Pantai Tengah Nightlife
What to Do at Night in Pantai Tengah
Most locals will tell you that the Pantai Cenang and Pantai Tengah area is the best place for a night of fun. Everything you need – dancing, drinking, pool tables, live music, good food and better-looking people are a dime a dozen here – and best of all, the ocean, is only a heartbeat away.
Nonetheless as the evening wears on, lots of folks end up along the Pantai Tengah stretch – a well-trodden nightspot. Locals are familiar with it – visitors often make the mistake of assuming that Pantai Cenang is the only place to drink the night away.
Without beating around the bush, Pantai Cenang’s got the most bars on Langkawi Island but Pantai Tengah’s got one or two bona fide clubs where you can groove to retro, hip hop and techno music. Don’t be mistaken though, if you’re an inveterate pub-crawler; you’re not going to need several shots of double espresso and an ice-pack for your head in the morning - Pantai Tengah’s after-hour’s scene isn’t especially headache-inducing.
Budaba Bistro, situated next to Green Village Langkawi, is a cosy establishment that serves cheap drinks and delicious fusion dishes. Resembling a massive wooden cottage house, the bar is fully air-conditioned with comfy sofas, high bar stools and wooden bar tables with friendly staff and warm ambience. Budaba Bistro offers an array of cocktails and beers at reasonable prices; a Long Island Tea or Lycheetini mixture cost RM7 while a bottle of beer is only RM4. A great place for casual gatherings, the bar also houses a pool table, table football, and wide screen televisions airing the latest sports matches. Lively promos such as Soul Sister nights or Buddha Bar evenings are also held every day at Budaba Bistro.
- Opening Hours: Wednesday - Monday 18:00 – 03:00
- Address: Green Villa Langkawi, Jalan Pantai Tengah
- Tel: +604 955 3117
Chill Out Bistro & Sports Bar
If it’s 03:00 and you’re still raring to go, then head on over to Chill Out Bistro; located at the beginning of Pantai Tengah. This place features live football games aired on a big screen TV. During World cup season, it is especially packed; there are plenty of pool tables and drinks are cheap. They feature live bands about once a month and if you ask locals where to go for a good time, Chill Out Bistro is sure to be at the top of their list.
- Opening Hours: 20:00 – late
- Location: Jalan Pantai Tengah (around the corner from Aseania Hotel)
- Tel: +6012 596 8758
Eagle Rock Cafe
Eagle Rock Cafe is an upscale bar located in Resort World Langkawi at the south-western end of Pantai Tengah. It boasts a unique outdoor patio with a panoramic view of the Andaman Sea with DJs and live bands performing fast rock tunes for locals and tourists to party all night long. Complementing its tantalising array of western fare, Eagle Rock Cafe offers a variety of colourful cocktails, wines, champagnes, whiskies, tequila, as well as beer and draught beers. Do note that drinks here are comparably pricier than most bars in Pantai Tengah; a cosmopolitan costs RM35 while a jug of Tiger beer costs RM42.
- Opening Hours: Daily 17:00 – 03:30
- Address: Block 5, Ground Floor, Resort World Langkawi
- Tel: +604 955 2181
El Toro Espanol Tapas Bar & Cafe
Serving up a plethora of good Spanish cuisine, El Toro is a relative newbie on the Langkawi scene. Even though it is primarily a restaurant, the bar is actually a fine place to have a drink when the sun goes down. Service is good and the owners, industry-experts Ira Noor Lailee and Rafael Rieran, are masters of the nightlife scene.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – 02:00
- Location: Rumah Molek, Jalan Teluk Baru, Pantai Tengah
- Tel: +604 955 3009
Located within Aseania Resort, D’Enigma is one of those places that take you by surprise. This nightspot operates till the wee hours of the morning and is usually pretty hopping. Featuring a live band, this ‘disco’ has decently-priced drinks and locals will tell you its one of the better places to hang around for a fun night out.
- Opening Hours: 20:00 – 02:00
- Location: Aseania Resort Pantai Tengah Simpang Tiga, Jalan Pantai Tengah
- Tel: +604 955 2020
L’Osteria is a great place to get some authentic Italian cuisine but it’s also a really good place to watch the sunset in the horizon and enjoy a few drinks. Head on over here if you’ve spent the day basking in the sun or soaking in the surf; the bar is pretty sedate but its one of the friendliest places to be at along the Pantai Tengah area.
- Opening Hours: 12:00 – 24:00
- Address: Lot 2863, Jalan Teluk Baru, Pantai Tengah
One Love Reggae Bar
One Love Reggae Bar, located opposite Holiday Villa Resort, is a humble-looking shack that hosts exciting dance parties from midnight until the early hours of morning. Featuring talented local and international DJs spinning dance-worthy tracks that mainly comprise of hip-hop, R&B, 80's and 90's pop hits, as well as reggae, this bar is well-frequented by local youths and tourists and is likely to put a smile on your face and a spring in your step. While One Love Reggae Bar does not have a food menu, it serves the usual assortment of alcoholic beverages. A glass of Carlsberg beer costs RM6, and there are daily ‘Buy 3 free 1’ promotions happening from 19:00 until 23:00.
- Opening Hours: Daily 18:00 – 04:00
- Location: Jalan Pantai Tengah (opposite Holiday Villa)
- Tel: +6012 369 7350
Sunday Bistro & Restaurant
Featuring a menu of Chinese and Western cuisine, the posh and expansive Sunday has an attached home décor store that boasts some pretty upscale furniture at affordable prices. Reminiscent of Kuala Lumpur’s bar scene, this bistro is one of the best places along the Pantai Tengah area to sit down for a drink.
- Opening Hours: 12:00 – 24:00
- Location: Casik Anak Besar, Jalan Pantai Tenagh (same row as British Raj)
- Tel: +604 966 3229 or +6012 476 8508
Sunba Retro Bar
This is one of Langkawi’s few clubs that stays open till you see the sun rising in the distance. This mega-dance club has live music or a DJ every night of the week. Drinks are pricey; try the Sunba Sunba, but the atmosphere is very upscale and worth it. Boasting all-wooden décor, Sunba resembles Phuket and Bali’s nightlife scene with 60’s and 80’s hits as an aural backdrop. You’ll encounter a lot of single people here.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – 24:00
- Location: Jalan Teluk Baru, Pantai Tenagah
- Tel: 604 953 1801
Sun Karma Chill Out Lounge
Sun Karma is a very posh and uber-trendy lounge. Located beside the SunSutra Restaurant, this chic club is one of the few places on Langkawi Island that boasts such posh décor. Lounge by the bar with a Midori Illusion or a Lychee Stinger and watch the hip patrons dance the night away.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – 24:00
- Location: Jalan Teluk Baru, Pantai Tengah
- Tel: +604 953 1801
The Lighthouse Restaurant & Bar
The Lighthouse – set in a former, you guessed it... lighthouse – is a two-storey building overlooking the beach. Serving Malaysian and Mediterranean fare, prices can be a little high but the ambience is worth it. Owned by Langkawi-famous chef, Shukri, this alfresco eatery has a good selection of beverages so you can enjoy your dinner and then stay till the wee hours sipping on cocktails or chugging beers.
- Opening Hours: 08:00 – 24:00
- Location: Simpang Jalan Pantai Tengah
- Tel: +603 955 2586 or +6019 402 2005 or +6012 429 3729
Tulsi Garden Restaurant & Bar
Tulsi Garden Restaurant & Bar serves authentic yet decently priced northern and southern Indian fare in Pantai Tengah. With prompt and friendly staff attending to their needs, guests can enjoy a candlelit affair at the al fresco dining section or the cosy indoor area for more privacy. While Tulsi Garden Restaurant & Bar is well-frequented for its tantalising Indian cuisine, it also boasts an extensive cocktail and wine list - its organic Moldovan wine is particularly exquisite. With a garden setting, dimmed lighting, and classical instrumental music playing in the background, Tulsi Garden Restaurant & Bar is perfect for a laidback evening with close friends.
- Opening Hours: Daily 12:00 – 00:00
- Address: 1 & 2, Lot 2844, Sun Mall, Jalan Teluk Baru, Pantai Tengah
- Tel: +604 955 3011