Which are the best bars in KL? The Bar Awards has the answer

  • Food News
  • Tuesday, 17 Oct 2017

Angel Ng of PS150 is nominated for two awards: Bartender Of The Year, and the Ada Coleman Award. Photo: The Star/Norafifi Ehsan

What's the best cocktail bar in Kuala Lumpur? What's the best beer bar? Which bar has the best food? Who is the best bartender in the city? We are only a few days away from finding out the answer to these questions, thanks to the inaugural edition of The Bar Awards KL.

Established in 2014, The Bar Awards started out in Singapore, with founder Tron Young setting out to find out what the best bars in Singapore were. The awards have since been expanded to include Hong Kong, Bangkok, and now Kuala Lumpur.

Voted on by a panel of 39 Malaysian F&B industry leaders, this is the first time The Bar Awards are being held in Malaysia. A total of 731 nominations from the public and industry were collected over two weeks in September, breaking the record for the number of nominations for the awards’ first year at a city so far.

The winners will be announced at an industry party on Oct 22. There will also be a series of related events throughout the week at the nominated bars leading up to the big finale, including guest shifts by some of Asia's top bartenders,  industry-related workshops and talks, and even a Thai craft beer event.

For the full list of events, visit The Bar Awards' Facebook events page. In the meantime, here are this year’s Top 4 nominees for The Bar Awards KL, listed in alphabetical order:

JungleBird. Photo: The Star/Darran Tan
JungleBird. Photo: The Star/Darran Tan

Best Cocktail Bar

Best New Cocktail Bar

Most Creative Cocktail Bar

Best Beer Bar

  • Ales & Lagers
  • Sid’s Pubs (All locations)
  • Taps Beer Bar (Changkat)
  • The Great Beer Bar

Bonfire Restaurant. Photo: The Star/Yap Chee Hong
Bonfire Restaurant. Photo: The Star/Yap Chee Hong

Best Restaurant Bar

Best Culinary Team

Best Hospitality Team

The Locker And Loft. Photo: The Star/Art Chen
The Locker And Loft. Photo: The Star/Art Chen

The Ada Coleman Award

  • Angel Ng (PS150)
  • Kim Choong (Thirst Magazine)
  • Michelle Loh (TWE)
  • Shareen Yew (Single & Available)

Bartender of the Year

  • Angel Ng (PS150)
  • Chee Kheong “CK” Kho (Coley & Pahit)
  • Rizal Junior Johari (Marini’s on 57)
  • Shawn Chong (Omakase + Appreciate)

The Rising Star

  • Calzeno Clitus (Junglebird)
  • Janice Lau (The Pawn Room)
  • Jason Julian (Hyde)
  • Osmond Bernard (Ikki)

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