The 18 Rooftop Bars of Kuala Lumpur

Skybars and rooftop bars or lounges have always had a magical attraction for many people. When you visit such a bar on the highest floor of a building, you somehow move into another world. The view and the feeling of being on top gives us humans the feeling of being completely free! We took a look around Kuala Lumpur and tested some of thetop rooftop bars in Kuala Lumpur.

Canopy Lounge Rooftop Bar

We start our bar of rooftop bars low. The Canopy Lounge is ‘only’ on the 4th floor. The view accordingly can’t really compete with many higher skybars. The Canopy Bar is just around the corner from the Petronas Towers. However, you can only see the towers from  the side and only in one part of the bar.  

View of the interior of the Canopy Lounge

The Canopy Lounge is a shisha bar. The atmosphere here is correspondingly cosy. Deep sofas invite you to chill. There is not only a food menu with snacks and Asian food, but also a separate menu for international shisha tobacco and a large dessert menu. Here you will find a wide selection of waffles, crepes, cakes and milkshakes. 

The crowd at the Canopy Bar is relatively young compared to other rooftop bars.However, there is a minimum age of 18 for entry.Prices are upmarket but still reasonable compared to other bars. The signature cocktails start at MYR 40. The starters, however, are very poor value for money (MYR 24 for 6 mini spring rolls, for example). 

The dress code is smart casual. We even got to the bar in the evening with trainers without any problems.  

Specials at Canopy Bar in Kuala Lumpur include live DJ Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, ladies night every Wednesday and rotating happy hour promotions. The happy hour promotions mainly include whole bottles or menus of snacks, drinks and shisha.

The Canopy Bar is more suitable for groups. In the evening, sofas and tables should be reserved, especially if you are a larger group. 

We visited the Canopy Bar on Sunday 20/10/19 between 19:00 – 21:30. The advertised live DJ did not turn up during this time. A mixed disco playlist was playing on the PC. The atmosphere was more cosy than party. The shisha and cocktails were high quality. The staff were friendly. 

Drinks in the Canopy Lounge

A big drawback from our point of view were the conspicuously dirty toilets. Also the lounge corner with sofas did not really make a noble impression. The view lacked the skybar feeling. On several large monitors, a sports channel was constantly playing, but only presenters were being filmed in the recording studio.

Our conclusion on the Canopy Bar is therefore: The Canopy Bar is a well centrally located bar for groups who want to talk and chill. It is definitely not a sky bar in the strict sense. It definitely lacks the view and the noble ambience. However, if you don’t necessarily value shisha, there is a large selection of bars in Kuala Lumpur, some with a more pleasant atmosphere and better value for money.

Shisha in the Canopy Lounge

The most important information about the Canopy Lounge Rooftop Bar:

  • Address: 183, Jalan Mayang, Kampung Baru, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Opening hours: daily 16:00- 03:00 
  • Website: https://www.canopylounge.my/

CÈ LA VI Kuala Lumpur

CÉ LA VI  consists of a restaurant, lounge and nightclub. These are located on the 37th floor. From the roof terrace sua you can see both the Petronas Tower and the Menara – but only from the side, and partly obstructed. 

Cé La Vi’s restaurant offers Asian crossover cuisine, while in the lounge you get more typical barbites.  Yet the restaurant tends to be high-priced, with elite ingredients on the menu such as oysters or foie gras and prices ranging from MYR 100 – 200 per dish. The lounge and bar’s cocktail offerings, on the other hand, are more reasonably priced with promotional cocktails starting at MYR 20. 

A strict smart casual dress code applies in all locations of CÉ LA VI from 19:00. Admission to the club costs around MYR 45, depending on the event, but often includes a drink. Admission is also often free for women. As with any club, ID is required at the Cé La Vi club.

With its three locations, CÉ LA VI has a wide range of options, depending on what you want. Whether it’s fine dining, relaxing with a beautiful view over Kuala Lumpur or partying, there’s something for everyone. However, CÉ LA Vi is more of a classy club with a corresponding crowd.

The most important information about CÈ LA VI Kuala Lumpur:

  • Address: Ilham Tower, No 8, Jln Binjai, Kuala Lumpur, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
  • Opening Hours: 
    • Restaurant: daily. 12:00-15:00 & 18:00-23:00
    • Lounge: Mon – Sat 17:00- 02:00; Sun 17:00 – 01:00
    • Club: Wed-Sat from 22:00 
  • Website: http://kl.celavi.com/

Deepblue

The Deep Blue is the skybar on the Platinum Suites “The Face”. It is located on the 51 floor about 15 minutes walk from the Petronas Tower. The Deep Blue has a great view of the Petronas Tower and the Menara, which it obstructs itself with decorative plants and walls. Therefore, you can only see the great view in parts of the rooms.

Logo of the Deepblue

Deep Blue’s interior design is based on striking dark blue and red light installations and looks very chic, but not quite uniform. The dress code is still relatively relaxed with smart casual.

View over the interior of the Deepblue

For a bar, Deep Blue offers a relatively extensive menu of barbites and Italian-Western cuisine. However, the bar stools and chairs are not ideal for eating. The drinks menu is extensive. Cocktails are comparatively expensive at MYR 50-60. Depending on the cocktail, you get 150ml – 550ml, so the price-performance level varies a lot. There are happy hours and changing promotions for whole bottles or pizzas, for example. Entertainment is provided by DJs and a beer pong table.

Signature Cocktail at the Deepblue

We visited Deep Blue on 18.10.2019. Although it was a Friday night there was not much going on. The guests consisted of small groups who must have come here after work. 

The staff was friendly, the location in top condition, however the toilets were not the cleanest. However, there was no atmosphere. A beer pong table was not used by the guests. 

Entrance area of the Deepblue
A set table in the outdoor area

Our conclusion on Deepblue: The concept was not completely realised despite a lot of effort. The beautiful view has been spoiled for oneself. The Deep Blue is suitable if you want to have a stylish drink, but it is also very expensive. The location is probably only suitable for partying when special DJs are playing. The price-performance ratio varies greatly between the individual products. 

The most important information about the Deepblue:

  • Address: 1020, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
  • Opening Hours:  
    • Sun-Thu 11:00- 01:00 
    • Fri & Sat 11:00 – 03:00
  • Website: http://deepbluebarkl. com/

Heli Lounge Bar

The Heli Lounge is located on the 34 – 36  floor. The special feature of this bar is that the top floor is a helicopter landing pad. You won’t find any railings here. Instead, you have a 360° view from the roof of the building. Both the Petronas Tower and the Menara are clearly visible from here.

View of the Menara from the Heli Bar
Obstructed view of the Petronas Tower from the Heli Bar

Thedrinks at Heli Bar tend to be smaller and start at prices between MYR 20-30. Food is hard to find at Heli Bar, as only snacks are offered. 

The Heli Lounge is more casual in the afternoon. After 9pm, however, a strict smart casual dress code applies. The interior of Heli Bar features black and white contrasts and red accents. 

Happy Hour is available daily from 18-21:00 and Thursdays are Ladies Night.

Overpriced Mini Cocktail
View of the skyscrapers

The Heli Bar stands out for its almost unparalleled 360° view, which makes it one of the most popular bars among tourists. It is worth arriving early before sunset to get a good seat. However, the deck is not suitable for people with a strong fear of heights.

Interior of the Heli Bar Lounge

Our conclusion on the Heli Bar & Lounge: The highlight of the Heli Bar & Lounge is really only the helicopter landing pad which now serves as a kind of beer garden. The prices are simply outrageously high outside happy hour, you have to pay RM 30 for a Coca Cola here and the service was not the most polite in our eyes. Somehow we felt pressured the whole time – either order another drink right away or please leave the Heli Bar.

The most important information about the Heli Lounge Bar:

  • Address: 34 Menara KH, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Opening Hours: Sun-Mi: 17:00 – 00:00; Thu 17:00 – 02:00; Fri & Sat 17:00 – 03:00

Luna Bar

The Luna is located on the 34th floor of the Regency Hotel. There is a 360° view where you can see the Menara very well, but the Petronas Towers only from the side. Unfortunately, the view is partially obstructed by walls. 

The prices at Luna are upmarket, as is the atmosphere. Cocktails start at MYR 38 and even a Coke will set you back as little as MYR 22. Food is not on the menu at Luna. Luna charges an entrance fee of 50 MYR, which includes a drink.

The Luna is a very chic club that has won numerous awards around 2010. However, Luna has since lost a bit of its glamour. There is a pool in the middle of the club that can be used by guests. 

Wednesday and Thursday are mainly house music days, Friday and Saturday are the usual party days. 

The Luna is a bit hipper and more party-ready than some other clubs. The prices, however, are very upscale for long nights.

The most important information about the Luna Bar:

Mai Bar

The Mai Bar is located on the 30th floor of the Aloft Kuala Lumpur and consists of an indoor space with a terrace and pool area. There is a nice view of Kuala Lumpur from there, but the tall neighbouring buildings dominate the view a bit. The Menara and the Petronas can only be seen from a distance.

The Mai Bar offers typical tropical cocktails as well as a variety of tapas. The house cocktail is the ‘Malaysian Princess Mai Tai’. The price level is not as high as other skybars. The Mai Bar does not charge admission, nor is there a minimum consumption. 

Inside, there is a long counter and red high chairs at small tables. The outside area is meant to be a tiki bar. There are beanbags and palm trees. Accordingly, things are a bit more relaxed in the Mai bar. The dress code is smart casual.

The Mai Bar has a wide range of food, including pizza, pasta, sandwiches, burgers and salads. The prices are upscale but still within reason (from about 30 MYR). The Mai Bar also offers shishas. A small disadvantage for non-smokers is that smoking is allowed inside and outside.

Every Thursday and Friday there is barbeque in the Mai Bar from 16:00 and every Saturday and Sunday from as early as 11:00. Prices for the barbeque start at MYR 10. Monday to Friday is happy hour between 17-21:00 and Saturday and Sunday already  between 15-21:00.  

The Mai Bar is not your typical Instagram bar. Due to its location a bit outside, the view is not optimal. However, the rather casual atmosphere and the comparatively cheaper price level make the Mai Bar a nice option for those who are just in the neighbourhood and want to end the day in a cosy bar. 

The most important information about the Mai Bar:

  • Address: Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral, Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur
  • Opening Hours: Mon – Wed 12:00 – 00:00; Thu & Fri 12:00 – 01:00; Sat 11:00 – 01:00; Sun 11:00 – 00:00
  • Website: http://www.eatdrink.aloftkualalumpursentral.com

Malt & Leaf At The Roof

The Malt & Leaf At The Roof is in the same building as the Signature By The Hill @ the Roof and the Stratosphere @ the Roof. In addition, the PLAY Club At The Roof nightclub is also in the same complex, right next to 1 Utama Mal. The Malt & Leaf At The Roof is located below the Stratosphere and thus on the 29th floor of the building. You can’t see the Petronas Towers and the Menara from the Malt & Leaf At The Roof, but you have a sweeping view of the city. 

The Malt & Leaf At The Roof is a whiskey and cigar bar. Accordingly, the décor is rather dark. Lots of leather chairs and dark wood are reminiscent of a gentlemen’s club. There is a separate smoking room. However, the majority of the bar is furnished more like a restaurant. A high window front and a glass roof offer a nice view even in bad weather. In addition to whiskey and cigars, the Malt & Leaf At The Roof also offers cocktails and a limited but upmarket restaurant repertoire. 

While snacks at The Malt & Leaf At The Roof are relatively inexpensive, you have to dig deeper into your pockets for everything else. The dress code is at least smart casual. 

Specials and current offers can be found on the company’s Facebook page. 

The Malt & Leaf At The Roof is suitable for people who want to eat, drink and smoke in a dignified manner and know something about whiskey and cigars. Moreover, the location is also well suited for bad weather. 

The most important information about the Malt & Leaf At The Roof Skybar:

  • Address: 1, First Avenue, Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Opening Hours:
  • Website: https://www.facebook.com/themaltandleaf

Man Tao Bar

The Man Tao Bar is located on the 21st floor of the ‘Stripes’ hotel and consists mainly of a terrace with a long infinity pool and a long bar adjoining it. The open concept makes it more suitable for good weather. The Man Tao Bar offers a beautiful view over the skyline of Kuala Lumpur and the Menara. The view of the Petronas Towers is unfortunately obstructed. 

The Man Tao Bar’s signature drinks are cocktails with Chinese beer or sangria as the base. They also serve mantaos (Cantonese steamed buns), as the name suggests. The price level is rather low for a sky bar in Kuala Lumpur. Gin cocktails start at around MYR 30. 

The Man Tao Bar has no particular style in the strict sense, but is simply the hotel bar by the pool area. The dress code is described as tropical chic, so you are allowed to be a bit more breezy and loosely dressed here. The pool and the pool loungers are officially reserved for the hotel’s guests – the bar is also only open to the general public from Thursday to Sunday. 

Thursday is Ladies Night from 20-23:00. Friday there are gin cocktails on offer from 20-23:00. Saturday there are numerous drinks on offer between 18-23:00. 

The Man Tao Bar is a nice solid skybar that is low on elitism and comparatively inexpensive. The view can compete with far better known skybars. The Man Tao Bar is perfect for people who want to take a few photos with a great view at one of the great hotel pools without having to rent a room in the hotel. However, as the bar is quite small, sometimes you may not be able to get a seat. 

The most important information about Man Tao Bar:

  • Address: 25, Jalan Kamunting, Chow Kit, 50300 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
  • Opening Hours: Thu – Sat 18:00 – 00:00; Sun 12:00 – 15:00
  • Website: http://www.stripeskl.com/man-tao-bar.html

Mantra

The Mantra is located just outside the city centre on the roof of the Bangsar Shopping Centre. The Menara and the Petronas are visible, but only very small at some distance. On the other hand, from the Mantra you have a view over the entire skyline of the centre of Kuala Lumpur.

There is an indoor area and an outdoor balcony. Cafe tables, bar stools and lounge chairs set the ambience. There is the possibility to smoke shisha.

The cocktails at Mantra are mid-priced at MYR 35-50. Particularly positive to mention are the very affordable mocktails (from 10 MYR) and the very large selection of gin (20 varieties) which is available as a gin and tonic from as little as 28 MYR. There is also a good selection of whiskies. There is also a small menu with somewhat upscale prices (main courses from MYR 22 – 38). 

On Friday and Saturday after 21:00, a slightly more chic dress code applies. You should dress up a bit then. 

Daily from 16:30 – 20:00 there is a happy hour with its own menu. Beer is then available from as little as MYR 15 and cocktails from MYR 24. Additionally, every Wednesday is Ladies Night with 2 for 1 specials. 

The Mantra is more of a lounge bar than a party location. It’s a good place to sit together in a group to talk and end the day. 

The most important information about the Mantra Skybar:

  • Address: Bangsar Village II, Jalan Telawi Satu, Bangsar Baru Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Opening Hours: Mon – Thu 16:30 – 1:30; Fri & Sat 16:30 – 03:00 
  • Website: http://www.mantrabarkl.com/

Marini’s on 57

Blick auf die Petronas Tower
View at the Petronas Tower

Marini’s on 57 is located on the 57th floor of the 3rd Petronas Tower – also called Carigali Tower. Through the glass roof, you have the perfect view of the Petronas Twin Towers. You can’t get any closer to them without standing on them. You also get a good view of the Menara.

Cocktail vor den Petronas Tower
Good Cocktail at Marini’s on 57
Vorspeise in Marini's on 57
Delicious appetiser vegetarian and with fish for RM 40

Cocktails at Marini’s range from 33 – 60 MYR. Whiskey is available in 71 different varieties – but only in whole bottles. You can also eat at Marini’s on 57, with a selection of Italian dishes. Most dishes range from 38 – 68 MYR. There is a minimum consumption only for groups of 15 people.

Blick über die Rooftop Bar
View of the bar of Marini’s on 57

The dress code and behaviour list at Marini’s on 57 is very special – so special that it fills an entire page. Accordingly, you should take a look at the Conduct and Dress Code before your visit. In addition to many self-explanatory rules, it also contains a strict ban on music requests, for example. In addition, you should bring an ID with you if you want to visit Marini’s on 57, as entry is only permitted for people over 21 years of age. 

Between 17 -21:00 is daily happy hour for drinks. Live DJs play on Fridays and Saturdays

Marini’s at 57 is one of the sky bars with the best view in town. For that, the prices are still absolutely reasonable in our view. It is a recommendable alternative to Atmosphere Restaurant on the Menara – as it is cheaper on the one hand and offers a better view on the other. 

Our conclusion on Marini’s on 57: If you are looking for a rooftop bar in Kuala Lumpur where you want to be close to the Petronas Towers, there is no way around Marini’s on 57. The bar is nice and tidy, the staff very friendly. What really bothered us, however, was the fact that smoking was allowed in the bar. Although Marini’s on 57 was very well ventilated, it is suboptimal for non-smokers. The food in Marini’s is not cheap but very tasty. The portions are more like 3-4 course menus. We can definitely recommend the Rooftop Bar if you want to enjoy a drink or dinner with a gigantic view of the Petronas Tower.

The most important information about Marini’s on 57 Skybar:

  • Address: 57 Menara 3 Petronas Persiaran, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Opening Hours: Sun- Thu 17:00 – 01:30; Fri & Sat 17:00 – 03:00 
  • Website: https://marinis57.com/ 

Parcific Standard Bar

The Bar Parcific Standard is located on the 41 floor of the Hotel Alila Bangsar. This is located outside the city centre near the LRT station Bangsar. This has the advantage of providing a beautiful view of the entire Kuala Lumpur city centre skyline. On the other hand, it is less suitable for Instagram pictures with the landmarks Petronas and Menara, as these can only be seen in a small way. There is an indoor area and an outdoor area. 

The Parcific Standard Bar advertises particularly creative cocktails and sophisticated snacks. Most cocktails cost MYR 45, promotional cocktails MYR 40. Gin and vodka neat are available from 30 MYR, whiskey from 35 MYR. The menu is quite limited. Snacks are available from MYR 16. 

The style of the Parcific Standard is inspired by Hollywood in the 50s and 60s. The music is modern lounge music with jazz and blues touches. The dress code is Smart Casual, so rather casual.

Happy Hour at Parcific Standard is Monday to Friday from 5pm – 8pm. Then there is a special menu with  2 drinks on offer for MYR 50 or 2 for MYR 65. 

The Parcific Standard Bar is a relatively new bar with a relaxed atmosphere. Visitors particularly praise the great cocktails and friendly staff.This makes it perfect for people looking for unusual drinks and a relaxed atmosphere. 

The most important information about the Parcific Standard Bar:

  • Address: Level 41, Alila Bangsar No. 58, Jalan Ang Seng, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Opening Hours: Sun-Thu 12:00 – 01:00; Fri & Sat 12:00 – 02:00
  • Website: http://pstbar.com/

Rouge Club 

The Rouge Club is located on the 25th floor of the RED by Sirocco hotel.The view includes both the Menara and the Kuala Lumpur skyline. The Rouge Club is a typical hotel pool bar, but actually too big for that. Unfortunately, it is treated a little stepmotherly by its hotel, so that there is neither a well-kept website nor an active Facebook account. Accordingly, tourists rarely stray into the actually very pretty club.

The Rouge Club has an extensive menu.Main courses start at MYR 20-30. The menu mainly includes tapas, pasta, rice and burgers. Unfortunately, the club does not have a cocktail menu – but you can discuss your drink wishes with the bartenders.

The colour red defines and dominates the Rouge Club. both the interior and the pool are lit in bright red. The price level is typical for a hotel bar not quite cheap, but not completely overpriced either. 

The Rouge Club is in a way still an insider tip, because it has only been around since 2018. However, it is also hardly advertised, which is why hotel guests tend to hang around here. If you want a beautiful view in a stylish atmosphere and don’t feel out of place among bathing hotel guests, the Rouge Club is just right for you.

The most important information about the Rouge Club:

  • Address: Level 25, 15, Jalan Kamunting, Chow Kit, 50300 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Opening Hours: Mon – Wed 18:00 – 02:00; Thu – Sat 18:00 – 03:00; Sun 18:00 – 00:00
  • Website: https://www.rougeclub.com.my/

Sky Bar at Traders

The Sky Bar Sky Bar is located on the 33 floor of the Traders Hotel, just a few hundred metres from the Petronas Tower. The Sky Bar is also a hotel pool bar. However, the pool is only open to hotel guests. The bar is completely covered except for a strip above the pool – this means it lacks the open-air feeling, but it is also suitable for bad weather. Due to the proximity to the Petronas Towers, you have the perfect view of both towers. 

The Sky Bar has a varied drinks menu with no discernible focus. Cocktails cost between MYR 38 – 78. Signature cocktails cost MYR 55.  Food is also comparatively expensive at Sky Bar and the selection is very limited. Pizza is available from MYR 55 (from 17:00) and even smaller snacks cost as little as MYR 40 upwards. 

In the Sky Bar there are regular tables as well as lounge sofas and cosy cabanas by the window. Whoever wants to use the cabanas in the evening should be there early, or reserve them in advance. From around 17:00 onwards, there is a minimum charge of MYR 500 (!) 

for the cabanas (window seats).

While pool guests tend to frequent the bar in the afternoon, it sometimes becomes a hip party venue during events later in the evening. The dress code is smart casual

Famous DJs also play regularly in the Sky Bar. So it’s worth checking out the events in advance.Happy Hour is daily between 17-21:00 with its own menu. Wednesday from 21-23:00 is Ladies Night with free tequila slushies for women. 

The Skybar is an absolute “in” location. Famous DJs, a view perfect for Instagram and numerous awards make it so. However, you should be over 21 to visit the Sky Bar and should also bring your ID then. The Sky Bar is a good alternative to popular viewpoints like the top of the Petronas or the Menara TV Tower.

The most important information about the Sky Bar at Traders:

  • Address: Level 33, Traders Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur City Centre
  • Opening Hours: Sun – Thu 10:00 – 01:00 Fri & Sat and before public holidays 10:00 – 03:00.
  • Website: http://www.shangri-la.com/kualalumpur/traders/dining/bars-lounges/sky-bar

Stratosphere at The Roof

Stratosphere at the Roof is part of the  @the Roof concept, which also includes the Mat & Leaf, the Signature By The Hill @ the Roof and the Stratosphere @ the Roof, as well as a sports bar and a discotheque. The Stratosphere at the Roof is a helibar located on the 30th floor of the building. The building is right next to 1 Utama Mal in the Petaling Jaya district. 

The Stratosphere looks a bit like a small park. There are hedges, trees, lawns, wicker chairs and globe lamps. on the official site, the Stratosphere is described as a champagne bar. The price level of the Stratosphere is in the middle range for a sky bar.

The Stratosphere has a very manageable menu, but promotions are often added. Cocktails are available from MYR 38, snacks from MYR 16 and main courses from MYR 35. 

The Stratosphere regularly hosts special events, be it football broadcasts, DJs or romantic dinner parties. However, the bar often also charges admission. 

The Stratosphere is a wonderful addition to the overall concept of The Roof. For example, you can dine in one of the surrounding restaurants, then enjoy the sunset at the Stratosphere, move to the secluded Malt an Leaf after dark, and then later dance the night away at the Play disco. 

The most important information about the Stratosphere at The Roof:

  • Dress code: Smart Casual
  • Minimum Admission: No, but occasional admission
  • Address: The Roof, 1 First Avenue, Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur
  • Opening Hours:  Tue – Sun 18:00 – 02:00 
  • Website: http://www.theroof.com.my/stratosphere/

The Swimming Club at KL Journal

The Swimming Club is an open hotel pool bar on the 11th floor of KL Journal Hotel. Located in the heart of Bukit Bintang, it is just a short distance from Pavilion Mal. After a renovation, the club opened in September 2018 with a new tiki style. There’s lots of pink and greenery, as well as a saltwater pool that can be shared. The view of The Swimming Club is nice, but can’t compete with many of the higher bars. You can’t see the Petronas Tower or the Menara, but you are somehow in the middle of the hustle and bustle and the lights of the city.

The Swimming Club has a menu with two pages – one for food and one for drinks. This makes the selection manageable but there is something of everything. Cocktails start at MYR 28, as do main courses. This actually puts The Swimming Club in the more affordable price range for a sky bar. However, there is a Saturday, Sunday and public holidays minimum consumption of MYR 100 per person

Daily from 5pm – 7pm is happy hour – cocktails, mocktails and wine are then two for the price of one. In addition, there is an evening event at least once a week. 

The Swimming Club is a fun club that attracts a younger crowd. This is the place to be if you want to have a fun pool afternoon with Instagram photos in front of a pink wall. The Swimming Club doesn’t take itself too seriously and is far less elitist than other skybars. However, the high minimum consumption on weekends makes it more of an attractive destination during the week. 

The most important information about the Swimming Club at KL Journal:

  • Dress code: Smart Casual
  • Minimum consumption: Saturday and Sunday 100 MYR
  • Address: No. 30, Jalan Beremi, Off Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Opening hours: daily 12:00 – 00:00 
  • Website: http://www.kljournalhotel.com/

THIRTY8

THIRTY8 includes a sky bar, but also a restaurant and lounge. These are located on the 38th floor of the Grand Hyatt in Kuala Lumpur. The 360° view from here is exquisite. You sit directly in front of the Petronas Towers and if you turn your head, you also have a perfect view of the Menara. The location is best described as sophisticated and elegant. 

There is a wide range of dining options. Depending on what you choose, you should expect 40 – 100 MYR per dish. Desserts are also available for less. Unfortunately, we could not find a drinks menu. However, martinis are available daily between 17 – 20:00 during happy hour, two for the price of one.

The THIRTY8 is the perfect location for those who have a somewhat larger budget and expect corresponding quality in return. Whoever wants to go out in style can do so here with an appropriate view. 

The most important information about the THIRTY8:

  • Address: 12 Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 50450
  • Opening Hours:
    • Restaurant and Lounge:  Mon – Fri 06:00 – 10:30; Sat, Sun & Public Holiday: 06:00 – 11:00;  Tue: 12:00 – 17:00 & 18:00 – 23:00
    • THIRTY8 Bar: Tue. 12:00 – 01:00
  • Website: https://kualalumpur.grand.hyatt.com/en/hotel/dining/THIRTY8.html

U-bar at Capri by Fraser

The U-bar at Capri by Fraser is located on the 33 floor atop the Fraser chain’s Capri Hotel building in Bangsar South. The U-bar is also a hotel pool bar. The interior of the U-Bar is characterised by a long counter with bar stools and high sofas. The outdoor area is a garden landscape with trees and shrubs. Because of the location in South Bangsar, you can’t see the typical landmarks of the city centre, but you have a great view over the panorama of Kuala Lumpur.

Daily happy hour between 4pm – 9pm features 3 pints of beer for MYR 75 and selected cocktails, wine and certain liquors two each for MYR 40. Thursday is Dance Night. Tuesday is Ladies Night with a special house cocktail free for all visitors between 18-20:00. For food, the U-Bar serves snacks only. 

The U-Bar is a bar that is chic without being too elitist. The dress code is smart casual. The prices are – especially during happy hour and  compared to other bars on the heights – reasonable. On the other hand, the U-Bar is a bit out of the way, but if you are in the area, you should definitely visit it.

The most important information aboutr U-bar at Capri by Frasers:

  • Address: Jalan Kerinchi, Bangsar South, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Opening Hours: Sun – Wed 16:00 – 00:00; Thu – Sat 16:00 – 02:00
  • Website: https://www.facebook.com/ubarcapribyfraserkl

Vertigo at Banyan Tree

A delicious gin and tonic for RM45 and a Cosmopolitan for RM48

The Vertigo bar is located on the 59th floor of the Banyan Tree Hotel, about halfway between KLCC and the Mall Pavilion. One floor below Vertigo is also the Horizont Grill grill restaurant. The Vertigo bar consists of a small indoor area and a large terrace that extends around three sides of the building. The view thus includes not only the Menara and the Petronas Tower but also large parts of the rest of the city.

Cheers!

Vertigo has some snacks on offer. These include fries from 18 MYR, barbites for around 39 MYR but also, for example, caviar for up to 848 MYR. Cocktails are regularly priced at MYR 44. Other drinks are more in the mid-upper price range (Coca Cola 23 MYR, beer 23 – 59 MYR). In addition, the outdoor sofas with the best view have a minimum consumption of RM 500.

Thursday is Ladies Night. Ladies who can drink a lot quickly will benefit from flattrate boozing (selected drinks) between 21-23:00 for MYR 80 and 20% off snacks. Gentlemen get the same drinks two each for MYR 55. 

In addition, daily happy hour is from 18- 21:00 with special offers. 

The Vertigo is also one of the bars that serves wonderfully as a vantage point over Kuala Lumpur, making it a very good alternative to the viewing platforms atop the Petronas or the Menara. The prices are reasonable for being the highest bar in Kuala Lumpur at the moment. If you want to take beautiful pictures of Kuala Lupur, Vertigo is definitely the place to go.  

Outdoor area with view of the Menara
View of the Petronas Tower from the Vertigo Bar

Our verdict on the Vertigo Rooftop Bar: The Vertigo Rooftop Bar was the highlight for both of us in our search for the perfect bar in Kuala Lumpur. Sure, you are a bit further away from the Petronas Towers than at Marini’s on 57, but you have a breathtaking panorama including Petronas Tower and Menara. The drinks were very tasty and at RM 40-60 per drink, they were in the upper price range but very tasty. The service was excellent. Friendly, quick and in a good mood!

The most important information about the Vertigo at Banyan Tree:

  • Address: Level 59, Banyan Tree Residence, 2, Jalan Conlay, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  
  • Opening hours: daily   17:30 – 01:00
  • Website: https://www.banyantree.com/en/malaysia/kuala-lumpur/dining/vertigo

Our Rooftop Bar Test in Kuala Lumpur is of course also available on YouTube. If you are interested, you can watch the video – it gives you a nice impression of the bars.

Here is our video on the Rooftop Bars in Kuala Lumpur

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