1. Sora, Phnom Penh
Part of the newly-opened Rosewood Phnom Penh, the Sora lets you sample a cocktail 37 levels up at the highest sky bar in the Cambodian capital. Choose from a selection of 20 cocktails, tastefully curated and designed by world-renowned mixologist Giancarlo Mancino. The sky bar also offers a sophisticated whiskey library and cigar lounge with 24 varieties of fine cigar on offer. This high-energy bar and lounge has both indoor and outdoor seating and offers unobstructed city views.
2. Out of Nowhere, Penang
Hidden in plain sight behind a pair of bright orange refrigerator doors within a café, this speakeasy comes to life when the sun goes down. The bar draws inspiration from local food and ingredients, serving up unique cocktails with an urban edge. Try out their one-of-a-kind Into The Bahulus cocktail, which carries persistent notes of pandan after every sip. The hip drinks are backed up by the modern-minimalist design and subtle lighting.
3. Kabuke, Singapore
This Japanese gastrobar is most notable for its sizeable list of sake choices. These are backed up by the bar’s array of izakaya-style bites and the Kabuke Cheese Platter, served with three different types of sake pairings. Located within a heritage shophouse the walls are decorated with characters from traditional Kabuki theatre, while velvet sofas and marble-topped tables add a sophisticated vibe.
4. The Red Chamber, Kuala Lumpur
Located in the quiet suburbs of OUG in Kuala Lumpur, The Red Chamber serves up some old-world charm with its oriental decor, reminiscent of 1970s Shanghai. Be serenaded by vintage Chinese ballads as you sip on pocket-friendly cocktails with names such as Mistress and Playboy. For night owls, have a sip of their signature Sleepless Nights cocktail, a mix of peanut butter with a double shot of espresso.ig.com/theredchamberkl
5. Marcello, Singapore
Tucked at the back of popular new Italian restaurant Publico is a sultry addition that serves up a mean Negroni and other cocktails inspired by 19th century Italy. Sample their Milano Fizz; homemade lemon sherbet mixed with an Italian bitter and prosecco. The bar features Southeast Asia’s largest collection of Amaro (an Italian liquer), while a menu of gourmet Italian bar bites complement the drinks.
6. Sherlock’s Pub, Chennai
With its red-bricked walls, industrial touches and wooden flooring this spacious British-style pub marks the first opening of this popular bar chain outside Bangalore. Named after the famous fictional British detective Sherlock Holmes it’s a celebration of all that’s good in a British boozer. There’s a range of imported beers alongside a menu of classic British pub food such as fish and chips, steak sandwiches as well as regular live music.
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