Employees Only, Speakeasy, Sunway

Employees Only: A Speakeasy, The Pinnacle @ Bandar Sunway

Words: Shaun Humphries     Photos: Monica Tindall

What does a surgical light from Queensland, Australia, Albert Einstein’s formulaic scribbling and delicious Japanese whiskey all have in common? You can find them all at Employees Only.

A cozy little speak easy tucked into a corner of The Morning After’s Bandar Sunway location, it makes for an excellent spot to enjoy some after-work adult beverages to go along with some engaging conversation – most importantly about the bar’s eccentric and fun decor.

Bellying up to the bar with bartender Loso at the helm, we recently had the pleasure to try some signature cocktails from one of KL’s newest watering holes.

Employees Only, Speakeasy, Sunway
Bartender at Employees Only

With light blues music playing in the background, we were first treated to the Long Island 2.0 (RM42). Featuring five different alcohols, this drink packs a delicious and tasty punch. Subtly sweet, this very special long island contains Jose Cuervo tequila, Smirnoff vodka, Gordon’s gin, Bacardi rum, triple sec and their very own home-brewed assam-boi extract. We’d happily take this version over the original any day.

Employees Only, Speakeasy, Sunway
Long Island 2.0

Moving to the more fruity, Loso mixed us up a Mint Midori Apple (RM35), which featured Grey Goose vodka, Martini Rosso and apple extract. Garnished with a single slice of green apple (out of stock on our visit so replaced with a slice of lime instead), the fruit flavours win the day on this light and refreshing cocktail.

Employees Only, Speakeasy, Sunway
Minty Midori

The Milo Dinosaur (RM35) is an intriguing choice. Shaken on crushed ice and garnished with Milo powder, the Grey Goose vodka and Kahlua served with a stick of Twix took Mon back to childhood memories of ice cream sprinkled with Milo, and Caning and myself to memories of our first experience of Milo here in Malaysia.

Employees Only, Speakeasy, Sunway
Milo Dinosaur

Switching to the more familiar, we enjoyed a Classic Margarita (RM35), featuring two shots of tequila, one shot of triple sec, and a splash of lime with sweet and sour. Complete with a salty glass rim to help take the edge off the tequila, this one made me long for a beach lounger.

Employees Only, Speakeasy, Sunway
Classic Margarita

With our conversation in full swing and Loso lost in his craft, we tried a Monkey 47 gin (RM40/glass and RM500/bottle) and Fentiman’s Tonic Water. Distilled in Germany, Monkey 47 is a premium gin made with 47 different botanical ingredients, and when mixed with the organic grain base, milled quinine bark and lemongrass of the Fentiman’s, is a concoction that proves smooth and refreshing and well-suited to this tropical climate.

Employees Only, Speakeasy, Sunway
Monkey 47 Gin and Tonic

Moving our attention to the fine whiskeys available at Employees Only, we first enjoyed a glass of Japan’s Nikka Whisky from the Barrel (RM35/glass or RM420/bottle). A casual, but growing fan of whiskey, I have to admit this was my first ever foray into Japanese whiskys. I had heard they were award-winning, and I now I know why.  Smooth, flowery and delicious is all I can say.

Employees Only, Speakeasy, Sunway
Nikka Whisky

Not able to stop at one, next up was a glass of Black Nikka Special (RM35/glass or RM430/bottle). The perfect blend of Nikka’s proprietary Coffey grains, Black Nikka Special carries hints of malt and cereal while it passes by your tongue like a warm hug.

Employees Only, Speakeasy, Sunway
Black Nikka Whisky

We finished off our speakeasy experience with the reliable and balanced single malt Macallan 12 (RM40/glass or RM620/bottle). Smooth, with rich dried fruits and sherry and carrying gentle tastes of wood smoke and spice, this is a scotch whisky that is familiar and again had Caning and I sharing stories of our early whisky experiences.

Employees Only, Speakeasy, Sunway
McCallan 12 Year Old Whiskey

Sadly however, on this visit, we had reached our limit and it was time for us to go. Proud of the fact that I had managed to stay upright on my first speakeasy review, we wished Loso a good night and made a note to stop by again when we were next in the neighbourhood.

Employees Only is open from 5 p.m. until late every night except Sunday. They also have an intriguing selection of craft beers from the U.S., if you’re so inclined.

Reasons to visit: the 20-seat, classy and eclectic room is both inviting and conversation-inducing; Long Island 2.0; good whiskey selection.

Employees Only
Mezzanine Floor, The Pinnacle, Bandar Sunway
46150 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
+60 3-5036 7789

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  1. No way Hosa could you sample a decent sized one of each of those
    drinks and still be able to stand up!
    The Long Island 2.0 if the whole small glass was consumed would put
    more than lining on your “tummies”!!
    I gather it has to be look, watch preparation and a teenie weenie sippy???
    Dr El Colin Cordobes, M.D.

    PS: I don’t think I could JUST do the “tennie weenie sippy” part – ha ha!

    • Now now… teenie weenie sippies would just be wasting and we don’t waste our food/ beverage. 😉 We didn’t have one each though! We shared them between three of us.

    • Well that is good to know from a medical viewpoint, but who has the
      biggest “sippy”???
      I suspect El Caning Cordobes and I foresee a skiing incident on the Straits of
      Malacca or a nasty fall off that Andalusian steed. Take care young man or you will not be reaching the “ripe old age” of moi !!!
      Dr. El Colin Cordobes, M.D.
      Now where did I put my Glenfiddich 18 – oh yes, here it is right on my right
      hand side – silly me. Ha Ha.

  2. I suppose I can go for the Milo Dinosaur, since I no longer drink. Oh no!!! There’s vodka and Kahlua in it. Sighhhh!!!!

  3. I think this is a very interesting concept, Monica. Even though I don’t drink alcohol, I enjoyed this post.

  4. The Milo Dinosaur looks like a chocolate dessert…Lovely place ; -)

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