Part club and part restaurant, Muchacha boasts a panoramic view of the sea with boats whizzing by. It’s fashioned like a luxurious vacation home and its cocktail list is made to impress, ranging from the zesty James Bond to the summery Casablanca. Feeling like a royal? Raise your pink with the Queen Mary brandy mixed with Bailey’s and Kahlua.
For a view of Batu Ferringhi, Sand Bar has one of the best on the stretch. Feel that sea breeze flow through your hair while you sip the bar’s signature Sandyjager, layered with a tinge of Jagermeister, grenadine syrup and a refreshing splash of orange juice. The Illusion cocktail, a crowd favourite, is just as good – it’s anchored with a Midori vodka base topped with lemon, lime and sweet and sour.
This is the bar extension of Italian restaurant Via Pre, and the view of Pengkalan Weld from its balcony is spectacular. So right after a full meal of pizzas, risotto and cold cuts, climb the staircase to Jammin’ where live performances and weekly tango nights abound. Before you head out to the balcony, order an afterdinner Limoncello Napoli or a stronger single malt whisky.
The vertiginous Three Sixty Revolving Restaurant and Rooftop Bar is romantic, panoramic and quite simply Penang’s answer to Bangkok’s Sirocco, KL’s SkyBar and Singapore’s 1-Altitude, although that is quite a generous comparison. Needless to say, it’s a top spot for special occasions, be it with your besties or paramours.
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Located on the second floor, this restaurant by day and bar with live music by night gives an overall view of the party street in Auto-City. Decorated with red lamps suspended from the ceiling and wood interior, it has a cosy but chic ambience as well. Happy hour runs all night long here and beers start at RM12.
Well, you’re on an island so needless to say, the mellow, swinging-in-a-hammock-by-the-beach vibe pervades most bars. Take the bohemian inspired The Canteen at ChinaHouse. Be it a casual round of drinks with friends, an open-mic comedy evening or head-bopping to live bands (on weekends), you can have it as you wish within this eclectically designed colonial shop house. Go early to grab some comfy, mismatched seats and if it gets too crowded later in the evening, you can move on to the open-air courtyard without missing a beat. The selection of margaritas and mojitos are a must try or you could raid the Vine & Single room for some exclusive bottles of vino imported by Frenchman Sebastien.