The best things to do after dinner in Malacca include exploring its fun nightlife scene. After sunset, the quiet town steadily transforms into a vibrant hub filled with densely packed pubs and clubs. Most venues offer reasonably priced beverages and some host a range of live music performances as well.

    From dusty and vintage pubs in Jonker Street to sleek and colorful clubs in the city centre, Malacca’s nightlife allows plenty for visitors to join the party despite being a small town. Read on for some ideas on where to go in Malacca at night and discover popular the town’s hot spots offering great ambience, food and beverages, warm hospitality, and entertainment.

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    Portugese Square

    Portugese Square is an area known to be the center of the small Portugese community in Malacca. The community comprises the descendants of past Malaccan colonists. The square is simply a little patch off Jalan Ujon Pasir, with plenty of restaurants, food stalls and pubs.

    On Saturday evenings, it becomes a hub of activity, as the local community put up traditional dances to entertain tourists and celebrate their unique culture in style. Choose a spot, grab a beer and plonk yourself down for a night of chilling to pseudo-pop bands who strut their music with the sound of the waves of the Malacca Strait in the distance.

    Location: Jalan d'Albuquerque, 75050 Malacca, Malaysia

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    Alto Sky Lounge

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    Alto Sky Lounge on the 22nd level of Hatten Hotel Melaka offers stunning panoramic views of Malacca City. With the view, patrons savor a mix of expertly crafted cocktails, tantalizing light bites and a variety of fine wines, often with the accompaniment of exquisite live music.

    Thanks to its polished design and impressive views of the city, the venue is also a go-to spot for couples and romantics looking for a night to remember. You can choose to dine indoors or lounge out on the terrace and under chandeliers, taking in the skyline while enjoying light bites and sipping crafted cocktails.

    Location: Hatten Square, Jalan Merdeka, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Malacca, Malaysia

    Open: Wednesday–Saturday from 5 pm to midnight (closed Sunday–Tuesday)

    Phone: +60 (0)6-286 9696

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    Hard Rock Cafe Malacca

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    Hard Rock Cafe Malacca is one of the most prominent live music venues lining the bustling streets of Jonker Walk. It’s a place to hit if you’re craving great American favorites such as cheeseburgers and fries. Set right by the Malacca River, the brightly lit double-storey building often sees a line of eager diners and music enthusiasts queuing by the entrance – arrive around 9 pm if you’re planning to catch a live band performance to enjoy with your dinner.

    Live bands entertain guests from 10 pm onwards, playing crowd-favourite rock and roll hits and with a little of the latest pop and blues in between. Keep on the lookout for song requests and voice out your favorite songs to the band. And finally, no trip to a Hard Rock Cafe is complete without a visit to its memorabilia store – check out the popular Hard Rock Cafe T-shirts and pins, together with little souvenirs such as shot glasses and guitar picks.

    Location: 28, Lorong Hang Jebat, 75200 Malacca, Malaysia

    Open: Sunday–Thursday from noon to 11 pm, Friday and Saturday from noon to midnight

    Phone: +60 (0)6-292 5188

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    Geographér Café

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    Geographér Café is a popular venue housed in a pre-war corner shophouse on Jonker Street in Malacca. The corner lot pub is a Malaccan nightlife institution known for its lively ambience in the middle of the already buzzing Chinatown street. Its beautifully preserved building is a historical artifact in itself.

    Offering authentic local food and reasonably priced beverages, Geographer is a place both locals and tourists frequent, so head on to the cafe if you’re keen on tips-sharing sessions with fellow travelers. It offers a mixture of good Asian and Western pub grub, a funky, laidback and warm atmosphere, great music and friendly service that keep patrons coming back.

    Location: 83, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Malacca, Malaysia

    Open: Friday–Sunday from 11 am to 10 pm, Monday–Tuesday and Thursday from noon to 9 pm (closed on Wednesdays)

    Phone: +60 (0)6-281 6813

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    Eleven Bistro & Restaurant

    • Nightlife

    Eleven Bistro & Restaurant is a popular venue along Jalan Hang Lekir in Malacca, about 200 meters from popular Jonker Street. The restaurant is very spacious compared to most of the restaurants lining the Chinatown street and is adorned with vintage decorations and furniture.

    Aside from its popularity for serving traditional Malaccan-Portuguese fare at reasonable prices and in generous serving sizes, Eleven Bistro & Restaurant is also a lively nightlife spot with in-house DJs entertaining guests regularly all night long.

    Location: No. 11, Jalan Hang Lekiu, Jonker Walk, 75200 Malacca, Malaysia

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +60 (0)6-282 0011

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    Reggae on the River Melaka

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    Reggae on the River is a popular bar in Malacca with a name that says it all. Reggae music fills the air here. And the beverages served at Reggae on the River will not hurt your billfold, as all are reasonably priced and come in a wide variety of options.

    The tunes played range from the classics to modern reggae. And while you might feel as if you’ve just been transported to Jamaica, the soft flow of Malacca River and the animated chatter of its patrons certainly reminds you where you are.

    Location: 88, Lorong Hang Jebat, 75200 Malacca, Malaysia

    Open: Monday and Tuesday from 6 pm to 1 am, Wednesdays from 6.30 pm to 1 am, Thursdays from 5.30 pm to 1 am, Fridays from 5 pm to 1.30 am, Saturdays from 5 pm to 2.30 am, Sundays from 5 pm to 2 am

    Phone: +60 (0)10-271 6871

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    Mixx Club

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    Mixx is Malacca City’s reigning nightclub that’s has been entertaining nocturnal crowds since it first opened in December 2011. Located on the 2nd floor of Mahkota Parade, it has solidified its hip credibility by constantly importing DJs and live visuals from all over Asia.

    The interior of Mixx club looks like a tricked-out industrial warehouse with neon lights that act as paint to walls and which seem to take center stage during parties and events. Beverages are slightly on the pricier end but somewhat a fair price to pay for their resident mixologist’s imaginative offerings. Expect to see a crowd comprising a mix of media types, trendsetters and college students.

    Location: 2nd Lot S19, Jln Merdeka, Plaza Mahkota, 75000, Malacca, Malaysia

    Phone: +60 (0)1-662 15577

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    Ringo’s Classic Café Malacca

    Jonker Street

    • Nightlife

    Ringo’s Classic Café Malacca is a dusty yet densely packed pub along Jonker Street. Although it might not look like much from the outside, it boasts an adequate selection of beverages and is a popular gathering spot for music lovers and cafe-goers alike. 

    The cafe also features a collection of antique items. It’s decorated with numerous historical memorabilia, ranging from pre-Malaysia maps to old beer posters. You can also find old musical instruments and clocks hanging all over its walls. You can expect good music and friendly service throughout this joint and it’s also a good place to enjoy the sights of the night market.

    Location: 11, Jalan Hang Lekir, 75200 Malacca, Malaysia

    Phone: +60 (0)16-354 2223

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