Two Malaysian bars made it to Lonely Planet’s guide to spirits and cocktails

The new 'Global Distillery Tour' recommends the best distilleries and bars in more than 30 countries.

PS150 at Petaling Street in KL (Photo: PS150)

Eighteen distilleries across Asia feature in Lonely Planet’s Global Distillery Tour, which tells readers where to go for gin, bourbon and whisky to vodka, cachaça, tequila and more. Two Malaysian watering holes are on the list, namely MBar from The Ranee hotel in Kuching and PS150 at Petaling Street in KL. 

The Ranee is an exclusive 24-room boutique hotel strategically located in the heart of Kuching’s picturesque Old Town (Photo: The Ranee)

There is one from Indonesia (Night Rooster); two from Thailand (Iron Balls Distillery, Issan Rum Distillery) and 13 from Japan. The guide zeroes in on places to go for new world spirits and the best cocktails as well as what to taste in 33 countries. It picks out regional drinks from South Africa, Canada, the US, Mexico, Japan, Indonesia, France, Italy, the UK, Australia and New Zealand that adventurous tipplers would not want to miss.

The MBar at the The Ranee is famous for its tuak (Photo: The Ranee)

It is published by Lonely Planet Food, an imprint of Lonely Planet, set up in 2016 to help travellers track down thumbs-up local and authentic foodie hotspots around the world. For each distillery, specialist writers and reviewers suggest drinks and foods to try, and itineraries that lead visitors to local attractions and experiences.

Entries include best-in-class bars, so named for their selection of a particular drink, such as arak in Lebanon or tuak in Malaysia. The tour ends at bars where mixology magic happens daily and the concoctions are poured and served.

Lonely Planet: Global Distillery Tour is now available at Kinokuniya Malaysia at RM99.90.


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