Bars are a budding industry in Kuala Lumpur. This can be seen in the growth of watering holes opening in places like upscale residential area, Bangsar, to a more party-centric location, TREC. But with more and more bars opening, competition is tough and bars try to stand out by promoting a different concept or creating an extensive list of unique cocktails — like these Chinese-themed bars in Kuala Lumpur.
These spots take it way back to the 60s, by infusing Chinese culture into their interiors and furniture which will definitely give you a sense of nostalgia once you’ve entered.
Impressive interiors matter to many and they’re arguably as important as the menu. And we know how crucial it is to have a great picture for your Instagram feed. These Chinese-themed bars in KL are decked out in the most authentic Chinese artworks and furniture that will look amazing in pictures. Some even go as far as serving their drinks in vintage Chinese jugs.
It’s easy to get swamped by the number of bars in Kuala Lumpur, but the ones listed below can get you started on your bar hopping session. Not only are they nicely decorated, their signature cocktail (or two) makes it well worth the trip.
Inspired by Hong Kong’s east-meets-west culture, this bar has 1950s decor that resembles Hong Kong’s famous Lan Kwai Fong. Not only do the interiors exude authentic Chinese culture, they also have performances that were popular back in the 1950s. Amidst the glitz and glam, their Robert Lomax cocktail that contains Pei Pa (traditionally used as a Chinese medicine) is worth the attention too.
Suzie Wong, Wisma Lim Foo Yoong, Jalan Raja Chulan, 50350 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +6017-226 6480
PS150 is one of the first pioneers to open a Chinese-themed bar. It’s a hidden cocktail spot at Petaling Street that’s divided into three separate sections: Opium Den, Tiki, and the main bar area where you’ll be able to watch the bartenders in action with the Asian decor as a backdrop. Their menu is particularly interesting — not only they do serve Chinese-inspired cocktails but they theme the drinks according to eras, from 1850s to the current year.
PS150, 150 Ground Floor, Jalan Petaling, Kuala Lumpur, +603-7622 8777.
One of the newest speakeasy bars in Kuala Lumpur; The Red Chamber resides in a quiet, residential area of OUG. They channel old-world Shanghai in the 1970s, in both their drinks and interior. If you’re a fan of coffee, Sleepless Nights contains a double shot espresso with peanut butter, and nuts for crunch.
The Red Chamber, Jalan Hujan Rahmat 3, Taman OUG, 58200 Kuala Lumpur
This vintage-themed bar pays homage to pop culture from back in the days. Do expect to see items that will give you a sense of nostalgia — white rabbit candies, box televisions with antennas, green soldier figurines, and many more. The drinks served here are on par with the concept too, their signature Ice Kacang cocktail is served in vintage Chinese pottery.
Fu Luck Bar, 438 Jalan Tun Razak, Electric Boulevard E-G04, 50400 Kuala Lumpur, +603-2110 6938.
Come for their hearty Oriental dishes but stay for their cocktails. Opium KL is located on Changkat Bukit Bintang that is accessible via train and car. The cocktails on the menu are their rendition of classic recipes, like the asam boi which is made out of spiced rum, calamansi juice, mint leaves, fresh pineapple juice, ginger flower, laksa leaves, and asam boi.
Opium KL, 50, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, +603-2142 5670