George Town drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Cafe in George Town

Mugshot Cafe

Asian breakfast not your thing? Stop into this eclectic cafe to be transported West for a meal. The options include huge mugs of coffee, wood-fired bagels, homemade yoghurt with fruit and granola in glass jars, and …
Bar in George Town

Antarabangsa Enterprise

'Bar' is an overstatement for this booze distributor that happens to have a stack of plastic tables and chairs that customers can use. Pick your brew – allegedly Penang's cheapest – from the fridge, and stake your c…
Bar in George Town

Good Friends Club

Plant yourself in a vintage sofa at this fun Chinese retro-themed bar, and opt for one of the cocktails revolving around local rum and ingredients such as nutmeg – they really work. When you've had too many, level o…
Cafe in George Town

Narrow Marrow

Decorated with work by local artists and dangling Chinese lamps, this space serves exceptional coffee by day and hosts live music and social events by night. Try the toddy, served plain, in a cocktail or – our favou…
Cafe in George Town

Kopi C

Fronting the fabulous China House complex, this bakery-cafe pours excellent Western-style coffee and offers more than 50 delicious cakes, from sticky toffee to silken cheesecake.
Bar in George Town

Beach Blanket Babylon

The open-air setting and relaxed vibe contrast with the rather grand building this bar is linked to. Pair your drink and alfresco views over the North Channel with tasty local dishes.
Bar in George Town

Out Of Nowhere

George Town is crazy about speakeasies, epitomised by this well-hidden bar. To find it, locate Hold Up Coffee Shop, then proceed through the giant orange refrigerator (yes, really). You'll emerge into a semi-open-ai…
Bar in George Town

Backdoor Bodega

With a hidden location behind an unmarked door – ask at the nearby Good Friends Club – and a unique marketing angle (it claims to be an 'overpriced pin shop'), Backdoor Bodega might be the most elusive of George Tow…
Rooftop Bar in George Town


Yes, it's a hotel pool bar, but the breezy rooftop location and spectacular views, both out to sea and across to Penang Hill, make Gravity one of the island's top sundowner destinations. Time your visit for happy ho…
Bar in George Town

Golden Shower by ChinChin

Enter a glass room housing what looks like it could've been Louis XVI's bathroom only to emerge in a pastel pink lozenge that resembles a Mary Kay showroom circa 1957. This is the most over the top of George Town's …