Hidden bar in Penang again? Yes! Penang is full of hidden bars or secret bars or speakeasies, as they are called. The other day, we were in Manchurian style hidden bar, but this time something totally different. This is the hidden bar with the best entrance we’ve ever seen. Throughout the day, this is just an ordinary café named Holdup with a few tables.
At night, the café is closed, but there is a huge orange fridge in the center of the room. However, if you are brave enough, open this fridge and go into the unknown. In the first place, Out of Nowhere is a nicely decorated hidden bar with a great atmosphere and an outstanding drink list. This place is chill with dim lighting and an industrial feel. We sat behind the bar so we could be in the center of the mixology that was happening.
The bar was pretty much full so we didn’t even think we could have sat somewhere else… The barmen were all nice and ready to communicate with us at any time. With this in mind, it’s always easier to choose your drink, when barmen help you.
On the bar were displayed some dark bottles with their own infused liqueurs and we were instantly interested in trying these. The cocktail list is tempting and almost every drink sounded perfect for us. Vivi ordered the Roti Satu Cocktail with smoked woodchip rum, coconut Espresso, toasted bread infusion and jackfruit foam.
Apparently, she chose the strongest cocktail on their list. Not surprised, Vivi is always aiming high… Despite the alcohol content, the cocktail is nicely balanced and the alcohol is well hidden in it. However, it is strong, no argument there. At the same time with some creamy taste of jackfruit and fresh note. It has a toasty taste with a hint of wood in it, well mixed with the jackfruit cream. In other words, this cocktail is a true masterpiece. For decoration, they use pandan leaf and small roti biscuit on top, which is simple and nice looking at the same time.
My choice was a bit more serious. I chose Nikka from the barrel. This whiskey winning the top prize in its category at the World Whisky Awards in 2007 and 2010 made my night much better than it was. As it is in common with Japanese whiskies, it has a nice balance between fruitiness and woody-spice taste, some sweet notes of citruses and cinnamon with the great oak finish. However, I will write an extended review and history on this amazing whisky. Keep it up with us!
Out of Nowhere Review Card
- ATMOSPHERE - 8.9/108.9/10
- SERVICE - 9.5/109.5/10
- DRINK SELECTION - 8.4/108.4/10
- OUR DRINKS - 9.3/109.3/10
- PRESENTATION - 9/109/10
- VALUE - 8.5/108.5/10
Price and Location
Cocktails here will cost you about 9 USD, which is the same price for a glass of Nikka Whisky. If you would like to see and try this speakeasy bar by yourself, here is a location link.
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