Wednesday, December 30, 2015

PS150 @ Petaling Street, Chinatown

It was nearly an hour past midnight on a working Tuesday when we reached the row of faded Chinatown shop-lots that house PS150. There were scant signs of life - save for a few stray dogs & cats - as we stumbled through the darkness of an ominously grim back-alley, searching for the discreet doorway to this new watering hole. It was worth the anxious hunt - this intensely atmospheric bar is poised to be one of 2016's most popular caverns of cocktails, lit with crimson lanterns & neon calligraphy that translates into Petaling Street's Cantonese name, evoking some ethereal scene from a Wong Kar-wai movie.

PS150 is a labyrinthine hideout with corridors seemingly filled with secrets - if these peeling brick walls could speak, they might whisper of this building's bygone years as a brothel. The bar is still a work in progress, with a formal launch slated for mid-January. By then, customers will be able to access PS150 from the building's front, through an entrance set up to look like a vintage toy shop. A subsequent passageway adorned with decades-old photographs of anonymous faces will contain booths cloaked with curtains for privacy. A smoking hall with repurposed furnishing is next, followed finally by the main bar, permeated with an aura of authenticity that's unattainable by speakeasies in shopping malls, commercial complexes & modern shop-lots. 

PS150's cocktails prove as soulful as the place, crafted by chief bartender Angel Ng, well-known in KL's mixology scene, with a dedication to fairly priced quality. Temptations include the Pandan Flip (RM38; pandan-infused dark rum, coconut, bitters, egg yolk), Lychee No. 3 (RM38; London dry gin, lychee, ginger flower, lime), Red Poison Princess (RM90 for a serving for two; tequila, mezcal, absinthe, raspberry, lime, soda) & The Last Rite (RM50; gin, Chartreuse, maraschino liquor, absinthe, lime).

Here's how to locate PS150 for the next couple of weeks before its front entrance is ready. It's in the same building as Merchant's Lane cafe, & it's every bit as welcoming (look for Will or Angel to ensure you're taken care of); there's parking around the building. The bar aims to eventually become a lively hive of uniquely engaging activities like drunken spelling bees & bring-your-own-music Sunday afternoons (Manic Street Preachers, anybody?). We'll be hearing a lot about PS150 in 2016.

PS150
Ground Floor, 150 Jalan Petaling, Kuala Lumpur. Currently Mon-Sat, 8pm-2am.

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16 comments:

  1. I really like the Chinese lanterns! :)

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    1. Linda: they add a lovely touch to this bar :)

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  2. wow love this place. so much oriental feel to it.

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    1. Irvine: yeah, it's a cool mix of classic and contemporary chinese/pan-asian elements :)

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  3. I'm liking this increase in cocktail bars in KL. Things are looking exciting for 2016.

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    1. The Yum List: looking forward to what next year will hold for us! :)

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  4. More and more cocktail bars in KL nowadays... And the drinks are getting more and more creative! Gone were the days where choices were limited

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    1. Leo: yeah, it's been a long time since i had to order a plain mojito, heh :D

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  5. You seem to be working "long hours", Sean....but I'm sure you're not complaining with a drink in hand! ;D

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    1. Contact.ewew: work must be followed by an equal amount of play ... yes, preferably with a cocktail involved ;)

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  6. Shudders! When I think of Petaling Street, all that Pudu area, I imagine the crowd, the congestion, the jam...and the heat and I would change my mind about heading there. Not been for years now. :D

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    1. Suituapui: ooo, this bar would be perfect for you ... it opens after the jam has ended for the day, it's only open at night when the weather's cooler, and it's on the other side of petaling street where there are no crowds :)

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  7. This place looks cool! Some of the pics have the drama feel, hehehe.

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    1. CK: haha, ya, it's got a kind of red-light district, old-school shanghai sort of vibe :D

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  8. Whoa... so errr... much feeelll.. of the scary dodgy kind but INTRIGUING!

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    1. Rebecca: ya, it's got an enigmatic sort of allure ... my companion was a bit worried we would get robbed in the dark before we found the doorway to the bar! :)

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