Music & Nightlife

Discover the best of Penang's nightlife, including bars, clubs, DJ gigs and live music

Nightlife

Best bars and clubs in Penang

The city's best places to drink, dance and party

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Music

The future of Penang's music scene

Those in the music industry predict a brighter future in Penang

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Music

Penang's alternative music scene

The burgeoning underworld of Penang’s extreme music scene

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Nightlife

Penang's best bars with a view

Drink in the cocktails, and the scenery

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Music

Hitting the right notes

Penang's music scene is world class, and it's growing

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Upcoming events

Music

5° North Music Festival

The 5° North Music Festival hits George Town this November, bringing with them a truckload of local music goodness, food and drinks. The festival lineup includes local veteran powerpop band OAG as well as Jumero, Wanted Symphony and Shake 'n Bake among many others. If you're excited about the prospect of mingling with homegrown talent, get your tickets now.

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Music

11th Penang Island Jazz Festival

Back for its eleventh year, the Penang Island Jazz Festival kicks off the year-end with a stellar lineup of regionally and internationally renowned musicians. American Idol finalist Crystal Bowersox takes centre stage along with Afro-Lusophone jazz musician Carmen Souza as this year’s headliners. Apart from the creative fringe stages, you can look forward to an array of music-related activities including workshops, jazz exhibitions, afterhours jazz jam and music forums. And for those who wish to start their morning with soothing tunes, Sunrise at TSG (Tropical Spice Garden) is the one to catch.

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Bars, clubs and live music venues

Nightlife

The Canteen at ChinaHouse

The premier live music venue in George Town

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Nightlife

Talk Talk Wine Bar & Lounge

Rustic in its outlook, but with a cool and trendy crowd

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Nightlife

Sand Bar

The place in Hard Rock Penang where guests can enjoy drinks, pizzas and snacks on the beach

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Restaurants

That Little Wine Bar

There are more than 50 labels of wines here

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Nightlife

Desire

Stay close to Eastin Hotel and you'll find Desire ideally situated next to it. Despite the inclusion of private KTV rooms and dark leather furnishing, they're better known for live bands, which goes well with any drink of your choice from wines, beers to cocktails.

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