Heli Lounge (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

For photographs and a breakdown from our first trip to Kuala Lumpur, click here.

Despite what the sign inside might say, Heli Lounge isn’t really that much of a secret. We visited on two occasions – once in August 2015 and again in August 2016. We first heard about it whilst in Myanmar, and during a conversation with another couple they told us to make sure not to miss it when we finally arrived in the Malaysian capital. For me anyway it’s growing popularity doesn’t detract from it. Drinks are cheap, service is great and the views are outstanding.

The first time we didn’t find it very easy to locate as it stands on the top floor of Menara KH and is just down the road from KH Tower. Now it’s much easier to find, mainly due to word of it spreading, and you can find it on Google Maps. Menara KH is a pretty unassuming office block from the outside with a questionable looking foyer and even more questionable elevators, but at the top it is an entirely other story.

Upstairs, the main lounge is all dim lighting and chess board floors. The decor is a little mix and match, but it works really well. The bar area that you firstly walk past is followed by a small stage and a pretty sizeable seating area. There are seats along the window giving you a view of the Petronas Towers and so much else of the city. The staff asked us to order before going upstairs to the helipad, so we got to listen to a live band while we waited for our drinks. They have cocktails (I strongly recommend strawberry daiquiris), wines, beers (Paul strongly does not recommend ordering draught beer and says it was warm), champagnes and spirits at such a reasonable price considering it’s a bar on a helipad in a huge Asian city and between 5 and 8 o’clock at night there’s a happy hour where you get two for one cocktails. I’ve read various reviews saying they were presented with a minimum spend but I think this only applies if you book a table in advance because on both occasions we were free to buy however much, or little, as we pleased.

On the helipad another live band were set up, a cluster of waiters swanned around replenishing people’s drinks and people from all over the globe sat at the plenty of tables. Panoramic, unobstructed views of of Kuala Lumpur City Centre, and the twin towers are only two of the countless skyscrapers that can be seen.

If you’re in Kuala Lumpur, I don’t think I could recommend this bar enough. Two people can enjoy a cocktail each for a total of 30 ringit (£5) during happy hour with live music, decent service and unparalleled views.

 


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