Superior cocktails & premium whiskies at hideaway bar located within upscale KL mall
Update 2018 – Mr. Brooks has closed
May 18th, 2015
Hidden bars like Mr. Brooks enjoy a strong following among cocktail aficionados in KL, with customers enjoying the exclusivity and “in the know” factor that largely defines the speakeasy bar experience. In the top echelon of speakeasy-themed bars in KL, Mr. Brooks has been conceived in the mould of a posh British gentleman’s den, circa 1960’s – an expression of the “swinging London” era of exuberant partying, bold fashion, and indulgent luxury. Once guests have solved the dual puzzles of location and entrance, they are immersed in a discrete, upscale cocktail lounge – where premium drinks service is foremost. Conceived and operated by the acclaimed team behind other standout KL bars like Tate and Barlai, the well-pedigreed Mr. Brooks offers a characterful option to KL’s increasingly sophisticated bar scene.
Mr. Brooks is somewhat incongruously situated with an upscale shopping mall, yet its hideaway, unmarked location on an upper-level of the Bangsar Shopping Centre offers convenience to a largely local, affluent clientele. Revealed by a 1960’s British Sunbeam sportscar standing within its open garage, entry is via a hidden internal doorway. Darkly lighted, the interior of Mr. Brooks features an eclectic mod-British style decor, with heavy drapes, dark timber panelling and plush velvet and leather sofas. Guests can select from seats adjacent to the compact bar, or in several lounge areas to the rear.
At the bar, the focus is on carefully crafted cocktails and premium single malt whiskies. The drinks list features selections of reinterpreted classic cocktails, and whimsically named signature creations – often with a British inflection. Outstanding examples include the Peach Fairy – made with Martin Miller’s Gin, La Fee Absinthe, peach liqueur, peach puree, freshly squeezed lemon, egg white and Earl Grey Tea; and the Margarita Thatcher – with Don Julio Anejo, triple sec, solerno, freshly squeezed lime, and citrus agave foam.
The garage door at Mr. Brooks opens Monday to Saturday (closed on Sundays) from 5pm, with late closing at 2am. Reservations are particularly recommended for nights later in the week.
Mr. Brooks: eclectic mod-British decor