Hey Foodies! Need a break from the long week you just had? Instead of going to the usual bars, here are some speakeasies for you to go and chill over a drink with your friends. This article aims to bring you the top 10 hidden bars in KL! Check it out! Be warned that the bars can be hard to find because after all.. they are meant to stay hidden.
10 Great Hidden Bars in KL
These tucked away bars are meant to be kept hidden to create an exclusive atmosphere to reminisce the prohibition era in the US. These places could give you one of the best speakeasy bars experience yet!
1. The Attic Bar
Situated near the bustling area of Petaling Street, Travel Hub Guesthouse’s bar on the third level is definitely a discreet destination for drinkers. To get to the bar, you’ll have to go through the guesthouse on the first floor to the back and climb a spiral staircase up.
The bar is decorated in DIY-style with birdcages, light fixtures, bean bags and bare-bricks. Drinks here start from RM10, where the classic cocktails are RM24. This bar also serves ‘Game of Thrones’ inspired cocktails which makes it unique! It is a perfect spot to chill over a drink.
Opening Hours: 6pm-1am (Tues-Thurs), 6pm-2am (Fri-Sat), 6pm-12am (Sun)
Address: Third Floor, No. 15, Jalan Balai Polis, City Centre, 50000, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, 50000 Kuala Lumpur
2. P&C Cocktail Bar
This hidden bar does not have a menu because they operate under the omakase concept. You’ll receive a double-columned placard with the first column listing a range of flavours and tastes and the other column listing out base liquors such as brandy, champagne, and absinthe. The bar is decorated with old-fashioned pictures of Al Capone and the Prohibition era all over the walls.
Cocktail prices here are very dependent on the ingredients you choose. However, they start at RM45++ for a standard double shot, RM60++ for a triple shot mix and RM70++ for champagne mixes. Although it’s a little more expensive than the rest, it will be worth it all once that mix hits your taste buds.
Opening Hours: 6pm-1am (Sun-Thurs), 6pm-2am (Fri-Sat)
Address: 2, Ground Floor. 24/70A, 50480 Desa Sri Hartamas Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
3. Omakase + Appreciate
This bar is the sole Malaysian entry in Asia’s Best Bars list for both 2016 and 2017. Founded by two topflight Malaysian bartenders, Karl Too and Shawn Chong, this bar is hidden in the basement of an office building behind an electrical switchboard door. The bar would only fit about two dozen people at a time as it is a small bar.
Just like the bar’s name, foodies can trust Karl & Shawn to mix up palate-pleasuring concoctions priced at prices starting from RM25 nett.
Opening Hours: 5pm-1am (Tues-Fri), 9pm-1am (Sat)
Address: Ampang Bangunan Ming Annexe, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
4. The Vault KL
This place is accessible by walking up a stairway and gaining entry through a vault door – thus, the name. Located in the busy area of Sri Hartamas, this bar serves a specially curated menu of tipples that will impress even the pickiest drinker. The bar is decorated in a medieval theme which is sure to make you feel as though you have been transported to a different country.
Foodies should try The Vault Heist (RM38) which comes with lemongrass-infused with vodka, the Smokey Negroni (RM42) which consists of London dry gin, Italian sweet vermouth, and peated Islay whiskey and the Passion Fruit Martini (RM34) when you visit!
Opening Hours: 5pm-3am (Daily)
Address: 5, Jalan Sri Hartamas 7, Taman Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Skulls would definitely be the first thing that pops into your mind when you hear this name. This bar is, in fact, decorated with copper skulls! What’s even cooler? They use a toy train to deliver their shots. Furnished with vintage cushioned seats, this bar gives you a vibe that combines both elegance and mischief. This bar is all about precision and technique.
The bartenders here perfect the classics with the use of premium and craft spirits. However, the house cocktails are inventive and complex, often consisting of ingredients such as truffle-infused vodka, seaweed agave, and cardamom milk jam. Foodies should try their Pear Pressure (RM60) – a smooth, Christmassy cocktail made with spiced pear liqueur and buttered calvados – when you pay them a visit!
Opening Hours: 6pm-1am (Tues-Thurs), 7.30pm-3am (Fri-Sat)
Address: 2M Plaza Damansara, Jalan Medan Setia 2, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
6. The Berlin KL
The Berlin is a German-inspired bar that matches the edginess of Berlin which allows patrons to feel as though they have been transported to Germany within the night. This place offers you a whole new cultural experience to drink your yummy cocktails. The bar decorates itself with Bogart film posters and graffiti and offers a neon-lit atmosphere.To gain entry, look for the little red door inside Agosto Guesthouse.
Some of the recommended cocktails include The Brandenburg (RM36) which combines Germany’s Jagermeister with triple sec, pineapple juice, fresh lemon juice & passion fruit syrup and The JFK (RM38) which relies on a base of Irish cream. It is everything German! However, the famous German sausage is not offered here as their kitchen facilities are limited.
Opening Hours: 6pm-2am (Sun, Mon, Wed), 6pm-3am (Thurs,Fri, Sat)
Address: 208, Jalan Tun H S Lee, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
7. Suzie Wong
This bar is inspired by the early 1950s Chinese aesthetics of old Lan Kwai Fong in Hong Kong. It is decorated with all things Chinese that will make you feel like you’re living in the olden days of Hong Kong. Some of Suzie Wong’s finest cocktails include the Robert Lomax (RM28) which is akin to Negroni with the added twist of Pei Pa (traditional Chinese herbal medicine) giving it a herb-like flavour and The Smoked Old Fashioned (RM 28) – a single malt whiskey, orange zest and bitters.
Suzie Wong is perhaps Kuala Lumpur’s premier and most exclusive cocktail bars and is famed for its constantly changing nightly live jazz and cabaret shows. Perfect if you’re looking to dive into a deeper Chinese vibe for the night!
Opening Hours: 4pm-3am (Mon-Fri), 6pm-3am (Sat)
Address: Wisma Lim Foo Yoong, 86, Jalan Raja Chulan, Kuala Lumpur, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
8. The Locker and Loft
Situated in Damansara Kim, this discreet place offers a mind-broadening menu of Asian-accented small plates and an emphasis on whimsical cocktails and other libations. True to its name, this place is decorated with a wall of lockers. The bar is simply sophisticated even with minimal space.
Their cocktails are mixed using a quirky mix of local ingredients and international spirits. Some of the recommended include the Bang Pow -hibiscus-infused gin & house-made rose syrup, Jacked Up – gin, jackfruit & mustard, and Mada Asghar – vodka, caramelized apple & dehydrated winter melon. The drinks here are priced at a range from RM25-RM30 per drink.
Opening Hours: 5pm-1am (Tues-Sat), 12.30pm-1am (Sun)
Address: 40A, Jalan SS 20/10, Damansara Kim, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
9. Private Room
This bar is KL’s first speakeasy bar that specializes in wine. It offers a very intimate and private setting, a far cry from the bustle of many other establishments around TTDI. Private Room’s shelves are stocked with many boutique vintages – expect more than 200 labels in the main hall, over half of which cost under RM200, ideal for people who are looking for a casual drinking night with their friends or for people with a new found interest in wine.
For hard liquor drinkers, a premium selection of hard liquor is offered and stored in a hidden chiller. Whiskies, vodka, gin, brandy, rum, tequila & other liquors are all available. Be sure to seek for help for wine pairing when you pay them a visit.
Opening Hours: 5pm-1am (Tues-Thurs, Sun), 5pm-2am (Fri-Sat)
Address: Persiaran Zaaba, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
10. Crime Cocktail Bar
This bar is one of the most well-kept hidden bars in Kuala Lumpur. Entering this bar would feel similar to entering a mob scene. You’ll catch them red-handed with KL’s most creative cocktails, conducting risky experiments and breaking the laws of mixology. Crime is famed for their blend of inventive cocktails.
Specialty cocktails would cost RM 45 each. One of the highlights of this place would be their garlic cocktail. It is a blend of duck fat-infused vodka with frothy, unmistakably garlic dynamics in a billowing vapor of sheer enchantment. This cocktail is not for everyone but it is definitely worth trying.
Opening Hours: 6.30pm-3am (daily)
Address : E-1-09 Electric Boulevard,Lot 436 TREC,Jalan Tun Razak,50400 Kuala Lumpur,, Kuala, kuala lumpur, 50400 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Bring Me To The Hidden & Speakeasy Bar in KL
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