10 Best Penang Nightlife 2014

Most Popular Nightlife Spots in Penang

From Batu Ferringhi’s tourist track to Upper Penang Road’s extensive stretch dotted with watering holes, Penang has no shortage of after-dark spots.

Live bands are ubiquitous at most drinking joints (check out Slippery Senoritas or Hard Rock Café Bar) but if you’re not in the mood for them, head to dance clubs like MOIS or Boom Boom Chambre (Upper Penang Road) for super-fast music, lots of dancing and even cabaret acts.

Auto-City Seberang Perai

Indicative of its name, there are over 30 car showrooms at AUTOCITY but it’s the nightlife venues that make the development so popular. Opened in 2003, the restaurants here are especially well-liked by locals. As the night winds down it’s not unusual for these nightspots to have impromptu karaoke sessions. Read More...

Night Market Batu Ferringhi

With highlights that include pirated DVDs, fake designer merchandise, handmade crafts and souvenirs, home-deco items, native art, clothes and local snacks, it’s no wonder that the Batu Ferringhi Night Market draws in the crowd. Open every night, hundreds of stalls line the strip and the best part is that you can bargain for the best prices. Read More...

F.A.M.E (Glo) Georgetown

Proudly proclaiming to have the best Ladies Night in the country, F.A.M.E (Fashion Art Music Entertainment) is the perfect place to see and be seen. Formerly known as Glo, the super-club definitely lives up to its brazen title. With live shows, guest DJs, neon lights and a large dance floor, the smoke-filled club has a reputation as a meat market. Read More...

Gurney Drive

Even though Gurney Drive is usually acknowledged for its diverse hawker stall congregation, the nightlife scene here is one of the best on the island with a number of popular after-dark hangouts. The busy avenue feels like a gigantic cross between a hipster club and a sports bar. Lining one side of the Esplanade, ever friendly, popular bars include 75°C Restaurant & Bar, Martini Café, The Chillout Club and G Spot. Read More...

Kek Lok Si Temple Georgetown

An elaborate complex, though it’s possible to visit Kek Lok Si Temple during the day, its best if you visit after 17:00. That way you can tour the temple and then capture some postcard-perfect shots of the lighted-up temple when it closes after 18:00. Spread across 12 ha, the temple is modelled after the Fok San Monastery in Fuchow, China.  Read More...

Upper Penang Road Georgetown

Most popular along this stretch is The Garage, an art deco garage which houses several bars and clubs including the vaguely-Spanish Slippery Senoritas. Opposite the Eastern & Oriental Hotel, it’s popular with western expats and yuppie locals; there’s live South American music, performing bar staff and a smart-casual dress code. Read More...

QEII Georgetown

Penang is peppered with fashionable drinking joints and QEII is one of its most popular. Serving up a variety of good food, the resto-bar is best known for its luxurious ambiance. Built on stilts over the water beside the Penang jetty, the DJ spins out slow house and funk music; the waterfront QEII is sure to keep you satisfied. Read More...

Straits Quay Mall Tanjung Bungah

Sitting on reclaimed land, the newly opened Straits Quay is a behemoth complex that plays host to a host of shopping and entertainment venues. International retail names sit beside local brands here but it’s the variety of F&B outlets that will tickle your fancy. For that perfect Guinness pint head to Weissbrau German Bar and Bistro. Read More...

Bora Bora by Sunset Batu Ferringhi

Some say Bora Bora by Sunset is a rising star in Penang’s restaurant scene. We’ll let you be the judge. There’s much to say about this beachside eatery – it’s got a good selection of beers, some draught and at low prices. Gauzy white curtains, sleek black plastic chairs, Balinese-style divans and paper lanterns complete its look. Read More...

SoHo Free House Georgetown

Modelled after an English pub, SoHo Free House serves good old Irish stout (allegedly the first establishment in Penang to do so) and English lager. Spinning retro tunes from the 80s all day long, this little blue pub also serves typical English pub grub. The quieter area upstairs has a few pool tables. Read More...


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