9 Venues In KL You Can Visit To Celebrate NYE
Writer: Farah Karim
2019 is just around the corner and all of us want to start the year off with a bang. Good vibes only right?
If you want to celebrate but don’t want to relive the moment from few years back when it was just too crowded that you didn’t even get to see a great view of the fireworks — don’t worry, here are some places that you could check out:
1. KLCC Park
With the iconic Petronas Twin Towers in view, the KLCC Park provides a picturesque place to soak in the sights of urban KL while experiencing the amazing fireworks that fires up every year. The 50-acre park will transform into a massive NYE concert venue with live music by various acts. If you’re tired of the hustle and bustle of the party, you can walk through the park where there’s plenty of greenery, fountains and footpaths to give yourself a breather.
2. The Curve Shopping Centre
With our love for festivities and the glitz and glam, it comes to no surprise that The Curve also showcases its annual firework display at The Street, a spacious walkway within the mall itself. It isn’t just fireworks that draws in the crowd but also the massive street party that features live performances by local bands and dancers. If you’re tired from all the walking, you can drop by any of the bistros, cafes, bars and restaurants lined up along The Street and grab yourself a drink. Drink up, ladies!
3. Changkat Bukit Bintang
Bukit Bintang is one of the places where people will flock to for the nightlife. If you’re looking for a place with a real street party vibe, this is the place for you. There’s also a huge countdown happening outside the Pavilion shopping mall to remind you that out with old, in with the new! Expect massive crowds so if you’re planning to get dinner there, be sure that you have a reservation at your favourite place.
4. Merdeka Square
Merdeka Square offers an impressive view of their yearly NYE’s fireworks. Smack in the city centre, this iconic landmark consists of a giant field where any seat is a good seat. There’s also a number of choreographed traditional dances, singing acts and marching bands on the parade grounds. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the beginning of 2019.
5. Desa Park City
If you’re not keen for busy street parties and crowded sitting areas, then Desa Park City might be the place for you. As one of the most relaxing residential parks with a beautiful lakeside, there’s plenty of room to bring the whole family. There are also restaurants nearby where you can enjoy a relaxing dinner before the fireworks showcase at the strike of midnight.
6. Troika Sky Dining
If you’re into a more fancy vibe to celebrate NYE, then Troika Sky Dining have several restaurants and bars that are higher than the usual buildings. You’ll be able to eat some of the finest meals that Kuala Lumpur has to offer while chilling with your loved one(s). With the location high up above the skylines, you’ll have an amazing view of the fireworks display.
7. Mai Bar
Source: Aloft KL
Known as one of KL’s funkiest rooftop bars, Mai Bar is on a spacious rooftop and has a poolside that offer a wide variety of cocktails. Mai Bar doesn’t only provide some of the funkiest drinks such as its signature Malaysian Princess Mai Tai (RM35) and Mr. Jack (RM35) that both feature various tropical fruits in its menu but also a gourmet selection of tapas.
8. Club Kyō at Mandarin Oriental KL
Source: Club Kyō
As the hotel’s onsite nightclub, its setlist ranges from house to techno to disco and hip-hop, making it one of the most popular clubs in KL. If you’re in need for some fun before the coming new year, Kyō re-invisions its European music influences by mixing it with Japanese undertones to create a night to remember.
9. Under9 KL
As one of the few underground house and techno clubs in KL, it’s a good option for those looking for a great night of dancing but don’t want to mix in with mainstream clubbers. Entrance is RM15 all night long, making it one of the most inexpensive nightclubs in the city centre!
Or, if you don’t want to go outside, you can always spend time at home with your family and friends. No matter where you are or who you’re with, as long as you’re having fun, that’s the most important thing. Happy holidays and have a happy 2019!