Sometimes you just want to round up the squad and hit the town for a straight up girls’ night out. There’s no better time to let loose and be yourself with your besties, and if you can take advantage of the abundant ladies nights around the city, well all the more! We’ve gathered a few here that deserve your attention and make for a slamming night out.
Named after the severed head of a celestial being that floats through the outer edge of space in the Marvel Universe, Knowhere takes its place along Bangsar’s bustling Jalan Maarof and teleports those who step over its threshold into another dimension. Mystical murals of portal-like keyholes adorn the walls while a cobweb of fairy lights dangle from the ceiling, all adding up to a fantastical cosmic vibe.
The crafty cocktails on the menu here are just as cool as the décor, prepared by mixologists who know their stuff. Women Wednesdays is when you’ll want rock up here, and it’s tuak and tuak cocktails (that’s a stiff type of rice wine), as well as red and white wine, that flow free at RM25 for the ladies. Lovers of whiskey and/or gin and tonics are also in luck as it’s only RM12++ for each! That’s a deal you won’t want to miss, and the perfect place to open your palate to the nuances of tuak.
WHERE 50, Jalan Maarof, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur
WHEN 4pm-1am (Sun-Tues), 4pm-2am (Wed-Sat)
TEL 010 220 2358
Situated not far from Knowhere and perched on the top floor of Bangsar Village, this relatively young outlet has the distinction of being the first rooftop bar in the trendy neighbourhood. Contemporary in design, it has a cosy interior with plenty of intimate alcoves, as well as seating areas with large day beds on the balcony.
Innovation is the keyword here and it is obvious in the bar’s unique Asian-fusion style tapas and creatively presented cocktails which use their own home-brewed Bentong ginger ale. Mantra know how to take care of the ladies and every Wednesday night, it’s buy-one-free-one for the fairer sex. A contingent of top local DJs rotates through the bar as well so music-wise, you’re sorted. It’s vibes and views at this lofty location.
WHERE Bangsar Village II, Jalan Telawi Satu, Kuala Lumpur
WHEN 4pm-1am (Sun-Tues), 5pm-2am (Wed-Sat)
TEL 017 344 8299
Speakeasy bars in KL have become a dime a dozen, many packing style but little substance. One that hits the mark on both is Saro Lounge in the swanky Pavilion Elite. It’s on the eighth floor of the mall’s new wing so if you happened to be indulging in some retail therapy while in the shopping haven, put in the effort to find this place and unwind with drink.
It’ll be well worth it, with an exquisite interior composed of earth warm woods, leathers and marbles. It instantly soothes away strains and stresses with its low, orange-tinged lighting and beckons you to sit and take a load off. Saro’s mixologist Jonathan Zarsadias takes care of the drinks, and there’s an extensive selection on offer from classic cocktails to signature blends and beyond. Ladies get a free flow of vodka and gin-based cocktails every Wednesday.
WHERE L8.104.00, Pavilion Elite, 166, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur
WHEN 5pm-1am (Sun-Mon), 5pm-3am (Tue-Sat)
TEL 016 266 3627
Heli Lounge Bar
When night falls, the helipad at Heli Lounge Bar is transformed into a plush outdoor chill out area where you get to enjoy a drink or two with the city skyline at your heels. There’s few other places in KL that command the unbridled views you get here, standing right among the city’s tallest skyscrapers.
The interior of the lounge downstairs is designed to emulate the inside of an aircraft with staff referred to as ‘cabin crew’ and various plane and helicopter homages covering the seating areas. You really want to be on the helipad though, especially when the sun sets. Head there on Thursdays and ladies get free flow on selected cocktails from 9pm until midnight.
Heli Lounge Bar
WHERE Level 34, Menara KH, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
WHEN 6pm-12am (Mon-Wed), 6pm-2am (Thur), 6pm-3am (Fri & Sat)
TEL 03 2110 5034