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Why Hong Kong Bar is special ?
The Hong Kong Bar in Chulia Street is something of a Penang institution. It has been owned and run by the same family since 1955 and has always been a popular haunt for servicemen from the RAF/RAAF Butterworth days and visiting sailors and soldiers. RAF Butterworth handed over to the RAAF in 1957 and since then Aussies have been the most frequent patrons. The RAAF base closed down in 1988 but Butterworth (and the bar) still hosts Rifle Company units of the Australian army who come out to Malaysia for three month stints of jungle warfare training. The servicemen have left mementos of their many hours spent in the bar and the walls are lined with plaques and photos. The bar also has the custom of maintaining photo albums and visitors books of all its clients.
- A slice of history
- The place to be
- A unique place
- 35 years of excellence
- Decent place for a drink along chulia st
- Noise level Small
- Budget Medium
- Alcohol YES
- Air condition YES
- Had kid menu NO
- Accept credit card YES
- Serve breakfast NO
- Serve halal NO
- Serve vegeterian YES
Chulia St, Georgetown, Penang Island, Malaysia
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Nestled in Goergetown this small unassuming bar has been a "right of passage" to young men and women serving in the Australian military. The people running the bar keep account with many photo albums that go back to the 1960s. Cheap beer, generous hospitality and a vibe you cannot beat. People have found father and uncle photos of their service time documented in this humble but amazing little bar. A slice of fun history.
Having a quiet beer, watching the world go by and surrounded by Rifle Company Butterworth memorabilia. .. This was the unofficial boozer for Australian Army troops sent to RAAF Butterworth as local protection force since the 1950's ..
Perhaps I was a bit early in the evening, but i went here based on all the good reviews. I stood at the bar waiting for the woman to serve me, there was no one else waiting, she ignored me for 10 minutes, and I gave up and walked to the bar next door.
This is one place to visit when in Georgetown, a Penang institution that has been in the family since 1953. It is run by Jenny and her brother Peter who are two really friendly and warm people. The walls are decked out solid with memorabilia, mostly with commemorative shields donated by visiting Australian servicemen and women from the air force base at Butterworth, and has a traditional jukebox . It is solely a bar and not a restaurant and a great place to meet other people. I didn't miss going there a single day of my three week stay in Georgetown. Chatting with Jenny and Peter was always enjoyable and they straightaway seemed like old friends. A sort of Cheers bar where you get to know everyone. It had Tiger on draught and a fair selection of bottled beers including Carlsberg. It is a totally unique place and a far cry from your characterless, plastic trendy bars.