The Ultimate Locals Guide To Nightlife In Malaysia

By Dhruvalakshmi Paithankar on Feb 13, 2019
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Malaysia, though all about nocturnal activities, can be one of the most underrated nightlife destinations. With an array of bars, pubs, nightclubs, lounges, casinos, and a number of adult entertainment options, Malaysia is, in fact, ready to become the party capital of the world. Want to know how locals do it in style when it comes to enjoying the nightlife in Malaysia? Interested in exploring the streets only after the sun sets? Here is the perfect guide to Malaysian nightlife that will introduce you to different cities and their fun specialties.

1. Kuala Lumpur - The city that has it all

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Kuala Lumpur is the city that blends different types of entertainment to make one hell of a nightlife! Interested in gambling? Want to go dancing? Looking for best bars in Kuala Lumpur? Planning to explore all the food joints that are open even after midnight? Want to wander the streets bustling with Malaysian night markets? Head to Kuala Lumpur to experience it all! 

Visit the Changkat Bukit Bintang neighborhood and you will find some exuberant restobars sharing the streets with quirky nightclubs. You can visit Jalan P Ramlee as it is packed with pocket-friendly themed bars and nightclubs. If you are a foodie, then Jalan Alor is your Mecca. Home to an array of food stalls serving scrumptious culinary delights, this street comes to life only after the sun goes down. And do not forget TREC KL as it is the largest entertainment district where you can spend hours having fun when other parts of the city are fast asleep. Or as the locals say - it is the best place to ‘lepak’ in KL at night!

Places you must visit - Heli Lounge Bar, Beach Club Cafe, Zouk, Le Noir, SkyBar, Havana Bar & Grill, Pisco, and Marini's On 57. 

2. Penang - The fun island

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The nightlife on Penang Island is iconic. It is the perfect place to go bar hopping or enjoying live street performances when you are exploring the night markets. As rooftop lounges and beach bars dominate Penang nightlife scenes, it has transformed into an entertainment hotspot in Malaysia. 

George Town, the capital city of Penang state, is a whole different affair than KL. It has rightly been known as the Malaysian food capital with a plethora of street food stalls adorning the lanes in the city that are equally loaded with fine-dining restaurants. So, when you have the combination of good food and great cocktails, you do not need anything else to dance the night away on Penang. You will also love after-dark shopping in the Batu Ferringhi area or simply strolling along Gurney Drive and Chulia Street

Places you must visit -Soho Free House, Monkey Bar, Reggae Mansion, Long Beach Good Court, Three Sixty Rooftop Bar, and QEII. 

3. Langkawi - Combining shopping and entertainment

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Langkawi Island offers a nightlife entirely different than other Malaysian cities. As it is a duty-free zone in the country, it focuses primarily on shopping options and then on beach bars and nightclubs. So, instead of bar hopping, Langkawi nightlife welcomes you to sit on a beach enjoying a refreshing cocktail after the sun goes down here. 

If you love to explore the bazaars, then Padang Matsirat Night Market is the place to be! If you want to get away from all the maddening chaos, then heading towards Pulau Rebak Besar or Datai Bay is the way. And if you want to soak in the typical Malaysian nightlife, then Pantai Cenang and Pantai Tengah are the areas for you! This ideal combination of ‘something for everyone’ is enough to attract more and more people to Langkawi every year. 

Places you must visit - Marrakesh Musicteque Club & Lounge, The Cliff, Bambooba, Sunba Resto Bar, The St. Regis Bar, and Rhu Bar. 

4. Kota Kinabalu - Where options are abundant

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Kota Kinabalu, popularly known as KK, is all about live music performances and bonfires on beaches. Karaoke clubs have also become the identity of the city. Most of these places usually start late in the evening and are open well after midnight making it an awesome destination to keep dancing till wee hours. Several of the bars and pubs also focus on adult entertainment attracting many during the peak season. 

If you are looking forward to enjoying the quieter version of the nightlife in Malaysia, then Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens is your destination. If you are interested in all the hustle-bustle, then head to one of the nearby beaches and you will be greeted by an enthusiastic crowd ready to soak in the nightlife of KK. 

Places you must visit - The B.E.D., The Shamrock Irish Bar, El Centro, Shoney's Dining & Bar, and The Loft.  

5. Malacca City - The tiny city full of surprises

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Malacca City is a small town and a hidden gem when it comes to entertainment options in Malaysia. From family-friendly activities at night to chaotic dance parties that stop only after midnight, this city has everything. Get ready to explore the streets of Melaka only after the lights start twinkling. 

Everyone knows how Jonker Street becomes ‘the’ place when it comes to enjoying a night to the fullest. Known for some of the best restaurants in town, this street also houses the weekend night market. If you explore the center of the city, you will find a number of chic clubs and vintage bars. Who would have thought this tiny city has so much to offer?

Places you must visit - Hard Rock Cafe, Mixx Club, Geographer Cafe, Portuguese Square, and Reggae On the River. 

Get dressed and get ready to let your hair down!

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