From a drinking hole hidden behind a Muhammad Ali poster to a famous curry laksa, a bar on a helipad and a must-visit street food market, Kuala Lumpur is a melting pot of unique dining and drinking experiences.
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It’s all about tropical vibes and rum cocktails at this iconic KL bar that ranks in the list of ‘Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2018‘. Lush rainforest wallpaper, rattan furniture and bamboo details set the scene, while a menu of over 100 carefully chosen rums from around the world provide the base for exotic cocktails and tropical tipples that are best enjoyed with soul, funk, Motown and disco tunes.
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Not defined by a particular cuisine, Skillet cooks freely and creates dishes that come from ‘wild ideas’. Executive Head Chef, Raymond Tham, helms the kitchen and serves up a menu infused with fun and featuring dishes such as octopus with tiger milk, compressed watermelon, Chulpe corn, passionfruit and cucumber snow; and slow-cooked beef short ribs in coffee with pomme puree and seasonal vegetables.
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Another popular haunt straight from the list of ‘Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2018‘, Coley is a word-of-mouth legend that attracts KL’s most glamorous socialites with its cool ambience, innovative cocktails and tasty food. Coley’s list of cocktails feature the likes of the Aloe Vera Margarita with Cimarron Silver Tequila, aloe vera and lavender bitters, and the Saffron Sour with saffron-infused bourbon, vanilla syrup, egg white, lemon and sugar.
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No trip to KL is complete without experiencing the electric atmosphere of the city’s Jalan Alor Night Market. It’s here you’ll find street hawkers selling local dishes to crowds of hungry visitors who wait in line as buskers play their music. Sample local favourites including barbecue chicken wings, satay skewers, oyster omelettes, coconut ice cream and pig on the spit, best enjoyed on a plastic chair with a cold beer in hand – just like the locals.
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Hidden in a back alley, the dimly lit Skullduggery is an exclusive bar just asking to be Instagrammed. The walls are adorned with copper skulls and the talented bar team shake-up innovative concoctions like the San Junipero with Citadelle Gin, lemon, aromatised wine, raspberry and red wine reduction, pink peppercorn, vanilla and egg white.
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At Limapulo, people come for the curry laksa and they stay for the friendly service. This is the place to be if you’re looking mouth-watering, authentic food created using original recipes from the Nyonya people.
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Kuala Lumpur is known for its speakeasy-style cocktail bars, and Three X Co is one of the most popular in town. Finding this place is all part of the journey with the bar’s Facebook page describing the experience as ‘Ask but most people won’t know, knock but there is no door, seek and you may find…’ It’s all very ominous but rumour has it that Three X Co is located on the third floor of the Bangsar Shopping Centre behind a wall panel disguised by a Muhammad Ali poster. Once inside you’ll find stylish clientele lounging amongst the emerald walls, gold accents and leather sofas.
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Reservations are a must if you want to dine at this KL restaurant. Offering an Haute menu designed by Chef Christian Bauer and infused with Spanish, French, Italian and Greek flavours, your tastebuds will be in for a memorable experience. Standout dishes from the current menu include torched tiger prawns with spice crumble, ginger flower cream and frisée; seared ox tongue with glass noodles, lemongrass salad and burnt onion; and ginger-pickled watermelon with ricotta, caraway seed and cashew nut brittle, honeycomb and cucumber soup.
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Because who doesn’t want to drink cocktails on a helipad-turned-rooftop bar? Located on the 34th floor of Menara KH, Heli Lounge Bar’s rooftop piste de resistance is a helipad by day and one of the city’s coolest hangouts by night. With a portable drinks station and a few scattered chair and tables, it’s the uninterrupted 360°views of the city that are the real drawcard for this unmissable venue.
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Spend an evening at the glamorous Marini’s on 57 rooftop bar and embrace the elegance of this iconic venue where the champagne is kept on ice, the cigars are imported and the freshest Italian seafood is flown in from Italy. Make a booking in the Italian restaurant for elegant fare with dishes such as Beluga caviar, Maine lobster tail, Iberico lamb prepared three different ways, and pumpkin pannacotta.
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