Monday, October 15, 2012

The Establishment @ Mesui

The murals on The Establishment's outer walls are what will capture most people's attention, portraying political and pop culture icons from Lincoln to Castro and Gorbachev, Hepburn to Morrison and Winehouse.

The Establishment has the potential to become one of the Changkat Bukit Bintang neighborhood's top bars. A neighbor of Palate Palette and No Black Tie, this three-story outlet boasts no signboard bearing its name; instead, it proudly proclaims "In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash" and "Inch by Inch, Day by Day."

The Establishment's street-level lounge is cool, calm and cavernous, filled with eclectic furnishing and knickknacks that endow it with well-curated distinctiveness.

Hundreds of pots of money plants help to keep the traffic chaos outside at bay.

The Establishment's service team is supremely welcoming. Some of them hail from The Establishment's sister outlets in Melbourne, The Red Hummingbird and The Emerald Peacock.

The first-floor lounge is nice too but the music on this level can veer toward very loud.

Finally, the rooftop, still a work in progress, but it'll probably be fun to hang out here eventually.

The Establishment has no food menu for now (but it will soon); no cause for complaint though, since complimentary hot dogs are offered to customers.

The Establishment's signature cocktails clock in at a satisfying standard price of RM28. Try the one with 42 Below, Joseph Catron apple liquor, rose syrup, apple juice, mint leaves, cucumbers, fresh lime juice and jasmine tea.

The Red Hummingbird, buzzing with Bacardi Gold Oro, strawberry puree, fresh strawberries, lemon juice, vanilla syrup and guava juice.

The Emerald Peacock, strutting its stuff with pisco, sugar syrup, lime juice, pomegranate molasses, apple juice and fresh watermelon.

The Establishment opens 5pm through late, but is closed Sundays.


The Establishment,
31 Jalan Mesui, Kuala Lumpur.
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40 comments:

  1. I think I will have a trio of d hot dogs...mustard n ketchup galore! =)

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    1. Ulric: good old-fashioned american hot dogs :D

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  2. Interesting place. A place for drinks mainly, I guess.

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, it's a cool concept, and a nice place to chill out after work, i think =)

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  3. Since we don't really drink, will wait for your food post about this place. :P

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    1. CK: there might be roast meats for you to enjoy here, heh :D

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  4. I'm really loving the vintage decor!! especially the bar area :D

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    1. Vien: it's definitely a classy and classic look! :D

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  5. that hotdog looks good, and it's complimentary? i'm there! haha

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    1. KY: one free hot dog per person, i think. though it's probably possible to ask for more if you're drinking a lot :D

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  6. Nice environment! Currently only serve drinks? But the complimentary hot dog is not bad oso...

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    1. Melissa: oh yeah, i love the look of this place. i can imagine sipping cocktails here for a few hours after work :D

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  7. the hotdogs looked very "ramli" like, both the rolls & the sausage itself. I know it's complimentary...though I would think for an establishment like this they would keep a level of standard fr the food they serve, even if its free. But of cos, ASSUMING those are generic hotdogs, I could be wrong since im just judging from the pics :)

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    1. TNG: heh, they're still in the soft-launch stage, but yeah, the hot dogs are more of tummy-fillers, and i think the kitchen will come up with more satisfying snacks later. i think the hot dogs are ok though, fresh and juicy enough =)

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  8. Oh wow... so many money plants! Hope they rake in all the money hahahaha!

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    1. Baby Sumo: heheh, it's a risk nowadays to open a bar in this neighborhood, cos not every bar becomes a hit. but i hope this place does well, cos the owners do seem to have poured quite a bit of heart and soul into it :D

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  9. nice environment... nice to have a relaxing evening after work..
    wow compliment hotdogs.. that is good..

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    1. Simple Person: ya, i think it's a soulful environment, the kind of bar that i prefer compared to the noisier, more impersonal ones. and free food is always welcome, heheh :D

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  10. you won't survive with your current pricing strategy upstairs on saturday nights.

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    1. Gabriel: am staying optimistic for the folks who run this place =)

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    2. well, the location is good and the concept is interesting. but the prices upstairs? beyond good and evil.
      i can only talk about my experience from one night. and all of us agreed. all of us are expats and we know the party scene in kl very well and spend a lot of time in different places. if you compare it with the place right next doors. ambience is different but inviting. and if we compare the beer prices, i will safe up to 40% next doors. since the door staff didn't act as trained very well, peoples also got the drinks outside and just went in to the etablishment. let's see how it goes ;)

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    3. Gabriel: you definitely have good and valid points, and i guess each of us might be looking for different experiences here. i think i prefer mellow places, so the establishment suits my current mood. but yeah, hopefully they'll take your feedback into account =)

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  11. Looks like a very cool establishment. =) I rarely find myself in changkat due to the horrible traffic and parking.

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    1. Smitten By Food: yeah, it's too bad the establishment is closed on sundays, since this would be a nice place to relax throughout the weekends :D

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  12. Note to melbourne owners. Hipsters in KL are not loaded. If thats your target audience (which it seems from the decor and choice of DJs) - then please adjust the prices to a reasonable level. Right now it just seems like a ripoff

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    1. Kitkat: hopefully they'll take note of all their customers' feedback...

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  13. I want a complimentary hotdog too! :D

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    1. Bangsar-Babe: now everyone can eat complimentary hot dogs! heheh =)

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  14. Chairman Mao, Lincoln, and myself all agreen on the complimentary Hotdog although Lincoln an dme may prefer a little more mustard on it, not sure about Mao ! :D)

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    1. Wong: heheh, well, being american, lincoln might be more amenable to the hot dog than chairman mao :D

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  15. I love the use of the potted plants. SImple and cheap money plant too!

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    1. Missyblurkit: the plants do function as a cool alternative to a regular wall :D

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  16. You have convinced me, I will be there

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    1. Cquek: crossing my fingers that you'll like this place =)

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  17. I like the interior! and those cocktails does look innovative and delicious!

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    1. Augustdiners: yeah, this is a nice place for chilling out, very mellow. and the cocktails are delicious. not the ultimate best in town, but still very nice =)

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  18. love the exterior and interior of this place. clever use of potted plants and quirky statements imprinted on the walls instead of big-ass signboard of what this place is called. on another note, the drinks are a lil pricey, no? also, i do hope they will do something about the ventilation in the first-floor lounge.

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    1. Evelyn: yeah, there's quite a bit of inventiveness in the set-up here. i think the cocktails fall in the mid-range section of what bars are charging us these days in the city center. but hopefully the establishment won't raise its prices anytime in the next year =)

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  19. i saw this outlet while on the way to Hotel Istana and I must say that I like how they decorated this place. looks like a nice place to hang out

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    1. Eiling: oh yeah, i think it has a lot of potential. and it'll definitely catch the eye of a lot of people driving and walking by, thanks to the murals :D

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