Monday, 4 February 2013

The Bar, The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Bar, The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 5 star, heritage, colonial, boutique
The Bar, The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur - The best place to settle for live entertainment and a good story.

Classic Cocktails and a Tall Tale or Two at The Bar, The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur

“Reminiscent of the halcyon days of British Malaya, relax and enjoy vintage cocktails of the time.”

As a well-bred Australian I know that the best spot for a drink and a story is at the bar. True bartenders are not only experts in mixing up spirituous beverages, but skilled tale weavers too. Never quite knowing what percentage of a story is being spun, you can be assured as the night goes on and the drinking progresses that you’ll be believing each tale closer to fact than fabrication. This is what I look for in a good watering hole and this is what I found at The Bar at the Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur.

Meet Johnnie Yap, the humble chief barman, concoctor of cocktails and teller of yarns. You’ll find no molecular contrivances or inventions with weird syrups and unidentifiable ingredients behind his bar – just real fruit and real liquor. The olden days are preserved in a list of Classic Cocktails, each accompanied with a story of origin, compiled in a charming menu printed in old ink and, with pictures capturing the magic of colonial times.

The Bar, The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 5 star, heritage, colonial, boutique
Barman Johnnie
We tried the following cocktails and were not disappointed by one: 

The Bar, The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 5 star, heritage, colonial, boutique
Code 55 and 2 Bulat – beer, lemonade, gin, whiskey, grenadine. Inspired by a story that happened in this very bar a long time ago… a lady stormed angrily into the bar and sat herself down next to a gentleman guest and his mistress. The captain approached the lady (also not the wife) trying to defuse the situation asking what she’d like to drink. She replied “code 55 and 2 bulat.” The barman was flummoxed as he’d heard never heard of such a cocktail. Later he realized that the dame was requesting her weapon of battle, “Colt 55 and 2 bullets.”

The Bar, The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 5 star, heritage, colonial, boutique
Brandy Crusta - brandy, Cointreau, lemon juice, sugar, Angostura bitters rimmed with sugar.
 
The Bar, The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 5 star, heritage, colonial, boutique
Tanqueray Blue - Tanqueray 10 gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup, cranberry juice and blue ginger infusion. Blue ginger is native to Malaysia but not available commercially so the syrup is made in house. An interesting fact is that blue ginger is not actually blue but more of a pinkish colour. This mixture includes citrus Curacao forming the skyish hue. This is a long refreshing citric drink, decorated with half a lime scooped out, filled with finely chopped pineapple and topped with a mint sprig.

The Bar, The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 5 star, heritage, colonial, boutique
Jungle Bird - Campari, rum, lime, sugar and pineapple juice.
The Bar, The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 5 star, heritage, colonial, boutique
East India Cocktail - cognac, maraschino liquor, Cointreau, raspberry syrup and Angostura bitters.
The Bar, The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 5 star, heritage, colonial, boutique
The Malayan Colada – Cocount cream, Angostura bitters, single cream, salt, golden rum and pineapple chunks. A local twist on the classic piña colada, The Barman presents his own take on this deep tropical beverage.

The Bar, The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 5 star, heritage, colonial, boutique
Mai Tai - rum, crème de almond, pineapple juice and triple sec.


The dulcet harmonies of The Soliano’s vocalist accompanied by sexy taps on the ivory, strums of the double bass and a regular thrum on the drum kit maintain the classic ambience and add excitement to the air. 

All cocktails are priced at RM48++. While the bartender is willing to make drinks to your requests, it’s highly encouraged that you try the classics to have full appreciation of The Bar.


Reason to visit: vintage cocktails and ambience from a bygone era, live music by The Solianos, a yarn spun by the barman Mr. Johnnie Yap.

The Bar
The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur
5 Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin
50000 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
www.majestickl.com
+6 03 2785 8000

18 comments:

  1. Gosh! The Solianos have been around for a long time. Wonder which generation this is from Tony Soliano... I love places with live music.

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    1. Yes, I've heard that these guys come from way back. Soft smooth voice of the lead singer is impressive.

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  2. Never been to this happening hotel yet but so far the reviews of it are impressive! Will find time for this amazing place soon!


    Wilson
    PlacesAndFoods.com

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    1. It's 100% class. I trust you'll love it!

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  3. They sure have interesting cocktails here!! What a lovely place for a hangout...

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    1. Only the golden oldies for this bar. Interesting stories that go with each too. :-)

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  4. pardon the pun, but the jungle bird sure looks like a majestic cocktail! :D

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    1. They surely are lovely. The sweet sweet voice of the lead singer is soothing.

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  6. Sounds like a fun experience with stories to entertain your night!

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    1. A bit of unexpected entertainment :-)

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  7. Whoa, the alcohol is knocking me out. *winks*

    It's such a pity I don't drink alcohol nowadays. Otherwise, a trip to The Bar would be lovely with my circle of friends and be serenaded by the vocalist.

    I remember the Blue Ginger from my stay at Golden Palm Tree. =D

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  8. Nice review. We are very close friends with the Hotel Manager there, Wayne Lee. He was formerly Vistana Hotel Kuantan GM. A great man!
    Duncan In Kuantan

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  9. Interesting cocktails !
    I also love the pictures, they're so beautiful

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  10. This Filipino singers are so amazing.

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