The Apartment Restaurant & Bar
Ground floor, Western Courtyard, the Curve Shopping Centre, Mutiara Damansara (03 7727 8330/www. atheapartment.com). 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.
Blk K, Unit 2A, Level G, Phase 1, Jaya One, 72A Jalan Universiti, PJ (03 7960 2160/www.thebee.com.my). 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.facebook.com/beerhive). 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.co). 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.
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. brusselsbeercafe.com). 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. $$$
Ground floor, Subang Parade Shopping Centre, 5 Jalan SS16/1, PJ (03 5638 5508/012 697 5576/www. chillout.com.my). An almost entirely alfresco bistro/ bar with a nice atmosphere. The conceptual island bar is a fine place to initiate a night out. The bar serves free margaritas for ladies from 9pm till 11pm along with other ongoing drinks promos. Mon–Sat, 11am–1am; Sun, 5pm–1am.
Frontera Sol of Mexico
Block L, Unit 18, Level G2, Phase 1, Jaya One, 72A, Jalan Universiti, PJ (03 7958 8515/www.fronterabar.com). Frontera is probably the closest to a bona fide Mexican restaurant and bar that you can find in KL. The drink menu here is rather inventive, featuring a long list of tequila shots, an interesting variety of margaritas (the famed ‘Horny Margarita’ consisting of Sauza Hornitos tequila is moderately strong with a tinge of limey sweetness), classic cocktails and of course, the famous Mexican Sol Beers. If you are not much of a beer drinker, this is an ideal venue to unwind with an afterwork margarita in hand that won’t leave a gaping hole in your wallet. Pork-free. Sun–Thu, 11am–1am; Fri– Sat, 11am–2am.
The Geographer Adventure
IOI Boulevard, Jalan Kenari 5, Bandar Puchong Jaya, Puchong (03 8079 0605). Hailing from Malacca's Jonker Street, The Geographer Adventure is one of the few bars with an intellectual aim beyond that of serving good drinks and food. Its concept revolves around getting its patrons to nature and different cultures: consequently, the interior of The Geographer Adventure is composed of a smorgasbord of influences – from oriental wooden tables to walls adorned with pictures of animals and Victoriana mirrors.
Daily, 11am–2am. $$$
Hops & Grapes
Unit G-B, ground floor, Block 2330 Century Square, Persiaran Multimedia, Cyberjaya (03 8319 3122/www.facebook.com/pages/ 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.
Sunway Giza, Kota Damansara, PJ (03 6140 6606/012 228 0500/www.idarts. com.my). 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.
Ground floor, Empire Shopping Gallery (03 5022 2098/www.bodega.com.my). 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. $$$
22 Persian Ampang, Ampang Jaya, KL (03 4257 1668); Semantan Avenue, 10 Jalan Semantan, Damansara Heights (03 2093 0380); 29 Jalan USJ 10/1F, Subang Jaya (03 5637 3058/www.lascarretas.com). Las Carretas means ‘The Wagon’ in Spanish, so the good in-house selection of tequila doesn’t come as a surprise. While we still consider it more of a restaurant, we are happy with the good amount of drink promotions on brews like the Weihenstephan Draft or Corona. A mid-range outlet, the ambience is as unremarkable as they come. Pork-free. Child friendly. Mon–Sat, 12noon–2.30pm; 6pm–10.30pm; Sun, 5pm–10.30pm. $$$
Ground floor, Western Courtyard, the Curve, Mutiara Damansara (03 7728 1715/www.laundrybar.net). 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.
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.thelibrary.my). 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.
Malones Irish Restaurant and Bar
First floor, Western Courtyard, the Curve (03 7727 8330); Jaya One, 72A Jalan Universiti, PJ (03 7960 0825/ www.malones.my). 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. $$$
C5-1 & C6-1, Plaza Gomac, Jalan SS7/19, Kelana Jaya, PJ (03 7886 8434/www.facebook.com/mandolin.bar). This partly alfresco pub hosts live music throughout the week, belting out a mostly retro repertoire from 9pm on weekdays and 10pm on weekends. It's also open for lunch during weekdays, with Malay, Indian and Western food on the menu. Mon–Thu, 11am–2am; Fri, 11pm– 3am; Sat–Sun, 4pm–3am. $$
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/ www.movida.com). 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.facebook.com/ 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.
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. facebook.com/paparazzi.my). 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.facebook.com/ 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.
GF-B, ground floor, Intan Square, 3 Lorong Utara C, PJ (03 7931 5925/ www.facebook.com/rockafellasbarpj). 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.facebook.com/ 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.
Blk D, Unit 3, Level G, Phase 1, Jaya One, 72A Jalan Universiti, PJ (03 7954 9000/www.thescots.my). 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.
Empire Hotel Subang, Jalan SS16/1, Subang Jaya (03 5565 1228/www. empirehotel.com.my). 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.
Level 12, 13 & 13M, Sunway Hotel Resort & Spa, Persiaran Lagoon, Bandar Sunway (03 7492 3071/012 697 5576/www.soju.com.my). 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.
Lot PG-02C, ground floor, Jaya 33, Jalan Semangat, Section 13, PJ (03 7960 6737/www.vintry.com.my). 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. $$
First floor, PJ Palms Sports Centre, 1 Lorong Sultan, PJ (03 7957 3040/ www.pjpalms.com). A lively pub decked out with a beach hut theme, Waikiki sees live cover and classic rock bands playing its stage throughout the week. There’s also a Sunday-night jam session, which still draws crowds of local musicians.
19 Jalan Temenggung 3/9, Seksyen 9, Bandar Mahkota Cheras (03 9011 7178); 39 Jalan Puteri 4/1, Bandar Puteri Puchong (03 8061 3309); 74 Jalan SS2/60, PJ (03 7876 3309); Cova Square, Jalan Teknologi Kota Damansara, PJ (03 6151 2888/www. wingsmusicafe.com).. With the slogan ‘good music, great friends’, Wings has opened various outlets in and around KL. Its mission is modest – to create a friendly hang-out where people can perform acoustic sets. With mostly Chinese singers, the menu is more mixed, serving simple homemade Asian and Western dishes. They have a no-smokingindoors policy, which rounds off the wholesome appeal. Puchong & SS2: Daily, 6.30pm– 1.30am; Mahkota Cheras & Kota Damansara: Mon–Fri, 12noon– 1.30am; Sat–Sun, 6.30pm–1.30am. $$