March 20, 2018
Taman OUG's new hideout for cocktails channels a sultry sense of old-world Oriental atmospherics, complete with furnishing that includes a vintage erhu bowed instrument and a canopy bed frame built in Shanghai in the 1970s. The soundtrack preserves the nostalgic mystique, buoyed by seven-decade-old serenades like Yao Lee's The Spring Breeze Kisses My Face and Zhou Xuan's Night Life in Shanghai, echoing through a crumbling shop-house setting.
It's nice to finally see some potently pleasurable potions in this neighbourhood: The Red Chamber's bartender Derrick has curated close to a dozen original cocktails, with playfully sensuous names like Mistress (vodka with rosemary and torched cinnamon), Playboy (with Earl Grey tea and smoked lavender) and Sleepless Nights (with peanut butter and a double shot of espresso). Well-crafted enough that residents of OUG no longer need to venture outside for their cocktail fix.
The Red Chamber
Jalan Hujan Rahmat 3, Taman OUG, Kuala Lumpur. Above HKD Tit Tar chiropractor. Open 8pm-12am; closed Thursdays.
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