East Imperial Gin Jubilee KL 2019 will be returning this year from 8 to 12 October. Set on an even bigger stage this year, the opening party will kick off at W Kuala Lumpur hotel and end with the Gin Lane finale on the 12th of October at Sentul Depot.

Regulars to the annual event will notice that there’s been an upgrade from last year’s Gin Lane venue in Plaza Batai to an even bigger space at Sentul Depot. “Since we started organising the event in 2016, we’ve seen East Imperial Gin Jubilee KL go from strength to strength,” said Wholly Spirits Managing Director and Founding Partner Shawn Samuel, organiser of the event. “Last year, over 2,000 gin and tonic lovers came for our closing Gin Lane party, and this year, we’re expecting more to show up. Malaysians really love their gin and tonics!”

Gin Jubilee KL 2019
Last year’s Gin Lane was held in Plaza Batai, Damansara Heights. (Image credit: Wholly Spirits)

Meanwhile, the opening party held at Wet Deck in W Kuala Lumpur on the 8th of October will be open to the public. Guests will get to try gin and tonics made with East Imperial’s range of tonic waters together with Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin. Throughout Gin Jubilee KL 2019, there will be various masterclasses with brand ambassadors, events, and tastings.

This year, 26 local bars and 13 gin brands will be participating in the event. The gin brands include artisanal brands such as Caorunn Gin, Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin, Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin, G’Vine Floraison, Napue – Kyro Distillery Company, and more.

Each bar will be given one of the participating gins to pair with East Imperial’s tonic waters to create KL’s Best Gin and Tonic – there will be a total of 26 cocktails participating in the contest that anyone can vote for. All you need to do is head to your bar of choice and try the Gin & Tonic. To vote, post a photo of the drink on Instagram with the hashtags #EastImperial and #GinJubilee2019 as well as the bar’s location. The voting period will be running from 1st to midnight 12th October 2019.

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26 participating bars will be creating a Gin & Tonic using East Imperial tonic waters and selected gins. (Image credit: Wholly Spirits)

As for the 26 participating bars, find the list of them here:

  1. 61 Monarchy
  2. Bar Shake
  3. Bar Trigona
  4. Beta KL
  5. BotakLiquor
  6. Coley
  7. Elements
  8. Flying Monkeys
  9. JungleBird
  10. Knowhere
  11. Mari Gin
  12. Mezze
  13. Mrs Jones’ Parlour
  14. Pacific Standard Bar
  15. Pahit
  16. Pinchos Tapas Bar
  17. PS150
  18. Hyde at 53M
  19. Soma
  20. The Locker & Loft
  21. The Pawn Room
  22. The Sticky Wicket
  23. The Vault
  24. Three x Co
  25. Tickets
  26. Woo Bar @ W Kuala Lumpur

Find out more about Gin Jubilee KL 2019 here.

(All images: Wholly Spirits)

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.