A relaxed neighbourhood bar focused on rum, Jungle Bird is just one of two Kuala Lumpur bars that have made it onto Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2018 list. It’s not a flamboyant tiki bar, but the kind that’s inspired by Old Malaya, with warm lights and wood, bamboo and rattan furnishings, and wallpapers of green palms. The friendly bartenders sporting Hawaiian-style shirts blend right into the scene. Of course, you’ll have to try their version of the Jungle Bird – which, classically, is a concoction of rum, Campari, pineapple juice, lime juice and sugar syrup that was invented in the 1970s, right here in Kuala Lumpur, at the old Hilton.
This specialist rum bar pays homage to the cocktail of the same name, which was first created at the Hilton Kuala Lumpur. Its décor is inspired by its tropical setting, with a chic assemblage of bamboo trimming, cane furniture and wallpaper adorned with banana tree motifs.