The world of booze is continuously evolving, with new drinks and trends every day all around the world. Today we bring to you, a journey of must-try cocktails all around Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital as well as the heart of the nightlife.
If limau ais is your thing, you will love The Salty Nihon-san as it is a salty-sour cocktail inspired by Malaysia’s refreshing “limau ais”. Funny back story, initially, the cocktail was called Salty Chinaman, directly translated from the Cantonese slang “ham sap lou”, as PS150’s shop lot was once a brothel. Now called the Salty Nihon-san, referring to the Japanese element of Shochu in the drink, to give it a drier finish.
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What’s in it? Shochu, Preserved Orange Peel, Lime, Lemonade, Orange Bitters.
PS15o happens to be the first cocktail bar located at Petaling Street in Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur, with both the venue and menu focusing on different cocktail eras, along with bold Southeast Asian flavours.
Address: 150 Jalan Petaling, 50000 Kuala Lumpur.
The Dragon Lady, inspired by the Mother of Dragons from Game of Thrones, is a mixture of vodka, dragon fruit, passion fruit, lime and egg white. The vodka in the cocktail represents her charm, the passion fruit represents her sweetness, lime represents her sharpness and the dragon fruits represent her fire.
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With its warm welcoming friendly vibes and diversified customer base, The Attic Bar is another hidden gem of a bar nestled in the heart of Chinatown. On top of that, it also provides its customers with a great view of Kuala Lumpur.
Address: Rooftop, No.15 Jalan Balai Police, 50000 Kuala Lumpur
The Lady Georgian is a deliciously refreshing vodka-based cocktail with bright citrus notes – perfect for your sunset sessions at Pacific Standard Bar. The cocktail is made up of California citrus vodka, fresh grapefruit & thyme, citron cordial as well as soda water.
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Head over to Pacific Standard Bar and be transported back to the old-school allure of mid-20th century Los Angeles. The bar is inspired by the glamour and romance of vintage Hollywood, paying homage to an era of film noir intrigue and soulful jazz blues.
Address: Level 41 at Alila Bangsar, 58, Jalan Ang Seng, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur
The signature “El Fuego Negro” from JOLOKO has a slightly stronger intense taste compared to most fruit cocktails. It contains Mezcal, Amaro, Sweet Vermouth, Campari, Black lemon bitters and soda.
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If you’re looking for a cosy tropical hangout place, then JOLOKO is the place for you. JOLOKO is set up in a little yellow heritage house. It’s filled with loads of cocktails, an insane Mezcal selection, funky natural wines and comforting Caribbean BBQ.
Address: 43, Jalan Kamunting, Chow Kit, 50300 Kuala Lumpur
If you’re looking for a floral cocktail with just the right amount of kick, then Lebah cocktail is the right drink for you. The inspiration behind the drink was to make a martini style drink for those who don’t usually drink Martinis.
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It has an exquisite unique texture that comes from the dissolved pollen in the cocktail. Botak Liquor also focuses on pure spirits and local botanicals, partially homegrown, from farm to glass.
Address: 156, Jalan Petaling, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur
The inspiration behind the Slumdog Millionaire cocktail is from the movie with the same name. Just like the movie, this adventurous rum-based cocktail is fashioned after the underdog, with a twist as it focuses on the underdog of your banana leaf meal – rasam.
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What’s in it? Plantation Guatemala Rum, Campari Goji, Pomegranate Cane Chipotle, Toasted Cumin Seeds, Curry Leaves, Tamarind
Rasam lovers, unite! This restaurant/bar or as the people like to call it “resto-bar” is constantly pushing the boundaries of flavour innovation through an eclectic range of exciting food and cocktails.
Address: 50, Jalan Maarof, Bangsar, 59100 Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
This unique Birds Nest cocktail does not only pack a punch but it also helps to enhance your skin by stimulating collagen. It contains Kinsey Gin, Birds Nest, Peach Gum infused with Longan Jujube Syrup and Umeshu.
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Sakura Den is an Asian-inspired cocktail bar where you will be visually treated and transported to the heart of Asia. Set in a standalone building off Old Klang Road, Sakura Den has designed handcrafted cocktails for the Asian palate with cocktails themed around Asian health tonics.
If you’re in need of a night of trying out the best of what Asia has to offer with modern creations by their talented bartenders, just head over to Sakura Den.
Address: Sakura Den, First Floor, 24, Jalan Kampung Pasir, 58200 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur.
This is Locker & Loft’s s legendary but simplest cocktail with just 1.5 shots of Smirnoff vodka, fresh coconut water and a little sugar syrup. It was created years ago at a house party; now it’s mainstream. Rehydrate while you dehydrate!
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The Locker & Loft is a cocktail bar and kitchen that emphasises localized offerings. The emphasis is on incorporating fresh local herbs, spices and fruits into the drinks. It’s also the creator of Malaysia’s first gin, Jin, with 15 botanicals. The Locker & Loft has a quite stunning 25-foot copper bar, which is among its ID highlights. Music is non-commercial, with funk, soul, jazz and house tunes.
Address: 40A, Jalan SS 20/10, Damansara Kim, 47400 PJ
Well, looks like we planned out your weekend shenanigans right here. If it’s cocktails you desire, I suppose this list will come in mighty handy. But if you’re more into hunting down speakeasies, check out Kuala Lumpur’s Best Secret And Hidden Bars.
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