Fans of Bangsar-based bar Coley (us included) got anxious when they announced in March that they would close down while moving to an undisclosed location. We didn’t need to worry too long though: on April 13 – not even two weeks after their last day in Dr.Inc – they popped up a few shoplots down the road in an impressive new home and resumed service as usual.
There’s plenty to admire about Coley’s new digs: as much as we loved the Nala-inspired motifs, dinky rattan chairs and intimate (read: packed) bar area, we adore the bar’s new grown-up look, starting from the circular entryway and new furniture to the cosy, cavern-like space created by the domed roof and earthy colour tones.
‘I wanted the new Coley to be different, a space that’s cosier and enclosed without feeling cramped,’ said owner-bartender CK Kho. ‘It was a collaborative effort between Karen from KERUSI, who took charge of the interior design, and Ernest, our plant artist who brought in the green plants that you see inside.’
Though it occupies a larger space, the new place has a smaller seating capacity. ‘I wanted more room for people to lounge around more comfortably, and the barstools will eventually be replaced by chairs with back rests,’ Kho said, adding that there’s now a dining table at the back and a small rock garden out front that reminds regulars of its former home.
The prices and drinks remain the same, but there are plans to produce more experimental and seasonal cocktails, as well as bar snacks once they’ve settled down in their new home. Until then, drop in for a drink or two – we recommend the gin and coconut water cocktail, especially after a long, hot day.