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The best gigs and parties in KL this week

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Onra interview
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Onra interview

We had a quick chat with him ahead of his upcoming Upfront show at The Bee

Wine bars and shops in KL
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Wine bars and shops in KL

While cocktail bars were all the rage last year, we are slowly seeing a proliferation of wine bars in Kuala Lumpur. Whether you’re a wine expert, a newbie, or just someone looking for a nice place to uncork and unwind, we’ve got you covered.

The Temper Trap live in KL

The Temper Trap live in KL

Australian indie giants The Temper Trap are returning to Malaysia for the third time. This year, the band behind hit single ‘Sweet Disposition’ will be playing at The Bee, which promises to be a more intimate gig compared to their usual festival sets. Read our interview with them.

Ali Aiman interview
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Ali Aiman interview

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Before You Exit live in Malaysia

Before You Exit live in Malaysia

The talented sibling trio from Florida has supported acts such as Cody Simpson, Olly Murs and Fifth Harmony, and they'll be performing live in Malaysia this February. Sing along to their 2015 hit 'Model' and more.

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New bars in KL

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

Case Study
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Case Study

Case Study at APW Bangsar is one of the most exciting and inventive cocktail bars to open in KL lately. For one, the space looks like a greenhouse, and as an extension of that, the cocktails are botanical. Much of the potted herbs you see as decorations at the bar become the actual ingredients in your drink, either pickled, dehydrated, muddled or used in syrups, preserves and infusions. This does seem like a promising evolution from the Asian-inspired cocktail trend that’s prevalent last year. The cocktails are bold and playful in their choice of ingredients, and hence resulting in fascinating flavours. Some of the cocktails even border on experimental, which we love. Each cocktail is named after the type of cup or receptacle that it’s served in. And to help you choose, the menu (hand-drawn to resemble a botanist’s sketch pad, naturally) offers taste profiles such as sweet, sour, tropical, viscous, smokey, savoury, nutty, earthy, peppery and more – bet you didn’t know cocktails can be this complex. It is ultimately a very fun place to drink and at the same time explore new and unusual ingredients and flavours. One of the standouts include the fruity and purple-hued Terrarium cocktail (served in a glass globe), which is made with sweet potato, egg white, lotus root gin, lemon, butterfly pea and apricot infusion, and Indian borage (or Mexican mint).

H. by Hoppers
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H. by Hoppers

Hoppers is still the in-thing in town; think atas appams topped with sweet and savoury treats such as cauliflower fritters, chicken rendang and mango – definitely a serious upgrade from regular appams. H. by Hoppers on the other hand is another venture by the team; it’s a bar that’s situated just above the café. H. by Hoppers may be located in a former lawyer’s office, but you won’t see mundane furnishings here. Instead, the team (with the help of creative agency pow ideas) has brightened up the space with vibrant pinks and blues – they tell us this is a nod to the peacock, which is the bar and café’s logo as well. In keeping with the laidback vibe, pots of leafy tropical greens have been placed around the bar. Cocktails here are simple yet tasty, but their names have mothing to do with the drinks. Before H. by Hoppers took over, the shelves were labelled with the names of the law firm’s secretaries, and that’s who the cocktails are named after. Mr Ahmad is a sweet and smooth cocktail with pandan vodka, gula Melaka, egg white and lemon; it leaves a very soft pandan note after every sip. Another cocktail to try is the Malaya Rickey, made up of gin, mint and kalamansi. Think of it as an adult version of your regular limau ais. Though the cocktail menu is relatively small, the bar makes up for it with other alcoholic beverages. You’ll find beers, ciders, wines (including local artisan wine),as well as whisky, rum, gin, vodka and more. If you’re feeling peckish, you can order a

Corks Out
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Corks Out

Doubling as a wine retail shop and a wine bar, Corks Out offers boutique wines from both Old and New Worlds. What sets Corks Out apart from other wine shops is that everything here is sold at retail price, whether you’re taking away or drinking in at the wine bar at the back. The team here personally handpicks the wines, and to date, they stock over 250 labels, some of which are from small wineries. Don’t forget to pair your wine with the kitchen’s tapas-style dishes. Though the menu will change often, staples such as Quesos (Ibérico cheeses), lobak and Chinese gyozas will stay on. If you’re keen on trying out new wines, look out for the highlight of the month, which is available at a discounted price. You’ll also find unusual wines in the chiller; of particular note is the small selection of Lebanese wines, a rare variant here in KL.

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