There is no doubt that Kuala Lumpur is a vibrant, bustling city that’s only got better as the years have passed. I remember visiting in 2009 and seeing a city with plenty of personality, however my recent trip back last year and being impressed not only with its variety but also its great infrastructure including some seriously impressive new skyscrapers. Indeed, Kuala Lumpur never fails to amaze!
As the city continues to grow upwards, so grows the opportunity to see the city from a new vantage point– the rooftops! So here is your guide to the fabulous rooftop bars in Kuala Lumpur, from classy restaurants to chillaxed cocktail lounges nestled atop high-rise structures.
Marini’s on 57
Marini’s on 57 is an exclusive Italian ristorante set on the 57th floor of Petronas Tower 3 (adjacent to Suria KLCC). It’s divided to three different parts, a restaurant, a bar and a lounge. The restaurant offers Italian food and their spaghetti with botargo (mullet roe) and almond is something not to miss.
At the bar, you can find an extensive selection of wines, but there are also great cocktails and champagnes too. Meanwhile the lounge is for those who would like to sip on their Highland Park, Yamakazi, Johnnie Walker Blue and Johnnie Walker Gold in style.
Heli Lounge Bar
Situated on the 34th floor of Menara KH also known as the Kuala Lumpur Tower, Heli Lounge Bar is a helicopter pad turned nightlife hotspot, one of the coolest things in Kuala Lumpur. Everything in the lounge is aeronautically oriented – a booth made from the converted side panel of a Boeing 737, and a Boeing-747 turbine turned into a DJ console.
But let’s talk about the view, as that is what clearly draws people here. Its close proximity to the Petronas ‘twin’ Towers means you get an awesome view any time of the day, but sunset and beyond is really when you’ll get the best views from here.
Opened in 2006, the airy and sexy Sky Bar is a glamorous cocktail lounge on the 33rd floor of Traders Hotel KL. Its centerpiece is a pool bordered by ‘cabanas’ on one side which are used by day and converted into a buzzing bar by night. Get your drink, sit by the cabana and make the most of the full length windows that give you the best views of KL city.
The panorama from the bar area is no less impressive – a skylight overhead makes you feel like you are on top of the world, with KL’s famous twin towers clearly visible. Do try out their spice-crusted calamari and their wide variety of wines, beers and spirits including must have cocktails like Selangor Sling and Mata D’ Or.
Located directly opposite Menara KL Tower, the breezy Luna Bar is a two-story bar on the 34th floor of Pacific Regency Suites and offers 360 degree views. One of the city’s best known nightclubs, it’s divided into an alfresco lounge with a pool and long bar on the lower level, while the top deck is a trendy indoor restaurant that overlooks the pool.
Luna Bar serves the usual variety of beers, wines and spirits but the cocktails are really one of the main reasons to come for, especially the Luna Bar’s signature cocktail, aptly called the Luna.
Whether you’re staying in the posh hotels where the bars are actually located or in a cheap B&B down the road, this cool little SE Asia specialist website often has added discounts and exclusive deals. So, get yourself dolled up for an unforgettable night on these beautiful skyscrapers, and enjoy KL’s ever-growing nightlife scene.
Still looking for inspiration? Check out this list of the coolest things to do in Kuala Lumpur.
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