Exploring Malacca’s vibrant nightlife scene is one of the best things to do after dinner. After dark, the sleepy town gradually transforms into a vibrant hub of densely packed pubs and clubs. Most venues serve reasonably priced beverages, and some also host a variety of live music performances. Malacca’s nightlife, despite its small size, offers plenty of opportunities for visitors to join the party, from dusty and vintage pubs on Jonker Street to sleek and colourful clubs in the city centre. Continue reading for some suggestions on where to go at night in Malacca and discover popular the town’s hot spots offering great ambience, food and drinks, warm hospitality and entertainment.
1. Portuguese Square Restaurant
Portuguese Square is known as the heart of Malacca’s small Portuguese community. The descendants of previous Malaccan colonists make up the community. The square is simply a small section of Jalan Ujon Pasir lined with restaurants, food stalls, and pubs. On Saturday evenings, the local community puts on traditional dances to entertain tourists and celebrate their unique culture in style. Choose a spot, grab a beer, and settle in for a night of listening to pseudo-pop bands strut their stuff to the sound of the Malacca Strait in the distance.
Address: Jalan Daranjo, Perkampungan Portugis, 75050 Melaka
Opening Hours: 5pm till 12am daily
2. GravyBaby Melaka
Fantastic location right on the river, and I’ve never seen such a diverse menu anywhere else! Pies, pizza, steaks, Asian dishes, pasta, fish, and even a roast dinner are all available! They also have a large drink menu, which includes decent wine! Because it is open air, it is not air conditioned, but there are plenty of fans and there is usually a river breeze. The service was pleasant and efficient. Strongly recommended!
Address: 2, Lorong Hang Jebat, Melaka City, 75200 Melaka
Opening Hours: 8am-12am from Monday till Thursday and 8am till 1am on Friday till Sunday
3. Geographer Cafe
Geographér Café is a popular Malacca venue located in a pre-war corner shophouse on Jonker Street. The corner lot pub is a Malaccan nightlife institution known for its lively atmosphere in the heart of Chinatown. Its beautifully preserved structure is a historical artefact in and of itself. Geographer, which serves authentic local food and reasonably priced drinks, is popular among both locals and tourists, so stop by if you want to share travel tips with other travellers. It serves good Asian and Western pub grub, has a funky, laid-back, and warm atmosphere, great music, and friendly service, which keeps customers coming back.
Address: 83, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Malacca, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Friday–Sunday from 11 am to 10 pm, Monday–Tuesday and Thursday from noon to 9 pm (closed on Wednesdays)
4. Hard Rock Cafe Melaka
One of the most prominent live music venues lining the bustling streets of Jonker Walk is Hard Rock Cafe Malacca. It’s a great place to go if you’re craving classic American fare like cheeseburgers and fries. The brightly lit double-storey building, located right on the Malacca River, frequently sees a line of eager diners and music enthusiasts queuing by the entrance. Live bands entertain guests beginning at 10 p.m., performing crowd-pleasing rock and roll hits as well as the latest pop and blues. Keep an eye out for song requests and tell the band about your favourite songs.
Address: 28 Lorong Hang Jebat, Malacca City, Malacca, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Sunday–Thursday from noon to 11 pm, Friday and Saturday from noon to midnight
5. Alto Sky Lounge
The Alto Sky Lounge on the 22nd floor of Hatten Hotel Melaka offers breathtaking views of Malacca City. Patrons enjoy expertly crafted cocktails, tantalising light bites, and a selection of fine wines while admiring the view, often with the accompaniment of exquisite live music. The venue is also popular with couples and romantics looking for a memorable night out, thanks to its polished design and stunning views of the city. You can dine indoors or on the terrace and under the chandeliers, taking in the skyline while enjoying light bites and crafted cocktails.
Address: Hatten Square, Jalan Merdeka, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka
Opening Hours: Wednesday–Saturday from 5 pm to midnight (closed Sunday–Tuesday)
6. Salud Tapas
Salud Tapas brings this tradition to Malacca, and we can’t resist ordering a glass of their sangria, which comes with a small bowl of olives, pickled onions, and gherkins on the side. Incredible experience in Salud. The service is excellent, and the food is delicious. Authentic Spanish delectability! I highly recommend it.
Address: 94, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, 75300 Melaka
Opening Hours: 4pm till 12am daily except closed on Tuesday
7. Pampas Sky Dining Steakhouse
Beautiful scenery! The food is delicious and freshly prepared. The service is also excellent. In any case, it’s a must visit for the spectacular view and chill ambience.
Address: Swiss Garden Residence, Jalan Persiaran Bunga Raya, Kampung Bunga Paya Pantai, 75100 Melaka
Opening Hours: Opens daily from 4pm till 11.30pm except closed on Monday
8. Pak Putra Restaurant
Pak Putra is always crowded with locals and tourists. You can choose between al fresco and indoor dining here, and both are equally comfortable. The Tandoori Chicken is their most popular dish, which is marinated with 12 different herbs and spices, giving it a flavorful and aromatic taste. Their Naan goes well with Tandoori Chicken. They have a large selection of Naan to choose from, so don’t be concerned about running out of options.
Address: 56 & 58, Jalan 4, Taman Kota Laksamana, 75200 Melaka
Opening Hours: Opens daily from 5.30pm till 1am except closed on Monday.
9. Satay Celup Ban Lee Siang
When it comes to “Satay,” Malacca has undoubtedly improved and upgraded their version over the years, becoming “Satay Celup” – It’s a cross between Lok-Lok and steamboat, with the only difference being that you dump all of the ingredients into a hot boiling pot of satay gravy instead. Highly recommend this restaurant for a hearty supper.
Address: 45-E, Jalan Ong Kim Wee, 75300 Malacca
Opening Hours: Opens daily from 3pm till 11pm except closed on Wednesday
10. Asam Pedas Claypot
Asam pedas are delicious, and there is also nasi lemak with kangkung. The asam pedas actually taste better with roti (roti canai). Before the asam pedas arrived, you could eat fruits. The service is extremely quick. The line is long, but the wait was brief, so it is tolerable. Great food, quick service, and extremely attentive waiters/waitresses. It comes highly recommended.
Address: 86, Jalan Laksamana 5, Taman Kota Laksamana, 75200 Melaka
Opening Hours: Opens daily from 6pm till 2am except closed on Tuesday.