The 10 Best Bars in Miri, Malaysia

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Sam Bedford

Sarawak’s second city is the birthplace of Malaysia’s oil industry. It offers convenient access to national parks, caves and beaches. Discover our favourite bars in Miri for a quiet drink, karaoke and watching sports.

1. The Red Lantern Bistro

Bar, Bistro, Pub, Malaysian, European, American

The Red Lantern Bistro in the heart of Miri offers customers a decent selection drinks, meals and finger food. The highlight of this Miri bar is its open karaoke. Customers can choose their song and sing in front of the audience. Regular DJs also perform at The Red Lantern. Check out their Facebook page and see what’s on when you’re in town.

2. Chomps Bar & Grill

Bar, Bistro, European, American

Located inside the Padi Dive Building, Chomps Bar & Grill caters towards meat-lovers who enjoy a beer or two. The menu offers a variety of Western fusion food, including what they call ‘the best steak in Miri’. Expect a decent selection of regional and imported beers, including Guinness. Anyone craving steak and a pint should head to this mid-range bar-restaurant.

3. Berry Bistro Bar & Grill

Bar, Bistro, Pub, Asian, American, European

For drinks and food with a view over Miri’s waterfront, head to Berry Bistro Bar & Grill. With both Western and Asian dishes, we recommend this as a place to relax with friends. Locals and expats are regulars in the early evening, enjoying a quiet meal and drink. Expect mid-range prices and live music in one of our top bars in Miri for socialising.

4. De Bubble Pub & Lounge

Bar, Pub, Asian, European

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The best way to unwind Sarawakian-style is at the karaoke bar. De Bubble Pub & Lounge provides this type of experience for curious and adventurous travellers. With a selection of beers and top-shelf spirits, you have access to all the ingredients for a good time. Grab a drink or two and sing away. This is one of our recommendations for a more active night out local-style in Miri.

5. Soho Irish Bar and Bistro

Bar, Bistro, Pub, European, American, Malaysian

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Almost every city in the world has an Irish bar and Miri is no exception. Soho Irish Bar along North Yu Seng Road shares similarities with other Irish pubs in Southeast Asia. Customers can enjoy a selection of draft beers, including a fresh pint of imported Guinness. This bar shows live sports games on big screens, attracting locals and expats. Western and Asian dishes, including chicken wings and nachos are available for snacks too. We recommend visiting during happy hour between 4:00pm and 9:00pm for discounted drink prices.

6. Black Pearl Club Miri

Bar, Pub, Nightclub, Pub Grub

Black Pearl is easy to find on Jalan North Yu Seng, with its jet-black exterior and image of a pirate’s head above the entrance. Step inside and find an active nightclub environment, offering table and drink service. The younger crowds who crave a more intense night out rate this as one of the best bars in Miri for nightlife. With a resident and regular guest DJs, it’s undoubtedly a top spot to dance the night away.

7. Alice in Borneoland

Bar, Pub, Asian

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This bar, with its quirky name, is a haven for Miri’s younger crowds. Local bands sing a mixture of modern, old and folk songs every night of the week. The open-air-style bar uses large red lanterns as decorations to create a traditional Chinese atmosphere. Anyone looking to enjoy good music with friends will appreciate an evening at this bar in Miri. While the bar doesn’t serve food, you can buy a snack from the street food vendors outside.

8. Xanadu Pub & Lounge

Bar, Pub, Asian, European

Xanadu Pub might not meet the same criteria as a bar back at home, but it offers a glimpse into how the locals unwind with a beer. Prices tend to be slightly lower compared to other bars in Miri. We recommend swinging by in the early evening for dinner and a beer.

9. Triple Twenty Sports Bistro

Bar, Pub, Bistro, Asian, European, American

Triple Twenty, named after the maximum score from a single dart, epitomises the term ‘sports bar’. You’ll often find younger crowds at this spot on match day. Expect beer and pub grub with a blend of locals, expats and travellers from around Sarawak. And after the game, why not make the most of the dartboard hanging from the wall?

10. Maldives Bar

Bar, Pub, Asian, European, American

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With a name like Maldives Bar, customers expect a laid-back environment next to the beach. It might not be on the sand, but it hosts some of the best live music in Miri. Well-known Sarawakian bands hit the stage from Tuesday through Saturday. Expect a mixture of songs and an active and enthusiastic crowd. If you fancy singing yourself, have a go on the open karaoke between sets. Expect bottled beers, imported wine and cocktails. Check out their Facebook page for regular drink promotions, including Lady’s Night drinks.

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