Penang is just as awesome at night as during the day. Penang nightlife is vibrant, exciting and full of adventure. Georgetown, the main hub of activity, has a lot to offer at night. There are many Asian and European restaurants to enjoy fine wine and dining, clubs to dance the night away, and markets to explore and do some shopping.
Here are the top six things to do in Penang at night that will promise you an enjoyable time no matter what kind of traveler you are.
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When it comes to Penang famous food at night, nothing beats the 360 Revolving Restaurant & Rooftop Bar. Located in Bayview Hotel Georgetown, this revolving restaurant will give you views of the city and its beaches. It’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy a late lunch or dinner.
The restaurant and bar open at 4 pm and close at 2 am. This allows you the opportunity to dine in a charming and intimate place on the first level where the restaurant is located. It’s a warm and welcoming place that’s ideal for couples and solo travelers.
Enjoy traditional Malaysian cuisine or opt for international gourmet meals. As the night progresses, you can go up to the second level where the bar is to enjoy the city’s sights and sounds and mingle with the crowds.
2. Batu Ferringhi Night Market
Penang comes alive at night and one place that is very popular for night activity with tourists is Batu Ferringhi Night Market. This night market is open from 7 pm right through to 12 am. It’s the perfect place to buy gifts, local crafts and souvenirs.
Prices of trinkets are affordable between RM5 to RM25. The market is close to the beach, so you can take a walk after you’re done, and enjoy some ice cream and the entertainment at the beach.
3. Take a Sunset Cruise
Penang National Park offers groups of 10 people the chance to go on one of their famous sunset cruises. The cruise takes up to three hours, and costs between RM47 to RM94 depending on the route you and the group have chosen.
Whichever route you take doesn’t really matter, it will be worth every penny! You’ll get the opportunity to see forests, wetlands, and rare wildlife up close. The return trip to shore is made even more spectacular by the stunning sunset. The cruise sets off at 5 pm and takes three hours.
4. Cool Down in Georgetown’s Bars
Penang boasts a range of bars to suit every style. Some bars offer burlesque entertainment and those that provide a more laid back and sophisticated ambiance. Other bars look and feel like clubs and even offer dance floors and loud music. Popular bar choices in Penang include Mois, Slippery Senorita, and Momo.
As an island state, Penang has plenty of beach bars as well. Consider upmarket places like The Sand Bar located at the Hard Rock Hotel, or Sigi’s Bar and Grill. Opening hours for most Georgetown bars located within hotels are 5:30 pm to 2:30 am.
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Ferringhi Garden is appropriately named. The restaurant’s garden provides a lush scenery that is exquisitely complemented by Mediterranean décor to give you an unparalleled dining experience. Oil lamps and tropical flowers serve to create an intimate and relaxing environment.
If you are looking for Penang night food, you won’t be disappointed with their extensive menu which includes Western dishes and local seafood options. Open from 5 pm to 12 am it’s a place where you can certainly spend your evening at.
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This refurbished industrial space has been converted into a modern-day gallery of sorts. It houses 70’s inspired artwork from numerous artists. It’s styled elegantly with pendant lamps and features orange, green and yellow furnishings tastefully scattered around the building.
It’s not only a gallery but also a popular hangout space for many tourists and locals thanks in part to its extensive wine list. Enjoy cocktails and conversation with like-minded individuals as you tour the gallery. It’s open from 9 am in the morning to 2 am at night.
Nightlife in Penang is magical with its well-lit night markets and the smell of tantalizing street food all around. There’s never a dull moment in the island state.
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When in Penang, you’ll have the George Town Tune Hotel branch at your service. George Town Tune Hotels provides low-cost, 5-star luxury accommodation on a budget.