Western culture has made its mark on the nightlife in KL as most nightclubs play dance music from Europe and the US. This means techno and house music. They stay open until midnight and the clubs usually have a cover charge, although this includes a free drink.
A street renowned for its nightlife is Jalan Bukit Bintang which is about ten minutes walking distance from Chinatown. Many of the best bars and nightclubs can be found along this strip. Another is Bangsar, about a ten minute walk from the city centre which is great for people watching and has nearly 50 bars, clubs and restaurants.
If you don’t want to go to a bar or nightclub, but don’t necessarily want to stay in your hostel at night, you should make a trip down to Chinatown. Due to the abundance of restaurants, the streets are always full. Another thing which attracts people in their droves is the night market where there are many bargains to be found.
113 Jalan Ampang, Golden Triangle, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
15 years after opening its flagship club in Singapore in 1991, Zouk moved to Kuala Lumpur. Now firmly established as the Malaysian capital's number one club, it regularly attracts the world's top DJs for one-off events. There is also a separate 'Velvet Underground' section which isn't so full on.
Open Thurs-Sat 9pm-3am; admission charge.
6 Jalan Telawi Lima, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Like many Irish bars around the world, Finnegan’s is always full of life. People dancing on the speakers and tables make a night here one you won’t forget. At the weekends it gets extremely full.
Jalan Sultan Ismail, next to Concorde Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The KL branch of this world-wide chain is one of the city's most popular hotspots. Live bands appear nightly at 11pm and the crowd is a nice mix of locals and tourists.
97 Jalan Sultan Ismail, Golden Triangle, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Emporium is one of the city’s best and most popular clubs with a large indoor dance floor and a spacious terrace when inside becomes too stuffy. Keep an eye out for special guest DJs.
Jalan Changkat, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
This Cuban-themed bar is quickly becoming one of the most popular in the city. It can't be missed thanks to the huge sign outside and if you find yourself getting peckish, you can always get some nibblers such as chicken wings.
97 Jalan P Ramlee, Golden Triangle, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Located on one of the city's most vibrant strips, the Beach Club Café does everything in its power to ensure you feel close to the sea and by the beach. It's an outdoor bar in beach-hut style, there are palm trees galore and lots and lots of cocktails being sipped.
Open daily from 6pm-3am.
Menara PanGlobal, Jalan Punchak, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
While this bar is extremely swish and stylish, it boasts one of the most breathtaking views in Asia thanks to its location on the 34th floor of the Pacific Regency Hotel Apartments. You won't need to worry about what to talk about as you gaze at the Petronas Towers lit up in all their glory.
Open daily from 6pm-1am (until 3am at weekends).