The 10 Best Bars in Langkawi, Malaysia

Watch the sunset while enjoying your drink on Pantai Cenang | © Asia Travel/Shutterstock
Watch the sunset while enjoying your drink on Pantai Cenang | © Asia Travel/Shutterstock
Photo of Sam Bedford
23 February 2018

Langkawi, the Jewel of Kedah, features everything a tourist could want: beaches, islands, nature, duty-free status and a laid-back atmosphere. Discover the best bars in Langkawi to enjoy an evening relaxing on the beach, live music and exclusive rooftop lounges along with the best places to go for Happy Hour.

The Cliff

Restaurant, Bar, Cocktail Bar, Wine Bar, Malaysian, Fusion, $$$
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For sunset cocktails, head to The Cliff. Overlooking the Andaman near Underwater World, this restaurant/bar in Langkawi serves up very affordable drinks, including beer, wine and cocktails. Diners can sit in the contemporary designed interior or grab a bar stool on the terrace overlooking the beach. According to couples, The Cliff rates as the most romantic spot in Pantai Cenang especially for the sunset. Head down between 12:00pm and 6:00pm for half price drinks at Happy Hour.

ONE Love Langkawi

Bar, Pub, Pub Grub, $$$
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Located opposite Hotel Villa Resort and rated as one of the best bars in Pantai Tengah, ONE Love creates an atmospheric spot to enjoy a drink at budget prices. With a design like a wooden shack and cushions on the floor, the laid-back bar transforms into an active nightclub after midnight. As the evening wears on, DJs begin to blast music from reggae and reggaeton to 80s and 90s numbers. Those looking for a chilled out evening with a selection of cocktails, shots and draught beer before a night of partying can check out ONE Love.

Marrakesh Musicteque Club & Lounge

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Pub, Nightclub, Asian, Pub Grub, Malaysian, $$$
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For the best live music in Langkawi, head to Marrakesh Musicteque along Jalan Pantai Tengah. With late closing times, this bar features bands and live music every night. For an affordable and active night out in Langkawi, check out Marrakesh Musicteque.

Yellow Beach Cafe

Bar, Pub, Restaurant, Asian, Pub Grub, Malaysian, $$$
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For a relaxing afternoon drink on the beach or to enjoy a romantic sunset on a beanbag, head to Yellow Café. Owned and run by a European, a selection of local and western food fill the menus along with a variety of cocktails, beer and wine. Diners can sit at the tables set out on the beach or swing in a hammock inside the colourful and hippy-like bar along Jalan Pantai Tengah. Highlights include rating among Langkawi’s best places to see the sunset, regular music gigs including reggae and salsa, and two-for-one drink promotions.

Charlie's Bar & Grill

Bar, Pub, Restaurant, Asian, Malaysian
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Charlie’s Bar & Grill at the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club features an unforgettable sunset in a more refined and sophisticated environment. The relatively quiet spot in Kuah near Eagle Square serves a selection of Malay and international cuisines along with both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. With views over Kuah Bass Harbour and the Marina, it’s little wonder why the bar is a favourite for sunset cocktails and romantic evening meals. Just remember to follow the smart-casual dress code: no shorts and flip-flops!

Kalut Beach Bar & Cafe

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Pub, Asian, Malaysian, $$$
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Want to enjoy a cocktail sitting on a beanbag overlooking the beach? Mali-Mali Beach Resort’s Kalut makes the ideal spot. Consistently rated among the best bars in Langkawi by travellers of all budgets and ages, the laid-back and casual atmosphere provides the perfect excuse for staying on the beach. Check out the favourite two-for-one cocktail promotions between 5:00pm and 6:00pm.

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Mali Mali Beach Bar

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Pub, Malaysian, $$$
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Located next to Kalut Beach Bar and opening 24 hours, Mali-Mali Beach Bar offers the same laid-back and beachside service as its neighbour. Expect a selection of snacks, meals and special drink promotions. Sisha is available here too.

Red Sky Restaurant & Bar

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Gastropub, Restaurant, Malaysian, Asian, $$$
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In front of Underwater World along Pantai Cenang sits a cosy restaurant and bar. Friendly waiters and budget-friendly prices are highlights in this conveniently located bar in Langkawi. When good weather blesses the island, head to the rooftop seating area to enjoy the views along the beach. And if it rains, dine inside the red-themed interior with abstract patterns decorating the walls. Happy Hour with drink promotions on cocktails and beers starts from 4:00pm until 8:00pm.

Thirstday Bar & Grill

Bar, Restaurant, Cocktail Bar, Pub, Seafood, Malaysian, $$$
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A more sophisticated evening on the beach in a smart-casual environment might be what some visitors crave. Away from the uber-relaxed bars along Pantai Cenang’s stretch of coastline, Thirstday gives a classier vibe. With a modern and contemporary décor and tables overlooking the beach, this bar in Langkawi has a reputation for providing excellence. Check out the delicious seafood and coconut ice cream.

Nest Rooftop Cafe

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Pub, Restaurant, Malaysian, $$$
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Halal-friendly Nest Rooftop Café attracts a different crowd compared to the other beachside bars in Langkawi. The rooftop café-cum-bar features a large terrace with tables, chairs and cushions. Live music and movie nights are regular events at Nest. While the bar doesn’t serve alcohol, visitors can bring their own for a small surcharge and will be provided with a glass and ice.

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