Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia: Nightlife, Bars & Clubs

Kota Kinabalu has several watering holes that offer a great nightlife. The nightlife is rapidly increasing as a lot of tourists visit the city. The night spots in Kota Kinabalu are mostly quiet and chill-out bars and pubs. Some of the most visited bars are located in the city center with live local and Filipino bands, which are the crowd's favorite. For a more loud and bustling vibes, there are dance clubs in the city that are usually the hangout place of the younger crowd and tourists. The Waterfront Esplanade and the Beach Street are the most common areas for these popular night spots.




The Shenanigans Pub is the oldest nightspot and watering hole in Kota Kinabalu. It has live Filipino live bands that are always playing the greatest hits that the crowd loves. This is owned by Hyatt Regency Hotel. Themed events are also the magnet of this pub including the Ladies Night every Wednesday and Sassy Angel Night every Saturday. The Shenanigan's Fun Pub is open from 6 pm until 1 am everyday and extends its opening hours to 2 am every Friday, Saturday, and holidays.

Near the Hyatt Regency Hotel is the Cocoon Restaurant & Bar. It is a contemporary themed bar that has a decent selection of drinks from beers to cocktails. Happy hour is between 5 pm to 9 pm. There is a live Filipino band that plays a few sets and a DJ plays RnB music until closing time. The bar is open from 5 pm until 1 am everyday and extends to 2 am every Friday and Saturday.

An Irish pub located along the Waterfront Esplanade would be the Shamrock Irish Bar. It is a seafront Irish themed bar that offers the finest Kilkenny, Tiger, and Guinness draughts and tasty meat stews on the menu. Some features of the bar include the pool table and the live band every night. The opening hours are 12 nn to 1 am everyday and extends to 2 am every Friday and Saturday.

Another bar along the Waterfront Esplanade is the The Loft. It boasts its incredible views of the sunset, the pool table, and a big screen that broadcasts European football matches. The bar serves a good selection of cocktails, beers, and wines. Happy hour is between 3:30 pm to 9 pm. The opening hours are 3 pm to 1 am everyday and extends to 2 am every Friday and Saturday.



Dance Clubs

The Best Entertainment Destination or B.E.D. is one of the biggest and hippest dance clubs in the city. It is located in the Waterfront Esplanade. It has an ample space for the crowd to dance the night away. The DJ spins out the greatest hits of Electronic Dance Music or EDM, RnB, Hip Hop, and other upbeat music genre. Aside from the DJ, there are live bands. B.E.D. is best known for its enthusiastic Filipino bands. The dance club also has VIP areas that are used only for private parties. B.E.D. is open from 12 nn to 1 pm and 8 pm to 2 am every Monday and Tuesday, 3 pm to 3 am every Wednesday, and 8 pm until 3 am from Thursday to Sunday.

Along the Beach Street is the Reef Project Dance Bar & Grill. It is a popular local hangout with DJ and live bands playing upbeat music. Aside from the dance floor, the club also has a pub, a karaoke, and an open-air fast food restaurants. This watering hole is landscaped with tropical fauna. It is open daily from morning until midnight.

Other great dance clubs that are open from dusk to dawn are the White Room in the KK Time Square, the D'Junction in Jalan Penampang, and the Club Mix Pub & Lounge in Jalan Penampang Baru.