KL back alleys are usually to be avoided, especially at night. There is one however that is fast becoming very busy and for a good reason: Jalan Sin Chew Kee in Pudu, where Barlai is nested. Barlai? The new venue from The Big group, and for this new opus, they treat us with a new concept in KL: an old bungalow refurnished in an old-meets-new design, in a secluded and quiet location, where drinks can be enjoyed alfresco surrounded by trees and quietness.
The sign ‘barlai’ is half hidden inside the porch and can easily be missed – no fussy neon signs here my dear – setting the tone for a laid back and friendly evening. Setting foot in the old patio, eyes quickly become captivated by the harmonious details – black and white tiles, comfy sofas, large wooden tables, a hanging swing (chair?) on a tree… and a delicious garden enlighten by dim lights. Inside, below big road signs, some large wooden tables welcome groups of friends in a convivial way.
Ideal for a refreshing drink in the afternoon, it is also great for an apero before heading to jalan alor for street food, or for night cap. For now only drinks are available – tea, coffees, and delicious cocktails. Feel free to ask for your favourite since not everything is on the menu, such as the delicious lemongrass Gin & Tonic, a nicely twisted version of this old classic with a hint of asia. In a few weeks food should be available too, which means we will be able to spend more time in this delightful oasis in the city centre.
Barlai is for now KL best kept secret, but is fast becoming the hype place to see and be seen – and certainly one of the most vibrant new venue of KL bar scene.
Price range? RM12per drink
Favorite place ? a sofa on the black and white tiles, outside
Contact: 3 Jalan Sin Chew Kee, Bukit Bintang, Pudu – Kuala Lumpur ; 03 2141 7850
Opening hours: everyday 12pm – 12am
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