The 10 Best Bars in Kuching, Malaysia

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11 September 2018

Sarawak’s capital combines colonial charm with outstanding food and easy access to national parks. Here are our favourite bars in Kuching to enjoy a drink or two after a day of sightseeing.

Drunk Monkey Old Street Bar

Bar, Pub, Asian, $$$
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Locals and tourists come here for the wide selection of alcohol at affordable prices | © pxhere

If you want to meet people, Drunk Monkey is for you. Located in the middle of Carpenter Street, this bar is a haven for locals, expats and backpackers. The vintage pub along one of Sarawak’s oldest streets offers a selection of beers, wines and cocktails. Expect strong WiFi, good music and a variety of snacks inside one of our favourite bars to check out when spending 48 hours in Kuching.

Monkee Bar Bistro

Bar, Pub, Bistro, Asian, American, European
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Another primate-themed bar in Kuching: Monkeebar. The pub attracts everyone from backpackers to Kuching’s middle class. Expect a relaxed and sociable atmosphere and affordable drink prices as well as a favourite spot to watch live football. Customers regularly return to have a night on the town, listen to good music and hang out with friends. And to make ordering that next drink an easy decision, Monkeebar donates 50% of their profits to the Orangutan Project.

Borneo Redneck's Bar

Bar, Bistro, Pub, Asian, American, European, $$$
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Chill out with other expats and enjoy their selection of burgers with beer on tap | © pxhere
Borneo Redneck’s Bar provides an environment and atmosphere similar to an American sports bar. The menu serves pub grub and a selection of burgers, making it one of the more popular bars in Kuching with expats. Expect a variety of bottled and draught beers, cocktails and top-shelf spirits. Live music and sports on the big screens are regulars too. Head to Borneo Redneck’s for an active night, to watch the latest game and meet Kuching’s expats.

Speak Eazy - The Alternative Bar

Bar, Bistro, Pub, Asian, American, European, $$$
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For the chance to meet other travellers and sample local rice wine, check out Speak Eazy on Carpenter Street. Apart from its central location, food and drink prices are much lower than the other bars in Kuching. A relaxed atmosphere and a friendly ambience allure backpackers. Choose to sit inside the artistic bar or unwind with a drink or two outside in the warm evening air. Solo travellers backpacking in Borneo and looking for a budget-friendly spot to drink and meet other travellers will instantly fall in love with this bar.

Pincho Loco by Zinc

Bar, Pub, Spanish, Tapas
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Good Spanish food is difficult to find in Southeast Asia and especially in Borneo. But Pincho Loco along Carpenter Street is an exception. The bar imports ingredients and their chef from Barcelona to cook authentic tapas resembling those found in Spain. Walk inside and find a distinct Spanish décor with tall tables and stools. The menu offers both hot and cold tapas as well as imported wine. Latin music plays in the background, creating a casual environment to unwind for a more sophisticated evening. We recommend ordering three or four plates of tapas with a glass of Spanish wine in the best tapas bar in Kuching.

Havana Café

Bar, Pub, Cuban
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This trendy bar in Kuching features late-night drinking with clubbing music. Havana Café is famous among the younger Kuchinites looking to let their hair down and dance. While this isn’t a popular spot among backpackers, it does have long Happy Hour prices and regular drink promotions. Anyone who wants a toned-down clubbing experience in Kuching should spend their evening here.

The Wayang

Bar, Pub, Asian, European
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Drinks are a bit pricey but it's a great place to enjoy some live music in Kuching | © pxhere

For the chance to meet locals and enjoy live music, check out The Wayang. With a variety of local and imported beers, including Guinness on tap, this is one of the more popular bars in Kuching for locals. Regular bands play in the evenings, creating a relaxed ambience to chill with friends or make new ones. Drink prices are towards the expensive side, but the live music tends to make it worthwhile.

Bear Garden

Bar, Pub, Restaurant, Asian, European, Vegan, American, British
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Bear Garden is one of the favourite bars in Kuching among the environmentally conscious. Apart from a wide selection of affordable beer, the bar is vegan-friendly and is dedicated to conservation efforts. Order a beer, wine or cocktail and have a light meal where 50% of the profits go directly towards orangutan rehabilitation at Matang Wildlife Centre. Not only does Bear Garden make for an ideal spot to meet other like-minded travellers and locals, it’s also one of the top vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Kuching. And it provides guilt-free dining with the knowledge of contributing to protecting our long-haired, orange cousins.

The Barber Café & Bar

Bar, Pub, Asian, American, European, Fusion, Vegetarian, $$$
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The Barber consistently rates with the best restaurants/bars in Kuching for its selection of food and drinks. As its name suggests, the quirky interior resembles a barbershop from the 1980s. An Asian and international menu allures locals to enjoy its fusion-style dishes and excellent burgers. A variety of vegetarian options are available, catering to everyone’s needs. Drinks include unusual cocktails such as the Barbers G&T and the Lychee Mojito, along with regional and imported beers and wine. Couples with a mid-range budget will appreciate a quiet evening here in the City of Cats.

Magazzino

Bar, Bistro, Italian, $$$
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Indulge in some good Italian food while enjoying the live music | © pxhere
Magazzino on Green Hill combines a bistro restaurant with a beer garden and cocktail bar. The modern interior has a kind of warehouse concept with a wooden, pallet-like ceiling, corrugated sheets, and the occasional ladder as decorations. Popular among the locals on weekends for its DJ sets and live singers, this is one of the top bars in Kuching for an active night. Expect a decent selection of Italian food in the evening as well as draft beer and cocktails at mid-range prices.