We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Jazz Club in KL? - The best in Asia Pacific - A Must, for the cool and easy”
Review of No Black Tie

No Black Tie
Ranked #255 of 4,128 Restaurants in Kuala Lumpur
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Level Contributor
9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Jazz Club in KL? - The best in Asia Pacific - A Must, for the cool and easy”
Reviewed January 30, 2013

Jazz - Definition:

"A style of music, native to America, characterized by a strong but flexible rhythmic understructure with solo and ensemble improvisations on basic tunes and chord patterns and, more recently, a highly sophisticated harmonic idiom."


No Black Tie (NBT) - Definition (...one could write a book really):

The apotheosis of a cool Jazz Club located not in Manhattan, but KL, with the nice ad ons such as delicious Japanese Sushi, Tepanyaki and what have not all prepared fresh and a la minute by an expert chef and that at affordable prices, a wonderful selection of great wines and international drink mixes shaken not stirred included, a great mix of wonderful patrons, international artists from all walks of the music making spectrum that make it happen, a great team headed by founder and owner Evelyn Hii herself day in day out and last but not least the only public venue in Malaysia that sports a Fazioli Grand Piano, yes, the real McCoy one, the one that is often compared to a Ferrari adding that extra perfect tone and grand resonance. Yes, that piece of rare piano artwork has been flown in from Italy where it has been handcrafted more meticulously and with more labor of love than a today's Bentley or Rolls could ever dream of getting in production...because, a Fazioli is a tad more rare than a 2012 Bentley or Roller.....Viva Italia !

No Black Tie is a truly unique place. A place not to be missed if you are the kind of person that likes to mingle with intelligent, happy and creative folks in an environment so stylish and timeless that one at times wonders...wow I am still in KL, or are we not in Manhattan (?) Either way, time flies in there and many regulars reportedly say that one can get younger at NBT...a time machine, a music machine, a sushi pad, an island within a rather embryonic KL nightlife that can learn a lot from NBT regarding the perfection, the style and also the continuity of a great place to chill. Nice to see that even nerdy walk ins take the pleasure to dress up a little....its a classy cool club, nonchalant and not at all pretentious, just NBT, its cool with a flair of a metropolitan club that could be located anywhere one would want it to be, be that in LA, San Fran, NY, Chicago, Boston, Louisiana, Acapulco, Buenos Aires, Paris, London, Madrid, Milan, Zurich, Montreux, Malta, Berlin, Hamburg, St. Moritz, Gstaad, Monte Carlo, Cannes, Portofino, Porto Cervo, Vienna, Prague, Budapest, Kinshasa, Joburg, Capetown, Tokyo, Almaty, Shang Hai, Singapore, Moscow, Murmansk, Vladivostok or Ushaia....anywhere really but for sure the Club can be found in KL, the home of NBT, there where it belongs, where the guests think they are it is, where it belongs to be, it exists, @ NBT! My Russian business partners love the place.,...it one day might be taken over by them and renamed "Balshaya Jazz"......a suivre...


Facit:

A must !

Goofs: Be careful, If you like Champagne, order it there, great stuff. But do not let yourself be enticed by the owner to buy a bottle, and if so, insist on a discount and offer her a few glasses to co-enjoy. You will become a special friend for life...sometimes its good to do a little charity in there, why not..just do it, its fun. :-)

PS: NBT is a bit like a nice bottle of Margeaux, it gets better and better by the years....

  • Visited January 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
2 Thank P N
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

134 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    43
    55
    22
    6
    8
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Vienna, Austria
Level Contributor
129 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
“great gigs, food too expensive”
Reviewed January 16, 2013

if you are in KL go to this place for a gig, they're really great! but...have your dinner before somewhere else!!! food is ok, but too expensive for what it is!!

Visited January 2013
Helpful?
1 Thank arianna47
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great jazz bar!”
Reviewed January 1, 2013

We really liked this jazz bar though be prepared to pay 50 ringgit a person to get in to the live jazz. My only problem was that when we paid 100 rm ( for two) to get in, the staff didn't mention the band would only play for another 20 minutes. I thought that was rude of them. I would have rather come back for another entire evening of jazz for the same price. Everything is a bit pricey but it makes for a really great date place with awesome live entertainment.

Visited December 2012
Helpful?
1 Thank Homeslices
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Unappreciable big spender”
Reviewed November 12, 2012

Very poor service. Spend more than Rm450++ for 2 pax yet wanted to collect cover charge after 1 song while trying to finish our last glass of wine, pushing us to finish the wine. Not worth spending so much at such place, don't know how to capture genuine customer. Very disappointing.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
7 Thank Loveagnes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Love IT!”
Reviewed October 30, 2012

Great music and ambience, you can always get a seat here. Bartenders are very friendly and always remember you. Lovely owner.

Visited October 2012
Helpful?
Thank honcho5546
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed No Black Tie also viewed

Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan
 
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan
 
Kampung Bukit Katil, Central Melaka District
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan
 

Been to No Black Tie? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing