Rebellious urbanites need to fuel their creativity.
Nobody understands that better than this week's maker, Koh Yung Shen, who I met in Malaysia earlier in the year. Shen (pictured in action above) runs a speakeasy called Backdoor Bodega in George Town – also known as “an overpriced pin shop”.
To access Backdoor Bodega, you have to walk to the back of another bar and knock on the door of what looks like a supply cupboard. Then suddenly you find yourself in the hidden back room of a low-rise shop, surrounded by the most interesting, inspiring and influential people on the island of Penang.
Shen has created a vibrant community and a delectable cocktail list inspired by Malaysia's colonial history. Every "pin" you purchase for 35 MYR (~€7.50) comes with a free drink from the menu. If you want a pin, let me know – I left with more of them than I know what to do with.