7 Live music venues in KL to check out

7 Live music venues in KL to check out

Local gems

Text: Su Fen Tan

Image: Facebook / No Black Tie

From popular hangouts to a few off-the-beaten-path spots, here are 7 places you can head to for a night of good live music:

Mezze Bar and Bistro

Well known for its bistro downstairs that serves up a mean carbonara and delicious house burgers amongst other dishes, Mezze has a bar lounge on the first floor that accommodates a mix of local and international jazz acts on Friday and Saturday nights. The cosy, relaxed atmosphere makes for an intimate session with the musicians.


Live Fact

For first timers, getting to Live Fact may seem a little dodgy. But once you're through the dim, narrow stairs, you'll reach a friendly DIY venue that plays hosts to gigs, band rehearsals and meetings. Acts like Decades, Halfway Kings and Adora Eye have played in this small, self-sustaining space, and it is a great place to discover obscure, indie bands too.


The Bee @ Publika

A household name for gigs and open mics, you can always count on The Bee for a great evening of live music. The Sam Willows, The Jungle Giants, Erlend Øye - those are just some of the names that have played on the stage of this Publika hotspot. The long-running Feedback Open Mic by Moonshine is also a monthly fixture here.



Another music venue with a DIY setting, Merdekarya was opened by writer and musician Brian Gomez. What sets this place apart is that everything here is 100 percent local, whether it be books, music, or "other random cool things". Drop by any night from Tuesday to Saturday for some good ol' live music by independent Malaysian acts.


Minut Init 

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Minut Init is pretty unique, being a vibrant social art space tucked in the hustle and bustle of Damansara Uptown. Founded by artists Dali Abdul Azis and James Ly, it evolved from an underground art gallery to a platform that showcases a wide range of artistic disciplines, including music. Check out their music events listing page to find out what is on.


Gaslight Café

It touts itself as a place for folk music, poetry, writers and coffee, and Gaslight Café delivers exactly that. Inspired by the original Gaslight Café that found home in New York from 1958 to 1971, Johann Sultan founded this spot in Bukit Damansara as a place to relive the '60s. Like the original café, performances here span the genres of folk, country, soul, jazz and blues.


No Black Tie

No stranger to the live music scene in KL, No Black Tie is renown for having quality jazz acts over to perform at its intimate, cosy space with stellar acoustics. Good music guaranteed, this place is naturally a common go-to place for jazz lovers and non alike, as performances here range from classical, blues, and folk to spoken word acts, both local and international.