BEST FOR SPORTS FANATICS BED Signature in Precinct 10
The island’s largest chain of bars, BED used to shine the spotlight on live bands, but now focuses on afterwork leisure. Get competitive with a game of electronic darts during commercials or release your inner pop star in the karaoke room that’s soon to come. BED’s branch in Precinct 10 even boasts of the island’s largest LED screen: six by 15 feet to be exact. Watch live games and matches here to catch every little detail in high definition – now you can be sure if that foul was called for!
If you get peckish during half-time, order a hot dog topped with melted cheese and crispy nachos or the juicy skewers of chicken and pork satay – it’s all very much pub grub.
Precinct 10, Jalan Tanjung Bungah, George Town (+604 899 6725/www.facebook. com/bedcoffeelounge). Daily, 3pm-3am; kitchen, 6pm-1am.
Lone Pine Hotel, 97 Jalan Batu Ferringhi, Batu Ferringhi (+604 866 8577/www.lonepinehotel.com).
The most charming aspect of this retro bar with printed pillows, dark polished floors and wide wooden couches is its floor-to-ceiling French doors, which look out onto the beach and allow the fresh sea breeze to circulate the room. It feels like being out on the beach sans sand stuck between your toes.
Bora Bora by Sunset
Lot 415 Jalan Batu Ferringhi, Batu Ferringhi (+6012 553 1313/ www.facebook.com/boraborabysunset). Fairy lights, tiki huts and ‘tropical jungle’ décor are the order of the day at Bora Bora. Beers, liquors and cocktails flow copiously and cheaply in an area otherwise known as a tourist trap. Parties can last way into the night, so be sure to keep your flip-flops and bags where you can see them. Guest DJs spin live on the deck on public holidays.
Mon-Thu & Sun, 12noon-1am; FRISAT, 12noon-3am.
Hard Rock Café
Hard Rock Hotel Penang, Jalan Batu Ferringhi, Batu Ferringhi (+604 886 8050/penang.hardrockhotels.net). Hard Rock Café’s worldwide reputation is backed by its authentic American menu carrying a hint of Southern flair. Stick to its best sellers, such as the nacho platters, grilled chicken quesadillas, apple cobbler and legendary 10oz burger. Staying true to its rock ’n’ roll roots, the café is furnished with rock’n’roll paraphernalia from around the world. Most of their alcoholic beverages are served in souvenir glasses, which customers can take home for an extra stipend. The tropical cocktails and mocktails here are supersized; the Hurricane features a blend of orange, mango and pineapple juices infused with rum while the Groupie Grind sees mango purée, pineapple juice and a piña colada mix blended with a strawberry swirl.
Mon-Thu & Sun, 11.30am-2am; Fri-Sat, 11.30am-2.30am.
Hard Rock Hotel Penang, Jalan Batu Ferringhi, Batu Ferringhi (+604 881 1711/penang.hardrockhotels.net). Basically a massive tiki hut on Hard Rock Cafe’s grounds, this bar does a fine job keeping beachcombers hydrated. While the cocktails might burn a hole in your wallet, the surf and sand make it worthwhile.
Sigi’s Bar and Grill
Shangri-La’s Golden Sands Resort, Jalan Batu Ferringhi, Batu Ferringhi (+604886 1852/www.shangri-la.com/ penang/goldensandsresort).
One of the best things about Penang is the year-round tropical weather, and Sigi’s is a favourite spot for alfresco drinks. Pair one of the bar’s innovative cocktails with a plate of Asian-style noodles or an oven-baked pizza. Portions run on the large side.
Berlin’s Bier Houz
Bay Avenue, G-1-1 Lorong Bayan Indah, Bayan Lepas (+604 644 8887); Straits Quay, 3E-G-3B Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang, Tanjung Tokong (+604 899 8887/ www.fnblibrary.com).
Erdinger Weissbier, Hoegaarden and Weihenstephaner prevail in this German-inspired bistro. The chain’s sizeable beer selections are best paired with meaty appetisers such as meatballs, bacon-ham canapés, German-style roasted pork and pork knuckle.
Mon-Thu & Sun, 12 noon12 midnight; Fri-Sat, 12noon-1am.
L17-2, L19-2, Lorong Bayan Indah 3, Bay Avenue, Bayan Lepas (+604 643 1010/ www.facebook.com/desirefunclub). Located a stone’s throw away from Eastin Hotel, Desire is furnished with dark leather upholstery and equipped with private KTV rooms. Despite its sexy-sounding vibe, this isn’t somewhere we would bring a date. Desire caters well to group celebrations and birthday parties, however. Order a Flaming Lamborghini and belt out your best take on Zayn Malik’s ‘Pillowtalk’. Mon-Sat, 5pm-3am.
Vino Vino Bistro
Block H-10-1, Lorong Bayan Indah 2, Bay Avenue, Bayan Lepas (+604 645 9922/Facebook: Vino-Vino-Penang).
Don’t be fooled by this wine bar’s Italian name; Vino Vino is heavily inspired by Japanese culture and cuisine. Not a fan of sweet saké or milky sōchū? Fret not as they serve wines, single malts and beers too. Vino Vino’s signature yakitori
(Japanese skewers) options are the perfect finger food to pair with alcohol.
Mon-Thu, 12noon-12midnight; Fri-Sat, 12noon-1am; Sun, 6pm12 midnight.
Talk Talk Wine Bar & Lounge
2-G-3, 2-G-4 & 2-G-5, Pekaka Square, Bangunan Lip Sin, Lebuh Pekaka Satu, Gelugor (+6014 901 1303/ www.facebook.com/TalkTalkwinebar). Though slightly dim, this doublestorey cavernous space is far from claustrophobic. The ground floor houses a manic arrangement of wooden tables and bar stools while the open space above is filled with comfortable couches. Sip on wine, beer or a cocktail and let your attention linger on the live band. If you’d like to line your stomach before drinking, enjoy authentic Thai cuisine from the restaurant next door.
124F Jalan Burma, George Town (+604 226 3405/www.facebook.com/bacchuscellars).
Named after the mythical god of wine, Bacchus Cellars brims with imported wines categorised by
Sigi's Bar and Grill