PS150 is a cocktail bar on Petaling Street in Chinatown Kuala Lumpur.
Inhibiting the least expected of places, PS150 is housed in a pre-war shop lot situated next to a tiny stationery shop sitting under the popular cafe, Merchant’s Lane. The space is divided into three seating areas that bookmark three distinct eras in the history of cocktails. With the bar's unassuming entrance, child-like curiousity is rewarded as you step through the toy store. There's the Opium Den with intimate booths perfect for a date night, the outdoor courtyard that is also the airwell section of the building and the Main Bar where all the magic unfolds. Befitting its location, Far Eastern accents liven up the bar as the interiors harken back to a darker, yet more exciting time in our city’s history.
The cocktails at PS150 draws from bold Southeast Asian flavours using distinct ingredients that are native to this part of the world. A wide array of spirits and liqueurs are also available to choose from. Expect the unexpected from obscure vermouths to local ginger wines - an adventurous tipple awaits the bold at PS150. The cocktail list is divided into five distinct eras in reflecting the evolution of the art of the cocktail: Vintage, Classic, Tiki, Disco and Contemporary. Each era presents a key cocktail reimagined, as well as original concoctions by PS150. Step through the toy store and let us transport you back in time.
PS150: From Old Tales to Cocktails
In 2019, we published this book as a homage to what Chinatown KL once was and a revisit of what it will soon become. The book highlights PS150's own creations, as well as giving local twists to classic cocktails. The PS150 story comes with 30 cocktail recipes ready for you to make at home with simple how-to steps to create Southeast Asian and Malaysian flavoured syrups and alcohol infusions. The book is available for purchase at the venue or email us.
Cocktails - 2020
The Vintage Era (PRE-PROHIBITION | 1850s - 1910s)
ROOTS 'N' BARK | wood, dried fruit, spirit-forward
Mesquite Wood Chips Bourbon, Hawthorn Vermouth, Amaro Montenegro
Inspired by: The Manhattan
JACKIE JOY | tropical fruit, balanced, spirit-forward
Matusalem Platino Rum, Apricot Brandy, Sweet Vermouth, Rosemary Syrup, Bittermans Xocolatl Mole Bitters, Jackfruit
Inspired by: The Rob Roy
The Classic Era (PROHIBITION | 1910s - 1930s)
BEE'S KNEES: PS150 EDITION | citrusy, light spice
Lemongrass London Dry Gin, Ginger Honey Lemon, Lemon
Inspired by: A mother's herbal remedy
LADY O | floral, smoky, citrus-sweet
Osmanthus Pisco, Mezcal, Lemon, Egg White, Activated Charcoal
Inspired by: The Pisco Sour
The Tiki Era (POST-WAR | 1940s - 1960s)
RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE | tropical, bitter-sweet
Coconut and Pandan Rum, Tuak, Campari, Tropical Juices, Elemakule Bitters, Gula Melaka, Curry Leaf
Inspired by: The Jungle Bird
SIAM SIAM | fruity, refreshing, tannins
Tequila Blanco, Green Chartreuse, Passion Fruit, Pineapple, Kaffir Lime Syrup, Sweet Basil Leaf
Inspired by: The Thai dish Miang Kham & tropical days
The Disco Era (DARK AGES | 1970s - 2000s)
SALTY NIHONSAN | refreshing, salty-sour
Shochu, Preserved Orange Peel, Lime, Lemonade, Orange Bitters
Inspired by: Japan’s recent summer heatwaves and the desire for liquid escapism
LYCHEE NO. 3 | floral, citrus-dry
London Dry Gin, Lychee, Torch Ginger Flower, Lime
Inspired by: The Lychee Martini & a tribute to the health-conscious generation and the early millennium nightlife
The Contemporary Era (REVIVAL | Late 2000s - Present)
PUAN ROSITA | bitter-sweet, delicate
Don Julio Reposado Tequila, Campari, Sweet Vermouth, Blanco Vermouth, Bitters
Inspired by: The Rosita
TAKESHI'S COOLER | salty, sour, refreshing
Dry Sake, Pisco El Gobernador, Umeboshi Plum, Spiced Jaggery Shrub, Lime, Soda, Toasted Rice Cracker
Inspired by: Boozy evenings drinking highballs in Japanese Izakayas & Japanese cult TV game show host, Takeshi Kitano
TIKI BUT NOT | gentle spiced, aromatic, exotic-Tiki
Beefeater Gin, Bitter Truth Pimento Dram, Pumpkin Puree, Pineapple Jaggery, Palo Cortado Sherry, Balsamic Vinegar, Thai Basil, Torched Sugar Cane
Inspired by: Vibrant Brickfields, home to little India's colourful maze of sights, sounds and scents
Punch Punch! (Punch Bowl Drinks for 1, 4, 6 or 10 pax)
KIONG SI (THE WALKING DEAD) | strong, tropical-tiki
Matusalem Platino Rum, Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum, Plantation OFTD Rum, Grande Absinthe 55%, Calamansi, Pineapple, Simple Syrup, Gotham Sparkling Wine
RED POISONED PRINCESS | fruity, smoky
Tequila Plata, Mezcal, Absinthe, Raspberry, Lime, Soda
It's ALL about the ABSINTHE!
ABSINTHE 150 | berry-sweet, tart-dry
Absinthe, Roselle Syrup, Crème de Cassis, Lime, Bitter Lemon, Peychaud's Bitters
TRIPPITY TRIP | herbaecous, complex
Mezcal, Yellow Chartruese, Absinthe, Lime
THE ELDEF | citrusy, floral
Absinthe, Elderflower, Lime, Cinnamon Mist
Learn to love the city as we have - with all her features and flaws. A drink in hand never hurt anyone either.
Tuesday - Sunday: 4pm - 10pm
Cocktail & Bottle Delivery available
Sunday - Thursday: Dress as you wish.
Friday & Saturday & Eve of Public Holidays: No flip-flops / slippers / sandals
Ground Floor, 150, Jalan Petaling, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
We're located at Ground Floor, 150, Jalan Petaling, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
*Hint: Look for a toy store...
Parking: RM10 per entry after 6pm
LRT: Pasar Seni or Monorail: Maharajalela
Reviews & News
1887 Virtual Bar by WG&S
Guest Shift with PS150's James Estes
This platform was launched in support for the local bartending scene amidst Covid-19. Four PS150 featured cocktails were made available for prepurchase at specially-priced rate. To watch the recorded version of the guest shift, click here.
Chinatown's First Cocktail Bar Built on History
"Amidst the fast-growing and ever-changing skyline, we hope to show that the old and new can coexist. Chinatown is relevant to all ages, having gone through cycles or development through the decades. We're able to preserve its history, tell its many stories, take back the narrative, and celebrate it," Tan expresses.
PS150 Opens Pop-Up Bars In Malacca, Hokkaido & London
PS150 is serving limited edition cocktails at 5 YTL Hotels' luxury properties — The Majestic Malacca, Hilton Niseko Village and The Greenleaf Niseko Village in Japan, and Threadneedles Hotel and The Academy in the United Kingdom — through May 10, 2019.
Time Out KL Food & Drink Awards 2018
Best Cocktail Bar
"A stalwart of KL’s cocktail bar scene, PS150 has an extensive menu that spans the different eras of the cocktail’s history, serving classic cocktails (given the PS150 treatment) and innovative creations that showcase the continuous evolution of its skilled bartenders. Familiar Southeast Asian flavours and ingredients are highlighted, and the carefully crafted drinks are delicately balanced with bold flavours, resulting in cocktails that are, simply put, very enjoyable. This combined with its distinctive location and interiors make for a night well spent."
A video review
"Walk through 4 doors to reach the main bar"
Watch this step-by-step coverage video reviewing PS150's venue sections and popular drinks featuring Southeast Asian ingredients.
The Bar Awards 2018
Celebrating the best in KL and Penang
It was an exciting night at the big industry bash on 25th November 2018, recognizing the top bars and hospitality advocates in Kuala Lumpur and Penang. Kudos to all attendees, including the PS150 team, awarded the Best Hospitality Team, presented by Hendrick's Gin.
Kuala Lumpur nightlife: A guide to the city's best bars
"This Chinatown cocktail bar sits in a colonial shophouse that was once a brothel.
It's all very "In the Mood for Love" with a tinge of "Mad Men" -- swanky, illicit and whimsical all at once.
A vintage toyshop facade obscures the entrance."
Kuala Lumpur nightlife: A guide to the city's best bars
"China towns most controversial cocktail bar PS150, is a secretive cove full of historic memories and exciting stories. Housed in a preserved war-time building, PS150 is a southeast Asian bar that serves up a lot of culture alongside its cocktails."
Winner in Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category, 2016 - 2017
"The point of entry was the greatest hurdle while mentioning about the old school toy shop experience as its entrance; this did not happen until the last month of the project being handed over."
Find out more to how PS150 was created...
PS150: Chinatown’s Hidden Cocktail Bar
"The simplicity which they pride themselves on should not be mistaken for being simplistic. The cocktails are potent and artfully balanced. Each drink comes with its own tale, having been created or modified as a joint effort by all involved in their alchemy."
PS150, A Labyrinth Speakeasy Bar In Kuala Lumpur
"PS150 was a great experience. From the moment we entered, to the moment we exited, our experiences were heightened by the labyrinth-like secrecy of a speakeasy bar."
Time Out KL Review
"One thing that sets PS150 apart from other bars is its concept. The space is divided into three different sections, marking three distinct eras in the history of Indochina and cocktails."
The Star Review
“Many bars in KL don’t really have much standing space,” says Ng. “There is this misconception that you should only be sitting down at a cocktail bar. We want to move away from that and give people more room to stand. If you want to sit, there’s always the bar.”
Eat Drink KL Review
"PS150 is a labyrinthine hideout with corridors seemingly filled with secrets - if these peeling brick walls could speak, they might whisper of this building's bygone years as a brothel."
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