In the heart of Plaza Damansara lays a Blue Elephant, a hidden gem ideal for movie lovers that houses some of the best drinks in town.
The number of speakeasies cropping up in KL seemed to have mushroomed overnight, but do not mistake the Blue Elephant for one. “I don’t necessarily like the term ‘speakeasy’ so much,” says Richard Holland, a Projects Consultant for Blue Elephant when we meet him. “This is more just a really sexy lounge bar.. that’s kind of a bit hidden. It adds to the charm of the place”
And hidden it is. Follow the address given and you’ll find yourself walking up some stairs to a landing that hints that you’ve found it – thanks to the directors chairs, photo wall and a bookshelf full of movie covers, but pray tell..where could the entrance be? Here’s a clue: the bookshelves – or you can just wait until the next regular opens the door and leads you in like a white rabbit. That’s what I did, at least.
“When you finally find it and come through the bookshelf, it’s like you leave your world behind you,” adds Richard. “I think it’s a subconscious thing, people feel that escape the minute they walk through.”
Opened late last year, the Blue Elephant is a smorgasbord of things; it’s a lounge, a bar, there’s a restaurant downstairs, there’s karaoke and private soundproofed rooms, there’s a dance floor and DJ nights with sexy deep house. It’s whatever you want it to be, and that’s what makes it kind of amazing. There’s an unmistakable movie theme to Blue Elephant that sets it apart from anything else in KL, and word is that the owner is one of the biggest shareholders of the Australian media company, Village Roadshow.
Amidst the hidden rooms, the Blue Elephant is a very Instagram-able venue with flashing paparazzi lights, a giant golden Oscar, a blow-up wall of Marilyn Monroe complete with air duct (so you can reproduce your own Seven Year Itch moment), and the countless movie quotes and film posters tastefully placed all over the establishment. Perfect for a girl’s night out.
But cool, cinematic laid back atmosphere aside, the drinks here are really the star of the show.
Try the signature Blue Elephant, which is a mix of Smirnoff Vodka, passion fruit syrup, apple and grapefruit juice, and Chardonnay wine for a light fruity cocktail to set of the night.
The Fragrant Lycheetini is given a fresh update with the addition of homemade rose pandan syrup which unlike the traditional lycheetini, makes this a pretty in pink and deliciously lethal.
For coffee lovers, go with The Meh-He-Kan Coffee. Deliciously strong and frothy, this concoction of Jose Cuervo Gold, Patron XO, Espresso and Agave Nectar makes this a full bodied night cap that will give you that extra caffeine boost before you leave.
Besides the popcorn stand, the beauty of Blue Elephant is that if you feel peckish, you have a choice of ordering food and snacks from its sister restaurant Neroteca downstairs, or go exotic with A Li Yaa’s Sri Lankan cuisine or sushi from Kinme Sashimi & Grill Bar which is in the vicinity – all highly reputable establishments in their own right.
So is there anything the Blue Elephant can’t do? If you ever find out, let us know.
Blue Elephant Lounge Bar @ Plaza Damansara
15M & 17M, Plaza Damansara, Jalan Medan Setia 1,
Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur