Every city should have a venue that captures a microcosm of its society, something similar to what happens at No Black Tie, Kuala Lumpur’s finest jazz club.
Kuala Lumpur has become a big name internationally: the 1998 Commonwealth Games, the Formula One Grand Prix and the Petronas Twin Towers, the world’s tallest twin towers, have made the city a destination for thousands of tourists every year. Jazz lovers and music fans, while in Malaysia, should definitely stop by No Black Tie, one of Kuala Lumpur’s buzziest nightlife spots.
For those walking into the venue for the first time, it’s almost like a sort of initiation rite into a very exclusive music fraternity that embodies the artistic soul and essence of Kuala Lumpur. NBT, as it is affectionately known by its loyal patrons, represents a sort of microcosm in which music is the sun, around which everything else rotates.
Founded in 1998 by Sarawakian born-US trained classical pianist Evelyn Hii this once humble establishment located five doors from its original home, has now become an institution in the Kuala Lumpur’s entertainment scene. During its successful career, the venue has seen performances by the region’s best and the country’s top singers, not excluding an impressive lineup of international acts. In addition, NBT has been serving as the watering hole of choices for the city’s intellectual, cultural, social and corporate élite.
Its contemporary interior is highlighted by the intricate balance of wood and glass, a pleasure for the eyes of the visitor. The performance/dining area is an intimate location for a romantic dinner, yet perfect for the variety of acts that perform on a nightly basis: from jazz, classical, blues, folk, as well as spoken word. An excellent acoustics and sound quality has made NBT one of the country’s most sough-after venue for up and coming artists, as well as big names in the national music scene.
No Black Tie’s Gastro Bar offers mainly Japanese delights, but seasonal specials are not a rarity. The Soft Shell Crab Agemaki and the Spaghetti Mentaiko are the chef’s specialities and, combined with an extensive selection of wines, make dining at NBT an experience that becomes more and more personal over time. In addition, the venue has its own record corner, selling the best of Malaysia’s musical repertoire.
Are you a person that likes catchy and impressive interior designs? NBT is your kind of place. You like to eat well and you’re a fan of Japanese menus? NBT the place for you. Are you a jazz aficionado who likes to listen to live music while having a good glass of wine? No Black Tie is your place, no doubt.
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