You’ve photographed the magnificent Zahir Mosque, marvelled at Chinatown’s shophouses and visited a museum or two. After walking all afternoon in the sweltering heat, what can be more thirst-quenching than a cold beer or cocktail? Culture Trip uncovers the handful of bars in Alor Setar and explores the best places to get a drink.
Kedah lacks a bar and pub-culture. Compared to Langkawi’s Pantai Cenang on the other side of the Straits, the state is dry. However, Culture Trip identifies five bars in Alor Setar, including where to go for a quiet beer, a party or a glass of fine wine.
If you’re looking for a more sophisticated evening, check out Bali Bali Hai Café. Combining a restaurant with a lounge-like bar, customers can enjoy this eatery’s Asian-Western fusion cuisine with a drink. When the weather’s pleasant, take advantage of the outdoor seating area under the trees. Sip a craft beer or cocktail in the warm evening air. This is among our favourite bars in Alor Setar to unwind after a day of sightseeing with a meal and drink.
This rooftop restaurant and bar in Alor Setar is a favourite with local families and groups of friends. With an attractive rooftop terrace and air-conditioned seating area, customers can feel comfortable during all types of weather. The menu includes a selection of imported beers, wine and Western dishes. We recommend ordering a cocktail and watching the sunset at Sky Garden.
Silver Moon Café sits a short taxi ride to the west of Zahir Mosque. The café-cum-pub hosts regular entertainment, including karaoke and DJ sets catering mostly towards the Malaysian-Chinese residents. Drink prices tend to be high compared to other parts of Malaysia. Expect canned and draft beer as well as top shelf spirits. We recommend this spot as one of the best bars in Alor Setar for a night of revelry.
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Kedah lacks an active nightlife scene outside of Langkawi and Alor Setar has an almost non-existent party scene. But if you want to let your hair down, consider D’Beer Garden Lounge. The bar doubles as a nightclub with DJ sets and the occasional live band. Expect loud clubbing music and an energetic and youthful crowd. But prepare to be the only tourist inside and to get a little attention from the locals. Drinks include imported beers such as Tiger and Heineken as well as a selection of spirits.
Terrace Forty Eight is one of our top bars in Alor Setar for wine connoisseurs. The Spanish bar and restaurant serves the most extensive selection of imported wine and liquors in Kedah. Energetic staff buzz around as customers relax in the chilled environment listening to the occasional live band. Apart from wine, the retro design creates a certain ambience found nowhere else in the city. If you’re a wine lover, why not head to this bar for a glass or two?