This colourful Tikithemed rooftop bar draws upon the explosive Pacific Rim in its styling. Gauguin prints, dark wooden furniture with deep red upholstery, and a flowing, multi-levelled bar decked out with lava-red LED lighting beckon guests to kick back with a cocktail and switch to ‘island time.’ Out on the terrace, the laidback vibe continues at Splash, the cool poolside area. Relax on a sun-lounge and look out over one of the best views of the city or admire the sculptural artwork by Tony Twigg, ‘Five sticks in any order’, which was inspired by a fishing trap. Alternatively, relax with a cigar at Freek Lounge, a discreet area at the far end of the bar.
The cocktail menu here is a creative fusion of locally infused drinks like Green Paradise and Around the World and the traditional classics. It was created by mixultant Joseph Boroski, owner of bar consulting group Sip Slowly and the founder of BAR:School. At the top of the must-try list here is the Malaysian Princess Mai Tai, which mixes silver rum infused with blueberries and kaffir lime with golden rum, pineapple and orange juice and grenadine syrup. The refreshing cocktail that results is served in a Tikithemed mug. But if you’re not a fan of cocktails, there’s also a full menu of wines, liquors and spirits, the perfect accompaniments to Mai Bar’s spread of delicious tapas dishes.
One of the city’s best rooftop bars, Mai Bar also plays host to a strong line up of DJs, including international and celebrity names, who play house and electric music for those who like to party late and loud. Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral, 5 Jalan Stesen Sentral, KL (03 2723 1188/www.alofthotels. com/kualalumpursentral).