Rooftop, Lot 10 Shopping Centre
50 Jalan Sultan Ismail
50000 Kuala Lumpur
T: 03 2782 3555/3571
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The rappers mansion….
Over the past decade, malls and hotels along the better half of Jalan Bukit Bintang have been sporting facelifts to catch up to the high-end retail hub that is the stretch today, and just when we were slowly starting to forget about Lot 10, it went under the knife, starting from the top. What was just a grey old rooftop parking lot is now an urban landscape of restaurants, a fashionable gym and of course – our club. Rootz has reclaimed if not an impressionable portion of what used to be of the clubbing scene in this part of the city – long lines to get in, strict dress codes, and the return of crazy Hip Hop nights (donned by the right messengers to – Kartel Records).
Inside, it emulates the kind of Baroque intricacy only known to Tsars and, for a more current reference – a pimped out New York hotel ballroom. What begins as a psychedelic ‘funhouse’ entrance hall of freaky mirrors opens up to a massive ballroom of regal red and gold – velvet sofas, thick carpets, sheer damask screens and chains of golden lights draping like cobwebs from the high ceiling. A long bar takes centre stage as a partition between the VIP area and the cocktail tables by the dancefloor, and a great sound system ensures that the DJs beats and MCs sermons are rubbing your ears the right way all across the room. The only danger about a party pad of this scale is the risk of service being stretched thin to accommodate all those clubbers, but while we’ve heard plenty of stories whining about a lack of a VIP treatment, one thing’s for sure: there’s plenty of space to dance.
Text Tania Safuan
Emulating the fanciful Baroque stylings of 22st century Tsars or a pimped out New York hotel ballroom, what begins as mind-messing funhouse of mirrors opens up to a massive ballroom of red and gold. Velvet sofas, thick carpets, sheer damask screens and chains of golden light drape like cobwebs from the high ceiling. A long bar takes centre stage and acts as a partition between the VIP area and the cocktail tables by the dancefloor, while the top of the range sound system ensures that the DJs beats and MCs sermons rub your ears the right way even if you’re standing across the room. The only danger threatening a party pad of this scale is the risk of service being stretched thin, but while we’ve heard plenty of stories whining about a lack of a quality treatment, one thing’s for sure: there’s plenty of space to dance.
Clientele Hip hoppers, models, celebs and people who want to be seen around them
Music policy Wednesday sees Party Bangaz with DJ DeRajj dropping a mash of R&B, hip hop, ol’ skool, electro and commercial house; Thursday is Run This Town with Kartel Records boys Joe Flizzow, DJ Cza, DJ Ash and Sona One holding up the scene with pure hip hop jams; Fridays are for house music lovers with DJ Joey G up on the console for Rock Da House; and Saturday features The Get Up, where Kartel Records takes everybody up again on Rootz’ most famous night out.
Drinks Rootz has a large range of champagne on its menu, and contrary to the royal facade, is not the splurge-destination it’s made up to be. They’ve got some good bottle packages that can beat some of the best clubs in KL. A bottle of Johnnie Walker, Skyy Vodka or Moet & Chandon are priced at RM260++, and 2 bottles of Moet & Chandon are RM478++
Happy Hours Are available at the bar next door, Teeq, from 5pm – 10pm
Dresscode Smart casual