Now open: PS150
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At Chinatown's first cocktail bar, you'll have to go through a series of creaky wooden doors (and dimly-lit, slightly eerie corridors) before you finally make it to the main bar area, but that's just part of the fun at PS150. The cocktail menu is divided and designed based on notable periods in history: Vintage (1850-1910), Classic (1920-1930), Tiki (1940-1960), Disco (1970-2000) and Contemporary (2000-present).
More speakeasy bars are popping up in the city and if you’re in the TTDI area, find the yellow door – no it’s not to Oz, but Private Room, the city’s first speakeasy wine bar. Need more help? Look for Bowery Petit and you’ll see it. Although the bar allows walk-in customers, you should make a reservation to get the passcode of the week, key it in at the entrance and enter in style. Otherwise, wait for someone to let you in. The bar is owned by a total of seven wine enthusiasts and two of them are Private Room’s own sommeliers: Danny, formerly of Marble 8, and Justin, who used to work in the hotel industry. The founders wanted to create an outlet for the public to learn more about wine as they currently see wine-drinking culture in KL as a niche market limited to fancy restaurants and hotels. The bar currently carries more than 200 labels from all over the world with a focus on less common labels such as Barista, Porcupine Ridge and The Guilty. There are more reds than whites for now but The Private Room aims to increase the white wine selection soon as it’s quite popular. When you get there, try not to ask for the wine list – there isn't one. Instead, Justin believes the wine selection process should involve recommendations from the bar's sommeliers, who would gladly assist you in picking the right wine. You can also buy a bottle to take home at 20 percent off. At the time of publish, Private Room has five signature cocktails and if you happen to order the ‘Mocking Mistress
Mr. Wolf has brought with it two things PJ needs: A cosy lounge bar, and a stylish restaurant serving Asian fusion cuisine. Its name beckons as you drive along the LDP, plastered on the façade of the building that faces the highway. The ground floor holds the restaurant, clean and spacious, furnished with simple wood furniture. Decoration is kept to a minimum, save for posters with inspirational quotes and quirky images. Tucked in a corner of the restaurant are garden swing chairs – perfect for lounging on. There’s a little window at the back of the restaurant for guests to watch as the kitchen plates up its elegant dishes. Young chef Bryan Tan isn’t afraid to use bold combinations, with pairings like sous vide miso pork loin with apple coleslaw, and the crab ravioli with pickled mango and papaya salad gracing the menu. Though it’s a relatively small menu, it has a solid variety of flavours from their seafood and poultry dishes, cold selections, sides and desserts. The bar upstairs is definitely worth a stop, even if it’s to nibble on snacks like pork skin nachos over a drink. The space is decked out in colours of metallic gold and dark brown, giving off a warm and inviting vibe. Three VIP corners are also available for those who want some privacy. The bar has a wide collection of spirits ranging from whisky, wine, champagne, saké, cider as well as Guinness and Tiger on tap, while the cocktail menu features drinks like the Lady Hound, a combination of tequila, Cointreau tri
CHAZE at Marquee
CHAZE at Marquee is a promising place to party. Head up the stairs and you’re greeted with an eightfoot tall unmarked door. Upon entering this modern speakeasy lounge, the area to your left opens up to The Living Hall while the wall on your right features a small safe with a keypad, but more on that later. The Living Hall is spacious, with bar tables and stools along with cosy Chesterfield couches near the DJ area. There’s also a dancefloor, but when there’s no party, a ping pong table takes centre stage. There’s also a pool table for those who are up for friendly competitions. One private corner of The Living Hall is the Snug Corner, where there are more couches and low tables. Remember that safe on the wall to your right at the entrance? Behind it lies The Playroom. Ideal for private parties, it’s a hidden bar that requires a special access code for entry. It encompasses its own bar, a darts machine, a pool table and a karaoke system. CHAZE specialises in signature cocktails. The Glasgow Jar is a smooth whisky cocktail of Scotch whisky, butterscotch liqueur, vermouth, Southern Comfort liqueur, apple, lime juice, Old Time Aromatic bitters and Sprite, garnished with a slice of beef jerky. Another favourite is the Sean Maximus Copper, a combination of vodka, blended rum, Framboise liqueur, junmai saké, kaffir leaf and raspberry purée. If these aren’t for you, there are also shooters, Asian and American whiskies, rum, craft vodka, red and white wine and craft beer. The barte
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