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5 new bars in KL to check out this January 2019

The year has just begun and already there are a few new bars for you to check out. For this month, we have a wide range of bars to choose from, which includes a speakeasy as well as a cocktail bar to name a few.

This comes hot off the heels of the latest restaurants and cafes that you can also check out this month. You can now make the most of your day with it, starting out with a restaurant or cafe and moving on towards one of the bars at night.

One of the bars in this list is part of The RuMa Hotel and Residences, which is also home to Atas. It will be a stretch to check out all of these bars over the span of one month but luckily, most of them are relatively nearby from one another. This makes it easier to hop to multiple locations in one night.

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SEVEN Bar & Lounge

SEVEN Bar & Lounge is the latest hotel bar to make its way into Malaysia, housed within the RuMa Hotel & Residences. Much like Atas, SEVEN Bar & Lounge focuses on modern Malaysian flavours into its cocktails as well as bar snacks. It’s also home to where one can have afternoon tea, which comes with a wide variety of tea leaves around the world as well as a tray tartlets, cakes, scones, and sandwiches. SEVEN Bar & Lounge is located on the ground floor of the RuMa Hotel & Residences, tucked neatly into the daylight-filled conservatory.


SEVEN Bar & Lounge, 7 Jalan Kia Peng, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, 03-2778 0888

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Soma Cocktail Bar

TTDI is never short on places to wine and dine. It offers a healthy balance of neighbourhood watering holes and speakeasy bars that one can explore. The latest addition to the neighbourhood is Soma Cocktail Bar, featuring contemporary and classic cocktails. Its unpretentious and comfortable setting blends in perfectly with the atmosphere of TTDI. The cocktails available also can add some colour to your social media feeds as the bartenders are more than capable of whipping up something creative.


Soma Cocktail Bar, 145A Jalan Aminuddin Baki, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, 011-3669 0879

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Unknownz Hype Bar

Over the past few years, Klang Valley has seen the rise of speakeasy bars. The latest to hit the streets of PJ lies within Tropicana Avenue, hidden behind a refrigerator. To enter, look out for an unobtrusive convenience store within the arcade gallery. Through here you will find a secret door that will bring you inwards to Unknownz Hype Bar, which has all you need for the modern-day bar, topped off with beer pongs tables.


Unknownz Hype Bar, P-01-20 Tropicana Avenue, Persiaran Tropicana PJU3 , 74100 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.

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Menara Lien Hoe in Tropicana is home to many different bars; Chaze caters more towards the affluent whisky drinkers while Maze focuses on gin. Bounce is a different concept entirely, touting itself to being the game changer in the vicinity. It features a retro-styled playground of music, drinks, and video games.


BounceMenara Lien Hoe, No 8 Persiaran Tropicana, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, 010-833 0888.

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Kaching Island Cafe & Bar

Another speakeasy is now here, this time in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. It’s located in Chow Kit, nearby what used to be known as the Asian Heritage Row (now known as The Row). Kaching Island Cafe & Bar features three different lounge areas, which are its outdoor garden seating, an Atlantis jazz lounge, and an indoor cafe. A private room is also available, which is perfect for small private parties.


Kaching Island Cafe & Bar, 12, Jalan Kamunting, Chow Kit, 50300 Kuala Lumpur, 012-474 3544.

5 new bars in KL to check out this January 2019

Wi-Liam Teh

Senior Writer

Wi-Liam is a geek at heart with a penchant for tattoos. Never without a drink in hand (preferably whisky, gin, or Guinness), he is also a writer by day and a keyboard warrior by night. On his day off, he masquerades as a streetwear and sneakerhead enthusiast while his bank account says otherwise.


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