They say everything is better with a view, and Kuala Lumpur sure seems to agree, as the city does not seem to be short of elevated venues with stunning views. On a warm evening, there’s nothing better than watching the sun go down over the city with a drink in hand. Whether it’s a romantic date night or a night out with friends, here are our favorites. See you there!
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Red burnt brick, golden brass and tuxedo-like black and white floor tiles set a sophisticated backdrop for Jann’s signature jade wrap-around bar to shine. Jann features inventive cocktails inspired by traditional trades, local cultures and legends that make Chinatown a heritage destination. Step outside for an unrivaled panorama of the bustling district below and views of KLCC and KL Tower for a ravishing look of old and new KL. Indulge in an evening of one-of-a-kind cocktails while getting acquainted with all that Chinatown has to offer!
JANN At Four Points By Sheraton, 2, Jalan Balai Polis, City Center, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, +603 2035 7333, www./marriottbonvoyasia.com/
This exciting neighborhood nook-inspired rooftop bar is the new spot for soothing tunes and easy going vibes. Man Tao Bar is a relaxing space with unobstructed views of downtown KL that makes it feel as though you are floating at the skyline. Definitely an urban escape with a stylish setting to draw in both visitors and locals. Be sure to have a Man Tao or two while you sip on their signature mixes!
Man Tao Bar, 25, Jalan Kamunting, Chow Kit, 50300 Kuala Lumpur, +603 2038 0000, www.stripeskl.com
The Sky51 destination at the fantastic hotel EQ Kuala Lumpur has a lot to offer, including a very stylish rooftop speakeasy bar called Blue. This award-winning bar is a bespoke outdoor rooftop bar that offers tantalizing snacks and handcrafted cocktails prepared by seasoned mixologists. The Instagrammable sky bar provides the best panoramic views of the city, spanning from the KL Tower to the Petronas Twin Towers. There is an upper deck to the VIP section where live DJs create the weekend vibes, and inside, live bands often put on electrifying performances.
Blue at EQ, Level 51, EQ, Equatorial Plaza, Jln Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, +603 2789 7800, www.eqkualalumpur.equatorial.com
Fuego is a vibrant rooftop restaurant and bar, packed with South American vibes and a festive atmosphere. Located in the heart of KL, this bar is on the 23rd floor and you are set to see a magical view of the city skyline. Famous for both great food, vibrant atmosphere and reasonable prices, Fuego rooftop bar is most definitely worth a visit when in Kuala Lumpur.
Fuego At Troika Sky Dining, Level 23A Tower B, The Troika, 19, Persiaran KLCC, Kuala Lumpur, +603 2162 0886, www.troikaskydining.com
This spot needs no introduction! One of the most talked about sky dining venues is Marini's on 57, and as its name suggests, presents an impressive 360-degree view of KLCC from level 57. Indulge in their customized cocktails, tailor-made by some of the world’s leading cocktail designers. The restaurant offers contemporary Italian cuisine with a fine dining experience created with fresh ingredients imported from Italy. Marini’s On 57 is definitely an experience worth exploring!
Marini’s on 57, Petronas, Level 57, Menara 3, Persiaran KLCC, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, +603 2386 6030, www.marinisgroup.com
Significant to its name, THIRTY8 is located on the 38th floor boasting a 360-degree city view to complement the elegance of its dining areas, bar and lounge, along with lively show kitchens which serve international cuisine featuring Western and Chinese. Whether you’re planning a date night or celebrating special occasions with family and friends, THIRTY8 is the place to be!
THIRTY8 Restaurant, Bar & Lounge, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, 12, Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, +603 2203 9188, www.hyatt.com
The Canopy Lounge is perfectly located for those lazy days or party nights out in central Kuala Lumpur. Enjoy the views across the city and relax in their comfortable loungers and explore their menu, all designed with a twist on the traditional Indo-Chinese cuisine. Check out their signature cocktails like Impeared Peat and wines like Siraj while you’re out there with an astonishing view of the city!
The Canopy Lounge, 183, Jln Mayang, Kampung Baru, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, +603 2181 7907, www.canopylounge.my
Envi Skydining specializes in fusion dining and even boasts a contemporary bar with all your favorites packed in a single destination. Located at Menara TA One, this stunning place is something beyond a regular restaurant and bar – enshrouded in grace and the iridescent glow of Kuala Lumpur. Besides the main indoor dining area, they also have outdoor seating on the terrace as well as a separate bar section with high tables and chairs. We highly recommend sitting out on the terrace if the weather permits as you will get to face the stunning Petronas Twin Towers!
ENVI Skydining, Menara TA One, 22, Jalan P. Ramlee, Kuala Lumpur, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, +6019 771 7170, Facebook Page
Heli Lounge Bar is a fully functional helipad by day that converts into one of the world's coolest rooftop bars by night. If you are looking for certain and uninterrupted 360-views, and a completely open and airy terrace, this is the place! It is divided into 2 levels with a nightclub at the top floor with aviation themes using various parts of a plane as their interiors and a helipad bar above. The best time to visit the Helipad is at sunset, as watching the sun go down over Kuala Lumpur is something really special.
Heli Lounge Bar, 34 Menara KH, Jln Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang, 50450, Kuala Lumpur, +603 2389 8861, Facebook Page
Set on the Rooftop at Bangsar Village II giving you some of the best views of Kuala Lumpur's skyline, Mantra bar is the perfect place to let your hair down after a busy day. Perched overlooking the city skyline, it’s the perfect sun down spot for cocktails to unwind. Infamous for their bespoke cocktails, you will find this to be a real gem amongst KL's nightlife. Pair the drinks with their vibrant culinary tapas menu showcasing their innovative and modern play on classic favorites fused with flavors from around South East Asia.
Mantra Bar, Bangsar Village II, Jalan Telawi 1, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, +6017 344 8299, www.mantrabarkl.com
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