What is nightlife like in Kuala Lumpur?

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Emma Johnston

Nightlife in KL is pretty vibrant, with a wide spectrum of choices from neighbourhood pubs to full on, tripped out clubs. If you club for the music, you may find it a little hard-going in this city – at the moment, it’s either R&B all the way, or pretty hardcore dubstep, but there’s always a fun night out to be had in one of KL’s many rooftop bars or bopping with the masses in the clubs.

For a dependable night out, you can’t go wrong with Zouk. The original superclub, it originated from Singapore and is one of KL’s longest standing clubbing institutions. There are three rooms, each playing a different variety of music, and there’s also a relaxed alfresco bar where you can drink from 5pm to 5am. Zouk plays host to an ever-changing roster of international DJ acts, so you may even find your favourite DJ here.

If you’re after something a little more hip, check out The Establishment down in famed nightlife district, Changkat Bukit Bintang. Modelled after a more Australian way of nightlife, The Establishment has a slightly more deconstructed feel, a more edited guestlist and more interesting music policy.

And if all you want is a good old-fashioned bar crawl, Changkat Bukit Bintang is the best place to be. A tangle of streets just off the main CBD, Changkat is lined with bars both of the fashionable and trashy varieties, with a great mix of international food joints mixed in. Twentyone is always dependable for a good cocktail and a tiny, but vibrant, dancefloor, while newbie Pisco brings a Spanish flavour to proceedings.

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