11 wine bars for connoisseurs in KL and Selangor
Do you like yours red, white, or pink? These spots are sure to draw wine connoisseurs who’d like a sip or two after a long work day.
Vintry is a cheeky rule-breaker, happily serving its “seriously non-halal” menu to hungry-for-pork diners.With a menu boasting a succession of porky delights and over 1,200 different wines to choose from (including 16 available by the glass from Vintry’s state-of-the-art Enomatic wine serving system), owner Wong Yin-How has brought the wine bar experience to the Malaysian masses.
Address: 130 Jalan Kasah, 50490 Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur
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2. Ceggo Boardroom
From the outside, Ceggo Boardroom might look purely like a wine shop, but on many evenings, the interior crackles with the sight, sound and smell of cooking, as the proprietors unleash a fair bit of good grub – the choices will change based on market availability, with possibilities like roasted bone marrow or fried vermicelli with pork belly – to pair with their wide range of wines.
Address: 9-0-5, Jalan 3/109F, Danau Business Centre, , Taman Danau Desa, 58100 Kuala Lumpur
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3. The Private Room
KL’s first speakeasy-style bar that specialises in the pleasures of wine, Private Room was conceived by a team of young bankers, entrepreneurs and sommeliers as an intimate space where cracking open a bottle from South Africa, Spain or France can be an affordable and fun affair. It’s a versatile destination that strives to cater to wine-drinking veterans and novices alike.
Address: 48a-2, First Floor, Persiaran Zaaba, 6000 Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
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4. Takumi Craft Bar
Takumi seeks to spirit us away with a distinctive diversity of Japanese wine, beer and whisky, available for retail purchases or to imbibe at this gleaming bar on Isetan The Japan Store’s food market level. Stop by to sip on enjoyably easy-drinking glasses of vintages from Yamanashi’s Chateau Katsunuma, Tottori’s Hojyo Winery and Kyoto’s Tamba Wine
Address: The Market, Isetan The Japan Store, Lot 10, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.
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5. The Barn
Bursting with new eateries that have launched in recent weeks, 1 Mont Kiara is poised to finally become a dining destination for this neighbourhood. Here’s a look at The Barn. The Barn boasts the look of a cool watering hole, with spacious sections suitable for afternoon meals or night-time boozing.
Address: 1, Jalan Kiara Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
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Mars orbits Kota Damansara with European-focused plates of Spanish sausages, seafood risotto and Iberico pork cooked straightforwardly with salt, bolstered by a galaxy of wines from around the world – a reasonable recipe for a chilled-out night.
Address: No. 20-1 Jln PJU 5 / 9 Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
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Bacchus strives to honour its namesake, the Roman god of the grape harvest, with bottles of Australian Shiraz and Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon that start at RM75-RM80, plus vintages for serious enthusiasts that peak south of RM300. All in all, this is a respectable entry to The Row, accelerating the street’s revival as a reliable destination for wining and dining in the city centre.
Address: 52, The Row, Jalan Doraisamy, Kuala Lumpur
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Checking out a venue that might work well enough for kicking back after work: Bosko in Bandar Utama’s Centrepoint complex, where shelves of Sauvignon Blanc and walls filled with wine pairing tips assure us we’re in the right place. Bosko – a play on ‘boss code’ – is cheerfully colourful, soothingly spacious, bright & breezy, with a spirited service team.
Address: 1st floor, Centrepoint Bandar Utama, Jalan BU 1/11, Lebuh Bandar Utama, 47800 Bandar Utama, Selangor
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9. Wine Banque
This friendly wine bar beckons customers to linger over a competent four-cheese pizza, fried seafood beehoon, Bombay chicken and a bottle of Rioja. A couple of bonuses: The kitchen opens at 3pm (relatively early for a watering hole of this sort), and intimate private rooms are available.
Address: 2G, Jalan SS21/62, Damansara Uptown, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
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10. Sip Wine Bar
Sip lives up to its name, serving value-for-money wine buffets every evening – it’s an unbeatable bargain; customers can enjoy up to 20 different wines nightly (except Tuesdays) at only RM64 nett per person, from 5pm through 1am.
There’s no catch to this: When we visited, the bottles were ready and waiting on the counter, with a diverse range of reds – from Chilean to South African to Australian – calling out to us, while the whites were calmly chilling in ice buckets. Glasses are supplied to customers; whenever you finish a glass, simply return to the counter and pour yourself more of whatever you like.
Address: Ground Floor, Empire Damansara, Damansara Perdana, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
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11. 33 Blue Room
This jazz and wine bar promises a touch of elegance that’s thoroughly unexpected in a PJ industrial enclave. Its menu puts pork on a pedestal – wine-glazed sticky belly with saffron potato mash, scallions and parmesan pepper migas takes a place of pride during dinnertime, while the baby back ribs spaghetti is a day-and-night temptation, featuring home-cooked umami flavours that’ll prove familiar for Asian/Chinese palates
Address: 2a, Jalan 51/225a, Section 51a Zone Perindustrian PJCT, Petaling Jaya, 46100 Selangor
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