Jalan P. Ramlee street is the most popular nightlife area in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. For obvious reasons, every night the clubs are more packed than any other nightlife destinations within the city such as Kuala Lumpur, Chinatown and Changkat Bukit Bintang. Besides the strategically location which just around the corner from KL’s landmark attractions Suria KLCC and Petronas Twin Towers and due to the fact that all bars on Jalan P. Ramlee have a license to be open till 3 AM even on Fridays and Saturdays. There’s another simple reason, Beach Club.
Beach Club is the most famous and crowded bar/discotheque located on the corner of Jalan P. Ramlee street right across the Thai Bistro Club. The club has an open air area with an bar, and two main dance areas inside. A smaller lounge area with couches and a larger dance area with stages, the larger area is where the main bar is located, it has an large aquarium on top where sharks are swimming around. As I understood they transfer the sharks to Kuala Lumpur Aquarium once they get to big. Beach club opens around noon, and a cover fee is being charged of 35 RYM (about $10.50 US) after 9 PM which includes one drink, every following bottle of beer costs 26 RYM. Happy hours are before 9 PM where 6 Carlsberg Bottles cost only 55 RYM.
It’s advised to go early as the later the more claustrophobic it can get. Further more does the club have a large projector on the walls showing clips and effects, the music is mixed western pop and dance by a DJ while sometimes in the beginning of the night live bands perform on the main stage. The bathrooms are upstairs, at the end of the main stage and dance area and free of charge. The bar outside also serves food which are surprisingly good for a nightclub, try it’s burgers or pisa’s.
When Beach Club first opened it was a venue for local office workers and expats which came for a drink after work while nowadays the club is filled with working girls coming from Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Russia and Uzbekistan who are looking to renew their visa in Malaysia in order to go back to Hong Kong, Macau or Singapore to continue their work. Basically the crowd exists of working girls, local office workers, expats and several backpackers and/or tourists.
Once the night’s over, you’re a little drunk and hooked up with a girl it’s time to go home. Upon the exit of Beach Club you will get flooded by expensive taxi drivers and hustler. Avoid them, turn right and proceed to the main road in order to get a metered taxi. The only club opened after 3 AM in Kuala Lumpur is Hot Zone which is opened all night, it’s not known by all taxi drivers and located in an old shopping mall about 5 to 10 minutes away from Jalan P Ramlee street.