When the sun goes down, the sunny, idyllic little island of Penang is alive with a different atmosphere. Though its clubbing scene is pretty tame compared to other cities such as Bangkok or Singapore, Penang is charming in its own way. Experience Penang nightlife at these five popular night spots:
1.New Lane Hawker Center
Kick off the night by having dinner at a hawker center, like New Lane Hawker Center in Georgetown. The food center is famous for its local delicacies such as char koay kak (pickled veggies dish) and rice cake. If you can’t wait to have some booze, find a hawker or restaurant that sells toddy, a fermented coconut drink.
- Night Market at Jalan Batu Ferringhi
When the night is still young after you’ve had your dinner, head on down to the night market at Jalan Batu Ferringhi for some retail therapy until it’s time to party the night. The night market offers things like home décor, fashion and accessories, and even pirated DVDs (buy at your own risk).
- Hard Rock Café
Jazz is a thriving industry on the island, with many international visitors coming in just to experience it annually at the Penang Island Jazz Festival. To enjoy live acts and entertainment, warm up at the Hard Rock Café to experience the local jazz scene all year round. The place serves great snacks and drinks.
- Baba Bar
For something more cultural, have a drink at Baba Bar, a rustic Peranakan-style bar. The bar has a cozy atmosphere that allows you to have a proper conversation with someone without raising your voice and offers plenty of imaginative, flavorsome drinks. Photo lovers would definitely love this place.
- Soju Room
It’s time to end the night and party ‘till the sun goes up at Soju Room in Penang Time Square. Soju Room is popular among the local club-goers for its strong drinks and loud music. You would love Soju Room if you are into the EDM music scene, as when the DJ cranks up the music, the entire room goes crazy.
For more convenience, book an accessible hotel in Georgetown, Penang. It may be easier for you to grab a public transportation, ride a trishaw to your chosen spot, or even walk all the way there and enjoy the surrounding with no trouble if you stay nearby. There’s also a car rental service if you prefer to drive yourself.