Wednesday, January 10, 2018

BarZhen @ Jalan Balai Polis

It's five p.m. on a Saturday evening as we stumble through an empty Chinatown alley, searching for the neighbourhood's new secretive bar. BarZhen's address is supposed to be '5, Jalan Balai Polis,' but there's no sign of that on this shop-house street. We hesitantly push through a side door that looks like it could lead to danger, dismemberment or death.

Fortunately, our fears prove unfounded. Fifteen minutes later, after bumping into BarZhen's friendly team, we're upstairs, admiring the venue's atmospheric ambiance and sipping on the Asian-inflected cocktails that remain the rage across KL. The selection is short but seductive, headlined by the Ginseng Honey Paloma (RM35; ginseng-infused Cognac, tequila, agave nectar, house-made grapefruit syrup) and Tongkat Ali Kopitini (RM35; rum, kopi tupai, tongkat ali coffee liqueur, Irish cream).

Tip (or spoiler): BarZhen's primary entrance faces a mural of two birds.

BarZhen
5 Lorong Panggung, Off Jalan Balai Polis, Off Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur. Open Tues-Sun, 5pm-late. Tel: 012-671-5883


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6 comments:

  1. That's what I initially thought...that doorway looks like it's leading to something sleazy...kikiki! :D I think ladies won't make it there on their own unless accompanied by some men! ;)

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    1. Contact.ewew: heh, yeah, that's a dodgy doorway indeed! to be honest, i'm getting a bit jaded about how speakeasy-inspired bars force us to hunt high and low for them and push all sorts of different entrances to find them. but i guess it's still an interesting experience :D

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  2. This shop formerly was a Chinese medicine shop? I can see some Chinese Medicine herbal's names and the cabinet.

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    1. Choi Yen: good question! i actually have no idea what it was before this :)

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  3. The place looks kind of narrow or am I claustrophobic?

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    1. Suituapui: i vote for claustrophobic! :D

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