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Blue Note

A funky pub with a comfy atmosphere, ‘Blue Note’ is one of the most happening pubs in Kota Kinabalu. The pub is designed especially for the young crowd, playing some of the grooviest music on earth. House music is played throughout the week with special nights arranged for girls like ‘Cover Girl’ with free makeup and hair styling. For the tip toes, there is ‘Generation Y’ when international DJs entertain the crowd on Fridays and Saturdays.

Opening Hours: 6 pm to 1 pm (Monday to Friday), 6 pm to 2 pm (weekends and holidays)
Address: 20 Jalan Aru, Tanjung Aru, 88100 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Tel: +60 88 327888
Fax: +60 88 327878

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Shenanigan's Fun Pub

The Shenanigan's Fun Pub is supposedly the best pub in Kota Kinabalu, having won many awards till now. An Irish Pub, along with the delicious snacks and the long list of cocktails that bartenders offer, it also has an on house live band that entertains you all evening long.

Address: Jalan Datuk Salleh Sulong, 88991 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Tel: +60 88 221234
Fax: +60 88 218909

Sunset Bar

The name aptly suits this seaside bar, as you sip the chilly cocktail watching the waves of the South China Sea. Forget your worries at home and revive your college moments with your friends at the Sunset Bar.

Opening Hours: 5pm to 8pm
Address: 20 Jalan Aru, Tanjung Aru, 88100 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Tel: +60 88 327888
Fax: +60 88 327878

The Cottage

The Cottage is a one of its kind British styled pub situated in Kota Kinabalu, giving back 25 years of uninterrupted, loyal service to its customers. Friends and family can come together to revive their old days while business colleagues can arrange their important meetings. ‘The Cottage’ serves all sorts of customers and makes sure that they come back for more. The pub also makes arrangements for functions, cocktails parties and events.

Address: Lot 14, Phase B, Taman Luyang, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Tel: +60 16 8257086, +60 88 232191

Borneo Lounge & Bar

The Borneo Lounge & Bar is a place for enjoying a quiet relaxed evening, swirling a glass of red wine in your hands. Light snacks on your plate, friends and family by your side and live music for your ears; your evening is surely made at this lovely bar.

Opening Hours: 9 am to midnight, Sunday to Thursday (until 1 am on weekends and holidays)
Address: 20 Jalan Aru, Tanjung Aru, 88100 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Tel: +60 88 327888
Fax: +60 88 327878

Atrium Lounge

A lounge with a peaceful environment offering appetizing snacks and lovely concoctions; a live band plays pleasant music throughout the evening.

Address: Jalan Datuk Salleh Sulong, 88991 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Tel: +60 88 221234
Fax: +60 88 218909

Stadium Sports Bar

The Stadium Sports Bar started in 1998, is the favoured place for soccer aficionados. Its 61” plasma TV on which all football events are screened draw in a lot of crowd during live matches. It also includes a 9 ft pool table and dart board if you are not much of a soccer fan.

Address: Lot No. 3-1-1, Block 3, 1st Floor, Api-Api Centre, 88000, Jalan Centre Point, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Tel: +60 88 270976
Fax: +60 88 270975

Upperstar Café & Bar

Located just opposite Burger King in KK, Upperstar is extremely popular among the young crowds, particularly those in their 20s. Along with some nice variety in cocktails, the café serves western and Malayan cuisine.

Address: Lot Block C, Lot 8, Ground Floor, Lorong Okok Kayu Manis, Damai plaza Phase 3, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Tel: +60 88 260388

Picadilly Pub & Karaoke

Warm and welcoming, Picadilly Pub offers a comfortable ambience to its visitors with relaxing seating arrangements and swift service. There are various karaoke's, TV's to watch your favourite show, pool table to play a game of snooker and of course cocktails and snacks to keeps the taste buds tingling.

Opening Hours: 7.30pm to midnight (Monday to Friday),
7.30pm to 2am (weekends)
Address: 1st Floor, Lot 61, Blk 1, No. 14, Lorong Ikan Juara 5, Sadong Jaya, Karamunsing, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Tel: +60 88 240275

JUG’s

JUG’s is Kota Kinabalu’s leading and happening bar. Along with having classy interiors, it features an in-house DJs who entertains all night long, and a large plasma TV so that you don’t miss your favourite match while you are out. Fridays and Saturdays are reserved for ladies who want to keep a special day just for themselves.

Opening Hours: 5 pm to 1 am (Monday to Thursday), 5 pm to 2 pm (weekends)
Address: The Pacific Sutera, Level 1, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Tel: +60 88 318888
Fax: +60 88 317777

Rumba Latin Grill & Bar

As the word goes, Rumba Latin Grill & Bar offers everything Latin; food, music and ambience. The bar has a great assortment of wines along with some delectable Latin food, and spicy Latin music. The highlight of this bar is its music band, called specially from South America which plays music like Salsa, Meringue, Bacciata and Cha-Cha.

Opening Hours: 5 pm to 1 am (Monday to Thursday), 5 pm to 2 pm (weekends)
Address: Le Méridien Kota Kinabalu Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens Sinsuran, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Tel: +60 88 322222
Fax: +60 88 322223

B.E.D

B.E.D (Best Entertainment Division) has been unofficially voted one of the best pubs and entertainment locations in Sabah. Located in the Waterfront area of Kota Kinabalu, which is the hot spot of entertainment lovers, B.E.D offers everything that a pub goer needs; fantastic, blaring, latest international tracks and large disc space as you jive your body all night long.

Address: The Waterfront, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Cock & Bull

Cock & Bull is another favourite pub in The Waterfront area of Kota Kinabalu. A British style pub, the in house band plays lovely music everyday, except on Sundays. The bar has dining arrangements both inside as well as tables lined outside. A well stocked bar and scrumptious food completes the entertainment value. Happy hours of the bar are from nine to five.

Address: Ground Floor, Plaza Tanjung Aru, Jln Tun Mustapha, Tanjung Aru, 88100 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Tel: +60 88 243885
Fax: +60 88 322223

Balin Roofgarden Bar & Bistro

If you are hunting for that extra special place, where the food and ambience are equally amazing then drive to Balin Roofgarden in Sandakan. Located on the 8th floor of NAK hotel, its alfresco dining views of the surrounding coastline and town are to die for. Designed to remind us of a rainforest, this bar and bistro never fails to amaze.

Address: Nak Hotel, Level 8, Jalan Pelabuhan Lama, 90000 Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia
Tel: +60 89 272988