Bar Italia

Bar Italia
29A Jalan Berangan
Kuala Lumpur
03 2144 4499

Spiral staircases, La Dolce Vita and a rooftop view
The Changkat Bukit Bintang area is slowly gaining momentum as the shift from big clubs give way to the new trend of spending nights at intimate bars with grown up music policies. Although yet another addition to the long list of other bars in the area, Bar Italia is the only bar on its block.

Sandwiched on a street between where Palate Palette and No Black Tie are located and the main thoroughfare where Werner’s and Frangipani can be found, Bar Italia is the brainchild of the man behind the non-kosher Neroteca.

Paolo Guiati’s latest venture, Bar Italia is a restaurant bar with 3 floors linked by a spiral stairways. Featuring clean geometrical lines and down-to-earth, modern furnishings, the 1st 2 floors are filled with tables for diners while the 3rd floor, which is alfresco will probably be a favourite with night time drinkers who love a good view.

Word of caution, service is slow, and the bill came only after half an hour after I requested it repeatedly. Luckily the Italian waiter/model made up for it with his charm and good looks even if on later inspection there was an extra beer charged to the bill. Having said that  it was opening night. Our 2nd visit fared better with Bar Italia owner and chef Max and staff doing all they can to make your experience as authentic as any place in Italy.

Clientele Hip young urban professionals and expats who like the convenience of the location but not Changkat BB crowds.

Drinks Bar Italia has an impressive selection of alcohol, from beers that are RM12-15 a glass, to especially their wines averaging from RM20 to RM 30 for 4 different selections of house pouring wine.

Eats No pork is served. A Lasagne (RM34) and an Orrechitte with Beef Bacon (RM42) took half an hour to 45 minutes. Their gelato is excellent however. JUICE recommends the Almond and Pistachio gelato.

Music policy Music isn’t exactly the top priority and drifts aimlessly from traditional Italian fare to chillout house. We even heard Johnny Cash.

Open Open to serve you breakfast (until 3pm), lunch (until 6pm) and dinner (6pm onwards) from 10am til 3am daily.

Door Policy Entrance is free, food and drinks are not, obviously.

Happy hour Sorry folks, there are no promotions right now.

Dress code The bar fills with after-work sorts from the CBD, so nothing too casual (like jammies or shorts and singlets). After all, it is a very nice place.

Parking: As all places in KL, parking isn’t free. Parking on the street will cost you RM5 when night falls.