There is something inherently exciting that the locals don’t want you to find. Somewhere a little off the beaten track, disguised as apartment blocks, pizzerias, warehouses, these hidden gems reward any intrepid (and thirsty) seeker, LIKE YOU.
Yes, it is inspired by the blockbuster movie Avatar. The bar is decorated with high luminescent, glow in the dark paint. Once you enter Na’vi bar, you will find two rooms. One with the nice live band and the other one is a surprise room, which features more than 100 dreamy ever-changing LED lights along the walkway from the entrance. Very Instagrammable venue. P.S. white dress/outfit is recommended to let yourself glow in the dark.
Address: H-1-2, Block Hutton, Plaza Arkadia No, 3, Jalan Intisari, Desa Parkcity, 52200 Kuala Lumpur.
Hours: 6 pm to 2 am daily.
RSVP: 6012 – 963 4410
2. Bar Zhen
If you like your cocktail with a twist, you should definitely visit this cozy speakeasy in Chinatown. They have an amazing selection of cocktails based on traditional Chinese medicinal herbs for you to enjoy amidst a classy yet sexy setting. The oriental theme is strong here as Old Shanghai prevalently greets you once you step through its doors. P.S. spot the bird mural in the alley of Jalan Panggung, and their entrance is just opposite the mural.
Address: 5, Jalan Balai Polis, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.
Hours: 5 pm to 2 am daily. Closed on Mondays.
RSVP: 6012 – 671 5883
IG: Bar Zhen
Housed in a pre-war shoplot (rumor has it that it used to be a brothel), PS150 is located behind the famous Petaling Street Market area, masquerading as an old school toy store. At the entrance of the shop sits a display counter showcasing a collection of old toys. As the old toys bring out the inner child in you and lure you over, you’ll discover an unsuspecting door. Exploring further behind the door will lead you to the bar. The bar’s entrance is truly more than it meets the eye. The bar is well crafted with their very own “indie” cocktails. And the menu? Don’t be surprised if you were handed a primary school workbook, it’s their menu with various illustrations of their drinks inside. Dare to venture to the past?
Address: 150, Jalan Petaling, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.
Hours: 6 pm to 1 am daily.
RSVP: 603 – 7622 8777
4. 61 Monarchy
Calling all whiskey lovers! We can’t say they are the best BUT they do have the widest selection of whiskey in PJ! The menu is crazy as you will be spoilt with choices as the menu is a kin a mini novel. Once you are seated, you will be greeted with a warm hand towel to clean up. That’s definitely a unique service to experience in a whiskey joint, don’t you think?
Address: 61, Jalan SS 21/1a, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Hours: 5 pm to 2 am daily. Closed on Sundays.
RSVP: 6017 – 680 1357
IG: 61 Monarchy
If you are looking for some RnB jam yet something a little more luxurious, Skullduggery is the place to be. Some even called it a bar that exudes personality. The venue is stylish and welcoming, thanks in part to the dim lighting that lends the venue a permanent evening feel and the little oddities that further lends the bar a playful vibe.
Address: 2M Plaza Damansara, Jalan Medan Setia 2, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.
Hours: 6 pm to 1 am (Tue-Thu), 7 pm – 3 am (Fri), 8 pm – 3 am (Sat). Closed on Sundays & Mondays.
RSVP: 6014 – 629 2044
Some sweet tips before going on bar-hopping:
(i) Always make your reservation to avoid the disappointment of being fully booked; and
(ii) Slippers are not allowed in most of the speakeasy bars. 🙂