Friday, 23 October 2015

Specialist Bars in Kuala Lumpur

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Gran Patrón Platinum - Beverage mavens have much to discover in the specialty bars of Kuala Lumpur

From gin to Tequila, whisky to wine, there are a number of bars in Kuala Lumpur choosing to specialize in their chosen drop. Such dedication to a beverage sees some delicious possibilities for discovering new tastes and refining taste buds, and sure is a fun way to learn the intricacies of your chosen subject. Here The Yum List hunts down the:

Best Specialty Bars in Kuala Lumpur

(Click on the title links to find full details, maps, photos and prices)

Gin - Mercat Barcelona Gastrobar

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Mercat Barcelona Gastrobar

Over 30 types of gin, each with its own pairing, takes the classic G&T to a whole new level.

Tequila and Mezcal - La Mexicana

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La Mexicana

This bar has no other spirit - just a magnificent range of the Mexican liquor from affordable to something for true connoisseurs, such as the Gran Patrón Platinum. And, oh... this bar too has the BEST Margaritas in the city - and they also come in no less than a handful of varieties.

Japanese Whisky - Torii

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Torii houses a fantastic selection of whisky personally chosen with many boutique labels not found elsewhere in the city. 

Whisky - The Whisky Bar KL

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The Whisky Bar KL

The Whisky Bar KL has close to 500 different types of whiskies with the majority of them being available by the glass. They have a comprehensive selection of tasting flights too that allow guests to go on a journey around a specific country or the world. You can also try the world's number one whisky here, and considering it's in short supply, I'd get in for your sip pretty fast!

Sake Cocktails - The Bar

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The Bar

Japanese cocktails are not the only reason to visit The Bar. The exacting finesse of the barman at work is a striking observation. Everything is made from scratch: fruits are juiced by hand, ice is fragmented, again by hand, even the ginger ale is a homemade concoction. All is prepared on the spot, immediately before each drink is so meticulously composed. Don't miss the Mangosteen Sake cocktail - divinity in a glass.

Wine - Stoked Charcoal Restaurant and Wine Bar

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Stoked Charcoal Restaurant and Wine Bar

Not one, not two but three (!) Enomatic machines and a personally curated wine list from one of KL's most recognised experts in the industry - Stoked is an oenophile's dream.

Japanese Beverages - Ippudo

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Sparkling sake (!), sake tastings and sake cocktails - this Japanese specialty bar also accompanies its Nippon inspired beverage list with an excellent selection of kushiyaki.

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  1. Spoilt for choice, so many to pick from.

    1. Yes we are! It's no longer just deciding what type of drink you'd like, but you can really narrow it down to specific tastes with each spirit.

  2. Never had Tequila or any of those drinks..

    1. Oooh Margaret, a good Margarita made with tequila would suit you very well I think ;-)

  3. Never had Sake :-(( Nice photo - La Mexicana ;')

    1. Well I hope one day you'll try sake - it's an interesting drink - you can have it warm or chilled. Yes, La Mexicana is full colour - just like the culture.

  4. The drinks are colourful and attractive! :)

  5. I am really intrigued with the sparkling sake!

    1. That one caught our attention too. It's light and refreshing - a great afternoon drink.

  6. We served a Godiva White Chocolate Liquor last night with a silk chocolate pie. It was so good! These servings look wonderful, so colorful.

    1. Ooh, that sounds delicious! Did you make the silk chocolate pie? It sounds divine too.