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A lot of people dub New York as the city that never sleeps, but if I’m being honest, they most likely have never been to Kuala Lumpur. There are endless things to do at night, and even more so in the evening, so buckle up and let me take you on a ride.
For the Party Animal
I’ll start with the fairly obvious ones, bars, clubs and bistros. Almost all restaurants are open until 10:00 pm and some even go on for longer as they turn into a bar for the rest of the night. So if you’re feeling like you need a cold one to finish the day, or you want to socialise, head to any of the bars in Bangsar. The scene there is buzzing.
For the Shopper
If drinking or staying out late partying doesn’t tickle your fancy, you’ll be happy to know that all the shops and malls close at 10:00 pm. That’s right, if you finish work at five, you’ll have approximately five hours to shop until you drop! Head to Pavillion, Suria KLCC or any of the malls in town for a truly wonderful experience of night time shopping. If you’re looking for something a little more low key, head to China Town/Petaling Street, for literally the best market in Kuala Lumpur. It’s a huge night time market that closes at 11pm, where you can buy fake bags, belts, shoes, makeup and of course, souvenirs. I’m a local, and I still go there sometimes because bargaining with the shopkeepers is such a thrilling experience!
For the Active One
If you’re the type of person that likes to get a little more active after work, several gyms open until late and will offer you a free trial. Otherwise, head to lake gardens for a run around the massive lake, or go to Jump Street/District 21 for a little more kid-like fun. Jump Street is a place filled with trampolines so you can jump to your heart’s content. District 21 is similar, but is actually an indoor adventure park. Another thing you might like to do which is more of a mental activity is escape rooms! There are several locations dotted across Kuala Lumpur, so all you have to do is a quick google search. I’m sure you’ve heard of them before, it’s when you’re placed in a themed room (Harry Potter is fantastic) and given 45 minutes to find your way out, and there are clues hidden in the room!
For the Creative One
There are plenty of things to do if you’re into being creative, there’s a comedy club called The Joke Factory in Publika that’s open until late if you’re looking to have a giggle. If you’re quick, you can get to The Craft Complex and try your hand at Batik Painting, but you’ll have to be there before it closes at 7:00 pm. If you’re into music, but not into the whole club scene, then do a quick google search for music showings, typically you’ll find some going on at The Bee, also in Publika. Otherwise, Hard Rock Cafe has their resident band performing every night!
For the View Hunter
The only thing I love more than watching the sunset, is watching it with a view. I’m talking about sky bars! I could’ve very well included this in my first section, but I figured they deserved their own spot! There are many a sky bars in Kuala Lumpur, in fact they are growing in popularity. If you have some cash to burn, I suggest trying Marini’s on 57 for stunning close up views of the KL Twin Towers. Otherwise, head to HeliPad, which is literally a helipad during the day that turns into a bar (that’s got borders, don’t worry!) at night. It has stunning views of both KL Tower and KL Twin Towers, so head there early to snag a nice spot to watch day turn to night!
There you have it, you may have to work but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your time exploring beautiful Kuala Lumpur!