A Place To Lift Your Spirits: The Pawn Room
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A Place To Lift Your Spirits: The Pawn Room

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.

Most Creative Cocktail Bar Bar Of The Year

“It’s true, customers can pawn their prized possessions for cocktails here,” Keith Chong, co-founder of The Private Group (TPG) reveals. The company that owns a restaurant and wine bar, opened The Pawn Room in 2016. Chong points to a few things patrons have brought in – CDs and a guitar among the few. “It’s just a really fun way to break the ice!”

The cocktails at The Pawn Room are inspired by local flavours. Images: Chew Win Win

Fun is central to The Pawn Room, a bar designed to resemble an old Chinese pawn shop. Situated above TPG’s restaurant, the interior of the bar is reminiscent of Shanghai in the 1930s. With red walls illuminated by soft lighting, the space is embellished with Chinese palace lanterns, antique hurricane lamps, oil-paper umbrellas and vintage posters of cheongsam-clad ladies. This old school charm, ironically, appeals to the younger crowd – an element Chong attributes to the growing exposure of global travel.

Fun is an integral aspect for the team at The Pawn Room.. Images: Chew Win Win

“We observed the demand for bespoke drinks and experiences; patrons are now more appreciative of good cocktails and ambience.” Quality is key for The Pawn Room’s mixologists Janice Lau and Sepet who infuse their masterpieces with local flavours. The crowd favourite is Pandan Qaseh – a delicious concoction of Flor De Cana rum, Amaro Montenegro, Angostura bitters, fresh lemon juice, egg white and homemade pandan syrup.

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 sixth installation in our eight-part series of A Place To Lift Your Spirits next Friday when we bring you the Most Creative Cocktail Program.

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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