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Time Out Malaysia Eating and Drinking Guide - - DRINKING -

25 Jalan SS15/4B, Subang Jaya (012 284 1306/www. face­book.com/jib­rilss15). See­ing as the speakeasy con­cept was born as a means of se­cretly serv­ing al­co­hol, this new es­tab­lish­ment in SS15 is in­ter­est­ingly ironic. The only mock­tail bar on this list, or in KL for that mat­ter, Jib­ril is bravely ex­plor­ing new wa­ters. Mock­tails take cen­tre stage at this halal es­tab­lish­ment hid­den be­hind the Sangkaya ice cream par­lour. ‘A speakeasy usu­ally needs some type of col­lab­o­ra­tion with its sur­round­ing venues to seam­lessly blend in,’ pointed out co-founder Im­ran Sheik. Jib­ril’s black and white dé­cor, Vic­to­rian aes­thet­ics and fun, up­beat mu­sic make us feel like we’re in the swing­ing six­ties. Good to know: Jib­ril does away with some strict rules en­forced by other speakeasies. For ex­am­ple, cus­tomers wear­ing slip­pers and shorts aren’t snubbed at the door, and the fam­ily-friendly venue wel­comes kids. Halal. Child-friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Mon-Thu & Sat-Sun, 12noon-12mid­night; Fri, 2.30pm-12mid­night. $$

Hyde

53M Da­mansara Up­town, PJ (03 7733 2303/www. face­book.com/HYDE53M). Find­ing this speakeasy in­volves a bit of hide-and­seek, but here’s a handy clue: walk up a flight of stairs and push the heavy black door side­ways. Once in­side, we won’t blame you for imag­in­ing you’re on the movie set of ‘The Great Gatsby’. Decked out with a mar­ble-topped bar and comfy cush­ioned seats, Hyde is the epit­ome of ca­sual chic. It’s stylish, but not overly so; coowner An­drew wants his cus­tomers to feel like they can be them­selves. Hyde’s menu lists over 100 drinks, in­clud­ing a fine se­lec­tion of sin­gle malts, wine and cham­pagne. The bar­tenders do a fine job serv­ing nearper­fect ren­di­tions of clas­sic cock­tails, in­clud­ing the Old Fash­ioned. Served with an ice ball and de­hy­drated or­ange, the bour­bon-based cock­tail is one of the smoothest in town. Hyde switches up its House Cock­tails regularly, which is a good thing for those who fancy new flavours. The speakeasy isn’t too crowded at the mo­ment, which makes it a great spot for catch­ing up with chums. Did we men­tion they also have a se­cret room? It ac­com­mo­dates eight to ten peo­ple and af­fords your party some pri­vacy. Credit cards ac­cepted. TueSun, 5pm-2am.

Whisky Tango Fox­trot

Sec­ond floor, 128b Jalan Kasah, Da­mansara Heights, Bukit Da­mansara, KL (03 2011 2056/www. whisky­tan­go­fox­trot.my). Tucked above Medan Da­mansara’s row of stel­lar restau­rants is the ex­clu­sive whisky and cigar lounge, WTF. Ex­ud­ing warmth and mas­culin­ity, this clan­des­tine bar is a safe haven to nurse a glass of whisky and en­joy pri­vate com­pany. Be warned: no cig­a­rettes are al­lowed as this es­tab­lish­ment cham­pi­ons cigar-smok­ing. Mem­ber­ship lev­els de­pend on the depth of your pock­ets. Credit cards ac­cepted. MonFri, 3pm-12mid­night; Sat, 6pm-2am.

Omakase + Ap­pre­ci­ate

Lower ground floor, Ban­gu­nan Ming An­nexe, 9 Jalan Am­pang, KL (03 2022 2238/www.face­book.com/ OmakaseAp­pre­ci­ate). Hid­den be­hind a door with a ‘No En­try’ sign in five lan­guages, Omakase + Ap­pre­ci­ate’s dis­creet lo­ca­tion truly makes you feel like an in­sider. Once you’ve got­ten over any ini­tial un­cer­tainty of whether this is the right place, go in and you’ll be re­warded with ex­cit­ing cock­tails pre­pared by award-win­ning mixol­o­gists Shawn Cheong and Karl Too. True to its name, the in­ti­mate bar prac­tises the omakase con­cept so you can leave it to the tal­ented duo to de­cide on a drink for you. This is the place to seek out if you and your posse are in the mood for a night of ad­ven­ture. Credit cards ac­cepted. TueFri, 5pm-1am; Sat, 9pm-1am.

Eat­ing & Drink­ing 2015/2016

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