Kuala Lumpur Nightlife

A city that never sleeps, Kuala Lumpur's streets come to life with bright lights, bustling bars, loud music and pumping clubs after dark. From karaoke lounges and pubs to discos and jazz clubs, there's something for everyone to enjoy on a night out in Kuala Lumpur. It may be predominantly Muslim, but due to its cosmopolitan nature alcohol is widely available and the city's nightlife is some of the best in Asia.

Malaysia does not enforce an age limit for drinking, but it is illegal to purchase alcohol if under the age of 18. In predominantly Muslim areas it is possible that some bans or restrictions regarding alcohol are in effect, but this is very unlikely to affect travellers looking for a party in the lively nightlife districts of Kuala Lumpur.

The city centre is the commercial and business hub by day, but once the sun sets things heat up and some of the city's most eccentric bars and trendiest clubs can be found along Jalan P. Ramlee, Jalan Ampang and Jalan Sultan Ismail. Bukit Bintang is another one of the most popular areas for night-time excitement, and in particular Changkat Bukit Bintang where the restaurants burst to life with bustling energy and busy bars pumping out the hottest tunes, while the young, hip and international residents spill out into the streets.

For those looking for a quiet night on the town, a few drinks at a karaoke bar are a staple of Malaysian society (getting in on the entertainment is entirely optional), and enjoying the local theatre, cabarets and cine-plexes showing contemporary English, Malay, Chinese, Hindi and Indonesian movies is also popular. With so many options the only difficult thing about heading out for a night on the town in Kuala Lumpur will be deciding what to wear and where to start.

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