Bar bites: 5 best KL spots to dine at the bar

No longer do you need to sit and stare awkwardly at one another over the napkin holder or holler across a wide table. Sit with friends on tall stools as close or as far away as you like when you steal a dining spot at a cool bar. Move aside chef’s table, seats with a view and dark intimate corners — the once coveted places to dine are rapidly becoming a thing of the past as bar seats and casually perched-on stools are the place in the restaurant to be.

Choose to dine at the bar and you get the chance to watch as the mixologist mixes you drinks, the chef works away in the open kitchen concept or you get the best views of everything going on — oh and you don’t have to battle with napkin holders.



Yeast, Bangsar

If you want to try out brunch dining European style and that includes a quick shot of espresso at the bar and a bite to eat then the buzzing brunch spot in Bangsar is a great place to head to.

Take a spot at the bar and avoid the crowds queuing for one of the tables and enjoy your baked eggs and Italian style coffee whilst leisurely reading the paper or just soaking up the action in the open kitchen in front of you.

Yeast Bistronomy, Bangsar 24G, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur, 59100, +60 3 2282 0118,




Nobu, Kuala Lumpur

Bar seats, bird’s eye view of the action and some of the best views in town are what to expect when you book a place at Nobu KL’s coveted bar.

Enjoy express lunches, omakase menus or a la carte dishes whilst sipping on unique cocktails for a dining experience with a hint of Peruvian and Japanese flavours and cool ambience.

Nobu Kuala Lumpur, Level 56, Menara 3 Petronas, Persiaran KLCC, Kuala Lumpur, 50088,



Bakar, Bangsar

The latest from The Big Group, Bakar is a grill concept that is all about experimental modern flavours and well-paired cocktails. Bag a seat at the bar and make sure you are in the midst of the grill action as the chefs work their way through a menu devised by Hit & Mrs Head Chef Keith Choong.

Bakar, 11b Lorong Kurau, Taman Weng Lock, Bangsar, 59100, Kuala Lumpur, +60 3 2280 0073,


Fuego at Troika Sky Dining

There is nothing like sipping Pisco Sours whilst enjoying some seriously good ceviche or spicy guacamole perched at a bar to give you that ultimate holiday feel.

Everything about Fuego says holiday about it — and by holiday we don’t mean flip-flops and board shorts, we mean laid back, casual dining with an open air concept but with some seriously good unobstructed views of the KL Towers.

Sit at the bar for a sideways glimpse of the chefs in action and the mixologists preparing your unique cocktails.

Fuego, Troika Sky Dining, Level 23a, Tower B, The Troika, 19 Persiaran KLCC, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, +60 3 2162 0886,



Ohla! Tapas and Cocktails

A revamp and a new menu mean that Ohla! Tapas and Cocktails is an even better place to seat yourself at the bar and nibble on tapas items such as suckling pork belly or rosemary-infused lamb.

A genuinely Spanish tapas menu and a buzzing atmosphere located in one of the cool locations on Jalan Tun Razak, makes Ohla! all about nabbing a spot at the bar and watching the chefs in action as they prepare your platters of tapas.

Lot G18, The Intermark, 348 Jalan Tun Razak, Ampang Park, Kuala Lumpur, 50400 +60 12 663 2651,