Malaysia is a predominantly Muslim country with a long history of political conservatism. Despite this, the country has an established gay scene that is most evident in its capital, Kuala Lumpur. Here, visitors can expect a variety of bars that are frequented and supported by the gay community.
The Blue Boy is a gay bar in Kuala Lumpur that has been running for more than two decades. The decor is a little run down but the weekends still get very busy with a clientele that is a mix of trendy young Asians, a few tourists and older white men.
54 and 56 Jalan Sultan Ismail
Kuala Lumpur 50250
+603 2142 1067
The Liquid Bar is a funky gay club spread over two floors in the Old China Town area of Kuala Lumpur. The bottom floor offers a variety of theme nights between Wednesday and Sunday. On Saturday evenings, the second floor opens up to revellers.
2.04 Mezzanine,Central Mkt Annex
Jalan Hang Kasturi
Kuala Lumpur 50050
+603 2026 1430
Nouvo is a large bar and club with a capacity of 1500. Though not strictly a gay bar, it does hold specific gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender parties on the first Sunday of every month. Nouvo can be found on the corner of Jalan P. Ramlee and Jalan Sultan Ismail opposite the Shangri-La hotel.
No. 5, Jalan P Ramlee
Kuala Lumpur 50251
+603 2170 6666
Situated above the renowned Frangipani restaurant, the Frangipani bar is sleek and chic and a favourite with the city's young and stylish inhabitants. Friday evenings, the bar turns in to a trendy hangout for the more discreet elements of Kuala Lumpur's gay community.
25 Jl Changkat Bukit Bintang
Kuala Lumpur 50200
+603 2144 3001