First-timers at MAZE may feel like they’ve stepped into a Hollywood set that has all the stereotypical elements of a pre-communist era Russian-European tea-room: long red drapes, suede sofas and chairs, chandeliers, ornate teapots and glass tables all work together to create a surreal environment. If you’re in any doubt that you’ve stepped into a gin parlour, one look at the bar and its ever- expanding gin list will put you at ease: there are over 200 labels of imported craft gins that include hard-to-come-by labels like Buss 509, Hernö, Ki No Bi Kyoto Dry Gin, Ableforth’s Bathtub Gin and St George’s. With so many labels at his disposal, the in-house mixologist is able to whip up several unique specialty gin-based cocktails such as The Reviver, the Love Potion and red and white gin-based sangrias.
What sets this joint apart from the other gin bars is its ‘gin-sum’ cart (RM38): a push cart loaded with more than a dozen garnishes including lychee, watermelon and blackberry that you can add to your G&T.
First floor, Menara Lien Ho, 8 Persiaran Tropicana, Tropicana Golf and Country Club, PJ (010 311 1888/fb.com/MazeMalaysia). Mon-Thu & Sun, 10-1am; Fri, 10am-2am; Sat, 11am-2am.