One could consider winding down with a cool drink that comes with a spectacular view of the city.
EQ, which used to be known as Equatorial Hotel, in Jalan Sultan Ismail, has one of highest hotspots — Blue at Sky51 — an open-air rooftop bespoke speakeasy bar and lounge.
Formerly called Blue Moon, it features an expansive outdoor deck as well as an exclusive for-hire upper deck with arguably one of the best views of Kuala Lumpur’s skyline.
Sky51 is the 51st floor rooftop space at EQ that encompasses fine dining restaurant Sabayon as well as Blue.
Choosing to celebrate New Year’s Eve at Blue at EQ will give patrons a glorious, breathtaking and unobstructed view of the iconic Petronas Twin Towers as well as the nearby park from where New Year’s Eve fireworks are often launched.
While standing at the midway point on the outer deck, enjoy the view of Menara KL on the left, the twin towers in front and the rest of the city to the right.
Indoors, Blue is a speakeasy lounge decorated with plush sofas and chairs, in hues of fuchsia and aubergine, with a space that fits 80.
Gold accents and a semi-circular bar with a comprehensive drinks menu complete the luxurious look.
On regular days, a live band plays at Blue but for New Year’s Eve, internationally acclaimed singer Donny Ray Evins will entertain the crowd, while a DJ takes care of the outdoor space.
If you are planning to treat a party of friends and loved ones, the hotel has put together a
package called New Year’s Eve In The Sky.
Free flow house pouring wines, beers, house pours signature cocktails and mocktails as well as a food menu that includes canapes seafood on ice, priced at RM588 per person, await at the 50th floor Equator Club, between 8pm and 9.30pm.
The package includes access to Sky51 for the after-party.
On regular days, non-hotel guests can access Sky51 solely through a private elevator with a host, via LG1, and emerging on level 51 after sundown, visitors will be greeted by an obsidian black floor and ceilings dotted with starlight embellishments.
The entrance to the speakeasy lounge is via a hidden elevator — a quirky feature — while those eager to get to the view can proceed to Blue’s outdoor deck on Sky51. Here there are large, comfy sofas that can comfortably seat a boisterous party, or, for a more secluded space, check out the three circular outdoor pods fringed by tall wooden rods, with banquette seating fitted into the perimeter of the pod.
Additionally, there is an observation deck amid the three pods where one can chill out and gaze at Menara KL and take in the night skies.
The piece de resistance has to be the view from the staircase landing that connects Sky51 to the upper deck.
For those unfazed by dizzying heights, there is a staircase that hugs the outdoor bar, leading to the upper deck (available only by pre-booking) and its landing can comfortably fit half a dozen adults.
Blue at Sky51 also has a signature cocktail, the Smoked Negroni, that is not for the faint of heart.
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