Walking into No Black Tie for the first time is almost like an initiation rite into a very exclusive fraternity that embodies the artistic soul and essence of Kuala Lumpur. Every city should have a venue that captures a microcosm of its society like Malaysia’s capital does.
Founded in 1998 by Sarawakian born, US trained classical pianist Evelyn Hii, NBT, as it’s affectionately known by its patrons, started out as a humble establishment. Today, No Black Tie has become an institution in Kuala Lumpur and it’s one of Asia’s jazz success stories.
Over the years, its stage has seen Malaysia’s top singers and instrumentalists, the region’s best artists and an impressive international lineup, making NBT one of Kuala Lumpur’s premier choices for the city’s intellectual, cultural, social and corporate élite.
Kuala Lumpur’s Music Hub
Presenting live music 6 days a week, from Monday to Saturday, No Black Tie is undoubtedly one of the country’s most active music venues. To musicians, the club assures top-notch acoustics and the opportunity to perform in front of enthusiastic crowds of jazz aficionados.
To guests, NBT provides a cozy and sleek contemporary interior highlighted by the intricate balance of wood and glass. The dining area is intimate enough for a romantic dinner, excellent for a drink in good company and it’s perfect to enjoy the music acts presented by NBT on a nightly basis.
Local up and coming artists, national established jazzmen and women, as well as prominent members of the international jazz scene. And the venue is not only about jazz. In fact, on given nights, you can find the best Brazilian funk acts in town, blues and the occasional dose of Chopin, but also poetry and word acts.
Because of its hard work and its reputation as Kuala Lumpur’s hottest music hub and as one of Asia’s most respected jazz venues, No Black Tie has been included in TIME’s list of 10 things to do in Kuala Lumpur and it’s also has been featured in the popular TimeOut Kuala Lumpur.
During the year, Malaysia hosts special jazz celebrations such as the Kuala Lumpur International Jazz & Arts Festival and Borneo Jazz Festival. However, if you want to make sure to get the grooviest performers in town, be it jazz musicians, bluesmen, funk masters or classical music virtuosos, No Black Tie and its all year round-schedule should be your first choice.
Top-Class Jazz, Top-Class Cuisine
True, NBT is indeed Kuala Lumpur’s premier jazz club and leading cultural maven that presents top-class live music 6 nights a week in a cozy and laid-back atmosphere. It’s the city most sough-after venue for up and coming as well as established musicians, both locals and internationals, and it’s an excellent choice for celebrations like birthdays, weddings and private events.
However, in addition to all this, the venue run by Evelyn Hii and her staff is also a top-class Gastro-Bar.
No Black Tie is the premier choice for both Kuala Lumpur’s most sophisticated live music enthusiasts and good-cuisine lovers. The venue’s spacing makes sure that guests can sit back and relax with a cold drink while having a chat with friends along with the music played on the night.
If you are into Japanese food, you’ll be glad to hear that NBT’s Gastro-Bar serves a wide selection of tasty morsels of Japanese culinary delights, as well as seasonal specials. Delicious treats such as the Soft Shell Crab Agemaki and Spaghetti Mentaiko – both chef’s specialities – combined with an extensive list of wines from all over the world, make dining at No Black Tie a great experience of its own.
Whenever you stop by No Black Tie you will have a wonderful time. Whether it’s for a drink and bite to eat with friends, a delightful, romantic dinner for two or to catch one of the eclectic music acts that perform at the club six nights a week…Once you walk in, you will keep coming back over and over again.
17 Jalan Mesui, Kuala Lumpur