A Place To Lift Your Spirits: Coley
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A Place To Lift Your Spirits: Coley

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.

Image: Chew Win Win

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).

Coley’s specialties include (from left) the Rum and Ambaralla (Angostura gold rum, calamansi, ambarella, Angostura bitters and asamboi), Gin and Coconut (Beefeater London Dry gin, coconut water and fresh lime), and the Hanky Panky (Ford’s Gin, genever, red vermouth, Fernet Branca). Image: Chew Win Win.

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.”

A sumptuous selection of snacks complement your specialty cocktail perfectly.. Image: Chew Win Win.

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.

Kerry-Ann is a journalist who has dabbled in all forms of writing across the board, from print and digital media to broadcasting. When she is not working (which is almost never) she can be found at home making prank calls or playing the air guitar. Because she can’t play a real one.

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