Malacca & Sur­rounds

Time Out Malaysia Eating and Drinking Guide - - CONTENTS -

Malacca has some ex­cel­lent ho­tel bars like The Bal­cony and Bar Rio, which ex­ude colo­nial el­e­gance, and the Hard Rock Café, that global stal­wart of night-time rev­elry, as well as a se­lec­tion of clubs for those who like their mu­sic faster and louder.

Malacca

Arena

12-A, Jalan Syed Ab­dul Aziz (016 675 2000). One of the big­gest clubs in Malacca, Arena is where the party rev­ellers get their club­bing fix at week­ends. At the foot of the jetty, look for Arena’s huge glass walls with its im­pres­sive LCD screens, ad­vanced light­ing and sound sys­tem. If you are won­der­ing where the good bands in Malacca are, Arena’s the place to go.

NEW The Bal­cony 43 Jalan Te­meng­gong, The Ster­ling (06 283 1128/www.glo­ri­a­ho­tels.com). The Bal­cony is lo­cated on the sec­ond floor of The Ster­ling, a rel­a­tively new ho­tel built in an el­e­gant vaguely Vic­to­rian façade. After a full day traips­ing around the hu­mid Malac­can streets, The Bal­cony of­fers a wel­come respite in the breezy evenings. Se­lect from the ex­ten­sive drinks list or just go with a sim­ple ice cold beer, and watch the sun slowly set over the rooftops.

Bar Rio Casa del Rio, 88 Jalan Kota Lak­samana (06 289 6888/www. casadel­rio-me­laka.com/the-river-grill). Bar Rio of­fers a solid drinks menu for you to end your day with – be it wine, beer, spir­its, sake or cock­tails. Adorned with lounge-like, wooden arm­chairs by the river, Bar Rio sports a ca­sual vibe ideal for those seek­ing a re­lax­ing set­ting where they can sit and watch the world go by. Try their ad­dic­tive thin-crust piz­zas and na­chos. Later in the evening, the back­ground is filled with the soft­croon­ing of an old-school live band.

Far East Café 19 Jalan Hang Lekir (06 286 3853). The hole-in-the-wall café spills out into the side­walk, where pa­trons can be seen en­joy­ing their drinks and the good se­lec­tion of jazz. Quiet and laid­back, Far East is for trav­ellers who pre­fer to have con­ver­sa­tions where one can hear the other.

Flo Ho­tel Equa­to­rial Malacca, Jalan Ban­dar Hilir (06 282 8333/www. equa­to­rial.com). Inside the renowned Ho­tel Equa­to­rial, Flo is their so­phis­ti­cated lounge with a wide range of cock­tails, wines and cigars, all served in a laid-back, classy at­mos­phere.

Ge­og­ra­pher Café 83 Jalan Hang Je­bat (06 281 6813/ www.ge­og­ra­pher.com.my). Housed in a pre-war build­ing, this café/pub oozes her­itage charm all around. Of­ten thronged by tourists and lo­cals alike, the vibe here is a lit­tle laid­back, sound­tracked by a live band per­form­ing jazzy num­bers. Drinks are myr­iad and peo­ple are gen­uinely friendly. It is a de­cent spot to make some new friends too.

NEW Hard Rock Café Me­laka 28 Lorong Hang Je­bat (06 298 5188/ www.hardrock.com). The Hard Rock chain es­tab­lished it­self on the streets of Malacca in 2011, giv­ing pa­trons yet another choice for a venue with good live mu­sic and tex mex fare. Its lo­ca­tion by the river is pretty ob­vi­ous too, so join the queues early for an evening of as­sured fun. Re­mem­ber to pick up some Hard Rock Me­laka mem­o­ra­bilia.

Honky Tonk Haven Café 68 Lorong Hang Je­bat (012 605 0446/ www.honky­tonk.wee­bly.com). This is a nos­tal­gic, live mu­sic venue with old records on the walls and a view of the Malacca River. Opened by a Kiwi cou­ple some years ago, the funky bar is now run by mu­si­cians. Make some friends, grab some of ar­guably the cheap­est beer in town, and en­joy the live mu­sic.

Libar Cock­tail House 15 Jalan Hang Lekir (012 222 7718/016 617 1777). This tiny cock­tail house along Jonker Street is a good chill-out spot. Need­less to say, cock­tails are the gist here. Crowd is a mix of cu­ri­ous tourists and up­mar­ket lo­cals all look­ing to have a good time.

The Li­brary 926 & 927 Jalan Merdeka, Ta­man Me­laka Raya (06 334 4155/www. the­li­brary.my). Stay put, you are not go­ing to be buried in mas­sive book­shelves or face the wrath of cranky li­brar­i­ans. The Li­brary is es­sen­tially a yup­pie spot to be reck­oned with. Un­wind in the cosy liv­ing room in­te­rior decked with Ch­ester­field so­fas, as well as the al­fresco bal­cony space with drink choices rang­ing from beers and malt whiskeys to cock­tails.

MiXX Sec­ond Floor, Mahkota Pa­rade, 1 Jalan Merdeka (016 247 6627). A mas­sive club that is widely popular amongst young’uns in Malacca, MiXX is prob­a­bly the best place to party, dance and drink. The club is di­vided into two rooms: Para­dox and Arris. The for­mer flaunts a cut­ting edge in­te­rior where DJs churn out big tunes on the week­ends; the lat­ter is a gar­den café where live bands per­form. The club gets so crowded that cover charges ap­ply.

Movida Restau­rant & Lounge Bar Unit G-012, G-013 & G-013A, Hat­ten Square, Jalan Merdeka, Ta­man Me­laka Raya (06 292 1282/www. movida.my). It’s a solid space – dark and womb-like; the club is well-sized and square-ish. It spills out onto the out­side pa­tio where you can have a meal be­fore con­tin­u­ing the night inside. Their food is a bit hit and miss for us, so go for the drinks. The up­stairs area has two VIP sec­tions – red, chintzy cham­bers de­signed for groups.

NEW Ringo’s Clas­sic & An­tiques Café 11 Jalan Hang Lekir (016 354 2223). Ringo’s packs a large crowd of reg­u­lars on the week­ends be­cause it’s only open on Fri­day, Satur­day, and Sun­day. The one man mu­sic show belts out tunes in an un­canny like­ness to their orig­i­nal singers all night long and the en­thu­si­as­tic crowd can’t seem to get enough of it. Pretty good ser­vice too, we sug­gest that you just go ear­lier to nab a seat amongst the dusty an­tiques.

Ringo's Clas­sic & An­tiques Cafe

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