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Luck Will Come Your Way With This Nostalgic Bar

by Natasha Christopher

Nostalgic fever will be arriving with the launch of the newly-opened vintage themed Fu Luck Bar at TREC on March 15! Designed solely by urban artists, Fu Luck Bar pays homage to the eat-drink-make- merry culture juxtaposed against a delightfully quirky backdrop of the 70s and 80s.

Taking the Technicolor of a Time-Honoured Era to Fu Luck Bar 

Walk into the newly-opened Fu Luck Bar at TREC, and the first thing you’ll notice is its colourful interior of handpainted art on the walls and ceilings, where the life-size White Rabbit candy, old-school TV screen, traditional granny’s face power, green army men figurines in their commanding positions and flexing yoga poses, and more, come to life.
The city’s authentic vintage-themed F&B venue where the decor and props are individually handcrafted and re-constructed, and sensibly curated as an Instagram-worthy galleria of nostalgic pop culture moments.

The 80-seater bar also features affordable comfort food serving delicious wanton noodles exclusively from the 62-year old heritage brand Pudu Chan Fatt Wanton Mee, alongside dim sum, tapas, for lunch, dinner and supper. Plus, a collection of signature cocktails from the bar.

What’s in the Name? 

Fu Luck has a duo meaning. In Mandarin, it means prosperity and happiness, while in Cantonese it carries a tongue-in-cheek translation – Fu Luk – “pants down”, befitting its music nights on weekends.

TREC’s co-founder Cher Ng says: “Fu Luck Bar has been carefully curated from its interior, music and right down to the menus, staying true to its intended theme so it stands out distinctively. Certain elements of decor changes every eight to nine months.

Curators, Creators 

Behind Fu Luck Bar’s artworks are urban art artists Graeme “Jay” Hammond [Australia] and Idris Johor [Singapore]. The duo are also behind the spectacular works at Singapore’s bohemian street, Haji Lane and some of its venues, for over a decade.  All artwork is hand-painted. A team of up to five artists led by the Fu Luck Bar resident artists took about five months.

Fu Luck Bar’s F&B programme is curated by Raymond Lim of Restaurant Lifestyle Asia. He was the Director of the famed Les Amis Group. Lim says: “The beverage program is drawn from the 80’s cultural lexicons such as white rabbit candy, creating a series of cocktails that combines tropical flavours with familiar spirits. Another signature – Ice Kacang Cocktails – are our take on frozen favourites served with shaved ice from an old-school ice kacang machine.”
Photo by Andy Kho, Ice Kacang Cocktail Photo by Andy Kho, Ice Kacang Cocktail
Beat to the Sound of Fu Luck 

Music plays an important part of Fu Luck Bar. Its playlist ranges from Mandarin jazz [dining] to bar tunes – Pop, Alternative, New Wave / New Romantics, Funk & Soul, Bossanova and Electronica. Music is curated by Berlin-based DJ Kavan Spruyt of the indie music label, Midnight Shift.

Comforting your Tummy 

The food menu reinterprets the humble dim sum experience in snazzier environs, adds Lim. “Traditionally enjoyed in the day, dim sum is cast here as an oriental tapas concept, riding on the ubiquitous ‘sharing plates’ trend which is the rage now from New York to New Delhi. Without reinventing the taste of dim sum, we combine timeless plates such as steamed or deep-fried dim sum with such contemporary items as Chinese-inspired salads and speciality ‘baowich sliders’- a cross between a mantou bao and sandwich.”

Photo by Andy Kho, Lionhead Mee

Photo by Andy Kho, Lionhead Mee

Photo by Andy Kho

Photo by Andy Kho

Fu Luck Bar’s ethos is comfort food done well with the freshest ingredients and the most passionate pair of hands, balancing the urban, the traditional and the convivial, respectively. Takeouts are available.

Here are of some of the many cocktails that you can try out when you visit this place next week!

White Rabbit Hole

Jasmine tea infused with Tanqueray gin, white peach, syrup, yuzu, lemon juice, egg white and lime.

Photo by Andy Kho

Photo by Andy Kho

Old Master’s Brew 

Tanqueray gin, dark creme de cacao, pineapple juice, coconut cream, and green tea powder.

Photo by Andy Kho

Photo by Andy Kho

Clover Club 

Tanqueray gin, lemon juice, maraschino liqueur, and creme de Violette.

Quick Facts

  • The only bar in the city that serves wanton noodles from a Malaysian heritage brand – the 62-year-old Pudu Chan Fatt Wanton Mee.
  • Over 80% of its furnishings, accessories & props are reconstructed, custom-made and handcrafted.

Opening Hours: 12 pm for lunch (Mondays – Fridays), 5 pm for dinner and happy hour (Saturdays and Sundays). Closes at 2.30am and 3.30am on weekdays and weekends, respectively.

Address: 438 Jalan Tun Razak 50400 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Contact: 03-2110 6938

Or you can visit Fu Luck Bar website for any additional information.




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