Sunday, July 9, 2017

Jack Rose @ Damansara Heights

Jack be nimble: One of 2017's most promising new cocktail bars has sprung up this month in a Damansara Heights office building basement, brought to life by native Melburnian Callan C. Green & Californian James Estes, two deft hands who've picked KL to house their first bar after years of mixing drinks from London to Dubai.

Jack of hearts: The Jack Rose team has a winning way with making customers feel welcome & comfortable, offering up warm smiles at the entrance, a charming introduction to the illustrated menu of witty potions, & an easy-going briskness in how each cocktail is served & cleared. Start with the bar's namesake - the Jack Rose is more than a century old, immortalised in Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, blending applejack with lemon & grenadine for a fruity creation that'll leave you craving seconds (RM49++ for 100proof, RMRM39++ for 80proof). Other sweetly pleasurable concoctions for fuss-free sipping include the ultra-refreshing Lisa Laird (RM29++; Laird's Applejack, ginger ale, lemon) & The Devil's In The Details (RM35++; temptingly sultry with Cimarron tequila, suze, pickled pear, lemon, lime, bitters).

You don't know Jack ... at least, not until you've tried the bar's more unorthodox tipples; the Claypot Negroni is dark & deep, featuring Fords Gin, Mancino Rosso & Campari, aged for a few days in an Italian vermouth claypot (RM39++). For the slightly adventurous, Give Peas A Chance deserves consideration, with snow pea-infused vodka furnishing an intriguing foundation of flavour, spiked further with junmai sake, lemon, salt & pepper (RM39++). End your evening with Don't Forget The Delaware, a memorably complex compound of Rebel Yell Rye Whiskey, Cherry Heering, Campari, Fernet Rinse & bitters (RM45++). Jack Rose is a strong addition to KL's bar scene, poised to blossom into a neighbourhood favourite; note though that the music here can seem relatively loud, with 2Pac blasting from the speakers by 7pm.

Jack Rose Kuala Lumpur
B1, Wisma E & C, Lorong Dungun Kiri, Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur. 
Tues-Thurs, 5pm-1am; Fri-Sat, 5pm-3am. Tel: 012-689-0020

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12 comments:

  1. Great logo and comic strips. We can never have too many cocktail bars in KL I guess. :-)

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    1. The Yum List: especially cocktail bars that ooze character and charm :D

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  2. A great spot for chilling with friends especially after a hard day's work. :D

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    1. Lux: yeah, we were here to unwind on a friday night after a week of work :D

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  3. I love that game - You don't know Jack!

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    1. Suituapui: i love the song, you don't bring me flowers! :D

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  4. What a cute way to showcase their cocktails...with comic strips! With my shallow knowledge of liquor since I'm no drinker...I don't know jack....what does 100proof or 80proof mean? A higher vs lower alcohol content? In that case, I want 10proof...got?..kekeke! :D

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    1. Contact.ewew: yeah, those comic strips are a cool touch! Yes, the higher the number, the better for us liquor lovers! Hmmm, 10 proof would mean there's roughly only 5 percent alcohol content! ;)

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  5. oooh! I love this place with special drinks that come with the cute cards. Thumbs up!

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    1. Twilight Man: yup, and they put quite a bit of creative thought into the cards to make them pretty special! ;)

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  6. The name remind me of Jack & Rose in Titanic, LOL

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    1. Choi Yen: haha, that's true! i didn't think of that ;)

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