True, Ipoh nightlife isn’t as happening as in Penang or Kuala Lumpur. In fact, nightlife in Ipoh is limited to bars, restaurants, the mall, hawker joints and good old karaoke!
But just in case you want more options, here are some chill things to do when the sun goes down!
Bet you’re surprised there’s even a need for a table of contents for what to do in Ipoh at night!
- Coffee & Tea
- Dessert Houses & Ipoh Cafes
- Fancy Restaurants
- Hawker Joints
- Night Market
- Cocktail Bars
- Dance Clubs
- Family-friendly Activities
- Sunway Lost World of Tambun
- Shopping & Karaoke
- Bowling or The Movies
13 Things To Do In Ipoh At Night
1. Coffee & Tea
You don’t necessarily need alcohol to end the night!
If you know where to look, you can still get some amazing beverages and a cozy spot to hang out with friends:
There are 7 branches of Starbucks in Ipoh. But the one the locals prefer (for its spaciousness and ample parking) is the Tambun branch:
1.2. Ipoh White Coffee
Haven’t had a chance to try a cup of Ipoh white coffee yet?
It’s possible to find a couple of places that serve Ipoh white coffee at night.
1.3. Bubble Tea
Despite negative effects on the environment (and waistlines):
Bubble tea has without a doubt, taken over Ipoh too as Ipoh nightlife spots!
1.3.2. Tea Bubble Ipoh 茶丸家
2. Dessert Houses & Ipoh Cafe Options That Open at Night
Sometimes, you have to succumb to your inner sweet tooth!
Try these out:
2.1. Vintage Cafe & Guesthouse
Fancy an order of waffles with ice-cream? Otherwise, they have other options on their dessert menu.
You can get a sweet beer here too!
Instagram-friendly setting? You bet!
2.2. New Yorker Cafe
A halal cafe with scrumptious cakes. There’s excellent WiFi in this photogenic cafe too!
2.3. Vanilla Mille Crepe Ipoh
A bit of a French theme going on here with the black and white tiles. And prominent Eiffel tower centerpiece:
Come here for their yummy layer crepe cakes in a quiet environment!
Their layer cakes have many various flavors!
2.4. Doi Chaang Coffee By Morning Jolt
You can get some online work done here in this snug cafe with their fast Internet. While you sample one of their delightful cakes!
2.5. STG Ipoh Oldtown
Beautiful Western-style cafe in town that has a good lava chocolate cake and unique tea flavors.
2.6. Plan B (Ipoh)
You may have already stopped by here during the day but:
The cafe looks just as gorgeous at night and serves appetizing coffee and carrot cake!
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3. Fancy Restaurants
Ipoh has a handful of nicer restaurants that are suitable for a special occasion:
3.1. Moss [email protected] Besar
They open every day serving authentic and yummy Malay dishes (halal).
The interior is industrial chic. With plenty of room between tables. You can sit inside or outside. And on Friday and Saturday nights, there are live band performances!
3.2. The Deck Gastrobar at Weil Hotel
Needless to say, the best part about this restaurant/ bar is the view of the city skyline!
Which makes it a fabulous Ipoh night attraction!
Western food is served here and drinks are quite affordable.
Sit by the infinity pool and enjoy your drink!
3.3. Red Inn HotPot Ipoh
A hidden entrance belies a warm environment within:
Not your ordinary steamboat restaurant, Red Inn HotPot Ipoh serves a variety of different tasty steamboat soup bases (try the clam one!) in an oriental-inspired environment!
You can book their KTV VIP room and check out their bar too!
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Opëam is frequently praised for its ambiance, satisfying selection of wine and “skinny pizzas”!
Service is attentive too! If you want to impress a special someone, this is the place!
3.5. Jeff’s Cellar
If dining in a cave doesn’t sound the least bit romantic to you:
Jeff’s Cellar will change your mind! Strategically placed lighting brings out the natural beauty of the cavern. Definitely a unique fine dining experience!
You can take a tour (additional cost) of their wine cellar too!
4. Hawker Joints
These are 3 of the undisputed popular hawker centers:
4.1. Aneka Selera Restaurant Kam Wan
Hunger pangs after dinner time? No worries, you can still find something to eat here!
You can get chee cheong fun, claypot chicken rice, ABC ice kacang, satay and much more!
4.2. Stadium Hawker Center
Different food stalls operate here during the day and night! At night, look for the famous wan ton mee, chicken rice and char kuey teow stalls!
If you happen to be here around Ramadhan, get ready for the Bazar Ramadhan Stadium Indera Mulia!
4.3. Tong Sui Kai 糖水街
Ipoh’s famous dessert street also offers some authentic Malaysian snacks and noodles!
5. Gerbang Malam – Ipoh Night Market
As evening draws, the road is closed off to cars to enable vendors to set up their stalls for the night market!
Since this the market is in Ipoh Old Town, this is an easy item to add to your list of things to in Ipoh at night!
And while there’s nothing in particular that is absolutely worth buying:
It makes for a nice and interesting stroll at night. Look out for some local snacks and handicraft while you are there!
There are literally so many to choose from, it’ll make your head spin before you even touch the liquor!
And we’ll probably have to make a dedicated post for this topic alone but here are 5 that stand out from the rest:
6.1. Sinhalese Bar
For a bar, it closes pretty early but the vintage trappings and pink walls lend to a very charming environment that is something unique!
Have a coffee or beer!
No loud blaring music over here!
6.2. Fei Bo Snow Beer
You’ll get a good sense of local atmosphere here from the open-air seating arrangement right on the road – typical Malaysian hawker style!
They have Chinese food of large portions at reasonable prices!
Top it off with a frosted glass of smooth beer (a.k.a snow beer)!
Ipoh has 3 very renowned Western style bars – all are very lively places on a Friday or Saturday night!
6.3. Bricks & Barrels | Gastrobar & BeerGarden
A gastrobar on a famous street (Millionaires Street) of Ipoh, Bricks & Barrels is one of the busiest pubs at night!
Open till late, you can have a delicious western-style meal for dinner here – maybe at their cozy outdoor seating:
Then, stay for their wide selection of liquor – beer and whiskeys from around the world!
And every night from Monday till Saturday, there is a live band playing!
6.4. Healy Mac’s Irish Bar
Not a place for conversation with the live music going on. But it is great for hanging out with friends and throwing back some beers while watching sports or the live band perform!
The bar is partially open-air, if that makes sense.
Beer is affordable here!
6.5. Euro House
The pub caters to their mostly-Chinese patrons that come for the cheap draft beer so you will often find Chinese music (live bands) playing here!
Take your pick of seating nooks around the dimly lit pub.
7. Cocktail Bars
In the mood for a cocktail? Look no further:
7.1. Tiga Bar
Ample selection of vodka, gin, whiskey and brandy at Tiga Bar. Cocktails are on the mild side.
You will not mind the price if you can appreciate the trendy ambiance of the bar!
7.2. Atas Speakeasy
“Atas” is the Malaysian slang for “classy”.
Which is a good fit for the art-deco styled bar. And the affordable cocktails here have an interesting Malaysian twist to them too!
7.3. La Rouge Cocktail Bar
Further from the city centre is a jazz lounge – the perfect setting to enjoy a cocktail!
8. Ipoh Dance & Night Clubs
While Ipoh is definitely not known for having a happening dance scene, there are still a couple of spots to dance away the night!
Note: You might find the energy levels a tad bit lower than what you would expect in Kuala Lumpur!
8.1. Vibes Club Ipoh
With the retirement of SOS, Vibes Club Ipoh is now the main night club venue in Ipoh!
You can check their Facebook page for their latest party themes and events!
8.2. Ohm Dance Club
This dance club has a killer sound system and music and lights to go with it!
Guest DJs, events and party themes are all announced on their Facebook page.
9. Family-friendly Activities At Night
If it’s not raining, families can participate in some night-time activities like cycling at these places:
9.1. Sultan Abdul Aziz Recreation Park
Locals refer to it as Ipoh Pologround.
9.2. Kinta Riverfront Walk
If cycling along the river (Kinta Riverfront) at night sounds appealing to you:
Check out the bicycle rental packages from Cycledios!
Address: In front of Kinta Riverfront hotel
This Ipoh night activity is fun and relaxing at the same time!
The hot springs section of the theme park opens from evening onwards.
You can choose to buy the whole day ticket to enjoy the other rides and slides of the theme park, or just opt for the hot springs section!
Either way, have fun dipping into the numerous pools of varying temperature. There’s even a steam cave and Jacuzzi pool!
Warning: Pretty crowded on weekends and public holidays!
There are a few reputable places to get a body or foot massage around Ipoh during later hours of the day:
11.1. Crystal Spa (at Lost World of Tambun)
11.2. Thai Oasis (ICC Club)
And for your information, there are plenty of other massage options in Ipoh.
12. Shopping & Karaoke
When it’s raining, the shopping malls become welcome places to visit in Ipoh at night!
12.1. Ipoh Shopping Malls
In case you didn’t know, most shopping malls in the bigger cities of Malaysia are open until 10pm!
Singing with friends is an activity enjoyed by many Malaysians regardless of age. So it’s not surprising that Ipoh has some reliable karaoke venues to cater this stress-relieving pastime!
Although the elders prefer to have their own karaoke systems right at home!
12.2. Kbox Karaoke
There are 2 branches – one at AEON Kinta City and the other is at Ipoh Parade Mall.
13. Bowling or the Movies
Anchor cinemas like GSC or TGV usually run late-night movies as well at the malls!
Or if you prefer, you can go bowling until midnight at either Ampang Superbowl at the top floor of Ipoh Parade Mall. Or Ipoh Bowl at AEON Kinta City.
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Bonus: Drive-in Cinema / Casuarina Sini-Drive
A new concept in Ipoh:
Casuarina Sini-Drive at Meru, Ipoh made headlines with the backing of the Perak government.
The area fits a maximum of 70 vehicles. Bookings are made online and charges are per vehicle (RM36-42).
MAPS Theme Park (Officially Closed Until Further Notice)
If you have kids who are still bursting with energy, it’s worth spending a couple of hours at Ipoh’s newest theme park!
Entrance is free and you pay per ride.
The theme park is mostly open-air so going in the evening will be cooler than any other time of the day!
MAPS Ipoh theme park is open until 11pm everyday except on Wednesday!
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There are almost as many things to do in Ipoh at night as there is in the day time:
Pubs, bars, shopping, movies, restaurants, dessert houses, late-night coffee and more!
You might even want to consider staying longer so you can try more on this list!