Petaling Jaya may not see as much night action as the KL city centre, but you can be sure that its offerings exude an equally superior quality. Take the bar scene, for example. It may be spread out across the many areas of the city, but if you know where to go, you won’t be disappointed.

That’s where our guide comes in. The bar guide to Petaling Jaya is designed for those who are far too tired (or lazy) to head all the way into town where the traffic is — both human and vehicle. The convenience of having a tipple in PJ, which is close to most homes, is that you only require a roughly 10-minute drive home. There are no big crowds to compete with and no noisy tourists to disrupt your good time.

Ready to have a good drink right here in PJ? Read on for our bar guide.

1
The Great Beer Bar

Hop on over to The Great Beer Bar and get your dose of craft beer: stouts, hoppy ones, IPAs, and more. The Great Beer Bar is one of the several in the Klang Valley that offer a great variety of small brands and flavours that you might not be able to find at your regular resto-bar. Need some snacks to go with your craft beer? The Great Beer Bar offers a wide array of pork-based snacks and even a whole slab of pork belly.

The Great Beer Bar, 86, Jalan SS 21/62, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, +603-7731 5946.

2
Maze

Love your gin? Then you will enjoy Maze, one of the few gin-specialty bars around town. The opulent-looking bar has one of the widest selections of gin, and even a gin cart loaded with various botanicals for you to pair your gin and tonics with.

Maze, 1st Floor, Menara Lien Hoe, No 8 Persiaran Tropicana, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, +6010 3111 888.

3
The Locker & Loft

If you have trouble locating The Locker & Loft, here’s a tip: the door is part of the array of metal lockers on the first floor of the shop lot. Inside, the variety of drinks is immense and even includes tapas and small bites. Want wine with your tapas? You got it. Fun cocktails to start the night with? That’s their specialty. What’s certain though, is the fun factor of the crew behind the bar.

The Locker & Loft, 40A, Jalan SS 20/10, Damansara Kim, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, +603-7496 7222.

4
Hyde at 53M

Established nearly four years ago, Hyde at 53M was one of the first cocktail bars to open in Damansara Uptown. While it’s designed to be “hidden”, you won’t actually have much trouble locating it. The bar has two sections: a spacious outdoor and an air-conditioned indoor area. Hyde at 53M has a wide variety of cocktails, wines, and spirits. They also have barrel-aged cocktails available.

Hyde at 53M, 53, Jalan SS 21/1a, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, +6017-680 1357.

5
61 Monarchy

A sister bar of Hyde at 53M, 61 Monarchy is not too far away but boasts a slightly different clientele. The bar is specialised in whisky from all the known regions including Scotch, Australian, American, Irish, Canadian, and more. If drinking your whisky neat or on the rocks comes on a little too strong, they have whisky-based cocktails too.

61 Monarchy, 61, Jalan SS 21/1a, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, +6017-680 1357.

6
Los Sombreros

Moving over from Bangsar to Damansara Uptown is Los Sombreros, helmed by Shawn Chong of Omakase + Appreciate. The bar is the Klang Valley’s first vermouth-focused bar as Chong attempts to change the people’s minds about this fortified wine. Try out various types of vermouth and tonics or go back to the familiar classics like the Pina Coladas and Margaritas.

Los Sombreros, 10M, Jalan SS 21/58, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, +6012-302 6284.

7
Mrs Jones' Parlour

Section 17’s latest resident is Mrs Jones’ Parlour, a gin-focused bar brought to you by the same people behind The Pawn Room and Private Room in TTDI. Designed to look like a vintage Malaya home, pick from a wide array of gin and kick back with the “potions” that head bartender McKay Jiplin has concocted.

Mrs Jones’ Parlour, 617a, Jalan 17/10, Seksyen 17, 46400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, +6011-1100 0621.

PohNee Chin
Editor, Kuala Lumpur
Poh Nee is the editor and writes about travel and drinks. When she's not living out her holiday dreams via Google Earth and sipping on an Old Fashioned down at the local bars, you can find her snug at home bingeing on Netflix and mystery fiction. Reach out to Poh Nee via email at pohnee@lifestyleasia.com.