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Written by Beverley Lennon
Edited by Candice Neo

Now that I have been living in Kuala Lumpur for over 6 years, I feel like I am almost a local. When I was a university student some years back, we’d hit the nightclubs and loud bars during the weekend (gosh, how did I do that?!), but now that I’ve become more mature (or let’s say that I’ve grown out of the whole dancing-on-top-of-tables kind of scene), I look for more chill hangout spots to grab a few drinks and enjoy some good music with my favourite people (and why not a game of beer pong).

Recently, we discovered that KL is actually home to some of the finest tucked away speakeasy bars that are hidden behind secret doors, letterboxes, vending machines or creepy shop lots! Some of them come with unique themes while others require an ever-changing passcode to enter, but one thing is for sure – all of these places come up with well-crafted cocktails!

With most of them being nearly impossible to find, we’ve got you covered with clues on how to spot the easily-missed entrances and go on an expedition to KL’s best American-inspired illicit drinking dens. Grab a good bunch of friends and decipher them all!

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1. A Kingsman-inspired restaurant and bar hidden in a high-couture tailor shop – Brixton 23

Update: This bar is now rebranded to Gatsby Mansion, taking inspiration from The Great Gatsby.

A high-end tailor shop… nothing unusual when you’re strolling along the Golden Triangle district of KL, right? After all, Bukit Bintang sees a lot of fashion gurus making their way down Pavillion Mall which is famous for its luxury stores…

So I am pretty sure you must have walked by Brixton 23 several times with no clue what it truly hides. In fact, the venue holds quite a big title as it is “KL’s first-ever Kingsman-inspired theme restaurant and bar” but you can’t possibly see it in plain sight, let alone on the outside.

As we dropped by during the night, we looked behind a collection of suits and sewing machines to uncover the secret door, only to find out that the closet itself was the hidden entrance to the restaurant and bar.

From here, you’re completely transported to an old-British era – it’s dark, moody and there are leather couches that seem to invite men smoking cigars but don’t be intimidated as it’s all part of the game. Now, come and sit down to admire stunning city views from their glass roof! The venue itself expands over multiple levels and sections with restaurant, bar and VIP area downstairs while you can find an almost-nightclub scene upstairs.

Like most speakeasy bars around the world, this one also serves up some unique concoctions so we didn’t want to miss on their best booze – our favourite being their signature creation The Kingsman (RM 40) that brings a spicy kick to your palate with a unique mix of whiskey, cinnamon and honey. But for those of you who really want to try out the unusual, opt for their adults-only milkshake which is served with a good dose of chocolate madness, Bailey’s and vodka. On a side note, I’ve also heard that they have a mid-day happy hour that coincides with lunchtime! One of the very few to do so in KL, I believe?

We personally thoroughly enjoyed our time at Brixton 23 – at dinnertime, the vibes can even get romantic and intimate. Their menu features both Asian and Western dishes and since we were here in time for our last meal of the day, we had a feast and still can’t get over their Smoked Chicken and Truffle Roulade that was a pure delicacy! On some specific days, they also have a two-piece live band that plays acoustic songs before the party begins at around 11 pm!

Clue: Look for the red hat on the shelf!

Brixton 23

Price range: Cocktails from RM 35 (Approximately S$11.40)
Address: 23, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +60 12 507 8830
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 12pm-3am; Sat 6pm-3am; Closed on Sun.


2. Check out the letterbox for a surprise invitation to Pandora, the world of Avatar! – NA’VI Bar

This one right here comes with no signages and literally no door, but you will know you’re in the right place when you find yourself in front of random letterboxes that play loud music.

As you enter, it’s a burst of colour waiting on the inside of NA’VI Bar, and fairy lights guide you to a venue inspired by our favourite blockbuster – Avatar. This is where fellow Na’vis party in Pandora, where murals even glow in the dark. NA’VI Bar is one of KL’s best-kept secret – its unique concept stands out with trippy neon lights and thumping music. (Tip: Get dressed in white so you can glow in the dark too!)

In fact, it’s an almost-psychedelic experience that is bound to awaken your every sense (especially the drinks!).

For those of you who simply can’t wait to get buzzed, grab their unique shooters collection which seriously looks like mini lava lamps or some see it as jellyfish in a glass! They also have other galactic-looking shots that will surely throw you deeper into the world of Avatar. Their cocktails are generally fancy and rather strong – their photo-worthy signatures being Torch of NA’VI, Golden Old Fashion, Mellow Daiquiri and Boodles Gin.

And if you’re here celebrating one of your best friend’s birthday, you will be gifted with their NA’VI Tower (RM 69) (there’s a good reason it’s sold at RM 69 hehe, I am not telling you more, just get it!).

Our last shot was one that lit up in flames for a few seconds, and immediately after downing it, we had to (according to their instructions) suck up air via a straw in an empty cup – it created a strange burning effect deep in our throats. And little wonder it’s called Drunk or Die – definitely not for the faint-hearted!

Clue: I sent you an invitation to figure out the clue – check the letterbox!


Price range: Cocktails from RM 40 (Approximately S$13)
Address: H-1A-2 , Block Hutton, Plaza Arkadia No, 3, Jalan Intisari, Desa Parkcity, 52200 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +60 12 963 4410
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 6pm-2am


3. Villains’ hideout in a Hobbit den – Poison Apple

Once upon a time, in the busy student district of Sunway, there was a cute hobbit doorway which seemed to be just another photo spot in a restaurant. Little did people know that deep inside was where villains came to gather around delicious food and magical potions from a smoky wishing well!

Abracadabra; here is Poison Apple – a hidden bar that brings you on a mystical journey around your favourite fairytales. Everything here is whimsical – the holographic fairies and moving portraits that you find as decor, the food, the drinks, all come together to transport you to wondrous worlds!

Before settling down for your bewitching adventure, why not gear up? Dress up as your favourite fairytale character before the ogre in you comes out to indulge in their uniquely-crafted menu items. One of us transformed into the Red Queen and before tumbling further down the hobbit hole!

The food here is as enchanting as the drinks – take a plunge of courage and pull your sword out of Excalibur, the Sword in the Stone garlic-and-cheese sourdough bread that oozes an abundance of gooey cheese before setting your tongue on fire and transforming into a dragon with their Chilli Phoenix – a juicy smoked whole chicken topped with a dash of applewood. But as dreamy as these sound, our idyllic creation was their Lobster Omelette which was fluffy and bursting in flavours! The Seafood Tom Yam Mee Hoon was served sizzling in a stone pot and it was deliciously spicy – we loved it too.

Now, time to turn into prince charming by gulping down some of their delectable concoctions that are all fairytale-themed cocktails with the most surprising magic twist! Grab your Snow White and meet The Seven Dwarfs which is a set of colourful beer shots or be cursed by the Witch’s Voodoo Cauldron. End the night with your princess’ very own wild potion – the Snow White’s Potion.

But before leaving, write a wish on one of their poisoned apples and hang it up on the tree so you can live happily ever after…

Clue: Find the Red Queen and other villains when you tumble down the rabbit hobbit hole!

Poison Apple

Price range: Signature cocktails from RM 32 (Approximately S$10.40)
Address: Suite G-01, The Pinnacle Annexe, Persiaran Lagoon Petaling Jaya Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 47500
Contact: +60 12 433 9686
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 3pm-1am


4. The inner kid in you will stop by this retro “toy shop” – PS150

This little gem right here isn’t necessarily unknown among locals but if you’re not familiar with the concept of speakeasy bars, yet would very much love to hop on the bandwagon, it’s a good one to begin with!

Personally, it’s one of my favourites as it had seriously good music as compared to the other ones we explored around Petaling Street (yes we went on a hidden bar crawl and uncovered over 5 of them in just one night!).

The place is housed in a pre-war shophouse and brothel that has lived through different ages and been carefully restored while preserving Chinatown’s heritage. And while it may seem like a vintage toy shop on the outside, PS150 invites you to awaken your child-like curiosity to explore further and enter the world of absolute adult fun!

As you enter the labyrinth-like venue, you’ll have three sections to choose to be seated at and these represent different eras. You can opt to settle down at one of their private couple booths known as the Opium Den representing the vintage and classic era or if you dig deeper, you’ll enter the Courtyard representing the tiki era, before you make it to the Main Bar that showcases the disco and contemporary era and is adorned by traditional Chinese lanterns and glowing neon calligraphy on the wall to illustrate “Petaling Street” in Cantonese.

While you can ask the bartenders for the cocktail choice of the month, we recommend you to grab their menu dressed as an old-school notebook and decide from there.

There are plenty of artisanal drinks to choose from and they all belong to different eras. A fun game for the night would be to try one from each. Our favourites include Lychee No 3, though a tad too sweet, and Takeshi’s Cooler that’s refreshing, salty, tangy, and uniquely presented with a toasted rice cracker on top.

Clue: Petaling Street. Shop lot number 150 – and no, it’s not just a toy shop. 😉

PS 150

Price range: Cocktails from RM 40 (Approximately S$13.07)
Address: Ground Floor, 150, Jalan Petaling, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +60 3762 28777
Opening hours: Sun & Mon 6pm-1am; Tue – Sat 6pm-2am
Dress Code: Sunday – Thursday: Dress as you wish; Friday & Saturday & Eve of Public Holidays: No flip-flops / slippers / sandals


5. Dare to open the door of this almost horror-house?! – The Deceased

Afterlife, death, superstitions and ghosts are the main themes of this hair-raising speakeasy bar and if there’s one spooky place to hang out at in KL, it is here at The Deceased but don’t worry, there’s plenty of alcohol to help you go through the horrifying experience!

The venue is pretty well known among serious bar-hoppers because obviously, the internet practically broke when locals found out that you could be drinking out with the dead right in the middle of Chinatown – it couldn’t fit anywhere else anyway as you’ll notice very familiar Chinese traditions and superstitions once you get in.

Once you’ve spot the easily-missed blue door, time to figure out how to get in. As we managed to get in by ringing the bell (if you make a reservation, they’ll give you a secret code to enter), my heart was pounding – it was dark and eerie in here, and of course I screamed when I saw the macabre-looking mannequin behind the door. As we made our way up, we couldn’t help noticing haunting bloodstains on the wall… And which is actually the correct door?

I was glad that the music coming from the bar guided us to the correct entrance and the atmosphere felt a lot more relaxed inside – though there were creepy dolls and masks scattered around, I got quite accustomed to the theme by then. There’s also an expansive rooftop terrace to chill at (we highly recommend that you make a reservation if you’re visiting on weekends)!

And since it is housed in an old Chinese drugstore, you’ll also find vintage medicine cabinets but not with any traditional herb or potion inside – these are now used to store tools that help them craft their creative cocktails.

Having a drink or meal here isn’t your typical bar experience – the concoctions and dishes are inspired by Chinese and Malay superstitions, spiritual beliefs and death mythologies! Will we come out of here alive? I wonder… as a set of mysterious drinks and food items get delivered to our table – how about drinking out of a spooky baby doll’s umbilical cord, hit a voodoo doll (your enemy) with a clog as part of a Chinese Taoist ritual (it even comes with a stick of lighted incense) or the chopped bloody hand that comes along with your booze…

Clue: Find a little blue door and the secret code is four times the most unlucky number in Chinese superstition!

The Deceased

Price range: Cocktails from RM 39 (Approximately S$12.70)
Address: 55, Jalan Sultan, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +60 327 157 492
Opening hours: Mon–Sun 6.30pm-2am


6. The creepiest shop lot often leads to the most colourful places! – 1.45am

If it wasn’t for the hidden bar, I’d honestly never ever enter such creepy-looking shop lot in the middle of the night.

1.45am has nothing similar with traditional old-time speakeasy bars, it’s one that is fit for the modern trend of social media and in fact has more of the vibes of a nightclub than a typical bar, if you ask me.

As the night wears on and the shops in the building close down, this is when 1.45am comes to life with throbbing music and the most colourful neon light entrance, but to make it there you’ll have to go through a series of staircases with little to no light at all (I was shitting my pants) before you’re guided by what felt a little too loud of a party music to me (but I am guessing that’s exactly what an 18 to 20-year-old crowd should be looking for).

Once in, you’re set for a good half an hour of Instagramming – it’s all about the interiors but also the creative way that drinks are delivered to your table. They have a fire extinguisher – not for your safety but rather one that serves frothy drinks as you pump (a cocktail named 1664 +2). So cool right?! Oh and how did I not mention about their truly sophisticated menu that’s almost like a Kindle?! You won’t even need your phone torch to choose your booze from the list!

If you can’t decide what to go for, the bartender is always glad to help but our recommendations include the Drunken Deer, Slippery Panties and Fire In The Ass. Whatever naughty concoction you settle for, be sure to match it with their fruity-flavoured purple shisha served in a wine glass – quite an unusual!

Oh, and the clock never ticks at 1.45am, so you never truly know when it’s time to go home from the party!

Clue: Spot on HOOLAI Dressing Salon and follow the flights of stairs until you hear the music!


Price range: Cocktails from RM 38 (Approximately S$12.40)
Address: 63 B, Jalan Sultan, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +60 19 828 4370
Opening hours: Mon–Sun 6pm-1.45am


7. Not everyone can have access to this club (only the chosen ones)! – The Establishment

This hidden club in Publika is so exclusive that not everyone can access – on most nights, the club is open only to its VIP members!

Not to worry, ordinary people like us can also stand the chance to get into The Establishment, but you’ll have to go through a screening test first before you get to be “chosen”. Once done, there’ll be a secret code to enter, or if you’ve joined as a member, your thumbprint will grant you access!

Finding the entrance to the club isn’t easy either. Not only is Publika almost like a maze but the club is also pretty low-key, hidden behind what looks like an emergency door. Once we stepped in, we knew we were in for something unusual. After all, The Establishment is KL’s top speakeasy gentlemen club, it has earned the reputation of a game-changer in the world of adult entertainment.

And if you ask me, it’s the proper definition of a sexy adults-only venue – it’s classy, comes with leather sofas, sensual red velvet curtains that turn your seating space into a private one and the dim lights set the mood oh-so-perfectly.

Not to be outdone, the well-stocked bar offers up just about every premium liquor you could hope for and The Establishment Publika is one of the two The Macallan-endorsed private members’ clubs in Southeast Asia. You’ll find a vast selection of single malt whisky on offer, but the bartender is also happy to whip you up some artisanal cocktails based on your tastes.

Cocktails do not show up on the menu, after all it’s a gentleman’s club, but we were lucky enough to taste some of them. My favorite was definitely the one blending vodka, watermelon and lychee, closely followed by the mix of hazelnut and gin – you could barely feel the alcohol and this my friends, is how you know a cocktail is artfully made!

Clue: Look out for the door labelled as A1-07!

The Establishment

Price range: Cocktails from RM 58 (Approximately S$19)
Address: Publika – G2, A1, 07,1 Solaris Dutamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +6012 350 9883
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 3pm – 12am (or later for members) (Sun closed)


8. Feeling thirsty? Open the fridge! – Unknownz Hype Bar

Update: The shopfront of this bar has been changed to Whole Family. The bar is currently temporarily closed.

Unknownz is just like its name – pretty undisclosed but there’s a valid reason for that. It is hidden in a fridge in a convenience store in a mall!

So it goes like this – imagine you drop by the mall for your casual weekend dinner out, and once done you decide to stop at the convenience store to grab a drink (cause the ones in restaurants are twice the price right), and the next thing you know, you’re right in the fridge… partying!

Sounds absurd, right? Well, that’s pretty much what happened to us when we discovered Unknownz Hype Bar hidden in a convenience store at Tropicana Avenue. While you don’t need to get a reservation in order to get in, please bear in mind that the space can get pretty crowded during the weekend – especially by real KAWS’ fans as there are figurines scattered around the venue.

What’s even more impressive than the fact that you have to sneak into a fridge to get there, is that you can spend the whole night playing fun arcade games and beer pong with your friends, so 90’s kids – this might well be a place for your kind of wild night out!

Now that it’s time to get moving – no, not to go home but to the beats, so grab a few shots to help you out with the dance moves! They mostly serve liquor but like any speakeasy bar, they do have a few of their own cocktails and they’re as colourful as the interiors here!

Clue: Unknown, sorry!

Unknownz Hype Bar

Price range: Cocktails from RM 23 (Approximately S$7.49)
Address: P-01-20, Tropicana Avenue, Persiaran tropicana, Jalan PJU 3, 47410 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Contact: +60 18 292 3388
Opening hours: Tue – Sun 7pm-late


9. Need to get pampered at the barbershop? – THREE X CO

Another one that is smack bang in a shopping centre and it’s the first one on the list to be located in Bangsar. Of course, with so many bars mushrooming in the district, they could only jump on the bandwagon of speakeasies, right?!

THREE X CO is a speakeasy set up in the form of a barbershop (an actual one) located in Bangsar Shopping Centre. The bar itself is hidden behind a wall that is in fact a door in disguise.

Photo Via Crystalism, Nienie_foo

With the vibes of an almost “gentlemen-only” venue, THREE X CO is adorned by thick genuine leather furnishings – it’s a moody little cocktail place that seems great to impress your first date (just saying).

Photo Via Wenface, Wendy

They serve a range of top-notch cocktails with an oriental twist like their Chinese herb-infused speciality “Mr Wong’s Choice” and their “Eastern Poem” that is served in a traditional Chinese porcelain tea cup. But for those of you who prefer the classics, there’s a bunch of first-class liquors to sip on chug down too.

Photo Via Asia
Photo Via Crystalism, Jiggee-Jon

Clue: Refer to our second paragraph ;)!


Price range: Cocktails from RM 40 (Approximately S$13)
Address: Bangsar Shopping Centre, Lot T6A, Level 3, 285, Jalan Maarof, Bangsar, 59000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +60 19 336 6031
Opening hours: Mon – Sat 5pm-2am (Sun closed)


10. Your craving for Hong Kong-style noodles will lead you to this bar! – Suzie Wong

Come and be seduced by the originality of Suzie Wong as you satisfy your craving for a comforting bowl of flavourful hawker-style Hong Kong noodle with a few dim sum baskets on the side.

Photo Via Suziewong, Floriajopolis

Once done, you’ll need something to wash it down so open the heavy wooden wall to escape to a world where East meets West, Chinese (Suzie) meets British (Robert) right inside – this hidden bar is located at your neighbourhood hawker stall!

Photo Via SuzieWong, Ministryofcocktails, V__rivera

From 4pm to 9pm on Mondays to Fridays and 6pm to 9pm on Saturdays, the place runs their happy hour – which I’d highly recommend you to make the most of as during those hours you get to enjoy the forever-loved Buy One Free One deal (helps a big time when their cocktails are originally priced at RM58!).

The menu is, of course, a good blend of oriental and western. One that’s not to be missed is their Uncle Wong’s Cendol (an alcoholic cendol) – a traditional dessert in Malaysia but here at Suzie Wong, it is infused with Malibu, pandan vodka, Baileys, coconut cream and gula melaka syrup – all the sweet goodness!

Photo Via Darylchewchujie, Im.jo_

Or best yet, their Lai Chee Kang that is infused with vodka. What a way to go undercover right?

Per an inside look, the charming bar has it all for seduction and romance – the mix of leather and velvet gives a special touch and you might well find your one and only right here, tonight ;)! They hold special cabaret nights and welcome live bands on other evenings.

Photo Via Suziewong

Clue: Trust your instinct, hidden noodle stalls are always the right choice!

Suzie Wong

Price range: Cocktails from RM 58 (Approximately S$19)
Address: Wisma Lim Foo Yoong, 86, Jalan Raja Chulan, Kuala Lumpur, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +60 17 2266 480
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 4pm-3am; Sat 6pm-3am (Sun closed)


11. Tumble down a fridge with Alice – The Zoo

In here is an enchanted wonderland and upside-down world – The Zoo oozes magic and mystery all at once; the best part is that it is hidden behind what appears to be a fridge located a floor above an actual restaurant – Mugs and Pints in Sri Petaling.

Photo Via Sukiserene, Michelleyam01

You’ll be transported to the wondrous world of Alice in Wonderland as everything here is themed around the magical fairytale’s Mad Tea Party. It’s a rather loud atmosphere once in – almost more of a nightclub than a bar, you’ll find live DJs on most weekends and they have amazing deals on beers (1 set of 10 bottles sells at RM 130 / 1 tower at RM 88), a wide collection of whiskey and of course various cocktails!

Photo Via Thezoo_my
Photo Via Thezoo_my

Your magical experience is spread between their different bar sections as you don’t only get to dance all night long (they have plenty of space that serves as a dance floor) but they also feature a bunch of fun interactive gaming machines.

Now, who’s ready to go down the rabbit hole?

Clue: Come and have dinner at Mugs and Pints, then serve yourself from the fridge!

The Zoo

Price range: Cocktails from RM 30 (Approximately S$9.80)
Address: No 12A-1, Jln Radin Bagus 3, Sri Petaling, 57000 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +60 16 213 4508 / +6016-353 4711
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 9am-3am


12. DO NOT ENTER! – Omakase + Appreciate

We’d really wish Omakase + Appreciate could stay secret but they’re the ones who started the whole speakeasy bar craze in KL (they opened as early as 2013!) so it’s tough to say that they’re completely unknown among serious bar-hoppers, yet it is a hidden place that you want to be granted admittance (take that as a clue ;))

Well, this intriguing bar (or rather ‘bars’ as they are two venues that are merged together) is hidden in a location you might never expect but if you enjoy craft-cocktails, I’d seriously recommend that you make the effort to find this special place.

Photo Via JoeTong-Tee, Nichetravels

Deemed as one of the coolest speakeasy bars in town, the tucked-away watering-hole conjures Japanese simplicity and precision – we’re talking nori (seaweed) sheet on top of cocktails too!

While they do have a menu, we’d highly recommend you to stay true to the “Omakase” concept whereby the bartender gets to choose your drinks based on what and how he feels about you. Now, this is super exciting if you ask me!

Photo Via Yojujr, Richfulllife, Yummmseng, Mytipsyturvy

On a side note, the cocktail menu here is always changing and evolving to greater heights so what you had last night with friends might not be there next time!

Photo Via Thirstybelle, Fionteow89, Michellechia29

Clue: Dilarang Masuk!

Omakase + Appreciate

Price range: Cocktails from RM 35 (Approximately S$11.40)
Address: Bangunan Ming Annexe, 9, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: No contact provided and no reservation is accepted.
Opening hours: Tue – Fri 6pm-1am; Sat & Public Holidays 9pm-1am (Sun closed)


13. There’s a vending machine in KL with a delightful secret! – Here_bar_KL

Here’s a secret you don’t need to keep: there’s a vending machine in KL and it hides a bar the inside!

We have to agree that a vending machine might not seem to be the most elegant place to get a drink, but you might well want to check this one out – though it appears to be a drink dispenser on the outside, it actually leads to a psychedelic drinking den!

Photo Via Darul-Chew-Chu-Jie, Djlouisaa

Here_bar_KL throws you out to the galaxy with its imaginative neon decor and on a quick chat with them, I am told that the vending machine is meant to illustrate the entrance to the fourth dimension! 😉

Photo Via Kelvin-Koay, Daryl-Chew-Chu-Jie
Photo Via Kenzo-tan, Here_bar_kl
Photo Via Xjanisu, Cluelessdevil, Here_bar_kl

Clue: Trust the astronaut you meet on the street! Especially the one with a secret!


Price range: Cocktails from RM 20 (Approximately S$6.50)
Address: B1-1-13A , No 1, Jalan Riang Ria 8 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Contact: +60 11 3790 6607
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 6pm-3am


14. Haven’t you been told not to trespass private property?! – Private Room TTDI

While we spoke about speakeasy bars that feature some of the most unusual bespoke cocktails, this one right here is for the sommelier in you as it is KL’s first hidden bar to focus on the wine (my favourite!).

But first thing first, before we talk about their wine collection, it’s good to know that the venue is also very much hidden behind a thick rusty yellow door that further leads you to one with a passcode (which you will receive by text message upon reservation) or simply buzz the bell!

Photo Via Private-Room

Once you’re allowed in, reunite around a collection of the finest vino (over 200 different brands) coming all the way from Spain, France, South Africa and more! What’s more (and the best part of it, if you ask me), they even serve wine-based cocktails!!

Photo Via Y.ychloe, Tim-Chew, Beh

They also have liquors ranging from whiskey, vodka, gin and others. With the help of the on-site sommeliers, you might well want to order up some of their cheese and cold cut platters to match your booze!

Photo Via Private-Room, Lq
Photo Via Privateroom

Clue: #findtheyellowdoor

Private Room TTDI

Price range: Wine cocktails from RM 35 (Approximately S$11.40)
Address: 48a, Persiaran Zaaba, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +60 19 334 6631
Opening hours: Mon – Thu 5pm-1am; Fri & Sat 5pm-2am (Sun closed)


15. Open the door to this magical secret garden – Miss Daisy

Pick the correct door, and you will be rewarded with a flowery path that leads you to the fantasy land of Miss Daisy. Another one for the younger crowd if you ask me, one where you can barely hear each other talking as they serve up some serious EDM beats to dance to all night long.

Photo Via Jeresays, Conniechincent

Most nights at Miss Daisy begin with a live band before the party gets started. Crowds have been flocking in especially for their beautiful floral decor which even dispenses amazing fragrance (that’s possibly something that will lead you to the correct door too).

Photo Via Cheraskia, Charlene

At the bar, the whole flowery addiction continues as their signature cocktails are infused and named after different blooms (jasmine, elderflower and more)! And ladies, where else than a venue in full bloom can you expect to be celebrated? Come on Wednesdays for their special Ladies’ Night and enjoy a free cocktail!

Photo Via Moseshrz, Qihui0716
Photo Via Agnesmaa, Bobo-kl-bobokl

Clue: Let the floral fragrance lead you…

Miss Daisy

Price range: Cocktails from RM 38 (Approximately S$12.40)
Address: 1-01 Star KLCC No.1 Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, Kampung Baru, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +60 14 960 1968
Opening hours: Mon – Thu 8pm-1am; Fri & Sat 8pm-3am (Sun closed)


16. Staircases and even more staircases! – The Attic Bar

FINALLY! An outdoor venue on our list! Yes, The Attic is your rooftop option and the best part is that it offers splendid sunset views so let’s cheers to that my friends! But another good news is that this one too is located in Chinatown.

Photo Via Richie.phil, M.y

Well, in fact, The Attic isn’t thaaaat unknown among backpackers – guess why? 😉 They even sleep right here!

There’s no signage to the bar so believe me when I say it can get a bit tricky as it is beyond where you intend to explore while in KL. That being said, if you’re one smart person, you should have gotten a clue from what I previously mentioned and after a series of staircases (you’ll be spinning a little as they’re spiral staircases!), you’ll be transported back in time with traditional oriental decor.

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Photo Via Cedhausen, Theattickl, Stewie

If there’s one thing I am most excited about The Attic Bar, it is their elegant Dragon Lady cocktail which is not only stunning in looks but also contains a few on my favourite ingredients – dragon fruit, passion fruit and vodka! This seems to be best enjoyed as a sunset drink if you ask me while you enjoy the cool outdoor weather and views of stunning KL!

Photo Via Theattickl, M.y

Clue: Right on top of a backpackers’ favourite accommodation!

The Attic Bar

Price range: Cocktails from RM 36 (Approximately S$11.75 )
Address: Third Floor, No. 15, Jalan Balai Polis, City Centre, 50000, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, 50000 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +6012 393 8627
Opening hours: Sun – Thu 6pm-2am; Fri & Sat 6pm-3am


17. At the back of a creepy alley, among dustbins – Skull Duggery

Story time! I checked out this hidden bar some years ago and I’ll probably always remember it.

Why? You might ask. I recall it was at the beginning (early years) of my current relationship and we decided to go for dinner before he proposed to go for drinks at a nearby bar his friend had previously recommended.

I was excited – to me that sounded like a proper date, until I was brought to the back of dark eerie shop lots, in a spooky alley with dustbins (you know, the typical alleys that are at the back of restaurants) and gosh did I start to freak out “where on earth did he want to have drinks? Was I being kidnapped? OMG OMG, someone please save me!”

Younger me had no idea about speakeasy bars, forgive me, please… but as you guessed it by now, I was brought to a door (which you could not even recognise being a door) which further led to a chic skull-themed bar!

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Inside felt a lot like a members-only lounge, with skulls almost everywhere and music was amazingly good – nothing too loud that you can’t hear each other. I’d recommend you to drop by in the early night (say 10pm) for drinks with your partner. They serve up unique cocktails, some of which are truffle-infused… say whatt?!!

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Clue: Have cakes at the nearby Huckleberry cafe but do check out the back alley too!

Skull Duggery

Price range: Cocktails from RM 45 (Approximately S$14.70)
Address: 2M Plaza Damansara, Jalan Medan Setia 2, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +60 17 266 7335
Opening hours: Tue – Fri 6pm-3am; Sat 7pm-3am (Mon & Sun closed)


18. Where else than in a small alley, in Chinatown? – Concubine KL

On a beautiful Saturday afternoon along the streets of Chinatown, we discovered one stunning alley with mural art, food and beverage spots and a cute little speakeasy bar.

Photo Via Buayajess, Pragmatic, Concubine_kl

Of course, I decided to research about it, only to learn than it has a deeper meaning – all these have been renovated during the Mid-Autumn Festival 2019 to revive the old days of the traditional Petaling Street and the alley has an actual name: “Kwai Chai Hong” (previously known as “Chee Cheong Kai”, which used to be a must-visit in KL back in the 1970s).

The people behind project Kwai Chai Hong had in mind to revive the street and make it as lively as it used to be back in the days – somehow, it had apparently lost its Chinese touch and that’s exactly why they decided it was about time to restore… and here’s where Concubine was born.

Photo Via Shazrik_din, Arthurankl, Concubine-KL

If you’re looking for post-office drinks, this is exactly where you should be looking at. It’s a grown-up ambience (similar to Pisco Bar, if you know, you know) and the outdoor area is amazingly chilled out – people mingle around, whether they have a seat or not. While there that night, I am also told that they’re soon to open an indoor space and a rooftop for more seating options! Oh and they serve some of their cocktails in recyclable “Teh Peng” plastic bags too!

Photo Via Concubine_kl

I am making this my go-to hidden spot in KL, Shhh!

Clue: Follow the bridge and Chinese lanterns, not far from another speakeasy bar (PS150)!

Concubine KL

Price range: Cocktails from RM 30 (Approximately S$9.80)
Address: Lot 2, Jalan Panggong, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur (Kwai Chai Hong – Chinatown)
Contact: +60 14 711 2185
Opening hours: Thu – Sat 5pm-2am


19. Ring the secret code to this bar which changes every week! – Circa Bar

For once, you’ll love hanging out in dark eerie alleys – that is, if you spot the glamourous golden arch that serves as an entrance to this new (as at 2019) hidden bar in the heart of Damansara.

But the search does not stop here as you will have to head up the spiral staircase to find… a closed door that requires a secret code to be opened. This place really goes full pelt for the speakeasy vibe as their passcode to enter even changes every week. But rest assured as you can easily find it on their Instagram page.

Once you’re allowed in, you’ll be greeted with the romance of Paris, mon amour – a little bit of retro chic and lots of glamour, the interior is classy, not too much either but this is more than enough quirk to attract crowds during the weekend.

However, the stars of the show here are definitely the mixologists as you’re also guaranteed a taste of speakeasy spirit in their uniquely crafted cocktails. They have a ridiculously good mix of classics and self inventions, which we seriously love!

Pick your poison or go for their top recommendations – we have a rave response for their Very Berry that’s with a gin base, or Edison which has a lingering rose floral note and is served in a lightbulb, and their Yuan Dynasty that is actually Chinese tea infused with cognac and served warm from a teapot!

Before leaving, don’t miss all the fun at their photo booth – these make for great souvenirs with your best bunch of friends!

Clue: Follow the hole in the wall (spooooky).

Circa Bar

Price range: Cocktails from RM 30 (Approximately S$9.80)
Address: 8-7, Jalan Batai, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +60 320 11 1303
Opening hours: Sun & Mon 5pm-1am; Tue – Sat 5pm-3am


Now that you know where to venture around KL to find the best of hidden bars, tag your squad and go on a speakeasy bar hunt next weekend! Some of them are not far from one another! 😉

PLEASE NOTE: All the above information is correct at the date of publication. If you come across any changes or updates, please let us know and we will update the information accordingly. Thank you!
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