5 Alternative Nights Out in Kuala Lumpur

18 May 2016

Don’t let the same ol’, same ol’ dull your enthusiasm. We’ve got a list of interesting activities you can do in the city once the sun sets.

Beyond bars, clubs and late night mamak sessions, what can you do in Kuala Lumpur when night falls? Here are five ideas for an alternative night out.

Swing Dancing
If your heart lusts after a vintage lifestyle, give swing dancing a try. The style of dancing was popular in the United States from the 1920s to the 1940s. There are two main swing dancing groups in KL: KL Swing and Lindy KL. Both of them offer classes, which range from beginners’ taster sessions to advanced. It’s a great way to exercise and keep fit, while also channeling the glamour of The Great Gatsby era.

Kelab Seni Filem Malaysia
Discover some gems of Malaysian and Southeast Asian cinema with Kelab Seni Filem Malaysia. Every week there will be a different film screening – either a feature film or a collection of shorts – and these are probably films you haven’t seen before. The screenings take place at the Content Pitching Centre, which is walking distance from KL Sentral. The club also hosts discussions with filmmakers and film buffs.

Findars, a café and venue on Jalan Panggong, is a home for artists across music, art, film and more. Since it was first founded, Findars has hosted genre-defying shows that you would unlikely find elsewhere. It’s also a space with a strong sense of community behind it. Located in the same Chinatown building as Lostgens and Aku Café, recent events have included performances from a Hong Kong didgeridoo musician and Shanghainese fire performers, as well as art exhibitions and film screenings.

Gaslight Café
Inspired by 1960s American counterculture, Gaslight Café is a little hideout located above a shoplot in Bukit Damansara dedicated to “folk musicians, poets and writers”. Most nights of the week, there will be some kind of live performance and a bar serving bottled beers and other drinks. Whether it’s acoustic music or spoken word, crowds gather in this tiny, low-lit room for intimate performances under the dangling ‘gaslight’.

Crackhouse Comedy Club
Local comedians have had a place to call their own since Crackhouse Comedy Club opened in Taman Tun Dr Ismail. You can head to Crackhouse most nights for a bellyful of laughs – there are usually at least four shows a week. As well as hosting newbies and improv comedy sessions, there are regular shows by more established comedians such as Douglas Lim and international comedians like Paul Ogata.

Check these recommendations out for yourself:

Content Malaysia Pitching Centre
Address: Unit G09 & G10, Platinum Sentral, Jalan Stesen Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2725 9194

Address: 8, Jalan Panggong, 50150 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 012-350 1844

Gaslight Café
Address: 15-2, Jalan Setia Murni 1, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2011 4047

Crackhouse Comedy Club
Address: 24A, Lorong Rahim Kajai 14, 60000 Taman Tun Dr Ismail
Tel: 017-624 3412

By Ling Low
Photos of Findars courtesy of EngHooi Teoh
Photos of LindyKL courtesy of Tan Mei Ping
Photos of Kelab Seni Filem courtesy of Thomas Barker
Photos of Crackhouse Comedy Club courtesy of the establishment
Photos of Gaslight Café courtesy of If Walls Could Talk

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