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. $$
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