Kedah & Perlis

Time Out Malaysia Eating and Drinking Guide - - CONTENTS -

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.

Kedah

Langkawi

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.

Daily, 12noon–12mid­night.

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.

Daily, 9am–1am.

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.

6pm on­wards.

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.

Daily, 9am–12mid­night.

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.

Daily, 9am–1am.

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.

Daily, 7pm–11pm.

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.

Daily, 12.30pm–10.30pm.

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.

Daily.

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.

Daily, 3pm–12mid­night.

NEW Sugar End of Pan­tai Ten­gah, Langkawi (04 955 3928/www.face­book.com/ sug­ar­langkawi).

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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.

Tue–Sun, 2pm–10.30pm.

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.

Wed–Mon, 12noon–1am.

Chin Chin

Rhu Bar

Sugar

Yel­low Beach Cafe

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