Archive for the 'Bars & nightlife' Category

Mar 04 2012

Best rooftop bars in Kuala Lumpur

As Kuala Lumpur grows ever upwards, one of the benefits is an increasing number of rooftop bars where you can get spectacular views of the city. For the most part these are based in high end hotels, making for a mixed clientele of well-heeled locals, expats and visitors. The dress code tends towards “smart casual”, … read the full post

Oct 27 2011

The strange case of the suburban Kuala Lumpur pub crawl

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When is a pub not a pub? This may seem like an odd question, but in Malaysia, what you call a drinking establishment can have a big impact on how it is treated by licensing authorities. Call somewhere a restoran dan pub (restaurant and pub), and you can be open to the world, with outside … read the full post

Oct 19 2011

Happy birthday to No Black Tie, a Kuala Lumpur musical institution

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Kuala Lumpur is such a young city in world terms that the whole idea of longevity has to be thought of differently. A 100-year-old building in London, Paris or Rome, would barely raise an eyebrow, while it would be considered ancient in KL. It might not sound like a big deal that a live music … read the full post

Oct 11 2011

Raising a beer to all things German in Kuala Lumpur (including Oktoberfest)

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For most Europeans, the idea of German cuisine is a contradiction in terms; going to Germany on a gastronomic holiday would be like heading to Switzerland in search of tropical beaches. So, it always surprises me seeing so many pubs or restaurants dedicated to German food, particularly in a city like Kuala Lumpur, which is … read the full post

Jul 15 2011

Having a laugh in Kuala Lumpur

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Up until two or three years ago, the state of live comedy in Kuala Lumpur was no laughing matter; a doctor would have found virtually no life at all in the city’s collective funny bone. While the local comedy scene is hardly in rude health these days, its condition has at least seen a marked … read the full post

May 17 2011

Happy hours and other ways to get cheap(er) drinks in Kuala Lumpur

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One of the biggest complaints about Kuala Lumpur, from both visitors and residents alike, is the shocking price of alcohol. It is often more expensive to get a drink in KL than in notoriously expensive cities like London and New York (and er, islands like Bali). Hefty government taxes are partly to blame, but many … read the full post

Apr 26 2011

Some jazzy nights in Kuala Lumpur

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Although live music in Kuala Lumpur generally consists of bland international pop, or amateurish pub rock bands, fans of jazz and blues are comparatively well served. Every month sees a steady stream of both local and overseas artists, playing to small but appreciative audiences. Here’s a selection of some of what’s on offer in late … read the full post

Apr 10 2011

KL’s Changkat Bukit Bintang

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How many roads have their own Facebook appreciation page? Well, Changkat Bukit Bintang does and at last count it had more than 3,000 fans. It’s a sign of how this once sleepy road of Chinese shophouses has, in the space of just a few years, become the focal point of Kuala Lumpur’s best entertainment area. … read the full post