whats-on-penang-the-library-magazineTraditionally, pubs were drinking establishments that only sold beer, wines, spirits and some non-alcoholic drinks. Food that occasionally appeared on the menu were snacks, such as meat scratchings, peanuts and crisps affectionately known as pub grub.

During the early 1990’s, someenterprising British chefs decided to upgrade certain pubs in order to appeal to a more upscale clientele. They called their new style of restaurant a “gastropub”, a combination of the French word “gastronomique” and pub.

From thereon pub food has developed, and now a food menu in a pub is nearly as important as the beer menu, with most serving up pub lunches and dinners.

The Library, which opened its doors here on Penang at Straits Quay on December 7th, is a nod to the gastropub aesthetic that has swept across England, and has made it’s way to Malaysia.

The Library has built upon the concept with their offer of Malaysia’s largest selection of both imported and locally brewed beers, a variety of premium liquor, as well as a tantalising food menu.

They have gone on to revolutionise it further by incorporating thematic interior designs to create a conducive ambience for a nice wind down session, live band performances, game nights, talent competitions and more, for their patrons’ entertainment pleasure.

Given the Malaysian love of mingling and hanging out with friends, along with the gastropub ethic of quality food and drinks, The Library concept has become iconic.

Their rapid expansion and much awaited opening here on Penang is proof of its faithful following.

The Library’s soft opening will be on December 22nd with some great live music lined up and a free-flow of Cocktails and Carlsberg between 8 pm and 10 pm.

Judging from the busy evenings and queues for seats seen since their early December opening, you won’t want to miss the soft opening, so get in early to avoid disappointment!