Kuala Lumpur has one of Asia’s most exciting, burgeoning bar scenes. The 2017 KL Bar Awards celebrates the capital city’s cocktail creativity and bar luminaries with a host of honours.
COLEY – Bartender Of The Year
CK Kho – Best Hospitality Team Bar Of The Year
Coley, helmed by CK Kho – the mild-mannered, much-loved Malaysian bar scene stalwart – was the big winner at The Bar Awards KL 2017. Taking Ada Coleman’s nickname, Coley is a contemporary and yet laid-back bar that exudes an unpretentious charm.
Here, they curate classic cocktails including Coleman’s famed Hanky Panky – all with a contemporary twist. Equally popular is its Koktel list featuring drinks inspired by Malaysia’s kopitiam (coffee shop) culture such as the thirst-quenching Gin and Coconut (Beefeater London Dry gin, coconut water and fresh lime).
However, the jewel in Coley’s crown, lies in the people behind the bar: CK and his team work like well-oiled machines. “I’ve worked with all of them before in different bars, so we are very much in sync – plus everyone takes turns doing all the jobs at Coley, so we understand all the different roles.” While CK is honoured by the accolades, he nods his head and adds: “It’s really all because of my team.”
The Bar Awards KL 2018 will take place on 25 November 2018. To find out how you can nominate your favourite bar, or to attend the events leading up to the awards finale, find The Bar Awards on www.facebook.com/thebarawards
Look out for the fourth installation in our eight-part series of A Place To Lift Your Spirits on Friday when we bring you the winner of The Rising Star Award.