The secret is out. As reported in our previous issue, Barfly serves one of the cheapest beers in town. If you don’t already know, here’s the kicker: RM10 nett for a Tiger and RM13 nett for Guinness and Kilkenny – all day, every day. And it’s important to stress that the beer is served in a pint, not a mug. For the initiated, you know the difference; for the uninitiated, that simply means more beer.
During our visit, almost everyone was drinking beer (naturally). We’ve never seen so many beer drinkers at the same time before. And the only time someone drinks a cocktail here is perhaps when they’re doing the ‘Barfly Monsta’ challenge – a drinking game where you down a glass of deadly-strong cocktail, as fast as possible. The current record is 7.19 seconds for the guys and 9.8 seconds for ladies. If you beat the record, you’ll get any free drink on the house. And no, we didn’t win the challenge (better luck next time).
Even though the name of the game is beer, we have to give a little more credit to Barfly. They’ve only been around for less than a year but already expanded to the adjoining lot. The new lounge area, dubbed ‘Barfly Club’, is open from Thursday number of patrons on weekends. The crowd is usually a mix of yuppies, white-collars from nearby offices and serious beer drinkers, with strong support from the Indian community.
Another great thing about this boozy bar is that you’re not subjected to any eye-rolling from the mixologist, and there are no secret entrances and no pretentious cocktails with unrecognisable ingredient lists. The setting is easy on the eyes with a recycled theme subtly running through the décor. High tables and stools come in abundance but it’s hard to get a seat on a Friday night.
However, there’s one thing that we didn’t quite understand – the lighting. Why is it so dark in here all the time? Are they going for a ‘romantic’ mood? Because it came across as a little dingy to us.
That said, what it lacks in pretension it makes up for in prices. After all, cheap beer makes us all cheerful. If it’s the end of the month and your wallet is slim but you still want to drink, this is the best place to be. Oh, and soak up the beers with their famous ikan bilis chili onion. It’s so good we ordered two. Ian Loh
D1-G3-06, Publika, Solaris Dutamas, 1 Jalan Dutamas 1, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 012 671 5883
Opening times: Daily, 4.30pm-1am
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