Where to go on a date night in Kuala Lumpur?

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Are you still talking to your partner after months of MCO-induced quality time together? Would you like to get out of putting the children to bed for once, as well as not having to prepare a meal? Great! Then you could be due for a date night…

Whether you already have regular date nights and are looking for inspiration, are thinking about going on a long overdue night out or just fancy being nosey and want to know where others go, here are Happy Go KL‘s top picks for where to head for your next tête-à-tête with your other half. After the MCO of course…!

Table for two with a great view

Credits: Marini’s on 57

If you’re in the mood to spend an intimate evening enjoying an Italian, then a night at Marini’s On 57 could be the place for you. This roof top whisky bar, restaurant and cigar lounge is only a two minute walk from the Petronas Towers. It’s a really lovely place to spend some quality time together and if you run out of things to talk about, you can always admire the view. If you want to reserve some time with this Italian, you can book here through their website.

If you can stomach heights, then head up to Vertigo based on the 59th floor of The Banyan Tree Hotel. The food and drinks are delicious, but the star of the show is undoubtedly the spectacular view of the city from a dizzying height. Check it out here for more information.

For a hot date head to Fuego in Troika Sky Dining. The Latin American inspired food they serve is both pretty and impressive. The menu on offer is sure to fire up your appetites, especially if you enjoy tucking into big slabs of meat whilst feasting your eyes on a seductive city skyline. Visit them here to find out more.

If you’re looking for somewhere cosy

Pinchos Tapas Bar is located at the heart of the city surrounded by the hustle and bustle of other bars and restaurants in Changkat. This warm and inviting restaurant is perfect for the indecisive lovers of Spanish dishes that don’t mind sharing their food. Because the restaurant offers tapas you can choose to experience lots of different dishes. This is particular great if you suffer with food envy, if your partner picks a better looking dish. More info about Pinchos here.

If you fancy something a bit different, why not slip into Joloko to enjoy a selection of spicy Caribbean fresh food, hot of the BBQ grill and wash it down with a selection of wines and cocktails. If you like the sound of the food on offer but can’t get a babysitter or the thought of getting dressed up is too much effort, they do offer home deliveries. Check out their menu here.

Credits: Joloko

If you’re looking to really push the boat out

The Thai restaurant called Tamarind Hill, is the place to head if you’re looking to spice up your evening. This award winning restaurant is the place to book if you’re a romantic at heart. I’m also told that they have been known to scatter the table in rose petals. Whilst Tamarind Hills is based in the city, its sister restaurant, Tamarind Springs, is slightly further a field in Ampang and surrounded by natural beauty. To see which is the ideal partner for your evening visit their website here.

Best places for a cheeky cocktail or two

Do you prefer your dates to be a bit more old school? Well, it might be music to your ears to hear that at the beautiful old colonial building that is the Majestic Hotel you can sip a vintage cocktail at the bar, whilst listening to some live piano music. And if cocktails and late nights aren’t your idea of fun, they offer an afternoon tea that’s fit for a king. To digest all it has to offer visit them here.

Opium is the perfect spot to inject some fun into to your evening. The cocktails are to die for and due to its location in Changkat, it’s ideal for a spot of people watching. To peek at its food and drink menu go to their website here.

PS150 in China Town is perfect for before or after dinner cocktails. This hidden bar with its toy store front is difficult to spot from the street, but well worth looking for. I can personally recommend tasting the Salty Chinaman. Because it is a small venue, you should really book in advance here to avoid disappointment and an argument along the lines of “I told you we should have booked ahead”.

Credits: PS150

In a world where lots of businesses are closing down, there is a newly opened bar also in China Town called Potions and the Laughing Pool. As the name suggests it has its own pool, looks uber cool and serves gin, wine and cocktails. This sounds like a magical combination so it’s next on my list of places to investigate when I am out for the evening. Find more information on Facebook.

If you still have the energy and a very understanding babysitter, you may want to head to the bar or dance floor at Havana Bar and Grill in Changkat. It’s not the classiest place I have ever whiled away the hours, but it’s not totally full of young people so you won’t feel too old. Also just a short amount of time there will to make you glad that you are already in a relationship and don’t have to deal with the awkwardness of the dating scene!

Hopefully this article gives you some food for thought as to where to go for your next date night. And if just thinking about getting dressed up and booking babysitters seems too much like hard work just try and imagine getting through a whole meal without someone complaining that the food is too spicy or it has green bits in it. I am not sure about your children, but I find it utterly amazing that they can never find their shoes but always find the teeny tiny bit of onion that I have hidden in their food. So, go enjoy some quality time together, without the little distractions…

And since dining out is not possible yet during the MCO, you could always just plan ahead and order some food from one of these great restaurants in the meantime!

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