Secret Bars and Street Art

Boha Glass’s Latest Asia Expedition

As some of you may well know, Boha is on tour in Asia at the minute, seeking for up-and-coming artists, across a wide array of creative fields.  From local pottery to stone-carved smiling Buddha statues, mosaic-rimmed mirrors to superbly embroidered regular apparel, and substantially more besides.

Just after arriving in Kuala Lumpur, we read about the secret bars that dotted the city and manufactured a strategy to check out and uncover as quite a few as achievable – purely for investigation uses of training course (cough!).

We observed ourselves ringing doorbells in strange alleyways, slipping through backpacker hostels with sleepy, perplexed, just-off-the-plane visitors, stood in their room doorway, wondering why smartly dressed folks were being wandering the corridors outside the house their home at 1 am. We climbed darkish, spiral staircases – hidden at the again of busy dining establishments and this a person was the finest of all…

From the outside, it appeared like a typical old avenue shop, with the only clue becoming the name of the bar (PS150) sprayed in black graffiti paint on the facet of the wall. We walked back again and forth together the road, wondering Google experienced offered us duff facts just before we hesitantly tried using the doorway for the 1st time. It went on a good deal even more than exactly where Anna was sitting and the cocktails were being great!

We ended up stumbling household (the pavements have been in a extremely weak state of repair service 😉 ) to our lodge in the wee hrs of the morning, totally sensation that we had had a really adventurous night!


Road Artwork – Penang and KL

A small even further up the coastline is the fantastic previous UNESCO heritage city of Penang. In the coronary heart of previous George City, the put is abuzz with some great street artwork. It all began in 2012 when Lithuanian-born local resident Ernest Zacharevic was commissioned to brighten up the city’s fading facades with art depicting the lives of locals. Since then, far more artists have additional their have mark to develop some vivid avenue art that undoubtedly enlivens the city’s outdated Stucco partitions.

Street Art Malaysia

To see all the art is a little bit of a schlep, in particular in the roaring warmth of July, but we managed to drag ourselves all around to see a sizeable part of the art (although perspiring profusely). In some cases, you would walk a couple of clicks, only to be greeted with a mural so pale that it was tough to discern what it at first was. But, most of the time it was very well really worth it, and some have been incredibly shut to a bar, so we had a superior justification to ‘cool off’ less than the admirers on the shaded verandas just after making use of up some serious shoe leather.

Street Art Malaysia

Like Thailand, Bali, Singapore and Vietnam, Malaysia was not our favourite location, but the solution bars and the avenue art made our time there very satisfying. 

If you are preparing your own experience to Malaysia, we would certainly advocate KL, Penang and Melaka. Just be certain to check out the street art in all 3 cities and see how numerous key bars you can uncover in KL!

Street Art Malaysia

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