Coley Cocktail Bar has been crowned Kuala Lumpur Bar of the Year at The Bar Awards for the second year running.
The winners of the 2018 Bar Awards was announced in an industry-only ceremony at APW Bangsar on Sunday. Coley won two awards (its bartender Caden Chua also won the Rising Star award for young bartenders).
Bar Trigona of Four Seasons Hotel KL, and Omakase + Appreciate also won two awards each. Omakase + Appreciate’s Shawn Chong won Bartender of the Year – KL, and the bar he co-founded with partner Karl Too won Most Creative Cocktail Program. Bar Trigona won Best New Bar and Best Hotel Bar, a new category.
This was also the first time Penang was included in the awards, with Mish-Mash sweeping both Penang-centric awards – Penang Bar of the Year and Penang Bartender of the Year for Spencer Ezra.
Taps Beer Bar won Best Beer Bar and Vintry won Best Wine Bar, another new category.
Here is the full list of winners:
The Bar Awards Luminaries: Kim Choong (Thirst Magazine) and Ben Ng (Mish Mash).
Bar of the Year – Penang: Mish Mash
Bar of the Year – Kuala Lumpur: Coley Cocktail Bar
Best New Bar: Bar Trigona
Bartender of the Year – Penang: Spencer Ezra (Mish Mash)
Bartender of the Year – Kuala Lumpur: Shawn Chong (Omakase + Appreciate)
The Rising Star: Caden Chua Hui Chan (Coley)
Best Restaurant Bar: Joloko
Best Beer Bar: Taps Beer Bar
Best Wine Bar: Vintry
Best Hotel Bar: Bar Trigona (Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur)
Best Specialist Concept: Pahit (Gin)
Best Hospitality Ambassador: Andrew Tan (61 Monarchy, Hyde)
Best Hospitality Team: PS150
Most Creative Cocktail Program: Omakase + Appreciate