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Coley is once again the best bar at The Bar Awards Kuala Lumpur 2018

During The Bar Awards Kuala Lumpur’s inaugural launch last year, Coley was named Bar of the Year. This year, they’ve done it again, bagging the same award at The Bar Awards Kuala Lumpur 2018. It’s a good year for the bar, as they got into the 46th spot in Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2018. Coley’s sister bar, Pahit, also won the Best Specialist Concept category for their focus on gin.

The Bar Awards Kuala Lumpur
Tron Young (left) is the founder of The Bar Awards.

After a full week of guest shifts at bars and various bar-related events, The Bar Awards Kuala Lumpur came to a close last night at its second-ever awards ceremony held in APW, Bangsar. This year is also the first year that The Bar Awards extended to Penang, making last night’s party a big one to celebrate across two states in Malaysia.

The big winner last night was Bar Trigona, who bagged two awards: Best Hotel Bar and Best New Bar. The Four Seasons KL bar was also the top four spots in several other categories, including Best Hospitality Ambassador, Best Hospitality Team, Bartender of the Year, Bar of the Year, and Most Creative Cocktail Program — amazing feat as the bar has only been open for less than half a year. Another noteworthy winner was Caden Chua who won The Rising Star, an award given to young, up-and-coming bartenders in the industry. Chua is currently a bartender in Coley.

The Bar Awards was founded back in 2014 by Tron Young in Singapore and has since extended its influence to four other cities: Bangkok, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, and Penang. According to Young, the whole agenda of The Bar Awards is to: “bring people together to celebrate achievement and excellence within the bar community (and to get a little drunk).” We’re definitely jumping on that bandwagon.

Here is the complete list of winners for The Bar Awards Kuala Lumpur and Penang 2018:

Bar of the Year – KL

Coley Cocktail Bar

Bar of the Year – Penang

Mish Mash

Best New Bar

Bar Trigona (Four Seasons KL)

Bartender of the Year – KL

Shawn Chong (Omakase + Appreciate)

Bartender of the Year – Penang

Spencer Ezra (Mish Mash)

The Rising Star

Caden Chua (Coley)

Best Restaurant Bar


Best Beer Bar

Taps Beer Bar

Best Wine Bar


Best Hotel Bar

Bar Trigona (Four Seasons KL)

Best Specialist Concept

Pahit (Gin)


(Images: NZP.)

PohNee Chin
Editor, Kuala Lumpur
Poh Nee is the editor and writes about travel and drinks. When she's not living out her holiday dreams via Google Earth and sipping on an Old Fashioned down at the local bars, you can find her snug at home bingeing on Netflix and mystery fiction.