Johor Bahru is the nighttime destination for the night owls among the Singaporeans.
The city sleeps, but pockets of life remain for those seeking food, shopping and entertainment. The perks of crossing the border by car into Johor Bahru late at night are clear – the roads are quiet, the checkpoint is free from the bothersome jam, and the air is a tad cooler.
Need ideas on things to do in Johor Bahru at night? Below are 11 suggestions for you to enjoy the Johor Bahru nightlife.
1. Have supper and shisha at Banafee Village
It’s no surprise that food is top of the list. No late-night trip is complete without supper in Johor Bahru. After all, Singaporeans do love their food. The list of supper options is honestly quite overwhelming, but as a start, you can hit up Banafee Village.
The restaurant in Banafee Village is set up in a cafeteria style with different stands appearing to sell different types of food. But just have a seat and the menu will be delivered to you. Variety is king here, and you can have your pick from prawn fritters, tom yum fried rice, wanton noodles, maggi goreng, Ramly burger, satay… and the list goes on. The service may be slow at times, but the atmosphere is lively and the crowds are a testament to the popularity of this makan place.
With shisha available and the occasional live band, you could easily spend hours here.
Opening hours: 24/7
2. Release your tensions with a massage at Bangkok Spa
Along the road from Banafee Village is 23 Hair Saloon. You won’t find much about this shop online, but they do excellent haircuts for both men and women. They also provide beauty services like facials, eyebrow trim and reflexology. Whether you need a quick snip, a hair makeover or fab eyebrows, you’ll be in good hands here. Send them a message on WhatsApp to make an appointment.
Opening hours: Until 1am
5. Devour a bowl of porridge at Bubur Nasi Istimewa No. 1
Porridge is certainly not just breakfast food at this streetside stall in Taman Sentosa. In fact, it makes a supper in Johor Bahru! Picture a bowl of creamy white rice alongside little plates of sambal kang kong, spicy ikan bilis, fried peanuts, salted duck egg and other little condiments. What you get is a hearty and comforting supper that you’ll be craving for the following night.
Parking space can be difficult to find before 10pm, so you’re better off saving this spot for slightly later. Note that this eatery is closed on Mondays.
Opens until: 2am
6. Slurp down kueh teow kia at Restoran Woon
Some say that Restoran Woon has the best kueh teow kia in town. In case you’re not familiar, this dish is similar to kuay chap. It comprises flat rice noodles soaked in a savoury herbal stock, alongside pork meat and intestines. Spice it up with some garlic chilli sauce or pickled mustard. Restoran Woon also serves delectable braised duck which is savoured with an assortment of side dishes.
Parking is limited and can be a hassle, but this JB late night supper is worth the effort.
Opens until: 4am
7. Belt out songs at Loud Speaker Karaoke
Blow the roof as you belt out to your favourite songs during a karaoke session with your pals!
Loud Speaker Karaoke has two outlets in JB (one at Taman Sutera and the other at Mount Austin) with a good selection of songs in Mandarin and a handful in English. Each room is typically equipped with three microphones, allowing for a vocal trio. Prices are low, from RM22–25 per head after midnight for a duration of three hours maximum. This is inclusive of free-flow drinks!
Opens until: 3am
Address: 135, Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/2, Taman Sutera Utama, 81300 Johor Bahru (Taman Sutera outlet); 17, Jalan Austin Heights 8/3, Taman Mount Austin, 81100 Johor Bahru (Mount Austin outlet)
8. Have your bubble tea fix
If you love your bubble tea, you’ll love the fact that you can get your fix up until three in the morning. Royaltea specialises in traditional milk tea, fruit tea, and also cheese tea. (For the uninitiated who have doubts about the combination of cheese with tea, order that cup of Royal Cheese Milk Tea and give it a go.) Other recommended items on the menu include the Salt Milk Oolong Tea and the Oreo Cheese Milk Tea.
Opens until: 3am
9. Unleash the carnivore in you at Me’nate Steak Hub JB
Up for a slab of oh-so-tender steak? You’ll have to drop by Me’nate Steak Hub JB before midnight. Try the wagyu, which has been described by customers as ‘beyond delicious’. You get to choose your cut of meat (tenderloin, T-bone, ribeye, etc.) and how well you want it done. In case you’re not so much of a carnivore, there’s also a selection of pasta and seafood.
Opening Hours: Until 12am
10. Have drinks at the Geoventure
Here’s one of the essential things to do in Johor Bahru at night for car owners.
There are plenty of car wash shops operating in Johor Bahru, even in the middle of the night. Just keep an eye out for them along the side of the road, especially close to the Singapore–Johor border. Send your precious car for a wash, then top it off with a session of polishing and waxing.
Speaking of cars, if you’re a car enthusiast, do check out Jeep, the number one choice for crossover and sports utility vehicles. The versatile Cherokee, with its spacious interiors and state-of-the-art features, would make a sumptuous ride for a trip to JB. So would the Grand Cherokee, which seeps legendary luxe behind the wheels.
With this list of things to do in Johor Bahru at night, you’re covered for a fun-filled drive. Enjoy the Johor Bahru nightlife!