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Looking for nightlife? Where not to go…

Part of the working nomad and indeed the traveler experience is to indulge in some local nightlife. I appreciate some people would rather not go out and drinks huge amounts of beer and generally have fun.

I also appreciate that my experience of a place may differ vastly from someone else and I can only comment on what I witnessed for myself.

So here are a few places and districts from my travels where the nightlife was pretty shite, in my humble opinion!

Kuala Lumpur Chinatown, Malaysia

My old friend the Reggae Bar. Some of you might remember my comments before about this dire excuse for a bar.

So I am going to let rip again spurred on by some abuse I received via email from a defensive regular or possibly the owner?!

The Reggae Bar is as Jamaican as I am. Its locations is sublime. In a bar starved district of the Malaysian capital it acts like an oasis to the weary backpacker or expat.

However the dark, dim and rather depressing interior is equally matched by the unfriendly staff who are yet to discover the smile. Happy hours, in their literal sense, do not exist.

If you stay in Chinatown then take advantage of the restaurants who will happily sell you a cheaper Tiger beer from your table. Sit back and enjoy one of the best people watching spots in Asia.

Please note I have not been to the above bar since last year and it may have changed for the better. If this is the case I still don’t apologise ;o)

Kuta, Bali, Indonesia – Tubes ‘Surfing Theme’ Bar

This outdoor monolith is on the popular Poppies one and was being refurbished the last time I was there. However the time before that I ended up ill for a week after eating there.

It was overpriced and the staff did everything they could to hassle you and relieve you of your beer even before you finished it.

Of course things may have changed down at tubes and it may have turned the corner in terms of the food it puts out.

Kings Cross, Sydney, Australia

Unless you enjoy the smell of sick with you beer then avoid the district of Kings Cross.


I can’t really think of any more places at the moment and I am not even sure why I bothered with this mini rant.

However my next post will take a more positive view of some of the world’s best nightspots for nomads!