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The Best Bars in Malaysia for Sky-High Champagne and Beachfront Cocktails

Malaysia is one of those countries where you could be sipping champagne at the top of a skyscraper one day and enjoying a cocktail by the ocean the next. From the white-sand islands to the vibrant cities and everywhere in between, Malaysia’s great bar scene will make sure you’re never too far from an expert mixologist. We spoke to Tourism Malaysia to get their insider tips on the best bars that you need to visit while exploring this beautiful country.


Sand Bar at Hard Rock Hotel Penang

Bury your feet in the sand and let the chilled out beachfront vibes of Hard Rock Hotel Penang’s Sand Bar wash over you. Located right on the beach, you can enjoy the salty scent of the ocean and the sound of gently lapping waves as you sip on an ice-cold beer or fruity cocktail.

We recommend: Head down at sunset to make the most of the views before heading over to the hotel’s pizzeria for an Italian-inspired bite.


Heli Lounge Bar, Kuala Lumpur

Evening cocktails don’t get much more exciting than this. During the day the 36th-floor helipad of this towering skyscraper is used to land big-wig execs and VIPs, while at night it turns into one of KL’s hottest bars. Marvel at jaw-dropping views of the neighbouring KL Tower while enjoying a lychee martini and R&B tunes.

We recommend: Arriving between 6pm and 9pm for free entry and to score yourself one of the best seats in the house (or on the helipad).


Marini’s on 57, Kuala Lumpur

Live the high-life at Kuala Lumpur’s highest rooftop bar, Italian restaurant and whisky and cigar lounge. Marini’s is an ultra-chic bar night spot on the 57th floor of Petronas Tower 3 and this futuristic hangout serves up premium champagnes, malt whiskeys, signature cocktails and exclusive wines. Hungry patrons can also enjoy artisan-made pastas and imported beef cuts in the restaurant.

We recommend: Reserving a table well in advance to make sure you don’t miss out on those amazing views.


Sunset Bar at Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort, Kota Kinabalu

The world has come to expect the best from the Shangri-La brand, and the Sunset Bar at Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort certainly doesn’t disappoint. Romance abounds at this beautiful venue that extends out towards the ocean and features some of Kota Kinabalu’s best sunset views that you can enjoy from one of the bar’s daybeds 

We recommend: Trying a Borneo-inspired cocktail such as the Lepa-Lepa or Kota Kinabalu fruit punch.


Beach Bar at The Andaman Langkawi Resort

Whether you’re reading the latest bestseller in a shady spot during the day or wearing your finest resort wear for cocktails at night, the Beach Bar at The Andaman Langkawi Resort will keep you coming back with its relaxed vibes and enticing menu. Seriously, time will slip away from you as you sip on fruity concoctions and nibble on beachside snacks including satay prawns and pizzas

We recommend: Being there at 5pm sharp to make the most of the daily Happy Hour.

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