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Best Places For Whisky In KL


Father’s Day is the ideal excuse to show how much you care for your dad and we believe a way to your dad’s heart is by showing you know a thing or two about spirits. Everyone’s father is special, so whether he’s your inspiration or superhero, trendy, stylish or a winner in your book, we’ve got it covered especially if your dad is a whisky enthusiast. Whisky is enjoying a huge resurgence and “the brown” has not been this prevalent in decades. Bars are aplenty all over Kuala Lumpur but bars specialising in whisky, not so much. However, that insufficiency only adds to the excitement when a new one is revealed.

So if your dad is a fan, there is a world of new choices he has probably never tried and might love. If your father is on edge and might set fire to the living room couch, a night out with booze should calm him down. Since we all love our dads and can agree that there’s nothing better than a glass of whisky, we hand-picked some must-visit spots for the brown stuff your dad will undoubtedly go nuts over. Whether your dad has a weakness for high-end Scotch, loves beautiful blends or enjoys sampling the latest boutique offerings, we have some great recommendations.

Hyde at 53m

Jazz music, sleek interior and smartly dressed bartenders all in a secret room – very Prohibition Era feel. They specialise in liquors and it’s a great bar to try whiskies at. Choose your poison and the bartender will mix up a cocktail accordingly and you can find this bar tucked away above the café The Good Batch behind a sliding black door. If you are sitting by the bar, you can make a personal request to the head bartender and have a special concoction made to suit your taste buds. Inside this hidden gem you and your dad will find yourselves transported to another world altogether.
Address: 53M, Jalan SS21/1A, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya.
Contact: +603 7733 2303
The Whisky Bar

Located on Changkat Bukit Bintang, the sister bar to restaurant, The Steakhouse has an extensive whisky menu with over 400 bottles that are stocked and showcased through the bar. Feast on some vintage bottles of high-end whisky. The bar has a variety of cocktails which are concocted with whisky and different flights for you to try. You will find lavish armchairs and rich wooden furniture which will make your whisky tasting experience more pleasurable. The Whisky Bar has been a firm favourite over the years to both expats and locals alike. Fun suggestion: You could take your dad for a ‘whisky flight’ which consists of carefully selected tasting, thoughtfully grouped together by category.
Address: 46, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Contact: +603 2143 2268

Torii

This Japanese yakitori restaurant might just have the largest collection of Japanese whisky in any bar in Malaysia. Their selection includes a wide range of scotch, and various whisky cocktails to boot but they serve some delicious charcoal-fired skewers and other Japanese bites to please anyone. Torii is ultimately a Japanese-accented gastro-bar and if you’re on the mission to find the best whisky for your dad, your chances are highest here. They house a fantastic selection of whisky personally chosen with many boutique labels not found elsewhere.
Address: Torii Yakitori & Whisky Bar TTDI, 18, Lorong Datuk Sulaiman 1, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur.
Contact: +603 7733 9309

The Bar Kinugawa

Stylish yet classically executed Japanese-style bar manned by the Japanese mixologist owner himself, the master bartender Sam Kinugawa. If you can’t get enough of Japanese whiskies, this is definitely another place to try. The place is decorated with unmistakably Japanese accents so you’ll even feel like you’re in Tokyo while sipping away at your whisky. Your dad will love the fact that they sporadically have guest Japanese bartenders over as well; mixing up innovative cocktails you won’t find anywhere else. Some days you may even get to see ice balls hand carved to your whisky.
Address: 112, First Floor, Empire Damansara, Damansara Perdana.
Contact: +603 7611 0153

Eau de Vie

Located at Nexus Bangsar South, Eau de Vie is a perfect blend of sophistication, class and liquor. They have quite a devoted section of whiskies and also stock a variety of wine and spirits. If you would like to bring your entire family along on this Father’s Day jaunt, this would be the ideal spot. Delicious food, fun cocktails and a relaxed environment, and they serve whisky. Dine under warmly lit yellow lights inside or chill out at their spacious al-fresco area that is furnished with wooden fixtures outside.
Address: Nexus Bangsar South, Jalan Kerinchi, Bangsar South, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Contact: +603 2242 3118

deButchery Whisky & Wine Lounge

Strategically located within the cool and swanky Publika Shopping Gallery, this restaurant/bar is a chic steakhouse featuring a comprehensive menu for everyone. Destined to be a fixture in Kuala Lumpur’s exhilarating culinary and entertainment scene, deButchery boasts an intimate setting that’s flanked with bright walls and decorative art. Throughout the day, one can indulge from a selection of cigars, beers, blended and single malt whiskeys as well as fine wines while enjoying premium Black Label Australian Beef. The perfect gift for your dad!
Address: A1 G2 06, Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Contact: +6017 968 5766

by: Adeline Tan