Il Lido Lounge Bar KL

Il Lido Lounge Bar KL
2nd Floor, The Mayang
183 Jalan Mayang
off Jalan Yap Kwan Seng
50450 Kuala Lumpur
T: 03 2161 2291
www.il-lido.com
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Alfresco bar/lounge with a different point of view….
Located opposite the Australian High Commission, a stone’s throw away from KLCC Suria, and so called after the Venetian island of the same name, the chic Il Lido Lounge Bar opened mid-June 2010 a mere fortnight after its award-winning modern Italian restaurant downstairs. Unlike the restaurant which is a luxurious paean to chrome, gold, black and grey, the rooftop bar resembles a landscaped modern Swedish bath house, all wood, artificial grass and trendy minimalism replete with Philippe Starck and Karim Rashid furnishings.

Text Muna Noor
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Able to accomodate 120 standing, a central canopy keeps the barflies dry and in the shade, while either side is kept free from visual hinderance for unencumbered views of the capital’s skyscrapers. What makes Il LIdo Lounge Bar truly unique is that while many other rooftop venues look down on the city, Il Lido Lounge Bar encourages you to look up and watch the buildings grow.

Clientele Working professionals, executives, curious epicureans.
Music policy A rotating roster of DJs massage an eclectic mix of sexy house and downtempo beats from within a DJ booth that resembles a sauna room.
Wednesday Muse featuring Soundchekhmasters DJ Chris O and DJ Phinans drop funky house tunes. It’s also Ladies’ Night. Bellini are 1-for-1 or pop open a bubbly bottle of prosecco for RM128 down from RM165. 8pm-12mn.
Friday Funken sees OMP DJs Shazan, Azran and Victor G lay some classy moves on the shiny wheels and get a groovy sexy house playlist in gear. 8pm-12mn.
Saturday Sunset sees DJ DeRajj shake up an intoxicating cocktail of electro house, contemporary club anthems and old school beats. 8pm-12mn.

Drinks While the restaurant downstairs carries a 7-page wine list covering the globe (but predominantly of the Italian variety), the alfresco bar boasts martinis, frozen margaritas and daiquiris, classics and shots (RM29); and crushed and muddled drinks (RM32). With prosecco, the Italian version of bubbly, served at RM25 a glass, prosecco cocktails are more affordable than the usual champagne versions, and limoncello is available at RM21. Mwah! Quality house pours including Bombay Sapphire, Belvedere, Hennessy VSOP, Glenmoragie, Chivas and Johnnie Walker. There’s also Carlsberg and Hoegaarden on tap at RM19, and cigars for sale.

Happy Hours Mon-Sun: 5pm-10pm. 1-for1 on all house pours, house wines and beer. Salut!

Eats Non-halal. Championed by Beppe de Vito, with native Italian Chef Samuele Alvisi as its Executive Chef, the quality of the food served barside is top notch. It’s too bad Il Lido doesn’t practice the Italian culture of aperitivo, a magical drinking time where cocktails are served up with various amouse bouche laid on for nought extra. Nevertheless the spread of gourmet bar snacks are worth a toast. Notable are a section of pizzas (RM24 – RM28) including the Parma Ham and Rucola and the White Anchovies and Black Olives, while the bruchetta (RM18-RM28) are anything but ordinary. Try the Venetian (cod fish and potato mousse) and French (duck rillette and raspberry sauce).

Dresscode Dressy.

Door policy No cover.

Open Mon-Sun: 5pm-1am.

Parking Very limited parking within The Mayang compound and usually reserved for members using the “club”. There is ample parking in the surrounding area due to the numerous offices located nearby. Valet services to become available soon.