Like stepping into the supremely chic pages of a Vogue magazine, Vogue Lounge is the new place to be seen in. In partnership with Condé Nast, the fashionably sophisticated lounge and bar occupies the 38th floor of Menara SuezCap in Bangsar South. The whole concept includes a main dining area that focuses on a fusion of Japanese and French cuisine, lounge, cocktail bar, wine cave, and rooftop garden. Be expected to dress up to match the surroundings – smart casual and easy glam is the recommended dress code - so throw on that something special you’ve always wanted to wear, and pay this gem a visit.
Address: Level 38 & Rooftop, Menara SuezCap 1, Jalan Kerinchi Kiri, Pantai Dalam, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
Telephone No.: +6016 665 5984, +603 27711530 / 1531
Operation time: Tues – Thurs, Sun: 5pm – 1am; Fri – Sat: 5pm – 2am; Closed on Monday
[Photo: Vogue Lounge KL Facebook]
Adding to Chinatown’s growing number of eateries and bars comes Wildflower, the second project of the masterminds behind the super popular Merchant’s Lane (and located next door to each other as well). The clean, industrial and modern space is livened up with an abundance of plants (sure to appeal to the plant mummies and daddies out there) and sets the scene for an exciting Asian fusion menu that blends Malaysian, Thai, Japanese, Chinese, Mexican, Italian, and even Middle Eastern together in a sensational new way. Expect the same treatment with the cocktail menu, with signature drinks Mugunghwa and Spirit of Borneo featuring Korean soju and Sarawakian tuak respectively in a tasty blend of sodas and liqueurs that’ll make your taste buds sing.
Address: No 153 Jalan Petaling, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Telephone No.: +603 2856 3369
Operation time: Sun, Mon, Tues: 12pm – 10pm; Fri, Sat: 12pm – 11pm
[Photo: Wildflowers KL Facebook]
Based off the concept of a classic British gentleman’s club, Kedai Nombor 7 is a classy new joint that blends old-world colonial charm with a speakeasy style. It’s the seventh lot on Lorong Kurau (hence the name), and they don’t play loud music, so you’ll have to keep your eyes peeled or you’ll miss it. They also firmly believe that customers can have good quality drinks that are value for money, and we think that’s something everyone can appreciate.
Address: 7 Lorong Kurau, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Telephone No.: N/A
Operation time: Sat – Thurs: 5:00pm – 2:00am
[Photo: Kedai Nombor 7]
Fresh on the scene at Damansara Heights is the coffee cocktail bar Happy Stan, named after Stanton Delaplane, a travel writer who first introduced Irish coffee to the owner of Buena Vista café in 1952 (he allegedly spent two hours perfecting the method of floating cream on top of the coffee that he almost passed out on the cable car tracks outside the bar). This concept by VCR and Karl Too of Omakase+Appreciate blends together the world of cocktails and coffee, and you can enjoy both separately or together at Happy Stan.
Address: M.06, Republik Damansara Heights, 1, Jalan Medan Setia 1, Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Telephone No.: +603 2011 0605
Operation time: Mon – Sun: 8am – 1am
[Photo: Happy Stan Facebook]
The latest incarnation of Junior The Pocket Bar is a blast from the Alpine past, Petite Chalet. With influences from the 1970s après ski scene, the bar is done up like a vintage ski lodge complete with signage, skis, snowshoes, and even a cuckoo clock, and it has a cute, kitschy menu to match. Divided by the four seasons, the menu has drinks inspired by the region made with an array of Alpine liqueurs – check out the Waldmeister Punch (made with dry Riesling, sweet woodruff, strawberry, Italian bitters, and Champagne), the Garden Gnome (made with tequila, absinthe, gentian, cucumber, and lime), and Leather Shorts (made with German dark lager, beetroot, genepi, cacao, cognac, lemon, and garnished with an Alpine cheese strip) – all priced at SGD 25++.
Address: 43 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088464
Telephone No.: +65 8121 1462
Operation time: Mon – Sat: 7:00pm – 12:00am
[Photo: Kim Choong]
It’s not often we see cocktails with an Indian influence, which is why The Elephant Room is such a breath of fresh air – using ingredients and spirits from India (like Amrut whisky and Greater Than gin), owner Yugnes Susela tries to share his childhood experiences of visits to Little India with his mother through unique spices and flavours, even down to the shade of red they used on the walls (the same that Indian women use for bindis) to the sari-laced menu covers. Throw yourself in to the deep end with the Tekka or Kamasutra cocktails.
Address: 20A Teck Lim Road, Singapore
Telephone No.: +65 9111 5131
Operation time: Mon – Sat: 5:30pm – 12:00am
[Photo: Kim Choong]
Formerly known as Jenjudan, Truedan has recently opened its second outlet at Orchard Gateway. The Taiwanese brown sugar beverage brand is of course most famous for its boba, and the new outlet is home to the new concoction Brown Sugar Taro Milk (SGD5.90), made with tiny Taro bits; plus the always popular Truedan signatures like the Brown Sugar Boba Milk (pictured above), Oreo Brown Sugar Boba Milk, Thai Milk Tea, and Earl Grey Tea with Milk Foam, to name a few.
Address: Orchard Gateway, 277 Orchard Rd, #B2-10, S238896
Telephone No.: N/A
Operation time: Mon – Sun: 11am – 11pm