3 Malaysia bars make Asia’s 50 Best Bars list – and they’re all in Kuala Lumpur

Coley, Bar Trigona and Junglebird: three bars from Malaysia that rank among Asia’s best.
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Three bars from the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur have made the 2019 ranking of Asia’s 50 best bars, placing 27th, 40th and 44th respectively.

Other countries whose bars made it to the ranking include South Korea, China, Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines, and Indonesia. Neighboring Singapore had the largest number of establishments on the ranking: a total of 11.

Here are the three bars from Malaysia that made it to the list:

27th place, Coley

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Also announced as Malaysia’s best bar, this establishment – tucked at the back of Bangsar’s DR.Inc cafe – was created by Kuala Lumpur star bartender CK Kho. Its name is a nod to Ada ‘Coley’ Coleman, a famous female bartender from the 1990s who worked at The Savoy Hotel.

Drinks on offer at Coley include an aloe vera margarita and “Peanut Butter Jelly” (comprising tequila, Mancino, blueberry liqueur, roasted peanuts and sea salt).

40th place, Bar Trigona

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This mosaic and mirror-dotted bar sits in the Four Seasons hotel and boasts cocktails made with indigenous and sustainable ingredients, such as wild turmeric from Pahang and tropical fruits from an organic farm in Bangi.

Many of the drinks also feature sweet-and-sour-tasting raw Tirgona honey bees, which head bartender Ashish Sharma uncovered on a trek in the jungle.

44th place, Junglebird

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Junglebird, which opened in February 2017, is KL’s first rum bar. According to the ranking, its namesake drink – the Jungle Bird Cocktail – was created in the 1970s at the Hilton’s Aviary Bar and represents “Malaysia’s addition to the classic cocktail genre”.

Over 100 types of rum are available at this bar, including a concoction named “The Best Drink in The World”, made of rum, Jamaican girth, sugar cane reduction and lime juice.

Read also: 11 of Asia’s top 50 bars are in Singapore – here’s which ones made the list