Walking into No Black Tie for the first time is almost like an initiation rite into a very exclusive fraternity that embodies the artistic soul and essence of Kuala Lumpur. Every city should have a venue that captures a microcosm of its society and in this case, NBT, as it is affectionately known by its loyal patrons, is it. Founded in 1998 by Sarawakian born-US trained classical pianist Evelyn Hii, this once humble establishment located five doors from it’s original home has now become an institution in KL. It’s stage has seen the likes of Malaysia’s top singers and musicians and the region’s best, not excluding an impressive lineup of international acts over the years and most importantly, the watering hole of choices for KL’s intellectual, cultural, social and corporate elite.
It’s sleek, contemporary interior is highlighted by the intricate balance of wood and glass and the performance/dining area is intimate enough for a romantic dinner yet perfect for the variety of acts that perform nightly – from jazz, classical, blues, folk or spoken word. Uncompromising in it’s acoustics and sound quality, NBT has the reputation of being the most sough-after venue for up-coming as well as established musicians and is the venue of choice for KL’s most discerning of music-lovers.
NBT’s Gastro-Bar offers tasty morsels of mainly Japanese culinary delights but it’s more substantial mains offer regular as well as seasonal specials. The Soft Shell Crab Agemaki and the Spaghetti Mentaiko are the chef’s specialities and combined with an extensive selection of wines, dining at NBT is an experience that becomes more and more personal over time. This makes NBT a unique venue for events that have celebrated birthdays, weddings and launches of all kinds.