Drop By These 6 Bars In Kota Kinabalu With Absolute ‘’Happy Hour’’ Fest

When it comes to nightlife experience Kota Kinabalu is a…
By: Aqilah Najwa Jamaluddin
September 13, 2022

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There are various well-known bars in Kota Kinabalu, some of which might also be found in Kuala Lumpur. Nonetheless, the ambiance is vastly different, with Kota Kinabalu prioritising cosiness. Another benefit of these bars is that they are mostly within walking distance of one another. Rather than needing to hail a cab to travel to the next place, this allows you a bar hopping adventure that feels more convenient and efficient. 

What’s fantastic about going out for a happy hour (or two) in Kota Kinabalu is that it’s as diverse as its locations. Whether you want to experience a wild night out with your pals or a relaxed, romantic drink session with your lover, these are some of the best bars to drop by in Kota Kinabalu that offer Happy Hour fest. 

Best Happy Hour Place in Kota Kinabalu

1. Breeze Beach Club

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The Breeze Beach Club, located inside ‘The Pacific Sutera Hotel,’ is one of Kota Kinabalu’s most popular nightlife destinations. It is well-known for its traditional Malaysian and Western food, as well as its superb liquor, unique martinis, and other drinks. This airy open-air café just beside the pool, overlooking the huge blue sea offers one of the greatest sunset views in the city. 

Address:Level 1, The Pacific Sutera Hotel, 88100 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Operating Hour:Tuesday – Sunday: 11.30am-11pm
Contact Details:088-313 799

2. Sunset Bar

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Sunset Bar at Shangri-Tanjung La’s Ara Resort and Spa is a bit more private and personal if you’re searching for a little more isolated and quiet. The bar’s decor is inspired by ancient indigenous dwellings in Borneo, which is also reflected in the drink menu. Sunset Bar stands true to its moniker with its one-of-a-kind vistas, guaranteeing that you receive the greatest views without having to fight for a good spot.

Address:Shangri-la’s Tanjung Aru Resort, 20, Jalan Aru, Tanjung Aru, 88100 Kota Kinabalu
Operating Hour:Everyday: 5pm-8pm 
Contact Details:088-327 888 | Reservation here

3. Shenanigan’s Fun Pub

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Shenanigan is a renowned Kota Kinabalu nighttime destination that features live shows, and DJ nights with a panorama of the coastline. Though it is not the largest pub in the city, it is one of the earliest, with a small urban bar, seats, and a tiny stage next to the snooker table area. This Irish-style bar serves reasonably priced beverages and has different nightly themes. Every Wednesday and Saturday, you may also join their Ladies Night and Sassy Angels Night.

Address:Hyatt Regency Kinabalu, Jalan Datuk Salleh Sulong, Pusat Bandar Kota Kinabalu
Operating Hour:Tuesday-Saturday: 6pm-1am | Closed on Monday & Sunday
Contact Details:088-295 300 | Reservation here

4. Shamrock Irish Bar

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Shamrock Irish Bar is an authentic Irish bar. It has the greatest hamburgers and brews in Kinabalu. It is located on the Waterfront and offers a picturesque view while serving Kilkenny, Tiger, excellent meat dishes, and other liquors. You may visit this renowned neighbourhood hangout with an old-fashioned and rural atmosphere.

Address:1664, Jalan Tun Fuad Stephen, Pusat Bandar Kota Kinabalu
Operating Hour:Everyday: 12pm-2am
Contact Details:088-249 829

5. The Loft 

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Situated in the heart of Kinabalu’s main lively area, the Waterfront, ‘The Loft’ is a famous nightlife and tourism attraction. This club has comfortable couches, large televisions for leisure, and a game room for sports fans. It also offers beers with friends, cocktails, and an extensive selection of exquisite wines.

Address:1664, Jalan Tun Fuad Stephen, Pusat Bandar Kota Kinabalu
Operating Hour:Everyday: 3pm-1am
Contact Details:019-881 0824

6. El Centro

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El Centro, housed on a busy street, is a large Mexican-themed bar and restaurant noted for selling Mexican-themed menu items such as pizzas, nachos, quesadillas, and fajitas, as well as vibrant cocktails and zestful beverages. They provide nutritious and multicultural meals to their visitors in a westernised setting. Visit this restaurant for themed events such as salsa nights, jazz nights, and Wednesday quiz nights to enjoy wonderful cuisine and pleasant ambiance.

Address:18, Lorong Dewan, Pusat Bandar Kota Kinabalu, 88000 Kota Kinabalu
Operating Hour:Monday-Sunday: 9am-10.30pm | Friday & Saturday: 9am-12am
Contact Details:014-862 3877

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