33rd Floor Traders Hotel,
Kuala Lumpur City Centre,
03 2332 9888
High powered “rooftop” bar that’s all about the view
While Bangkok was already inflicting vertigo on its cocktail-imbibing populace, here in KL Luna at the Pan Global was the first to prove that a rooftop bar on a towering building could work. Skybar follows suit. A swimming pool by day, bar by night, Skybar is located on the 33rd floor of Traders Hotel KL and following a 2 month renovation, it reopened on 11 November 2008 with a nip and a tuck and more doodah’s to keep the elements off this chic space.
So it’s not exactly open air. The often overworked bar is locate at the far end to the entrance and the pool dominates with seating for 268 (300 standing) located around it. The best views of the city below are afforded to the sunken lounges on the right, which is the venue’s prime real estate. But hotel prices and unreliable service and drinks quality means this place is best saved for those occasions when you need to impress a date/ visiting friends/biz alliance and conduct some power chilling.
Clientele It’s a cosmopolitan crowd. Priority is given to hotel guests. On weekends, sought-after sunken lounges with the glass-partitioned views are taken so reservations are essential.
Service Congenial but often slow and confused.
Eats Small but well appointed menu of that’s kind to vegetarians and those with an aversion to nuts and seed. Among the dishes available: a selection of antipasto (RM35), mussels cooked to your taste (RM38), wagyu beef burger (RM32) and softshell crab maki (RM40).
Drinks Champagne and a considerable choice of white and red wine by the bottle and by the glass. Signature cocktails include the Kiwtini, Lychee Martini and Selangor Sling at hotel prices (RM34) but the mixing can be patchy.
Music policy Downtempo and house with DJs on weekends and the occasional visiting international.
Dress code It’ a business hotel, so dress smart, even if it’s smart casual.
Open Sun-Thu: 11am-1am; Fri, Sat + eve of public hols: 11am-3am.
Parking Hotel valet or within the KLCC convention centre parking area. You can also opt for kerbside parking but on busy nights it’s limited and needless to say, illegal.