Pahit

TAK­ING OVER BARLAI’S OLD SPOT AT SEKEPING SIN CHEW KEE IS PAHIT,

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the lat­est spe­cial­ist bar to open in KL. Run by CK – the brains be­hind pop­u­lar Bangsar wa­ter­ing hole Co­ley – Pahit spe­cialises in all things gin, from gin-based cock­tails to the clas­sic gin and ton­ics.

The bar is hid­den be­tween two busy roads – Jalan Hang Je­bat and Jalan Pudu – no­to­ri­ous for their nev­erend­ing traf­fic jams, a place one would never ex­pect such a calm and quiet bar to ex­ist. It’s lo­cated along a quiet row of old houses which date back to the 1920s; this lo­ca­tion along with a small court­yard decked out with rat­tan chairs and short ta­bles pro­vide a quaintly charm; a nice respite from the hus­tle and bus­tle of the city with­out hav­ing to travel too far. Per­fect for af­ter­work drinks.

If you’re a fan of gin, you might have a tough time de­cid­ing which gin to choose. The menu boasts an im­pres­sive list of gins from all over the world. For be­gin­ners who might find gin slightly too bit­ter, we rec­om­mend one of the fruit-in­fused G&Ts; the ly­chee and gin­ger flower ver­sion in par­tic­u­lar. The ly­chee gives the drink a re­fresh­ing sweet­ness, which is bal­anced won­der­fully with the spice of the gin­ger flower.

For cock­tails, go for the house spe­cialty, Gin Pahit #2 – the bar’s take of the clas­sic cock­tail Pink Gin. It’s a mix of Lon­don dry gin, or­ange bit­ters, lime and their own home­made faler­num syrup, re­sult­ing in a bit­ter cock­tail sim­i­lar to the orig­i­nal, but with a hint of sweet­ness to make it more palat­able for our lo­cal taste buds. An­other (very) re­fresh­ing cock­tail is the Pineap­ple Smash – a con­coc­tion of Bols Gen­ever, pineap­ple juice, ver­mouth, mint and their home­made rasp­berry and bay leaf shrub. It’s a per­fect blend of sweet and sour, mak­ing it the ul­ti­mate post-work drink af­ter a long week.

3 Jalan Sin Chew Kee, KL (03 2110 0776/fb­com/barpahit). Tue-Sun, 5pm-1am.

Pineap­ple Smash

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