Contrary to popular belief, Jonker Street is not just famous for its antique shops and historical landmarks. Every Friday and Saturday, the Jonker Walk Night Market in Malacca’s Chinatown brings the area to a standstill, making way for a lively after-dark night spot.
The handful of bars along the boulevard transforms into a mini street party with tables placed beyond the sidewalks with a pleasant mix of live music and excited chatters. For those looking for the perfect watering hole in Jonker Street, we have compiled our top ten favourite venues with great ambience, good food and drinks, warm hospitality, and some amazing live music performances keeping the street rocking until late.
Hard Rock Cafe has finally landed in Malacca, adding yet another live music venue on the bustling streets of Jonker Walk. It sits right by the Malacca River, and at night it is brightly lit - quite the spectacle in its own right - giving would-be visitors a taste of how much excitement there is to be had here. Thankfully it doesn’t disappoint – quality music entertains diners whilst they wait for the generously portioned dishes, and while prices are a little bit on the high side compared to other nightlife spots, Hard Rock Cafe guarantees to deliver a rock and rollin’ fun time.
Entertaining guests from 22:00 onwards, the Hard Rock Cafe Malacca live band is engaging, playing crowd-favourite rock and roll hits with a little pop and blues in between. Keep on the lookout for song requests – voice out your favourite songs to the band, and who knows, it might get played next! Read More...
- Opening Hours:
Sunday – Thursday 11:30 – 01:00;
Friday, Saturday, eve of public holiday 11:30AM – 02:00 (kitchen closes at 22:30)
- Address: 28, Lorong Hang Jebat
- Tel: +606 292 5188
Housed in a pre-war corner shophouse, Geographer Cafe is an institution in Malacca, known for its lively ambiance in the middle of the already buzzing Jonker Street. Offering yummy local food and reasonably priced drinks, Geographer is a place both locals and tourists frequent, so head on to the cafe if you’re keen on tip-sharing sessions with fellow travellers.
Featuring a very East-meets-West appeal, the tables set on the five-foot walkway and beyond provide the best views of Jonker Street. Geographer Cafe is a favourite place to grab a pint on Friday and Saturday nights (during the Jonker Walk Night Market) and this friendly bar stays open late for drinks. Watch out for live music nights – they’re certainly something to be experienced. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 10:00 – 01:00; Sunday 08:00 – 01:00
- Address: 83, Jalan Hang Jebat
- Tel: +606 281 6813
Me and Mrs Jones Cafe is one of the top bars in the Jonker Street vacinity, with an eclectic blend of awesome live music, cheap drinks and a cosy bar atmosphere. Hawk and his wife Joan are both the owners as well as resident musicians, playing anything from blues to rock.
As the cafe does not serve food, we recommend grabbing a bite to eat at one of Jonker Street’s many eateries and then head to Me and Mrs Jones Cafe anytime between 19:00 and midnight. Come with an open mind, and who knows, you might end up jamming with the Mr and Mrs Jones!
- Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 19:00 – 00:00
- Address: 3, Jalan Hang Kasturi
- Tel: +6016 234 4292
The name says it all - reggae music by the river, what more do you need, really? Drinks, of course! Thankfully, this popular bar serves up a good selection of reasonably priced beers and cocktails - hurting only your head in the morning, rather than your wallet. The music at Reggae on the River ranges from classics to modern reggae, and while you might feel as if you’ve just been transported to Jamaica, the soft flow of the Malacca River and the animated chatter of its crowd certainly reminds you where you are.
Guests can laze back in the rattan chairs whilst overlooking the river or watching the steady stream of people go by. With a breezy and relaxing ambience, Reggae on the River is a great place to unwind after a long day of exploring Malacca’s many attractions and historical sites.
- Opening Hours: Daily, 17:30 – 02:00
- Address: 88, Lorong Hang Jebat
- Tel: +6012 218 7532
Eleven Bistro & Restaurant is located along Jalan Hang Lekir, which is about 200 metres away from Jonker Street. Guests flock to this bistro for its signature Portuguese Haisan Baked Fish, Portuguese Sambal Crab, Grilled King Prawn, Deep Fried Squid, and last but not least, the Portuguese Special Curry Dable Chicken. The spacious interior is adorned with vintage decorations and furniture, all which contribute to the pleasant dining surroundings.
Aside from its popularity for serving traditional Malaccan-Portuguese fare, Eleven Bistro & Restaurant is also a lively nightlife spot with many in-house DJs to entertain guests all night long.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 02:00
- Address: No. 9 – 11, Jalan Hang Lekir
- Tel: +606 282 0011
Said to have the most extensive array of – you guessed it – cocktails in Malaysia, Libar Cocktail House is a chic and stylish bar along Jonker Street that caters to a more sophisticated crowd. Located next to Da Som Inn on Jalan Hang Lekir, this watering hole is quite popular with locals and tourists alike.
Thanks to its ideal location in the centre of the city, Libar Cocktail House is easily accessible after a long day of work or sightseeing. With good music and a stellar selection of cocktail drinks and liquors, it is one of the most crowded pubs along this avenue.
- Opening Hours: Sunday – Thursday 18:00 – 02:00; Friday & Saturday 18:00 – 03:00
- Address: 15, Jalan Hang Lekir
- Tel: +6012 222 7718 or +6016 617 1777
Boasting a decent selection of drinks, Ringo’s Classic Café Malacca is a dusty yet densely packed pub along Jonker Street. Although it might not look like much, it is a favourite gathering spot for music lovers and cafe-goers alike. The cafe is decorated with numerous historical memorabilia and items, from pre-Malaysia maps to old beer posters and old musical instruments hanging all over the wall.
Offering good music (all songs are performed live by the cafe owner himself, Ringo Wang), friendly service, and wide selection of drinks, Ringo’s Classic Café Malacca is one of the best places to enjoy the exciting sights and sounds of Jonker Street.
- Opening Hours: Friday, Saturday & public holidays 18:00 – 01:00
- Address: 11, Jalan Hang Lekir
- Tel: +6016 354 2223
Far East Cafe is located at Jalan Hang Lekir which connects Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock and Jonker Street in Malacca. It has an indoor and outdoor dining area, with the latter fully occupied during the late evenings by guests who want to enjoy Malacca’s evening breeze with their choice of beer or liquor.
For hungry guests, Far East Cafe also serves a number of Asian dishes such as its highly sought-after Yang Zhou fried rice, spare ribs with pepper, and sweet potato leaves cooked with belacan and shrimp. With a good selection of drinks and soft jazz playing in the background, Far East Cafe is a great place to enjoy a quiet drink and catch-up with old friends - or meet new ones.
- Opening Hours: Daily, 11:00 – Late
- Address: 19, Jalan Hang Lekir
- Tel: +606 286 3853 or +6012 696 6277
Housed in a two-storey Dutch heritage building, Bistro Year 1673 has an open-air courtyard, antique furnishing and an ambiance that exudes an old school charm, making it a cosy place for visitors to enjoy some light music and cultural entertainment. There is also a live band performing at the bistro every night from 20:00 onwards.
Bistro Year 1673, which was opened in November 2010, serves Western, Peranakan, Chinese and local delicacies. We recommend having your choice of alcohol with a side of Lychee Prawns, which consists of six golden crispy rolls with the prawns stuffed into the pockets of lychee fruits. Bistro Year 1673 also offers reasonably priced happy hour promotions for those who want a sip of ice cold beer after a long day. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Sunday – Thursday 10:00 – 00:00, Friday & Saturday 10:00 – 01:00
- Address: 18, Jalan Jonker
- Tel: +606 288 1673
HonkyTonk Cafe Haven is a cute little spot excelling in Mediterranean cuisine as well as a warm, inviting atmosphere. Here you will be welcomed with a smile and a friendly attitude. Performing famous Dixieland songs from the 1940s to 1960s, the owners, Joe and Jill, play live piano and sing jazz covers. The cafe also has an extensive music library rooted firmly in the big band and jazz genre, but also giving expression to blues, country, Latin, Malay-Indonesian music plus reggae, world music, R & B, and hip hop.
For the most part, visitors frequent HonkyTonk Haven Cafe for its beer (reportedly at the cheapest rates in town) but they can also enjoy a number of snacks such as its signature “chicken sisig” (a Filipino delicacy) and “lepet” (Burmese pickled green tea salad) to go with their favourite pint. Honky Tonk Haven Café is a great place to chill out and have a beer while watching the boats pass by on the Melaka River and admiring the sunset.
- Opening Hours: Daily, 18:30 – 00:00
- Address: 68, Lorong Hang Jebat
- Tel: +6012 605 0446