Perak

Time Out Malaysia Eating and Drinking Guide - - CONTENTS -

His­toric Perak doesn’t seem like a great place to party but rest as­sured, a host of new bars and clubs have trans­formed nightlife here in re­cent years. Whether you want to dance all night, chomp on pork knuck­les in a Ger­man bier­houz, or guz­zle Bud­weiser, you can do it in Perak’s cap­i­tal, Ipoh.

Ipoh

NEW Bar.Racuda

131 Jalan Sul­tan Ab­dul Jalil, Green­town (05 255 1311/www. face­book.com/Bar­racuda131). This re­fur­bished bun­ga­low restau­rant and bar was opened by three Ipoh lo­cals who couldn’t find a wa­ter­ing hole to suit their wishes. In­ter­est­ingly, they serve af­ford­able spicy In­dian curry dishes dur­ing lunch hours (don’t worry, there’s air con­di­tion­ing). But come evening, Bar Racuda trans­forms into a laid­back bar with pool ta­bles and live bands on the week­ends. Credit cards ac­cepted. Free park­ing. Mon–Thu, 12noon–12.30am, Fri–Sat, 12noon–1.30am. $$$

Bar­beza 50 Jalan Medan Ipoh Baru 4, Ban­dar Baru Medan (014 901 0706/www. face­book.com/bar­beza/time­line). The team be­hind Bar­beza un­der­stands that the essence of a good bar lies in its ser­vice. Since its early days, Bar­beza has cul­ti­vated a con­stant stream of reg­u­lars that come for the great Ital­ian and pre­mium cock­tails. More­over, Bar­beza seems to get the nicest bands around. As fam­i­lies come in for din­ner in the early evenings, re­al­i­sa­tion dawns upon us: what­ever cus­tomers want, th­ese guys do ‘get it’.

Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 5pm–2am.

Berlin’s Bier Houz 12 Per­siaran Green­town 4, Green­town Business Cen­tre (05 241 8118/www. fn­bli­brary.com). When Berlin’s Bier Houz opened four years ago, oc­cu­py­ing a space on the bustling Green­town dis­trict, the con­cept was un­heard of. What’s a Ger­man-themed bar do­ing tout­ing pork knuck­les and wheat lagers in Ipoh? How­ever, four years on, Berlin’s has proven their worth with beer-starved Ipoh res­i­dents em­brac­ing the con­cept whole­heart­edly and even go­ing on to open two other suc­cess­ful out­lets in Pe­nang. Lowen­brau is the beer to try here. Tip: park­ing can be dif­fi­cult, so do come early if pos­si­ble. . Child friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Free park­ing. Sun–Thu, 11.30am– 1am, Fri–Sat, 11.30am–2am.

Bricks & Bar­rels 28-30 Jalan Lau Ek Ching, Kam­pung Jawa, Ipoh (05 253 8558/www. face­book.com/Brick­sAndBar­rels).. Ex­posed brick­work, ce­ment floors, dim il­lu­mi­na­tion from hang­ing bulbs – Bricks & Bar­rels decor is pretty ev­i­dent, given the name. Housed in an 80-year-old build­ing, the de­light­ful gas­tropub sports some good-sized ta­bles, com­fort­able seats and a cob­ble­stoned court­yard. We like the live band but if mu­sic isn’t your thing, there’s a pool ta­ble up­stairs. In­ter­na­tional beers are the or­der of the day here and keep an eye out for their pretty good drinks pro­mo­tions. As a gas­tropub they of­fer a va­ri­ety of main cour­ses rang­ing from piz­zas to roasted pork and rata­touille. Pre­pare to queue dur­ing the week­ends. Child friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Free park­ing. Sun-Thu, 4pm-1am, Fri-Sat, 4pm-2am. $$$

NEW Bud­dies Bistro 9 Per­siaran Green­town 8, Green­town Business Cen­tre (05 241 0050/www. face­book.com/bud­weis­er­bud­dies­bistro). If you’re crav­ing the great­est sell­ing beer in Amer­ica on your trav­els, Bud­dies Bistro will prob­a­bly sa­ti­ate you. With ex­posed brick wall ex­te­ri­ors and a wooden door, Bud­dies Bistro is the very first Bud­weiser con­cept bar in Malaysia. The at­mos­phere is pretty chill with dim light­ing. Muster up some courage after a few pints and give the karaoke ma­chine a try. Credit cards ac­cepted. Free park­ing. Daily, 4pm–1am.

Euro House 49-51 Jalan Hus­sein, Ipoh (05 255 5532/www.face­book.com/ EuroHousePage). If you are look­ing to down a few pints of pre­mium beers in Ipoh, this is where you go. They serve im­ported beers like Kro­nen­bourg, Erdinger and such aside from liquors, wine and cham­pagne. Euro House serves sub­stan­tial por­tions of Western dishes; try the Euro Pork Burger with suc­cu­lent pork patty and Por­to­bello mush­room. Stamp­ing ground for the col­lege set, it can get ex­tremely crowded on week­ends. Some­thing worth men­tion­ing is their im­pres­sive en­ter­tain­ment arse­nal of Xbox Kinect, pool ta­bles, LCD TVs as well as karaoke ma­chines. .

Free park­ing. Daily, 3pm–1am.

Fame Club 58 Jalan Sul­tan Idris Shah (012 538 3068/www.face­book.com/ fame­club­page). In the ex­act lo­ca­tion which used to house House Mu­sic Club, Fame Club is now open for the col­lege crowd. We think it’s prob­a­bly the beer buf­fet deals that did the trick, but the live bands and guest DJs are ac­tu­ally quite good. Credit cards ac­cepted. Mon–Sun, 7pm–3am.

Gossip Jazz Blues Lounge 6, ground floor, Per­siaran Green­town, Av­enue 8, Green­town Business Cen­tre (05 241 3173/www.face­book.com/ Gos­sip­jazzbistro). With a western menu filled with steaks, pas­tas and piz­zas, Gossip Jazz Blues Lounge is more of a restau­rant than a bar. How­ever, the fu­tur­is­tic white and blue in­te­ri­ors serve as an in­ter­est­ing back­drop to the live jazz bands on Mon­days, Thurs­days, Fri­days and Satur­days. For non-drinkers, the illy cof­fee should be a good op­tion for your after work gossip ses­sion. Credit cards ac­cepted. Mon–Fri, 4pm–12mid­night, Sat, 4pm–1am. $$$

Healy Mac’s 2, ground floor, Per­siaran Green­town 4, Green­town Av­enue (05 249 3627/ www.healy­macs.com.my). For the hun­gry ale hunters, Healy Mac’s is def­i­nitely good news. This Ir­ish bar serves up the usual pub grub and promis­ing mains, and we rec­om­mend the Guin­ness-mar­i­nated or­ganic pork spare ribs. Ad­mit­tedly, the staff is all dressed up in eye­browrais­ing bright green out­fits but oth­er­wise ser­vice is cheer­ful and drinks are great. Ticks all the boxes in our book. Child friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Sun–Thu, 1pm–1am, Fri–Sat, 1pm–2am. $$$

NEW His­tory Bistroz 36 & 38 Jalan Lau Ek Ching, Ipoh (05 255 3836/www.face­book.com/ His­toRyBistRozIpoh). This cav­ernous pub is the kind of place you’d want to set­tle into for a long af­ter­noon chat with friends over beers. On the menu you’ll find pub favourites like fish and chips and be­hind the bar a se­lec­tion of brews like Tiger, Paulaner, Guin­ness, and Strongbow. Head to the leafy beer gar­den out back and re­lax with a game of pool. Credit cards ac­cepted. Mon–Thu, 4pm–1am; Fri–Sat, 3pm–2am; Sun, 3pm–1pm. $$$$

NEW i Darts Ki­netic

32 Jalan Lau Ek Ching, Kam­pung Jawa, Ipoh (05 243 4557/www.idarts. com.my). Dart­slive makes its first de­but out of Klang Val­ley in Ipoh. Th­ese elec­tronic darts ma­chines can be strangely sat­is­fy­ing and fun, but the at­mos­phere can get too loud at times. I Darts also or­ga­nize reg­u­lar dart con­tests, so head here if you want a good chal­lenge. Def­i­nitely not for those look­ing for a re­lax­ing pint.

Daily, 4pm–3am.

NEW Mike’s Place 3 Le­buh Satu Green­town, Ipoh (05 241 1976/www.face­book. com/pages/Mikes-Place-atGreen­town/138801022868335); Mike’s Place 2.0, 24, Lorong Pan­glima (Con­cu­bine Lane), Ipoh (05 241 1617/ www.face­book.com/MikesPlace2.0). From afar, Mike’s Place looks like it could be some­one’s house, which gives it a homey am­bi­ence and makes it an ex­cel­lent place to un­wind after work. Dec­o­rated in an Old English style, the bar also has large French win­dows that open up to three small an­nexed gar­dens should you choose to dine al­fresco. Their mu­sic se­lec­tion of oldies, jazz and blues are played faint enough that you can en­joy chat­ting with your friends as you sip on im­ported beers like Bud­weiser, Kro­nen­bourg and Franziskaner. Lo­cated in the his­tor­i­cal Pan­glima Lane, the sec­ond out­let of Mike’s Place takes res­i­dence in an old build­ing con­structed back in 1890’s. This pre-war shop­house has since been re­fur­bished into a cosy bar that still main­tains its rus­tic, vin­tage decor to re­flect the famed im­age of Ipoh Old Town. Other than im­ported beers, Mike’s also serve cof­fee and fin­ger food like but­ter-garlic drum­mets and prawn in chilli oil. Wed–Fri, 4.30pm–12.30am; (Mike’s Place 2.0) Free park­ing. Mon–Fri, 5pm–10pm.

Sky Lounge @ TSG Sev­enth floor, MH Tower, Jalan Medan Ipoh 1A, Medan Ipoh Bes­tari, Ipoh (05 548 8777/www.sky­lounge.my). On the sev­enth floor of the MH Tower, Sky Lounge is the first rooftop bar in Ipoh, boast­ing a panoramic view of the Ipoh lime­stone-dot­ted hori­zon. They serve break­fast, lunch, as well as din­ner (Western fine-din­ing and Ja­panese cui­sine) but mostly, it serves as a place for peo­ple to min­gle and un­wind after din­ner. As the sun sets and al­co­hol finds its way into the hands of the din­ers (beer, cock­tails, spir­its), the lounge be­comes shrouded in a mist of neon blue. After a cock­tail or two, try your hand at the dart game ma­chines. Sky Lounge also runs wine tast­ings and Jager­meis­ter pro­mo­tions. Pork-free. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 5pm–10pm.

S.O.S Club 15 Jalan Raja Ekram, Ipoh (010 810 8730/www.face­book.com/ Sen­sa­tionOfSound). This for­mer tin min­ing town’s top night spot – S.O.S (Sen­sa­tion of Sound) is an un­ex­pect­edly daz­zling af­fair. In­te­ri­ors, gi­gan­tic LED screen, sound and light­ing sys­tem are by STU­DIO LIVE, so you should have an idea what to ex­pect. The strik­ing geo­met­ric ex­te­ri­ors re­minds one of Sephora, and upon en­ter­ing the club, the top-notch and eclec­tic pro­gram­ming of DJs pretty much ex­plains their en­dur­ing pop­u­lar­ity amongst the younger Ipoh set.

Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 9pm–3am.

St. Pa­trick’s Level 1, 60 Jalan Raja Ekram, Ipoh (016 555 4033). Re­opened un­der a new man­age­ment team since late last year, St Pa­trick’s has had a re­vamp. Now the menu fea­tures more filling dishes such as pasta, piz­zas and pork burg­ers in ad­di­tion to the usual bar bites. The live band that St Pa­trick fea­tures is pretty good too. This beer gar­den is def­i­nitely here to stay. Credit cards ac­cepted. Sun–Thu, 4pm–1am, Fri–Sat, 4pm–2am.

Sun Yoon Wah 7 Jalan Bi­jeh Timah, Ipoh (05 253 9980). Keep in mind that this is not your usual ‘bar’, per se. Visit Sun Yoon Wah for their sig­na­ture snow beer paired with great Chi­nese-style seafood. The sign board (in Man­darin) at this out­let says ‘snow beer’, which sim­ply refers to the unique man­ner in which they serve their sig­na­ture beer – in chilled glasses that in­duce the for­ma­tion of a layer of smooth foam when they pour in the beer. Like an al­co­holic slurpee, we think. We rec­om­mend the noo­dles, salt and pep­per man­tis prawns and stir fried es­car­got.

Daily, 3.30pm–3am. $$

Tin Ore Bistro & Lounge Kinta River­front Ho­tel & Suites, Jalan Lim Bo Seng (05 245 8888/www. kin­tariver­front.com.my). The aes­thetic of Tin Ore is chic, un­der­stated and mod­ern; think sleek, black, wooden chair frames with steel grey cush­ions and an in­dis­creet wine rack nest­ing a num­ber of bot­tles. In Tin Ore, there are no gra­tu­itous el­e­ments – just a sim­ple an­gu­lar bar, a tele­vi­sion in view of all and small lights. Be­sides the usual of­fer­ing of cock­tails, spir­its and beer, Tin Ore also serves meals to tem­po­rar­ily sat­isfy light ap­petites. Housed in the Kinta River­front Ho­tel & Suites are also other din­ing op­tions such as the Great Miner Chi­nese Cui­sine or Pa­long Cafe that can pre­cede or suc­ceed your visit to the Tin Ore.

Daily, 6pm–10pm.

Tong Lee Bar 152 Jalan Sul­tan Iskan­dar Shah (05 243 6617/016 550 0828). This hid­den gem owned by the liquor store next door has only five ta­bles and a walk-in cel­lar. It is rather whim­si­cal to find a slice of Europe in this ur­ban bar in a pre­dom­i­nantly Chi­nese city. Per­fectly se­cluded place for those who are look­ing for a sooth­ing at­mos­phere. Mon & Sat, 10am–8pm, Sun, 12noon–7pm.

U.NION Club 23 Jalan Lau Ek Ching, Ipoh (012 515 5122). This se­ri­ous DJ and mu­sic venue has a dance floor to com­ple­ment their equally im­pres­sive sound sys­tem. If your scene leans to­wards danc­ing in­stead of chill­ing, U.NION is the spot to go. Lo­cated right op­po­site Bricks and Bar­rels, the raw un­der­ground in­dus­trial de­sign def­i­nitely adds some­thing dif­fer­ent to Ipoh’s nightlife cir­cuit. The roof gar­den is one of their chief attractions. Credit cards ac­cepted. Mon–Sat, 7pm–3am.

World of Darts 2-02 Jalan Medan Ipoh 1, Fes­ti­val Walk, Ipoh (05 546 1223/www.face­book.com/ WorldDart­sIpoh). Hit the elec­tronic bulls­eye at World of Darts. If you’re crav­ing a game of darts, the folks at World of Darts have brought this to good old Ipoh. Self-pro­claimed darts en­thu­si­asts can choose to play with friends or on­line play­ers, while hav­ing some rather good pub fare and snacks.

Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 4pm–3am.

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