Bar of the Week: Reggae Bar, Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur


Reggae Bar in Chinatown. Pic: Joanne Lane,

158, Ground Floor, Jalan Tun H.S. Lee, 50000 Kuala Lumpur,, 03-2026-7690, Mon-Sun 12 noon til late

What makes it special?
If you like Bob Marley, travellers and the idea of “Love all, feed all” – the bar’s catchphrase – the Reggae Bar in Chinatown will be just for you. It combines a number of features that make it a good choice for a night out or just a place to chill out for a few hours. First it is centrally located right in Chinatown near accommodation and other places to eat and things to do. And it has a wonderful ambience – decked out in red, yellow and green – that makes it perfect as a hang out joint. There’s also a few pool tables to kill time.

The Reggae Bar does cater for the western palate and features Italian pastas, pizzas, salads, meat cuts like fillet steak and lamb racks and even fish and chips. Of course there’s also a selection of beverages to wash this down, including local and international beers.

Give me the inside line.
The Reggae Bar has a regular list of music lined up when they don’t have Bob Marley on rotation. Events are listed on the website or you can just swing by and hope something is going on. The Reggae Bar has another location in Kuala Lumpur in Changkat. They also offer budget accommodation.

What’s the damage?
Meal prices are definitely higher than you might find elsewhere in Chinatown but you are paying also for western styled meals as opposed to the standard rice/noodles and vegetables available outside on the street. If that’s what you’re craving (and also Western company) after some time travelling in Asia then you won’t mind coming and paying 18-32 ringgits (US$5.70-$10.00)  for pizzas, 30 to 60 for main courses, 18 to 36 on average for pastas and about 10 or so for appetizers. Seafood meals are a lot more costly.