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The Apart­ment Restau­rant & Bar

Ground floor, Western Court­yard, the Curve Shop­ping Cen­tre, Mu­tiara Da­mansara (03 7727 8330/www. athea­part­ The Apart­ment out­lets are re­ally lofts, which we reckon are ex­cel­lent for beer and cock­tails. Ur­ban­ites pop­u­late this joint to un­wind with the ex­ten­sive menu of al­co­holic bev­er­ages. The KLCC out­let hosts live acous­tic ses­sions by lo­cal per­form­ers. Happy Hour goes from 2pm to 5pm with prices start­ing from RM10. Pricey non-al­co­holic bev­er­ages.

Pork-free. Daily, 11am–10pm.

The Bee

Blk K, Unit 2A, Level G, Phase 1, Jaya One, 72A Jalan Univer­siti, PJ (03 7960 2160/www.the­ The Bee is not just about cof­fee, The Last Polka (Guin­ness-flavoured ice cream, any­one?), and open-mic nights; This PJ stal­wart has been cham­pi­oning lo­cal tal­ents for quite some time. The cosy out­lets also pos­sess a de­cent wine list and bot­tled beer op­tions. Mon–Thu, 9am–11pm; Fri, 9am– 12mid­night; Sat, 10am–12mid­night; Sun, 10am–10pm.


LG–58, lower ground floor, SSTwo Mall, 40 Jalan SS2/72, PJ (03 7931 2581/www.face­­hive). Some neigh­bour­hoods just have bet­ter luck than oth­ers. In SS2, not only can you eat well, now you can drink well too. This beer-fo­cused wa­ter­ing hole is good at coax­ing the booze afi­ciona­dos with its long list of draught and bot­tled beers; it is no won­der the after-work crowd has been grow­ing since its open­ing. Add on to that the ca­pa­cious seat­ing (ideal if you’re com­ing in a large group), the graf­fiti art decor and two elec­tronic dart boards and you’ve got a worth­while venue in which to sip a per­fect pint of Guin­ness. Sun–Thu, 4.30pm–2am; Fri–Sat, 4.30pm–3am.

Brotzeit Ger­man Bier Bar & Restau­rant

OB K4, Oa­sis Boule­vard, Sun­way Pyra­mid, PJ (03 5638 5516/www. Brotzeit of­fers the four ma­jor beers from Paulaner Mu­nich on tap: Weiss­bier, Weiss­bier Dunkel, Orig­i­nal Münch­ner Ur­typ and Orig­i­nal Mu­nich Lager Dunkel as well as a va­ri­ety of spe­cialty bot­tled beers un­der Paulaner such as the Hacker-Pschorr Keller­bier Anno 1417 and Hacker-Pschorr Münch­ner Gold. Brotzeit also of­fers sea­sonal draft spe­cials like the Paulaner Sal­va­tor dou­ble bock (Paulaner’s first his­toric beer) and the orig­i­nal Ok­to­ber­fest­bier in con­junc­tion with the an­nual Ok­to­ber­fest cel­e­bra­tions.

Daily, 11am–12mid­night.

Brussels Beer Café

4 & 6 Jalan 1/67B, off Jalan Mengkudu Am­pang (03 4251 2888); Se­ti­aWalk, Pu­chong (03 5885 8078); Sun­way Pyra­mid, PJ (03 5636 3800); Jaya One, PJ (03 7954 2000/www. brus­sels­beer­ Brussels Beer Café is a popular den for savvy ur­ban­ites to kick off their shoes and sim­ply have a good time. It of­fers a huge range of im­ported beers, in­clud­ing draft Hoe­gaar­den, Stella Ar­tois and Leffe fresh off the tap in gen­er­ous fivepint glasses. Beer food and au­then­tic Bel­gian cook­ing is within reach to ac­com­pany your bev­er­ages. We have only one com­plaint – the slow ser­vice. En­tirely un­der­stand­able given how busy a typ­i­cal week­end is.

Child friendly. Daily, 11am–1am. $$$

Chill Out

Ground floor, Subang Pa­rade Shop­ping Cen­tre, 5 Jalan SS16/1, PJ (03 5638 5508/012 697 5576/www. chill­ An almost en­tirely al­fresco bistro/ bar with a nice at­mos­phere. The con­cep­tual is­land bar is a fine place to ini­ti­ate a night out. The bar serves free mar­gar­i­tas for ladies from 9pm till 11pm along with other on­go­ing drinks pro­mos. Mon–Sat, 11am–1am; Sun, 5pm–1am.

Fron­tera Sol of Mex­ico

Block L, Unit 18, Level G2, Phase 1, Jaya One, 72A, Jalan Univer­siti, PJ (03 7958 8515/www.fron­ter­ Fron­tera is prob­a­bly the clos­est to a bona fide Mex­i­can restau­rant and bar that you can find in KL. The drink menu here is rather in­ven­tive, fea­tur­ing a long list of tequila shots, an in­ter­est­ing va­ri­ety of mar­gar­i­tas (the famed ‘Horny Mar­garita’ con­sist­ing of Sauza Hor­ni­tos tequila is mod­er­ately strong with a tinge of limey sweet­ness), clas­sic cock­tails and of course, the fa­mous Mex­i­can Sol Beers. If you are not much of a beer drinker, this is an ideal venue to un­wind with an af­ter­work mar­garita in hand that won’t leave a gap­ing hole in your wal­let. Pork-free. Sun–Thu, 11am–1am; Fri– Sat, 11am–2am.

The Ge­og­ra­pher Ad­ven­ture

IOI Boule­vard, Jalan Ke­nari 5, Ban­dar Pu­chong Jaya, Pu­chong (03 8079 0605). Hail­ing from Malacca's Jonker Street, The Ge­og­ra­pher Ad­ven­ture is one of the few bars with an in­tel­lec­tual aim beyond that of serv­ing good drinks and food. Its con­cept re­volves around get­ting its pa­trons to na­ture and dif­fer­ent cul­tures: con­se­quently, the in­te­rior of The Ge­og­ra­pher Ad­ven­ture is com­posed of a smor­gas­bord of in­flu­ences – from ori­en­tal wooden ta­bles to walls adorned with pic­tures of an­i­mals and Vic­to­ri­ana mir­rors.

Daily, 11am–2am. $$$

Hops & Grapes

Unit G-B, ground floor, Block 2330 Cen­tury Square, Per­siaran Mul­ti­me­dia, Cy­ber­jaya (03 8319 3122/www.face­ Hops-Grapes-The-English-PubCy­ber­jaya/160875230606415). Be­ing one of the very limited num­ber of pubs in Cy­ber­jaya, Hops & Grapes pro­vides lo­cals with the much-needed op­tion of not hav­ing to drive out of the area for their dosage of al­co­hol. The check­ered floors and chairs af­ford it a very tra­di­tional English touch – homey and com­fort­able. It’s not overly adorned nor overly min­i­mal­is­tic; it has a very ba­sic decor and a straight­for­ward menu cater­ing to both English and Asian palates. Ev­ery night of the week of­fers a dif­fer­ent theme like Maidens’ Nite with free-flow drinks for women, DJ Nite and Band Nite. Mon–Fri, 12noon–11.30pm; Sat, 7am–11.30pm.

i Darts

Sun­way Giza, Kota Da­mansara, PJ (03 6140 6606/012 228 0500/www.idarts. En­ter this pitch-dark es­tab­lish­ment and the first thing that comes to mind is a laser tag arena or ar­cade cen­tre, with the only light em­a­nat­ing from the 16 elec­tronic dart ma­chines on ei­ther side of the fu­tur­is­tic con­cept bar. RM2 gets you three darts for eight rounds in the prac­tice mode though there are plenty other game­play op­tions for more sea­soned play­ers. Drink prices are on the high side here, but drink­ing almost be­comes an af­ter­thought with the lure of a novel dart game.

Daily, 6pm–3am.

La Bodega

Ground floor, Em­pire Shop­ping Gallery (03 5022 2098/ La Bodega has been re­spon­si­ble for in­tro­duc­ing au­then­tic ta­pas cul­ture since 1999. As Malaysia’s holy saint of all things Span­ish, its warm and wel­com­ing at­mos­phere has se­duced a rather ded­i­cated and dis­cern­ing crowd of reg­u­lars, and is one of the most es­tab­lished gath­er­ing spots to meet old friends and make new ones. Pork-free. Child friendly. Telawi: Daily, 8am–10pm; BSC: Daily, 8am–1am; Pavil­ion & Em­pire: Daily, 8am–2am. $$$

Las Car­retas

22 Per­sian Am­pang, Am­pang Jaya, KL (03 4257 1668); Se­man­tan Av­enue, 10 Jalan Se­man­tan, Da­mansara Heights (03 2093 0380); 29 Jalan USJ 10/1F, Subang Jaya (03 5637 3058/www.las­car­ Las Car­retas means ‘The Wagon’ in Span­ish, so the good in-house se­lec­tion of tequila doesn’t come as a sur­prise. While we still con­sider it more of a restau­rant, we are happy with the good amount of drink pro­mo­tions on brews like the Wei­hen­stephan Draft or Corona. A mid-range out­let, the am­bi­ence is as un­re­mark­able as they come. Pork-free. Child friendly. Mon–Sat, 12noon–2.30pm; 6pm–10.30pm; Sun, 5pm–10.30pm. $$$

Laun­dry Bar

Ground floor, Western Court­yard, the Curve, Mu­tiara Da­mansara (03 7728 1715/www.laun­dry­ It is never a sur­prise to see swarms of pa­trons down­ing beers as they watch sports or sim­ply en­joy­ing the mu­sic; the place is usu­ally packed on Fri­day nights. It is clear that Laun­dry Bar has grad­u­ally gained the hearts of the res­i­dents around the area.

Daily, 3pm–1am.

The Li­brary

First Subang, SS15/4G, Subang Jaya (010 877 7237); BBT One Boule­vard, Jalan Batu Nilam 2, Ban­dar Bukit Tinggi, Klang (03 3325 1116/016 339 1778/www.the­li­ Stay put, you are not go­ing to be buried in mas­sive book shelves or face the wrath of cranky li­brar­i­ans. The Li­brary is es­sen­tially a yup­pie spot to be reck­oned with. As pleas­ant sound­ing as its name­sake, the cosy liv­ing room in­te­rior decked with ch­ester­field so­fas is the per­fect place to un­wind. There’s also an al­fresco bal­cony space with drink choices rang­ing from beers, malt and whiskies to cock­tails.

Daily, 2pm–2am.

Malones Ir­ish Restau­rant and Bar

First floor, Western Court­yard, the Curve (03 7727 8330); Jaya One, 72A Jalan Univer­siti, PJ (03 7960 0825/ Pubs claim­ing to be ‘Ir­ish’ in this city have an iffy re­la­tion­ship with any­thing even re­motely close to the Emer­ald Isle – Malones isn’t any dif­fer­ent but it plays to the cur­rent aes­thetic of the gas­tropub trend. For all its pos­tur­ing, it’s a restau­rant pos­ing as a pub, not a pub with a restau­rant. It’s a joint where pints (of Guin­ness, natch) flow freely and late into the night. the Curve: Sun–Thu, 4pm–1am; Fri– Sat, 4pm–2am; Jaya One: Mon–Thu, 11am–1am; Fri, 11am–2am; Sat, 5pm–2am; Sun, 5pm–1am. $$$


C5-1 & C6-1, Plaza Go­mac, Jalan SS7/19, Ke­lana Jaya, PJ (03 7886 8434/www.face­­ This partly al­fresco pub hosts live mu­sic through­out the week, belt­ing out a mostly retro reper­toire from 9pm on week­days and 10pm on week­ends. It's also open for lunch dur­ing week­days, with Malay, In­dian and Western food on the menu. Mon–Thu, 11am–2am; Fri, 11pm– 3am; Sat–Sun, 4pm–3am. $$


Cen­ter­stage, Jalan C180/1, Cheras Se­la­tan (03 9080 6211); Sun­way Giza, 2 Jalan PJU 5/14, Kota Da­mansara, PJ (03 6141 8022); IOI Boule­vard, Jalan Ke­nari 5, Pu­chong (03 8079 1988/ Movida at­tempts to be all things to all peo­ple, hence its tagline: ‘Kitchen, Bar, Club Lounge’. It’s a solid space – dark and womb-like; the club is well-sized and square-ish. It spills out onto the out­side pa­tio where you can have a meal be­fore con­tin­u­ing the night inside. What’s re­ally de­light­ful is the up­stairs area, with its two VIP sec­tions – red, chintzy cham­bers de­signed to hold a smat­ter­ing of se­lect in­di­vid­u­als. Cen­ter­stage: Daily, 3pm–3am; Sun­way Giza & IOI Boule­vard: Daily, 12noon–3am.

Ol’ Skool Bistro

125 Jalan Gas­ing, Bukit Gas­ing, PJ (012 206 6444/www.face­ olskool.bistro). As the name sug­gests, this pub caters to a retro-loving crowd, ham­mer­ing out hits from the ’60s to the ’90s. There’s live mu­sic ev­ery night of the week, too, usu­ally fol­lowed up by DJ sets late into the night.

Daily, 3pm–1am.

On­line Bar

32 SS20/10 Ta­man Da­mansara Kim,

PJ (03 7728 0532). This neigh­bour­hood pub has been go­ing for over twenty years and still bears the hall­marks of the '80s – but in a good way. Run by two brothers, the pub is known for its live mu­sic through­out the week, as well as its ex­cep­tion­ally good hokkien mee and wild boar curry. It’s the kind of place where you’ll feel, after a cou­ple of vis­its, that every­body knows your name.

Mon–Fri, 5pm–1am; Sat, 7pm–1am.


Lower ground floor, SSTwo Mall 40, Jalan SS2/72, PJ (019 202 0962/www. face­­ There’s noth­ing low-key about this place. The set­ting aims high and tries to pull off a glitzy, glam at­mos­phere but falls a lit­tle short. Drinks are abun­dant, but the whisky-coke com­bi­na­tion is the gist. While we ap­plaud the idea of mak­ing the club ul­tra posh, we don’t feel par­tic­u­larly like su­per­stars. Still good for the PJites who don’t want to go all the way down­town to get their club­bing fix. Mon–Fri, 4pm–1am; Sat–Sun, 4pm–3am.

Rain­for­est Bistro & Café

OB-K5, Oa­sis Boule­vard, Sun­way Pyra­mid, 3 Jalan PJS 11/15, Ban­dar Sun­way, PJ (03 7491 8842/03 7491 8845/www.face­ Rain­forestMY). Dec­o­rated with in­dige­nous art and a lush green space, this café takes its cus­tomers deep into the rain­forests of East Malaysia. The Ruai Sup­per­club af­fil­i­ated to the café is set against a beau­ti­ful wa­ter­fall land­scape. Live band per­for­mances start at 10pm nightly. Ex­pect to see tourists, ex­pats and work­ing pro­fes­sion­als.

Pork-free. Daily, 5pm–2am.

Rock­afel­las Bar

GF-B, ground floor, In­tan Square, 3 Lorong Utara C, PJ (03 7931 5925/ www.face­­afel­las­barpj). Mu­sic is the main at­trac­tion here and the live bands are what pull the pun­ters in. Rock­afel­las’ other plus point is its lo­ca­tion. It’s a satel­lite bar – if there is such a term – where the Da­mansara and PJ folks flock to ease the week­day blues. Just a stone's throw away from Ho­tel Ar­mada, it’s an unpretentious mod­ern-day sa­loon, where the beers are cold and the mu­sic is ex­cel­lent. Just don’t you be try­ing to or­der a fancy cock­tail now. Sun–Thu, 6pm–1am; Fri–Sat, 6pm–2am.

NEW The Roof

Sky Level, 1 First Av­enue, 1 First Av­enue, Ban­dar Utama, PJ (Stratosphere, 012 691 0628/Malt & Leaf, 017 908 5766/ Score, 012 691 0628/Sig­na­ture, 016 229 1505/ Play, 013 270 3111/www.face­ TheRoofMalaysia). The Roof is one of the most ex­cit­ing open­ings this year. This nightlife hub in PJ houses five out­lets all un­der ‘the roof’. It’s also the only one of its kind in town. The best part is def­i­nitely Stratosphere – the first and only bar on top of a grassed he­li­pad in Asia. Need­less to say, the views are spec­tac­u­lar. Mov­ing on, there’s Sig­na­ture, a gas­tro-lounge where you’ll find out­stand­ing cock­tails and fu­sion cui­sine. It’s a ca­sual hang-out for so­cial gath­er­ings. For those who want to dance, you can do it at Play, a de­signer su­per club with the­matic de­sign, stag­ing, audio and visual. Famed rap­per Lil Jon re­cently had a gig here. Sports en­thu­si­asts can head to Score to catch live tele­casts of ma­jor sport­ing events while chug­ging a pint. Styled like a gen­tle­men’s club, Malt & Leaf is for the cigar lovers and whisky en­thu­si­asts, and from the in­te­rior you can tell it’s a lit­tle more ex­clu­sive here. So far, The Roof looks re­ally promis­ing; it is cer­tainly a des­ti­na­tion you’ll be plan­ning your so­cial cal­en­dar around. Malt & Leaf, Score, Daily, 5pm–2am; Stratosphere Wed–Sat, 6.30pm–2am; Sig­na­ture, Daily, 12noon–2am; Play, Wed–Sat, 10pm–3am.

The Scot’s

Blk D, Unit 3, Level G, Phase 1, Jaya One, 72A Jalan Univer­siti, PJ (03 7954 9000/www.thes­ The Scot’s is one of the more laid­back and classy drink­ing holes in Jaya One, which caters to an up-scale and grownup crowd. The in­te­rior is all-round cosy and warm with dark wooden floors, de­signer lights, leather lounge chairs, floor-to-ceil­ing dis­plays of whisky and wine. Aside from the main lounge, there are two VIP rooms, dubbed The Dal­more and The Bal­ve­nie. There is also a live jazz band per­form­ing here ev­ery night.

Mon–Sat, 4pm–2am.

Shout Lounge

Em­pire Ho­tel Subang, Jalan SS16/1, Subang Jaya (03 5565 1228/www. em­pire­ho­ Let your hair down, as­sume a cool at­ti­tude and come dressed to im­press. See and be seen at the bar where you can se­lect from their high-oc­tane li­ba­tions whilst se­lect­ing your tar­get.

Daily, 12noon–12mid­night.

Soju Sun­way

Level 12, 13 & 13M, Sun­way Ho­tel Re­sort & Spa, Per­siaran La­goon, Ban­dar Sun­way (03 7492 3071/012 697 5576/ Like its sis­ter out­lets in Pe­nang and KL, this club is known for its live mu­sic en­ter­tain­m­tent. Here, live bands, per­form­ers and dancers share the stage and per­form Top 40 hits and clas­sic sin­ga­long songs. And then DJs take over the decks later at night to heat up the dance floor.

Daily, 5pm–3am.


Lot PG-02C, ground floor, Jaya 33, Jalan Se­man­gat, Sec­tion 13, PJ (03 7960 6737/­ Now with sev­eral out­lets in and around KL, the ap­peal of Vin­try lies in its mod­est ap­proach: this place sells fine wines at rea­son­able prices. With rus­tic, bare brick decor, each out­let has its own cosy charm. It also serves up some mouth-wa­ter­ing pork dishes, such as the sub­lime caramelised roasted pork and the deep-fried pork strips. Child friendly. Jaya 33: Mon–Sat, 3pm–12mid­night. $$


First floor, PJ Palms Sports Cen­tre, 1 Lorong Sul­tan, PJ (03 7957 3040/ www.pj­ A lively pub decked out with a beach hut theme, Waikiki sees live cover and clas­sic rock bands play­ing its stage through­out the week. There’s also a Sun­day-night jam ses­sion, which still draws crowds of lo­cal mu­si­cians.

Daily, 6pm–2am.

Wings Musicafe

19 Jalan Te­meng­gung 3/9, Seksyen 9, Ban­dar Mahkota Cheras (03 9011 7178); 39 Jalan Pu­teri 4/1, Ban­dar Pu­teri Pu­chong (03 8061 3309); 74 Jalan SS2/60, PJ (03 7876 3309); Cova Square, Jalan Te­knologi Kota Da­mansara, PJ (03 6151 2888/www. wingsmu­si­ With the slo­gan ‘good mu­sic, great friends’, Wings has opened var­i­ous out­lets in and around KL. Its mis­sion is mod­est – to cre­ate a friendly hang-out where peo­ple can per­form acous­tic sets. With mostly Chi­nese singers, the menu is more mixed, serv­ing sim­ple home­made Asian and Western dishes. They have a no-smokingin­doors pol­icy, which rounds off the whole­some ap­peal. Pu­chong & SS2: Daily, 6.30pm– 1.30am; Mahkota Cheras & Kota Da­mansara: Mon–Fri, 12noon– 1.30am; Sat–Sun, 6.30pm–1.30am. $$


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