From the acclaimed Marini’s Group comes Marimbar, the latest – and currently the highest – rooftop bar in the Petaling Jaya district. It sits 35 floors up, atop Pinnacle PJ Tower A along Jalan Utara and across the Federal Highway from Hilton PJ.
Although they are both technically skybars, Marimbar is deliberately different from its well-established older sibling, Marini’s on 57. While the latter has a classy charm to it, the new offering takes on jungle-sourced cues with admirable results. It’s designed to be a tropical escape in the midst of an urban setting, a place to unwind and let loose.
“Marimbar is The Marini’s Group (TMG) first bar in Petaling Jaya and we felt it would be a refreshing change to have a TMG F&B destination with a tropical vibe. We hope to bring a vibrant burst of colour and energy to the Petaling Jaya nightlife scene with Marimbar and look forward to serving guests from the PJ community,” said Cavaliere Modesto Marini, Founder of TMG.
The establishment’s name is a smooth blend of three words: Marini, rimba (Malay for ‘jungle’), and bar, and all three components are well apparent in it. There’s the delectable Italian food Marini is famed for, and of course a great collection of beers, wines, spirits, cocktails and more you’d expect from a bar of this stature. There’s also the ambience to take in. Green hues and simulated foliage imbibe a welcoming verdant feel, and along a leafy wall are vertical screens showing cascading water for added effect. Further signs of nature can be seen in the couches’ palm and lobster claw motifs and other animal print seating.
A centerpiece of the indoor section, the bar, itself sporting tiger print down its sides, is top-lit by fibre ball pendant lamps that are modelled after weaver bird nests, and the deejay booth is embedded in a ‘stony’ formation of sorts. On either end of the lengthy rectangular indoor section are two outdoor sections, one larger than the other. These terraces perpetuate Marimbar’s theme by being completely carpeted in lush turf.
While the decor is impressive, it’s difficult not to notice what is outside when you’re at the loftily elevated Marimbar. A end-to-end indoor glass wall and both terraces, lined by high glass railings, afford terrific, uninterrupted views of PJ and beyond. Effectively, the bar offers miles of panoramic sights in all directions, and if you are facing the right way, you’d be able to see the Petronas Twin Towers and KL Tower without trouble.
Combined, these aspects amount to a multi-talented venue that is unprecedented in the locality, one where an evening layered with enjoyment is very much in reach. Follow Marimbar’s online sites for updates on regular nights and special occurrences.
WHERE Marimbar, The Rooftop Bar, Level 35, Pinnacle PJ Tower A, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
WHEN 5pm till late
RESERVATIONS 03 2386 6030 (before 8pm) / 012 935 2098 (after 8pm)