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Six atmospheric bars and cafes in Malaysia

Six atmospheric bars and cafes in Malaysia

Malaysia is renowned for its wonderful dining experiences in its many streetside stalls, markets, hawker centres and fine restaurants. But it also offers travellers equally fine opportunities to have a quiet drink or two, be that a high tea, a juice or cocktail. This selection of bars and cafes from across Malaysia ooze a colonial charm, classic architecture, hip scene or fantastic location.

Geographer Cafe, Melaka

The Geographer Café in historic Melaka is located in an old Chinese shophouse on a busy corner of Jonker Street. Thanks to this location patrons have a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the character and charm of the old town with many of the buildings nearby dating back to more than 100 years – in fact the oldest Chinese temple and Muslim mosque in Melaka are located nearby. The Geographer Café is the perfect place to dine, enjoy desert or a signature cocktail – available as both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. They also have a regular program of live music and jazz.
83 Jalan Hang Jebat, Malacca Town, Tel. +606-281-6813

Farquhar’s Bar, Eastern and Oriental Hotel, Penang

This English-style bar with a club room atmosphere is but one part of the incredible package of the Eastern and Oriental Hotel. It was named after Robert Townsend Farquhar, Penang’s former Lieutentant-Governor and has classic wooden paneling, wooden stools at the bar or deep armchairs to sink into over a quiet drink or two. They serve beer and cocktails including their signature drink the Eastern Oriental Sling. They also serve traditional pub food. The other alternative in the hotel is Sarkies corner that serves tiffin lunch from Monday to Friday. Sarkies Corner has great views onto the lawn and over the sea.

The EO hotel itself stands as testament to the British colonial era and today is considered an important part of the Penang story. It was established in 1884 by the Sarkies brothers, also responsible for the Raffles Hotel in Singapore. It featured in several stories by the author Somerset Maugham, a regular guest.
10 Lebuh Farquhar, Tel. +604-222-2000.

Wooden panelling in the Farquhar’s Bar, Penang. Pic: E  O Hotel.

Wooden panelling in the Farquhar’s Bar, Penang. Pic: E O Hotel.

Charlies Restaurant and Bar, Heritage Station Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

The neo-Moorish, slightly cavernous surrounds of the train station set the scene for a step back into KL’s colonial past in the Heritage Station Hotel. And a good place to experience the imperial air, if you’re not an overnight guest, is in the bar. Charlies Restaurant and Bar features old wall hangings, arched Moorish windows and original floor tiling that dates back to 1910. As with the basic, no-frills accommodation the bistro offers affordable meals and beverages. Today the Heritage Hotel is a Heritage Building and its worth riding the old elevator for a further chance to soak up the nostalgic atmosphere.
Bangunan Stesen Keretapi, Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin,Kuala Lumpur. Tel. +603-2273-5588.

Neo-Moorish heritage at Charlies Bar, Kuala Lumpur. Pic: Heritage Sttion Hotel.

Neo-Moorish heritage at Charlies Bar, Kuala Lumpur. Pic: Heritage Sttion Hotel.

Smokehouse Hotel and Restaurant, Cameron Highlands

For an experience right out of British colonial history in Malaysia, visit this English Tudor style hotel that dates back to 1939. Located in the Cameron Highlands it’s the perfect climate for an experience of old England too with cooler, misty and often wet weather. This makes it the perfect place to indulge in a drink by the fireplace or even high tea of scones and strawberry jam in the gardens outside.
Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands, Tel. +605-491-1215.

Frangipani, Kuala Lumpur

It doesn’t boast the colonial ambience of other places in this list, but the Frangipani is hip and happening. It’s also new with a modern overtone to the whole place and a similar crowd. It’s a good place to enjoy a few cocktails, hang with an elegant mix of people and you could follow it up by heading to the restaurant afterwards. This features a French influenced menu. The new wine bar, Bibitus, on the ground floor, also has a similar French theme to its wines.
25 Changkat Bukit Bintang, Tel. +603-2144-3001

Cameron Bar, Lakehouse, Cameron Highlands
The Cameron Bar or pub is a great way to soak in the old warm charm at this Tudor style country house in the highlands. With characteristic décor of a real English pub and a cosy log fire to set the scene, it’s the perfect place to have a sundowner or retire after dinner. An English style afternoon tea with scones and jam is also served on the Lakeside Terrace from 3-5.30pm daily.
30th Mile Ringlet, 39200 Cameron Highlands, Pahang, Tel.  +605- 495-6152

The old world charm of the Lakehouse gardens. Pic: Lakehouse Hotel.

The old world charm of the Lakehouse gardens. Pic: Lakehouse Hotel.

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Five places to dance the night away in KL

Dancing may not be everyone’s forte, but people do enjoy a good night out in the capital.  And the KL clubbing scene is rich and varied, so there’s no shortage of venues.

Here are five places to dance the night away in cosmopolitan Kuala Lumpur.

1. Zouk

Zouk Club is located along Jalan Ampang, offering party-goers four different clubs within the main premise itself. These five spots are Zouk, Phuture, Velvet Underground and the Wine bar. The club often organises events featuring popular DeeJays and artistes, offering nights on dance music or retro music from the ’80s.

113 Jalan Ampang 55000
Kuala Lumpur

Zouk, Jalan Ampang

Zouk in Jalan Ampang, KL.

2. Twentyone on Changkat Bukit Bintang

At first glance, Twentyone appears to be a hip restaurant and bar, popular with tourists and expatriates living in Kuala Lumpur. During the weekends, patrons can dance the night away on the small dance floor at the second floor of the restaurant. Dance or retro music is usually the flavour of this club cum restaurant.

20 Changkat Bukit Bintang
50200 Kuala Lumpur

3. Qba at the Westin Kuala Lumpur

Tucked in the corner of the luxurious hotel along Jalan Bukit Bintang is a bar that offers more than just Latin music, drinks and cuisine. Those who enjoy a good salsa dance can make their way here, as beginners and professional salsa dancers show off their hip-swaying moves to a boisterous crowd.

199 Jalan Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur
P:+603-2731 8338 ?


There’s plenty of choices in KL for those who love the clubbing scene.

4. Frangipani Restaurant and Bar on Changkat Bukit Bintang

On the second floor of this restaurant lies one of Kuala Lumpur’s most popular and longest running clubs. Located in a cool art-deco building, a hip and modern dance floor offers patrons the opportunity to let their hair down to loud and catchy dance music.

29 Jalan Changkat Bukit Bintang
50200 Kuala Lumpur
P: +603-2144-3001

5. Rootz Club

The club’s design is said to be inspired by 18th century Russian museums and palaces, and it’s located on the rooftop of the Lot 10 shopping mall along Jalan Bukit Bintang. The premise boasts of a 700-pax capacity, offering patrons a different themed clubbing experience on weeknights, ranging from “Harajuku Night” Fridays to “The Get Up” Saturdays. A cover charge of up to RM50 is expected to get into this “cool” club.

Lot 10
50 Jalan Sultan Ismail,
50250 Kuala Lumpur,
P: +603-2782-3555

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