Thursday, April 18, 2013

Heli Lounge Bar @ Menara KH, Sultan Ismail

Heli Lounge Bar isn't just another KL rooftop watering hole; customers can spend the evening sipping cocktails on the 36th-floor helicopter landing pad of Menara KH, with no walls or windows to fetter their 360-degree view of KL's skyline.

We visited on a drizzly night, so the helipad was bare; had the weather been better, chairs & tables would be spread across this area (6pm-9pm happy hours, when everyone can come up for free; beyond that, patrons might have to purchase a bottle).

The Heli Bar Lounge experience actually begins on the 34th floor below, where the main clubbing area features aviation-minded flourishes: a DJ console constructed from a Boeing-747's turbine, as well as a plane cabin seat transformed into a couch ...

... & even a propeller on the wall, a turbine table & model jets hanging from the ceiling.

The club's cool, but the highlight remains two flights of stairs above. Watch your step!

The helipad is a fully operational one; the bar won't operate during the daytime.

Patrons prone to vertigo should avoid looking down at any stage.

Last chance to turn back; but those who do might miss out on an excellent experience.

A wide-open space, with nothing between us & the other skyscrapers but the night breeze.
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Perfunctory bar snacks are available, but happy-hour drink deals are delicious here, with a glass of wine at RM15 nett, if memory serves us correctly ...

... as well as Mojitos & strawberry & lychee martinis at RM20 each, all pleasurably potent.

Heli Lounge Bar,
Menara KH, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2110-5034
Closed Sundays.

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54 comments:

  1. Helluva funky decor! =)

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    1. Ulric: incorporating actual components from old planes =)

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    2. Haha...yes...I was propeller-head n rotor-head during younger times =)

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    3. Ulric: oooh, i hope that's a good thing, ya! :D

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  2. Hi Sean, what an amazing place...and the view!!!

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    1. Linda: oh yeah, it's quite a unique hangout in this city. with a fairly impressive backdrop! :D

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  3. Crazy! This is so coooooll! An actual helipad and accessible to public :)

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    1. TNG: oh yeah, it'd be an interesting place for private functions ... except that there's the possibility of unpredictable rain, and no shelter here! :D

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  4. Great view! And seemed romantic while drizzling. :P

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    1. CK: heheh, ya, we should be able to see all our office buildings from here. not sure if it was romantic though ... it was cold and we were getting wet! :D

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  5. Pic No.1, I thought you were at HK!! Haha
    Very nice view of KL city at night.

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    1. Melissa: hahah, yeah, the helipad gave us a glimpse of different perspectives of KL's skyline, and not just the petronas towers and menara KL :D

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  6. Woah, what a place! Love how in the UK this would be a serious health and safety hazard but here in KL it's "yep, come on up to the no-walls-mo-protection heli pad". I need to go.

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: heheh, yeah, the bar operators do caution customers not to walk too close to the edge, and to stay behind a 'yellow line,' but it's definitely a bit more dangerous-looking here compared to most other rooftop bars in KL. try to go on an evening when it's not raining, so you can take a table here and admire the sunset/night view over some cocktails :D

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  7. amazing view! will want to visit with my drinking kaki for the ambience and the view. =D

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    1. Jean: heheh, 6pm-9pm, any day except Sunday. oh, but must make sure it's not raining before you come here :D

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  8. Love the view...though for strange reasons I have a nagging feeling about some bozos not following the yellow line orders:P

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    1. Missyblurkit: crossing fingers that nobody gets too drunk up here and tries anything foolish! i think it should be OK though. even at the edge, if you jump off, there's a bit of an extra structure below to keep you from falling straight down (though if you tried to, you could probably also jump off that section too) =)

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  9. Wow..very cool place... just hope that no one decides to walk over the edge, whether intentionally or in a drunken stupor :-O Scary!

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    1. Pureglutton: oh yeah, i actually have a mild fear of heights, but i had to banish that fear for a few minutes to just relax and enjoy this place. and i definitely stood at least three feet away from the edge :D

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  10. Eyewwwwwww!!!!! I've this fear for heights. Didn't use to when younger...just lately, when old already. They say something to do with the sense of balance in my ears. Sighhhhh!!!!!

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    1. Suituapui: ooh, i've had a fear of heights (and falling) ever since i was a small boy, even before my school days. i've gradually managed to reduce that fear, even though it still makes my palms sweaty sometimes if i'm looking down from a high balcony :D

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  11. Sean, you should consider having a fb or twitter share button. Just a thought.

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    1. Ivan: that's definitely a good idea, thanks, though i'm gonna have to figure out how to insert one. i'm an idiot when it comes to that kinda stuff =)

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    2. https://www.addthis.com/get/sharing#.UXC9tLXviSo
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      https://www.addthis.com/get/sharing#.UXC8T0qZ_1s

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    3. Ivan: hey, thanks for taking that extra effort to help me; it works! :D

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  12. This is a pretty cool concept!

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    1. Baby sumo: yeah, making fun use of a unique space! :D

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  13. Hi Sean, I thought that this place was for private events only, but seems it's open to public?

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    1. Sozzld: oh yeah, confirmed, the helipad/rooftop is open to regular customers, 6pm-9pm, mondays through saturdays. if you're coming after 9pm, you'll need to buy a bottle or make special arrangements with the management =)

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  14. Hello, is it a possible entry for anyone with crutches due to ankle / foot injury?

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    1. Danny: I'm afraid you'll have to call the outlet to check with them, thanks

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    1. Zac: smart casual should work fine =)

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    2. Men must wear trousers and shoes should at least have a strap on the back. No flip flops.

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  16. What are the promotions on the beers and bottles like?

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    1. Shane: am not sure, would have to check their FB page perhaps

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  17. Hey Sean,

    If I don't purchase bottle liquor, can I access to the helipad all the time?

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    1. HomeGal's Palace: as of earlier of this year, 6pm-9pm is when customers can go up without having to purchase a bottle

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  18. I would like to treat my parents...how to go about it?n do u have to walk far?my mum uses a walking aid..thank u

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    1. Nits: this might be difficult for older customers, so you definitely need to call the outlet for their advice. Good luck

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  19. Hey, Thanks for sharing the information. It is a great post indeed! I was already looking for best rooftop bar nyc and stuck to your post! Bookmarked the page!

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  20. Can i going up there without buy anything? Just want to snap a picture?

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  21. Hi, is there got any dinner set?

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  22. Can you suggest me good options for best rooftop bar nyc venues? Please suggest if you have any idea. I am very excited to find the affordable one.

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  26. I am planning to throw a cocktail party just along with my few friends but did not think yet about the place where should it be organized? Reading your blog, I also feel that “Heli Lounge Bar” may be the best option as the best roof top bar nyc for enjoying this party. What do you think?

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  28. We went there on a Sunday to celebrate mom's birthday after reading rave reviews on Yelp and Time Out KL. First of all the parking was really crappy and there were no signages, then when we got up, we walked into a really dingy bar with stacked tables etc and were told to order our drinks before going up.

    Sent mom and my friend up as my husband and I waited in line to order. While looking at the menu I realised that they dont have any sugar less options, when our turn came, I asked the bartender if something could be made sugar free and he said no. Then I asked for water and he pointed to a jug and a glass and I poured myself a drink. We ordered three drinks and my water.

    The pineapple juice for which we were charged RM25 was poured out of an F&N can into a glass of ice and not even the full can (the can is available for RM1.80-2.20). I was a bit shocked. Then while we were waiting, the waiter brought back some half filled glasses to the bar. One of the bar workers actually strained out the ice and poured the drink in another glass. I have no idea what happened to that drink after that!

    Anyways, we went up with our drinks. The place was silent with some random table and chairs placed around. It was like I was having drinks on my terrace. Anyways, we found our place and sat down and were talking when one of the servers very aggressively walked to us and slapped the menu on the table and said ,"there are four of you and you only have three drinks. The rule is you have to have 4 drinks". First I did not see the signs anywhere, then I told him that he did not have anything for me to drink and I had requested the bartender to make something for me and he said he couldn't do anything.

    The guy then just very rudely poked at my glass of water and said, "you drink water don't you, thats sugar free". By that time I was a bit pissed at his tone and attitude and I politely asked him if was going to continue to talk to me that rudely and he said "yes!".

    I got up and said ok, then we are leaving as I am not happy with the way you are talking to me and he just pointed to the stairs! Yes, I did scream at him a bit then and my friend who had recommended us to the place and had been told about the stale drinks tipped our full glasses of fruit juices over and we walked away. Drinks for which we had paid RM75 (which would have costed me RM5 at the most!)

    We were stopped by the bouncer at the entrance who tried to physically intimidate us by refusing to let us leave etc and trying to take my phone when I took it out to take a pic of them. After a heated discussion he let us go and I heard him say, don't come back! I can't confirm he said that as my Malay is not that good, but it sure sounded like that.

    I wouldn't recommend this to ANYONE. Rather I would ask people NOT to go there. Shady place, pathetic staff, below par drinks and BAD BAD customer service! I see no reason why they would walk up to us so rudely and talk to us SO rudely when we had ordered the drinks we wanted and they had nothing I could drink and when I had asked for water, I was pointed to that jug that I then poured myself water from. Even if he had come up to us politely and asked us to order, I would have,we probably would have ordered another round of drinks too,but his attitude, his aggression and his words and then showing us the way out etc.. Totally unacceptable.

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  29. Do we need to book before we go? i have planned for valentine. any idea on booking.

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  30. the food n view are ok. but the manager and the staff so rude. they should learnt how to serve customer service. the manager also want me to paid 35 to 50k because we bring a DSLR camera. i still save his text. this manager such a crap.

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  31. I enjoyed reading your work. I'll come back for more

    Keep up the good work :) from TheStillery, a stuart bar in Florida

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