A visionary bar looks to the past for a fantastical future.
If you are agreeable to bars and/or still breathing, chances are, by now you have already heard of AD Bar, the medieval-themed nightspot making waves in Kuala Lumpur. Short for Anno Domini Bar, the hidden cocktail bar looks for inspiration from the Middle Ages in decorating its interior. However, don’t go in expecting a rowdy tavern with beer swooshing everywhere, for the sophisticated spot prides itself on encouraging comfortable conversations among patrons.
At the risk of sounding corny, good things really do come for those who put in the effort. Or in this case, those who are able to climb the flight of stairs and locate the right door to open (there is a decoy door!). Once you’re inside though, inspired ambience and friendly staff welcome you. The medieval décor enchants in the subtle way that it is presented – nothing is too grim or too loud, including the bar’s eclectic music.
According to the founders of AD Bar, the unique medieval concept was chosen because of its timelessness – an establishment au courant will soon become au passe. The theme was also chosen due to the feeling of fantasy that it invokes; something that we often see in movies but not able to experience in real life, unless you walk into this bar of course. The furniture and accessories needed to complete the look were mostly customised while some were also sourced from aspiring local vendors, including the skull-encrusted mug and the skeleton goblet AD Bar is famous for.
Playing up to the feudal fantasy leitmotif of the bar are the wide selection of cocktails offered in five different categories: refreshing, fruity, spicy, potent and creamy. Bearing whimsical names that are sure to stay in your minds long after the taste fades away, the cocktails are concocted with a Malaysian twist as well as Western influence and will keep you coming back for more. Some of the mischievous drinks on the menu include the Yeti Cup, The Barbarian and the delicate Fairy’s Tears.
In order to further give you an idea of the creative cocktails that await you in AD Bar, here are seven drinks off the menu and one made just for us that #UPPRERECOMMENDS.
Chrysanthemum Syrup, Lime Juice, Mint Leaf
Grapefruit Juice, Lime Juice, Raspberry Syrup, Egg White, Pop Candy
Poison: Vodka, Sparking Wine
Elder Flower Syrup, Lychee Liquor, Lime Juice, Blue Pea
Poison: Tequila infused Jalapeno, Beer
Passion Fruit, Lime Juice
Poison: Pandan infused Rum, Bourbon
Coconut Water, Gula Melaka, Bitters
Poison: Blended Scotch, Spiced Rum
Orange Bitters, Gula Melaka, Smoked Cinnamon
Poison: Guinness, Rum
Mars Chocolate, Milk
Created just for UPPRE, this herbal concoction is still nameless.
Cherry Tomatoes, Parsley, Rosemary, Lime Juice & Sprite
Aside from their charming range of cocktails, AD Bar also sets itself apart from competition by serving draught beers. A Happy Hour promotion of 3 pints for RM60 was also recently launched, whereby each set comes with a complimentary cocktail, available daily from 5pm to 9pm. Upcoming programming at the cocktail bar include DJ and Acoustic nights while more food options will be made available later in the year.