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5 Asian-inspired Bars To Try

by Theresa Shalini Stephen 10 Apr 2017
5 Asian-inspired Bars To Try

Shelly Yu’s

Head here to enjoy delicious Peranakan dishes with innovative Nyonya-inspired cocktails. Ingredients like galangal (a root of the ginger family), assam boi (preserved plum), coriander and sambal (hot sauce) are used to create some truly unique drinks. Their tonics are made in-house and come in flavours such as bunga telang (butterfly-pea flower), pandan (screwpine) and tamarind. The bar also advocates a sustainable bar concept, minimising waste whenever possible. It’s also pretty Instagram-worthy with its vivacious murals and Chinoiserie lamps.

49 Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar
Tel: 03-2201 4139


Yakitori (Japanese grilled meat skewers) and whisky are the name of the game here. This gastro bar has the largest range of Japanese single malt whiskies in KL; and cocktails like The Fat Baby, Lemongrass Potion and their namesake, the Torii. Conveniently located on Jalan Batai, it’s a comfortable space with its rich red drapes and pendant lamps. It really is the yakitori that keeps the diners returning so the next time you’re looking for something different for dinner, head here and indulge in premium Japanese steaks, skewers and starters like the beef gyoza with foie gras and wagyu sliders.

Lot 8-6, Jalan Batai,
Damansara Heights,
Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03–2011 3798

Fatty Fatty Boom Boom

Be transported to an Oriental show lounge fit for an emperor (or empress!) at Fatty Boom Boom with showgirl divas and tantalising cocktails. Instead of traditional glassware, cocktails such as the Boom Boom Tea – a mix of gin, vodka, syrup, tea and sea coconut – are served in teapots, while ‘bubble tea’ cocktail options like the Fatty Cendol Bliss and Katina are served in plastic bubble tea cups. It’s all a bit of a whirlwind for the senses in an unsuspecting mall, but well worth going for the show which starts at 10pm every Friday and Saturday.

Lot G39B and G39C, Tropicana City Mall,
Jalan SS20/27, Damansara Jaya,
Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Tel: 03–7710 0394


The speakeasy trend has died down a bit but there are some bars that are still riding high on their ‘hidden’ popularity. Hidden in a typical Chinatown shophouse, it really can be quite difficult to find if it weren’t for the queues of hipsters waiting to get in. The interior is painfully cool – all natty nooks and comfy corners – with a strong Asian vibe. Behind the bar, you’ll find the ever knowledgeable Angel Ng who expertly curates some of the best concoctions in the city with ingredients ranging from obscure vermouths to local ginger wines. To find PS150, look for a vintage toy store the will lead you to a passageway to the cleverly hidden spot.

Ground Floor,
150, Jalan Petaling,
Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-20222888


This restaurant-bar-lounge nestled in Bukit Bintang possesses an unmistakable Oriental vibe with vintage Chinese posters on its walls to antiques displayed at the communal area that gives the bar a real retro feel. Aside from their addictive signature house cocktails, Opium also serves three different types of Chinese white wine for its guests. Every wine or cocktail here is served traditional Chinese wine or tea pots with quirky garnishing. It’s a real mish-mash of East and West here, and it totally works.

50 Changkat Bukit Bintang,
Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-21425670

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