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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 8 March 2018
Melbourne, Australia
History and beers.

I went into this empty bar to escape the crowds but ended up having really great conversations with... read more

Reviewed 23 September 2017
Melbourne, Australia
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Chulia St, George Town, Penang Island, Malaysia
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Reviewed 19 August 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 16 August 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 23 July 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 7 April 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 31 March 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 8 March 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 23 September 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 7 September 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.

Thank Spinnersmith
Reviewed 8 April 2017

This place's heyday was nearly 50 years ago - when it was quite probably the ONLY bar in George Town. Back then, it became for a while a favourite haunt of Australian pilots on R&R from service in Vietnam; and the majority of positive reviews...More

2  Thank Giles W
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

I visited on a Friday evening and, although neighbouring bars were busy, the HK Bar was empty. Jenny, the owner, was happy to chat and show photo albums with images of happier days, when Australian airmen on R&R from the fighting in Vietnam packed the...More

Thank Robert M
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