Photo: WIP Kuala Lumpur Habanos Terrace

WIP Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s 1st Habanos Terrace

WIP in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur was recently conferred the honour of being named Malaysia’s first and only Habanos Terrace by Habanos S.A.

Featuring a sprawling section of outdoor decks sheltered from the elements by verdant barriers of tropical foliage and surrounded by whispering water features which drown out the hustle and bustle of the city, there are few other atmospheres which better compliment a good Cuban.

To qualify for the appointment as a Habanos Terrace WIP has dedicated the majority of its premium cigar display to Habanos cigars and accessories.

To commemorate the occasion, WIP welcomed Cuban Master Cigar Roller Jose Miguel Lugo Gonzalez to demonstrate the art of hand-rolling cigars. Aficionados were treated to a complete education from rolling techniques by representatives from La Casa del Habano Kuala Lumpur.

Cigar lovers were encouraged to pair their freshly-rolled Cuban with a selection from The Principal Collection of Highland Single Malt Scotch Whiskeys from The Dalmore as they enjoyed the sizzling beats of percussionist Calvin Clark and DJ’s Discfunktion and Sanjay. In addition to the 12-year and 15-year variants, WIP also served The Dalmore’s Cigar Malt, considered by many as the perfect accompaniment to any cigar. These three variants are now available as part of WIP’s line-up of premium spirits.

Commenting on the prestigious appointment, Brian Choo, Executive Director of the SOUL Society Group said, “It is a rare honour to be designated one of the few Habanos Terraces around the globe, and to have WIP as the first venue in Malaysia to be bestowed this title is truly a privilege. Having recently refreshed our look to create a spacious and classy ambiance, we also credit this achievement to our newly updated menu, the premium labels we offer beyond the usual repertoire of available spirits and of course, our wide selection of Cuban cigars which complete the triumvirate of luxuries our guests can enjoy at WIP.”

Pictured: Ng Ser Minh, Assistant Marketing Manager at the SOULed OUT Group and Ahmad Khairuddin Abdul Latif, Restaurant Manager at WIP, accepting the official appointment of Habanos Terrace from master cigar roller, Jose Miguel Lugo Gonzalez and Serena Ong, Country Head of Pacific Cigar.


Samuel Spurr has been Cigar Journal’s Asia-Pacific contributor since his first feature on the Australian cigar scene in 2006. Regularly writing, Tweeting, and Instagramming about cigars, he’s recognized in Australia as a cigar authority and frequently hosts cigar master classes.


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