For some reason, I was really looking forward to this joint since it has been touted as a happening spot in VT. Also, it kinda look charming from all the photos I've seen. A retro-looking night spot housed in a colonial house. But when I was there on a Friday night, it was quiet, too spooky-quiet, I thought. Nary a soul in sight despite the loud music coming from inside! And to make the whole experience worse, 2 transvestites ( they were loitering outside ) started whistling at my husband. Arrgh, just my bloody luck, I swore under my breath, grabbed my husband's hand and stormed to another location.
Penangite Chin later explained that Leith St has seen its heyday and now the happening spots in town have shifted elsewhere. He brought us to SOHO later for a pint of beer to cool our spirits..
Dress Code: Since I didn't see anybody there except for those 2 gender - benders, I'd say a dress with sparkles on it..
I suppose this is now the happening spot in town since 20 Leith St has strangely fallen out of vogue. If you want to go a loud and happening place, this is the place ! Loud because you'll constantly hear a whole string of American retro hits being belted out. Happening because you'll see huge crowds of expats, caucasian backpackers and the local yuppies lounging by the ubiquitous pool table and TV set. This whole place is modelled after an English tavern so it'll have some ol' favourites like spinach soup, fish and chips and stout.
Try: This is the only place in town that serves decent Kilkenny Draft Beer. 500ml goes for RM20+ . But since I'm not really a fan of the Irish ale, I went for the best selling Dutch beer.
Happy hours are from 5pm-9pm . We found out later that there was a cover charge (RM10?15?) after 930pm.
Dress Code: Casual as casual gets.
Call me patriotic or eccentric, but it is my habit to try the Singapore Sling in every Raffles owned/Raffles-related hotel in every part of the world. Be it Siem Reap or Switzerland! So Penang shouldn't be an exception. Though E&O Hotel (Georgetown, Penang) isn't owned by Raffles, it was built by the same billionaire and similarities abound. So it wasn't too surprising to find Farquhar's Bar, a little european-esque bar that hark back to the good ol' days of Malaya. It was similar to Singapore's Long Bar but much quieter . And it wasn't too difficult to picture pompous colonial masters over here, in their khaki best of course, celebrating over a cigar after shooting a hapless tiger or two. Well since there are no tigers to be had now, the best I can do was to sip on their Singapore Sling. It was good. Not as sweet and pink as the one in Long Bar ( less grenadine syrup perhaps?) but more gin-worthy. I was flushed red by the time I finished my Sling.
Operating hours: 5 pm to 12 am weekdays and 1.00 pm - 12.30 am weekends.
I guess if you're young, restless and loaded with ringgit in Penang, the best place to hang out would be SegaFredo at Upper Penang Road ( close to E&O hotel). The last time I was there at a long weekend, there were throngs of trendy young locals over there sipping on RM12 expressos and celebrating Halloween at the same time with ghastly face paint . Funny I just don't see the relation between horror and caffeine. As for me, I didn't give a damm how chic this place was and the last thing I wanted to do was to cover my face with faux blood. I was there because I was desperate for a good cuppa and the local brew (RM1) somehow just didn't satiate my caffeine addiction. I needed good strong expresso! After making a couple of checks, I discovered this joint and Gloria Jean's@ The Garage ( right in front of E&O). But I settled for this place as it serves a better range of coffee at cheaper prices and I could have the option of taking my drinks al fresco. Suits me just fine. I had an expresso followed by a choc milkshake ( choc shiok) out in the open and people-watched the whole night long.
Try: The Choc Milkshake, it's thick and deliciously cold and creamy
Avoid:The Tiramisu. Ghastly Taste, no lady's fingers and definitely no Tia Maria.
this is my favorite spot for a drink. u might want to know why... it's simply because the place is small but cozy. further more, i enjoy looking at 2 regular "customers" in the hunt for their victims. hee... 2 trans, to be exact. by the way, they are hot and sexy, under the dim light u can't even differentiate their real gender. during weekend, the place will be crowded with western tourist and locals (and of course my two dearest "idols", hee...). oh... before i forget, watch out for more trans down the road outside of Soho. for guys, u will flattered with all sort of name they address you.
Dress Code: no dress code
20th Leith Street has been around for years & patrons usually go there for drinks, live band and quiet atmosphere.
20th Leith Street (named after it's address) in between a restaurant and bar, and Jaipur Court, a North Indian restaurant. This stretch of building was originally servant quarters for Cheong Fatt Tze mansion (just opposite).
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Opened 8 years ago and still as popular as ever. Couple of years ago, they opened the second level, after closing down the other branch "SOHO Beach Club @ Batu Ferringhi".So, now you can enjoy two floors of entertainment with different concepts for a splendid night out: ground floor provides up-beat music to party all night long and for people watching, very interesting characters on the ground floor.(If you think it's a girl sitting next to you, do a double take). On the second level, is for those who like to chill out in classy Victorian surroundings.
This has been my wateringhole for 8 years. The reason why I keep going back year after year - it's the people. From the owner Dave, Richard the manager, to DJ Joel and all the other staff have always made me feel so at home in their company. Especially Richard, for all the time that I was there, he has taken care of me, and took me to some of the most fantastic eating places in Penang.
Dress Code: Casual, leave the coats and tie in the hotel room!
About 100 m from Grand Plaza Park Royal, right on the beach under a big shady tree is SUNSET BISTRO. An ideal setting for an afternoon beer on the beach and as the day winds down, a nice place to relax with your Tiger, and enjoy the sea breeze.
You can either sit at the bar, verandah or right on the beach - that's a front row ticket to an evening sunset.
A chilled Tiger, samosas and chicken wings, is highly recommended.
Dress Code: Casual wear, beach wear, but not in your birthday suit.
A popular tourist / traveller hangout. Serves you western and local. I doubt I need to explain more on what's here... oh, the local reggae people are the Malay's.
From what I know, it's 'the' place for travellers to catch up with stuff and so on. Well, if you're there, don't forget to pop by. ☺
Dress Code: Anything goes.
By looking at this place you would be puzzled as what it had to offer it's patrons. Never been inside I always pass this place and one fine day, I just had to get a picture of it.
It's located along Chulia Street in Penang which is famous for it's backpackers lodging and cafe's. Note the side lane stalls beside the HK Bar, It's stalls like these which actually serve the best foods around.
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