(Lot 244, Jalan Abell)
Looking for the perfect place for a night out? Utopia might be your destination of choice. There has been an entertainment outlet in this location slap bang in the middle of the golden triangle for over 20 years, but newly renamed and rebranded, Utopia is worth a fresh look. The décor is dominated by its inside/outside bar (inside on one side, outside on the other!). This way you can sit inside and watch the vibrant street life outside or sit outside and watch the fun inside. Affordable champagne on the menu makes this the perfect place for a party.
Utopia features live music almost every night of the week. Their happy house band is headed by Melvin (one of the partners), and his friends who include Emil Hamlyn (one of the finalists of Bintang RTM) playing a camp mix of commercial pop. Catch them on Wednesday (ladies night), Friday or Saturday. Thursday night sees a mixed line up – sometimes acoustic, sometimes country, sometimes Chinese – while Tuesday night is Salsa night. There is even the occasional drag act – every kind of entertainment under one roof.
(Jalan Padungan Utara)
The first destination for big band music in Kuching, Terminal One is a giant, shiny venue in a dingy part of town packed with entertainment outlets. Everything here is big and bright: 8-piece band flown in from the Philippines, chrome décor, flashing lights and pumping music. The band (L’il Eyes) are maximum wattage when it comes to entertainment.
They can play any request (though all with that vaguely 80’s lounge act air!) targeting the requester with high octane attention. The key to their success is audience interaction. In fact, L’il Eyes was brought back by popular demand after their first contract ended. The three female singers are skimpily dressed and sassy, working the crowd to within an inch of its life. And the crowd love it! The live music alternates sets with the two in-house DJs to rock the place with a hi-tempo mix of commercial favourites. So, order yourself a big bottle of whiskey and book in here for your big night out