7 Bars For Hangouts & Drinks In Johor Bahru

Image credit: Shang Bar & Restaurant & Tipsy Monkey

Johor Bahru is not only known as the city that connects Malaysia and Singapore. In fact, it has blossomed into a tourist destination that both Malaysians and Singaporeans love to visit. There has also been a steady growth of interesting eateries and hip cafes in Johor Bahru. Of course, we must mention the nightlife in Johor Bahru as well!

Here are 7 bars to head to in Johor Bahru depending on your mood – whether it’s for a chill hangout or a night of fun and party – there’s something for everyone.

1. Shang Bar & Restaurant

A truly hidden bar (although the door is actually in plain sight), I am not going to spoil the surprise by letting you know how to find the entrance. All I can say is that Shang Bar & Restaurant is located at Eco Palladium. 😏 Reviews of the bar slash restaurant have been positive with many customers complimenting the ambience and the food. Sounds like it would make for a wonderful place to celebrate special occasions too!

Address: Blok B, #01-19, Jalan Ekoflora 7, Taman Ekoflora, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor

Image credit: Shang Bar & Restaurant 尚吧 Facebook

2. Haiiro Usagi

Another hidden bar tucked away along Jalan Maju and can only be identified by the sign that reads “75A” above a plain metal door, please take note that Haiiro Usagi accessible via reservations only. Did you know their name means “grey rabbit” in Japanese? With its neon aesthetics splashed against the grey walls and with hints of Chinese and Japanese components, Haiiro Usagi captures the atmosphere of the “prohibited” room of the Forbidden City. But most importantly, head over for a taste of their creative concoctions and handcrafted drinks.

Address: 75a, Jalan Maju, Taman Maju Jaya, 80400 Johor Bahru

Image credit: Haiiro Usagi Facebook

3. Skybar, Bar & Restaurant

Just 15 minutes away from the Malaysia-Singapore Second Link, the SkyBar, Bar & Restaurant is the ideal spot for a weekend getaway. Plus, there is always something fanciful and romantic about chilling on a rooftop bar. You can find it on the fourth floor of JEN Johor Puteri Harbour by Shangri-La. With a spectacular view of Puteri Harbour as the sun sets across the water, you can anticipate an upscale yet tranquil dining experience.

Address: JEN Johor Puteri Harbour by Shangri-La, Persiaran Puteri Selatan, Puteri Harbour, 79000 Nusajaya, Johor

4. Tipsy Monkey

For a more down to earth and casual vibe, make your way to Tipsy Monkey at Shining Sutera Mall. With good food, good drinks, and a relaxing atmosphere, this is one of those places you can hang out with your friends while enjoying the live music. They have also recently launched a semi private living hall concept space if you are looking for some privacy during your gatherings or celebrations.

Address: 20, Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/3, Taman Sutera Utama, 81300 Skudai, Johor

Image credit: Tipsy Monkey Facebook

5. Whisky House Johor Bahru

With more than 300 whiskey and drink options, the Whisky House in JB lives up to its name. Additionally, it is the first whiskey ambassador bar in Asia Pacific, demonstrating how seriously they take their booze. But they are skilled at more than just whiskey. You won’t have to drink on an empty stomach because there is also a delicious food menu with plenty of options such as lamb rack and pasta dishes for you to choose from.

Address: 5, Jalan Molek 1/27, Taman Molek, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor

Image credit: Whisky House Johor Bahru Facebook

6. Sky 26

Yes, more rooftop bars! This time at an even higher floor. 😍 Sky 26 is a premier entertainment and social centre that is located on the 26th floor of Holiday Villa and overlooks Johor Bahru’s city skyline. Not only that, but there will also be live band performances every night from Wednesday to Saturday. Take a break and drop by for a mid-week drink! Admittedly, beverages here will be more expensive than at other pubs on the ground floor, but the view will be worth it.

Address: Holiday Villa, Jalan Dato Sulaiman, Taman Abad, 80250 Johor Bahru, Johor

Image credit: SKY 26, Holiday Villa Johor Bahru Facebook

7. The Light II Concept Bar

For the partygoers, The Light II Concept Bar is where you should be on a Friday or Saturday night. Located in Austin Heights, this is the first branch from the already famous The Light Concept Bar in KL Puchong. The entire bar uses a lot of silver, neon beams, street graffiti, concrete, machinery, tunnels, and other elements to create a futuristic vibe as if you are in a different dimension! If you are there earlier in the night, there will be Mandopop live band performances. As it gets later, the music turns to club songs so that the partying can start. 💃

Address: 48,50, 52, Jln Austin Heights 8/2, Taman Mount Austin, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor

Image credit: The Light Concept Bar Facebook

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