Kota Kinabalu Nightlife

  • Black and Tan, Shamrock, KK
    Black and Tan, Shamrock, KK
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    Soulbeat Band @ Cowboy Bar KK
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    Shamrock: KK's Irish bar

    by Gyppo Written Feb 7, 2015

    The Shamrock is an Irish bar on the waterfront. It's as you'd expect - green lights and Guinness signs. However it is quite good fun. The beers are expensive, as all of the waterfront places are. One thing that sets the shamrock apart is their (culturally insensitive?) beer 'cocktail', the Black and Tan, which is a half of Tiger and a half of Guinness. Far better than it sounds! Also, they do a good extra spicy vegetarian Bloody Mary.

    Dress Code: None

    Address: KK waterfront

    Directions: Look for the green lights at the south end of the waterfront.

    Black and Tan, Shamrock, KK

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    The Damai Club: Karaoke in a normal setting

    by Gyppo Written Feb 7, 2015

    The reason I say 'normal' is that sometimes karaoke bars here are a front for other, less salubrious activities.

    Damai Club has a large dancing/karaoke area, a small menu of bar snacks and a range of beers and spirits, plus about 20 cocktails. It's good fun, but best enjoyed in a group of friends so you can control the songs!

    Dress Code: None.

    Address: Jalan Bundusan (also known as Jalan Duta)

    Directions: Just out of town, through the suburb of Lido. At the cultural centre, turn left, then double back on yourself at the next roundabout. It's on the left.

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  • Cowboy Bar KK: Local band sets this bar apart from the rest

    by Aderick Written May 4, 2014

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    There's just a lot of clubs out there, with overseas bands.. and there is this local bar that showcases local band.. the verdict? The band is good and that is what blew me away. Live 9pc band plays and resident Dj will keep you grooving.

    A wonderful place with so much variety of drinks and events.

    It's hard to find though, but here are some keywords that may help: cowboy bar, asia city, cititel express, hilton kk.

    Enjoy KK!

    Dress Code: Smart casual

    Address: Asia City next to Cititel Express

    Directions: Turn left from Jalan Coastal before Asia City complex.
    Turn left from Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman after Hilton KK

    Phone: +60168306828

    Website: https://plus.google.com/+CowboyBarKKKotaKinabalu/about

    Live band @ Cowboy Bar KK Live band @ Cowboy Bar KK DJ @ Cowboy Bar KK
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  • Cowboy Bar KK: A fantastic & entertaining local bar, brilliant!

    by Aderick Written May 4, 2014

    Tucked away in Asia City, the heart of the KK city center, just a stone throw away from Cititel Express and The Hilton KK, this spot is nothing but entertaining. With a almost everything there is you can find in a bar, this one's got it and more... LIVE 9pc band, DJ, tournament pool table, dart, lots of variety of drinks. Friendly local staff in uniforms greet and welcome. DJ Nation event is happening! They have invited guest DJ together with their resident DJ, spinning good music to party the night away. It's on selected nights only. Just follow them in facebook page: cowboybarkk to know the dates.
    Wide variety of whiskeys, wines, beers, cocktails available at reasonable prices.. at least lower than most of the bars in KK, this place is a must "check it out".

    Dress Code: Smart casual

    Address: Asia City, next to Cititel Express, behind Hilton

    Directions: Access from Jalan Coastal, take a left before Asia City Complex,
    Access from Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, take a left after Hilton KK
    Lookout for the sign board

    Phone: 0168306828

    Website: https://plus.google.com/+CowboyBarKKKotaKinabalu/about

    Soulbeat Band @ Cowboy Bar KK DJ Olivia in DJ Nation @ Cowboy Bar KK DJ Olivia & DJ Rox in DJ Nation @ Cowboy Bar KK DJ Olivia in DJ Nation @ Cowboy Bar KK Live band @ Cowboy Bar KK
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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.

    Address: Waterfront KK

    Directions: Waterfront behind the Bed club

    Phone: 088-254 770

    Website: http://FB :stepin bar n restro

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    Peacock Garden: very positive surprise

    by LukasL Written Aug 11, 2013

    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

    Address: jesselton point

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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

    Address: Lot B KK Times Square

    Directions: KK Times Square a taxi ride of about 15 RM from the main city area

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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.

    Directions: Beside Kouhi Nour Indian restaurant - Seaside

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    Cock & Bull Aru: Harry's Place

    by seadogs11 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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

    Address: Tanjung Aru Plaza

    Directions: From Centre of KK head towards airport, on coastal highway, past Sutera Harbour and turn right at Traffic lights towards beach, accross roundaboat and Plaza is on right hand side.

    Phone: 0168257085

    Everyone is inside its cooler
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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! : )

    Address: Jalan Datuk Salleh Sulong,88991 Kota Kinabalu

    Phone: +60 88 22 1234

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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!

    Address: Hmm..virtual address

    Directions: Everywhere in Kota Kinabalu

    Website: http://www.kkgroove.com

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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!

    Address: Hmm..virtual address

    Directions: Everywhere in Kota Kinabalu

    Website: http://www.kkgroove.com

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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

    Address: Lot 1A Kota Kinabalu Waterfront

    Directions: Kota Kinabalu Waterfront behind BED

    Phone: 0198428702

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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

    Directions: In front of Warisan Square.

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