Must see nightlife in George Town

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    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…

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    Kopi C

    Fronting the hip China House, this buzzing cafe pours excellent espresso-based coffees and serves a full menu of cakes and meals aimed at adventurous…

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    Antarabangsa Enterprise

    Plastic tables and chairs appear every evening on the street in front of this backstreet beer and wine shop, crowded with grizzled regulars and…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    Gravity

    Sure, it's a hotel pool bar, but the breezy rooftop location and spectacular views towards the mainland and inland to Penang Hill make Gravity one of the…

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    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…

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    Fuku Eatery & Desserts

    This airy, Japanese-leaning cafe does light meals, refined desserts and excellent coffee drinks; an espresso and a slice of the rich galaxy mirror glaze…

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    Macallum Connoisseurs

    Since it roasts its own beans and trains baristas at this giant warehouse space, you can rely on the place for a decent cup of coffee. On the menu are…

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    Micke's Place

    Graffiti-covered walls, shisha pipes and free-flowing booze: this classic formula has allowed Micke's Place to remain one of the most popular backpacker…

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    Mish Mash

    Mixology magic takes place between the whisky- and wine-bottle-lined walls of Mish Mash, a grown-up bar whose moody interior offers a welcome retreat from…

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    Ome by Spacebar

    This cavernous cafe carved out of an old shophouse has exposed brick and Kinfolk-inspired minimalism that complement its sophisticated coffee drinks,…

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    Ten Yee Tea Trading

    All major styles of Chinese tea are on sale here, but the fun part is deciding which to buy. For RM20 you choose a tea (which you can share with up to…

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    Vine & Single

    Buried in the middle of China House is this intimate, grown-up wine and cocktail bar, with moody lighting and an impressive battalion of spirits lined up…

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    Jing-Si Books & Cafe

    An oasis of spiritual calm, this outlet for a Taiwanese Buddhist group's teachings is a wonderful place to revive in hushed surroundings over a pot of…

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    Constant Gardener

    A serious venue for serious coffee drinkers, this attractive place brews its lattes with coveted beans from Malaysia and beyond, and serves some pristine…

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    Seventy7

    Drag artists Dame Coco and Fenominah take to the floor at this lively gay-friendly DJ bar every Friday from around 11.30pm. Check their Facebook page for…