I’m not telling you to drink yourself into a boozy coma(but I’m also not not telling you to do it.). Take it how you will, these new bars in KL are the stuff of a true bargoers paradise. Below are listed 8 new bars as of May 2018(*Insert reason to visit every one of these bars in succession.*). Enjoy its riches and lose control. Remember: if you ain’t outta control, you ain’t in control.
1. Red Chamber @ Taman OUG
For a zag from your typical bar scene, stop by this wholly assuming bar to be whisked away to a bliss 1970’s Shanghai. The striking interior concept bar is like stepping back in time with its canopy bed frame and vintage instruments mocked up to channel the Shanghai-esque theme. Take a seat, be transported to a time when the cultural revolution was set afoot, or if you’re feeling groovy, surrender yourself to the age-old serenades of decades-past, the classics that provoked in your ancestors the sudden urge to take to the dance floor.
But if you’re here just to get your imbibe on, Red Chamber’s offerings run the gamut from the downright playful to the obnoxiously colorful – its drink names not doing any favors for the unimaginative and dull crowd(but let’s be honest, that ain’t you)
What’s In It For Me: If you’re feeling a tad bit frisky, take these for a spin: Mistress (vodka, rosemary and torched cinnamon), Sleepless Nights (with peanut butter and a double shot of espresso) & Playboy (Earl Grey tea and smoked lavender)
Address: Jalan Hujan Rahmat 3, Taman OUG, 58200 Kuala Lumpur
2. Yilo Restaurant & Bar @ Taman Sea
Acting first and foremost as a bar and moonlighting as a restaurant, Yilo is the firm embodiment of where great drinks don’t come at the expense of subpar food – it’s the best of both worlds. Doubling down on its Oriental scheme threaded seamlessly throughout – from the telltale red neon lights to its Asian-inflected menu permeated with words of Oriental descent: stir-fried, ginger, noodles, rice – Yilo aspires to orchestrate a symphony, starting first with its patent rice wine and following its crescendo, ending on a grand note with its seafood mashups.
What’s In It For Me: Their extensive food menu(really, really extensive) but we’re really here for their Chinese signature cocktail concoctions.
Address: 23, Jalan SS 23/15, Taman Sea, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Contact: 03-7803 0168
3. Mojito Man @ Jalan Tun Razak
It takes a special breed of modern being to want to explore the happenings of The Mojito Man; you know the able-bodied, normal, bipedal human being with a knack for a frill-free, fun-full kind of time. If what I’m saying escapes you, remember this one takeaway: please for the sake of FOMO(fear of missing out), do pay a visit to Mojito Man if you’re the fun-loving type. If not, kindly file yourself under the Shakespearean section(we can all agree to agree that boring is as boring does and Shakespeare stands at its helm) and call it a day.
At first glance, this urbane, refitted bar might be pegged as just another “hipsterific” bar that stumbles over its humble origins while trying too hard to be cool. But there’s a genuine sexual spirit that washes over this darkly dimmed establishment that’s really an open-arms invitation for any passerby ready to have a good time. Come for a drink, stay for five more. It’s that good.
What’s In It For Me: If the name of the bar wasn’t already a glaring indicator to the awesomeness that is Mojito Man, here’s me, in your face(sort to speak)telling you: GET THE MOJITO!
Address: A-06 Alcove, 438, Jalan Tun Razak, 50400 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: 012-355 3567
4. Fu Luck Bar @ Jalan Tun Razak
If there ever was a slight tell in the way people from KL present themselves, it’s the way in which everything is colored by excess, due in no small part to the “grab life by the horns” outlook in life(or rather by way of YOLO if we’re trying to be culturally sound).
Fu Luck plays up its cultural importance, in a world where “Netflix & Chill” and “Lit” has the social backing to pierce the cultural lexicon and is easily just as likely to be an afterthought the following year, by souping up its whole shebang, in the name of fulfilling the one quantifier homogenous to the tech-informed: Instagram-worthy pictures.
What’s In It For Me: If the pop culture of yesteryear is your thing, do come. If not, bring your grandparents and have a reason to spend some quality family time with your dear old gramps. Or just make a play at their signature Ice Kacang cocktail served in a vintage Chinese pottery.
5. Shi Er @ Mont Kiara
Weekly live performances, attractive people(really!), and curated cocktails tells the tale of a bar more than the sum of its parts; more than just a venue to squeeze in a few drinks while gawking at a (probably) better-looking passerby, this establishment strives to ante up its lifestyle-esque theme – to much success. Grind your way(asexually, of course) through the crowd that seems to grow exponentially by the minute, photobomb perfectly taken Instagram-worthy photos made up of attractive people and your lonesome self, sit back and enjoy the show. A dare for the ages: try to have a bad time. Can’t be done.
What’s In It For Me: 12 Signature cocktails, each a clever spin on the zodiac signs based on a twelve-year cycle. If that doesn’t speak to you, surely attractive people swaying to live performances will. Just don’t stare or if you’re so inclined, do it discreetly.
Address: J-G-12, No, Jalan Solaris 2, Solaris Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: 012-331 2866
6. Jack Rose @ Damansara Heights
When the counterculture of reading novels and the pop culture of satirical references meet at the perfect middle, what you get is Jack Rose. If you’re a simpleton like me, you’re most likely going to leapfrog past the obscure literary references (what am I? Some kind of book reader?) to find yourself completely enamored of its comical menu, replete with relevant in-the-know jokes worthy of satisfying the millennial in you; it won’t evoke any “lmao” or “Rofl” but a “Heh” ain’t too far off.
What’s In It For Me: Humor, scarily good food(buffalo wings, Soft Shell Crab burger)…oh and Jack Rose(Applejack, lemon and homemade grenadine – gotta try it. It is kinda…the name of the bar)
Address: Wisma E&C, B1, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: 03-2011 0682
7. W1 @ Bangsar Baru
Bars are notorious for treating food as second-class citizens while putting drinks on a golden pedestal. As if the concept of good food paired with good drinks is as alien to them as is Facebook making user data a priority. Then again, maybe its a restaurant first, bar second. And then again, who cares. Labels matter little when good London food accompanies great drinks. Can’t have one without the other. Take the written cues and surrender to all things London.
What’s In It For Me: Excellent food, excellent drinks, excellent service, excellent prices(reasonably excellent). FYI: Nookie nights(every Wednesday, 9pm – 1am) comes with complimentary ladies cocktails; Bubble & Squeak(every Sunday, 12pm – 10pm) offers assorted drinks at a decent price; Fri-nally(every Friday 10pm – 1am) has bottle specials, W1 signatures & DJs.
Address: 22, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
8. Gather By Will @ Sunway Geo
Okay so you could argue that this establishment is more grill than bar; But in a land where the Kardashians have as much, if not more, global influence than say… blockchain technology, I say your argument is rendered moot.
Sometimes a certain type of food is only as good as its strongest supporter – this being f*cking cold beer(their words, not mine) joined at the hips with Asian BBQ. Like any established pairing(popcorn and movies, burgers and fries, chicken and rice) in a long line of wannabees trying to make a name for itself, a real and considerable contender has made its debut. Whether it’ll stick, only time will tell. For now, enjoy.
What’s In It For Me: Beer & BBQ. It’s the double whammy pairing of your dreams, ay?
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