AFTER the sun goes down, the city comes alive with a wide variety of exciting nightspots. Karaoke lounges, clubs with live bands and discotheques are among the happening places that make their mark on the city?s vibrant night scene. Unwind at the trendy sidewalk caf? and delicatessens until late night or sip your favourite drink while you listen to live bands at the clubs. The city?s alfresco outlets are the places to be for a stunning view of KL by night.


Kuala Lumpur Offers exciting nightlife for those looking for relaxation. Besides local and international theatre shows and symphony orchestras, there is a wide variety of entertainment including live bands, jazz band, strollers, dinner shows, cabaret, disco and karaoke lounges. Its is best to the entertainment section of local newspapers and check out the newsstand for entertainment publications for the latest on the night scene. Entertainment establishments are plentiful along Jalan Bukit Bintang, Jalan Ampang, Jalan Sultan lsmail and Jalan P. Ramlee, where there are numerous hotels. Nightlife in the city also thrives with the many pubs, street caf? and bistros. Entertainment outlets close at 3am and there are stiff laws against drinking and driving.


Discotheques can be found in hotels but there are several independent ones, too. They are usually packed after 10pm and pulsate with activity on Fridays, Saturdays and the eve of public holidays.




Pubs and bistros offer a relaxed mood with live bands, drinks and snacks. Most pubs are open from late afternoon or evening and close at midnight. Barn Thai, Planet Hollywood, Benson & Hedges Bistro, TGIF (Thank God It?s Friday) and Hard Rock Caf?have been a hit with the locals since they arrived on the Malaysia scene. Bangsar Baru offers numerous choices and even an Irish pub.




Cafes, both indoor and street cafes, are popular with the younger set and many trendy ones are found in Bangsar Baru as well as Bintang Walk in Bukit Bintang.




Theatre performances by local and foreign artists have become popular with urbanites. The local theatre clubs are Dramalab, The Actors Studio, Five Arts Centre and Instant Cafe Theatre. Please check the newspapers for their performances.




The National Symphony Orchestra and National Choir perform regularly at the Experimental Theatre located in Jalan Tun Ismail.  Enquiries: 03-4025 2525. Other notable orchestras include the Kuala Lumpur Symphony Orchestra and the Malaysian Philharmonic Hall at the Kuala Lumpur City Centre. (For inquiries, please call Box Office : 03-2051 7007).




Every Saturday, at 7:45 pm, Central Market organizes various cultural activities which is free for the public. Presentations include traditional dances, dramas and martial arts performances. Enquiries: 03-2274 6542 (10:00am - 10:00pm). Cultural shows are also available at Malaysia Tourism Centre and at restaurants such as Seri Melayu, Restoran Sri Putra and Saloma Bistro.