Kota Kinabalu Nightlife

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  • Step in bar: Good time

    by Ronniey71 Written Sep 10, 2013

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    I came from South Africa with friends to dive in Sabbah and we Stayed a couple of nights in Kota Kinabalu.We planned to go to the Bed bar on the waterfront and as this one was still not open,we ended up next door at a place called STEP IN BAR,We played some pool and we drank some ice cold draught beer while the girls were having French wine, at a very good price.The staff was very friendly and gave us some advice of things to do in the area,its good to hear from the locals.After a couple of hours and some more cold beer we all ended up jaming with the staff ,owners and other customers untill very late in the evening.
    It was a awsome evening and I recomend this place to people travelling that way.

    Dress Code: Anything goes.

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    Peacock Garden: very positive surprise

    by LukasL Written Aug 11, 2013
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    Awesome decoration (the place is the ex Buddha Bar) and hot atmosphere, affordable price and friendly staffs, the best place we have been during our two weeks travel in Malaysia.

    Dress Code: no dress code a mix-up of travelers and locals

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  • Sullys bar: Worth a visit

    by JaneGB Updated Jun 17, 2011

    Sullys Bar is situated just outside the centre of KK in KK Times Square.KK Times Square is becoming 'the' place to go at night in KK.

    Sullys is run by an english couple who recently moved to KK.

    What makes it different from all the other bars in KK is the quality of the music and the fact that you can still have a conversation even with the live band playing

    The music is mainly jazz and blues with 70's and 80's songs thrown in. Live bands play currently Tuesday, Friday and Saturday
    it also has the best toilets in KK !!

    perhaps more suitable for a slightly older clientelle i.e over 25

    Dress Code: No special dress code

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    Pubs at the seaside

    by ajackaln Written May 3, 2011

    KK is a lovely city but it lacks a vibrant night life ! Even the night clubs there are so quiet and almost empty ! There are several pubs where all the big sea food restaurants are which are fine and have live music, those are the most fun for night life in KK.

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    Cock & Bull Aru: Harry's Place

    by seadogs11 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Everyone is inside its cooler

    A bit out of town but well worth the trip, live music, snack and good parking. Open from 4pm until 1am or 2pm weekends and holidays. Happy hours 4-9pm when Tiger beer is 23RM for a bucket. Attentive bar staff, safe for singles.

    Dress Code: Smart Casual

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    Shenanigans@Hyatt: Shenanigans@Hyatt

    by savitha Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Shenanigans? hhmmmm...what can I say ?

    First, it sounds like Finnigans, a famous Irish bar in KL...and almost everyone says its the place to go..
    So, I checked it out on a Saturday nite...

    and boy oh boy, did I underestimate KK's nightlife..It was packed! Hardly place to move...

    To enter, you just need to purchase one drink at the entrance, and you're in!

    Getting a spot to stand is pretty difficult, whatmore, to dance! I grew out of the clubbing scene for sometime now..So, somehow at Shenanigans, it brought back ol' memories..

    By the way, the live band was good! I loved the way they played Red Hot's songs and other hits! Fantastic!

    Dress Code: Hmm...Once again, I didn't even wear jeans..

    I wore my tee, 3/4 pants and TEVAs again...
    and they let me in! : )

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    BB Cafe: Bar with TV's

    by Willettsworld Written Sep 1, 2010

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    This "cafe" (actually a bar) was ideally located right outside where we stayed in K.K. at the Summer Lodge Hostel (see my accommodation tip). It features two pool tables and TV's where we sat till the early hours whilst watching English Premier League football games from back home whilst drinking two large bottles of beer for RM21.

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  • All of them!: KKGroove

    by fable2ismylife Written Jun 9, 2009

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    Well, my advice isn't exactly for one spot, not a real spot anyway but a virtual one. I found that most of the clubs in Kota Kinabalu are listed on one site (finally!). The site is KKGroove (kkgroove.com) and they list it all -- bars, clubs, pubs, and even karaoke places. Its pretty sweet. They also have all the latest parties organized by month on the Events section, so if you're in town for one weekend you can check out in advance if theres any big parties planned. Pretty sweet! (and theyve got restaurants reviews and sports and all sorts of stuff as well as the usual hotels, tour agencies, spas and tourist kind of spots / things to do)

    Dress Code: Anything you sit at home on your computer in!

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  • All of them!: KKGroove

    by fable2ismylife Updated Jun 9, 2009

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    Well, my advice isn't exactly for one spot, not a real spot anyway but a virtual one. I found that most of the clubs in Kota Kinabalu are listed on one site (finally!). The site is KKGroove (kkgroove.com) and they list it all -- bars, clubs, pubs, and even karaoke places. Its pretty sweet. They also have all the latest parties organized by month on the Events section, so if you're in town for one weekend you can check out in advance if theres any big parties planned. Pretty sweet! (and theyve got restaurants reviews and sports and all sorts of stuff as well as the usual hotels, tour agencies, spas and tourist kind of spots / things to do)

    Dress Code: Anything you sit at home on your computer in!

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    Pirates Bar: Sunset Bar On The Waterfront

    by seadogs11 Written Jun 4, 2008

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    A new island bar outside K Box on the Waterfront behind BED. Delicious alfresco BBQ food cooked in front of you.

    An excellent place to view the sunset, whist sipping a cocktail, beer or fruit smoothie, friendly english speaking staff provide free information on what to do and where to go in KK to make the most of your holiday.

    when I was there there were special offers on Beer, buy two and get one free, or free beer with every meal, I had a Ribeye steak which was one of best I have ever tasted!

    Dress Code: Anything goes

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    The Waterfront: The Waterfront

    by kenningst Updated Nov 21, 2007

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    The water is an area with concentration of pub, clubs and restaurants. Big night scene names like The Bed, Cock and Bull, San Fransico Coffee and etc are located here. Basically a place that you want to be to have a good time!

    Dress Code: Anything goes

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    Beach Road: Nightlife on Beach Road

    by hscoolfire Written Oct 22, 2007

    They have live music starting from 9pm on Beach Road, a small band of 3 persons, 1 female and 2 males, the lady and one of the guys are singing songs, English, Mandarin and even Chinese Dialects.

    Dress Code: Casual

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    Beach Club: Some hot Beach Action (although there's no beach)

    by Wild_Orchid Updated Oct 17, 2007

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    Drinks anyone?

    If you want a break from the casual open-air pubs, the air-conditioned Beach Club- which is also located along the waterfront - provides an alternative. The Beach Club is popular and gets busy at night, but is not to be compared with the really "hot" Beach Club on Jalan P Ramlee in KL. In fact, I don't believe they are related at all...except that they go by the same name. I've not actually been inside, but my colleagues went there at about 10 pm and told me that they had a good time. I noticed also that lots of office workers & visitors to KK also hang out here in the evenings to have a smoke & relax over some drinks.


    For those in search of pretty air-stewardesses and handsome (?) pilots, do check out an old favourite haunt: the Hyatt's Irish Pub. The story goes that all the airline crew hang out here because they stay at this hotel when over-nighting at Kota Kinabalu before flying off the next morning. Well, what are you waiting for-check it out and report back to Aunty Agony who is waiting for a report! LOL

    Dress Code: Casual will do fine, unless you want to impress the air-stewardesses or their mothers. : )

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    The Waterfront: Go to the Waterfront

    by syetan Written May 17, 2007

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    The Waterfront is a conglomeration of clubs, pubs and eateries overlooking the sea and islands. It's open day and night. You can hang around a pub during happy, usually around sunset and the view can be very nice. At night there are a number of restaurants serving all kinds of foods, at a more up-market price, especially given that tourists are drawn to that area.

    Parking can be a hassle-you might want to park elsewhere on a busy night.

    Dress Code: No.

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    Bluenote: Location, location, location

    by syetan Updated May 17, 2007

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    With high school friends at Bluenote
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    Bluenote is a pub/club located at the Shangri-la Tanjung Aru Resort very near the city-much like Shenanigans, but with a much bigger and better layout but just as expensive. Usually has a live band playing and a DJ spinning some tunes when they take a break. There's pool tables and some more, I suppose 'private areas' where groups of friends can hang around the sofas yapping away.

    Dress Code: nothing special...

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