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A great place for a beer and a place to chill

A military service bar that seems to be have been around for ages! Local authorities should... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Pretty Cool

Seems like this place has a really long history, Was pretty quiet when I was here, but that is how... read more

Reviewed March 8, 2018
Melbourne, Australia
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Chulia St, George Town, Penang Island, Malaysia
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

There aren’t so many places in Penang to get good beer, so you might as well drink somewhere interesting and with a little history like the Hong Kong bar. It’s been around for ages and has links going back almost 70 years with the Australian...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A military service bar that seems to be have been around for ages! Local authorities should definitely look at restoring the place and give its unique charm that seems to have been lost with the fire that broke out some years back. Came across it...More

Thank ShaneSilva
Reviewed August 19, 2018 via mobile

Every time I have been in Butterworth, Malaysia for work with Army I always make a point of starting off a night on the town in Penang. The Hong Kong Bar is still a popular drinking hole for serving members of foreign defence forces serving...More

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Reviewed August 16, 2018 via mobile

We had a really nice beer here and Jenny is such a kind lady. She let us play jenga as well. Great and quiet place!

Thank Ruben P
Reviewed July 23, 2018 via mobile

We stumbled across this bar. It’s an historic Aussie Servicemen Bar (don’t let that put you off though! We are two non servicemen Brits) It’s the type of place that doesn’t and hasn’t changed which is refreshing in the world of hipster bars. The landlady...More

1  Thank HannahH1019
Reviewed April 7, 2018

We were in Penang for seven nights, and this bar was empty every night. If you are interested in military history, it may well suit you, otherwise it's a bit dingy and boring. We had one beer and couldn't drink it quickly enough.

Thank sandgrownun18
Reviewed March 30, 2018

Travelled there in 1979 with the RNZAF. The best 6 weeks in a bar I have every had. Raved about it to my partner for years whom could not understand the attraction. Then 2010 I (we) finally returned. Now he understands. So sad about the...More

Thank ChasandStephen
Reviewed March 8, 2018

Seems like this place has a really long history, Was pretty quiet when I was here, but that is how I like it. Has a lot of airforce memorabilia from the days of the airforce base in Butterworth.

Thank MrDavetheSarks
Reviewed September 22, 2017

I went into this empty bar to escape the crowds but ended up having really great conversations with an older expat who had been living there since the 60's. The bar has a pretty interesting history and the owner Jenny will show you some great...More

1  Thank ApocalypseYana
Reviewed September 6, 2017

This place has been around for a very long time. A lot of history goes into this place with photo albums from 20,30 years ago. Travellers can come in a go through the albums from way back.

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