Quick guide to JB’s trendy Austin Heights: Where to eat, play and stay

There are two other escape rooms nearby around Jalan Austin Heights 8/7 — The Escaper and Enigma Escape JB — but Banghistory has thrice the number of Google Maps reviews (over 350) as its rivals and an impressive 4.5-star review aggregate. We should note, however, that one patron complained on TripAdvisor that Banghistory’s waiver forms were all in Chinese and staff couldn’t communicate well in English.

Banghistory is open from 1.30pm to 11pm, with closing extended to midnight on Saturday and Sunday nights.

For more info, visit their website.


JB lacks Zouk-type nightclubs and this is a welcome addition for clubbers. Nyx, which originated in Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, just started operating in a standalone building next to the sports centre, near the Jalan Austin 7 extension.

For more info, visit their website.


Dining options abound, and more so if you widen your net to include Mount Austin, where there’s Bloom By MokMok and Uncle Pou Wok (famous for its KL-style black Hokkien mee), among others. Here are a few eateries to consider as you explore and likely find a hidden gem not on this list.

1. Basilico

Founded by Johor chefs who cut their teeth in Singapore kitchens, Basilico is consistently good and has a growing reputation as JB’s best Italian restaurant. Thankfully situated away from the congested heart and on the western edge of Austin Heights.

For more info, visit their website.

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