Nothing beats good company at the end of a long week and there’s no better place to spend the night than somewhere with a view. Malaysians already have a love affair with al fresco dining but to do it more than a dozen storeys closer to the stars makes the evening more memorable. Feast your senses on the top 5 choices of KL’s sky-high watering holes.
Where: Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur
A perennial favourite of KL’s socialites, SkyBar consists of two gleaming new bars on the 33rd floor. The long pool, with hints of blue amidst the polished glass and steel fittings, remains the highlight of the venue. Come in the evening and sink into the plush sofas and intimate cabanas while you take in the breathtaking views of the glittery KL skyline.
HELI LOUNGE BAR
Where: 34th Floor, Menara KH, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur
In the heart of the Golden Triangle, an ultra-cool soirée experience awaits on the 34th floor of Menara KH. The black and white interior, with its blood-red accents, is dominated by the one-of-a-kind DJ console that’s specially constructed from a Boeing 747 engine turbine. In keeping with the aeronautical theme, the seating booth and low tables are crafted out of helicopter pieces. Get blown away by the spectacular 360-degree view of the KL skyline. Walk up two flights of stairs and shout to the world because you are now standing on one of KL’s five helipads!
Where: Brickfields, Aloft KL Sentral, No 5, Jalan Stesen Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur
Fancy a midnight escape at the Aloft KL Sentral’s tiki-themed rooftop bar? Look no further. The centrepiece is a glowing lava bar inspired by the Pacific Rim, complemented with vibrant red and dark wood seating. Australian artist Tony Twigg’s sculptural artwork titled Five Sticks in Any Order can be found here and is incorporated into the pivot doors that open to Splash, the hotel’s infinity pool. Mai Bar’s signature cocktail, the Malaysian Princess Mai Tai, is a concoction of silver rum pressed with blueberries and kaffir lime, topped with golden rum, pineapple and orange juice, and served in a Tiki-themed mug.
Where: Grand Hyatt KL, 12, Jalan Pinang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
Discover the 38th floor of Grand Hyatt KL, comprising a stunning 360-degree view of the city, a dining area, a bar and a lounge. The layout creates an open and comfortable ambience reflected in the lively show kitchens. The bar and lounge are perfect venues for al fresco dining as they provide patrons with the perfect sights of the Petronas Twin Towers.
STRATOSPHERE @ THE ROOF
Where: Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Sit back and bask in the glow of stars twinkling in the distance, blending together with the city lights, only at the Stratosphere — a rooftop bar located in the centre of Asia’s first and only grassy helipad! This is the perfect environment for well-heeled and urbane trendsetters to relax in the open air, caressed by the cool evening breeze. Indulge in exquisite drinks and mouth-watering finger foods at this chill-out destination.