One the best reasons to visit Kuala Lumpur is the nightlife scene. Centered largely around the modern downtown of the Golden Triangle, you'll be quite satisfied with the number and quality of clubs and bars that appeal to travelers from pretty much anywhere. A largely Muslim country, it's quite a surprise to see such rampant nightlife in its capital city despite customs that limit drinking; then again, KL is an international city and caters to quite a range of peoples in a modern context. We know you'll find a place here where you'll feel at home.
As we've mentioned, if you want to have some fun in KL, you'll want to explore the Golden Triangle. The hottest stretch of clubs can be found at Jalan P. Ramlee, particularly near where it intersects with Jalan Sultan Ismail. Institutions along this street include Hakka Republic, whose great vibes and single malts contribute to a lively social atmosphere; Zouk KL, which is the epitome of modern clubbing and dancing; Beach Club, an open-air club that has garnered a reputation that caters to singles; and Luna Bar, whose appeal is derived from its rooftop views and central pool. Follow Jalan Pinang and Jalan Ampang to the east for more quality options, including the best bar-with-a-view in the city, Sky Bar in the Traders Hotel. For a more laid back neighborhood, head just south to Changkat Bukit Bintang, where the covers are cheaper, the bars and socialization more evident, and local live music is at a premium. Popular places in the area include Werner's, Twenty One, No Black Tie (KL's best jazz), and Frangipani.
You don't have to limit yourself to KL's contemporary city center to enjoy exhilarating nightlife. Jalan Doraisamy (Heritage Row) is a section of reclaimed colonial buildings in the Tuanku Abdul Rahman district that are heavy on both style and substance. You have your selection of clubs like the multiple dance spaces of The Loft KL or highly reputable bars like the CoChine Lounge. There is also a high concentration of Mamak stalls in the area, a phenomenon that is linked ubiquitously with KL's nightlife scene. These Indian street stalls (sometimes open 24-hours) are great for quick eats to keep the energy up for a long night. Within the circumference of circular Jalan Ara in Bangsar (particularly around Jalan Telawi) there are also a number of nightlife options, although there is a heavier assortment of bars like Ronnie Q's, the Finnegan's chain, and The Social.
For further information on what choices you have in Kuala Lumpur's highly-regarded nightlife scene, take a look through our activity pages or do yourself the favor of interacting with the embark community. We're sure you'll find the type of places you're looking for.