Where to drink in honour of Malaysia's Independence

Updated: 30 Aug 2018

Malaysia's 61st year of Independence is just around the corner! What better way to celebrate the holiday than to have a drink in its honour? We've rounded up some of the best places to be this long weekend. Get a drink, sit back, and reminisce all the good things we've achieved as a nation since independence in 1957.

SOULed Out Desa Sri Hartamas
Head over to SOULed Out to inscribe what you love most about our country as you enjoy the outlet's promotions on its selection of mojitos inspired by local flavours like jackfruit, lychee, asamboi, mango and sugarcane.

The celebrations will peak on 30 August at 8pm where guests will be treated to a special performance by Syed The Tarik and a Roti Canai Terbang show. There'll even be a nasi lemak speed packing competition and guests can try their hand at crafting their own recipes at the Ice Kacang Bar.

Date: 30th August 2018
Address: 20, Jalan 30/70a, Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Website: https://www.facebook.com/souledoutkl/
Operation Time: 8pm till late
Telephone No.: +6012 200 1955

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Botanica + Co
For 61 days the Botanica + Co outlets at Bangsar South and Alila Bangsar are paying homage to our country with an Asam-themed menu. For Those who adore sour dishes and drinks can look forward to beverages like Bo+Co's Famed Asam Boi Mojito, the Asam Boi Passionfruit Soda, the Asam Boi Kedondong Soda and more. Don't forget to try the eatery's Asam Fish Nasi Kerabu too!

Date: 30th August – 29th October 2018
Address: G5 Podium, The Vertical, Bangsar South City, No. 8 Jalan Kerinchi, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Website: https://www.facebook.com/BotanicaCo.my/
Operation Time: Sun – Thu: 11.30am – 10pm; Fri: 11.30am – 12am; Sat: 9.30am – 12am
Telephone No.: +6016 965 6422

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Bocosan Izakaya
Using the asam ingredient, Bocosan crafted a rice bowl around it. Think asam teriyaki chicken – juicy, chunky asam-marinated teriyaki chicken thigh with grilled garden vegetables and a side of miso soup, appetisers and fresh fruits! Yum.

Date: 30th August – 29th October 2018
Address: G-2A & 2B, Ground Floor, The Vertical, Bangsar South City, No. 8 Jalan Kerinchi, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Website: https://www.facebook.com/bocosan.my/
Operation Time: Daily: 11.30am – 3pm and 5.30m – 10pm
Telephone No.: +6010 250 8188

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Botanica Deli
You've had your meals and your drinks so head on over to Botanica Deli for this extra shiok snack: the mini pisang goreng. It's priced at RM12 for 6 half pieces and it comes with coconut dip.

Date: 30th August – 29th October 2018
Address: G5 Podium, The Vertical, Bangsar South City, No. 8 Jalan Kerinchi, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Website: https://www.facebook.com/BotanicaDeli.my/
Operation Time: Mon – Fri: 8am – 7pm
Telephone No.: +6016 965 6422

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Street Burgers
Malaysian culture is very much about its food (duh!) so it wouldn't be a proper celebration without burgers made out of rempah-marinated chicken, percik mayo, lettuce, cabbage and tomato. The Negaraku Burger is what you're looking for.

Date: 30th August – 29th October 2018
Address: G3A/G5 Podium, The Vertical, Bangsar South City, No. 8 Jalan Kerinchi, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Website: https://www.facebook.com/streetburgerskl/
Operation Time: Mon – Fri: 5.30m – 9.30pm

Entier French Dining
At Entier, it's all about sharing dishes so bring your friends and family with you when you go over this weekend! Their Season Special – Josper-grilled whole highland sweet corn with seaweed butter, Josper-grilled green asparagus with egg yolk confit and cured egg – will get everyone's mouths watering. Then quench your thirst with their 1-for-1 champagne promotion.

Date: 30th August – 29th October 2018
Address: Level 41, Alila Bangsar, 58 Jalan Ang Seng, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Website: https://www.facebook.com/entierfrenchdining/
Operation Time: Mon: 6.30am – 10.30am; Tue – Sun: 12pm – 3pm and 6pm – 10.30pm
Telephone No.: +603 2268 3819

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Heavens n Hell Bangsar
For Merdeka Eve, Bad Habits is taking over the space for a night of drinking, dancing and living it up. Entry is free and drinks are going to be cheap.Crowd favourite DJs Robotron 5000 and Bunga will also be there to set the mood.

Date: 30th August 2018

Address: Heavens N Hell Bangsar, No 9-1, Jalan Telawi 2, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Telephone No.: +6012 230 7029
Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/449431995568687/
Operation Time: 9pm – 3am