Who will win KL's Best Gin & Tonic at Gin Jubilee KL 2019?


  • Food News
  • Friday, 20 Sep 2019

The closing Gin Lane party at Plaza Batai saw more than 2,000 gin lovers show up. — Wholly Spirits

Last year, Kuala Lumpur's Best Gin And Tonic was inspired by a bartender's first love. This year, 26 bars from across KL and Petaling Jaya will be competing for the title in the upcoming edition of

Malaysia’s premiere gin and tonic celebration, the East Imperial Gin Jubilee, which will take place on October 8-12, 2019.

The Gin Jubilee is an annual regional gin celebration that visits several cities across the Asia-Pacific region. Since it made its debut here in 2016, Gin Jubilee KL has grown to become Malaysia’s biggest celebration of gin, with last year’s grand finale Gin Lane street party drawing more than 2000 gin and tonic lovers.

Presented by premium beverage producers East Imperial and organised by craft spirits distributors Wholly Spirits, this year’s Gin Jubilee will kick off with the customary Opening Party at Wet Deck @ W Hotel KL on Oct 8.

Following that is four days of gin and tonic goodness, with events, tastings, and masterclasses lined up throughout the four days, culminating in the Gin Lane finale party at Sentul Depot on Oct 12.

Admission to the opening party and Gin Lane is free, but guests will have to purchase tokens for drinks.

A total of 13 gin brands will be participating in this year's Gin Jubilee. Photo: Wholly Spirits
A total of 13 gin brands will participate in this year's Gin Jubilee. Photo: Wholly Spirits

13 gin brands will be participating in this year’s Gin Jubilee KL, from perennial favourites like Napue by Kyro Distillery Company, G'Vine, St George Spirits, The West Winds and Four Pillars , to major brands like Hendrick's Gin, Monkey 47, Caorunn Gin and The Botanist.

26 bars across KL and PJ will be competing to make KL's Best Gin And Tonic using East Imperial tonic waters. Photo: Wholly Spirits
26 bars across KL and PJ will compete to make KL's Best Gin And Tonic using East Imperial tonic waters. Photo: Wholly Spirits

Several brands will also be making their debut at the event, including Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin (which will be featured at the opening party), Scapegrace Gin, Rock Rose and Gin Agricolo.

A total of 26 bars will each be given one of the gins to pair with East Imperial’s range of premium tonic waters to create a cocktail that is worthy of the title, KL’s Best Gin And Tonic.

The winner of KL’s Best Gin And Tonic will be selected by an expert panel of judges as well as social media voting (measured by Instagram likes).

From 1 to 12 October, the public can vote for their favourite bar’s GnT by posting a picture of the cocktail on Instagram. For the vote to count, each post MUST include the hashtags #EastImperial, #GinJubilee2019 and also the Location of the Partner Bar.

For more information on this year’s Gin Jubilee, follow the Gin Jubilee Facebook page (FB.com/ginjubilee) or Wholly Spirits (FB.com/whollyspirits).


Here are the 26 bars that will be participating in Gin Jubilee KL this year:

  1. 61 Monarchy
  2. Bar Shake
  3. Bar Trigona
  4. Beta KL
  5. BotakLiquor
  6. Coley
  7. Elements
  8. Flying Monkeys
  9. HYDE at 53M
  10. JungleBird
  11. Knowhere
  12. Mari Gin
  13. Mezze
  14. Mrs Jones’ Parlour
  15. Pacific Standard Bar
  16. Pahit
  17. Pinchos Tapas Bar
  18. PS150
  19. Soma
  20. The Locker & Loft
  21. The Pawn Room
  22. The Sticky Wicket
  23. The Vault
  24. Three x Co
  25. Tickets
  26. Woo Bar @ W Kuala Lumpur


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