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5 Places You Need To Know About In Kuala Lumpur

by Deric EctJanuary 18, 2016

KUALA LUMPUR is undoubtedly the greatest city in Malaysia.

Having geographically been proven to be better [citation needed] than other Malaysian cities such as Ipoh, Penang and Johor Bahru, Kuala Lumpur attracts Malaysians from all over the nation searching for something bigger and better.

It would seem that with each kampung boy or girl migrating to the sprawling, diverse city, more establishments have sprouted to cater to growing demand from a younger crowd.

This usually manifests in wood-and-brass coffeeshops and food trucks, but every once in a while you get the real thing. When the right elements come together, an establishment which manages to integrate itself into its environment takes shape, becoming an important fixture for a community.

Case in point: can you imagine life before Taman Tun Dr. Ismail’s Artisan Roast Coffee, or Merdekarya in Bukit Gasing?

Here at The Daily Seni, we thought it’d be a good idea to list down places you’d be glad to know exist in Kuala Lumpur.

These places we’d like to highlight are not mere coffeeshops and raised platforms to put your band on — we’ve got spaces capable in playing an integral role in the young Malaysian’s creative ecosystem.

Here are five on the top of our list of places in Kuala Lumpur to visit, especially if you’re a creative Malaysian or just a young, outgoing person curious to know what this city has to offer.


Rumah Api

Open only during gigs and other events | Mondays to Sundays
178 Jalan Ampang, Ampang, Pekan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur

Launched into public awareness due to a recent raid which involved over 100 youths detained for no apparent reason, performance venue Rumah Api is the furiously-beating heart of Kuala Lumpur’s punk scene. The location, which also serves as a community space for punks, has been around for over nine years.

Built upon the ashes of commercial music space Gudang Noisy, the spot serves as a place to promote punk ideology, and perhaps even change societal perspective towards the subculture. On top of having hosted a number of major punk and rock gigs, Rumah Api frequently organises free workshops and classes on music, art and language.

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Rumah Api is currently under threat from the Lebuhraya SUKE project, which if completed will eradicate an aged, important part of Ampang.


Minut Init

10:00am – 1:00am | Tuesdays to Sundays
29 A & 29B Jalan SS 21/37, Uptown Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor

The first time we stuck foot through its doorway, we were overwhelmed by desire to Instagram every moment in this dimly-lit space overlooking a very busy Damansara Uptown street. Spanning two top floors of a shoplot, Minut Init is a gallery, bar, social space and performance venue so achingly-cool you’ll want to return to over and over again.

We’ve written a a fair bit on this cosy, acid trip of a space because guys, you have no idea what you’re missing out on. For example, did you that Minut Init has a quirky, DIY-looking bar with RM10 beers for those looking to get wasted?

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Buy two drinks and get one free every Thursdays, from 8:00pm to 10:00pm!


Gaslight Cafe & Music

2:00pm-11:00pm | Tuesdays || 12:00pm-12:00am | Saturdays || 4:00pm-12:00am | Sundays
29 A & 29B Jalan SS 21/37, Uptown Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor

This humble, cosy spot on the very top of a shoplot in Damansara Utama slowly became a part of the Kuala Lumpur creative scene after local poetry collective If Walls Could Talk made it their regular haunt.

Inspired by the iconic Greenwich Village coffeehouse of the same name, Gaslight Cafe & Music has a very distinct look and feel reminiscent of a lost era. Vintage bric-a-brac line shelves, while humble wooden furniture make the cafe all the more hospitable. The place also serves some mean desserts and coffee if you’re peckish.

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By the way, there are gigs and events on almost every night, so say goodbye to quiet nights!


Kecil by Kedai

4:00pm – 12:00am | Tuesdays to Sundays
2 Lorong Kekabu , Off Jalan Jelutong Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur

Calling itself “the hide-out in town”, Kecil by Kedai is a cafe and art space located in a residential block, simply looking like a festively-decorated home outside business hours.

Boasting furniture designed by local design collective Kedai, Kecil by Kedai has a unique concept which manifests in its homely ambiance. If dining on homemade desserts al fresco isn’t your thing, you’ll be glad to know the place also hosts events and workshops, maintaining close bonds with the creative community.

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To further understand Kecil By Kedai, we advice looking up its cheerful and celebratory Instagram photos!


STAGE & CO

5:00pm – 2:00am | Mondays to Saturdays
87, Jalan SS15/4C, Subang Jaya, Selangor

Our only candidate from Subang is nestled in the heart of SS15, and is a decent place for live music and cold beer.

Featuring acts of various genres from blues to country rock, STAGE & CO has opened for only six weeks to date but already has regulars. No surprise, as it boasts a pretty good menu if you’re into beers (they’ve even got some brands like Carlsberg on draught) and bottles of Somersby.

Last week saw an RM88 all-you-can-drink package which included a live set by fusion rockers The Sound Outlaws, but this Friday is all about STAGE & CO’s first major event — we’re talking at least four acts on stage and even food on sale. You won’t want to miss it.

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With space to accommodate up to 80 patrons comfortably, STAGE & CO is avaliable for corporate events too!


All photos sourced via Facebook! Make sure to click on the names of these venues to get further information from their respective pages.

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Deric Ect
Deric is contributor and former managing editor of The Daily Seni.

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