Talk Talk Wine Bar & Lounge
Time Out says
Hardly a month old, this chic lounge opened its doors 11 days before the new year kicks in. Perfect time, we think, to see to any teething problems before joining in the New Year’s celebrations. Tucked in an unlikely neighbourhood and within an unassuming building at Pekaka Square in Sungai Dua, Talk Talk is really a surprise find. A good one, at that!
The word ‘rustic’ may pop in one’s mind after a glance at its exterior of raw wooden planks but a closer look at its interior will reveal a most deliberate and clever design that gives off a trendy, cool and youthful ambience.
To begin with, half of its cavernous space within had been split into two floors, lowering the ceiling significantly for both levels. Yet, the claustrophobic feeling when a space is condensed is curiously absent. Raw cement and brick walls, exposed wooden beams and industrial-like pipes make up most of its interior design but the terracotta-coloured tiles on the floor lend warmth to the overall effect.
On the upper floor, there are pockets of spaces dotted with comfy couches for lengthy tete-a-tete or robust conversations with larger groups. While the ground floor houses tables, chairs and bar stools for either a casual get together or a meal of their reasonably priced Thai fare from RM8.90++.
Talk Talk's cool and youthful ambience
For now, their drinks list here offers a somewhat paltry selection of wines. We suspect, the list will grow in time and perhaps a better choice of house wines will be added too! At the time of writing this, a rather dubious and sweet French table red wine at 11 per cent alcohol content for RM88++ is their house red on offer – our advice is to skip it altogether for a better, if not slightly costly, choice. Or stick to pints of beer with their very good happy hour deal of buy two pints and get a pint free.
Adjacent to Talk Talk is their eatery called Tok Tok that echo similar interior style and offers a simple menu of Thai food and a few cakes. On weekdays, their kitchen closes between lunch and dinner hours but is open throughout on weekends.
In short, we rate this bar and lounge as a good place to hangout, and holds a promise of good times with its spacious area, easy-going ambience and fashionable interior. Part of their plan is to introduce live music on weekends from 7pm by mid-January. Stay tuned for news on this on their Facebook. We certainly will! Kitty Kaye
2-G-3 & 2-G-4, Pekaka Square, Bangunan Lip Sin, Lebuh Pekaka Satu, Gelugor, Penang.
Tel: +6016 414 6797
Opening times: Daily, 11am-2am
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