When it comes to gastronomic experiences, Gurney Drive is well-known as the all-day hawker food capital of Malaysia. However, it also offers some of the most tantalizing array of seafood and fine dining in Penang. Best of all, most of them operate well into the night, perfect for those who are craving some tasty delicacies at even the oddest hours.
From the tourist-friendly Gurney beachfronts to trendy hotels with breathtaking sunset views, we have listed the ten most frequented eateries by both tourists and locals of Penang. Included in this list are a gourmet Japanese restaurant and an Italian joint nestled in the alfresco strip at G Hotel.
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Brussels Beer Cafe – Gurney Paragon Mall
Brussels Beer Café is a German cafe that boasts a huge assortment of imported beers, ranging from the popular summer draft Hoegaarden to Stella Artois available in five-pint glasses. For a sweeter variant, the cafe also serves the rose variety of Hoegaarden that has a fruity aroma with subtle hints of spice and coriander. Another delicious drink to savour is the crisp and refreshing Magners Irish cider, which is crafted by using fresh juices from 17 varieties of apple.
The impressive selection of beers is complemented by Brussels’ pork platter (perfect for sharing among friends) and authentic Belgian dishes in rather hefty portions. In addition, the extensive number of seats on the patio allows visitors to enjoy the view of sand and sea from the café, accompanied by a soothing breeze in the evenings.
- Opening Hours: Daily 11:00 – 01:00
- Address: 163D-1-33, Gurney Paragon Mall
- Tel: +604 226 2052
75°C Restaurant & Bar
NOTICE : This restaurant is now closed for business.
75°C Restaurant & Bar is a tasteful and classy bistro situated right along Gurney Drive. Accompanied by a variety of music like house, hip hop, native, new age and jazz, guests can enjoy a pleasant view of the sea in the company of friends and family. The overall decor is simple and cosy with relaxing ambience with is a number of seating arrangements that caters to different occasions and individual preferences.
This tourist hot spot serves a wide array of continental dishes like rib-eye steak and hamburger delight. Offering value for money, there’s also a bar area serving drinks with intriguing-sounding names such as Michael Jackson and Dawn of the Beauty (75°C’s signature beverage).
- Opening Hours: Daily, 11:00 – 02:00
- Location: 75 Gurney Drive
- Tel: +604 227 3775
G Spot is a lifestyle bar and lounge located on the first floor of Gurney Drive’s G Hotel that serves an array of a wide variety of signature martinis, cocktails, liquors, wine and beers. Its chic style and elegant decor illuminated by soft red and blue lights provides the perfect ambience for a posh evening of informal drinks and get-togethers.
At G Spot, guests can relax on plush leather seating while being serenaded by soulful, retro, R&B music and a combination of other genres performed by talented Filipino bands daily (apart from Monday). The bar’s perfect mix of modern style and classic jazz music makes G Spot one of the most visited nightlife spots in Gurney Drive.
- Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday 20:00 – 01:00, Friday & Saturday 20:00 – 03:00
- Address: First Floor, G Hotel, Gurney Drive (next to Gurney Plaza)
Chillout Club - The Gurney Hotel
NOTICE : This club is now closed for business.
Known to many as one of the most happening places in Penang’s clubbing circuit, The Chillout Club is a favourite haunt among Penang youngsters. Conveniently located along the 100-metre length stretch of Gurney Drive, guests can also find many cafes, pubs, restaurants, suite spas and theme outlets.
Chillout Club is a multi-outlet club that consists of four main sections with international guest deejays spinning tracks that are sure to get people dancing every weekend in the Funk House and beautiful female deejays working the crowd on Ladies’ Night every Wednesday.
- Opening Hours: Daily, 21:00 – 03:00
- Address: 18 Gurney Drive
- Tel: +604 261 1045
Michelangelo’s Restaurant & Bar
Opening for the first time in Penang, Michelangelo's Restaurant & Bar has captured not only the stomachs but also the hearts of many who have been waiting for a trendy restaurant of its kind. Situated on the alfresco strip at G Hotel facing Gurney Plaza, the restaurant's dimmed exterior is complemented by the chandeliered interior with an elegant wine and liquor bar. True to its name, replicas of famous art pieces also adorn the restaurant for a truly Italian ambience.
The elegantly contemporary atmosphere has no reservations about dishing authentic Italian meals, such as mouth-watering delights like spaghetti aglio olio with prawns, and pan seared foie gras. In addition an extensive selection of vintage wines and champagnes, Michelangelo's Restaurant & Bar also serves signature cocktails, invigorating Italian coffee, and creamy smoothies.
- Opening Hours: Sunday - Thursday 11:00 – 00:00, Friday & Saturday 11:00 – 01:00
- Address: Ground Floor, G Hotel, Gurney Drive (next to Gurney Plaza)
- Tel: +604 229 8332
Bagan Bar & Restaurant @ Jalan Bagan Jermal
A restaurant as well as a bar, this cosy, secluded place is popular with hip under-thirties and expats. There's a sultry jazz diva whose live performances enhance the décor of couches, giant mirrors, fairy lights and ceiling fans. With a spacious lounge and dining area that can accommodate 100 people at a time, Bagan Bar & Restaurant caters to any kind of evening affair from romantic dinners to informal gathering with friends.
Bagan Bar & Restaurant has an array of interesting cocktails and mocktails, such as cosmopolitan, lycheetini, margarita and Japanese slippers. Bagan 18 is a standout mocktail that has a fruity combination of apple, pineapple, lemon cordial and grenadine syrup. The classy ambience and great food makes Bagan Bar & Restaurant the perfect place for guests to sit back and relax after a long day.
- Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday 15:00 – 01:00, Friday & Saturday 15:00 – 02:00
- Address: 18, Jalan Bagan Jermal
- Tel: +604 226 4977
G Lounge boasts the longest hotel bar in Penang, cleverly designed as an extension to the hotel’s main reception. At 46 feet, it allows guests to enjoy the bar’s signature cocktails or their favourite bar drinks while listening to contemporary lounge, jazz and chill music whilst reception attends to the formalities.
For guests who want to enjoy a laidback environment during the late hours without the need of stepping out of G Hotel, the beautifully illuminated bar is the perfect choice. G Lounge’s spacious and open concept allows for some people-watching while being served with delicious cakes with a glass of mojito or the bar’s signature Malaysian Dream cocktail.
- Opening Hours: Daily, 10:00 – 01:00
- Address: Ground Floor, G Hotel, Gurney Drive (next to Gurney Plaza)
Established since 2007, Martini Cafe is the only place along Gurney Drive that does not charge a 15% service and government tax for the total bill. With a cool and casual ambience, Martini Café is the perfect place to have a quiet drink. True to its name, the bar serves a wide range of martinis that can be arranged according to individual preference as well as the standard cocktails. Ladies get a free glass of featured cocktail on Ladies’ Night.
To accompany your martinis, Martini Cafe offers a wide selection of ala carte dishes in the evening. There are also various promotional offers during festive seasons, so make sure to visit this cafe for an informal gathering with friends that’s value for money too.
- Opening Hours: Daily, 19:00 – 01:00
- Address: 86, Cantonment Road, Gurney Drive
Morganfield's - Gurney Paragon Mall
Morganfield’s is a Western dining outlet with an American Midwest concept. Crafted in a rustic, raw and retro ambience, this bar serves appetizing soulful poultry, meat and seafood cuisine while allowing diners to relax in a blue-jazz tunes environment. Bringing the best quality food for its diners, the pork ribs are imported from Holland, Spain, Belgium and Germany.
Its main specialty is Morganfield’s Sticky Bones with coleslaw and French fries, where diners can savour the taste of tender pork ribs expertly cooked with hickory wood for an exceptional barbeque flavour. Morganfield’s also has a wide array of beverages, from draught beers like Carlsberg, Connor's Original Stout and Magners Cider to sweet cocktails like classic martini, Lynchburg lemonade and Long Island Iced Tea.
- Opening Hours: Daily, 11:00 – 00:00
- Address: 163-G-01, Gurney Paragon Mall
- Tel: +604 226 2487
Euro.Deli - Gurney Plaza
Euro.Deli is a rustic bar and restaurant that is conveniently located near the entrance of Gurney Plaza overlooking the sea. It offers a menu of Swiss-German delights and satisfying pub grub as well as a beverage menu consisting of imported draft beers including Hoegaarden, Leffe Blonde and Franziskaner. Their all day-long happy hour offers a selection of imported beers like Ersinger and Asahi at a free pint with every pint bought.
To accompany your choice of alcohol, definite must-tries at Euro.Deli include the Gemischter Wurst Teller (mixed sausage platter) and the tantalizing Hungarian Beef Goulash with mashed potatoes and salad, barbecued pork ribs, pork knuckles, ribs and belly roast. As their portions are rather big, we recommend ordering several dishes to share in a group of four. Euro Deli’s relaxed and friendly ambience makes it a popular pub for the after-work crowd and famished shoppers of Gurney Plaza.
- Opening Hours: Sunday – Thursday 10:00 – 01:00, Friday & Saturday 10:00 – 02:00
- Address: 170-G-37/37A, Ground floor, Gurney Plaza
- Tel: +604 227 2771