Time Out Malaysia Eating and Drinking Guide - - KL & SURROUNDS -

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).

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