I admit that I was a little up on my high horse when I was in Kluang, thinking that a small town (not that small these days) would be boring and devoid of a night life.
I was wrong.
I met up with my ex-university mate, Evelyn, who is a local girl and fellow journalist – and she brought me to the commercial hub of Kluang town, where chic bars and pubs have sprouted up all along the square. This is apparently one of the favourite night hangout spots for the younger crowd.
Located on the second floor above a Western-style bakery-cafe, the 1980s Music Bar and Cafe is heavily influenced by music, pop culture and all things vintage. It reminded me of places like Hard Rock Cafe, with band posters, musical paraphernalia, a small stage for musicians to perform and other cool stuff like old radios and colourful beer cans. There were tall bar stools and tables on one side, while the other side was lined with cosy sofas and pouffes.
The menu featured faces of music legends, like Bob Marley.
Chocolate milkshake. It was one of the better milkshakes I’ve had – smooth, thick and creamy with just the right amount of sweetness and creaminess.
We also ordered a large curly fries, which was crispy and well-seasoned. The fries were gone in a flash as we caught up with stuff over the food and drinks. They serve mainly Western fare, such as pasta and burgers.
Overall, I think this was a real gem of a cafe – rivaling the ones we have in KL. The service is also much friendlier.
1980s MUSIC BAR & CAFE
2nd Floor, No. 36 & 38, Jalan Duku, 86000, Kluang, Johor.
(+6) 07-776 7980