Tea cocktails

A tea distributor, Exclusivitea, had an interesting event recently at 61 Monarchy, featuring drinks that also had tea in them, as well as  Fentimans Botanically Brewed sodas. The tea, Ronnefeldt, is from Germany, with at least a dozen styles and flavours available.

Good stuff

The cocktails were created by Shirmy.

Shirmy doing the tarik

Three cocktails were available, kicking off with Berries Wonderland – Tanqueray 10, Creme de Cacao, Shiso Leaves, simple syrup, lemon juice and Ronnefeldt Sweet Berries soda. A complicated mix of flavours, however a lil on the bitter-ish side for me.

Nicely presented

The Spices Breamble is an exciting drink. It’s made of vodka infused with Ronnefeldt Masala Chai, Creme de Cassis, fresh pineapple juice, lemon juice, evaporated milk and simple syrup.

I loved it. An excellent mix with tinges of fruit, spice and cream coming together amazingly. The masala taste from the tea is just right. Tho i’d prefer a little less sweetness, most would find it fine.

Comes in two parts

 

Dunk milk into glass

The final drink is made of Monkey Shoulder, Cherry Heering, Sweet Vermouth, lemon juice, dry orange peel, Fentiman’s Mandarin & Seville Orange Jigger topped with Ronnefeldt Roiboos Orange foam, called T-Joy. I got a bitch-slap after the previous milky indulgence. This one is a zesty, strong surprise, with a finish of orange and whisky.

Boom

 

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I have yet to try the teas on their own, but they seem to be good stuff, and doing a good job by experimenting with alcohols and such. Tea-related cocktails are are quite common, but this is a good effort by Exlcusivetea.

The cocktails cost RM40 each and are available till Dec 4 at 61 Monarchy.

 

Brain damage: 7/10

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Swag Bar & Grill

In a cool bungalow near a pool is Swag (03-7932 2307), which opened a few months ago. It’s a food and beverage outlet, with the restaurant on the ground floor and the bar / party spot and balcony upstairs.

The joint

The joint

The bar area is a tight, loft-like spot with black walls and various types of cool furniture. Tunes at Swag are cool, mostly house. There’s a DJ console as well.

Love the lamps over the bar

Love the lamps over the bar

 

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The huge Mojito comes with a double shot of rum

Tried a few of the bar’s cocktails, starting with Ask For Pegu, which is Tanqueray gin, Triple Sec, Angostura Bitters, and fresh lime. ($26, all prices nett).  A soothing drink, opined my review partner. It tastes like an aperitif, with bitter-herbal flavours.

Pegu

Pegu

The Green Boblin ($25) is awesome stuff. Refreshing with a clash of flavours. It’s minty, melony, a little on the sweet side, but well-tempered by the vodka. It’s a combi of two shots of Smirnoff, one shot of Midori, and a mint-herb mix. Named after bartender Bob.

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The Boblin

Didn’t really try the food items on the menu – it ranges from bruschetta, burgers, steak, roast chicken, grilled lamb, skewers, etc. Menu looks very interesting, and you can have the food upstairs if you prefer.

Beer prices are reasonable, with 3 Guinness pints for $60 nett. And all prices shown on the menu are nett.

It now opens for brunch/lunch on Sats and Suns. Ladies Night is every Wednesday, and Quiz Nights Tuesdays. Happy hours are 4-8pm. (Closed Mondays)

The restaurant section

The restaurant section

And the bar upstairs

And the bar upstairs

Sunset drinks

Sunset drinks

All cocktails are made with premium spirits. No Klang piss in cocktails here, unlike some established bars.

Swag is located in PJ Palms sports centre, near Waikiki Bar, and the FB page is here. Checkitout.

Party comin up!

Thirsty

Brain damage: 6.5/10

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Am opening a bar

Yea, it’s about time.

After being pushed by various parties, am going into a venture with several partners n investors. It’s gonna be different. (But i bet that’s what they all say!)

Am handling concept, music and marketing.

Sumtin like dat...

Sumtin like dat…

Theme will be 2499, ie futuristic / galactic shit. The entrance will be like a silver flying saucer (arent they all silver? I think i’ll make it purple), and u walk up a small step ladder and end up inside this circular ‘UFO bar’. Of course the effects and blue lighting will add to the buzz.

Leave your light sabers by the door.

It will be  tastefully done; with a loungy setting.

Yeaaa ok, only if they promise to behave

Yeaaa ok, only if they promise to behave

Some joints have what’s known as island bars, ie, a circular bar, with patrons sitting around it. This one will be the other way around fuckdat. The patrons are in the large ‘island’, and the bartenders on the outside perimeter.

Hovering around their victims..

For special drinks for special occasions, there’s a steel operating table in the centre, where aliens normally dissect abducted humans. But in this case, the ‘victim’ will get a tube down his throat, which will duly be filled with a green cocktail called Alien Urine Sample. By a Martian bartender.

For five bucks extra, we will also taze the mafucker for a minute. (An adult diaper will be provided.)

That’ll make sure he’s buzzed. Haha

Am gonna make staff dress up too; no fun otherwise. Will need a good crew.

Head bartender, Mart

Head Bartender, Mart. Multi-tasker

Cashier, Sal

Cashier, Sal, drug dealer

Floor Supervisor, Shade

Floor Supervisor, Shady. I wouldn’t fuck with him

Am also considering a small-dose cocktail (5ml) that’s real special and one-of-a-kind, coz it’s  injected into your vein. By a qualified sexy alien nurse of course.

There’s a serious lack of sci-fi-themed bars. In fact, there’s probably none at all. Uncreative pricks.

Tunes will he jazz, swing and house. No 80’s shit for sure. Location is definitely PJ. No-brainer.

Halloween at this bar will be extreme fun.

Probably be sumtin like dis:

Chief of security, Al

Chief of Security, Al

Havent finalized the food menu yet. As for bar bites, I hear fried insects are catching on.

As for the name, am thinkin of DeepsHit. Or Martian Hole.

Any suggestions?

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Hit The Roof

A complete eating, drinking and playing experience is gonna kick-off real soon. It’s collectively called The Roof, and has five outlets that basically cover all angles.

A preview party took place on Saturday, tho the joint is still under construction. It’s located on the top floor of First Avenue building in Bandar Utama, PJ.

We had a few drinks at Score, the sports bar, before the tour. This place has pool, darts, and will feature beer deals and finger food.

Score has a running-track thing goin on

Score has a running-track thing goin on

Beside the sports bar is Play, a huge club with a capacity for 600. Definitely the largest one in these parts, and will see DJs and gigs takin place.

Signature will be a trendy gastro-lounge of 11,000 sq ft. There’ll also be stuff like cooking classes, weekend brunches and wine dinners.

Serving single malts and cigars is Malt & Leaf. There’ll be premium malts and cigars from around the world, and occupies a scenic corner with sunset views.

Malt & Leaf comin soon

Malt & Leaf comin soon

The highlight (for me at least) is Stratosphere. Open-air partying, especially hundreds of meters high on a 360-degrees open rooftop, is sumtin else. The feel is awesome.

Goin in

Goin in

The helipad spot

The helipad spot

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Chillin

Bar

Bar

Twin Towers way yonder

Twin Towers way yonder

Party on grass

Party on grass

Buzzin with Paulie

Buzzin up with Paulie

What a spot

What a spot

Light balls. I like

Light balls. I like

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The Roof will definitely will create a major impact on the scene, and hopefully more events will move away from KL City to PJ. I cant recall exactly how many events i skipped coz it was in KL i was lazy to drive in. And joints like Vertigo might be in trouble.

Look out for the gradual opening full-operation of all the outlets over the next few weeks. However, it’s actually opening this weekend.

(Am assisting with The Roof’s marketing, so media keen on checking out the place and have some fun can reach me at deepklc@gmail.com.)

 

Brain damage: 8/10

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