The beautiful game is what they call it — until your favourite player does a foul and overturns the entire game. But whether win or lose, it’s always better around friends. After all, that’s why these sports bars in KL are in existence.

While football is usually the game of choice among Malaysians, you don’t have to be restricted to watching it at sports bars. Name the game, and they’re sure to be able to accommodate — cricket, basketball, or even snooker. If it’s an international game of badminton involving the Malaysian team though, you can be certain that all these sports bars in KL are going to be tuned into it.

So get out of your home the next time there’s a big game and head to these sports bars with your pals. Knock back a few drinks, scream out the scores, and maybe even play a few rounds of beer pong during intermission. 

One thing’s for sure, nothing bad can ever happen when you’ve had a few drinks with friends around. Read on to find out where are the best sports bars in KL and PJ.

1
Arena Bar TTDI

Those heavily into beer pong will already be familiar – or even regulars – at Arena Bar TTDI. The place is large and can accommodate plenty of people, as you’ll probably find when you head there on a Friday or Saturday night. Play a round of beer pong while keeping tally of your sporting match’s scores on the many wide-screen TVs lining the bar. We’re sure you’ll be cheering for either one.

(Image credit: Facebook/ Arena Bar TTDI)

2
Locker Room

What happens when you merge both sports and a Japanese izakaya? You get Locker Room, an expansive Japanese-inspired sports bar. Located in DC Mall, the bar is located on the mall’s rooftop and is separated into two dining areas. Inside is a sit-down area with lounges for those who want to have a nice meal with their drinks, while the outside is a covered area with bar seats and two flat-screen TVs for sports fanatics. The bar is anything but seedy, adopting a clean-cut interior with a wide variety of beer and Japanese grub to wind down the day with. 

(Image credit: Facebook/ Locker Room)

3
CTRL

You’ll never look at sports bars the same way again once you visit CTRL in Solaris Dutamas. This upbeat bar with no shortage of neon signage is hip, full of young people, and plenty of alcohol flowing. While you can tune in to sports, you’ll find that most people here will be preoccupied with the fancy digital beer pong, old school arcade games, and more.

(Image credit: Facebook/ CTRL)

4
Hattrick Sports Bar & Burgers

While there are many newer sports bars to check out, if you want something truly old school you’ll need to check out Hattrick Sports Bar & Burgers in the Hartamas area. Styled like a traditional English pub, it’s the perfect place to have a pint while cheering to your favourite sports team. To keep yourself occupied otherwise, there’s a selection of darts, foosball, and pool to play too.

(Image credit: Facebook/ Hattrick Sports Bar & Burgers)

5
The Sticky Wicket

Most sports bars in KL are dedicated to football, so it’s rare to find one dedicated to something as niche as cricket. The Sticky Wicket is precisely one such place, and its dedication to the game is evident in its name. Other than beer, the bar also serves gin-based cocktails if you want something different for a change. 

(Image credit: Facebook/ The Sticky Wicket)

6
Score at The Roof

As its name suggests, you can already guess what Score at The Roof specialises in. Even the bar is designed to look like a futsal court with Astroturfs, a fake running track, and more. If you’re not watching a game on the screens, you can also play a round of pool or foosball. Beer is the beverage of choice here, naturally.

(Image credit: Facebook/ Score at The Roof)

PohNee Chin
Editor, Kuala Lumpur
Poh Nee is the editor and writes about travel and drinks. When she's not living out her holiday dreams via Google Earth and sipping on an Old Fashioned down at the local bars, you can find her snug at home bingeing on Netflix and mystery fiction. Reach out to Poh Nee via email at pohnee@lifestyleasia.com.