Kedah & Perlis
The Malaysian bar scene has yet to penetrate the far reaches of rural Kedah and Perlis. For a big night out, we recommend that you jump on a ferry and head to Langkawi. Here, Pantai Cenang is still the centre of nightlife fun despite the councils’ attempts to remove the beach shack bars and the closure of the iconic Babylon.
NEW The Brasserie Restaurant and Bar
27A Jalan Pantai Cenang, Langkawi (04 955 1927) Known for its stylish Mediterranean cuisine, The Brasserie is also an excellent chill-out place for cocktails. We like the white sangria, classic margaritas and fresh fruit daiquiris but there’s also a decent selection of wine and beer. A good place on the beach where you can sit back and watch the sunset.
NEW Breeze Lounge The Westin Langkawi (04 960 8952/ www.westinlangkawi.com/diningbreezelounge). Sink gratefully into a comfy couch after a day of sun and sea and enjoy a cocktail at Breeze. Overlooking the Andaman Sea, this contemporary bar serves a selection of Wagyu steaks and bento boxes alongside a huge variety of cocktails. You’ll find a particularly fine selection of vodkas. There’s a live band playing here every night (except for Mondays) from 8.15pm till midnight.
NEW BudaBa Next to Green Village Resort, Jalan Pantai Tengah, Teluk Baru, Pantai Tengah, Langkawi (04 955 3116/ www.facebook.com/budaba.langkawi). This eclectic little bar near Green Village Resort is reputed to be a friendly spot. It bills itself as an ‘oleskool’ bistro and world music bar, which means there’s often live music – and if that’s not enough, there’s also billiards and darts.
Charlie’s Place Restaurant and Bar Royal Langkawi Yacht Club (RLYC), Jalan Dato’ Syed Omar (04 966 4078/ langkawiyachtclub.com/charlie-s-place). Located inside the grounds of the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club, this nonair-conditioned place has a bar on one side and a restaurant on the other. Sip your drink at the unique oval bar while gazing out over the breathtaking blue sea. If you’re staying at The Westin, you can make use of the free shuttle bus to the bar.
NEW Chin Chin Bon Ton Restaurant and Resort, Pantai Cenang (04 955 1688/www. bontonresort.com). With its rich atmosphere, Chin Chin is the spot for a secluded date. This refurbished 60-year-old Chinese shop is decked in dark wood and deep red accents with antiques suffusing the bar with nostalgia. Desserts, coffee, wine, liquor and cocktails are all reasonably priced – that said, do note that you won’t find beer on the menu here.
La Sal Cocktail Bar Casa del Mar, Pantai Cenang, Langkawi (04 955 2388/www. casadelmar-langkawi.com/la-salcocktail-bar). This bar located in Casa del Mar serves probably some of the best cocktails in Langkawi, using fresh juices, local fruits, herbs, spices and infused spirits. Some of the signature inclusions are CDM Bellini, 5 Spiced Poached Apple & Cinnamon Mojito and Tom Yam Martini.
NEW Little Lylia’s Chillout Café Pantai Cenang (on the beach behind the Best Star Resort). Enter from the small lane next to Red Tomato Nasi Kandar into this simple beachfront bar with friendly staff (mind you, the service has been getting mixed reviews). A place where you can just sink your toes in the sand, drink beer and relax. There are often live bands in the evenings and the atmosphere is, true to the name, pretty chilled out.
Daily, 10am till late.
Oasis Pub and Restaurant 838 Jalan Pantai Cenang, Langkawi (04 955 8236). In business for more than 14 years, this bar/restaurant is one of the most established on the island. Visitors come from all over to visit this popular watering hole for a cold beer or a cocktail. There’s a lovely selection of jazz, chill-out and ambient music – perfect for laidback island living.
Rafii’s Bar Pantai Cenang (www.langkawirafiis. com). Despite the legendary Rafii’s recent death, his bar remains open. It’s a little challenging locating this small bar along Pantai Cenang because the signboard is nowhere to be seen. But once you find it, this quaint local bar serves really good drinks, especially cocktails. As with most of the bars along Pantai Cenang, you can sit on the beach chairs in front of the bar and do some people-watching. The food is pretty decent too.
Rhu Bar Four Seasons Resort, Jalan Tanjung Rhu, Langkawi (04 950 8888/www. fourseasons.com/langkawi). This unique Middle Eastern-inspired bar features Turkish water pipes, Indian Mughal hanging swings and… Japanese cuisine. A little incongruous, sure, but it’s hard to say no to such a delectable selection of Japanese snacks – including spicy tuna temaki rolls, yakitori, and edamame beans. Its airy design encourages you to linger on the wicker sofas and coloured cushions, enjoying the stunning view of the ocean. Admittedly, there is a cement factory in sight but it doesn’t detract from the beauty of the sunset and the secluded, romantic ambience here. Pass the time with a shisha pipe, play pool, or play one of the many board games available. And to drink? We love the sweet potency of the Langkawi Sunset and the Sunset at Rhu.
NEW Sugar End of Pantai Tengah, Langkawi (04 955 3928/www.facebook.com/ sugarlangkawi).
Sister to fatCUPID, this instagram-
worthy restaurant and bar is an increasingly popular spot for live music and sunsets. Situated right on the beach where the old Lighthouse Restaurant once stood, Sugar complements its natural attractions with an Asian-inspired tapas menu.
Sunba Retro Bar Jalan Teluk Baru, Pantai Tengah, Langkawi (04 953 1801/www. sungroup-langkawi.com/sunba). Sometimes, it’s late, you’ve had a few drinks and all you want to do is find a place where you can dance. This is that place. DJs spin old-school tunes from the ’60s to the ’80s while the in-house band takes over the stage on certain nights. Needless to say, drinks are plentiful and so are the drunks. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Credit cards accepted. Daily, 7pm–2am.
Yellow Beach Café Pantai Cenang, Langkawi (012 459 3190/yellowcafe.langkawi.asia). Another popular spot along Pantai Cenang, Yellow Beach Café’s charm lies in its location. The bar is facing the sea, and it’s best to come during sunset. Sip on a cocktail and watch as the world goes on by. You’ll know the place when you see it – there is indeed a lot of yellow.
Yellow Beach Cafe