SkyBar vs Luna Bar (Part 1)

Posted by : foongpc | Friday, March 19, 2010 | Published in


Last year, I went to two famous roof-top bars in KL. They are SkyBar and Luna Bar.

It was my first time to these two bars so it was only natural that I would want to make a comparison between the two.

Let me start off with Luna Bar.

Located on the 34th floor of the Pacific Regency Hotel (opposite KL Tower) at Jalan Punchak, off Jalan P Ramlee in KL, Luna Bar was impressive on my very first visit.

But...and here's a very BIG but....I almost went dizzy trying to reach it! Not that it was very high up, but because going to the bar was not as simple as taking the lift to the 34th floor.

Nope. From the basement car park, I had to enter two different lifts at different location and even climbed up a series of stairs. Gosh, it was so confusing I don't think I can tell you exactly how to reach the Luna Bar!

Anyone of you have eaten at Soi 23 before? I passed by this Thai restaurant on the way up to Luna Bar!

Sitting beside the swimming pool with the view of the Twin Towers in the distance, I thought the ambience was really cool!

But that's not where I sat. Haha!

By the way, swimming in that pool is strictly prohibited. Only hotel guests can swim in it during the day.

I actually sat beside the glass window that overlooked the KL city below. Look at that reflection! Luckily it did not reflect my panda face. Haha!

Sorry no photos of the place I sat cos the photos did not turn out nice!

I ordered this alcoholic drink - I think it's called The Red Dipper or something.

I also ordered the pizza and it was quite delicious! Sorry no photo of that pizza!

In case you are wondering what the photo below is all about, well, it's just that I found these cute looking taps in the male toilet and just snapped a photo of it. No I did not snap anyone peeing - that would be illegal. Haha!

I was happily chilling out without realizing that there's another floor of this bar above me! From this angle, can you see the open roof-top on the upper floor?

I quickly climbed up the stairs to reach the open roof-top.

Anyone can tell me how to make my photos appear less grainy?

I thought the view from up here was just OK only. Although I could see the Twin Towers from here, unfortunately it was only ONE tower. As a matter of fact, due to the location of this Luna Bar, sitting or standing anywhere up here would not give you the splendid view of both the towers. What a disappointment!

It was still quite cool, nevertheless and I still highly recommend a visit here especially if you have not visited before.

For your information, Luna Bar won the coveted Best Night Spot Award in the Hospitality Asia Platinum Awards (HAPA), Regional Series 2008-2010, beating competitors from Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia.

So how did Luna Bar stack up against SkyBar? I will let you in on my thoughts about SkyBar in the next post, so stay tuned!


(71) Comments

  1. xin said...

    sky bar is so nice! haven't been there before though

    March 19, 2010 at 8:58 AM
  2. Anonymous

    I am so out-dated. Have never been to either one.

    March 19, 2010 at 9:27 AM
  3. Tekkaus said...

    Wow...famous roof-top bars in KL? I have never been to any bar. bar? Luna Bar?

    March 19, 2010 at 9:32 AM
  4. Tekkaus said... come sounds like this bars are like a place for vice? haha :D because hard to reach mah, perhaps it is a tactic to evade law enforcers?

    March 19, 2010 at 9:33 AM
  5. Tekkaus said...

    Wow...overlooking our petronas twin tower. The ambiance is surely good. :D

    March 19, 2010 at 9:34 AM
  6. Tekkaus said...

    Is the red dipper drink good? Alcoholic? Hopefully you are not drunk. :p

    Oic...they even serve pizza there?

    March 19, 2010 at 9:35 AM
  7. Tekkaus said...

    Wow...that water tap is like very special. Must be expensive huh. :p

    March 19, 2010 at 9:36 AM
  8. Tekkaus said...

    How to make your photo less grainy? you need to invest in a special lense for night scene maybe? :p Perhaps the lighting is not sufficient enough.

    March 19, 2010 at 9:37 AM
  9. Tekkaus said... even has an award? :p Perhaps I should visit there one day if I go KL.

    March 19, 2010 at 9:38 AM
  10. [SK] said...

    i only went to the SkyBar, that was also last year somewhere near Christmas..

    March 19, 2010 at 10:04 AM
  11. [SK] said...

    we wanted to go to Luna Bar at first, but then we found out there's a cover charge of more than RM50, so decided to go SkyBar instead..

    March 19, 2010 at 10:05 AM
  12. [SK] said...

    and so, since we have made the booking earlier, we are given two tables by the window.. so can see KLCC right in front of our eyes..

    March 19, 2010 at 10:06 AM
  13. [SK] said...

    that was really a stunning view.. and somemore it was quite foggy that night.. gotta see KLCC both blurly and clearly after the fog's gone.. :)

    March 19, 2010 at 10:07 AM
  14. [SK] said...

    so compared to Luna Bar, the SkyBar is indoor.. and i was a bit nervous when walking along the pool.. kind of worried that i'll fell into it @_@"

    March 19, 2010 at 10:08 AM
  15. [SK] said...

    can't really remember what drinks i ordered, but not alcoholic.. i think it's something lime soda with mint.. nice though..

    March 19, 2010 at 10:09 AM
  16. [SK] said...

    anyway, we didn't stay up late because it was weekday and we've been so tired after a whole day's work.. i think we left around 11pm..

    March 19, 2010 at 10:10 AM
  17. [SK] said...

    btw, i think there's still some rooftop bars in town.. there's a new one in sri hartamas if not mistaken.. saw the ads in cinema, haha..

    March 19, 2010 at 10:11 AM
  18. eiling lim said...

    oooh i like this post. can't wait for your review on skybar and then make the comparisons! I kinda like skybar at this moment!

    March 19, 2010 at 10:29 AM
  19. Robo said...

    WOW! This is Nice! I love the ambience! Drink beside the pool with the spectacular night view of the town! Anyway, do you know the cost of the beer? hmm...I'm a beer drinker...:)

    March 19, 2010 at 10:52 AM
  20. khengsiong said...

    Do they serve non-alcoholic drinks? I am a tee-totaler.

    How much was the pizza?

    March 19, 2010 at 11:07 AM
  21. khengsiong said...

    If you want the pictures to be less grainy, use the reduce noise function in Photoshop.

    Or, get a DSLR.

    March 19, 2010 at 11:08 AM
  22. bluedreamer27 said...

    so as of now, i can't shared my comment on who's the best bar between luna and sky bar... but i absolutely find Luna bar so great. Especially the swimming pool inside that bar.. so relaxing
    now, you make me really think that you're a son of a billionaire foongpc... haha this places look so expensive...

    Have You Ever Won a Contest Online?

    March 19, 2010 at 2:25 PM
  23. iamthewitch said...

    I have been to Skybar before but not Luna bar! Luna bar looks nice though.. but Sky Bar has much better view! :)

    March 19, 2010 at 3:06 PM
  24. Monica said...

    i've been to Luna it!!!!!

    March 19, 2010 at 3:23 PM
  25. ai wei said...

    i love the environment of luna bar but prefer the view from sky bar

    March 19, 2010 at 3:35 PM
  26. Caroline said...

    miahaha got ppl shy shy with his panda face! ;p anyway nice place eh.. gonna go visit there when am thr on may!

    March 19, 2010 at 3:47 PM
  27. keeyit said...

    I went there once only... quite nice la can see the klcc view

    March 19, 2010 at 6:46 PM
  28. wenn said...

    i hvn't been there yet! looks great!

    March 19, 2010 at 9:41 PM
  29. Beng Gee said...

    Fab place! I dream of seeing the twin tower. I wish I'll realize it soon!

    March 19, 2010 at 10:59 PM
  30. TZ said...

    I never been to Luna bar but i been to Skybar and the Trader general manager served us food and drink.. on the house... :p Later we got a tour on the whole hotel.

    I blog about this it's two years back :)

    March 19, 2010 at 11:08 PM
  31. eastcoastlife said...

    I've been to a few sky bars in SG, not my type of places to visit except on business matters. :)

    March 20, 2010 at 12:02 AM
  32. Faisal Admar said...

    omg. i like the swimming pool! jacuzzi there too?

    March 20, 2010 at 12:25 AM
  33. HappySurfer said...

    Good place to relax, these drinking holes. Haven't been to Luna Bar though. Love the view from the Sky Bar. Was told patrons can use the pool.

    March 20, 2010 at 12:58 AM
  34. HappySurfer said...

    The buffet is pretty good at their coffeehouse - on the third floor, I think - not quite sure.

    March 20, 2010 at 1:00 AM
  35. HappySurfer said...

    Love the decor - minimalist. First-time visitors to the hotel (lobby) may be stunned at how simple (and chic) the place is. If you get the chance, visit the rooms too. This is a trader's hotel afterall - nothing fanciful but still nice place.

    March 20, 2010 at 1:13 AM
  36. RoseBelle said...

    A bar so high up on a building? Gosh, can't imagine how it'd be coming down for drunkers. And a swimming pool inside a bar too? I've never heard of it like that. I don't think we have bars with swimming pools in San Francisco.

    March 20, 2010 at 1:16 AM
  37. Ken Wooi said...

    well i've never been there before.. but it looks nice.. =)

    March 20, 2010 at 1:22 AM
  38. Ayie said...

    both places seem to be nice but i have to be there and experience it to really judge

    happy weekend foong

    March 20, 2010 at 6:41 AM
  39. ladyviral said...

    I haven't been to these bars too! Was it costly?

    Less grainy picture? Try to use a Higher ISO for the night?

    March 20, 2010 at 9:08 AM
  40. lina said...

    I so outdated, never been to either place. :D

    March 20, 2010 at 9:55 AM
  41. Pete said...

    A friend of mine invited me to Luna a few times but I was busy that time, anyway I have stop drinking and night life these days. LOL!

    March 20, 2010 at 11:32 PM
  42. day-dreamer said...

    Looks very beautiful leh... :)

    March 21, 2010 at 2:02 AM
  43. FilipBlog said...

    Very special bar, would like to try it.

    March 21, 2010 at 5:27 AM
  44. foongpc said...

    xin, hope you don't mind I use your wedding pre-shoot photos for your linky love! You should go SkyBar! : )

    March 22, 2010 at 4:24 PM
  45. foongpc said...

    mei teng, oh, you should go SkyBar too for the photography : )

    March 22, 2010 at 4:25 PM
  46. foongpc said...

    tekkaus, these two bars are quite classy one, not for vices. Haha! The red dipper was good and no I was not drunk, hehe.

    Yes, the lighting is definitely not enough - that's why the photo turned out grainy. You should go to Skybar when you come to KL next time! : )

    March 22, 2010 at 7:11 PM
  47. foongpc said...

    SK, the cover charge at Luna Bar only applies to weekend after 9.30pm, I think. You must have enjoyed the stunning view of KLCC yes? Fall into the pool - surely it's not that easy right? Haha! There's a roof-top bar in Sri Hartamas? Wonder where is that!

    March 22, 2010 at 7:23 PM
  48. foongpc said...

    eiling lim, I guess you must be a regular customer at SkyBar? : )

    March 22, 2010 at 7:24 PM
  49. foongpc said...

    robo, not sure the cost of beer, but my Red Dipper costs about RM20.

    March 22, 2010 at 7:25 PM
  50. foongpc said...

    khengsiong, yes they do serve non alcoholic drinks. Don't remember the price of that pizza, sorry! But I can assure you it's not cheap! Why, I didn't know you are a tee-totaler! : )

    March 22, 2010 at 7:26 PM
  51. foongpc said...

    khengsiong, thanks for the advice! I still have not learn how to use Photoshop!

    March 22, 2010 at 7:27 PM
  52. foongpc said...

    bluedreamer27, you don't have to be a billionaire to visit this roof top bar, haha! : )

    March 22, 2010 at 11:12 PM
  53. foongpc said...

    iamthewitch, yes SkyBar has better view : )

    March 22, 2010 at 11:16 PM
  54. foongpc said...

    monica, yes it's a nice place. Have you been to SkyBar?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:18 PM
  55. foongpc said...

    ai wei, you got it so right! I totally agree! The environment in Luna Bar is better than SkyBar but SkyBar has better view : )

    March 22, 2010 at 11:19 PM
  56. foongpc said...

    caroline ng, yes you should visit Luna Bar and Skybar when you are in KL! : )

    March 22, 2010 at 11:21 PM
  57. foongpc said...

    keeyit, yeah nice place : )

    March 22, 2010 at 11:21 PM
  58. foongpc said...

    wenn, come to KL and visit these two rooftop bars! : )

    March 22, 2010 at 11:21 PM
  59. foongpc said...

    beng gee, make it a reality! Come to Malaysia and have a nice holiday! : )

    March 22, 2010 at 11:22 PM
  60. foongpc said...

    TZ, you should visit Luna Bar as well and let me know which one you prefer : )

    March 22, 2010 at 11:24 PM
  61. foongpc said...

    eastcoastlife, so you don't fancy bars? Haha! I seldom go too, but it's quite nice to go once in a while : )

    March 22, 2010 at 11:25 PM
  62. foongpc said...

    faisal admar, no jacuzzi, only swimming pool. Haha!

    March 22, 2010 at 11:26 PM
  63. foongpc said...

    happysurfer, why don't you visit Luna Bar and let me know which bar you prefer?

    Do you mean the buffet at Gobo Chit Chat Restaurant on the 5th floor? I actually ate there before but only ala-carte : )

    March 22, 2010 at 11:33 PM
  64. foongpc said...

    rose belle, so I guess these bars with swimming pool are unique to Malaysia? : )

    March 22, 2010 at 11:34 PM
  65. foongpc said...

    kenwooi, you should visit both Luna Bar and SkyBar - I'm sure you'll love them! : )

    March 22, 2010 at 11:35 PM
  66. foongpc said...

    ayie, come visit Malaysia and then you can visit these two rooftop bars and see for yourself! : )

    March 22, 2010 at 11:52 PM
  67. foongpc said...

    ladyviral, well it can be pretty expensive depends on what you order. Use higher ISO to prevent grainy pics? Thanks! : )

    March 22, 2010 at 11:53 PM
  68. foongpc said...

    lina, it's not too late to go and visit! : )

    March 22, 2010 at 11:56 PM
  69. foongpc said...

    pete, oh stopped drinking and night life? Ok, better for health actually, but no harm going for a drink and have a good night life once in a while, yes? : )

    March 22, 2010 at 11:59 PM
  70. foongpc said...

    day-dreamer, it's beautiful alrite : )

    March 22, 2010 at 11:59 PM
  71. foongpc said...

    filip demuinck, come over to KL and enjoy the roof-top bars! : )

    March 23, 2010 at 12:00 AM