Tuesday, June 23, 2015

P&C Cocktail Bar @ Desa Sri Hartamas

KL's newest speakeasy-style cocktail bar is an intimate hideout that strives to evoke the spirit of Prohibition-era America, complete with wanted posters of Al Capone & U.S. newspaper clippings that hark back to nearly a century ago.

Here's how to locate P&C: It's in the strange structure behind Desa Sri Hartamas' Naughty Nuri's (both establishments share the same Malaysian owners); look for a wooden entrance that opens to reveal P&C's cat-&-rooster emblem - a cheeky clue for what P&C really stands for (not Private & Confidential). If you can't find it, ask Naughty Nuri's staff for help.

 No menu was available when we visited, but veteran mixologist Erik Fiza, a man with many years of experience behind the bar, is fully capable of fixing you a drink based on your preferences. Sweet & simple? Herbaceous & tart? Fruity & complex? Floral & crisp? Let Erik know; note though that many cocktails here may cost north of RM50.

The issue of cost also causes us reluctance in recommending P&C's food-&-cocktail pairing selection; we love the concept, with each platter of pulled beef, smoked duck or salmon created to be matched with a specific cocktail. But each pairing is priced at RM150 & above - we tried the beef, but the stringy meat in a cloying sauce furnished no reason for us to order more.

 The cocktail in the pairing menu - smoky & sensually nuanced - fares better than the food. But the reality is that at least one other speakeasy bar in KL serves appreciable cocktails for RM35-RM40, so P&C's main appeal may be its cosmetic allure.

P&C Cocktail Bar
Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur


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14 comments:

  1. Looks fancy & most definitely a neat place to chill and wind down.

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    1. KY: yeah, quite a unique spot for this area, more upmarket than the other pubs and bars in hartamas ...

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  2. I thought it meant P&C as in Private & Confidential! :)

    I was a huge fan of cocktails at one point, I don't drink so much anymore but I don't mind paying more than RM 50 for one if it's good. I finally had one in Ippudo Bar that's about RM 40+ but it was good - I'll rather pay a little more for one by an awesome mixologist than one by someone who just read a book about cocktails and made one for RM 10. :)

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    1. Huai Bin: heh, yeah, my first guess had also been Private & Confidential ... which also suits this place in terms of describing it! :) i agree, i'd rather have one very good and memorable RM60 cocktail than two average & forgettable RM30 cocktails ... and i do hear ippudo's cocktails are good! :)

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  3. Muahahahaha!!!! Very clever! P & C!!! Cat and chicken. So they will use those icons for their washrooms? P for the ladies and C for the gents? :D Looks like those tradition English or Irish pubs. Nice.

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    1. Suituapui: heh, i'm not sure they have their own restrooms (maybe they rely on the restrooms of their affiliated restaurant next door), but yeah, i like the warm, woodsy tones here under the dim lighting :)

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  4. I love the interiors here. And the way they served that cocktail is impressive. :)
    Nice place to chill.

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    1. Lux: yeah, can kick back and spend a couple of hours here sipping on different cocktails - that would be a nice way to spend an evening :)

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  5. Nice ambiance and deco, but the price a bit too steep for me.....

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    1. CK: ya, we also couldn't afford to eat and drink much here :D

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  6. Certainly not cheap, i don't think i will pay that much just for that cosmetic effect though or... maybe once for novelty sake ?

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    1. Ken: i figure there are a lot of factors that go into pricing and how much we're willing to fork out, but ya, if cost isn't an issue, then this place makes for a nice chill-out spot :)

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  7. I have never seen a place like this before!

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    1. Linda: it's pretty unique in its own way :D

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