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Craft Beer in Kuala Lumpur Guide (2020)

The most up-to-date and detailed guide to craft beer in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Putrajaya. From bars to restaurants, Beer Asia has you covered.

The latest update of this guide to Kuala Lumpur craft beer was made in October 2020. Restaurants and eateries are now allowed to operate at full capacity, provided that social distancing is adhered to as COVID-19 cases begin to rise again. Most bars are also offering pick-up and delivery services. Some restrictions remain, particularly for nightclubs and venues with certain licenses, and in areas with enhanced government restrictions (‘Red Zones’).

Kuala Lumpur hasn’t historically been known as a mecca for craft beer enthusiasts. High taxes, a strong Islamist lobby, the weak ringgit, restrictive brewing conditions, the list of woes for craft beer enthusiasts and brewers alike goes on…

Fortunately, as the world’s craft beer revolution has taken off, more bars and restaurants have decided to offer Malaysians better beer choices.

Beer In Malaysia: A Unique Environment

Malaysia’s craft beer market is, unfortunately, one of the most conservative in Asia.

A crucial starting point is acknowledging that most Malaysians are Muslims. While Malaysia is constitutionally a secular country, it is a serious crime for Muslims (mostly Malays) to drink alcohol.

There are only three brewing licenses, and unfortunately for budding brewers, the former Prime Minister Badawi announced no further licenses will be issued as a concession to Islamist politicians.

Of the two brewing licensees, Carlsberg & Heineken have established a powerful duopoly via tough tactics and big spending on marketing.

Their ranges of beers, brewed locally and arguably decent commercial beers in their own right, dominate restaurant fridges and bar tap systems.

Fortunately, there are pioneers and strivers who have fought to established craft beer beachheads in Kuala Lumpur.

While a change in restrictive brewing laws is unlikely and increasing alcohol taxes are the norm, craft beer in Kuala Lumpur is now much more widely availiable.

And it isn’t just in the city centre around KLCC. Selangor, a stronghold of Malaysia’s big beer duopoly, now has a range of venues offering craft beer.

Even futuristic Cyberjaya, once considered a ‘dry’ town, now boasts a craft beer bar.

Whether you are a quest to find a refreshing session Pale Ale to cool down in the tropical heat or to find that special sour or gose from your favourite overseas craft brewer, Beer Asia’s Kuala Lumpur Beer Guide is here to help.

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Kuala Lumpur Craft Beer Directory

Click on any venue listing below to find more information, or scroll through the rest of this page to review Beer Asia’s directory of craft beer venues in Kuala Lumpur (in no particular order):

Selangor Craft Beer Directory

Seremban Craft Beer Directory

Melaka Craft Beer Directory


Craft Beer Venues in Kuala Lumpur

Taps Beer Bar

One of Malaysian’s first craft beer establishments, Taps is an institution amongst beer lovers local and traveling alike.

Indeed, Taps reputedly inspired inspiring Rohit Dugar to found Hong Kong’s excellent Young Master Brewery.

Today, they serve hundreds of thirsty patrons weekly to indulge in an impressive variety of imported craft beer including Pasteur Street Brewing Company (Vietnam), Brewdog (Scotland) and Beerfarm (Australia).

Continuing to be a leading advocate for craft beer in Malaysia, Taps Beer Bar has multiple locations around Kuala Lumpur & Selangor.

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Delirium Café Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia is the 11th country in the world to have a Delirium Café, providing unique Belgian beers in Kuala Lumpur.

Delirium Café Kuala Lumpur, located in KLCC, offers a wide range of Belgian beers. It is notable for having twelve beer taps (few bars have such large systems anywhere in Malaysia) and over 100 bottled beers.

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Ales & Lagers

Located above Senya Izakaya in Solaris Dutamas, Ales & Lagers is a great place to meet like-minded craft beer lovers while enjoying a wide selection – with Malaysia’s excellent local Modern Madness beer on tap and others bottles/cans.

While they don’t serve any food, thirsty customers are welcome to bring their own to have a meal and a pint: a welcome idea we hope other venues adopt.

  • Address
    D5-G4-3, No 1, Jalan Dutamas 1,
    Solaris Dutamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    (Above Senya Izakaya, Inside TTP.my Print Shop)
  • Open location on Google Maps
  • Call 03-6419 0328
  • Like on Facebook
  • Check-in on Untappd
  • Operation hours
    3PM-9PM daily
  • Delivery or self pick-up
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Beer Bank KL

Hidden at the back of a supermarket in the heart of KL, Beer Bank has hundreds of bottle choices for you to have at the bar or for take home.

If you’re hungry, they also serve finger food. The best part for late-night drinkers: the bar is typically open until 2AM (except at 12AM on Sunday).

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PAUS Craft Beer

Located in leafy upscale TTDI, PAUS has been part of the KL beer scene for more than three years now.

PAUS serving unique beers of exceptional taste and limited in release, offering probably the best range of craft beer in TTDI.

Committed to searching only the best-imported craft beer for you, PAUS serves imported craft from New Zealand, Japan, the United States and beyond. PAUS also offers a variety of food, designed to pair with the beer.

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Gavel Coffee Kitchen Craft Beers

Located in Chow Kit, Gavel is one of a handful of recently opened venues offering craft beer in KL. From Against The Grain to Coopers, Gavel offers a variety of craft beers by the bottle and can.

Notable for a craft venue, they offer their signature Sunday Roast: a weekly menu of roast lamb, roast beef or if you’re lucky – beef wellington. They also offer salads and roast veggies for vegetarian customers.

  • Address
    20, Jalan Yap Ah Shak, Chow Kit,
    50300 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Open location on Google Maps
  • Call +60 12-209 7950
  • Like on Facebook 
  • Operating hours
    930AM-10PM (Mon-Sat)
    10AM-6PM (Sun)
  • Delivery
    Call or WhatsApp +6012 209 7950 to order
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Craft Beer Venues in Selangor

HOP BEER BAR

Dog owners can now bring along their dogs to HOP BEER BAR in Jaya One for a hip, no fuss, dog-friendly retail bar serving a variety of craft beers, spirits & wines.

  • Address
    G-015, Block E The Square, Jaya One, 72A, Jalan Universiti, Pjs 13, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Open location on Google Maps
  • Call 03-7931 3330
  • Like on Facebook
  • Check-in on Untappd
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Monster and Beer

Located in Taman Paramount of Petaling Jaya, Monster and Beer is the perfect neighbourhood craft beer garden for the PJ folks living within a stone’s throw away.

With literal illustrations of funky, funny and emotional monsters with beer, this spot is currently open for takeaway, delivery & pick-up only so be sure to call ahead!

  • Address
    11, Jalan 20/13, Taman Paramount,
    46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Open location on Google Maps
  • Call 03-7865 8121
  • Like on Facebook
  • Operating hours
    4PM-10PM
  • Takeaway, delivery & pick-up
    Call or WhatsApp +6012 332 6503 to order
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The Great Beer Bar

Located in Damansara Utama, The Great Beer Bar is easily among the best options for craft beer in Petaling Jaya.

Offering a range of craft on draft and on tap, The Great Beer Bar has the unique distinction of serving Malaysian-inspired craft beer from Modern Madness. They recently offered a Bah Kut Teh Ale, which is very much a local experience to indulge in!

Besides beer, Great Beer Bar also serves delicious Crispy Pork Belly with Apple Sauce and Mushroom – perfect to go with a Lemongrass Ale.

  • Address
    86, Jalan SS 21/62, Damansara Utama,
    47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Open location on Google Maps
  • Call 012 922 0723
  • Like on Facebook
  • Check-in on Untappd
  • Operating hours
    3PM-12AM daily
  • Delivery
    Order online on farmersbar.com.my
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Farmer’s Bar

Farmer’s Bar is one of Klang Valley’s best-known craft beer bar groups.

They now have venues located in Kota Damansara, Puchong and Subang Parade – all of which have a wonderful range of beer from around the world (notably some speciality beer from around Asia and Australasia) and delicious food, too.

Besides their physical locations, Farmers Bar is one of the first online craft beer stores in West Malaysia, offering same-delivery delivery in Klang Valley for orders by 7 PM. You can order craft beer delivery around at farmersbar.com.my

Farmer’s Bar @ Kota Damansara

  • Address
    Sunsuria Avenue, Persiaran Mahogani, Pju 5 Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Open location on Google Maps
  • Call 016-391 9301
  • Visit farmersbar.com.my
  • Like on Facebook
  • Check-in on Untappd
  • Opening hours
    6PM-10PM

Farmer’s Bar @ Puchong

  • Address
    6-1, Jalan Puteri 2/4, Bandar Puteri,
    47100 Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Open location on Google Maps
  • Call 03-9548 0665
  • Check-in on Untappd
  • Opening hours
    3PM-12AM

Farmer’s Bar @ Subang Parade

  • Address
    LOT SP01, Lower Ground Floor,  Jalan SS 16/1, 47500 Subang Jaya, 47100 Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Open location on Google Maps
  • Call 03-9548 0665
  • Check-in on Untappd
  • Opening hours
    3PM-12AM
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Battle Of Bull

For those living in Cheras, you no longer need to travel beyond the borders of Selangor for your dose of craft beer.

Battle of the Bull has eight draft taps, which have previously included beers from BrewDog, Citricity and Crew Republic.

The Cheras craft beer specialist also offers dozens of bottles for drink-in or take-away.

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Craft Beer Venues in Seremban

The Craft Beer Shop Malaysia

As one of the only craft beer store outside of Klang Valley, folks in Seremban area can now enjoy free delivery from The Craft Beer Shop Malaysia. Just drop them a Facebook Message or call direct.

Craft Beer Venues in Melaka

The Craft Beer Shop Melacca

Another new edition to a handful of craft beer store outside of Klang Valley is The Craft Beer Shop Melacca.

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Restaurants & Cafes Serving Craft Beer in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur

Takumi Craft Bar

  • Address
    50, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
  • Open Location on Google Maps
  • Like on Facebook

Jao Tim

  • Address
    61, Jalan Sultan, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur
  • Open Location on Google Maps
  • Call +60 3-2022 3897
  • Like on Facebook

Taste of love 愛の味

  • Address
    138, Jalan Choo Cheng Khay, Kampung Attap, 50460 Kuala Lumpur
  • Open Location on Google Maps
  • Call +60 16-258 0815
  • Like on Facebook

The Red Chamber

  • Address
    3, Jalan Hujan Rahmat, Taman Overseas Union, 58200 Kuala Lumpur
  • Open Location on Google Maps
  • Call +60 14-643 9561
  • Like on Facebook

Eco Wine

  • Address
    12A, Jalan 10, 116B, Jalan Kuchai Maju 11, Kuchai Entrepreneurs Park, 58200 Kuala Lumpur,
  • Open Location on Google Maps
  • Call +60 12-323 3018
  • Like on Facebook

TGG Arkadia

  • Address
    B-G-9, Plaza Arkadia, No, 3, Jalan Intisari, Desa Parkcity, 52200 Kuala Lumpur
  • Open Location on Google Maps
  • Call +60 3-2733 3994
  • Like on Facebook

TGG Publika

  • Address
    No28, Block C5, Level G3 Publika Shopping Center, No1, Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
  • Open Location on Google Maps
  • Call +60 3-6206 1863
  • Like on Facebook

Dream Art Lamp Cafe

  • Address
    16-1, Jalan Radin Anum 1, Sri Petaling, 57000 Kuala Lumpur
  • Open Location on Google Maps
  • Call +60 12-326 7468
  • Like on Facebook

Stations Cafe

  • Address
    9, Jalan 3/62a, Bandar Menjalara, 52200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
  • Open Location on Google Maps
  • Call +60 3-6263 4822
  • Like on Facebook

Kingstreet Café

  • Address
    621, Jalan 2/87g, Taman Seputeh, 58000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
  • Open Location on Google Maps
  • Call +60 3-2276 2869
  • Like on Facebook

Hokkaido Syokudo 北海道食堂

  • Address
    Publika Dutamas, A2-G2-2, 1, Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
  • Open Location on Google Maps
  • Call +60 3-6206 4964
  • Like on Facebook

Entier French Dining

  • Address
    Level 41 at Alila Bangsar No 58, Jalan Ang Seng, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
  • Open Location on Google Maps
  • Call +60 3-2268 3819
  • Like on Facebook

Selangor

W Wine & Liquor Warehouse Puchong

  • Address
    58G, Jalan Op 1/5, 1 Puchong Business Park, 47160 Puchong, Selangor
  • Open Location on Google Maps
  • Call +60 3-8076 6188
  • Like on Facebook

Breworks Puchong IOI Boulevard

  • Address
    IOI Boulevard, G-33, Jln Kenari 7, Bandar Puchong Jaya, 47100 Puchong, Selangor
  • Open Location on Google Maps
  • Call +60 12-955 4303
  • Like on Facebook

MadMen

  • Address
    P-01-17 Tropicana Avenue, 12
    Persiaran Tropicana 47400 Petaling Jaya
  • Like on Facebook

Gin 云锦

  • Address
    36-1, Jalan Kasuarina 6, Bandar Botanik, 41200 Klang, Selangor
  • Open Location on Google Maps
  • Call +60 10-379 9831
  • Like on Facebook

Penang

Hudson’s Deli

  • Address
    103, Jalan Chan Siew Teong, Taman Tanjung Bunga, 11200 Tanjung Bungah, Penang,
  • Open Location on Google Maps
  • Call +60 16-213 8344
  • Like on Facebook

Dicken Street Bar & Cafe

  • Address
    30, Lebuh Dickens, George Town, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang,
  • Open Location on Google Maps
  • Call +60 16-220 2290
  • Like on Facebook

Macallum Connoisseurs

  • Address
    1, Gat Lebuh Macallum, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang
  • Open Location on Google Maps
  • Call +60 4-261 3597
  • Like on Facebook

Kafe DuaBotol

  • Address
    FM-C 30,SHOP-IN D’PARK, PLOT 3, Jalan Perusahaan, AUTO CITY, 13600 Perai, Penang
  • Open Location on Google Maps
  • Call +60 17-580 8607
  • Like on Facebook

Momokaka

  • Address
    48, Lebuh Armenian, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang
  • Open Location on Google Maps
  • Like on Facebook

Perak

Kikilalat

The Choice Cafe

  • Address
    1b, Lorong Tok Perdana, Taman Tok Perdana, 32000 Sitiawan, Perak,
  • Open location on Google Maps
  • Call +60 10-565 9753
  • Like on Facebook

Johor

Gourmet Trails Marketplace & Deli

  • Address
    Persiaran Puteri Selatan, Puteri Harbour, 79000 Nusajaya, Johor
  • Open location on Google Maps
  • Call +60 7-509 0585
  • Like on Facebook

Sabah

Bottle Haus KK

  • Address
    Lot 21, Ground Floor, Block D, Phase 3, Jalan Damai, Luyang Commercial Centre, 88300 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
  • Open location on Google Maps
  • Call +60 88-215 810
  • Like on Facebook

Sarawak

Mike’s Smokehouse

  • Address
    12, Green Heights Commercial Centre, Jalan Lapangan Terbang, Green Heights, 93250 Kuching, Sarawak
  • Open location on Google Maps
  • Call +60 12-368 5978
  • Like on Facebook

Porkie’s By Flavours

  • Address
    42, Jalan Song, Tabuan Heights Commercial Centre, 93350 Kuching, Sarawak
  • Open location on Google Maps
  • Call +60 82-296 462
  • Like on Facebook

ZOZO Beans & Booze

  • Address
    Jalan Song, Tabuan Heights, 93350 Kuching, Sarawak
  • Open location on Google Maps
  • Call +60 12-205 6080
  • Like on Facebook

Malaysia Craft Beer Map

To get started on your craft beer adventure in Malaysia, we have created a Google Map of all the venues we’ve listed including Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya, Perak, Penang, Melaka, Johor, Sabah and Sarawak.

To save this map, click on the small ‘star’ on the right of the map name to open and view in Google Maps.

Self-Guided Kuala-Lumpur Craft Beer Tour

Besides our Google Map of craft beer venues earlier in this craft beer guide, we have also developed a self-guided craft beer tour for beer-lovers in Kuala Lumpur.


Other Guides To Craft Beer in Malaysia

To give you an alternative viewpoint on the best craft beer bars in Klang Valley, we’ve collected a selection of links related to craft beer in Malaysia. Check out some other ideas for craft beer venues and join the conversation!

Malaysia Craft Beer Lovers Facebook Group (Highly active & friendly Malaysian craft beer community)

5 Craft Beer Bars in KL (Malaysia) for Proper Beer Appreciation’, Alvin Tan, Uncover Asia (March 2020)

Where to Find Good Beer in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Kim Choong, Beer Travelist (February 2020)

Get a cold pint at these craft beer places in KL, Pohnee Chin, Lifestyle Asia (February 2019)

Guide to craft beers, Time Out Kuala Lumpur (March 2018)

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By Oliver Woods

Oliver Woods is the founder of Beer Asia. He is a marketing strategist, co-founder of two ad agencies and craft beer enthusiast. Oliver is based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

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