Things to do in the Night
Batu Ferringhi Night Market
Stretching along Jalan Batu Ferringhi from Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa all the way to Shangri-La’s Golden Sands Resort, Batu Ferringhi’s night market is not to be missed when visiting the northern part of Penang. Comprising hundreds of stalls offering everything from fake designer bags to dirt-cheap pirated DVDs and home deco items to souvenirs, the night market is perhaps Batu Ferringhi’s main tourist attraction. Best of all, you can still bargain for the best prices. One word of advice: If you like something, don’t buy it first. Have a look around, as chances are, there are other stalls offering the same goods at much better deals.
Highlights: Pirated DVDs, handmade crafts, home decorative items, art, clothes, snacks, touristy souvenirs, fake designer accessories.
Opening Hours: Daily, 19:00 – Late
Location: Along Jalan Batu Feringghi
Living Room Café Bar & Gallery
Often confused to be one and the same with its flashier neighbour, Ferringhi Garden, Living Room Café Bar & Gallery is a restaurant and bar combo set along Jalan Batu Ferringhi. Unpretentious and casual, it is divided into an indoor space and al fresco section, and features a garden-theme with lots of potted plants surrounding its metal tables and wooden chairs. The only difference to Ferringhi Garden is that pink paper lanterns add a more whimsical touch to this more family-oriented and comforting spot.
If you are here simply for an after-dinner drink, we recommend ordering a cold pint and getting a small plate of the kitchen’s beef rendang, a Malay specialty of caramelised tender chunks of juicy meat seasoned with a combination of spices and served with a creamy, coconut-based curry. Living Room Café Bar & Gallery’s version is possibly the best we have ever had!
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 15:00: 18:45 – 22:00 Thursday - Tuesday
Address: 43-C Batu Ferringhi, 11100 Penang
Tel: +6017-477-2148 or +6012-589-9136
Bora Bora by Sunset
Bora Bora by Sunset is a beachside restobar with a good selection of drinks at low prices (RM12 for a bottle of beer and RM90 for a bottle of house wine). Its atmosphere is not particularly posh – rather, this is a casual, comfortable spot reminiscent of a Caribbean beach bar. Think, parquet floors, gauzy white curtains, sleek black plastic chairs, Balinese-style divans, potted plants and paper lanterns, and you get the picture.
Stretching all the way to the beach’s edge, it is popular for romantic interludes, with a diverse range of locals, tourists and expats as its clientele. Be prepared for impromptu dance sessions – when these happen, the place has potential Spring Break hotspot written all over it.
Opening Hours: 12:00 – 01:00 Sunday – Thursday; 12:00 – 03:00 Friday, Saturday & eve of public holiday
Address: Lot 415, Jalan Batu Ferringhi
Tel: +6012-553-1313 or +019-682-6467
Hard Rock Café
Hard Rock Café Penang sits comfortably among the top contenders of our Top 10 Best Nightlife haunts along Batu Ferringhi because it the perfect combo of great live music performances (including top notch international names), fantastic food and iconic music-memorabilia décor. An local landmark, it is set on Jalan Batu Ferringhi, and a thoroughly-classic American rock vibe permeates throughout the place. The interior design of the pub is retro cool – think wooden tables, Tuscan-red walls lined with gold vinyl records and flat-screen TVs playing 80s music videos – all giving it the look of a classic diner. Then add in the brand’s trademark music collectibles in glass cabinets and on the walls, and you get an almost chaotic yet chic appearance.
What makes it one of our favourites is the electrifying live performances that take place here: though the stage usually hosts local acts, there have also been famous international acts including Bob Marley’s Jamaican backing band, The Wailers, and Dia Frampton, runner-up on the first season of the US edition of The Voice.
Opening Hours: 11:30 – 02:00 Sunday to Thursday; 11:30 – 02:30 Friday, Saturday and eve of public holiday
Address: Jalan Batu Feringghi, 11100, Penang
Tel: +604 8811 711