penang speakeasy bar


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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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no. 16 Mish Mash

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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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One of a quirky entrance that excites alot of people is this Out of NoWhere SpeakeasyBar. One of the speakseasy bar that they nail it on the term speakeasy..  Quirky, hidden and mysterious. Lets start off with the interior.

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Upon entering the fridge, this is the first section which you will see. It is actually quite dim and is the only section which is air condition.

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As for this area, which is slightly open space with natural air. If the weather is too hot, it might get quite warm but they do have small fans.

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Love the ambiance of this place, as it is chill, nicely decorated with dim lights, dark settings with tress placement around that gives you the feel like you are in lush area.

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I was there for 2 nights and only realise that on the first night, they do have special invited mixologist all the way from KL. Hence the presentation is very different from what I had which is the menu above on the top left – (Guest Edition Menu) and that night was havoc. Out of NoWhere SpeakeasyBar is indeed Sardine pack!

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This are the 2 drinks we tried, Planter Mix comes with Gin, lemon Balm Vermouth, Osmanthus, Corombola and Pandan Tonic. Quite an intersting drink that gives you nice balance but with the edition of chocolate or even the tomato on the toothpick, it did not enhance the drink or added flavour with it. Personally felt that without is better.

Another drink which is : Ayurvedic Remedy : Bourbon Whisky, Hartaki Infusion, Lapsang Souchong Maraschino Reduction and Mandarin Bitters.

Both drinks are at RM 38. now looking back at the menu, I should have tried Harvest Fest.

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This was the signature of the night on the guest mixol0gist which alot of people are ordering. It looks quite pretty as like a pot of flowers in the garden.

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Few days later we went again, as KL friends are in Penang and asking where is cool. Decided to drop by Out of NoWhere SpeakeasyBar again and only realise that the guest mixologist is gone. It was only for that night few days back.

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This drink for me, I think it quite extreme. Either you like it or you hate it. Roti has it names where give you bitter hit first and the foamy top is like bread in water. I felt that if you mix it well, the flavour is better instead of just sip it slowly. Certainly not my type of cocktail.

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Among the 4 drinks, I would recommend this 2. The other 2 is too adventurous for me.

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The exit area which is nicely light up. Lets head to the entrance on how to enter this place.

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by day, it is a cafe on the front, and look out for Hold Up Cafe which is a beautiful minimalist cafe.

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at night, if the place get too pack, you can see people queuing in. It sparks alot of curiosity too on the entrance.

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Enter thru the side door.

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Look for this orange fridge, open it and walk thru it. A fridge of a size that looks exactly like your house hence the reason why it is in bright orange in the cafe. This is the secret door of entrance.

You also can hop others:

  1. Manchu
  2. Golden Shower by Chin Chin
  3. top 16 bar in Penang

-= KA CHING =-

Food rating 8.5/10 , For chill out spot speakseasy bar, this top in my list for Penang! -Stamped-

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

Out of No Where
(Hold Up! café is your entry portal)
75, Jalan Kuala Kangsar, 10100 George Town.
T: +016 422 0657

Opening hours:
Monday – Thursday: 6pm – 1am
Friday – Saturday: 6pm – 2am
Closed on Sundays

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