The way to RAY is up, that is, up the spiral staircase in Petaling Street's Chocha Foodstore. Though very much hidden, this bar feels less like a speakeasy than it does a clandestine nook for pre-dinner drinks. Come by in the evening, when the sunset rays stream into the leafy second floor to create the perfect setting to kick back with a few friends. Drinks are anything but conventional, as the bar pioneers KL's first cocktails on tap. Delight in the Not A Bitch (RM28), a mini highball juggling Carpano Bianco vermouth with coconut, passionfruit, citric acid and sugar. Coy name aside, we love this one for its tangy and refreshing flavours — especially good on a hot day. Those who prefer their drinks potent won't be disappointed with the Rum Negroni (RM28), a triple whammy of Guatemalan rum, vermouth and Aperol. Served with a large block of ice, the drink trickles slowly for an enjoyably strong sip. While in anticipation for a more substantial bar snacks menu slated to launch in coming days, munch on their complimentary bowls of rempeyek or murukku.
Avg price per person: RM30
Photo by Burppler Rueann Dass

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