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With the setting sun still glimmering over The South China Sea the Sabah nightlife scene is about to burst into action as the first glimpse of neon lighting up the famous Kota Kinabalu waterfront signals the arrival of another memorable Sabah nightlife experience.
The main Sabah nightlife action is centred around the Kota Kinabalu waterfront that is renowned as the most happening area to let your hair down so get ready party until the early hours.
Can you imagine temperatures of -15c in equatorial Borneo? Well they have arrived in the appropriately named Ice Bar situated in the 1Borneo complex just outside the city centre.
Thankfully the chill zone is the only ice room as the rest of the ice bar does not require Arctic clothing as long as the air conditioning is not too efficient!
Shenanigans Irish bar at Hyatt Regency hotel has been the mainstay of Kota Kinabalu nightlife for nearly 20 years, its success is remarkable considering the increase in competition from more and more pubs opening over the years.
Next door to 'bed' is a Kota Kinabalu bar called The Cock and Bull, this is a more sedate venue with an older clientele and is in the mould of a traditional pub.
This is a rocking place that is favoured by KK's trendy in crowd, but I cannot help but think about the corny jokes about inviting young ladies to 'bed', I bet that starts off many a conversation in all the surrounding Kota Kinabalu bars!
One of the larger establishments at the waterfront is the curiously named 'bed', this is a large venue with a big bar and a live band playing nightly.
The Loft is another prominent Kota Kinabalu waterfront bar that is very popular with both locals and tourists, it has a very friendly atmosphere and an extensive drinks menu that includes their mixers which they aptly name Loftails.
The open fronted Shamrock features al-fresco seating on the boardwalk where you can chill out while enjoying the South China Sea sunset.
Go to any tourist hotspot in the world and you will find an Irish bar and Kota Kinabalu nightlife is no different with The Shamrock pub taking prominence at KK's seafront entertainment development The Waterfront.

Sabah Nightlife

Kota Kinabalu Waterfront

Ice Bar 1 Borneo

Shamrock Pub Kota Kinabalu
You would be surprised at the amount of people that have never experienced a cold northern hemisphere winter that want to try the Ice Bar just to experience in a controlled environment the sensation of such extreme temperature.
Cock and Bull Pub KK

Sabah Nightlife Scene

You can enjoy their fantastic menu at the waters edge on the boardwalk or inside you can watch the sports channels and play pool while listening to the live band.
Despite Shenanigans Irish bars' unashamed reputation for high prices the customers keep coming back to indulge in their comprehensive drinks menu, their first class service and above all else their quality live bands.