Located at the back of The Westin Kuala Lumpur's main lobby, 443 Bar Lounge is the hotel's rebranded watering hole, serving patrons looking for an intimate drinking spot with a South American vibe. Built upon its previous identity, back when it was known as Qba Bar & Grill, this latest drinking spot instead focuses on three elements – classic cocktails, quality spirits and top shelf cigars. The rechristened bar still retains its rustic Havana-style architecture, complemented by leather furniture, timber barstools and lighted cubes that resemble marble.
The bar is headed by a veteran bartender affectionately named Rais, having worked behind the same bar he continues to tend for the past 14 years. Despite his solemn demeanour in the picture, the man himself is actually very friendly, ever-ready to summon a library of cocktails and stories (should you need one), for guests to pass the time.
Here's a fun fact: The Westin's new bar lounge is named after the number of rooms at the hotel and the hotel staff jokingly states that 443 it is also the amount of stories Rais has for guests given his long tenure.