Gaslight Café

Music, Music venues Bukit Damansara
5 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
 (Photo: Hizwan Hamid)
Photo: Hizwan Hamid
 (Photo: Hizwan Hamid)
Photo: Hizwan Hamid
 (Photo: Hizwan Hamid)
Photo: Hizwan Hamid
 (Photo: Hizwan Hamid)
Photo: Hizwan Hamid
 (Photo: Hizwan Hamid)
Photo: Hizwan Hamid
 (Photo: Hizwan Hamid)
Photo: Hizwan Hamid

If you’re all about reliving the '60s in an Allen Ginsberg, Joan Baez and Bob Dylan kind of way, then make Gaslight Café your new hangout spot. Owned by The Cotton Field Scarecrowes frontman Johann Sultan, the café is a sort of homage to the legendary American coffeehouse in New York’s Greenwich Village of the same name. Although it doesn’t look anything like its New York counterpart, the café’s vibe, with its vintage knick knacks and dim lighting, does its part well in dressing up as a folk-music and poetry joint.

While the original Gaslight Café back in New York was located in a basement on MacDougal Street, this one is all the way up in Plaza Damansara, above Neroteca and Blue Elephant. Despite being a little hidden (Johann jokes that some people have been calling it a speakeasy coffee joint), the place does get its own crowd. During the day you’ll have creative professionals and writers coming in to get work done but come night time the place can get packed with music lovers enjoying live music. It’s all back to basics for the shows here: a mic (or two, depending on performers) and a guitar.

Staying true to the original café’s roots, the performances here are strictly folk, country, jazz, blues, soul and poetry. One of the café’s most successful nights so far is a poetry slam night featuring Bill Moran who had the place fill up to capacity. Following that, there will be more poetry nights in store with the ‘If Walls Could Talk’ series, a poetry open mic night.

For the time being, the café only serves coffee, drinks and light snacks but be here for the performances and pay attention – because if there's one thing that KL audiences need to improve, it's their attention spans. With the café’s intimate and closed setting, Johann hopes that audience members would respect the artists by giving their full attention during performances.

Besides live performances, you can also score some rare vintage records here. We spotted names like The Mamas & the Papas, Leonard Cohen, Nick Drake and Peter, Paul and Mary, but expect more records coming in. If you have your own vinyl that you want to play here, come on Saturdays and Sundays – it’s vinyl appreciation day all weekend long.

By: Nadia Rosli


Venue name: Gaslight Café
Address: 15-2
Plaza Damansara
Jalan Medan Setia 1
Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: Tue-Fri, 2pm-11pm; Sat, 12noon-12midnight; Sun, 4pm-12midnight
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I love this place. It's a very chill vibe with excellent beer and wine choices. Not to mention the music which showcases fantastic local musicians and sometimes appearances from international artists. I came by on the recommendation of a friend and ended up seeing an amazing new artist named Gustaf Axel. His voice was angelic and I was hooked from the first moment I heard and saw him. I highly recommend anyone make the trip to Gaslight Cafe. It's eclectic and vibrant. A throwback to New York City circa 1965.