With Malaysia slowly resuming business as usual (as far as “usual” goes in a post-pandemic era), our local F&B establishments are gradually picking up speed again—much to our delight and for the betterment of the economy.
Over the past few months, new cafes, restaurants, and bars have mushroomed around the Klang Valley, making urbanites spoilt for choice (as if we weren’t already) on where to drink and dine. If you’re looking for the latest cocktail joints in town for a few pick-me-ups, consider adding these new locations to your bar hop.
Shin Chew Kee Cold Drink Store
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Located along the same row as the famous gin-based cocktail bar Pahit, Shin Chew Kee Cold Drink Store is the namesake of the historical neighbourhood it calls home. The hidden bar features a rustic setting that preserves the colonial architecture of the heritage row, while offering a modern twist with its cocktail menu. It prides itself in tea-infused cocktails—or tea-tails, if you like—accompanied by a food pairing menu to complete the experience.
Address: 8 (upper floor), Jalan Sin Chew Kee, Bukit Bintang, 50150 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: Wednesday to Monday, 5pm to 12am (closed on Tuesday)
Contact: 013 483 8863
Following the launch of Mizukami Collective earlier this year, award-winning mixologist Shawn Chong has unveiled the next chapter in his collective of bar concepts. Enter Mizukami Garden, a collaboration with another speakeasy bar, The Curious Gardener, that lives up to the garden theme with a menu inspired by its lush surroundings. Highlighting a garden-to-glass concept, expect zero-proof, low-ABV, and original cocktails that are crafted with fresh botanicals, including herbs grown on-site from its garden.
Address: The Curious Gardener (inside The Farm), G-01, Level Ground, The Sphere Bangsar South City, 59200 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: 2pm to 11pm (Tuesday to Friday), 12pm to 11pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Lullaby is Chinatown’s latest hangout spot for craft beer and cocktails, featuring nostalgic interiors defined by heritage house windows and wooden and vintage-inspired furniture. Fans of craft beer will enjoy the extensive selection here, spanning from Taiwanese labels to India Pale Ales (IPAs) and Estonian brews. Meanwhile, cocktail enthusiasts can take their pick from a selection of cocktails and bites. Online customers can also shop its collection of craft beers from the brand’s website.
Address: 1st floor, 198 Jalan Tun H.S. Lee 50000 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 3pm to 12am
Another recent bar to grace Chinatown is Baijiu, which opened its doors at the Insta-famous Kwai Chai Hong in September. The new haunt serves up dim sum and cocktails with oriental-inflected elements, such as tea-based potions laced with red dates and five spice powder. True to its name, which means “white liquor” in Mandarin, the bar also offers Baijiu shooters alongside bespoke cocktails and classic Chinese dumplings.
Address: Lot 4, Lorong Panggung, 50000 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: 5pm to 12am (closed on Mondays)
Contact: 010 2666093
Occupying the space that was previously Barfly in Solaris Mont Kiara, Amazonia KL is a tropical-inspired cocktail kitchen and lounge that offers a melange of classic and original concoctions. Be transported into the wild as you step inside its jungle-themed interiors, complete with rainforest murals and verdant plants filling the space.
Address: 1st floor, SohoKL, Solaris Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: Tuesdays to Sundays, 4pm to 10pm
Contact: 018 206 6599
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