Last night at The Bar Awards KL and Penang 2019 held in Black Box, Publika, Bar Trigona from Four Seasons Hotel KL bagged three awards: Bar of the Year KL, Best Hotel Bar, and Best Creative Cocktail Bar. The event also saw Mish Mash winning Bar of the Year Penang once again while rising star Shirmy Chan took home the Bartender of the Year KL award. She hails from whisky bar 61 Monarchy where she serves as the bar manager.

The Bar Awards KL
Shirmy Chan with her winning cocktail for East Imperial Gin Jubilee 2019.

Despite winning Bartender of the Year KL for the first time, Chan is no stranger to success. Just this year her creation won Best Gin and Tonic during Gin Jubilee 2019. In 2014, she was the Diageo World Class Malaysia 2014 Bartender. She cut her teeth at Omakase + Appreciate as a bartender in the early days, and prior to that worked in hotels.

Meanwhile, Bar Trigona seems to be enjoying a year of awards. During The Bar Awards KL 2018, the hotel bar won Best New Bar and Best Hotel Bar. This year, the accolades go up a notch with Bar Trigona bagging three awards. The Four Seasons KL bar also entered Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2019 at the 40th spot.

While crowd-favourite bar Coley did not win Bar of The Year, it still continues churning out rising stars. Similar to last year, The Rising Star award also went to a young Coley bartender. This year, Phang Kah Chun – fondly known to regulars as KC – won the award.

Below is the complete list of winners for The Bar Awards Kuala Lumpur and Penang 2019:

Bar of the Year – KL

Bar Trigona

Bar of the Year – Penang

Mish Mash

Best New Bar

SOMA Cocktail Bar

Bartender of the Year – KL

Shirmy Chan (61 Monarchy)

Bartender of the Year – Penang

Shen (Backdoor Botega)

The Rising Star

Phang Kah Chun (Coley)

Best Restaurant Bar


Best Beer Bar

Taps Beer Bar

Best Hotel Bar

Bar Trigona (Four Seasons KL)

Best Specialist Concept

Junglebird KL (Rum)

Best Creative Cocktail Bar

Bar Trigona (Four Seasons KL)

PohNee Chin
Associate Editor
Poh Nee is the associate editor and writes about travel and drinks. When she's not living out her holiday dreams via Google Earth and sipping on an Old Fashioned down at the local bars, you can find her snug at home bingeing on Netflix and mystery fiction.