3 bars in KL and Penang made the cut for Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2022 extended list

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Coley Kuala Lumpur
Coley Kuala Lumpur

The 2022 extended list from 51 till 100 for Asia’s 50 Best Bars has been revealed.

In tandem with three restaurants making it onto Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants extended list for 2022, three bars have made the cut for the extended list stretching from 51 to 100 in Asia’s 50 Best Bars for the year. That’s one more than the Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2021 extended list 51-100 earned by Coley (58th) and Pahit (78th).

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Three bars in KL and Penang named in Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2022 extended list 51-100:

Coley comes in 100th in Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2022 51-100

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Rounding up the final place on the 100-strong list, Coley pulls gastronomes from across town with its bevy of collaborations with acclaimed restaurants and chefs. Not only that, guest shifts from celebrity mixologists are also a regular occurrence.

The bar is known for its sleek interiors, coupled with whimsical interpretations of local ingredients, products and culture. This year alone, it has organised a dining pop-up event with Tamu for a five-course dinner with exclusive cocktail pairing, as well as special editions of Maker’s Mark bourbon whiskey bearing the sleeve of Tiger Balm. Coley came in 58th in the 2021 Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2022 51-100 list.

Located at 6-G, Jalan Abdullah, Bangsar, 59000 Kuala Lumpur, Coley opens 5pm-12am Tuesdays till Saturdays, 12pm-7pm Sundays and closes on Mondays. Click here to reserve.

Backdoor Bodega ranked 97th in Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2022 51-100


Located in the heart of George Town, this chic saloon an earshot from the hipster haunt of Hin Bus Depot is one of Penang’s true innovators in the local bar scene. What used to be a tiny alcove fit enough for only a bartender and several guests tucked away in a clothing store, Backdoor Bodega has expanded over the years.

During the height of the pandemic, Backdoor Bodega made waves having concocted cocktails inspired by Covid vaccine vials – ExtraGineca using British liqueur Pimms, Sinosour using Chinese baiju, and Pfizermeister using German-distilled Jägermeister, among other ingredients.

Earlier this year, Backdoor Bodega made its ephemeral debut in KL by taking over W Kuala Lumpur’s Wet Deck for a single evening. But if you’re looking to savour the full experience, make your way to Penang now.

Backdoor Bodega is located at 37, Jalan Gurdwara, 10300 George Town, Penang. It opens Thursdays till Mondays, 8pm-12am.

Three X Co listed 70th in Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2022 51-100


The perennial favourite among drinkers in KL, Three X Co continues to spellbind cocktail lovers with innovative taste profiles. Sequestered on the third floor of Bangsar Shopping Centre, the hidden bar boasts the ambiance of an Art Deco lounge. It is known for its splendid signature cocktails incorporating Malaysia’s indigenous ingredients such as nutmeg juice and Chinese herbs. Three X Co was ranked 47th in the 2021 Asia’s 50 Best Bars list.

Three X Co is located at Bangsar Shopping Centre, Lot T6A, Level 3, 285, Jalan Maarof, Bangsar, 59000 Kuala Lumpur. It opens 5pm-12am daily, except Sundays. Call 019-336 6031 to reserve.

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