What makes Pahit stand out in a constantly growing and changing cocktail scene here in KL is its unpretentiousness. It’s a simple enough space, with a cosy interior and a breezy courtyard where you can sit and relax after a long day’s work. Many new cocktail bars around KL try to capture your attention with forced themes, overly gimmicky drinks and strange ingredients that just don’t mix that well. These places forget that most of the time we just want to have a tasty drink without all the bells and whistles. At Pahit, you get exactly that.
Pahit is a gin-focused bar – almost, if not all the drinks are gin based, and they don’t stray too far with their interpretations of classic cocktails. Plus, owner CK – who recently won ‘Best Bartender’ at the KL Bar Awards – understands his crowd perfectly. For example, the Gin Pahit #2 is a tweak on the classic Pink Gin cocktail to suit to Malaysian tastes, and the refreshing sousvide fruit G&Ts are perfect for our climate (we like the pomelo and elderflower infusions). The drinks coupled with the rustic charm of the bar are exactly why Pahit stands out. In KL bars try to stay ahead of the curve by racing to be the first to import concepts from the cocktail capitals of New York City or Bangkok. But Pahit is unfazed by the trends and keeps it simple – nowhere else can you sit back in the garden on a rattan chair with a calamansi and assam boi G&T in hand.
3 Jalan Sin Chew Kee, KL (03 2110 0776/fb.com/barpahit). Tue-Sun, 5pm-1am.