Bar Trigona at Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur Wins Best Cocktail Menu Award
The highly acclaimed bar is Malaysia’s best bar for three years
For the fourth year in a row, Bar Trigona at Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur has been awarded a coveted spot among Asia’s 50 Best Bars. The highly acclaimed drinking destination has been honoured the Siete Misterios Best Cocktail Menu Award 2022 and is ranked at #29 in this year’s edition of the prestigious list, which was revealed in a glittering ceremony in Bangkok, Thailand on April 28, 2022.
Known for its hyperlocal ingredients and creative approach to sustainability, Bar Trigona has played an instrumental role in putting Kuala Lumpur on the global cocktail map. Besides being named The Best Bar in Malaysia for three years, it has won the Ketel One Sustainable Bar Award multiple times. It was also among the top five contenders for the Siete Misterios Best Cocktail Menu Award, announced by the World’s 50 Best Bars 2021.
“We are thrilled and humbled to receive this recognition yet again. A big thank you to the panel and to our valued guests for their continued trust in us,” says Bar Manager Julian Brigget. “Our global success would not be possible without our local partners. It is a privilege for us to work with Malaysian farmers and food artisans who take such pride in their ingredients.”
Sustainability at Every Step
Updated at regular intervals, the bar’s distinctive cocktail menu takes patrons on a liquid journey through Malaysia’s abundant flora. Under the team’s root-to-shoot philosophy, every part of the ingredient is put to good use: fruits and flowers, leaves and stems, seeds and roots.
“Our motto is reuse, recycle, repurpose,” says Julian. “The aim is to utilize the entire ingredient through its life cycle. Not only does this minimize waste but also paves the way for original and unexpected flavour profiles.”
The bar’s strong local partnerships have slowly flowered into a bouquet of eco-initiatives – from the long-running Adopt a Beehive program to the more recent Tree-Volution, a reforestation initiative that plants fruit trees around Malaysian farms. Along with refortifying the soil and restoring biodiversity, the project aims to provide employment and support local communities.
Homage to Honey
Honey is at the heart of this locally inspired destination. And not just any honey! Bar Trigona sources organic, artisanal honey made by stingless trigona bees, native to the lush countryside of Malaysia.
Prized for its distinctive citrus notes, trigona honey serves as the inspiration behind the bar’s name, concept and design. Note the glamorous hive-style interiors and trademark honey-infused cocktails. There are even honey flights available for those who can’t get enough of this golden nectar.
Tales Behind the Cocktails
Continuing its mission to showcase the best of Malaysian produce, Bar Trigona recently unveiled a storied new cocktail collection, putting the spotlight on five local farms. Each signature drink celebrates a specific ingredient, while the menu itself introduces the people behind the scenes.
Meet inspiring cultivators such as Dino, stingless beekeeper and founder of Dino Kelutut Organic Farm, which supplies Bar Trigona with small-batch trigona honey. Also on the menu: Malaysian cocoa cultivated by Ning of Chocolate Concierge, and Mutiara figs, sustainably farmed right next door in Shah Alam. Advocates of “clean drinking” can sip cocktails crafted with chemical-free Boom Grow herbs, grown in indoor farms.
Guests also have the opportunity to sample flavours from the Trigona Farm. As part the Tree-Volution initiative, Bar Trigona has transformed an empty plot of land in Pahang into a flourishing patch of fruit trees, herbs and spices – several of which are now making an appearance on the menu.
Ready to raise a glass at Malaysia’s most celebrated bar? For reservations, chat with Bar Trigona via the Four Seasons App.