The best beach clubs and bars in Penang are great for ending the day in a laidback setting. There's just something magical about watching the sunset, listening to the waves, meeting new people, and enjoying a drink or two.  

    Some of our favorite spots are in George Town and Batu Ferringhi, ranging from simple shacks to elaborate bars. Among the things they have in common are the laidback ambience, beachfront seating, and creative beverages.


    Sand Bar at Hard Rock Hotel Penang

    Batu Ferringhi

    Sand Bar at Hard Rock Hotel Penang is a great place to head to if you are in the mood for a whole lot of fun with a Caribbean vibe. What makes it such a favorite seaside haunt are the super friendly staff members, who adopt a casual demeanor with guests, ensuring that everyone has a fun time.

    Sand Bar is a hotspot for young people looking to enjoy beach parties in Penang. Set behind the hotel bathing pool, the beach bar features a large circular tiki hut with a straw-thatched roof. Signature beverages include the Sandyjager (Jagermeister, grenadine syrup, and orange juice) and Watermelon Gin Fizz (watermelon juice, lime juice, ginger ale and gin).

    Location: Batu Ferringhi Beach, 11100 Batu Ferringhi, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 9 pm


    Bora Bora at Ferringhi

    Batu Ferringhi

    Bora Bora at Ferringhi is a longstanding beach bar in Penang. It has been a local landmark since 2010, beloved by many for its fun, casual atmosphere and friendly staff members. Music-wise, expect reggae beats and jazz tunes playing until late. 

    Bora Bora features a straw-thatched roof shack, lots of fairy lights, and blue lawn chairs sitting under umbrellas. Their beverages menu is pretty simple, with ice-cold beers and potent cocktails.  

    Location: 72d, Jalan Batu Ferringhi, 11100 Batu Ferringhi, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

    Open: Tuesday from midday to 1 am, Thursday and Sunday–Monday from midday to midnight, Friday–Saturday from midday to 2 am (closed on Wednesday

    Phone: +60 (0)4-885 1313


    photo by Simon Clancy (CC BY 2.0) modified


    Beach Blanket Babylon

    George Town

    Beach Blanket Babylon is an open-air bar in George Town, adjacent to 32 at The Mansion. This beach bar serves local and western dishes throughout the day. Drinks-wise, you look forward to ice-cold beers, classic cocktails, non-alcoholic juices and coffee. 

    Our favorites are Love Bird (vodka, peach liqueur, pineapple juice and blue Curacao) and Golden Sunset (vodka, Southern Comfort whiskey, orange and pineapple juice).

    Location: 32, Jln Sultan Ahmad Shah, George Town, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

    Open: Daily from midday to midnight

    Phone: +60 (0)-262 2232


    photo by Andrea Mann (CC BY 2.0) modified


    QE II

    George Town

    QE II is one of the best beach bars in Penang, thanks to a killer soundtrack courtesy of their resident DJs. Expect tunes from the 1980s all the way to the latest dance tracks. It's set directly over the waters of Pengkalan Weld next to the Jeti Ferry Georgetown.

    Beverages flow from early noon until past sunset. Clubbers can expect a fairly extensive beverages list, with pina colada and Bleu Balls (brandy, blue Curacao and Red Bull) standing out as our favorites.

    Location: 8, Pengkalan Weld, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

    Open: Wednesday–Friday from 6 pm to 8 pm (closed on Tuesdays)

    Phone: +60 (0)4-261 2126


    photo by Ah Wei (Lung Wei) (CC BY-SA 2.0) modified


    Sigi's Bar and Broil on the Beach

    Batu Ferringhi

    Sigi's Bar and Broil on the Beach is a classy bar along the winding Batu Ferringhi seaside frontage. As part of Shangri La Golden Sands Resort, its all-white interior design is a cross between a beachside shack and an upmarket hideaway. 

    Watersports enthusiasts often cool off on the sand dunes in front of Sigi's Bar and Broil on the Beach. There is a fairly extensive menu of pizzas, pasta, and gourmet dishes, as well as an impressive range of beverages.  

    Location: Batu Feringgi Beach, 11100 Penang, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

    Open: Daily from midday to 11 pm


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