Take the bitter(s) with the sweet: KL's Ginaissance hits a high with this new watering hole dedicated to the joys of juniper - Pahit takes over the bar space of Sekeping Sin Chew Kee, the rustic guesthouse on a row of forgotten-by-time homes whose history stretches back to the 1920s. It's a bar on which descriptions like 'character' & 'charm' will deservedly be showered, beckoning patrons to linger within the confines of crumbling walls that seem ready to speak for a night of spirited discoveries.
Pahit's show-runners have the acumen to make this succeed - CK (of Bangsar's Coley) & fellow bartender Boy offer the elegant & the experimental (you might spot CK working with whey behind the counter), focusing on the aromatic botanicals of gin to cast a spell of glamour & mystique. A full menu is expected when the bar formally launches within weeks, but customers can currently opt for delectable cocktails like the colonial-era Gin Pahit that enchanted W. Somerset Maugham or sous vide fruit-infused gin & tonics in invigorating variations like pomelo & elderflower or lychee & ginger flower. If you'd like to genuinely immerse yourself in the world of Mother's Ruin, ask for a tasting flight that accentuates the eclecticism of gin in its cogent glory.
3, Jalan Sin Chew Kee, Between Bukit Bintang & Pudu, Kuala Lumpur. Tues-Sun, 5pm-1am. Tel: 03-2110-0776
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