Friday, 29 March 2013

Bagan Closing Down


Sadly, the relatively new Bagan in Macalister Mansion is closing down this month, the last day of trading in its current guise being 31 March.  I understand that this is largely to allow the prestigious venue of Macalister Mansion to focus on the core business of the hotel, restaurant and excellent cafe they have there.

While it is sad to see the passing of Bagan, for me the new venue never managed to capture the ambience and atmosphere of the original Bagan which was located in Jalan Bagan Jermal and up until it closed, was probably my favourite haunt in Penang, and likely one of my favourite clubs anywhere in the world.  It had just the right blend of lounge, bar, restaurant and patio seating with excellent live music and a great DJ.

The closure of Bagan is not all bad new however as it also brings some great news on the night-spot front in Penang, with what promises to be a very exciting new venue, the first of its type in Penang, planned by the owners of Macalister.  Bagan will also re-open as a different style of bar in the not too distant future, however, until official announcements are made my lips are sealed.

Keep watching this space for more updates.

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