Top 14 Things To Do In Penang At Night - Updated 2023

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Once the sun sets, the historical gems and tropical beaches of Penang remain as stunning as ever. Adding to its charm is the unique mixture of cultures, namely Asian and European. These night activities in Penang will make you want to stay longer. Book the best homestays and hotels with sea view, and give your trip the green light! Unleash the nocturnal adventurer in you and explore these things to do in Penang at night!

1. Take a tour of Kek Lok Si Temple

Chinese New Year light up at Kek Lok Si Temple
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Kek Lok Si Temple is beautifully-lit at night, and local devotees drop by to say their prayers. Also known as the Temple of Supreme Bliss, the ten-acre establishment’s most popular attraction is the Pagoda of Rama VI. It’s where you will see over 10,000 Buddha statues made from alabaster and bronze. The sculptures serve as a symbol of harmony between Mahayana and Theravada Buddhism. There’s also the 99-foot-tall bronze statue of Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy. Other highlights include the gardens, turtle and fish ponds, and the sky lift, which will take you to the highest part of Kek Lok Si. Admission to the temple is free, but you need to pay 0.45 USD to enter the pagoda and the sky lift.

Kek Lok Si Temple

Address: 1000-L, Tingkat Lembah Ria 1, 11500 Ayer Itam, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Price: Free, but 0.45 USD for the sky lift and pagoda

Opening Hours: 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Contact: +60 19-750 2139

Website: Kek Lok Si Temple

2. Try the finest street food dishes at Gurney Drive (from USD 74.0)

A Penang nightlife experience won’t be complete without a food trip. After all, the island state is also dubbed as Malaysia’s food paradise. Gurney Drive, which is located in the historical George Town, is filled up with hawker stalls at night. These stalls sell the finest street foods in town, all of which are served under the colorful tents. The presentation of the delicacies may not be a priority, but the taste and freshness will surely make up for it. Have a taste of flat rice noodles, pork and ginger chicken, Penang curry mee, Malay fried rice, and many more.

Gurney Drive Hawker Center

Address: 172, Solok Gurney 1, Pulau Tikus, 10250 Jelutong, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Opening Hours: 6:00pm to 12:00am

Contact: +60 16-497 3907

Private George Town by Night with Food Tasting and Trishaw Ride

Duration: 3 hours

3 reviews

3. Dine at Ferringhi Garden

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Penang offers plenty of great places to eat. If you prefer a calmer vibe while dining, however, then Ferrignhi Garden is for you. The restaurant is renowned for its garden setting and its wide selection of barbeque, steak, and seafood dishes. Inside, you will surely enjoy not only your meal, but the Mediterranean features of the area as well. Outside, oil lamps and lush scenery provide a romantic feel, which makes it a perfect spot for dates. Both areas are filled with blooming flowers, giving visitors a feeling of bliss. It’s open from 5:00pm to 12:00am.

Ferringhi Garden

Address: 34-A/B/C, Jalan Batu Ferringhi, 11100 Batu Ferringhi, Penang Pulau Pinang

Opening Hours: 5:00pm to 12:00am

Contact: +60 4-881 1193

Website: Ferringhi Garden

4. Chill out at Three Sixty Revolving Restaurant and Rooftop Bar (from USD 92.0)

The 17th-floor of Bayview Hotel Georgetown is home to one of Penang’s most premiere nightlife spots. Three Sixty is divided into two levels; the first one is the restaurant, while the second one is the rooftop bar. The restaurant slowly moves 360 degrees every hour, giving you a view of the beaches and colonial buildings. When you head to the second level, you can get a table or sit at the bar and have a glass of beer, whiskey, or a cocktail. Let the bright night lights of Penang astound you while you enjoy your beverage.

Three Sixty Revolving Restaurant and Rooftop Bar

Address: Bayview Hotel Georgetown, 25A Farquhar Street, George Town, Malaysia

Opening Hours: 4:00pm to 2:00am

Contact: 604-2613540 (call after 3:00pm)

Website: Three Sixty Revolving Restaurant and Rooftop Bar

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Duration: 2 hours

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5. Have drinks at The Soho Free House

Have a game at the pool table
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If you’re looking for some fun things to do in George Town, then drinking beers and reliving the British period at Soho Free House would be a great choice. The colonial-style pub serves the best Belgian, German, and French beers and is often visited by friendly expats. If you’re not much of a drinker, the food selection is worth trying out here. Some of the most popular dishes include pastas, seafood, and burgers, particularly the chicken burger. On the second floor, you can challenge your friends on one of the pool tables. To keep up with its nostalgic theme, the music consists mostly of hits from the 80’s. It’s the best spot not just for drinking and eating, but also for socializing and reminiscing.

Soho Free House

Address: 50, Jalan Penang, George Town, 10000 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Opening Hours: 12:00pm to 3:00am

Contact: +60 4-263 3331

Website: Soho Free House

6. Watch bands play good music at China House

Old Chinese shop houses
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The Canteen at Chinahouse hosts events featuring the most talented local musicians. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night, the band lineups consist solely of upcoming independent artists. Watching these shows is your opportunity to fully support the impressive music scene. Treat yourself to a cocktail, glass of wine, or fruit juice while the performers serenade you with their originals and covers. Fans of the 70’s will also appreciate the venue’s retro design.

The Canteen at Chinahouse

Address: 183b Lebuh Victoria, George Town, Malaysia

Opening Hours: 6:00pm to 12:00am

Contact: +60 4-263 7299

Website: The Canteen at Chinahouse

7. Dance the night away at Soju Room

Penang Times Square Hall
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A night of absolute partying is what Soju Room offers. Located in Penang Time Square’s basement, this club has neon lights, comfy sofas, a wide dance floor, and a futuristic-looking circular stage. The DJs will make you dance with their mix of electro, house, and hip-hop songs. You might even catch a few bands playing classic rock, alternative, and heavy metal. For the drinks, imported beers and alcoholic beverages are available at the huge bar.

Soju Room

Address: B2, Entertainment City, Penang Times Square, Penang, Malaysia

Opening Hours: 9:00pm to 3:00am

Contact: +60 12-556 5876

Website: Soju Room

8. Unwind at Javana Lounge

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The lounge is already open at 11:00am, but it gets more exciting at sunset. Javana Lounge is on the ground floor of Parkroyal Penang Resort, and its furniture and decorations have a Balinese touch. Their famous drinks include Mojito, Long Island Iced Tea, and Wild Orchid. Light snacks are also available to accompany your tasty beverage. If you love music, the live band will make your evening complete. It’s the ideal after-dinner place.

Javana Lounge

Address: Batu Ferringhi Park Royal Penang Resort, Jalan Bayu Senja, Batu Ferringhi, Penang, Malaysia

Opening Hours: 11:00am to 11:00pm (Sunday to Thursday); 11:00am to 1:00am (Friday, Saturday and Eve of Public Holidays)

Contact: +604 881 1133 (Ext: 8213)

Website: Javana Lounge

9. Live music and dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe Penang

Hard Rock Cafe, Penang
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At night, this mellow restaurant and bar turns into a hive of activity. The main attraction is the live music, and the cover bands are excellent. Often, you will even find international stars belting out their numbers in the venue. It’s right next door to the Hard Rock Hotel and the decor, like the hotel, hosts many music collectibles.

Your menu is full to the brim with American-style food like onion rings and burgers that are served in generous portions. The apple cobbler is recommended for dessert and it’s a magical combination of pie crust, walnuts, and caramel sauce.

Hard Rock Cafe Penang

Address: Batu Ferringhi Beach Penang, Malaysia

Website: Hard Rock Cafe Penang

10. Experience fine dining at the Indigo Restaurant in The Blue Mansion (from USD 6.0)

The Blue Mansion in Georgetown is an example of beautiful architecture and it’s worth exploring a bit. Inside, you will find the Indigo Restaurant, known for fine dining. It stays open until 10:00 pm, so it’s a great place to dine while exploring the nightlife in Penang. Downstairs, there’s a cocktail bar where you can relax.

The menu is mainly French and European. The food is well presented and delicious. A favorite is a lamb rack served with crispy veg and scalloped potatoes. The asparagus soup is highly recommended. The high-class restaurant in Penang comes with impeccable waiter service.

Indigo Restaurant in The Blue Mansion

Address: 14 Lebuh Leith | 14 Leith Street, George Town, Penang Island 10200, Malaysia

Website: Indigo Restaurant in The Blue Mansion

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Duration: 45 minutes

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11. Marvel at the view from The Top (from USD 7.0)

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The Top at Komtar is arguably one of the most frequented attractions in the state of Penang, and for good reason! Climbing up the view deck of The Top provides the most heavenly view of Penang. It’s a great avenue for conquering your fear of heights, too! You do not want to forget how paradise looks from above, so make sure to pack your cameras. Besides the view, Top houses Rainbow Skywalk, 7D Discovery Motion Theater, Penang State Gallery, and an indoor theme park!

The Top Penang Malaysia

Duration: 1 day

2 reviews

12. Dinner at Penang Hill (from USD 102.0)

In this tour, you’ll be taken up Penang Hill by a funicular train. You will board at Penang Hill Railway in George Town and be greeted with spectacular views of the city as you travel up. The tour takes about three hours and will stop at David Brown’s Restaurant & Tea Terrace for a nice dinner. Apart from the train ride and dinner, hotel pickup and drop-off and an expert guide are included in the tour. It’s a unique date night activity in Penang if you are in the state with your special someone. Book the tour now!

Dinner at Penang Hill

Duration: 3 hours

7 reviews

13. Join the Sunset Cruise (from USD 72.0)

Penang National Park is home to over a thousand hectares of forests and wetlands, and you can explore these natural treasures on a boat. Starting at 5:00am, the cruise will give you an up-close look at the diverse greenery and wildlife of the park. There is still enough natural light, thus making way for many photo opportunities. On the way back, get ready to be enthralled by the sunset view. The cruise requires a minimum of two people and a maximum of ten.

Sunset Cruise at Penang National Park

Address: Pejabat Taman Negara P. Pinang, Jalan Hassan Abbas, Balik Pulau, Pulau Pinang, 11050 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Price: from 11 USD (Monkey Island); 22 USD (around the peninsular and turtle sanctuary)

Opening Hours: 8:00am to 5:00pm

Duration: around 3 hours required.

Contact: +604 8813500

Website: Penang National Park

You can also get on a 4-hour Monkey Beach trip that lets you spot the native wildlife in Penang National Park.

Monkey Beach and Penang National Park Tour from Penang

Duration: 4 hours

2 reviews

14. Ferringhi shopping spree (from USD 78.0)

Source: Photo by Flickr user Michael Berger used under CC BY-ND 2.0

First on the list of what to do in Penang at night is shopping! Batu Ferringhi is popular not only for its beachfront location, but also for its vibrant night market. At 7:00pm, numerous stalls take over the street and locals and tourists start flocking in to do some shopping. Prices range from 1 to 5 USD, and you can use your skills in bargaining to get cheaper rates. The stores offer different kinds of items such as CDs, DVDs, artworks, clothes, bags, shoes, and souvenirs. Shop till you drop or just walk around and enjoy the night market’s lively surroundings up to 12:00am.

Batu Ferringhi Night Market

Address: Jalan Pantai Batu, Taman Pantai Batu, 11200 Tanjong Bungah, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Opening Hours: 7:00pm to 12:00am

Contact: +60 18-283 4117

Private Half-Day Discovery Tour of Penang Island

Duration: 5 hours

The night is young

With an atmosphere as energetic as Kuala Lumpur, Penang promises no dull moments. So step out of your heritage hotel or vacation rental and feel the good vibes rise as you discover these Penang attractions at night. Along the way, get a deeper understanding of the rich culture and make new friends. See you there!

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