THE A-LIST 2018 X SPEAKEASY BARS

EM­BARK ON A HUNT FOR SOME OF THE MOST ELU­SIVE SPEAKEASY BARS IN TOWN WITH A-LIS­TERS KYLE E, ERNEST LOH AND CURWEN CHAI

AugustMan (Malaysia) - - In­sta­gram - WORDS BY ALEX LOW PHO­TOS BY SAUFI NADZRI

THREE X CO

Made out of brother­hood, crafts­man­ship and mixol­ogy, Three X Co is the lat­est edi­tion in the speakeasy scene within the re­gion where its con­cept is in­spired by blend­ing ori­en­tal cul­tures into the pro­hi­bi­tion-styled “speakeasy” bars trend­ing across the world to­day.

The idea started when three friends once dreamed about open­ing a bar of their own. Af­ter many years later with each hav­ing suc­cess­ful ca­reers on their own, they came to­gether to make their dream a re­al­ity. Wong Wai Hung, Manag­ing Direc­tor cum Founder of Image Ge­nius Sdn Bhd, co-owned with friends Eu­gene Yeoh and Daniel Gunawan, be­gan putting things in mo­tion and was in­tro­duced to Mixol­o­gist Con­sul­tant David Hans, Asia’s first World Cham­pion of the Gif­fard West Cup 2017 Com­pe­ti­tion, mak­ing him part­ner and Hans’ first sig­na­ture bar.

Care­fully cu­rated fur­ni­tures and light­ings are placed within stylish decors of dark blue shades scat­tered across the sur­round­ings of the bar that gives Three X Co a sense of class and warmth for pa­trons vis­it­ing the bar. The well-stocked bar not only serves unique crafted spir­its sought from all over the world but also a spe­cially cu­rated cock­tail menu de­signed by Hans him­self.

THE DE­CEASED

Hor­ror doesn’t get enough rep­re­sen­ta­tion when it comes to the ser­vice in­dus­try (Cer­tainly an odd thing to pay at­ten­tion to), you can only imag­ine the sur­prise and ex­cite­ment when peo­ple start to dis­cover that a hor­ror-themed bar is tucked com­fort­ably in the cen­ter of one of the most hap­pen­ing cities in the world.

Dra­matic, at­mo­spheric and un­de­ni­ably eerie, the am­bi­ence of the place is creepy enough with red mood light­ing, but add in a few pop­ping bal­loons and fake limbs here and there, you have the per­fect blend of fun and fright­en­ing. With its cre­ative at­tempt­ing in fus­ing ori­en­tal and Malaysian in­gre­di­ents, The De­ceased’s cock­tails are chill­ingly sat­is­fy­ing, crafted by mixol­o­gist Steven Wan.

Dar­ing and cre­ative, the team be­hind The De­ceased is ex­tremely com­mit­ted to their craft. Whether is its shad­owy stair­case lit by bulbs wrapped in Taoist tal­is­mans, or its devo­tion in craft­ing a menu of unique of­fer­ings that evoke the theme it’s so com­mit­ted to, The De­ceased is des­tined to be a bar to be re­mem­bered.

SUZIE WONG

Wel­come into the world where east and west col­lides in a grandeur and se­duc­tive plea­sure. Lo­cated in the heart of the city cen­tre, tucked in­ge­niously amongst the build­ings in Jalan Raja Chu­lan, get­ting to her is an ec­static ex­pe­ri­ence.

Be­hind the wooden door en­trance, you are in­vited to a time­less ar­che­typal English dé­cor lounge, spaced per­fectly with large Cheshire couches, wooded ta­bles and stat­ues where you ex­pe­ri­ence the se­lec­tions of liquor and beers from the bar. The gran­ite bar top, warmed by the light­ing and bril­liant pat­tern sets a mys­ti­cal at­mos­phere.

Next room of­fers an air of grandeur with sense of clas­sic ori­ent, grit and clas­sic Hong Kong glam­our. You will be greeted with over two-hun­dreds daz­zling bird­cages chan­de­lier, an el­e­gant 18 - feet high ceil­ing rock bar with medicine cabi­net back­drop dé­cor, cozy cen­ter­piece lounge sofa. Dra­matic draped stage with an­tique win­dow pan­els from the 1950s Canto era as back­drop cou­pled with classy neon sig­nage at the side gives an eclec­tic an­tic­i­pa­tion to­wards the shows that are ranged from live bands, acous­tic acts, comic show and va­ri­eties of live per­for­mances. AM

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