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9 Best Speakeasy Bars in Johor Bahru [2024]

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Speakeasy Johor Bahru

Best Speakeasy Johor Bahru
Best Speakeasy Johor Bahru

Looking for an interesting night out? Why not check out one of the many speakeasy bars in Johor Bahru? These hidden gems are perfect for a fun night out with friends. We’ve put together a list of the 9 Best Speakeasy Bars in Johor Bahru 2024, so you can start planning your nightlife!

1. Cabinet 8 by JWC

(Credit: Cabinet 8 by JWC's Facebook)
(Credit: Cabinet 8 by JWC’s Facebook)
Key ServicesSpeakeasy Bar, Cocktail Bar
Address102, jalan Sutera tanjung 8/3, taman Sutera Utama 81300 Skudai, Johor, Malaysia
Phone+60 13-234 1018
Operating hoursDaily 6:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Cabinet 8 by JWC by day becomes a bar by night, but this one is tucked away inside a closet!

During the day, The Bear and Fish is generally known as, so it required a fresh name at night to become Cabinet 8 by JWC – it’s so hidden and secretive that you may feel as though it’s an almost-illegal place to hang out in.

There is no menu here, so you’ll have to order based on your taste and which flavor appeals most to you – some are topped with red chili and other spices, while others are served with a coffee base.

They want you to vanish into another world in here: whether it’s after work or during the weekend. It’s similar to stepping into Wonderland as you open the cabinet to enter a new dimension.

Put another way, you’re practically as if you’ve just returned from the bar or closet since you only leave when you feel refreshed and ready to face life again! A total re-makeover for all of your senses!

Key differentiators:

  • Hidden in a closet bar
  • Unique cocktails
  • Cozy atmosphere

2. Haiiro Usagi

(Credit: Haiiro Usagi's Instagram)
(Credit: Haiiro Usagi’s Instagram)
Key ServicesSpeakeasy Bar, Cocktail Bar, Wine
AddressNo. 75A, Jalan Maju, Taman Maju Jaya. , Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Phone+60 13-525 0062

Haiiri Usagi bar is difficult to find, as there isn’t much signage for it. It appears to be a neglected shop lot from the outside —a part of the fun!

What’s fascinating about this is that you’ll have to push the doorbells until you locate it. Visit Haiiro Usagi (which means “grey rabbit” in Japanese) — a speakeasy-style bar with top-notch cocktails and Japanese aesthetics — and take a seat!

The bar has a small capacity of 40 people and Joe, the proprietor, comes from Switzerland, China, and Singapore with years of expertise.

There’s a lot to learn from him, and he seems to enjoy teaching his visitors the art of cocktails! You’ll also get a Tarot card reading with them as well as more than just alcoholic beverages!

Key Differentiators:

  • Top-Notch Cocktails
  • International Cocktails
  • Contemporary Japanese Vibes and Feels!

3. 90 Tailor Bar

(Credit: 90 Tailor Bar's Facebook)
(Credit: 90 Tailor Bar’s Facebook)
Key ServicesSpeakeasy Bar, Cocktail Bar, Wine
Address8bJalan Pendekar 10 Taman Ungku Tun Aminah 81300 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Phone+60 12-778 8501
Operating hoursAlways open

Today, when most people think of a retro-themed bar, the first thing that comes to mind is a vintage Chinese design. 90 Tailor Bar does not follow in the footsteps of other bars with red Chinese interiors.

Instead, it emphasizes vintage items such as the hand sewing machine, rattan furniture, and concrete floors that our grandparents enjoyed. Enjoy a drink while relaxing in the antiqued concept of it all.

Key Differentiators:

  • Retro-themed bar
  • Tailor shop hides a bar in its closet!
  • Enjoy comfort for a reasonable price

4. Whisky House Johor Bahru

(Credit: Whisky House Johor Bahru's Facebook)
(Credit: Whisky House Johor Bahru’s Facebook)
Key ServicesSpeakeasy Bar, Cocktail Bar, Whisky House Johore Bahru
Addressb3, 1, Jalan Molek 1, Taman Molek, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia 
Phone+60 18-293 6868
Operating hoursDaily 3:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Whisky House in Johor Bahru has over 300 different whiskies and cocktails to choose from. It’s also the first whisky ambassador bar in Asia, so it shows how serious they are about getting it right.

They’re not just great at whisky. There’s also a wonderful food selection with hearty dishes like lamb rack and pasta dishes on which to sip, so you won’t want to drink alone.

Key Differentiators:

  • Cozy place with a pleasant ambiance
  • A safe place for ladies to gather and drink, everyone to have business discussions with light music, good food and of course, good drinks as well.
  • Regular live music entertainment featuring acoustic sounds, soulful jazz, pop.

5. Mulligan’s Pub and Bistro

(Credit: Mulligan's Pub and Bistro's Facebook)
(Credit: Mulligan’s Pub and Bistro’s Facebook)
Key ServicesSpeakeasy Bar, Pub, Bar & Grill
Address17, Jalan Permas 10/2 Bandar Baru Permas Jaya Masai, Johor Bahru, Malaysia 81750 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Phone+60 7-388 1869
Operating hoursMonday to Saturday 3:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Mulligan’s Pub & Bistro, on the other hand, is incredibly obvious. Its bright blue and yellow façade will not go unnoticed. This Irish pub features traditional beer and stout on tap as well as a wide meal selection that will keep you satisfied and wanting more.

Dig in to hearty pies, potato and leek soup, and other dishes that complement beer. Mulligan’s Pub & Bistro is the type of no-frills pub where you can unwind with a pint.

Key Differentiators:

  • This Irish style pub
  • Serves up classic beer
  • Enjoy Comfort for A Reasonable Price

6. S.S.H.H.H at MERAH Kitchen & Bar

(Credit: S.S.H.H.H at MERAH Kitchen & Bar's Facebook)
(Credit: S.S.H.H.H at MERAH Kitchen & Bar’s Facebook)
Key ServicesBar & Restaurant
Address17, Jalan Ibrahim, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor
Phone+60 16 962 8126
Operating Hours Tue – Wed 10.30am – 11pm; Thu – Fri 10.30 am – 2am; Sat 10.30 am – 12am; Sun 10:30 am – 11pm. Closed on Mon.

MERAH Kitchen and Bar appears to be an old provision shop that sells everyone’s favorite childhood sweets, except it’s not really a candy store; instead, it’s a top-secret cocktail bar where you may indulge in handcrafted beverages and excellent genuine cuisine.

The place also offers free walking tours of JB, as well as to local specialties and the Merah Ais Store, which sells local sweets.

Rather of a bar, you may visit during the day for more activities and continue till night to discover their most guarded secret!

Key Differentiators

  • Cool Environment
  • Authentic and great quality food
  • Variety of dishes

7. Gin Bar by Jwc

(Credit: Gin Bar by Jwc's Facebook)
(Credit: Gin Bar by Jwc’s Facebook)
Key ServicesBar
Address65, JALAN SUTERA TANJUNG 8/3 , TAMAN SUTERA UTAMA 81300 Skudai, Johor, Malaysia
Operating HoursSun-Thurs: 7pm to 1am
Friday & Sat: 7pm to 2am

It’s a lovely atmosphere. The bartender was patient and helpful with the Chinese-only menu, and made excellent cocktails. It isn’t on the menu, but all drinks costing RM38 or less are available. There is no happy hour at the Gin Bar. Everything else may be found at the adjacent bar through the wardrobe, including gin.

Key Differentiators

  • Lovely Atmosphere
  • Affordable
  • Great service

8. The Replacement – Lodge & Kitchen

(Credit: The Replacement - Lodge & Kitchen's Facebook)
(Credit: The Replacement – Lodge & Kitchen’s Facebook)
Key ServicesBar & Restaurant
Address33, Jalan Dhoby, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Phone+60 12-547 7885
Operating HoursMonday to Thursday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Friday to Sunday: 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM

The Replacement – Lodge & Kitchen is the first bed and breakfast concept in Johor Bahru, developed by The Merk Group. They take pleasure in giving their visitors a one-of-a-kind experience and paying attention to each detail.

The menu has been carefully planned to offer the ideal meal before you go out on an adventure, from cozy brunches to sunset tapas and cocktails.

Key Differentiators

  • Day Restaurant & Night Bar
  • Variety of food and drinks
  • Delicious food

9. Tipsy Monkey Sutera

(Credit: Tipsy Monkey Sutera's Facebook)
(Credit: Tipsy Monkey Sutera’s Facebook)
Key ServicesBar
Address20, Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/3 81300 Skudai, Johor, Malaysia
Phone+60 14-855 5894
Operating HoursClosed on Mondays
Sunday to Thursday: 4:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Friday and Saturday: 4:00 PM – 3:00 AM

Tipsy Monkey Sutera’s enticing drinks promotions include the Tiger Tower (RM 108++ all day), a bottle of Jameson Whiskey (RM 290++) and buy four get one free flaming shots (RM 24.90 each).

From Sloppy Joes Burger (RM 30.50++), Chicken Cordon Bleu (RM 25.50++) and Thai Pork Skewers (RM 19.50++), Tipsy Monkey Sutera provides a delightful variety of Western cuisine.

On weekends, Live bands perform from 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., with music ranging from Oldies to Goodies, Pop to Rock, Jazz and R&B, and all of your other favorite top hits.

Key Differentiators

  • Live Band
  • Affordable
  • Variety of food

Speakeasy Bar Johor Bahru

If you’re looking for a speakeasy bar in Johor Bahru, these are the five best places to check out. With unique and interesting concepts, an international feel, and affordable prices, there’s something for everyone at one of these bars. So grab your friends, pick a spot, and get ready to enjoy some cocktails!

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