In this section, find out where to drink, dance and listen to music—all around the Pearl of the Orient. With that in mind, here at Penang Foodie, we took a crack at identifying a list of haunts that have earned a special spot in the hearts of Penangites. We have rounded up its 10 favourite chills out places in the city right now. From classic landmarks to new hot-spots, everything on this list is definitely worth a visit.
Nightlife in Penang
Nightlife in Penang is fun, interesting and charming. We have super good wine bars to chill at and awesome supper spots too. Besides that, we have the coolest drinking spots to chill at as well. From small secret bars to speakeasy-style bars, here’s your ultimate guide to finding the best-kept secrets of Penang’s nightlife.
Alright, without further due, let’s see what we’ve got in today’s guide.
天下第一客棧 Magazine 63
One may never expect to encounter an antique hideaway bar right in the heart of the island (Penang), but perhaps that’s precisely the point. No signboard, no arrow pointing where is the entrance too.
Through a dark and musty hall that was a part of an old premise unveiled a secluded bar decorated with the ancient Chinese elements. We paid a visit to 天下第一客棧 Magazine 63 before and we really love the vibe there. This is probably the coolest bar we ever encountered in Penang indeed.
Address: 61, Jalan Magazine, George Town, 10300 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Operating hour: 20:00 – 02:00 open daily
Tel: 016-499 2299
Good Friends Club
If you love nostalgia and the playfulness of contemporary art space, Good Friends Club is definitely for you to chill at night. It is a new project commenced by local Penangites with the aim to create a network that better portrays the island.
Soul searching old charm
Address: 39, Jalan Gurdwara Penang 10300
Operating hour: Mon, Wed-Thu, Sun 7pm-1am; Fri-Sat 7pm-2am
Bora Bora by Sunset
Bora-bora is voted as no.1 nightlife in Batu Ferringhi on TripAdvisor. It’s situated along Batu Feringghi Beach. Thus, take advantage of that. How? Grab your beer and enjoy sunset there.
Oh! Pool and dart game is available at Bora Bora as well. A decent bar for you to chill out with your friends.
When the beer meets beach
Address: Lot 415, Batu Ferringhi, Batu Ferringhi, Penang Island 10100, Malaysia
Operating hour: Sun-Thu 12pm-1am; Fri-Sat 12pm-3am
The Canteen @ China House
The Canteen is one of our favourite chilling places in George Town. This is the place to bring your friends or relatives for a not-so-crazy night when they visit Penang. We love its live band, dark lightning and cool drinks served there.
Long bar, great ambiance
Address: 183b Lebuh Victoria George Town, Malaysia
Operating hour:Mon-Thu 8pm-12am; Fri 8pm-1am; Sat 3pm-1am; Sun 3pm-12am
Only open from Friday to Sunday. Narrow Marrow is indeed a cool place to go with your buddies on Friday nights. It has a beautiful interior with great music selection within the café.
Do expect yourself in a somewhat secretive, retro and openly hip café. Whether it’s drinks or nibbles, give Narrow Marrow a chance to surprise you when you finally find it.
A cozy place for alternative vibe
Address: 252 A Carnavon Street George Town, Malaysia
Operating hour: Fri-Sun 14:00-01:00
Patio bar de tapas
With a Spanish-inspired menu, Patio offers you a comfy ambience for ultimate relaxation. This unique experience is perfectly complemented with our exquisite tapas selection and extensive drinks list that will blow you away.
Moreover, it’s ideal for Instagrammer who wants to add a pinch of serenity to their Instagram feed, as well as a taste for Spanish delicacies.
A getaway by the quays
Address: 49F weld quay, Georgetown Penang, Malaysia
Operating hour: Mon-Sun 5pm-1:30am
Definitely the most unusual entry on this list. We meant this in a good way. Antarabangsa is known for its best rate of beer. The place is always packed with tourists as well as the locals. Come here and enjoy your night with your gang!
Reasonably priced chilled beers
Address: 21, Lorong Stewart, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Operating hour: Mon-Sat 2pm-2am; Sun 7:30am-10:30pm
Chill Bar & Refuge
Consider the CHILL Bar & Refuge if you just need a long night of fun talks with your gang. It’s an open-air bar located in an alley part of the Nagore Square. Rowdy crowds make themselves happy with big pitchers of beer, cocktails, and a smoker-friendly atmosphere.
Cool nightlife spot
Address: 55, Jalan Nagor, George Town, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Operating hour: 730pm-230am closed on Tuesday
Micke’s Place is the most happening spot for history buffs and beer lovers alike will find a home at this place at Love Lane. Here, you can spot a lot of tourists enjoying their beer and the amazing live music.
Fantastic place to sit out and enjoy
Address: 94, Lorong Love, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Operating hour: 12pm-3am
Mish Mash is inspired by the sidewalk bistro bars of Europe. It’s a modern bistro with an Asian touch to represent it’s Penang roots and values.
For local cocktails lovers, this is the only place in town. In addition, this watering hole features over more than 80 different varieties of whiskies sourced from different parts of the globe.
For cocktails lovers
Address: 24, Jalan Muntri, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Operating hour: 5pm-12am closed on Monday
1945 is also our favourite gathering spot at night. Weekend nights promise large and lively crowds and a superb live band. The live band’s singing is pleasant to the ear and sometimes funny. Also, we love how they interact with the crowd too.
Elevated bar food such as western food, fries, and snacks is served alongside a drinks menu of mostly beers and a modest list of wine. Oh friends, you can just drink and chill if you so desire.
Music and Beer
Address: 10200, 414-416, Lebuh Chulia, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Operating hour: 5pm-2am
Guide: Nightlife in Penang (10 places to chill at)
When the sun goes down, the stars come out, this lovely little island really comes alive with a different kind of vibe as compared to its morning atmosphere. Today we bring you what we think are the best place for a drink and unwind with your buddies.
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