15 Live Band Cafes & Bars In Penang
Live Band: Friday or Saturday Night. Weekdays if you’re lucky!
Micke’s Place is known to be forever the beginning of a fuzzy journey into the kingdom of words of memories and wisdom all over the wall. Located at the start of Love Lane, one thing will catch your attention is the chill crowd enjoying the scene with the bad-ass band stringing over the guitar. Albeit slightly impromptu, with no schedule to speak of, serving the best spicy chicken wings in town – bulging at the seams with people applauding and encouraging a music act is Micke’s for ya! Plus there won’t be 6,000 hustlers hustling you in into their bars!! Daquiri Mango or Strawberry for the ladies could never go wrong, Cheers!
Address: 94, Lorong Love, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Hours: 12 PM to 3 AM. Opens Daily!
Phone: 012-493 8279
2) Gusto Cafe
Live Music: 2nd & 4th Saturday of the Month
Gusto exist for 2 things: Big Breakfast & Live Band! Set in the leafy suburban tranquillity of Tanjung Bungah, Gusto Cafe offers music every second and fourth Saturday night of the month! The bands range from country to straight-up rock with a bit of jazz and all of dat no doubt holding many surprises in store especially on open mic nights! If you want a less-structured, more homely feel to your music night, then Gusto Café is the place to go. More for Stand-up comedy, they’got that too on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month!
Address: 4, Jalan Sungai Kelian, 11200 Tanjung Bungah, Pulau Pinang
Hours: 7.30am- 5 pm. Closed on Wednesdays
Phone: 04-890 4012
3) The Canteen, China House
Live Music: Friday, Saturday & Sunday at 9 PM
A hideout to the Japanese origami wonderland, a space to let out the colorful mind into actions on a majung paper, endless of words exchange giggled out with every bite of their in-house walnut carrot cake, China house serves and entertains in an unwondered western style with a cultural fusion and people can’t get over it!
Live Band: ALLDAY Everyday yo! 8 PM to 11 PM.
Rock and roll gang, it’s time to head out because we have the ultimate place for you. Bringing New York to the Pearl of the Orient, be mesmerized by their amazing menu, live music, drinks made with love (a bit steeper for the cocktails but worth every penny).
5) Kim Haus
Live Band: Every evening from 9 PM to 12 AM.
Kim haus is like the Mother in every house budding their children to follow their passion and helping them achieve that goal. To every blooming artist and amateurs in town or in need of a mike, Kim Haus serves as a platform to showcase. Cheer and clap for da friend while helping yourself to the aromatic basil meatballs marinated in marinara sauce, the best thing you’ll discover!
6) The Pokok Bar
Live Music: All night scene from 8 PM to 1 AM.
They found the tree and now it’s ‘THE’ tree of all the trees! Taking the crowd by storm, The Pokok Bar offers beers for RM5 on special occasions. I see why they famous. Imitating the breezy life of the island, this place serves locals and travelers solace through ambiance and live music over booze. Highly recommended anyday to chill here 🙂
7) Talk Talk Wine Bar & Lounge
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Seen as an unexpected find in Penang, Talk talk Wine Bar & Lounge relies on the company of some good’ol reunion gangs to get some wine, savour the typical cafe Western Food (which is pretty decent might I add) and when you’re done talking, sing along with their band line-ups that will do you good for the ride.
Address: 2-G-5, Bangunan Lip Sin, Lebuh Pekaka Satu, 11700 Sungai Dua, Penang
Hours: 4 PM to 12 AM. Opens Daily.
Phone: 012-635 8129
8) Golden Shower
Live band: Friday & Saturday from 9 PM to 12 AM.
It’s a classic affair here at Golden Shower. Designed to represent the embodiment of the human sexuality, from the decor to cocktails and one biter’s, Golden Shower amazes and it’s no different with their selection of live band performances complementing the charming energy with talents coming through.
9) Living Room @ Batu Ferringhi
Date: Every Friday & Saturday of the month. 8 PM to 10 PM
The last outpost spreading the open mic scene along Penang Island’s northern shore is Living Room in Batu Ferringhi. Every Friday and Saturday night the quirky cafe hosts an inclusive jammin’ session “open to all who can play an instrument or sing along”. To the hilarious shock of some visitors, small riffs and back-and-forths inevitably launch into full-scale songs and ballads whipping all guests into a frenzy.
Come let your inner musician out! They’ve got a weekly event that encourages folks from all around the world to take their bathroom singing skills to the stage. Several professional musicians usually also turn up, so be assured of great music to keep you entertained. They also encourage musicians to bring an instrument of choice and come jam with other talented musicians, while the rest of us mere mortals sit back to enjoy the performances over a nice cold beer.. .YASSSSS
11) Dicken Street & Bar
Date: Jazz Music: Tue to Thursday, Liveband: Friday to Sunday ( 8 PM to 1 AM)
12) Junk Cafe
Live Band: Party nights from 8 pm till later!
It’s like a voodoo museum without the voodoo creepin up your way. Who knows ? ….. Serving one of the best burgers decked with cheese, chicken, fried, grilled and the juiciest in town without the commercializing it, Junk Cafe is a hidden gem Y’all need to head for the vibes and chill. They’ve usually got some old band playing here on a Friday Night, so look out and stay tuned!
13) Muchacha @ QE2- Tanjung City Marina, Georgetown
Live Music: Friday & Saturday from 9.30 pm onwards!
The restaurant has long been known for its selection of pizzas baked in a wood oven, and for the crispy duck. Its draft beer and wine are extensive, and it is the perfect place for sundowners as the views over the port, the clan jetties and the sea beyond are rather special. With room for 200 people, a giant stage, LED Video display and a thumping sound system, Muchacha is the ideal setting for the live music entertainment.
14) 1945 Kitchen & Bar
Live Music: Everyday from 10 PM to 1 AM.
They’ve got it tuned with Solo Nights and Best teams to light up your night at this beer garden! Associated more towards the likings of Chinese songs, one can expect lots of ‘Gan Bei’ here with your pals.
15) Hard Rock Hotel
Live Music: Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 7.45PM onwards
In Batu Ferringhi, the chain brings a true sense of American rock culture to Penang with the many guitars, LP’s and photos lining its walls advertising some of history’s greatest rock stars such as Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan.