Pe­nang

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Whether you pre­fer to chill out with a cock­tail by the beach or dance all night un­der neon lights, Pe­nang’s bar scene of­fers some­thing for ev­ery­one. Most bars, clubs, and pubs on the is­land are clus­tered around George Town, Straits Quay, and Batu Fer­ringhi; bar­go­ers on the main­land can head to the mul­ti­fac­eted Auto-City, where op­por­tu­ni­ties to drink, dine, and dance abound.

Pe­nang Is­land

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92 Le­buh Gereja, George Town (04 263 7144/Face­book: B@92 Eat & Drink Pe­nang) You’re likely to spot this fam­ily-run bar by chance. If you do, you’ll leave the place feel­ing im­pressed with the hos­pi­tal­ity of own­ers Alek­san­dar and June. Dec­o­rated in the style of an old English pub with drinks to match its unas­sum­ing am­bi­ence, the bar plays re­fresh­ing, non-main­stream mu­sic dur­ing the day (you won’t hear any­thing by Justin Bieber) and serves a hum­ble se­lec­tion of cold beers.

Daily, 12.30noon–1am.

NEW Baba Bar Seven Ter­races, Lorong Ste­wart, George Town (04 264 2333/ www.7ter­races.com). Baba Bar may be tucked away in a cor­ner in Seven Ter­races but this lounge cer­tainly holds its own with a col­lec­tion of spe­cially se­lected wines, beers and cock­tails. Baba Bar gets its name from Seven Ter­races's re­fined Per­anakan (also known as Baba-Ny­onya) ar­chi­tec­ture, which also in­spired its sig­na­ture drinks, the Galle­fort Spe­cial (a mix of lime, ly­chee, pas­sion fruit syrup, brown sugar and vodka) and the George Town cooler (a stir-up of nut­meg juice, lime, grena­dine, Bom­bay sap­phire gin and lon­gan topped with soda). If you're feel­ing par­tic­u­larly fam­ished, try the pork mau tou stuffed with sous vide soy pork and pick­led vegetables.

Daily, 2pm–10.30pm.

NEW Bac­chus Cel­lars 124F Jalan Burma, George Town (04 685 2731/www.face­book.com/ bac­chus­cel­lars). Named after the myth­i­cal god of wine and mer­ry­mak­ing, Bac­chus Cel­lars is brim­ming with im­ported wines cat­e­gorised by coun­try of ori­gin. If you can't tell your Chardonnay from your Sau­vi­gnon Blanc, the ex­perts here are ready to help. This wine place or­gan­ises wine-pair­ing din­ners and also of­fers happy-hour deals on a spe­cial se­lec­tion of red and white wines.

Daily, 10.30am–9.30pm.

Batubar Lone Pine Ho­tel, 97 Jalan Batu Fer­ringhi, Batu Fer­ringhi (04 866 8577/www.face­book.com/batubarlph). The name is a ref­er­ence to its lo­ca­tion by pris­tine Batu Fer­ringhi. The in­ter­est­ing mix of retro chairs, colour­ful printed pillows, the dark pol­ished floor and the enor­mous wooden couch com­bines to a charm­ing ef­fect. Half of Batubar’s space opens up to the nearby beach, al­low­ing the lovely sea breeze to make its way around the room. It feels like you’re out by the shore, but with­out the sand stuck be­tween your toes.

Open daily, 10am–1am.

Beach Blan­ket Baby­lon 32 Jalan Sul­tan Ahmad Shah, George Town (04 261 0289/Face­book: Beach Blan­ket Baby­lon Pe­nang). Just around the cor­ner from East­ern & Ori­en­tal Ho­tel, Beach Blan­ket Baby­lon is within close prox­im­ity of 32 at the Man­sion. Draped with white translu­cent cur­tains and invit­ing ta­bles by the sea, this al­fresco café and lounge of­fers an ex­ten­sive port­fo­lio of wine and cigars in ad­di­tion to beers and in­ven­tive cock­tails. Com­pli­men­tary park­ing is eas­ily avail­able but if it gets crowded, steer your wheels to the nearby Pe­nang Bowl car park. Child friendly. Daily, 12noon–2.30pm, 7pm–10.30pm. $$

BED 368-01-08 Bel­lisa Row, Jalan Burma (04 227 2725); 01-01-07, E-Gate LVH, Tunku 2, Gel­u­gor (04 656 6526/www.bed.com.my). Glammed up with golden light fix­tures and mod­ern fur­ni­ture, a BED out­let is the kind of place where you can en­joy a cap­puc­cino and a cock­tail in one seat­ing. Ev­ery out­let is equipped with WiFi ac­cess (handy if you’re there for a business meet­ing or in need of an an­swer to a trivia quandary) and the clien­tele cov­ers a mix of young ur­ban­ites and the post-work crowd. There’s even karaoke equip­ment to let your vo­cals soar.

Daily, 11am–3am.

Berlin's Bier Houz Bay Av­enue, G-1-1 Lorong Bayan In­dah, Bayan Lepas (04 644 8887); Straits Quay, 3E-G-3B Jalan Seri Tan­jung Pi­nang, Tan­jung Tokong (04 899 8887/www.fn­bli­brary.com). Berlin’s Bier Houz sets its sights on serv­ing Pe­nan­gites with dis­tinc­tive Ger­man and Euro­pean fare. So, look for­ward to a full-fledged Ger­man menu of beer bites like Ger­man meat balls, ba­con ham canapés, Ger­man roast pork and pork knuckle to ac­com­pany your pint. While it of­fers a stag­ger­ing 43 brands of beer, you should note that this is pri­mar­ily an eatery as op­posed to a bar. Open Mon–Thu, 11.30am–1am; Fri–Sat, 11.30am–2am; Sun, 11.30am–1am.

NEW The Best Brew Four Points by Sher­a­ton Pe­nang, 505 Jalan Tan­jung Bun­gah, Tan­jung Bun­gah (04 371 8888/www. four­points.com/pe­nang). It may as well also be called The Best View – this sharply an­gled bar sports huge win­dows that look out onto the north shore. It’s perched at the per­fect spot for a visual treat, but lo­ca­tion isn’t the only ap­peal­ing thing about this place: It also stocks a de­cent range of liquors and beers, and pa­trons can take their drinks out­side to en­joy the ex­plo­sion of colours as day turns into night. Gen­er­ously por­tioned food like burg­ers, sand­wiches, pasta and lo­cal favourites are fairly af­ford­able here, as are the bot­tled beers.

Daily, 12noon–1am.

Bora Bora Lot 415, Jalan Batu Fer­ringhi, Batu Fer­ringhi (04 885 1313/www.face­book. com/borab­oraby­sun­set). Surf­boards, fairy lights, tiki huts and var­i­ous ‘trop­i­cal jun­gle’ para­pher­na­lia are the or­der of the day in this beachthemed Bora Bora. Here, beers, liquors and cock­tails flow co­pi­ously and af­ford­ably in an area oth­er­wise known as a tourist trap. There are plenty of beach ta­bles and chairs planted by the beach. Un­less you pre­fer to stay close to the stereo sys­tem, make your way out­doors and ap­pre­ci­ate the Batu Fer­ringhi scenery with a cold pint of Carls­berg beer. Mon–Fri, 12noon–1am, Sat & Sun, 12noon–3am. $$

Brussels Beer Café 163D-1-33, Gur­ney Paragon Mall, Per­siaran Gur­ney (04 226 2052). The spirit of beer-drink­ing lives on at Brussels Beer Café where the rich va­ri­ety of im­ported beers, from draft Hoe­gaar­den to Stella Ar­tois and Leffe, flow lib­er­ally, fresh off the tap. The au­then­tic Bel­gian pub grub is also quite a draw. Choices in­clude caramelised pork belly, the beer food plat­ter, potato skins and Brussels meat­balls.

Daily, 11am–1am.

The Can­teen at Chi­na­House 183-B Le­buh Vic­to­ria, George Town (04 263 7299/www.face­book.com/ TheCan­teenAtChi­naHouse). Once a row of her­itage shop­houses, Chi­na­House has trans­formed into one of George Town’s most sought-after night spots. To­day, it’s com­prised of a fine din­ing restau­rant, a café, an al­fresco court­yard and an art gallery. The Can­teen in par­tic­u­lar buzzes ev­ery night with a se­ries of open-mic ses­sions and jazz nights. It’s oc­ca­sion­ally graced by lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional mu­sic acts. If

you want to get fa­mil­iar with our lo­cal mu­sic scene, you’ll find it all here.

Daily, 11am–11pm.

The Cel­lar 228 Jalan Ma­cal­is­ter, George Town (04 228 3888/www.macal­is­ter­man­sion. com). In a fancier part of George Town, The Cel­lar is a swanky night spot that spins live mu­sic and drinks on a daily ba­sis. The red-gold-black in­te­rior sharply sug­gests this is a ‘gen­tle­man’s club’, but ul­ti­mately the at­mos­phere is an invit­ing one, beck­on­ing the vis­i­tor to sit back in a comfy chair, or­der a glass of wine and a cheese plat­ter, and for­get the trou­bles of daily life. There’s a healthy range of beers on tap as well as over 300 la­bels of wines from all over the world. An en­tic­ing se­lec­tion is avail­able by the glass from the Eno­matic wine stor­age ma­chine. De­spite ap­pear­ances, The Cel­lar boasts a well-rounded and af­ford­able menu of snacks. Sun–Thu, 5pm–1am; Fri–Sat, 5pm–2am. $$$

NEW Co­coon Bar 4 Up­per Pe­nang Road, Jalan Pe­nang, George Town (016 683 6592/www. face­book.com/co­coon.pe­nang.7). Fit­ted with a bar and a club un­der one roof, the in­te­rior pretty much re­sem­bles a co­coon that en­closes – with­out be­ing too claus­tro­pho­bic – the nightlife vibe within. At sun­down, the bar merges into the club sec­tion and morphs into a spa­cious dance club, com­plete with state-of-the-art pro­jec­tion map­ping as well as lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional DJs helm­ing the decks.

$$$

Cu­vée Precinct 10, Jalan Tan­jung Tokong, George Town (012 421 8486/ Face­book: Cu­vee). Us­ing psy­che­delic lights and funky retro fur­ni­ture to its strength, ev­ery cor­ner of this nightspot is dis­tinc­tively fur­nished and makes ev­ery visit far from dull. Cu­vée reg­u­lars usu­ally opt for a beer tower ses­sion by the DJ deck while oth­ers hide away for a classy ren­dezvous at the wine room. Lo­cal DJs per­form their up­beat spins here, so dance away with your new­found groove. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 3pm–3am. $$$$

NEW Dadz Pub 98 Jalan Mun­tri, George Town (013 435 9840/www.face­book.com/dadzpub). Hardly aim­ing to im­press, Dadz Pub is the sort of sports bar you’ll find with ba­sic fur­nish­ing and brawny men cheer­ing on what­ever match is on the sports chan­nel. Make your way to this testos­terone-filled bar if you’re look­ing to spend some time away from the mis­sus. It’s mainly fre­quented by foot­ball fans and screens live cov­er­age of Bar­clays Premier League, Bun­desliga and The Cham­pi­ons League on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. Con­trol of the re­mote is by majority rule, so you might want to bring a group of friends along if you want to have a say in what’s on the screen. There are dart­boards and a pool ta­ble, so you won’t be short on ways to oc­cupy your­self.

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The Den 228 Jalan Ma­cal­is­ter, George Town (04 228 3888/www.macal­is­ter­man­sion. com). Hardly a place to tap into your wild side, The Den is a quiet lounge strictly for the con­nois­seurs of Cuban and Do­mini­can cigars as well as scotch whiskies. The dimly lit bar ex­udes mys­tery and in­ti­macy, which is great for those who pre­fer to hide away rather than get caught in the spot­light. If you’re a new­bie to the whisky-cigar pair­ing, nudge the wait staff for a brief 101. Mon–Thu & Sun, 5pm–1am; Fri & Sat, 5pm–2am.

El Faro 231 Jalan Burma, George Town (04 227 2310/www.face­book.com/ el­faro­ta­pas­bar). El Faro is a Span­ish en­try in the Pe­nang bar scene and it’s been win­ning praises for its authenticity and cre­ative plat­ing. The en­trées and ta­pas are ab­so­lutely scrump­tious, thanks to part-pro­pri­etor and menu ar­chi­tect Chef Jack Yap. Jack’s Dessert on The Ta­ble is a real crowd-pleaser – a cool nov­elty dessert painstak­ingly and ar­tis­ti­cally as­sem­bled right on your ta­ble. Pair it with ice-cold dry white wine or a strong house wine. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 3pm–11.30pm.

Euro Deli Bier­garten Unit 170-G-37/37A, Ground floor, Gur­ney Plaza, Per­siaran Gur­ney (04 227 2771/www.eu­rodeli.com.my). Right smack on Gur­ney Drive, this bar and restau­rant sits at the en­trance of Gur­ney Plaza over­look­ing the sea. It of­fers a menu of Swiss-Ger­man de­lights and sat­is­fy­ing pub grub. The im­ported draft beers in­clude Hoe­gaar­den, Leffe Blonde and Franziskaner and the bar holds reg­u­lar pro­mo­tions on th­ese and other im­ports. To soak up the gen­er­ous amounts of al­co­hol on of­fer, you’ll want to try the spe­cialty dishes, which in­clude Hun­gar­ian Beef Goulash with mashed potato and salad, bar­be­cued pork ribs, pork knuck­les, ribs and belly roast. We rec­om­mend or­der­ing a cou­ple of th­ese dishes to share among four peo­ple; the por­tions here are rather hefty and tasty. Be­sides food and drink, what Euro Deli also of­fers is a re­laxed, friendly am­bi­ence. It's almost as if you're step­ping into a neigh­bour­hood pub. It's no won­der that this place is popular with the after-work crowd and those look­ing for a breather from a day of shop­ping at Gur­ney Plaza with fam­ily. Sun–Thurs, 10.00am–1.00am; Fri, Sat and eve of pub­lic hol­i­days, 10.00am–2.00am.

Far­quhar’s Bar E&O Ho­tel, 10 Le­buh Far­quhar, George Town (04 222 2000/www. eo­ho­tels.com).

A mod­ish Bri­tish pub that many rec­om­mend as be­ing one of Pe­nang’s best, Far­quhar’s Bar (lo­cated in the swanky E&O Ho­tel) serves ex­cel­lent food to pair with a re­spectable range of drinks. The at­mos­phere and tra­di­tional oak smell gives this place real character. With what they charge for drinks, you’d ex­pect it to.

Daily, 11am–mid­night.

Fer­inggi Bar Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Re­sort & Spa, Rasa Wing Lobby, Mez­za­nine Level, Jalan Batu Fer­ringhi, Batu Fer­ringhi (04 888 8888/www.shangrila.com/pe­nang/rasasayan­gre­sort). Leather club chairs, a neatly stocked bar and a classy pi­ano – you can tell this is a bar as old as wine the mo­ment you walk in and mar­vel at its rus­tic am­bi­ence. It’s some­times over­looked in favour of its more fre­quented sib­ling, the Fer­inggi Grill restau­rant; this one chiefly boasts a good se­lec­tion of cock­tails and cham­pagne. Its cosy, in­ti­mate in­te­rior is an ad­van­tage to those who pre­fer a con­ver­sa­tion over the ca­coph­ony of chat­ter and loud mu­sic.

Daily, 5.30pm–1am.

Five27 357 Le­buh Chu­lia, George Town (04 261 3809/www.five27.asia). Fol­low­ing its re­cent re­lo­ca­tion and a change of menu (switch­ing from Swedish to gen­eral Western fare), Five27 is a lounge and restau­rant with great happy-hour deals and lively mu­sic float­ing across the room. Per­fect for get-to­geth­ers, the drinks menu cov­ers ev­ery­thing: cock­tails, beers and wines. If you haven't heard, the lounge has also hosted hip hop icons Lu­dacris and Busta Rhymes dur­ing their visit to Pe­nang in 2013.

Daily, 11am–1am. $$$

G Lounge G Ho­tel, Ground floor, 168A, Per­siaran Gur­ney (04 238 0000/www. gho­tel.com.my). Oc­cu­py­ing an im­pres­sive space in the lobby of G Ho­tel, this softly il­lu­mi­nated lounge of­fers plenty of peo­ple­watch­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties while you wait to check into the ho­tel. You can sip your drink at the bar or while loung­ing on the couch; which­ever you choose, we rec­om­mend you try the sig­na­ture Malaysian Dream cock­tail. Since ac­cess to the bar isn’t re­stricted to ho­tel guests, Pe­nan­gites find them­selves kick­ing back here too, along with any­one else who’s ea­ger to chill out at the long­est ho­tel bar in Pe­nang.

Daily, 10am–1am.

G Spot G Ho­tel, Level one, 168A, Per­siaran Gur­ney (04 238 0000/www.gho­tel. com.my). Styled with a con­tem­po­rary jazz ap­peal, G Spot is where live jazz and even live­lier DJ spins take the stage. This mod­ish noc­tur­nal re­treat serves a med­ley of sig­na­ture mar­ti­nis, cock­tails, liquors, wines and beers to ac­com­pany the soul­ful in-house jazz per­for­mance. The bar is dressed in black and il­lu­mi­nated with soft blue­and-red lights, and it’s fur­nished with leather fur­ni­ture to in­voke an in­ti­mate at­mos­phere. Mon–Thu, 8pm–1am; Fri–Sat, 8pm–2am.

Hard Rock Café Hard Rock Ho­tel Pe­nang, Jalan Batu Fer­ringhi, Batu Fer­ringhi (04 886 8050/ pe­nang.hardrock­ho­tels.net). Wher­ever its lo­ca­tion may be, Hard Rock Café’s rep­u­ta­tion is backed by a menu full of au­then­tic Amer­i­can cui­sine with a hint of South­ern flair. Stick to dishes like the Hard Rock na­chos, grilled chicken que­sadil­las, ap­ple cob­bler and the leg­endary 10oz burger. Stay­ing true to the Hard Rock ec­cen­tric­ity, the Café is fur­nished with com­fort­able seats and rock mu­sic para­pher­na­lia from around the world. The best bit? Most of the cock­tails and beers are served in sou­venir glasses, which you can take home for a lit­tle ex­tra. For rec­om­men­da­tions, go wild with the Hur­ri­cane (a blend of orange, mango and pineap­ple in­fused with rum) or en­joy an ‘Al­ter­na­tive Rock’ like an al­co­hol-free Groupie Grind (mango puree, piña co­lada mix and pineap­ple juice blended with a straw­berry swirl). Ha­lal. Child friendly. Kids’ menu. Credit cards ac­cepted. Sun–Thu, 11.30am–2am; Fri, Sat and eve of pub­lic hol­i­day, 11.30am–2.30am. $$$

Healy Mac’s Ir­ish Bar & Restau­rant

3A-G-9, Ground floor, Straits Quay, Jalan Seri Tan­jung Pi­nang, Tan­jung Tokong (04 890 3477/www. healy­mac­spg.com).

You won’t find any green leprechauns here, but Healy Mac’s does keep its Ir­ish roots close to heart with a splash of Ir­ish green amidst its bare in­te­rior. The pub is tra­di­tion­ally known for its ex­cel­lent beer and gen­er­ous serv­ings, so go for a Guin­ness draught or a lovely ale. The sports chan­nel dom­i­nates ev­ery TV screen, which makes this an ideal spot for when you want to catch live sports.

Child friendly. Daily, 11am–late. $$$

Jam­min’ Via Pre, Sec­ond floor, 5 Pengkalan Weld, George Town (04 261 9800/ www.face­book.com/jam­min­penang). You’ll find this bar and lounge one floor above the Ital­ian restau­rant Via Pre. The in­te­rior is largely com­posed of dark wood fur­nish­ing, with a small bar and a stage that has hosted var­i­ous live DJs and mu­sic bands in re­cent months. The bal­cony over­looks Weld Quay with ta­bles for cou­ples who want a bit of pri­vacy. Jam­min’s drinks menu ranges from gourmet Ital­ian beers and earthy Ital­ian wines to cock­tails and cof­fees.

Open Wed–Sun, 5pm–late. $$

NEW Liv­ing Room Café Bar & Gallery 43-C Jalan Batu Fer­ringhi, Batu Fer­ringhi (017 477 2148/012 589 9136/ Face­book: Liv­ing Room Café Bar & Gallery). Two friendly lo­cals, af­fec­tion­ately known as Amy and Ben, run the day and night shifts of this Asian-themed café and bar. Keen-eyed drinkers would usu­ally set­tle for a bucket of beer or a glass of wine, but this sim­ple beach café of­fers lip-smack­ing bar­be­cue pork ribs, beef ren­dang, salt-and-pep­per squid and other Asian and Western trim­mings. Liv­ing Room shifts to a more spir­ited tempo in the evenings, when the live mu­sic starts play­ing. Thu–Tue, 10am–3pm & 6.45pm– 10pm.

NEW Mon­key Bar 3E, Up­per Pe­nang Road, Jalan Pe­nang, George Town (04 261 8262/ www.face­book.com/mon­key­bar.pe­nang). Smack-bang in the mid­dle of Up­per Pe­nang Road, Mon­key Bar is some­where be­tween an old Euro­pean hostelry and a sti­fling bar with pur­ple neon lights. Beers, stout, cock­tails and tuak are all served at a com­pet­i­tive price point. Food-wise, the menu leans to­wards a favourable Thai and Western menu. After a pint of two, try your hand at the dart­boards and then sit out­doors to catch a ses­sion of live foot­ball. Best of all, it’s open till late.

Daily, 5pm till late.

Nueve 10-B-02, Precinct 10, Jalan Tan­jung Tokong, Tan­jung Tokong (012 421 8286/www.face­book.com/Nueve­place). With a name de­rived from the Span­ish word for ‘nine’, this boldly-lo­goed lo­cale makes it a point to have some­thing

spe­cial in­stalled for its guests ev­ery night. We ap­plaud its goal to keep us en­ter­tained, from happy-hour deals and drink­ing com­pe­ti­tions to live DJ per­for­mances. It’s all about the week­end here; Fri­day nights are typ­i­cally ush­ered in with drink deals that will give you more rea­son not to re­mem­ber your pend­ing work­load.

Daily, 3pm–3am.

NEW Pa­tio Bar de Ta­pas 49F Pengkalan Weld, George Town (012 311 0442/www.face­book.com/ pa­tiopenang). This newly opened ta­pas bar has got Span­ish in­flu­ences writ­ten all over its wall. Pa­tio is pat­terned in such a way that you can en­joy a cock­tail from the bar first be­fore saun­ter­ing to your ta­ble in the court­yard, which is dot­ted with stick trees and wooden fur­nish­ing backed by rus­tic, brick walls. En­joy a menu full of Span­ish dishes, such as pael­las, gam­bas and bom­bas, while sooth­ing Ibizian mu­sic plays in the back­ground. Credit cards ac­cepted. Sun–Thu, 5pm–1.30am; Fri–Sat, 5pm–2.30am. $$$

NEW The Press 2 Le­buh Chu­lia, George Town (012 581 1891/www.face­book.com/ presspenang). This rooftop bar and club is housed in the long, roomy space of the old Kong Hwa Yit Poh build­ing on the cor­ner of Chu­lia Street and Weld Quay. Wood seems to be the pre­sid­ing theme here, along with re­ally long happy hours. Make your way up the cir­cu­lar stair­case to the rooftop seat­ing area for some nightlife with a view. Here, el­e­gant couches are sur­rounded by white cot­ton cloths gen­tly flap­ping in the sea breeze from the quay. Aside from the drinks, we rec­om­mend you try the seafood paella with its suc­cu­lent mix of chorizo, clams and prawns.

Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 5pm–3am.

QEII Church Street Pier, 8A Pengkalan Weld, George Town (04 263 3331). Thanks to the steady stilts, QEII sits over the wa­ter, perched next to the Pe­nang jetty over­look­ing the ma­rina. It’s a fine din­ing restau­rant by day; by night, it trans­forms into a spa­cious al­fresco night­club. On most nights, vi­va­cious House and Dance mu­sic play on a loop. The best part about the QEII ex­pe­ri­ence is the danc­ing and drink­ing ses­sion ac­com­pa­nied by the cool breeze sweep­ing through your hair, and the sound of waves rolling over the shore. This makes a night out at QEII quite lit­er­ally a party on the sea. Daily, 12noon–mid­night (din­ing); 12noon–3am (en­ter­tain­ment).

Reg­gae Club 361 Le­buh Chu­lia, George Town (012 485 8333). It’s hard to be­lieve that Reg­gae Club opened a decade ago; the same wooden walls cov­ered with pic­tures of Bob Mar­ley are still there. There’s a dance­floor for those who want to sway to reg­gae beats from Black Uhuru, Shabba Ranks or Jimmy Cliff. And if you feel like blend­ing in, you can get your own reg­gae kit from the club it­self, which in­cludes clothes, scarves and hats. This reg­gae bar is fairly no­to­ri­ous for live mu­sic and cheap beers.

Daily, 6pm–3am.

Sand Bar Hard Rock Ho­tel Pe­nang, Jalan Batu Fer­ringhi, Batu Fer­ringhi (04 881 1711/pe­nang.hardrock­ho­tels.net). One of the few beach bars in Batu Fer­ringhi with a mas­sive tiki hut, the Sand Bar is fairly new to the Hard Rock fam­ily and in re­cent years has done a fine job keep­ing beach­combers hy­drated. Cock­tails here may cost you more than usual but the Sandy­jager (a mix of Jager­meis­ter, grena­dine syrup and orange juice) is a stel­lar sig­na­ture, as is the Il­lu­sion (a blend of Mi­dori, vodka, le­mon, lime and sweet and sour). Sand Bar is lo­cated by the beach, so don’t bother strap­ping on your heels.

Daily, 11am–11pm.

Sigi’s Bar and Grill on the Beach Shangri-La’s Golden Sands Re­sort, Jalan Batu Fer­ringhi, Batu Fer­ringhi (04 886 1852/www.shangri-la.com/ pe­nang/gold­en­sand­sre­sort). Cov­ered by a white tri­an­gu­lar tar­pau­lin, Sigi’s lo­ca­tion is nearly close to per­fec­tion. The ren­o­vated space now has a sprawl­ing pa­tio and an up­per deck that al­lows for a full view of the sweep­ing beach and the sea. Drinks­wise, Sigi’s love af­fair with the is­land’s balmy, breezy evenings comes out in its colour­ful and in­tox­i­cat­ing cock­tails, such as the clas­sic Sex on the Beach and the ever-popular Mo­jito. If you’re en­tirely food-fo­cused, the menu also ex­pands to carpac­cio, steaks, pael­las and pas­tas. Child friendly. Kids’ menu. Daily, 11am–mid­night. $$$

Slip­pery Senori­tas The Garage, 2 Jalan Pe­nang, George Town (04 263 6868/www. slip­pery­senori­tas.com). Pe­nang’s prime party venue is also one of its most long-lived. It’s di­vided into a salsa club and a restau­rant, and is lo­cated in The Garage en­clave just op­po­site the E&O. When the heat is turned up in Slip­pery Senori­tas, the bar­tenders pull off some flaming moves at the Is­land bar and the live cover band fires off some great tunes, pack­ing the dance­floor to the brim.

Daily, 5pm–3am.

Soho Free House 50 Jalan Pe­nang, George Town (04 263 3331/www.so­hopenang.com). Soho Free House can get ex­cep­tion­ally crowded on week­ends, so come early and se­cure a good seat for you and your pint of beer. It’s fast be­com­ing one of the town’s favourite wa­ter­ing holes – reg­u­lars nor­mally con­sist of ex­pats, tourists and a fair share of lo­cals. Good pub grub brings in the lunchtime crowds, but when night falls, peo­ple come to shoot pool, have a pint or dance to House mu­sic on the small dance­floor.

Daily, 12noon–mid­night. $$

Soho Gas­tropub Precinct 10, Jalan Tan­jung Tokong, Tan­jung Tokong (04 263 3331/www. so­hopenang.com). Just as lively as its sis­ter out­lets in the popular Soho Pe­nang fam­ily, the Gas­tropub gets quite crowded on most week­ends. It’s a great place for a drink and a bite to eat – a fact that

con­trib­utes to the ca­sual, easy-go­ing am­bi­ence. Ex­pect to find plenty of young ones flock­ing here for the happy-hour of­fers and a fun night out

Daily, 12noon–3am.

Soju Room B2, En­ter­tain­ment City, Pe­nang Times Square, Jalan Dato Kera­mat, George Town (012 556 5876/04 210 3082). Grad­u­at­ing from its for­mer Soju Club moniker, the es­tab­lish­ment is nes­tled within its cur­rent home at Pe­nang Times Square. Boast­ing a fu­tur­is­tic cir­cu­lar stage, laser lights and an ul­tra­mod­ern bar, Soju Room is con­stantly rein­vent­ing it­self. It’s prov­ing to be a promis­ing noc­tur­nal re­treat in George Town, with live DJ ses­sions tak­ing up most nights of the week armed with club­bing hits and the best of EDM. Child friendly. Kids’ menu. Daily, Mon–Sat, 9pm–3am.

NEW Storm 1 Lorong Drury (off Le­buh Camp­bell), George Town (019 494 5585/www. storm.com.my). You need to make your­self pre­sentable when you hang out in nightspots like Storm. Deeply fu­tur­is­tic with laser beams that move with the mu­sic, this night­club is lo­cated off Le­buh Camp­bell. On most nights they’ll host dif­fer­ent DJs to man the decks, mostly with EDM playlists up their sleeves. High chairs and ta­bles are sprawled neatly by the stage area, leav­ing lit­tle room for wild dance moves but just enough for a jiggy at your ta­ble.

Daily, 9pm–3am.

NEW Talk Talk Wine Bar & Lounge 2-G-3 & 2-G-4, Pekaka Square, Ban­gu­nan Lip Sin, Le­buh Pekaka Satu, Gel­u­gor (016 414 6797/www. face­book.com/TalkTalk­winebar). This fairly new wine bar is tucked away within the unas­sum­ing Sun­gai Dua neigh­bour­hood in the east part of the is­land. Dec­o­rated in a rus­tic chic man­ner, the huge space is struc­turally di­vided into two floors with­out giv­ing off a claus­tro­pho­bic vibe. The ground floor houses a manic ar­range­ment of wooden ta­bles and bar stools whereas the open space above is filled with com­fort­able couches. The bar boasts an ad­mirable list of wines and cock­tails, and live bands ap­pear mid­week to help you ease into the week­end. If you’re more food-fo­cused, Thai food is avail­able for lunch and din­ner at Talk Talk’s ad­ja­cent sib­ling, Tok Tok Cui­sine.

Daily, 11am–2am.

That Lit­tle Wine Bar 54 Jalan Chow Thye (04 226 8182/ www.thatlit­tlewinebar.com). A num­ber of words come to mind when de­scrib­ing this high-cal­i­bre bar and restau­rant, but ‘lit­tle’ isn’t one of them. The wine list fea­tures more than 50 la­bels, and the food menu cov­ers an im­pres­sive span of ta­pas, sal­ads, soups, main cour­ses and desserts, with the mush­room quiche and the seared co­rian­der fish be­ing stand­outs. Drop by for one of the reg­u­lar wine tast­ings, or else for a baguette that, so they claim, is the best in Pe­nang. Child friendly. Dis­abled friendly. Free park­ing. Mon–Sat, 5pm–mid­night. $$$

Three Sixty° Re­volv­ing Restau­rant & Sky Bar Re­volv­ing Restau­rant and Sky­bar, Level 17, Bayview Ho­tel, 25A Le­buh Far­quhar, George Town (04 263 3161/www.bayviewho­tels.com/ ge­orge­town). We cer­tainly have a soft spot for bars with scenic views and this one is high on our list. Backed by the sweep­ing land­scape of George Town, this is Pe­nang’s first sky bar of its kind. It’s quite an ex­pe­ri­ence to savour a strong cock­tail from the top of the Bayview Ho­tel. The drinks menu is fairly ex­ten­sive, from wines to cock­tails and beers. As the night pro­gresses, House mu­sic fills up the space and that’s when the younger crowds start pour­ing in.

Daily, 4pm–1am. $$$

NEW Tim­bar One Precinct, Lorong Mayang Pasir, Ban­dar Bayan Baru, Bayan Lepas (04 611 9677/ www.face­book.com/tim­bar. pe­nang). Shak­ing up old English ap­peal with a tim­ber-dec­o­rated bar, Tim­bar is an all-in-one bar, restau­rant and lounge tucked away in Bayan Baru. The at­mos­phere is lively and deals chiefly with the post-work crowd and old friends look­ing for a brief catch-up. Paulaner, Tiger, Guin­ness Draught and Heineken com­prise the beers; also note that scotch whiskies and red wine are served with style here as well. The food menu is ex­ten­sive and can go as far as French, Mediter­ranean and Ital­ian. Mon–Thu, 11am–12mid­night; Fri, 11am–2am; Sat, 3pm–2am

NEW Traf­fic 6B Le­buh Bishop, George Town (04 250 0666/www.face­book.com/ Traf­ficLo­gan); 18 Per­siaran Bayan In­dah, Bayan Bay, Bayan Lepas (012 433 6112/www.face­book.com/traf­fic. my). For those look­ing to hole up at Lo­gan Her­itage to es­cape rush-hour traf­fic, this aptly named gas­tropub is your go-to spot. It con­sists of a kitchen, a bar and a mu­sic room. Beer and cock­tails are served from early evening to late at night. Mind you, you’ll have to limit your par­ty­ing to just six days a week here, be­cause Sun­day is a rest day for th­ese folks. If it gets too crowded, you can party at their sec­ond out­let in Bayan Lepas.

Mon–Sat, 3pm–3am.

Vino Vino Bistro Block H-10-3, Lorong Bayan In­dah 2, Bay Av­enue, Bayan Lepas (04 645 9922/ Face­book: Vino Vino Pe­nang). A brand hail­ing from Kota Kin­a­balu, Vino Vino has since opened two new out­lets un­der its name: one in Pe­nang and another in Jo­hor. It’s a bistro, a wine bar, a whisky bar and a cof­fee bar rolled into one. Known for de­vis­ing a unique, in­no­va­tive method of serv­ing its wine and whisky, Vino Vino has a pre­paid dis­pens­ing sys­tem that keeps the drinks at op­ti­mum tem­per­a­ture. Drinks are dis­pensed like a vend­ing ma­chine; you get the op­tion of a tast­ing, a half-glass or a full glass. The con­ve­nience of sam­pling new wine and whisky aside, Vino Vino also serves food, with its spe­cial­ity be­ing the Ja­panese grill menu. Daily, 12noon–mid­night; Sat, 12noon–1am; Sun, 4pm–mid­night. $$$

Weiss­bräu Ger­man Bar & Bistro Straits Quay, Lot 3C-G-1, Jalan Sri

Tan­jung Pi­nang, Tan­jung Tokong (04 890 1808/www.weiss­brau.com.my). The name means ‘white beer’ in Ger­man. With a mod­ern, cosy in­te­rior, this place aims to please with an ex­ten­sive port­fo­lio of au­then­tic Ger­man del­i­ca­cies, im­ported draught and bot­tled beer. The in­te­rior is mod­ern, cosy and sprawled with wooden booths for pri­vacy. Mon–Fri, 11.30am–1am; Sat–Sun, 11.30am–2am.

The Wine Shop 15 Lin­tang Burma, George Town (04 226 1824/www.thewineshoppg.com.my). There’s some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent about The Wine Shop – it’s a wine distrib­u­tor, cater­ing to a large num­ber of re­tail and whole­sale ser­vices. As a re­sult, the wines are slightly cheaper than any­where else. Apart from hous­ing over 800 wine la­bels from var­i­ous vine­yards in dif­fer­ent coun­tries, this bar-cum-restau­rant also sells gourmet meats, sausages and cheeses. The charm­ing bit? You can buy a bot­tle from the store and hop over to the restau­rant to en­joy it mi­nus the cork­age fee. Mon–Thu, 9am–12mid­night; Fri–Sat, 9am–1am. $$$

Se­berang Perai

BED

1823-G3 & 1824-G1 Jalan Perusa­haan Auto-City, North-South High­way, Juru In­ter­change, Se­berang Perai (010 231 1558/www.bed.com.my). Glammed up with golden light fix­tures and mod­ern fur­ni­ture, a BED out­let is the kind of place where you can en­joy a cap­puc­cino and a cock­tail in one seat­ing. Yes, at this cof­fee and lounge, you can have both. Ev­ery out­let is equipped with WiFi ac­cess (handy if you’re on a business meet­ing or in need of an an­swer to a trivia quandary) and the clien­tele cov­ers a mix of young ur­ban­ites and the post-work crowd. There’s even karaoke equip­ment to let your vo­cals soar.

Daily, 11am–3am.

NEW Fuel 1681-G1 & 1681-G2, Jalan Perusa­haan, Auto-City, North South High­way, Juru In­ter­change, Se­berang Perai (04 502 3835/012 500 8826/ www.502fuel.com). See­ing as Fuel has only been in the club­bing scene for a few years, it’s a rather im­pres­sive feat that the bar has ce­mented it­self as a rec­om­mended nightspot for live bands. If you're tak­ing the word ‘fuel’ lit­er­ally, there are two ways for pa­trons to fill up to keep go­ing through the night: sop up all the booze or snap up Ja­panese and Asian fare from the buf­fet ta­ble.

Daily, 5pm–3am.

The Li­brary 7 & 8, But­ter­worth Business Cen­tre, Jalan Raja Uda, But­ter­worth (04 323 9888/www.the­li­brary.my). You’ll meet an in­ter­est­ing bunch of ex­pa­tri­ates and Pe­nan­gites min­gling at The Li­brary. It boasts the largest se­lec­tion of vodka and the widest col­lec­tion of beer in the coun­try, although we have to ad­mit we’re a bit scep­ti­cal about this claim. If you trace the course of its his­tory, it also hap­pens to be the first es­tab­lish­ment in Malaysia with self-serv­ing beer taps, which make it a fine place for par­ties.

Daily, 12noon–3am.

NEW Ok­to­ber Mu­nich Restau­rant & Bar 1688-G8 Jalan Perusa­haan, Au­toC­ity, North-South High­way, Juru In­ter­change, Se­berang Perai (04 507 1699). A reg­u­lar sta­ple for Auto-City night owls, this bar opens past mid­night with good happy-hour deals to last till the wee hours. Whether you en­joy an airy, al­fresco set­ting or if you’d rather be in­doors with a live band, Ok­to­ber bal­ances both pref­er­ences quite well to en­sure a good time no mat­ter where you’re sit­ting. Our favourite part of Ok­to­ber is its elec­tronic darts ma­chine, per­fect for let­ting off some steam.

Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 4pm–2am

Room Auto-City 1824-F1, 1825-F1 & 1826-F1, Auto-City, Jalan Perusa­haan, North­South High­way, Juru In­ter­change, Se­berang Perai (04 502 2263/www. room­par­ty­house.com). There’s only one thing that keeps the pa­trons at the Room mov­ing on the dance­floor: the on-cue syn­chro­ni­sa­tion be­tween the state-of-the-art laser lights and the mu­sic spins from the res­i­dent DJs. If you pre­fer to party like a VIP, there are two lux­u­ri­ous suites com­plete with bet­ter ser­vice and a karaoke kit to fit you and your en­tourage. The club can house close to 700 party go­ers at a time.

Mon–Sat, 9pm–3am.

Roxbury Pub & Bistro 20 G/F, Jalan To­dak 3, Pusat Ban­dar Sun­way, Se­berang Jaya, Perai (012 499 8777/04 399 8285/www. roxbury.4t.com). This charm­ingly rus­tic neigh­bour­hood tav­ern hasn’t changed much since its es­tab­lish­ment in 2003, ex­cept for the ad­di­tion of a small dance­floor. Young wait­resses flit be­tween the wooden bar ta­bles in teeny skirts, and a Filipino band plays live in the fore­ground. It’s re­put­edly the first English and Ir­ish pub to hit But­ter­worth, and also one of the first bars to serve im­ported beer on tap.

Mon–Sat, 3pm–3am; Sun, 5pm–3am

NEW Soho English Pub & Restau­rant 1832-G1, Jalan Perusa­haan, Au­toC­ity North-South High­way, Juru In­ter­change, Se­berang Perai (04 507 0079). Housed in a rus­tic, old-coun­try ex­te­rior, Soho English Pub is ideal for those who pre­fer an old-school, no-frills drink­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. You can ex­pect a se­ri­ously English vibe as you wan­der around the premises. With a widescreen tele­vi­sion as its cen­tre­piece, join other footy fans and cheer for your favourite team. For an au­then­tic English ex­pe­ri­ence, or­der a pint of strong, cold brew while you ad­mire the pub’s oak fur­nish­ing and wood-pan­elled bar.

Daily, 12noon–12mid­night.

Beach Blan­ket Baby­lon

Far­quhar's Bar

Hard Rock Café

Sigi's Bar and Grill on the Beach

Soju Room

Soho

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