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The best gigs and parties in KL this week
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The best gigs and parties in KL this week

Whether you’re an avid music fan or just need a live music fix, we have you covered

Best live music venues in KL
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Best live music venues in KL

Indie rock, acoustic folk, jazz – think you can’t find them in KL? These top live music venues play all that and more.

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Now open: JungleBird
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Now open: JungleBird

You might notice the growing number of specialist bars around KL, from whiskey to wine. However, one that you won’t see many of is a rum bar. Recently opened in Bukit Damansara, Jungle Bird claims to be a ‘Rumah Rum’. Its design is unique in that it didn’t adopt the clichéd tiki bar blueprint often associated with rum. Instead, Jungle Bird, like its namesake cocktail, stays true to its Malaysian roots. The interior is decorated with bamboo stilts and rattan furniture, while the wallpaper carries a leafy motif, giving the place a familiar tropical and resort vibe. What you come here for is obvious – the Jungle Bird cocktail. Here’s a free history lesson (you’re welcome): In the 1970s, the Jungle Bird was invented at the Aviary Bar in the old Hilton KL (when it was located at Jalan Sultan Ismail). The version here offers a refreshing respite from our city’s heat. It also looks like an actual jungle bird, with pineapple leaves sticking out of the glass. If you’re not a fan of fancy cocktails, we recommend the Rum Old Fashioned – the cocktail makes use of house-made chocolate cardamom bitters, which imparts the cocktail with a slight spiciness. Jungle Bird doesn’t have a kitchen so it doesn’t serve food. But you’re more than welcome to bring your own if you want to have a meal with your cocktail.

Urbanscapes 2017
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Urbanscapes 2017

The city's annual creative arts festival is back with a city-wide experience at 2 Hang Kasturi, KL Live and The Bee Publika over three weekends. Confirmed international acts include British electronic music outfit Clean Bandits, Danish prog-rock trio Mew, English math rockers TTNG, one-man band Mylets from Indiana, and Indonesian folk-pop dup Stars and Rabbit. On the local lineup is The Venopian Solitude, with more acts to be announced. Also expect an immersive audiovisual multimedia ecosystem, a photo project showcasing KL's diverse community of photographers, a market offering vintage clothing, leather works and vinyl goods, and more.

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No Black Tie presents Azmyl Yunor & Orkes Padu and Nadir

No Black Tie presents Azmyl Yunor & Orkes Padu and Nadir

This double bill of Azmyl Yunor & Orkes Padu and Nadir will see a clash of styles. Azmyl Yunor is known for his provocative lyrics and his busker’s approach to music, while Nadir is a rock fusion band led by saxophonist Adil Johan.

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Soulection & SaturdaySelects: The Sound of Tomorrow
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Soulection & SaturdaySelects: The Sound of Tomorrow

To celebrate SaturdaySelects turning one, they are collaborating with LA-based music collective, Soulection. Having previously performed a set at the recent Coachella, catch Andre Power, Esta and The Whooligan take to the decks at The Bee. You’ll be able to experience and get a taste of Soulection’s signature 'sound of tomorrow'.

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Cintaku Tsunamiku
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Cintaku Tsunamiku

See Japanese doom metal and punk rock acts such as The Black Market, The Life, and Kouji Abe take the stage at Perfect Square Space. The night also features local post-punk band Lust, post-rockers Glass and power metal band Silent Angel.

Swan Lake and Winter Dreams

Swan Lake and Winter Dreams

Conductor Rossen Milanov takes on the classical works of Russian composers, Kabalevsky and Tchaikovsky. The musical choices of the night are meant to evoke feelings of the Russian winter.

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JungleBird
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JungleBird

You might notice the growing number of specialist bars around KL, from whiskey to wine. However, one that you won’t see many of is a rum bar. Recently opened in Bukit Damansara, Jungle Bird claims to be a ‘Rumah Rum’. Its design is unique in that it didn’t adopt the clichéd tiki bar blueprint often associated with rum. Instead, Jungle Bird, like its namesake cocktail, stays true to its Malaysian roots. The interior is decorated with bamboo stilts and rattan furniture, while the wallpaper carries a leafy motif, giving the place a familiar tropical and resort vibe. What you come here for is obvious – the Jungle Bird cocktail. Here’s a free history lesson (you’re welcome): In the 1970s, the Jungle Bird was invented at the Aviary Bar in the old Hilton KL (when it was located at Jalan Sultan Ismail). The version here offers a refreshing respite from our city’s heat. It also looks like an actual jungle bird, with pineapple leaves sticking out of the glass. If you’re not a fan of fancy cocktails, we recommend the Rum Old Fashioned – the cocktail makes use of house-made chocolate cardamom bitters, which imparts the cocktail with a slight spiciness. Jungle Bird doesn’t have a kitchen so it doesn’t serve food. But you’re more than welcome to bring your own if you want to have a meal with your cocktail.

Brussels Beer Café Tropicana City Mall
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Brussels Beer Café Tropicana City Mall

Ever since opening their first branch in Jaya One almost nine years ago, Brussels Beer Café has gone on to open multiple outlets all over the country. Their latest opening in Tropicana City Mall doesn’t stray far from their usual script of serving up good and reliable Belgian food and Belgian beer. However, this outlet offers a slight change of scenery compared to the other branches – the hardwood flooring and lots of natural light from the floor-to-ceiling windows give the space a relaxed and modern ambience; the other outlets have a more European pub vibe. You won’t be disappointed with the selection of European beers here. In fact, they pride themselves on it. There are premium Belgian beers like Hoegaarden, Stella Artois and Leffe on tap, and there are also bottled drinks from various countries (think Scottish stout, Irish cider and more). For food, we recommend their mussel pots – each pot gets you about 500 grams of mussels. The mussels are imported from the Netherlands every week so you know they’re fresh, and they’re served three ways – steamed with white wine; steamed with Hoegaarden; or cooked with bacon, sundried tomatoes and wine. If you want something more filling, go for the Brussels pork burger. The pork patties are prepared Belgian style and are as soft as they come.

Crime Cocktail Bar
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Crime Cocktail Bar

Crime Cocktail Bar is inspired by the speakeasies of the American prohibition era when alcohol was illegal. And being a speakeasy itself, Crime’s location along TREC’s Electric Boulevard isn’t easy to find. You actually have to head to Crave Oysters and Seafood first, and then the staff there will give you a code to key in at the hidden doors at the side of the restaurant in order to gain access to Crime. The interior at Crime stays true to the prohibition era bars. With exposed brick and cement walls, leather couches, portraits of famous crime bosses on the walls, and swing music blasting from the speakers, the surrounds feel like something straight out of a 1920s mob movie set. The bartenders (or ‘soul makers’ as they’re called here) at Crime are well trained in the art of mixing drinks. In the menu, you’ll find that each bartender has their own signature cocktails alongside Crime’s signatures. While the cocktails here can border on experimental, there are enough choices to suit any preference. If you’re new to cocktails, try the Grand Bloom – gin, crème de cassis, rosella jam and fresh lemon juice. The taste of alcohol isn’t too strong in this one, so it’s easy and sweet. For something unique, the best-selling Silk Road is the go-to drink. The concoction of bacon fat-infused whisky with fresh lemon juice and balsamic vinegar definitely tastes better than it sounds.

Wine Connection
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Wine Connection

Apart from the slew of cocktail bars we see mushrooming all around KL, winebars have been quietly making a namefor themselves among the city’s wineconnoisseurs.Adding to that growingnumber, internationalwine retailer Wine Connection has opened their flagship store in TREC. Located a bit further away from the bustling area of bars and clubs along TREC’s Electric Boulevard, Wine Connection provides a quiet respite from the party crowds. It’s a clean, sleek space – marble floors, and wood shelves filled with countless bottles of wine. Huge windows fill the space with lots of natural light during the day; and at night the space is lit up by dangling light bulbs. The alfresco space is where the tables and chairs are at. Wine Connection is especially proud of their incredible selection of over 200 labels, and they should be. You can find a huge array of wines from countries all around the world – think whites, reds, champagne and sparkling from France, Argentina, New Zealand and more – all specially curated by their team of experts, who taste over 2,000 wines annually before selecting the top five percent to be a part of their collection. Doubling as a retailer and wine bar, Wine Connection also allows guests to enjoy a bottle or a glass on the premises. Other additional benefits offered include wine delivery around the country (but check with them first before placing an order) as well as free tasting sessions every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. There is no food served at

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