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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.

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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 Map

To get started on your craft beer adventure in and around Kuala Lumpur, we have created a Google Map of all the venues we know of serving craft beer in Klang Valley.

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


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.

Changkat Bukit Bintang Location

Plaza Arkadia (Desa Parkcity) Location

  • F-G-1 Plaza Arkadia, 3 Jalan Intisari Perdana,
    Desa ParkCity, 52200 K.L.
  • Open in Google Maps
  • +60 3-6411 8840

IPC Shopping Centre Location

  • Lot LG 1.19 & 1.20, IPC Shopping Centre,
    2, Jalan PJU 7/2, Mutiara Damansara,
    47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Open in Google Maps
  • +60 11-2713 9279
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Delirium Café Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia is the 11th country in the world to have a Delirium Café, providing a unique Belgian beer experience right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.

Delirium Café Kuala Lumpur 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 behind EspressoLab in Solaris Dutamas, Ales & Lagers is a great place to meet like-minded craft beer lovers while enjoying a wide selection – both on tap and in 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 which we hope other venues adopt.

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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

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

They serve 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.

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Craft Beer in Petaling Jaya

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.

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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 Cyberjaya, Puchong and Kota Damansara.

Besides their physical locations, Farmers Bar is one of the first online craft beer stores in West Malaysia, Farmer’s Bar offers same-delivery delivery in Klang Valley for orders before 4 PM.

Farmer’s Bar Cyberjaya

Farmer’s Bar Puchong

  • 6-1, Jalan Puteri 2/4, Bandar Puteri,
    47100 Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Open in Google Maps
  • +60 3-9548 0665

Farmer’s Bar Kota Damansara

  • Sunsuria Avenue, Persiaran Mahogani, Pju 5 Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Open in Google Maps
  • +60 16-391 9301

Farmer’s Bar Subang Parade [Newly opened]

  • LOT SP01, Lower Ground Floor,  Jalan SS 16/1, 47500 Subang Jaya, 47100 Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia
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Craft Beer in Cheras

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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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 customised craft beer tour for beer-lovers in Kuala Lumpur.

Other Guides To Craft Beer in KL

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)

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

Craft beer bars in KL, Time Out Kuala Lumpur (December 2017)

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Thanks for reading Beer Asia’s Kuala Lumpur Craft Beer Guide! Traveling to a different city and want to explore the local craft beer scene? Check out other cities’ local craft beer guides here.

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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