BEST FOR SPORTS FA­NAT­ICS BED Sig­na­ture in Precinct 10

Time Out Penang Visitors Guide - - Party -

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.

Bars

Batu Fer­ringhi

Batubar

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.

Daily, 10am-1am.

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.

Sand Bar

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.

Daily, 11am-11pm.

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.

Daily, 11am-12mid­night.

Bayan Lepas

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.

De­sire

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.

Gel­u­gor

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.

Daily, 4pm-1am.

Ge­orge Town

Bac­chus Cel­lars

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

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