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Malaysia Nightlife & Entertainment

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There is a vibrant nightlife scene in Kuala Lumpur. However, unlike Jakarta or Singapore, Malaysia is not a premier destination for clubbing and partying.


Although Malaysia is a self-proclaimed Islamic country, alcohol is widely available on licensed outlet; however, some states (notably Kelantan and Terengganu) ban alcohol. With the exception of tax-free islands (Labuan, Langkawi, Tioman) and duty free shops (for example in Johor Bahru), prices are comparatively high, with a can of beer costing RM7.50 or more even in supermarkets or 7 elevens. However, in East Malaysia, smuggled liquors are widely available.


In East Malaysia, particularly Sarawak, tuak is a common affair for any celebration or festivals such as Gawai Dayak and Christmas Day. Tuak is made from fermented rice which sometimes sugar, honey or other various condiments are added. It is normally served lukewarm without ice. Visitors can choose from 'strong' flavour of tuak (which is normally being fermented for years), or 'mild' flavour (which sometimes just being prepared a week or even a day before). Tuak in Kelantan is also can be considered as a liquor since that it contains trace amount of fermented nipah or sap juice. The alcohol content in Kelantan tuak can easily reach 50% after 3 days from the time it was extracted.

Jalan Bukit Bintang is Kuala Lumpur's main shopping street, and busy until late at night.  <span style='white-space:nowrap;'><img src='http://www.guidegecko.com/images/spyglass1.png' align='texttop' /> Click to enlarge</span>


Tapai, which consists of cassava that is fermented and eaten as a food (though the liquid in the bottom can also be drunk) is a similar but milder alcoholic item. It is traditional for Muslims to consume it on the East Coast of the Peninsula (Kelantan, Terengganu, etc.) on Hari Raya (Eid), and Islamic legal authorities associated with the Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) have expressly given Muslims a dispensation to eat the sweet, somewhat fermented item.

Nonalcoholic Drinks

Teh Tarik, literally 'Pulled Tea', is a local favorite.  <span style='white-space:nowrap;'><img src='http://www.guidegecko.com/images/spyglass1.png' align='texttop' /> Click to enlarge</span>

Malaysians like both coffee (kopi) and tea (teh), especially the national drink teh tarik ("pulled tea"), named after the theatrical 'pulling' motion used to pour it. By default, both will be served hot, sweet and with a dose of condensed milk; request teh o to skip the milk, teh ais for iced milky tea, or teh o ais for iced tea without milk. Drinking with no sugar at all is considered odd, but asking for kurang manis (less sugar) will ease the pain.

Another peculiar local favourite is the kopi tongkat ali ginseng, a mixture of coffee, a local aphrodisiacal root, and ginseng served with condensed milk that's touted as an alternative to viagra and red bull combined and is usually advertised with a picture of a bed broken in half.

Other popular nonalcoholic options include the chocolate drink Milo and lime juice (limau). Freshly made fruit juices are also widely available, as well as a wide range of canned drinks (some familiar, some less so).

Topically and perhaps, rather un-PC, is a local drink comprised of white soya milk and black grass jelly (cincau) called a Michael Jackson and can be ordered at most hawker centre and local roadside cafes ("mamak")

Places to Go Out in Malaysia

Bar Me & Mrs Jones Cafe
 1 Fans, Mid Range, Beer and Cocktails 10-20 RM, in Melaka (Malacca)
Bar The Talk
While The Talk does not look much different from the rest of the bars lining Jalan Telawi, this cigar-and-wine Japanese gastrobar is making a small revolution in its kitchen. Sushi and salami are common enough, but regular... more
Mid Range, in Kuala Lumpur
Bar Brux-Ale
Besides Indian, Spanish and Japanese fine dining, Jalan Telawi is also home to Brux-Ale, a Belgian beer house cum gastrobar. Draft and bottled beers cost RM21 onwards and include blance de Bruxelles, Hopus, floreffe blonde... more
Mid Range, RM25-50, in Kuala Lumpur
Bar Reggae Bar
Reggae Bar is probably the most fuss-free and friendly service you'll find in KL's Chinatown. Couple that with RM10 housepours and happy hours from 6pm to 9pm when beers are RM12 per pint and you get a crazy good deal. Bes... more
Low Budget, Housepours RM10+; happy hour 6pm-9pm, in Kuala Lumpur
Cinema Tanjong Golden Village
Tanjong Golden Village is a multiplex operator with cinemas in Malaysia and Singapore. The largest TGV cineplex is located on the third floor of Suria KLCC, just below Books Kinokuniya. With more than 2400 seats, the KLCC ... more
Low Budget, RM8-13, in Kuala Lumpur
Bar Kilkenny's( ipanema before )
A nice place for a relaxing drink. The kitchen serves good meals and tapas and they have Kilkenny Irish beer on tap.
in Kuching
Bar Soho
Loud, packed to the rafters dance club. Be sure to try the special Soho cocktail, the Maui Mudslide.
in Kuching
Bar The Office
in Kuching
Bar MOJO@Denise
Famous for what is now known as "The De Leon Inccident", in which famous fillipino Rugby player Tom De Leon claimed to be 'a man' yet was unable to finish Mojo's favourite cocktail, the lamborgini. Locals still have a laugh about the incide... more
in Kuching
Disco/Club Grappa
A young and fun club bar located at 58 Padugan Road Kuching. It has a riveting sound system that literally shakes the dance floor playing all drum and bass, hip hop, R&B etc.
in Kuching
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