Sunday, August 2, 2009

Good Bars-Changkat Bukit Bintang

This small street,just off the main Jalan Bukit Bintang (walk down the street next to KFC and keep going) is chock-full of bars and restaurants.At the last count there were over 30. Every night seems to be party-night in one bar or another and you're sure to find something here to suit your taste.Friday and Saturday nights are busiest with constant traffic-jams. The only hassle is navigating the cars that inconsiderate and ignorant drivers/jockey-parkers park on the pavement,so be prepared to walk in the road...Nevertheless, it's a great street for bar-hopping. Most of the bars offer pretty good food and most of the restaurants serve as pretty good bars...
Best Bars include: Finnegan's Irish Bar,Bar Ceylon,Magnificent Fish and Chip Bar, The Green Man and Gypsy Bar.The clientele in all the above is fairly inter-changeable,with a good mix of tourists,expats and locals as well as a few girls looking for short-term boyfriends with money.
Cheapest beer all night-long is probably found at Gypsy Bar, but check the other bars for some good Happy-Hour deals,for example Finnegans has happy-hour all night-long on Sundays.
Gypsy can get absolutely packed-out,especially Friday and Saturday nights after 11pm when the crowd can spill onto the pavement and it becomes increasingly difficult to get served.
The choice of restaurant includes French,Italian,Japanese,Indian,Chinese,German and Fusion as well as good old fashioned pub-grub and ranges in price from mid-market and upwards.
Best Eateries include,La Bouchon,Pinchos,the increasingly popular Tappas Bar,Twenty-One,Yoko's,Bermuda and Onion,Flams,El Cerdo , Ciccio's, Frangipani and the Magnificent Fish and Chip Bar
Lounge Bars/Clubs can be found at Envie,Twenty One,Werner;s and Frangipani.
Other places of note,just up the hill and around the corner are two fairly upmarket restaurants,Bijan for Malay food and Nerovivo for Italian,whilst new kid on the block is Bar Italia situated on Jalan Berangan, the road behind Changkat Bukit Bintang,
For cheaper food,head to SK Corner, Tengkat Tong Shin,just around the corner near the 7-Eleven

The area has lots of accommodation options ranging from 3 star tourist-class hotels to small,independent lodges and homestays.If you're looking for hotels in Kuala Lumpur this area is probably the best place to stay.

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