The KK Waterfront is, as you walk down from Oceanus Mall, the next stop on our Free Kota Kinabalu City Map and is arguably the heartbeat of Kota Kinabalu’s nightlife. Find it on our map grid at P9.
During the day The KK Waterfront is hot and relatively quiet, but towards later afternoon, as the heat of the day dies down, it comes to life as business open, umbrellas unfold, tourists start to flock and locals arrive for afterwork drinks.
The KK Waterfront lies in front of Warisan Square near Le Meridien Hotel and is nestled between the Filipino Market on the one side and Oceanus Mall on the other. It’s home to various restaurants, small eateries and a couple of fringe businesses, tightly clustered together with a plethora of bars and clubs.
Here’s a brief summary of businesses and tenants currently at The KK Waterfront:
Buga Korean Restaurant
Tucked away in the corner closest to Oceanus Waterfront Mall is Buga Korean Restaurant. Nicely decorated the restaurant has a bar for beers and a Korean food menu.
BED (Best Entertainment Destination)
Probably Kota Kinabalu’s biggest nightlife venue and as close as you’ll come to the western concept of a club here in KK, Best Entertainment Destination, or just BED for short, is where many a night in Kota Kinabalu ends.
A central bar serves the huge interior, which is designed to focus on the stage from where the in-house live band and DJ take turns to entertain a usually good-sized crowd, who don’t care what day of the week it is. BED stays open till well after most other places in KK have shut for the night.
A fairly new edition to the KK Waterfront lineup, Mynt Club offers a live, in-house band, DJ and alcoholic beverages.
A restaurant and bar with western food items on the menu.
The Cock & Bull
One of the mainstays of the KK Waterfront, The Cock & Bull has been around for years and have a loyal following of regulars who enjoy the variety of beverages on offer, the live bands, a pool table, big screen for sports and especially the friendly staff.
Kohinoor North Indian
A fine dining Indian restaurant, Kohinoor is a one of Kota Kinabalu’s popular north Indian food choices. A tenant of The KK Waterfront for many years, it has built up a reputation for good food and service.
Shamrock Irish Bar
One of the most popular venues on The KK Waterfront, Shamrock Irish Bar draws a regular crowd of people looking for a familiar atmosphere, quick service and a reliable venue where to watch all the big sporting events in Kota Kinabalu, from football to rugby.
A live band and DJ regularly entertains the crowd, there’s a pool table in the back and the food menu has some awesome choices too.
Aussie Bar & Grill
The Aussie Bar & Grill serves a selection of Australia-inspired cuisine and is known for being one of few places where to enjoy Aussie Rules Football in Kota Kinabalu.
If you want to get your Karoake on in The KK Waterfront, look no further than Wave Karaoke bar.
Lush occupies a corner of the second stretch of The KK Waterfront, which has a rather colourful history. Recently rebuilt after a fire gutted the previous business, Lush is a nicely decorated bar downstairs, and – when renovations are complete – will be a club and dance bar upstairs.
Another of the popular venues on The KK Waterfront, The Loft has been around for as long as the waterfront itself. After taking off for a couple of years due to fire damage, The Loft relaunched at the end of 2014 with premises that is literally and figuratively bigger and better.
Occupying 2 big levels, The Loft offers live entertainment, big screens for sports, a spacious balcony from where to enjoy Sabah’s numerous and spectacular sunsets, a pool table and casual seating from where to while away the evening or party it up, whatever mood you happen to be in.
Mai Yai Thai Orchid Restaurant
The KK Waterfront’s Thai food go-to restaurant, Mai Yai Thai is run by chefs from Thailand, which means the Thai food is as authentic as local ingredients and the absence of pork allow. All the popular Thai food choices are available from their extensive menu and the service is fast and friendly.
Toscani’s Italian Restaurant
Speaking about fast and friendly, Toscani’s Italian Restaurant specialises in that type of service, offering Italian favourites. Pizzas, pastas, meat and fish dishes and a variety of starters and desserts are all good choices. Paired with a reasonable wine selection, Toscani’s is a great dinner choice.
Beer and mixology meet at Beernest Mixo, a watering hole on The KK Waterfront run by a champion mixologist. Also famed for its wide selection of beers on tap and bottle, Beernest Mixo attracts the young and happening for a lively, entertaining environment filled with music and flaming, flying cocktails.
Gusto Italian Food & Wine
In a kiosk outside their small shop, which is part of the main block, is where Gusto’s magic is made. Small in size but not in offerings, Gusto is another delectable option for Italian food or a magnificent glass of wine on The KK Waterfront.
Welcome Seafood Restaurant
You can’t visit Kota Kinabalu without a taste of fresh seafood and it doesn’t come much fresher than Welcome Seafood Restaurant on The KK Waterfront. Visit your seafood in the the tank-bank before making your selection for a customised, KK-style seafood feast.
Other Smaller Business and Eateries
Inbetween the main and obvious businesses on The KK Waterfront, you will also find smaller businesses dotted amongst the rest including a massage area where you can get foot and leg reflexology, various smaller kiosk restaurants that sell anything from “pusas” (local snacks), to fruit shakes and local dishes. The Borneo Outpost also offers local trinkets, souvenirs and nicely labeled rice wine to take back as presents for those back home.
Find The KK Waterfront on Rustic Borneo’s Free KK City Map, which is available from our Traveller Service Centre just off Gaya Street. While you’re there, feel free to chat to us about tour, travel and accommodation options available to you in the rest of Sabah, Borneo and beyond.
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