS2, are set up on specific nights each week and enable you to eat, shop and immerse yourself in local culture.
Nightlife beyond the capital can be just as exhilirating. In Penang, you can literally kick your shoes off, sink your toes into the sand and sip on a cool beverage on the beach at Bora Bora Batu Ferringhi or head to OZOO Club, one of the island's most popular clubs. Penang is also well known for its sensational street food and some of the best dinners and late night treats can be had at the hawker stalls on Chulia Street, Gurney Drive and New Lane.
In Malacca, Jonker Walk Night Market brings the famous street to life with stalls on weekends and MiXX Club draws in quite a crowd. Anyone looking for more than the typical tourist experience can easily refer to the friendly locals who are always more than happy to steer you in the direction of their personal favourite evening hang-outs, food stalls, restaurants and markets.
Visitors to Sabah can soak in the best of their surroundings with a cool beverage as they admire the horizon from the Sunset Bar at Tanjung Aru. Kota Kinabalu presents a multitude of night spots, such as the well known Shenanigan's Fun Pub and Tavern Kitchen & Bar. At the Waterfront, Shamrock Irish Bar and B.E.D. Club keep the entertainment going well into the night.
In Sarawak, much of Kuching's thriving nightlife is set around Taman Sri Sarawak and Padungan Road. Another charming establishment that's worth a visit is Drunk Monkey Old Street Bar at Carpenter Street. The Kuching Waterfront esplanade at the south bank of Sarawak River provides an atmospheric spot in which to unwind and has many food and beverage outlets to choose from.
No matter where you are in Malaysia, be it day or night, there is always plenty to see, do and experience!
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