hidden bar in penang


This bar Backdoor Bodega in Penang had forever been in my list since 2018. Not only till recently they have been crown at no.97 as Asia Best Cocktail Bar (a bar list which is reliable) then I rushed to book a place with them. Backdoor Bodega that also known as Best hidden Cocktail Bar in Penang.

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This is a bar where the founder not only form one of our well known best street wear – Lansi over the years now they have make another mark as one of the best cocktail bar not only in Penang but also in Malaysia too. 

This shop is operating right under your radar as they operates within their own street wear shop The Swaggar Saloon next to Hins Bus Depot. 

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hidden bar in penangbackdoor bodega menu

Their signature drinks that rank them over top 97 best bar is also a smart usage of local ingredients like nutmeg and others. 2 of their best signature seller drink that most of the people will start off with is :best cocktail bar in kl

nutmeg cocktail

There’s their signature Kelapa Hotak @ RM35 which is made of house-made coconut rum, pandan and a spoon of kaya.

One of their top best most ordered is Mango Martini @ RM38, which features strong gin flavoured with Pamplemousse Rose, mango and grapefruit, and sago.

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DSCF7142drinks to order in backdoor bodega

Tried  a few of their signature drinks. Turns out to be better than expected. 

Kawan Lama is an very interesting drink @ RM 50 – Makers Mark, Campari, Dolin Dry and Penang Pat Poh
best classic cocktail in penangold fashion

After trying out their basic drinks that pass in flying colors, next I move to my own classic again. I would always have Negroni and my palate was spoilt when I was in Bangkok 6 years ago. 

I must say they have serve me one of the Best Negroni that I have come across. Perfect, well balance and even it is punch with alcohol but it still balance out well.. Highly recommended.

Then I challenge the mixologist that I would love to have a Smokey Negroni that I had one of the best when I visited in Bangkok and told him to do it what he thinks he can. Fuh! the drinks come out, and I had 2 in a row. Customize is only at RM 50 which I think very reasonable and also the kick is up there. 

anything out from their menu is consider as Custom drink @ RM 50 (is my assumption)


old fashion @ RM 50DSCF7150All their classic drinks I must say I am certainly impress. This bar would be one of my frequent visit bar whenever my friend is looking for. 

classic cocktail 

best cocktail bar in penangIt is a small cocktail bar and do be prepare to cramp with humans. There is a strong support from local to international tourist and best advise to book thru their Insta/Fb as link below. Above 9pm is walk in and you will be seated in random ods places like stair case, talk to the wall, next to toilet door if you do not mind. One of a highly recommended cocktail bar for Penang.

So happy drinking for round 1. Next to their shop on the left is another hidden cocktail bar – Best Friend Bojio!


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Food Rating 9/10, highly recommended, !!!~-Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Address: Jalan Gurdwara, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Opening hours: Thu – Mon 8PM-12AM (Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays)
Telephone: 012-320 2218
Backdoor Bodega’s Facebook | Instagram

Operating hours: 8pm – 12pm (best advise to do bookings thru their FB/ Insta)

Kara Kara in Weld Quey that just opens its door last year had made it a big hype. It is like one of a must go bar or even afternoon tea area. However I find it so so only as in the afternoon when we arrive at 4pm, it is like a bar look at night. They serve cakes, tea and coffee.

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The space is small and as one of the happening spot in Penang so you prepare prepare la ya.

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kara kara drinks menu

Happening Spot in Penang also gives you a slightly more expensive price drink. I have never came before at night but heard it is packed. Do prepare to book if you are coming.


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Best of all if you are seated up stairs and unable to carry your drink friend down, just throw them inside this slide. Then pick them up at the end here.

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Upstairs seating. One of a famous bar now in Penang.

To come into this place, there is a small alley walking in. Hard to find if you are driving pass thru. you can park at Pos

Location: Kara Kara
5B, Pengkalan Weld,
George Town, 10300

Operating hours: 2pm – 12 am (I believe the operating timing will change after Endemic)

Tel : 017-270 6729

Penang is hitting with another new wave where there are quite number of Speakeasy bar or even new speakeasy bar that is coming out. Well, here you go on my discovery for 16 New Speakeasy Bar at Penang 2018. If you have limited time in Penang, then head only the top 3 or top 5 speakeasy bar in my list.

1. Out of nowhere

Among the speakeasy bar in Penang, this top in my list base on the concept and ambiance. Cocktail is very adventurous. Safest Side is wine or beer. (click here to find out  more)

Outofnowhere (29)

75, Jalan Kuala Kangsar, 10100 Penang.
Operating hours: 6pm-1am (Closed on Sundays)

tel: 0164218633

Map – Click here

2. Manchu

If you have slightly more budget, then this is the best bar to be. Great ambiance, interior and they have live band and occasionally some Chinese Opera performance. Cocktail is worth to explore, for some short hopping. Beer is serve in  a classic mug. (click here to find out more)

Manchu (20)

38, Jalan Pintal Tali, George Town,
10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Tel: 016-484 0884

Operating hours: Daily – 6pm – 3am

Map – click here

3. Golden Shower by Chin Chin

By far, this bar top the most expensive in the list for drinks and also depending what you order. A very classy bar that everyone is hyping at the moment with hits fancy bathroom as the main entrance and playful pink bar that most of the Instagram are all hitting on. They do offer dining too which is known as Chin Chin, which I believe is  modern French dining. (click here to find out more)

Golden Shower by Chin Chin (6)

86, Lebuh Bishop 10200 Georgetown, Penang.
Time: 5.30pm-2am (Closed on Mondays)

Map – Click here

4. 12 Senses

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I miss out this bar as friends told me it was so so, but for classic China in the 60’s ambiance, it is worth checking out too. Quite a small joint and a simple place to chill.

Address: 12, Lebuh Presgrave, 10300 Penang

Time: 4pm-2am (Closed on Sundays)

Map – Click here

5. 天下第一客栈 Magazine 63 Penang

One of the first speakeasy bar in Penang that had hype out many others to sprout out like mushroom. One of the most successfull so far and it is still pack with customers. Forget about the cocktail here. It is “mehhhhh” (click here to find out more)

Address: 63, Jalan Magazine, 10300 Georgetown, Penang.

Time: 8pm-3am

Read more – click here

map – click here

6. Secret Door Bistro

My personal feel, this is just a gimmick for another unplugged bar. The only gimmick is you have to enter a pin to open the Chinese herbs secret door to enter. Most of the people here are for the beers.

Secret Door (7)

211, Lebuh Carnavon, 10100 Georgetown, Penang.
Time: 6pm-2am

Tel: 016-516 1961

Operating hours: Daily – 7pm – 3am

Map – Click here

7. Godspeed Bar

This is by far one of the latest bar to be operating which is just operating 1 week before Chinese New Year if I am not mistaken. Entrance is right next to Happy Mart. You are greeted with neon painting and push the dark door on your right.

Godspeed (7)

Gimmick in here is the fire trail performance and also any shots ordered, you will enjoy the fire trail too.

22, Lebuh Pantai, George Town, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang
operating hours: 9pm – 3am
tel: 04-263 7611

8. Le (乐) Cafe

It was closed when I visited, however read up that it is  more like a hipster sisha bar. My friend say it is not too bad for a casual chill out spot.

33, Jalan Gurdwara, 10300, Georgetown, Penang.
Business Hours: 9 am to 1 am. Closed on Wednesdays.
Contact Number: 6010- 380 6202

operating hours: 6pm – 2am

9. The Pokok Bar & Cafe

This is also one of the place that my friend frequently visit over this Chinese New Year. Open Air concept with mix group of unplugged singers and you are sure to be felt like in oversea as there are plenty of backpackers here enjoying too.

Pokok (1)

Lot, 227, Chulia St,
10200 George Town, Penang

Operating hours; Daily : 9am – 3am

Map – Click here

10. Norm / Noct

One of the latest hangout spot that this place – The Saw Emporium from conversion of Metal factory to pop out stores. Norm Cafe is park under this building which also known as Cafe by day, bar by night.

Where amazing Sunday night vibes are the norm. #noctlife #wearethenorm

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Norm, 1, Gat Lebuh Macullum, 10300 Georgetown, Penang.

Time: 9am – 12am

Map – click here


11. The Bund 上海滩

another bar in the list that has old classic Shanghainese look which is less impressive compare to the rest above.

117, Noordin Street, 10300 Georgetown, Penang.
operating Hours: Daily – 6pm – 3am

Tel :013-417 8777

Map – Click here

12. BarFly

For many of you that stayed in KL, good news is that now BarFly have expended to Penang. If you need cheep beer, this is the place to catch.

picture credit to where2magazine

Other Bars that establish early 2017

no. 13 Gentleman’s League

One of the latest bar in town that just operate in about Feb/March that is getting its fame up the ladder.

70 Campbell Street, Penang
Operating hours: 7pm – 3am
Tel: 019-773 8853

No.14 Room 495

Address: 495-F, Jalan Penang, George Town, 10000 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Operating Hours:
monday – Thursday : 6pm – 1am
Friday & Saturday : 6pm – 3am
Sunday – Closed

Map – Click here:

no. 15 Good Friends Club 好友俱乐部

39, Jalan C.Y. Choy, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang
operating hours:
Sunday – Thursday : 7pm – 1am
Friday – Saturday : 7pm – 2am

Tel : 016-452 9250

Map – click here:

no. 16 Mish Mash

Mish Mash (1)

24, Muntri Street, 10200, Georgetown, Penang.
Business Hours: 5 pm to 12: 30 am. Closed on Mondays.
Contact Number: 6017- 536 5128

16 New Speakeasy Bar at Penang 2018

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if you are in town area, for 1 night you can hop a few which is walking distance.

  1. Outofnowhere –> Manchu –> Pokok –> next to Pokok there area lot of cheap bars at New Lane

Here ends my 16 New Speakeasy Bar at Penang 2018 and will update accordingly soon. If you are hungry you can check it out here:

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