Based in Petaling Street, Chinatown is quite the colorful neighborhood. Also known as 'Chee Cheong Kai' (Starch Factory Street), which is in reference to its roots as a tapioca-producing district, Chinatown where one learns to haggle and bargain. You can find some great finds for dirt-cheap prices. Provided you've done your haggling properly. In addition to bargain shopping, you can find clubs, pubs and bars all along Chinatown. All of these things make for one extremely vibrant neighborhood.
Located within the luxurious Shangri-La Hotel, Arthur's is an elegant spot to unwind. High ceilings, cozy, booth seating, mellow hues and soft lighting create a relaxing vibe. The bar offers something for everyone, from classic cocktails and wines to beers and most other spirits. The food menu ranges from light snacks that go well with your drinks to heartier mains if you're feeling particularly hungry.
One of the more refined places for a drink on Changkat Bukit Bintang, the Whisky Bar specializes in rare and imported whiskeys from around the world. Though Scottish whiskeys are generally considered the best, their 200+ label collection includes some Japanese single malts and Welsh blends that might change your mind. Whiskey is available by the glass or bottle and orders ‘on the rocks’ come with ice balls which, the bartender will explain, melt slower than ice cubes. The bar’s decor has an elegant masculinity about it with hardwood floors and leather seating. A live jazz band provides the soundtrack most nights after 8p.
Looking for a change from your usual, consider this exotic eatery. The theme here is Africa, in particular South Africa. The interior celebrates all that is African--animal skins and heads hang on the walls that blend nicely with other African artefacts. Rather than daunting, this scene creates comfortable and inimitable character. The adventurous menu includes Mussels in the Potjie (delicious soup served in a quaint pot) and Venison Pie. They also have a selection of mouth-watering desserts such as Old Cape Brandy Tart. South African wines are offered.
Known as Sam's Place to regulars, this eatery is a popular hangout with locals, particularly after office hours. Informal and cool, this is a great spot to let your hair down, catch up with friends, make new ones and have some fun. There are a few pool tables and dart boards to keep you occupied. The menu is proudly local, with special items such as curry, Assam laksa and otak-otak (grilled fish cakes). For alcohol lovers, there is an impressive selection of beers, wines and cocktails.
Pahit is one of the best places in the city for gin enthusiasts. Not only does the bar source gins from far flung places all over the world but a number of gin-infused cocktails can also be found here. If you are wondering what to order, then know that Lychee and Flower, Pineapple Smash and Pink Gin are some of the more popular drinks on the menu. Whether you are a novice gin drinker or a connoisseur on gins, then the variety of drinks on offer at Pahit will certainly not disappoint.
Zen Zero is a luxurious Italian restaurant where an Italian chef treats guests to the classics of his local cuisine. The menu alters seasonally to incorporate the freshest ingredients and the dishes are paired with premium Italian wines for a gastronomic adventure. The dimly-lit interiors are perfect for a formal dinner and the floor-to-ceiling glass windows reveal the greenery outside. The menu offers starters like Warm Seabass Tagliata, Black Angus Beef Carpaccio and Polenta and Gorgonzola Ravioli. For the main course, try the Atlantic Cod soaked in Sicilian Salmoriglio sauce. The side dishes and the wine served in elegant glasses completes the fine dining experience.
Choose from hundreds of beers on offer at Taps Beer Bar. The bar is known for serving over 800 beers on rotation. Besides beers, one can also find cocktails like Strawberry Margarita, Caipiroska and Dirty Martini on the menu along with smoothies, teas and coffees for the teetotallers. As for the food, Linguine Carbonara, Chicken Fingers and Bacon Mac and Cheese are also some of the decadent dishes on offer. Set in a casual space with wooden tables and redbrick walls, the bar is a great place for friends to spend some quality time together, especially during the happy hours when some great offers on food and drinks can be availed.
What could be more unusual than smooth jazz with miso soup? Like the name suggests, No Black Tie frees you of any order or stereotype and lets you loose. Join the patrons of this jazz club slash Japanese restaurant as they glide from one culture to the next Stylish and eclectic, NBT draws the alternative crowd with its fantastic menu and live entertainment. A perfect stage for upcoming and established entertainers including comedians and musicians, NBT promises an unforgettable night!
Pisco Bar offers a psychedelic mix of Spanish tapas, Peruvian classics, live music and ebullient dancing. The interiors resemble those of a typical bar with bare brick walls, a back-lit counter and mood lighting. Upturned buckets are converted into lampshades giving it a quirky edge. The chef has experience in Japanese and Peruvian cooking and blends these cuisines with Italian, African and Chinese flavors to form fusion food that is a treat for the discerning palate. Try cocktails such as the signature Pisco Sour from South America, a blend of Angostura bitters, egg white and lemon juice. This bar can be hired for a variety of functions such as film screenings, fashion shows, product launches, informal concerts and business parties, accompanied by catering and event planning services. Check the website for the detailed schedule of live music events.
Set in a chic space, lit up with dim lights, large windows and wooden interiors, Twentyone Kitchen and Bar is one of the best places in the city for those who want to feast on decadent food and drinks.Modern European and Asian-fusion dishes like Spicy Penne with Minced Chicken & Jalapeno, Oven Baked Cannelloni with Chicken and Duck Spring Rolls are featured on the menu. As for the drinks, one can find beers, wines and cocktails in the bar. If you are convinced, consider heading to this hip place during happy hours when you can enjoy great deals on food and drink.