Time Out Kuala Lumpur - - Food & Drink Awards winners -

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/ Tue-Sun, 5pm-1am.

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