Speciality bars have been steadily popping up all over town, dedicated to a specific type of spirit rather than including everything under the sun.
While whisky and wine have long been go-to choices for Malaysian drinkers, gin and rum are late comers, only gaining popularity a few years ago and still continuing to gain traction, sprouting new types of bars to meet the demand.
The next time you're in the mood for wine, gin or rum, checkout these 5 bars committed to the lot:
The Point (Wine)
The Point over at Medan Damansara has rebranded their top floor bar into a fully fledged wine bar. Expect a wide array of vintages and labels that put an emphasis on value-for-money. The Wine Spectator has even given the bar their blessing with an award, making it a certified wine den. Read our review here and check them out here.
Gin is the star at MAZE, with a playful take on the traditional dim sum cart taking the crown. Guests can order a "gin sum" cart that comes with an array of garnishes, vegetables and fruits with different types of tonic water for drinkers to mix and match to find their perfect pairing. Read our review here and find out more info here.
Taking over a colonial townhouse in the heart of the city and injecting some modern flair, Pahit is a genuine Malaysian gin bar. With close-to-home flavours like pineapple and basil, asamboi and lime, as well as elderflower, drinkers will be pleasantly surprised at how complex the juniper-based spirit can be. Read our review here and click here for more info.
Located at Plaza Damansara, JungleBird is a rum bar named after the iconic cocktail created at The Hilton Kuala Lumpur in 1978. The bar itself resembles a tiki-themed hut, giving off a very tropical vibe and setting guests up in the mood for a casual night of rum-filled fun and live music. Find more here.
The Rum Bar KL (The name says it all)
Recently opened at Changkat Bukit Bintang , this temple dedicated to rum boasts over 250 types of the dark caramel spirit. Drinkers can either order classic cocktails made with rum or drink it neat on the rocks to get the full experience. Learn more here.
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