The 61st Merdeka celebration is right around the corner and it is certainly a night worth celebrating. Here are 15 Merdeka-themed events to look forward to!

1. The Merdeka Show @ Merdekarya

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Plan on doing something different for the Merdeka countdown this year, rather than heading to the generic clubs, and Dataran Merdeka. Well, Merdekarya is where you’d want to be at during the eve of Merdeka. Enjoy a triple dose of “Malaysiana” as deejays The Panda Head Curry, Otam, Azmyl Yumor and Orkes Padu brings back the good ol’ nostalgic days. What else is in store that night, you may wonder? For a cover charge as low as RM25, you’d get drinks all night long for just RM10.

Date: August 30

Time: 6pm-2am

Venue: Merdekarya

Website: Merdekarya

Charges: RM25

2. Merdeka Eve Party @ Hugo’s KL

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From RM110, you’d get to thoroughly enjoy Hugo’s Food Platter and Beer Combo during an epic Merdeka eve party. You’d also get to catch Roofteology live that night, and I am pretty sure they’d make everyone get up on their feet and dance the night away. Happy Hour starts from 6pm-9pm, but you lucky ladies are in for free cocktails too. Free flow for 2 hours straight? Sounds like music to my ears!

Date: August 30

Time: 7pm-12am

Venue: Hugo’s KL

Website: Hugo’s KL

Charges: From RM110 (Hugo’s Food Platter and Beer Combo) | From RM45 (Hugo’s Happy Hour)

3. TREC Merdeka Weekend @ TREC KL

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TREC KL is known to be the hottest spot around town, even on a regular weekend. If you consider yourself as a party animal, then I certainly think this would be one of the best grounds to be at especially during the eve of Merdeka. Bar hopping never seemed any easier than being at TREC as you’d find one in every nook and corner of the area.

Date: August 30-September 2

Time: 6pm-5am

Venue: TREC KL

Website: TREC KL

4. Merdeka Countdown Party @ The Beer Factory

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What better way to celebrate a day for the independence of the nation than with lots of beer? Well, it is called The Beer Factory for a reason, right? You’d get to enjoy amazing live performances, good food and even a chance to win FREE beer, so go ahead and grab your friends and drink the night away as the countdown awaits!

Date: August 30

Time: 9pm-12am

Venue: All Beer Factory outlets

Website: The Beer Factory 

5. Merdeka 61 Countdown Party @ Arena Bar KL

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The most anticipated celebration of the year is almost here and it is definitely going to be a crazy party. Also, if you are down for some competition during the night – challenge your buddies to a beer pong competition or even a game of shuffleboard. The 61st Merdeka countdown party is certainly going to get everyone up on their feet and dancing the night away.

Date: August 30

Time: 10pm-3am

Venue: Arena Bar KL

Website: Arena Bar KL

6. Freedom 61 Merdeka Eve BBQ @ dwp Bar KL

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Located on the ground floor next to Winezulu KL, dwp Bar will be hosting a BBQ party to kick off the celebration of Merdeka eve. With DJ Mino spinning the decks from 7pm onwards, get ready to listen and dance to cool remix beats from him. Also, as the BBQ is on a first come, first serve basis – better get yourself there by 7pm to snag some scrumptious smoked meats.

Date: August 30

Time: 9pm-12am

Venue: dwp Bar

Website: dwp Bar KL 

7. Merdeka Eve Countdown @ Granite Kitchen & Lounge Bar

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Presented by T JEC Entertainment, why not count down to Merdeka at Granite Kitchen & Bar? You’d get to catch a special DJ appearance of Empress Aria, M.E.S and Nishen Raven. For only RM100, you can dance to the beats and enjoy a FREE flow of booze for TWO hours!

Date: August 30

Time: 9pm-2am

Venue: Granite Kitchen & Lounge Bar

Website: Granite Kitchen & Lounge Bar

8. Merdeka Weekend: Live Band ‘Plan D’ @ Havana KL

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Have a rockin’ good time with Plan D during the Merdeka festivities! Dance alongside your boo as the DJs jam to classic tunes that will have you swaying from left to right. Thereafter, unleash your party animal with DJ Sam & Kizka as they hit the decks with some old school, billboard and dance jukebox playlist! Plus point, there will be all-night promotions on bottles, shooters, cocktails and also beer! What more can we ask for?!

Date: August 30

Time: 8.30pm-3am

Venue: Havana KL

Website: Havana KL

9. Merdeka Madness Neon Edition Ft. Krunk @ PLAY Club

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Mark your calendars down for August 30 to party like there’s no work tomorrow (literally!). This year’s Merdeka countdown at Play Club would be alongside Krunk – who’s all the way from Aussie. He’s ready to captivate us with his signature bounce, trap and EDM beats! A night to definitely remember, plus there will be FREE Malaysia Boleh shooters (while drinks last), and FREE entry before 12.30am for everyone! Enjoy the confetti cash drop where you can exchange it for drinks and special promos 😉 What are you waiting for? Get your krunk on!

Date: August 30

Time: 11pm-3am

Venue: PLAY Club @ The Roof

Website: PLAY Club

10. Merdeka Eve Party @ Helipad KL

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Imagine counting down to the most anticipated event of the nation whilst enjoying the views of the whole city of Kuala Lumpur. Go ahead and party on a helipad as you groove to banging beats from Nu Disco and Spain’s very own DJ Nachos alongside local homeboy DJ Discfunktion, at August 30 from 9pm onwards!

Date: August 30

Time: 9pm-12am

Venue: Helipad Lounge Bar

Website: Helipad Lounge Bar

11. 61st Merdeka Countdown Party @ Nicsmann 1940s By Lewré Sky Avenue Genting

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What’s better than celebrating the eve of Merdeka at our favourite spot up high? We’re talking about Genting Highlands of course! Nicsmann 1940s By Lewré is famous for their exquisite Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese Wheel Pasta and this is one place you’d want to be spotted at as you dance the night away. A Merdeka countdown party that has no cover charge with drinks and music all night long. Just remember to bring your dancing shoes and have fun.

Date: August 30

Time: 9pm-1.30am

Venue: Nicsmann 1940s By Lewré Sky Avenue Genting

Website: Nicsmann 1940s By Lewré Sky Avenue Genting

12. Merdeka Midnight Picnic @ Nala Designs

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If you are the chill type of person who prefers hanging out under the stars, and clubs aren’t your thing – then why not go for a picnic? For something different, grab your boo and spend Merdeka eve on a picnic blanket in Nala House Bangsar’s garden. There will be vendors around who’d be selling everyone’s favourite dishes, with a classic Malay movie viewing and live music that you and your loved one would enjoy. Book your spot for RM399 – it’s an all-inclusive experience with Nala’s branded picnic blanket signed, 2 Nala pillows, a Merdeka bag, and a choice between a bottle of wine or 4 pints of beer. If you’d rather enjoy the less haram version, then you can opt for 4 fresh coconuts instead (this package is priced at RM320).

Date: August 30

Time: 7pm-1am

Venue: Nala House Bangsar

Website: Nala Designs

Charges: RM399 (alcohol version) | RM320 (fresh coconuts version)

13. Merdeka Party @ Publika

Image Credit: Publika

All because independence day should be a celebration over some good indie goodness, head on down to Publika for their Merdeka party. To kick off the 61st Merdeka of our nation, come through and get entertained by Lamh & Yakin, Heerraa, Eloise Lau, Dowandofla, Oyent, and Shaneil Devaser.

Date: August 31

Time: 4pm-8pm

Venue: Publika

Website: Publika

14. Backyard Berlin – Merdeka Party! Rooftop @ DC Mall

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A backyard rooftop party to celebrate this year’s Merdeka! Inclusive of some sunset silent disco yoga, music, food, entertainment and pop up bars – it is going to be a night to remember for sure. As the party is by invite only, don’t forget to click Going at their Facebook event page. That’s right! All you have to do is click “Going” and flash the event page at the front door on the day of the event to gain entry. Guess I’ll see you there?!

Date: August 31

Time: 5pm-1am

Venue: Rooftop DC Mall

Website: The Berlin KL 

15. Biggest 61st Merdeka Party @ Nicsmann 1940s By Lewré Sky Avenue Genting

Image Credit: Nicsmann 1940s By Lewré Sky Avenue Genting

Looking for more than just a simple countdown party hosted by Nicsmann? Well, fret not since they are prepared to take you to the next level with the biggest Merdeka party and we’re pretty sure that this is something you don’t want to miss. Held on Merdeka day itself, it’s set to be a massive celebration with no cover charge! It is going to be one swell night!

Date: August 31

Time: 9pm-1.30am

Venue: Nicsmann 1940s By Lewré Sky Avenue Genting

Website: Nicsmann 1940s By Lewré Sky Avenue Genting

Feature Image Credit: Arena Bar KL, Nala Designs, dwp Bar KL and Merdekarya.

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