In Kuala Lumpur, new bars open every week faster than you can say Jack Robinson. Oftentimes, this means a variety of options to choose from. But sometimes, too many choices can lead to confusion. In this event, you would want to bet your money on speakeasy bars. Usually hidden from public knowledge, a speakeasy bar is not known to those who don’t have prior knowledge of their location. Little crowd, massive alcohol-fuelled conversations — isn’t that what dreams are made of? We sniff out the best speakeasy bars in KL so you don’t have to.
Founded by bartending sensations Shawn Chong and Karl Too, Sparrow Bar takes pride in being the best cocktail bar in town. When the two are not there, look out for talents Shirmy Chan and Joel John Timis to fix your favourite cocktails for you.
15 Jalan PJU 5/13, BU 2, 41870 Petaling Jaya.
Omakase + Appreciate
Omakase + Appreciate resides in the basement of an office building. To get there, one needs to get pass a locked entrance. This bar is number 1 on our list for a reason: it is among the top 10 entries in Drinks International’s Asia’s Best Bars list.
Bangunan Ming Annexe, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.
The Locker and Loft
Located in Damansara Kim, The Locker and Loft is all about cultivating an open mind. Decorated to impress, the speakeasy bar boasts a great menu of Asian-inspired bites and whimsical cocktails.
40A, Jalan SS 20/10, Jalan Damansara, Damansara Kim, 47400 Petaling Jaya.
Fans of whisky should definitely check out 61 Monarchy. The bar is set to become Petaling Jaya’s top whisky bar. Here, you find yourself amazed with every whisky offering. Whether it’s Scotch, Irish, Canadian, or Welsh, your liquor of choice will never disappoint. Need one to suit your unique taste? Don’t hesitate to ask bar manager Chris for help.
61, Jalan SS 21/1A, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya.
Private Room is the first speakeasy bar dedicated for wine lovers, both veterans and novice. Founded by an interesting team of bankers, entrepreneurs and sommeliers, the bar takes pride in serving the best wines from Africa, Spain, France and more at affordable prices.
This silver screen-themed speakeasy nest emerged unannounced, making it a chic underground destination for night life patrons. Adding to the mystery, Blue Elephant does not have a signage, so one has to solely follow its address to figure out its location. But once its found, the bar disappoints not. Rest assured, you are in for a good time here.
15 Plaza Damansara, Medan Setia 1, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur.
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