We’re almost at the year-end, and if you fancy a nightcap to round off 2019, The Bar Awards Kuala Lumpur & Penang 2019 will hit the spot. After a tipple-packed awards season in Singapore and a debut tour in Manila, the festival returns to crown Malaysia’s finest bars and bartenders. Between 4 to 8 December 2019, expect a parade of intoxicating pop-ups and intriguing bar talks, steadily leading up to the heights of glorious debauchery – The Bar Awards Party. Here’s the lowdown on the event calendar (also available in full here):
Kuala Lumpur’s F&B scene has mushroomed in recent years, and if you’re eyeing a slice of the industry pie, sit down with the experts for insights. This year’s Bar Talks will delve into the nuts and bolts of managing an F&B outlet, from business activities to financial management, cash control and growth. Delivering the keynote is mixologist maestro Jay Khan, Hong Kong’s Bartender of the Year 2019 and the genius behind acclaimed Mexican-inspired bar COA.
With the region’s top mixers and shakers popping up all round Kuala Lumpur, we’ve got a case of liquor, liquor everywhere. Here’re the alcoholic highlights you can’t miss.
4 December (Wednesday)
Gekkeikan Sake Cocktails feat. Arsenio “Ash” Mariano Jnr. at Sakura Den, from 9pm
5 December (Thursday)
Tito’s Charity Event feat. Jay Khan of COA (HKG) at The Chow Kit hotel bar, from 7pm
The Other Roof (SGP) Pop Up at JungleBird, from 9pm
6 December (Friday)
Asia Today (BKK) at Pahit, from 7pm
Capella Hotel (BKK) at PS150, from 7pm
COA (HKG) at Joloko, from 7pm
The Guild (SGP) at Coley Cocktail Bar, from 7pm
Zuma (HKG) at Bar Trigona, from 7pm
Classic Meets Funky presented by Plantation Rum at Skullduggery, from 8pm
Tippling Club (SGP) feat. Andrew Loudon at JungleBird, from 9pm
Ray Leota (NZL) presented by the House of Angostura at Three X Co, from 10pm
7 December (Saturday)
Capella Hotel (BKK) at Elements KL, from 8pm
ATLAS (SGP) feat. Jesse Vida at JungleBird, from 9pm
The Bar Awards On Tour Penang (Vol. 2)
In a grand toast to Penang’s bar community, The Bar Awards will be touring the city with four of Asia’s buzziest bars: Bangkok’s famously quirky Asia Today and Singapore craft beer bar The Guild, along with izakaya-style hotspot Zuma and Oaxaca-inspired bar COA from Hong Kong. It’ll be one wild night of cocktail love, coming right up at glam Mediterranean restaurant Beso Rosado.
The Bar Awards On Tour Penang is happening on 7 December 2019 from 8pm onwards, at Beso Rosado by Chin Chin, 86 Lebuh Bishop, George Town (Penang), p. +60 4-263 6868.
The Bar Awards Party
Capping off the festivities in suitably boozy style is The Bar Awards Party, open for the first time for industry and non-industry tipplers alike. For an entry price of just RM100 (for tickets purchased online), indulge in free-flow cocktails and bites all night long, and be the first to find out who will take home the Bartender and Bar of the Year award. Tickets are available here in limited numbers, so act fast!
The Bar Awards Party is happening on 8 December 2019 from 7pm onwards, at MAPKL @ Publika – Black Box, Level G2, Block A5, Solaris Dutamas, No 1, Jalan Dutamas 1, Kuala Lumpur, p. +60 3-6207 9732.Tickets are priced at RM100 nett online and RM120 nett at the door.