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.
Asian Heritage Row is a long row of refurbished buildings that house a wide variety of cuisine. Locals and tourists alike head to the Asian Heritage Row for entertainment and dining. For Malaccan Portuguese head to Kristao Restaurant and Bar or for a snack the Bisou Bake Shop can't be beat. The Asian Heritage Row contains various nightclubs, including the Loft KL and the Rupee Room.
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.
The pulse of the city continues to beat till the wee hours of the morning at this outlet. It is hailed as one of the best dance clubs in town. The setup at Viva is very much 1960s-inspired, obvious in the colourful and vibrant setting. The interior is spacious with several bars strategically located to offer a good view of the dance floor and DJ console. This is one of the most happening dance clubs in Klang Valley and is often the venue for special events, launches and shows. Check out the bartenders' skills as they whip up great cocktails.
Located in the business district of Petaling Jaya, this venue is a great place for lunch and an ideal spot to hangout till the wee hours of the morning. Rattan chairs and wooden tables are placed at the patio for diners to have their meal. They serve sumptuous Western and local cuisine. Must-tries include the hot nasi lemak (steamed coconut rice with hot sauce) and a selection of super sandwiches. The wide variety of pastries is heavenly and the ice-blended lattes are definitely a refreshing treat.
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.
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.