June 25, 2024


Art Shines Through

Secret Bars and Street Art

Secret Bars and Street Art

Boha Glass’s Recent Asia Expedition

As some of you may possibly know, Boha is on tour in Asia at the second, hunting for up-and-coming artists, throughout a broad array of inventive fields.  From local pottery to stone-carved smiling Buddha statues, mosaic-rimmed mirrors to superbly embroidered classic clothes, and much extra other than.

Soon after arriving in Kuala Lumpur, we heard about the secret bars that dotted the metropolis and made a program to consider and find as several as probable – purely for analysis functions of class (cough!).

We located ourselves ringing doorbells in weird alleyways, slipping by way of backpacker hostels with sleepy, perplexed, just-off-the-airplane company, stood in their room doorway, pondering why neatly dressed folks were wandering the corridors outside their space at 1 am. We climbed dim, spiral staircases – hidden at the back again of occupied restaurants and this a single was the best of all…

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From the exterior, it looked like a normal aged avenue store, with the only clue staying the identify of the bar (PS150) sprayed in black graffiti paint on the facet of the wall. We walked again and forth along the avenue, contemplating Google experienced offered us duff info before we hesitantly experimented with the doorway for the initial time. It went on a good deal additional than exactly where Anna was sitting and the cocktails were being great!

We ended up stumbling dwelling (the pavements have been in a very bad state of maintenance 😉 ) to our lodge in the wee hours of the early morning, totally emotion that we experienced had a really adventurous night!


Road Art – Penang and KL

A tiny more up the coastline is the wonderful aged UNESCO heritage metropolis of Penang. In the coronary heart of outdated George City, the area is abuzz with some fantastic road art. It all commenced in 2012 when Lithuanian-born regional resident Ernest Zacharevic was commissioned to brighten up the city’s fading facades with art depicting the life of locals. Given that then, additional artists have included their own mark to build some vivid street art that unquestionably enlivens the city’s old Stucco walls.

Street Art Malaysia

To see all the art is a little bit of a schlep, specifically in the roaring warmth of July, but we managed to drag ourselves all-around to see a sizeable part of the artwork (although perspiring profusely). Occasionally, you would wander a couple of clicks, only to be greeted with a mural so pale that it was hard to discern what it originally was. But, most of the time it was effectively value it, and some had been extremely shut to a bar, so we experienced a superior justification to ‘cool off’ beneath the enthusiasts on the shaded verandas just after utilizing up some significant shoe leather-based.

Street Art Malaysia

Such as Thailand, Bali, Singapore and Vietnam, Malaysia was not our favorite location, but the secret bars and the road artwork manufactured our time there fairly pleasurable. 

If you are scheduling your possess experience to Malaysia, we would certainly recommend KL, Penang and Melaka. Just be absolutely sure to check out out the road art in all three cities and see how lots of mystery bars you can uncover in KL!

Street Art Malaysia