In case you didn't know, there's a rising gin obsession in town. Join the gin revival and head to the city's best bars for a gin and tonic, including fancy upgrades.
Specialising in all things gin – from gin-based cocktails to an impressive range of G&Ts – Pahit is the newest bar to hit the KL scene. They have an extensive list of gins from all over the world, including Williams Elegant Crisp Gin from England and Caorunn Small Batch Gin from Scotland. For something cool and refreshing at the end of a work week, try one of their many fruit-infused G&Ts that, even though are filled with herbs and ingredients, pack a punch. And definitely don’t leave without trying their cocktails.
Drink this: Pineapple Smash: Bols Genever, pineapple juice, vermouth, mint and their homemade raspberry and bay leaf shrub
MAZE is probably the only specialist gin bar in KL, and with good reason too. With a collection of over 150 imported craft gins, you can be assured that gin-based cocktails here are as interesting and varied as they come. Another thing that stands out here is their ‘gin sum’ cart that’s available when you get a classic G&T. You can purchase the services of this cart – which carries all sorts of fresh garnishes like blackberries, watermelon and many more – to try with your G&T.
Drink this: The Reviver: Gordon’s gin, homemade elderflower syrup, lime juice and sugar syrup
Although HYDE already carries as many as 24 varieties of gin, three of which are the homemade kaffir lime-, Earl Grey- and saffron-infused gins, the bar still has plans to introduce new flavours to their menu every one to two months. The bartenders here pride themselves presentation as well as the taste of their cocktails. One such example includes pairing their drinks with the freshest garnishes possible such as colourful edible flowers. Indeed, the cocktails taste just as good as they look.
Drink this: Garden Gin and Tonic: Tanqueray No. TEN, Martini Extra Dry, orange bitters, rose flower water, tonic water
Omakase + Appreciate carry about ten different kinds of gins from all over the world, from London dry gins to fresh gins. Also in their collection are Plymouth – which is earthier compared to a London dry and is only produced in Plymouth, England – and the berry-like sloe gin. The guys and girls behind the bar have created their own individual signature gin cocktails, each using a different type of gin and with its own distinct flavour profile.
Drink this: Gin Smith: Bombay Sapphire, apple juice, lemon, sugar, egg white, Midori
No fancy cocktails here as Mercat sticks to the classic G&T. Staying true to its roots, Mercat pours a Spanish version of the gin and tonic: A double shot of gin served in a balloon glass with large ice cubes, garnished with fruits or spices to complement the botanicals of the gin. The bar will introduce two to three new varieties of gin every month, in addition to the existing collection Mercat is already carrying.
Drink this: Spanish Siderit gin and tonic: cinnamon stick, orange peel, juniper berries