Get Lucky at Fu Luck Bar

Graeme "Jay" Hammond Idris Johor Fu Luck Bar TREC

The newest outlet to open in TREC is quirky in name as well as the décor.

If you’re a Mandarin and/or Cantonese speaker, chances are you caught the cheekiness in the bar’s name right away; the phrase ‘Fu Luck’ has two meanings – in Mandarin it means prosperity and happiness while in Cantonese it carries the translation of “pants down”. These definitions of the name by now should give you an idea of what kind of a watering hole Fu Luck Bar is but in case you’re still wondering, let’s go on a quick tour of the outlet to find out.

Graeme "Jay" Hammond Idris Johor Fu Luck Bar TREC

First off, you would know by looking at the façade and the interior of this vintage-themed F&B venue that it runs with the name all the way. Its colourful design features hand painted art on the ceilings and the walls – 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.

Graeme "Jay" Hammond Idris Johor Fu Luck Bar TREC

The artistically-curated interior design where nostalgia and pop culture collide is the brainchild of urban art artists Graeme “Jay” Hammond from Australia and Idris Johor of Singapore. The duo are also behind the inspiring works at Singapore’s bohemian street, Haji Lane and some of its venues, for over a decade. Fu Luck Bar’s decorative items and other accent pieces such as the abacus ‘chandelier’ are sourced from stores in Bali, Singapore and Malaysia, and then re-constructed and painted by hand. A team of up to five artists led by the Fu Luck Bar resident artists, took about five months to finish up the space.

Graeme "Jay" Hammond Idris Johor Fu Luck Bar TREC

The curation and attention to detail does not stop with the ID. 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. The outlet’s F&B programme is curated by Raymond Lim of Restaurant Lifestyle Asia, who repackages dim sums and other local delicacies as oriental tapas and draws upon the 80’s cultural lexicons when creating the cocktails. Fu Luck is also the only bar in town that serves wanton noodles from the 52-year-old Pudu Chan Fatt Wanton Mee.

Yang Zhou Fried Rice Fu Luck Bar TREC
Yang Zhou Fried Rice. [Photo: Andy Kho]
Steamed mantou bao sliders Fu Luck Bar TREC
The Bao-Sliders. [Photo: Andy Kho]
Keeping up the quirk factor are the cocktails, each drink inspired by the traditional ingredients of old Shanghai cuisine but repurposed in a fun package. Expect martini glasses and coupes to appear with local gem biscuits and even a syringe. The most fun and creative range of cocktails of them all is the Ice Kacang collection, which feature the traditional way of making the local iced dessert with a dash of Bacardi.

Fu Luck Ice Kacang TREC Fu Luck
Fu Luck Ice Kacang. [Photo: Andy Kho]
Either after a long day of work or just to unwind on a weekend, Fu Luck Bar puts the ‘Fu’ in ‘fun’ with its F&B as well as the ID. If you’re wondering how long you could be entertained by cartoon soldiers and quirky murals, the artworks in the bar is slated to be refreshed every eight to nine months for a breath of fresh air.

Fu Luck Bar
438, Electric Boulevard E-G04,
Jalan Tun Razak,
50400 Kuala Lumpur.

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Vimal Palasekaran

Vimal Palasekaran

Loud laugher. TV buff. Hispanophone.
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