Heading to Perak for a few days and looking for somewhere to unwind with some drinks? We summarise 10 of our favourite bars in Ipoh, Perak’s capital and cultural centre, for quiet drinks, live performances, Irish bars and places ideal for a romantic meal and glass of wine.
Rooftop Restaurant & Bar Ipoh
Bar, Restaurant, Malaysian, European, American, $$$
For a drink and western food in Ipoh, check out Rooftop Restaurant & Bar. This bar is a favourite place for locals to hang out or to have a romantic evening. Inside the spacious bar, customers can play darts, pool or watch live sports on the big screen TVs. Singers usually perform on Sunday evenings from 9:30pm onwards. Expect a range of food including finger food and pub grub, plus daily Happy Hour promotions between 4:00pm and 6:00pm.
With a branch in Kuala Lumpur’s Changkat, this Irish bar in Ipoh offers a selection of fresh tap beer and an ambience that wouldn’t be out of place in a Dublin suburb. Expect a range of both regional and imported beer, including a cold pint of Guinness or Kilkenny. Anyone looking for a slice of Ireland in Ipoh or to meet expats should consider a night here.
St Patrick’s Irish Bar, along Jalan Raja Ekram in the heart of Ipoh’s new town, provides customers with an Irish drinking experience. Expect a wide selection of fresh beer including Guinness on tap, cocktails and soft drinks as well as local and Western food. Entertainment-wise, like most Irish bars in Malaysia, regular live music gigs and pub games almost guarantees a fun night. Typical crowds include mostly Chinese Malaysians and expats.
Ipoh’s most famous gastrobar, Bricks & Barrels, is a huge hit with the locals. Offering a selection of food throughout the day and transforming into an active bar with live music and entertainment in the evening, customers are always satisfied. Expect an extensive menu including local and western food, as well as a wide variety of beer, wine and cocktails. Tourists looking for a more local-centric experience inside a bustling venue will enjoy a night out at Bricks & Barrels.
History Bistroz, housed inside a traditional shophouse, offers a wide selection of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Customers can swing by for a quick pint or enjoy an evening of entertainment. Expect a mixed crowd of beer-lovers and locals sipping on mocktails. Regular promotions, events and live sports keep customers returning. But the biggest highlight is the to-hire event space on the upper level for private celebrations. Want to enjoy a drink in an active environment, host a party or a gathering? Check out this bar in Ipoh.
Euro House combines a place to grab a drink or two with a host of facilities found in no other bar in Ipoh, to create the ultimate evening of entertainment and fun. Order a drink at the bar before heading to watch live sports, shoot a game of pool or have a night of fun in the private karaoke rooms. But to add another dimension, customers can also join competitions on the in-house Xbox. Single travellers looking to meet locals and socialise will appreciate the atmosphere and style of this bar.
As the name suggests, this bar along Jalan Lau Ek Ching is the place to be in Ipoh for live music. With nightly singers and DJ sets, revellers can expect an evening of fun at Viking Village Bar. Customers can sing karaoke on stage outside of the performance too. Expect a range of drinks including beer on tap, cocktails and top-shelf spirits. This bar in Ipoh might be a good choice for anyone looking to let their hair down.
Another famous bar in Ipoh that combines a gastronomical experience with a pleasant place to enjoy a few drinks. Offering a variety of fusion-style foods, including a selection of Western and Japanese dishes as well as grilled fish, customers often come to dine and unwind. Located inside a pre-war building, the bar provides both entertainment such as live music and pool tables, plus facilities for larger events and gatherings. Mansion Bistro is suitable for meeting friends, a romantic spot for a date, or a toned-down night out.
Hashtag Bar & Bistro combines karaoke, a nightclub and a bar with live singers every night. The bar itself has an upstairs featuring arcade games and dart boards to hang out with friends. Downstairs, live performers sing their hearts out as revellers enjoy the loud music and dance the night away. The crowds consist mostly of Malaysian Chinese offering an insight into the local way of unwinding. Check out their Facebook page for updates, promotions and performance schedules.
For a night of partying Malaysian-style, check out Paradigm Café. Live singers perform each evening as the locals unwind to the good tunes. Expect regular drink promotions and fresh beer on tap. Pub-style entertainment including a dartboard and pool tables are available too. Paradigm is a suitable spot for a more active night out or to enjoy the local entertainment.