Don't expect plush sofas and pina colada sipping yuppies as Queens Bistro is an old school rock and roll live music venue that is a rarity on the entertainment scene of Malaysia in the 21st century.
If you are looking for the hottest Penang nightclub then look no further than Queens Bistro, it has only been open since April 09 but it has already attracted a large and loyal local following.
The enthusiastic and warm welcome from Queens friendly staff was a pleasure to behold, I wish more places were so customer oriented! What's even better is Queens is the only Penang nightclub where there is no cover charge, even on weekends.
Queens Bistro is a Penang nightclub with an emphasis on live music with the focal point being the raised stage area that has been artistically decorated with rock and roll in mind.
The claim that Queens is the best Penang live music venue has some merit, this place was built for live music from the exact tuning of the mixers to the see through plastic wall around the drum set to filter out unwanted sound, this is a live musicians dream come true.
When the live band takes to the stage in Queens the visual effect of the vast vinyl record collection combined with their original record sleeves as a backdrop to live music may be basic but its lasting impression is rock and roll to the core.
Indeed, the discs adorning the walls and ceilings of this shrine to rock and roll are probably more suited to a music museum with everything from the Rolling Stones to Joy Division, U2, UB40, The Sex Pistols, Bob Marley, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, The Who and The Clash.
Queens Bistro only use local bands and DJ's with the current band (Malaysian Online) being fronted by a singer called Shidee Data (formerly with popular Malaysian band 'Data').
The sound and light system exudes quality that compliments the lively efforts of the 2 resident DJ's spinning their well received sounds.
If you are a sports fan you can watch your favourite sports from around the globe on the many TV's strategically placed around the venue whilst relaxing and enjoying the music.
Queens Bistro is very different from the mainstream nightclubs in Penang, the titans of the Upper Penang Road are consistently changing their names and themes at a rate more prolific than a monsoon rain cycle whereas at Queens they know their niche is live music and the whole venue is set up for it.
Yes, Queens Bistro is a hidden gem on the Penang nightclub circuit, a live music venue created by lovers of live music for the entertainment of the Penang nightlife populace who really appreciate the visual and auditory sensation of first class musicians.
There are 2 VIP areas available for parties or group bookings, bar snacks are available, Queens accept most major credit cards and it is one of the few places in Penang that has a genuine English pool table.
Queens is located in the up and coming trendy Queensbay area strategically situated to the rear of the Eastin Hotel and very close to Queensbay Mall.
Other bars close by include Terminal 1, Beer O' Clock, Oxo, TGI Fridays, Station 1 and O'Reilly's. There are a multitude of restaurants nearby, enough to satisfy even the most discerning palate!
You are advised to get there early on Wednesdays (the best ladies night on the island) and at weekends to ensure a seat!
More recently Queens engaged the services of two artists and designers to create and paint a mural on an internal wall that stretches half way across the club.
It was an interesting piece of artwork that took a few weeks to complete and Spy Malaysia took advantage of the length of project to record interviews with both artists while it was still ongoing.
You can read here how Penang Artist Julius Saw from Butterworth defines his artwork and also see fellow Penang artist Stefany Ting revealing all about what influences her fine artistry.
Queens Bistro, Live Music Venue
Don't expect plush sofas and pina colada sipping yuppies as Queens Bistro is an old school rock and roll live music venue that is a rarity on the entertainment scene of Malaysia in the 21st century
Queens Bistro is a hidden gem on the Penang nightclub circuit, a live music venue created by lovers of live music for the entertainment of the Penang nightlife populace who really appreciate the visual and auditory sensation of first class musicians
Written by: Michael Joseph
Date published: 26/03/2011
Queens Bistro Review Star Rating
38g and 40g Persiaran Bayan Indah, Bayan Bay, Bayan Lepas
- Phone: +604 645 6995
GPS Latitude - 5.336045
GPS Longitude - 100.306806
Hours: Mon-Fri 6.00pm - 3:00am - Sat-Sun 8.00pm - 3:00am
Queens Bistro Location Map
This band really rock the house with 3 sets pumping out European/US hits with a mix of Asian tunes as the customers request.
Queens Bistro Useful Information
Theme: R&B, 2 DJ's, Live Band
Directions: Ground floor shoplots rear of Eastin Hotel, Queensbay Area
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Cover Charge: No cover charge
Astro Sports Channels: Yes, European football shown at weekends
Other facilities: British Pool Table
Bar Snacks Available: Yes
Credit Cards: Queens accept most major credit cards
VIP Area: Yes, there are 2 VIP areas available
Parking: Plentiful parking directly outside Queens front door
Closest Hotel: Eastin Hotel 1 minute walk