Setting the bar for love
By Theresa Burhan
Picking the perfect bar for date nights can be daunting, whether it’s for a casual date, soon-to-be flame or fiancé. With the right ambiance, libations and of course, the perfect company, you’ll be on your way to an amazing night out. The good news? KL is never in short supply of bars for dates. From swanky cocktail bars to cozy watering holes, we have set the mood for fancy, adventurous and chill out dates:
Good first dates should be like sneak peeks: exhilarating, butterflies in the stomach and leaving both of you (hopefully) wanting more. Impress your date with a rooftop view, stunning interior or conversation-starting cocktails at these romantic bars.
Bar Trigona (pictured above)
Located in one of the world’s leading luxury hotel brand that delivers nothing short of excellence, Bar Trigona is just as impeccable for a most lavish possible night out. Head bartender Ashish Sharma pays homage to local ingredients, such as local honey (its namesake pays tribute to a local stingless bee) which makes for an outstanding cocktail menu. Beautifully curated cocktails, dazzling interior and plenty of luxuriously plush seats definitely set the tone for great getting-to-know-you dates through in-depth conversations.
Address: Level 6, Four Seasons Place, 145 Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Telephone No.: +603 2382 8888
Operation Time: Sun – Weds: 6pm – 1am; Thurs – Sat: 6pm – 2am
[Photo: Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur]
Next on our list is Cielo, which boasts a handsome view of KL’s city skyline from its 23rd floor rooftop location in Vida Bukit Ceylon. With the city’s unpredictable weather, Cielo’s retractable roof definitely comes in handy. Cozy and intimate, yet classy chic makes Cielo the ideal setting for a dreamy romantic night out. Loved for its seafood, the restaurant is equally famous for its dessert. Make sure you have room for that.
Address: 23-01, 1D, Vida Bukit Ceylon, Jalan Ceylon, 50200 Kuala Lumpur Wilayah Persekutuan
Telephone No.: +603 2022 1798
Operation Time: Mon: Closed; Tue-Sat: 6pm – 2.00am; Sun: 6pm – 1am
[Photo: Cielo KL]
High above on the 33rd floor with a breathtakingly stunning panoramic view of the city, paired with fabulous signature cocktails, SkyBar definitely sets the benchmark for rooftop bars in KL. Be sure to sit by the pillow filled cabana window seats overlooking Kuala Lumpur’s iconic Twin Towers (fully visible) which makes the perfect setting for small talk.
Address: Traders Hotel, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Stall 7, Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur
Telephone No.: +603 2332 9888
Operation Time: Mon - Thurs & Sun: 10am - 1am; Fri, Sat & eve of Public Holidays: 10am - 3am
Located on the top floor of WOLO Hotel with its handsome architecture and excellent location, stepping into Mr. Chew’s feels like you are being transported to a sophisticated penthouse of an elusive billionaire in New York. Probably one of the most sophisticated places to dine in, this place has all the makings of a date spot, whether it is a first or a special occasion. There are several options to progress the date throughout the night: dining area, main bar, an equally charming hidden bar upstairs, and a dedicated dessert bar that offers a 6-course degustation menu with alcohol pairing for a sweet ending.
Address: The Penthouse, WOLO Bukit Bintang, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Telephone No.: +603 4065 0168
Operation Time: Mon - Sun: Lunch at 11.30am - 2.30pm, Dinner at 6pm - 10.30pm; Bar at 5pm - 1am
[Photo: Mr Chew’s Chino Latino Bar]
Planning an adventurous date filled with spontaneity and surprises? From drinks from the afterlife to being blind for a night, here are some of the most unpredictable and quirky restaurant/bars in town. All of them have one thing in common - unique experiences that you won't find anywhere else.
How does it feel to be truly blind and let only your other senses guide you? Definitely a unique experience, Dining in the Dark offers a date night where you not only discover more of each other but also yourself. Literally, in the dark of what you are about to eat, you will be guided by visually impaired servers. More than just a dinner date, embark on an intimate sensory journey that you and your date will never forget. One more thing, no phones are allowed throughout the experience. This calls for no distraction and uninterrupted conversations!
Address: 50A, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur
Telephone No.: +603 2110 0431
Operation Time: Mon – Sun: 6pm – 9.30pm
[Photo: Dining in the Dark KL]
One of the first speakeasy bars that paved the way for KL’s burgeoning cocktail scene, every visit to Omakase + Appreciate is always an adventure. Cocktails are specially crafted to your desire, à la Japanese omakase style. In a Japanese restaurant, omakase means “I’ll entrust my meal to the chef” Definitely a conversation starter as both will get to know each other’s favourite (and least favourite) drink profiles. Led by 2 industry veterans, Shawn Chong and Karl Too, much thought and attention to detail have been devoted to its menu. You will definitely be in good hands.
Address: Bangunan Ming Annexe, 9, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, 50100 Kuala Lumpur
Telephone No.: +603 2022 2238
Operation Time: Tue-Fri: 5pm – 1am; Sat: 9pm – 1am; Sun & Mon: Closed
Decidedly not for the faint-hearted, a trip to The Deceased guarantees a thrilling adventure. The dingy blood stained stairwell followed by eerie wailing sounds leading to the bar, dusty traditional Chinese drugstore set up, you might notice severed body parts too. Drawing references from Chinese folklore to Western pop culture, every cocktail has a story to tell. Sip your night through The Ouija or The Medium and finish with Tea of Oblivion to forget the unpleasant moments of the date. Be warned, there might be an invisible third wheeler throughout your spooky date night.
Address: 55, Jalan Sultan, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur
Telephone No.: +603 2715 7492
Operation Time: Mon: 6.30pm-2am; Tue: Closed; Wed – Sun: 6.30pm-2am
Sometimes, all we want is to kick back and relax with a well-executed Negroni served over a perfectly cut clear cube of ice. These cosy watering holes are perfect for casual dates to your 150th date. Not to mention, at reasonable prices too!
Inspired by having a laid back place where you can feel the tropical breeze and have tantalizing Afro-Caribbean food paired with tequila, the stellar team behind Joloko has created a chilled hangout where you can really let your hair down. Together with its vibrant colourful interior, well-crafted cocktail menu, extensive choice of Mezcal (with well over 40 varieties behind the bar) and cozy corners for lovers’ tryst, this place attracts many young couples.
Address: 43, Jalan Kamunting, Chow Kit, 50300 Kuala Lumpur
Telephone No.: +603 2694 1100
Operation Time: Mon: Closed; Tue – Fri: 5pm – 1am; Sat - Sun: 5pm – 2am
[Photo: Joloko Bar and Restaurant]
Three traits that land Coley on this list are the cleverly executed cocktails ranging from Old Fashioned to ones inspired with local ingredients, relaxed interior with lush greens, and friendly service. It’s hard to think of a better setting for a laid back date night than this: pull up a wooden chair, order a Gin and Coconut koktel while snacking on crispy stuff (lightly fried varieties from nori, red cabbage to fish maw).
Address: 6-G, Jalan Abdullah off Jalan Bangsar, 59000 Bangsar
Telephone No.: +6019 270 9179
Operation Time: Mon – Sat: 5pm – 1am; Sun: Closed
[Photo: Coley Cocktail Bar]
Be transported back to the 1960s, feel at home and instantly fall head over heels with each other, with the help of Mrs. Jones’s mysterious love potion, Heart of Mary. Retro, charming with a sense of nostalgia, the city’s newest specialist gin bar certainly makes you want more (of each other). Just make sure not to order Babbling Beverage as it may cause you to babble uncontrollably.
Address: 617a, Jalan 17/10, Seksyen 17, 46400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Telephone No.: +6011 1100 0621
Operation Time: Mon-Thurs: 5pm-1am; Fri-Sat: 5pm-2am
[Photo: Mrs. Jones’s Parlour]
Stepping into JungleBird or fondly named as “Rumah Rum”, you will immediately feel at ease. Cozy up with your date on the sofa with leafy-printed pillows with the bar’s signature namesake Jungle Bird, the classic Malaysian cocktail originally created at the old KL Hilton. As JungleBird is a rum bar, be sure to learn a thing or two about their extensive rum collection from the passionate team, which makes it altogether a fun night.
Address: 15M, Jalan Medan Setia 1, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur
Telephone No.: +603 2011 5715
Operation Time: Thurs - Sat: 5pm - 3am; Sun - Wed: 5pm -1am Google Map:
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