Kuala Lumpur ~ Nightlife
Kuala Lumpur, lights up
with excitement at night as crowds of youngsters, revellers and yuppies
frequent clubs, bars and pubs on the streets.
With so many fantastic options for Kuala Lumpur nightlife, its difficult for visitors to know exactly where to head for the best parties and trendiest music. So hopefully this guide will enlighten you on the scene here and make heading out on the town easier.
Malaysia, even as it is considered as a Muslim country, has a large non Muslim population and in the city of Kuala Lumpur is comparatively liberal and its people do party out and chill at the many KL Pubs, Bars and Clubs. Even so, there are no go-go bars or stripping and anything in that direction.
Though there are some that open for lunch, most clubs won't open until about 5pm and close by 1 or 2am. Nearly all have a happy hour, usually between 5 - 9pm, when drink discounts apply on draft beers and "house-pour" (lower shelf) mixed drinks. After that, you can expect to pay about RM11 to RM20 for a mug of beer, depending on what and where you order.
In every club here in Kuala Lumpur, they have a special night for ladies, known as 'ladies night', where all ladies are served free drinks (normally house drinks). Beers are served as per mug or per jug (pitcher) though a pint is also available at certain places. Certain places especially those outlets that provide live bands and performances, after happy hours, there is usually a cover charge to be paid on entry (normally inclusive of 1 drink).
The Authorities enforce a 3 am closure ruling for nightspots in Kuala Lumpur city areas, while clubs and pubs in urban areas in the vicinity of residential estates have to close at 1 am. Occasionally, the police do conduct raids on random places to check for illicit drugs, prostitution and other vices.
The thing to decide is travel distance & safety going and return, cost of beverages, type of music / entertainment and type of crowd.
Taking taxis is the safe way to go about it; but there are some drivers who may rip-off tourists and refuse to use their meters. This is illegal, but tourists taking cabs back to their hotel are recommended to negotiate a fare with their driver before entering the cab, and get estimates from one of the citys friendly locals to determine a reasonable rate. And foreigners should always carry their passports or other ID with them according to Malaysia law.
BUKIT BINTANG AREA
For the areas nightlife it, roughly encompasses Bukit Bintang, Jalan Sultan Ismail and surrounding areas, such as Changkat Bukit Bintang, Jalan P. Ramlee, and towards KLCC (where the twin towers are).
These are within walking distance from the big hotels and are generally safe, even in the middle of the night. The only thing which will happen, if you are one or some guys is, someone will approach you and offer you some nice girls.
For a brief introduction on the nightspots in the general Bukit Bintang and nearby area, we will look at some distinct places by their locations -
Jalan P. Ramlee
Towards Changkat Bukit
Nightlife Live Music
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