Sunday, August 31, 2014

Hyde At 53M @ Damansara Uptown

Introducing the Klang Valley's next speakeasy-style bar that's set to be a smash hit: Hyde At 53M, owned by the savvy folks of The Good Batch cafe, will officially launch this week in the cocktail-starved neighbourhood of Damansara Uptown. It's certain to surface on numerous must-lists in the months ahead, so head here soon before the crowds come.

First up: The all-important location. Hyde At 53M is hidden above The Good Batch; take the stairs up & slide the entrance open.

Slickly outfitted to be the embodiment of cool, the epitome of glamour; this is a lounge unlike any other in Petaling Jaya.

Hyde At 53M is separated into two spacious sections: We prefer the air-conditioned indoors, complete with comfy sofas, low lighting & pre-Sinatra jazz, though some will understandably adore the alfresco area that overlooks Damansara Utama's houses.

Hyde At 53M boasts a sweeping selection of liquor, though its cocktail list is more compact for now. Temptations include the Flying Grasshopper (RM35), comprising Smirnoff Red Label vodka, peppermint liquor, cacao liquor & half-&-half, served with an After Eight Mint Chocolate Thin that it emulates very well, flavour-wise.

An acquired taste: Boston Buillon (RM42), with Maker's Mark Red Top bourbon whiskey, Marmite (!), agave & blueberry syrup.

Old-Fashioned (RM40): Bulleit Straight Bourbon, sugar & angostura bitters. All in all, very capably executed cocktails.

Hyde At 53M has its own finger food too; we kinda like the hot & crisp, fresh-tasting sui kow, stuffed with seafood paste.

With everything from wine to craft beers & absinthe to Japanese malts also available, liquor lovers truly have a new sanctuary.

Hyde At 53M
53M, Jalan SS21/1A, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya
Tel: 03-7733-2303 (same as The Good Batch's). Open 5pm-2am, Tuesday-Sunday (closed Mondays)

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14 comments:

  1. wow, you sure know where to find a good place for a drink eh? :P

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    1. Ken: my radar is always tuned in for signs of cocktails :)

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  2. Ooh, looks like cocktail bars might be the latest KL craze.

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    1. The Yum List: they'd be a delicious craze, though at RM40 per cocktail, they're also a wallet-draining craze, heh :)

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  3. It certainly looks very cozy! :)

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    1. Linda: yeah, i think we lingered here for nearly two hours :)

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  4. Gosh!!! It sure is well-concealed. I wouldn't expect anything like this behind the vault-like door! They could so a little something to spruce up that staircase a bit, I think - the handrail badly needs a new coat of paint. The place proper sure looks great, a nice place to chill out!

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    1. Suituapui: true, we weren't sure whether the bar was behind that door, but we could hear music behind it, so we figured that we had guessed right. it's like a vault, ya! heh, i think that old staircase is supposed to be part of the charm of this place ... one wouldn't suspect there's an elegant lounge upstairs :D

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  5. I wanna try the Boston Buillon ! Bourbon whiskey, Marmite, agave & blueberry syrup.. totally up for it! haha

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    1. Ciki: heheh, i must admit, i was never a fan of marmite, so this one wasn't my all-time favourite cocktail :)

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  6. Marmite! That is definitely a cocktail calling my name...I love Marmite but hmmm never had it i a cocktail!

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    1. Missyblurkit: heheh, i'm the opposite ... i don't like marmite much, and it overpowered the cocktail for me, heh :)

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  7. nice... now i know where to tell ppl to go for a drink in a "hidden" joint but right here in the easily identified area of Uptown!

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    1. Rebecca : ya, and the location is easily identifiable too, since most folks know where's the good batch :)

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