50 things to do in Penang: Music and nightlife

Attend Penang's largest jazz festival, get dizzy with a glass of toddy and more of the best things to do
Soju Room
Nightlife, Clubs

Dance the night away at Soju Room

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For the agile and young at heart, shake to the beat at Penang Times Square's very own Soju Room. They play tracks according to the current music trend.

Penang Island Jazz Festival

Book a ticket to Penang's largest jazz festival

Penang Island Jazz Festival is one of the biggest music festivals in Malaysia and a very popular one in Penang, this annual festival sees international and local musical greats coming together for a three-day jazzy feast at Batu Ferringhi. It’s normally held towards the end of November and early December.

For updates, check penangjazz.com.

Penang World Music Festival

Enjoy vivacious drum beats at the Penang World Music Festival

Penang World Music Festival is also an annual music festival held at the end of March at the Penang Botanic Gardens where vivacious drum beats or gentle strums of strings will serenade you.

For updates, check www.penangworldmusic.gov.my.

The Canteen at ChinaHouse

Chill with the musicians at The Canteen

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Live music on weekends can easily be found in places such as Jammin’, a chill out place above Via Pre restaurant and there’s a lovely view of the pier from their balcony where you can sit, chat and sip their gourmet Italian beers. The Canteen has a range of bands range from indie music to pop and jazz. Despite their rustic feel, they have a good sound system.

Jammin' Via Pre, Second floor, 5 Pengkalan Weld, George Town (+604 262 0560).
The Canteen at ChinaHouse, 153 & 155 Lebuh Pantai, George Town (+604 263 7299).

Bars and pubs

Lounge with a sunset view and a beer

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Places such as Straits Quay, Bora Bora and QEII at the end of the pier on Pengkalan Weld, are great to go for drinks while watching the sun setting since they’re located by the water.

Straits Quay Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang, Tanjung Tokong (+604 899 5228).
Bora Bora Lot 415, Jalan Batu Ferringhi, Batu Ferringhi (+604 885 1313).
QEII Church Street pier, 8A Pengkalan Weld, George Town (+604 261 2126).

The Den
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Fall for smooth single malt whiskies at The Den

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The Den within the Macalister Mansion only serves single malt whisky and Vino Vino (around the corner from Queensbay Mall), specialises in wines (both old and new world varieties) and champagne.

The Den Macalister Mansion, 228 Jalan Macalister, George Town (+604 228 3888).
Vino Vino Bistro Block H-10-3, Lorong Bayan indah 2, Bay Avenue, Bayan Lepas (+604 645 9922).

BED lounge

Sip an ice cold beer at BED Auto City

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For those preferring an easy ambience where you can just chat while sipping a favourite poison, there are BED at Auto City and Soho Free House. They often have beer promotions during their happy hour.

BED Auto City 1824-G1 & 1823-G3, Jalan Perusahaan Auto-City, North-South Highway, Juru Interchange, Seberang Perai (+604 507 0725).
Soho Free House 60A, Jalan Penang, George Town (+604 263 3331).

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