Resto-bars are really just a bar-style restaurant or restaurant-like bar, according to Wiktionary. Wiktionary also describes resto-bars as an establishment that resembles both a bar and a restaurant. What really appeals to me about resto-bars are the simple fact that you get good-quality food, huge variety of alcoholic beverages and a comfortable setting where you can relax and hang out with your friends and loved ones.
Check out these 7 resto-bars in the Petaling Jaya area the next time you want to spend time and hang out with your buddies!
1. Vintry @ Oasis Damansara
As part of the Vintry Group of restaurants, wine bars and retails outlets, Vintry @ Oasis Damansara is one of three Vintry wine bar and restaurant in the PJ and KL area. Overlooking the water fountains and the promenade, this is the perfect place for a casual catch-up with old friends or a weeknight drink in a quiet environment. The rustic, wood-accented environment, a huge selection of reasonably priced wines, and delectable food (especially their roast pork!) are the reasons customers continue to patronise the establishment.
Address: R, Central Plazza, Oasis Square, 15, Jln PJU 1A/7, Ara Damansara, 47301 Petaling Jaya
2. RIN – Restaurant & Bar
Serving Korean fusion food, snacks, and of course, all kinds of alcoholic beverages, RIN – Restaurant & Bar is a stylish and chic restaurant and bar located in SS2. Ladies, you might want to head over with 2 or more of your besties on a Wednesday night for their Ladies Night and enjoy a Somaek tower on the house! Their Korean fusion dishes such as Sojutay (Soju Marinated Skewers) and Spicy Korean Fried Chicken are a great hit and pairs wonderfully with yes, you know it, soju. 🍹
Address: 187-1A, Jalan SS 2/24, SS 2, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
3. LAVAA Restobar
Ice cold beers, handcrafted cocktails and delicious comfort food, that’s what you can expect from this family-friendly establishment located on a corner of Section 17. At LAVAA Restobar, you don’t have to burn a hole in your wallet to enjoy a mixture of Western and Asian food along with signature cocktails with interesting Malaysian-inspired names. Customers have also remarked that it’s easy to find parking in the area which is always a plus in my book!
Address: 25, Ground Floor, Jalan 17/56, Seksyen 17, 46400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
4. Mrs Barr Gastrobar
Mrs Barr Gastrobar is an Indian-fusion gastrobar featuring delicious cuisine and mouth-watering drinks. They have only recently opened their doors, so the reviews are mixed. However, most people did agree that the food is amazing – some of the popular dishes are mutton varuval, chilli prawn pizza, sunken scallops in sothi, brinjal yoghurt milk curry and many more. The menu also extends to tapas, main courses, and ala carte dishes. The highlight and the reason you must visit is the amazing time you’ll have with the Indian live bands and DJ that play every Friday and Saturday while on Sunday, the live band plays old school retro music to relax the customers before the Monday blues hit.
Address: 19, Lorong University C, 46350 Petaling Jaya
5. O2 SS4 Pub & Restaurant
Known for their scrumptious Hokkien Mee and the perfectly poured glass of Guinness stout, what really caught my eye is the regularly held Quiz Night at 02 SS4 Pub and Restaurant. I never knew it was a thing and looking at the pics, Quiz Night looks like a lot of fun! For a change of pace, you could gather a few of your
smartest friends and take on the Quiz Night that is held every Thursday. For the football fans, the O2 SS4 Pub and Restaurant is a wonderful place to watch the matches #liveandloud with your fellow friends.
Address: 10, Jalan SS 4/17, Ss 4, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
6. Medellín Restobar
Located at Plaza Glomac, the Medellín Restobar offers an affordable selection of food, snacks and alcoholic drinks for a casual dinner or meet up with friends or family. There is a wide variety of food – the dishes range from tapas, skewers, fajita, sharing platters, Asian delights, Western dishes, pizza, grills, burrito to stromboli. In terms of drinks, they have recently updated their menu to include more choices! For those of you who love live music, you’ll be happy to know that they have a wonderful line-up of live bands every day from Wednesdays to Saturdays.
Address: C-02-1 & B-11, 1, Jalan SS 7/19, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
7. Out of Africa Restaurant & Kudu Bar
South African owners Dave and Debby Solomon established Out of Africa in 1995. The Kudu Bar offers top-notch cocktails in addition to live broadcasts of rugby, cricket, Formula 1, MotoGP, and football. You can’t see it in the picture below, but it is brilliantly situated next to a swimming pool in the PJ Palms Sport Centre. And you can swim in the pool! Just remember to bring your swimwear. If you decide to bring kids along, they will definitely enjoy their time in the pool or at the playground nearby while you sip on a glass of cold beer or cocktail. Doesn’t that sound like the perfect way to spend a weekend evening?
Address: PJ Palms Sport Centre, 1, Lorong Sultan, Pjs 52, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
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