Penang City boasts a vibrant and exciting nightlife that'll be a pity to miss. Discover 9 Penang night activities you can do instead of staying in the hotel.
While the night is still young, surely you want to witness every charm coming alive at night in Penang. Update your nocturnal radar with this list, because this list is fit for every night owl who wants to experience the lively nightlife of Penang. There’s also information about nearby Penang hotel from the premises, along with some tips to save you time from miscommunication.
Ferringhi Garden Restaurant
A restaurant within a garden already sounds lush, but what about one tastefully combined with superb Mediterranean décor? Ferringhi Garden Restaurant provides precisely this atmosphere while you enjoy a generous feast with their ample menu options. From signature seafood platters, BBQ, high-grade Wagyu A5 Ribeye steak, creamy mushroom soup, salmon spaghetti, to waffles and creme brulee—this restaurant will definitely have something that covers your taste!
The ambience of this restaurant is both elegant and classy: the perfect match for a multitude of occasions; be it business gatherings, a reunion with friends or just a quiet dinner with yourself.
Address: 34-A/B/C, Jalan Batu Ferringhi, 11100 Batu Ferringhi
Opening Hours: 5:00pm to 12:00am
Nearby Penang hotel: PARKROYAL Penang Resort, By the Sea Penang, Station Budget Hotel Batu Ferringhi
Tips: Although on-site vehicle parking won’t be charged, it’s better to give the place's security a little tip before you leave.
2. The Canteen at China House
Located at the well-known China House, the modern Canteen with its gallery vibe has been around for a long time after formally being an industrial space before undergoing the necessary renovations. Your artistic soul will appreciate its gracefully-arranged 70’s inspired artwork while you’re hanging out with travel companions.
For each night you spend here, expect either a hearty dinner meal or sweet signature desserts. The coffee, wine, and cocktail list are also to die for! While sipping on your favourite beverages, check out its nightly live music performance playing only the most refreshing mix of indie, R&B, soul, and jazz.
Address: 183b Lebuh Victoria, George Town
Opening Hours: 6:00pm to 2:00am
Nearby cheap hotel in Penang: SAVV Hotel, The Prestige Hotel Penang, East Indies Mansion
Tips: Every Sunday hosts a super fun jamming and open mic session, so make sure you dress up the part to sing along and get hyped up!
3. Indigo Restaurant at the Blue Mansion
Situated within the gorgeously-constructed of The Blue Mansion, the Indigo Restaurant provides you with the exact definition of what fine dining is. With a cocktail bar on the ground level, this spot balances Western and Eastern delights to conceive sumptuous dishes and drinks prepared with high expertise and technique.
Some signature dishes include the unconventional Cold Laksa made from condiments of the Assam Laksa without prawns, the Black Truffle and Chicken Chowder, the Spanish Sea Cucumber combining smoked duck and hazelnut butter, and Grilled King Prawn including a side of quail eggs.
This must-try eating place is inspired by Cheong Fatt Tze, an influential Chinese businessman who built the popular Blue Mansion. The mansion is also regarded as the best hotel in Georgetown Penang! And don’t forget: having a fine dining gourmet here is an extraordinary experience within the hipster-packed Georgetown.
Address: 14 Lebuh Leith | 14 Leith Street, George Town
Opening Hours: 12:00pm to 3:00pm, 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Nearby Penang hotel: Merchant Hotel Penang, Eastern & Oriental Hotel, Penang, Bayview Hotel Georgetown Penang
Tips: This restaurant is pork-free. Sometimes there’ll be three-course dining (appetiser, mains, and dessert) at a reasonably low price, so you rememebr to ask if it’s currently available.
4. Kek Lok Si Temple
When Kek Lok Si Temple lights up the night with its enchanting neon and LEDs, especially during Chinese New Year, staying in the hotel at night will be the last thing on your mind. This Chinese Buddhist temple alone houses more than 10,000 Buddha statues and a 30-metre-tall bronze statue of Guanyin, or the Goddess of Mercy. Here, you can fulfil your “souvenir-for-friends” promise by visiting the shops on the grounds or have a quick bite at the vegetarian restaurant in the basement.
Address: 1000-L, Tingkat Lembah Ria 1, 11500 Ayer Item
Opening Hours: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Nearby boutique hotel Penang: Good Luck Inn, Vstay Guesthouse, Fastbook Hostel (Penang Homestay)
Tips: Make sure to be respectful when you see monks performing prayers. You can make small donations to contribute to the site’s management. Lastly, while there is no entrance fee for entering the temple complex, you may be charged for any vehicle parking. To enter the Pagoda, prepare to pay RM2 for adults and RM1 for kids under 13. Taking the ski lift to reach the highest part of Kek Lok Si Temple will cost RM2 either way.
5. Three Sixty Revolving Restaurant and Rooftop Bar
Dining over a glorious view of Penang can be done in style when you reserve yourself a table here. Your mouth-watering dishes will be complemented with every best angle of the city from the gentle 360° restaurant rotation.
We’ll save you from the confusion of choosing its extensive menu list by recommending you the preferred courses: start your appetiser with Nyonya pie tee (top hats) or rojak (Penang's version of fruit salad), then move on to your main course with an aromatic slow-braised beef rendang or signature Mee Goreng Mamak (spicy fried yellow noodle). Finally, don't miss out on their sweet desserts as well! Finish it up with the sticky toffee pudding gateau or strawberry trifle for that subtle sweetness.
Address: Bayview Hotel Georgetown, 25A Farquhar Street, George Town
Opening Hours: 4:00pm to 2:00am
Nearby Penang Hotel Georgetown: Hotel Continental Penang, Cititel Penang, The Edison George Town
Tips: You can eat everything with only RM88 (around S$29) net per person. Take note of the special 20% discount for senior citizens of 60 years old and above and for birthday guests from Sundays to Thursdays.
6. Sunset Cruise
The famous Penang National Park offers the tranquil nature vibe within a bustling tourist hub and an unobstructed sunset view to captivate you at the end of the day. With a minimum/maximum participant cap from 2 to 10 people for this 3-hour cruise, you can choose a route you’re most interested in.
Take this chance to experience the raw beauty of nature by exploring its distinctive mangrove waterways, unique flora and fauna, tidal forests, and secluded fishing villages, all the while enjoying on-board snacks. Booking this cruise package guarantees you an experienced English-speaking guide, a sumptuous seafood feast, and a 2-way hotel transfer (only available for Penang hotel Georgetown and Batu Ferringhi areas at the moment).
Address: Pejabat Taman Negara P. Pinang, Jalan Hassan Abbas, Balik Pulau, Pulau Pinang, 11050
Opening Hours: 8:00am to 5:00pm
Nearby Penang hotel: The Edison George Town, Jazz Hotel Penang
Tips: Booking in advance is required, and pick-up time will be confirmed upon booking. Make sure you wear comfortable attire and bring drinking water and insect repellent.
7. Batu Ferringhi Night Market
Celebrate the liveliest night of Penang at Batu Ferringhi Night Market that sells open-for-bargain souvenirs, clothes, jewellery, handicrafts, paintings, and local gifts. This touristy place is also appealing due to its close proximity to the beach. Grab that chance to have a casual seashore night stroll after making some cheap purchases!
Address: Jalan Pantai Batu, Taman Pantai Batu, 11200 Tanjong Bungah
Opening Hours: 7:00pm to 12:00pm
Nearby Penang hotel: Holiday Inn Resort Penang, Station Gold Budget Hotel, Station Gold Budget Hotel
Tips: You can take Rapid Penang 101 or 102 to get here easily. Be prepared to pay a relatively higher price for the foods you eat in restaurants or pubs around the night market.
8. SOHO Free House
Both expats and locals who can appreciate the dim and homey atmosphere of the Irish bar often frequent this 2-storey pub. Feel immersed in the old-school British aura; from its stark colonial décor, and stained glass windows and worn wood latticework.
Aesthetics aside, their beer deals and food selection are also appealing to another satisfying late night out. If you’re coming with an empty belly, order the pub's signature homemade and lavishly-prepared beef burgers, or the succulent Roasted Herb Chicken dish. Keeping true to its rustic design, this place's music choices stick religiously to its aesthetic period, playing classic 80's English hits. Even if you’re not someone with such music taste, you’ll end up having a wonderful nightlife experience here anyway.
Address: 50, Jalan Penang, George Town, 10000
Opening Hours: 12:00pm to 12:00am
Nearby cheap hotel in Penang: Deluxcious Luxurious Heritage Hotel, Red Inn Cabana, The Wembley - A St Giles Hotel, Penang
Tips: To play the pool, you may need to pay RM20 per turn.
9. Gurney Drive
Another famous food scene in Penang is the Gurney Drive that houses many food courts and hawker carts offering a suitable taste for everyone. Here, you’ll find some of the top Asian street food and Western eateries standing side-by-side with humble bars and seafood restaurants as well. Explore local pick-me-up food, including the famous Lok-Lok (bite-sized pieces of seafood, quail eggs, meat, or vegetables set on wooden skewers and place in boiling water), Satay, and Pasembur (the Indian version of rojak).
Address: 172, Solok Gurney 1, Pulau Tikus, 10250 Jelutong
Opening Hours: 6:00pm to 12:00am
Nearby Penang hotel: Concordia Inn, Wang's Hotel @ Gurney Drive, Havara Place
Tips: Don't turn your nose up at its presentation; even the street foods here have been hygienically prepared. If you have certain dietary requirements or can only consume halal foods, you can seek up Muslim-run food carts with the official halal certification sticker on the stall.