[Lot G-13, Tropicana City Mall, 47400 Petaling Jaya, 7710-6585]
Aimed at combining art+music+food+drinks, Artista at Tropicana City Mall is part restaurant and part bar but perhaps most importantly a great spot to enjoy an eclectic mix of live music. Mondays are Easy and Lite, Tuesday is Chill Out Nite with Allan, Wednesday features the Jumpstart Showcase which gives a platform for new bands to perform. Indie music lovers will adore the Artistic Series on Thursdays, followed by pop Fridays and School of Rock on Saturdays.
Opening times: Sun– Thurs 11:30am-2am, Fri – Sat 11:30am-3am
Nearest train: Taman Bahagia (LRT)
[28 Jalan Sri Hartamas 8, Taman Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur, 6201-0318]
Owner, Jerry, has combined his love of traditional London pubs and live music to create the Backyard an easy going but fun filled boozer. You’ll find some of the best musicians from the local scene performing here—everything from independent to up-and-coming, soloists, veteran artists and bands. Apart from their regular acts, expect Backyard’s ‘One Night Only’ shows, themed nights and lots more.
Opening times: Mon-Sun 4pm-1.30am
Nearest train: Bangsar (LRT)
[No, 132, Jalan Kasah, Medan Damansara 50490, Kuala Lumpur, 2095-0122]
Downstairs you’ll find a casual and contemporary bistro serving classic European and North African dishes, while upstairs at the Mezze Lounge you’ll find an equally sophisticated spot to kick back and enjoy some jazz and fine wine. Saturdays and Sundays are the best days to come to enjoy the best local and international jazz artists performing in the Night Owl Sessions in a wonderfully intimate atmosphere.
Opening times: Bistro: 5pm – 12am, Lounge: 4 pm – 1am
Nearest train: Bangsar (LRT)
[Zeta Bar, Hilton Kuala Lumpur, 3 Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur, 2163-0163]
Whether you choose to enjoy your drinks at the central bar or cosy up in the comfortable booths at Zeta bar, we are pretty sure that the energetic live bands who play nightly will have you tapping your feet and getting on the dance floor soon enough. You’ll be rubbing shoulders with a sophisticated crowd.
Opening times: Mon-Thu, 8pm-2am; Fri-Sat, 8pm-3am
Nearest train: KL Sentral (LRT)
[10, Ground Floor, Great Eastern Mall, 303 Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, 4260-2288]
Alexis Bistro in Great Eastern Mall, Ampang is the place to be for their wood-fired oven, fine selection of local and international cuisine, extensive wine list and most favourably for the live jazz performances. During weekend nights, crowds of jazz-lovers gather to listen to the fantastic lineup of internationally renowned musicians, local legends and aspiring talents too. To find out the artists playing over the weekend, simply call up to find out from the friendly Alexis staff.
Opening times: Mon-Fri, 12noon-1am; Sat, 9am-12am
Nearest train: Ampang Park (LRT)