I’ve been hearing about Drunk Monkey Old Street Bar (68, Carpenter Street) for quite awhile but never go there reason being I don’t drink (Well… not 100%, a little, only once in a blue moon) and I don’t go to night spots in Kuching unless with friends but I won’t bother going most of the time as I hate how it smells in this kind of place.
Later I found out that it’s a smoke-free bar. Interesting… Still… Didn’t make me want to go as this kind of place can be “messy” at times. Then some time 2 months back, I went there with my colleagues after work, it was a last minute decision, headed there after having our dinner opposite the bar. The sound proofing is surprisingly awesome! Heard no music from outside even though the door wasn’t close.
Pardon my photos. I no longer bring my camera along with me anymore. Just rely on my trusty almost-4-year-old phone.
The music there is great, not your usual bar music, it’s very tasteful, those oldies that never get old. Those born before the 90’s will appreciate them. The crowd is not the usual Ah Beng or Ah Lian. Keep this up! The decor is very unique too.
This photo is from their FB page. I only have the two photos above from my phone.
Aside from drinking, you can order food too. It’s not from their own kitchen, they will order from the opposite shop or around the corner and sent all the way to the bar for you. Not a bad idea, win-win situation.
I went there again for the second time at 12.30am last month with another friend, it was packed! However, it’s not rowdy. Crowd was well-behaved. Some people even could just leave their stuff on the bar and went off to other section of the bar. This is how safe people felt about it. Of course… It’s best not to do so, you’ll never know when disaster strikes.
This is my kind of place to hang out for a drink or two with friends. Finally! Kuching has a decent bar. It’s always packed! What’s more it’s a non-smoking one, you can still smoke outside. However, one problem, even though this is a non-smoking bar, the smoke from outside still goes indoor because it’s not enclosed. You have to choose the right place to sit, definitely not near the entrance/exit. Seats are quite limited inside, so at the end you still have to sit outside and inhale the second-hand smoke 🙁
Other than that, it’s just awesome! Hope the crowd won’t spoil such a nice place.