Nightlife in Kota Kinabalu

Whatever is your party mood, Kota Kinabalu surely has some great places for you to party through the night or hang out with friends. Whether you want to dance your heart out, or enjoy a quiet and romantic drink with your partner during sunset at the waterfront, or enjoy listening to some live DJ’s and music bands, KK is the great place for anyone to be at. The city nightlife has many groovy hot-spots to make a night-out here the best one would have had till date.

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Shenanigan’s Pub

The Pub inside the Hyatt Regency Kinabalu, Shenanigan’s is one of the oldest and most frequented pubs in the city. The bar has a huge seating area and drinks section. The performing band here manages to rock the floor with their amazing mus

Sun Set Bar at Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa

The Sunset Bar sits on the tip of small peninsula and offers some of the most eye-catching views of sunset in Borneo. With ocean, palm trees and clustered islands in its backdrop, this place is perhaps the best setting to enjoy a quiet cocktail.


Though a friendly place for straight people too, this bar is more preferred among the gay and lesbian community. A cabaret show is held on every Friday to keep the visitors entertained. On other days of the week, one can mostly find music being played by DJ. Named as Q-Bar because a big Q-shaped structure is placed at the center of the bar.

Tavern Kitchen and Bar

A good place for food as well as cocktail lovers, Tavern Kitchen and Bar has an extensive menu of local and western cuisine as well as drinks. The winsome interiors have been done by the celebrity interior designer Ben Firdau while the menu has been brought together by famous Malaysian Chef Nicholas Pillai.

El Centro Café and Bar

Music being played in the background, earthy interiors, licentious store front, delectable food and zestful drinks! What more can one ask for? The elaborate menu has something to suit the taste of everyone. Wednesday Quiz Night held every Wednesday is quite popular among guests as well as locals.

The Loft Kota Kinabalu

Located right at the KK waterfront, this place is one of the most happening and desired spots of Kota Kinabalu among nightlife freaks. The bar has two levels. There is a big screen behind the bar in the lower level where popular sporting events can be watched. On the upper level is a pool table, some comfy couches and an open area with KK waterfront view.

Sully’s Bar

Sully’s Bar is located in the KK Times Square, Phase 1 and is a great place for people over 30 to be at. The calm jazz music played here gives a very soothing feel.

Some other good watering holes to enjoy Nightlife:

  • 1Borneo Hypermall
  • D’Junction
  • Jesselton Point
  • KK Times Square
  • Oceanus Waterfront Mall
KK Nightlife