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Welcome to the latest issue of Pocket Guide Cambodia’s PHNOM PENH
s we go to press late January, the weather is cool and the skys are generally sunny. The evenings are reasonably cool, creating the ideal environment to explore the capital’s nightlife options. Here we bring you up to date with the clubbing and live music scenes, we profile a selection of the DJs currently spinning the decks around the capital and we also bring you a new instalment and check out the of our popular Girls’ Night Out feature. new scene that We give you an overview of the different is Phnom Penh. areas of Phnom Penh that come alive at night Whether you’re a time, whether the burgeoning rocker or a roller, a backpacker area of 278, the busy touristgambler or a boozer oriented riverfront (Sisowath Quay), flip a coin and follow the hole-in-the-wall bars on Streets 104, your destiny into the 110, 118, 130 and 136, the night. undisputed centre of the city’s As always, please continue nightlife - Street 51 - and more. to let us have your (prefYou can find listings of bars and erably constructive) feedback clubs starting on page 72 plus our and suggestions as to how we "Moonlite Munchies" guide to late can improve the quality of our night bites on page 24... guides - email us at: So get out there, hit the town email@example.com Look for the following symbols in the advertisements:
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your guide to phnom penh's nightlife entertainment scene...
14 Live Music
Phnom Penh has much to offer by way of nightlife, so here’s a guide to what’s available if you want to strut your stuff at one of the capital’s clubs.
A roundup of the latest on the live music scene.
Profiles of some of PP's leading DJs
20 Venues Page
Here you’ll find a list of venues across town that hold regular events: DJs, live music and more...
Girls' Night, Out
With the rainy season behind us Phnom Penh is once again trasnforming into a tourist's playground...
26 Gay Scene
It would appear that everything in the garden is slowly coming up roses for the Pink Riel at present...
If you’re feeling peckish late at night don’t despair, there are plenty of options
The Waterfront Asian cities are not generally known for their walkability...
32 A Touch Of Class
Phnom Penh has an ever increasing variety of places for that special night out, including a number of fine hotels.
36 Safety at Night
Take a few sensible precautions and you should wake up with nothing worse than a hangover.
38 Messin' Around
Many of Phnom Penh’s bars have pool tables but there are plenty of other options if you’re after a challenge.
42 Phnom Penh Map Area Guide
The riverfront offers a plethora of evening entertainment, so here’s a small selection to whet your appetite.
52 Area Guide Street 104
In recent years it has developed into a busy late-night destination, especially for men seeking female company.
It’s business as usual for “the Strip” as the busy section between 154 and 178 is known.
56 Area Guide Streets 108/110 108 is colourfully lit at night and it’s a popular place. 110 is up-and-coming and has two distinct faces.
60 Area Guide Streets 118/130 Both these streets have in recent years become the home of pretty much everything.
64 Area Guide Street 136
A must-go night-time destination, to enjoy a drink or a bite, or stay the night.
68 Area Guide Street 172
From a side street to a destination in its own right, 172 comes alive when the sun goes down.
70 Area Guide Street 278
This clever chameleon of a street has succeeded in changing its image in recent years.
72 Directory Listings
78 Back Page
Emergency numbers, a selection of useful websites and information about the publisher.
If you're after dancing the night away, then Phnom Penh is the place to be and has an almost endless choice of places to party the night away in.
In a city where new venues are opening their doors quicker than the crowd of tuk tuk drivers gathered on a street corner can yell "tuk tuk" at tourists, there's no shortage of nightspots to keep the crowds entertained. he long-awaited Code Red (opp Nagaworld) recently opened its doors in the capital, bringing a whole new concept of clubbing to Phnom Penh. Pledging to attract international names to the city’s stage, high hopes are riding on Phnom Penh nightlife expert, Eddie Newman’s latest venture. Nestled in an off-the-beaten-track spot, opposite Naga World and next to Koh Pich bridge, the club has an exclusive feel. Inside gives off an industrial, warehouse vibe, with high ceilings and cement walls and floor. Plump red seating lines one wall, with a small VIP area to the back of the club and a mezzanine level offering further seating for those wanting to take a break from boogying. The dancefloor is big enough to cater for the potential 400-strong crowd flocking to see the jam-packed bill of both international and local DJs. And the club boasts top quality equipment, including Technics 1200s, Pioneer CDJ2000s, Pioneer Nexus mixers and an incredible soundsystem with JBL speakers. The club will present a mash-up of sounds, including local DJs spinning on Tuesdays and Fridays presenting everything from electro and drum ‘n’ bass to hip hop. The reliable veteran Heart Of Darkness (38 St 51) is a resilient venue that’s possibly survived the most biggest changes with the times and has managed to effortlessly transform into an impressive cavernous mezzanine nightclub from its humble bar beginnings. No matter what night you drop by, you’ll
find the Heart Of Darkness busy, heaving and cruisy. For many Khmers it provides them with Lengthy icicle their main chance to listen to international club sounds, which pack out the dancefloor. beads suspended Brilliantly lit by chandeliers, with lengthy from the ceiling icicle beads suspended from the ceiling like jewels on chains the dancefloor, the Heart has 13 shiny disco balls that catch and reflect all the lazers and lights. For all the strutting exhibitionists, a dancefloor stage is placed in front of the DJ booth to pose, woo and ensnare potential partners. The upstairs balcony is the perfect place to people watch, giving a bird’s eye view of all the action that is taking place on the dancefloor below. An extra bar relieves the crush from downstairs and the all important pool table of yester-year has been returned where you can chance your skills against the expertise of the seasoned girls - good luck! Located in one of the oldest French colonial buildings on the riverfront, with breezy views along the Tonle Sap and Mekong rivers, the revitalised Riverhouse Lounge (6 St 110) celebrated its 13th year in business in November 2013 and looks set to play to its enduring strengths. It's a place for party lovers, with resident and guest DJs spinning live music and each night hosting a different theme and style and genre of music, something to appeal to all tastes. Their 4-8pm happy hour provides the most beautific, picturesque views of the river, and their experienced bartenders create some of the city's best cocktails. Downstairs, the Riverhouse Bistro is transformed into a lounge club daily after 10pm when the New York-style Velvet Nights takes over. House music can usually be heard playing, with twice weekly live acts. Every Sunday and Wednesday at 8pm there’s a live vocal jazz bands. This elegant restaurant and bar also offers a special beverage menu featuring delectable cocktails, international quality wines, single malts and freshly squeezed juices. Do It All Bar & Club (61 St 174) is the city’s foremost Global Urban Music Lounge. The dancefloor heaves most nights with a friendly, attitude-free and open minded multi-cultural crowd whose obvious knowledge and passion for the music is transformed into an infectious upbeat enthusiasm felt by everyone. It’s such an extraordinary lift to experience everyone unified and smiling by such unique and celebratory music. Friday night is their anthemic flagship night, hosting the biggest African music night in Cambodia that has proven to be hugely popular and keeps a diverse mixed crowd that continues filling the mirrored dancefloor with rapturous swagger. And if it’s midnight munchies you’re after, there’s plenty of Creole cuisine on offer from red snapper to fried chicken, plaintam rice and peas. Pontoon (80 Street 172) has established itself as one of the most innovative nightclubs in Phnom Penh, and has been very successful with a loyal follow-
ing of discerning party revellers. The venue holds great kudos and credibility within the International DJ community, attracting an The decks are impressive, sterling roster of chart-topping amped for a DJ of live acts and DJs who vie for the prestige and distinction of performing there. This has every genre consequently opened up and allowed local Khmers to experience and witness a broad range of performers and styles of dancemusic hitherto unheard in Cambodia. Thursday night residency Shameless! continues to be Cambodia’s only Gay clubnight which is widely popular and provides an energetic, entertaining cabaret show with the cream of local talent.The adjoining Pontoon Bistro Lounge, where restaurant meets social lounge clubbing, is the ideal place to kick-start a night, either for swish pre-Club grub or to gather the tribe together before hitting the floor. It offers an alternative as the atmosphere is different from the club, and is known to be a late night joint where you can have a good snack and you have the option to go ‘Tapas style’ for sharing with a group. It’s recently simplified its night-time menu for all the ravenous club hedonists with a wide range of burgers and main courses. Each night after 10pm the decks are amped for a DJ of every genre that contrasts with what’s happening in the larger club, next door. So where’s the after hour party? It’s about time but the city has finally got an after hours dancefloor, albeit at a modest size. The G PUB (St 51) directly behind Pontoon in the Golden Sorya Mall is where the dancefloor keeps going until 6-7am every morning (it's open from midnight). It’s loud, raucous, full of sozzled revellers and gets very busy. It’s a walk-in space, there are no doors or walls to the joint, with the only ‘wall’ being a smoked window, which works well to its advantage. Luring in even the most steel-willed passerby and clubber for ‘just one more’ and the promise of a dance. The playlist is all the current commercial dance remixes that are mixed from a laptop. Jugs of Angkor beer are $4 and cocktails and Belgian beers $4. It may only really get busy after 3am but for now it’s the right size and space for what it delivers. Honey Disco (123 St 51) is a restaurant and coffee bar by day and pumping discotheque by night. Inside is an eleaborate affair with disco lights aplenty to keep your feet firmly on the dancefloor. And if that doesn't work then the giant disco ball is sure to keep you moving your feet until the early hours of the morning. Popular with Khmers, this bustling venue also attracts a healthy helping of expats and tourists keen to join the thronging crowd inside. Lavo (93 Norodom Blvd, corner St 208, above KFC and Pencil Supermarket) is also making a name for itself in the capital. This extravagant club has multiple environments to explore, a lounge which doubles as an intimate and supremely comfortable restaurant along with its dynamic jewel of a nightclub, reminiscent of a futurist sci-fi movie set, which is quite literally massive in scope and design.
Live & Direct Phnom Penh's live music scene is thriving and at the weekend the sounds of different bands can be heard echoing in the air. The capital has come a long way since the
days when a common complaint about the
nightlife was its lousy lack of live music.
Melanie Brew Ritchie Munro
ut as the city rapidly evolves, the live music scene has folowed suit with an ever-increasing number of venues catering for this shrinking gap in the market. Now, Phnom Penh has a diverse offering of music catering for every weird and wonderful taste. Where better to start than the birth place of live music in modern Phnom Penh and the self proclaimed “Longest Running Rock and Roll Bar in Indochina” - Sharky Bar. Sharky Bar (126 St 130) has a unique appeal that no venue in Phnom Penh can match: its laid back, welcoming atmosphere, enhanced by the all-American decor of sports jerseys and flags are the perfect backdrop for the best rock and roll spot in the city. Home to the annual “Penhstock”, Cambodia’s only yearly music festival, Sharky hosts a variety of acts from seasoned Rolling Stones cover bands to teenage punk Cambodian bands cutting their teeth. Sharky is an ideal venue on the weekends to let your hair down and enjoy some rock and roll and famed pub fare. Details of events can be found online at facebook.com/sharkycambodia Doors (corner of St 47 and St 84) hosted a plethora of acts in the past year, from a launch show for a hip hop album to classic Spanish guitar performances, ideal for the Spanish themed menu. The venue has welcomed a series of international and local bands, musicians and DJs through its doors since opening, including Kimchi Collective, Kromy, DJ Bree and The Underdogs. It has also played host to the city’s leading funk band: Durian. For details of upcoming events check out facebook.com/doorsphnompenh Another staple on the Cambodian music circuit is the The FCC. Widely acclaimed for its food and unrivaled views of the Tonle Sap, the FCC rooftop provides an ideal location to take in relaxed tunes and enjoy the evening breeze.
The FCC consistently hosts top jazz and blues artists touring the region and promises to offer an array of tasty meals and cocktails. During 2013, the popular Cambodian Space Project saw the venue packed to the rafters when the funky, retro-Cambodian rock band returned to Phnom Penh after a successful Australian tour. Long-standing Memphis Club (3 St 118) is the cities leading blues bar. In operation since 2004 it is perfectly located near the bustling riverfront and never fails to have a solid covers band and a regular crowd. The walls pay homage to great rock icons of the past with posters of Jimi Hendrix and Les Paul guitars scattered around the venue. This is the perfect spot for a large group that are looking for some good drinks and some real music, often open till the small hours of the morning. One of the city’s most popular venues is Equinox, primely located on Street 278 in BKK1. Credited as a major force behind Cambodia’s blossoming music scene, it regularly has three to four live acts weekly performing in its upstairs space. With aircon and specially modified to host live music, some say it provides the best sound system in town. It’s typical to catch expat favorites at this venue on a weekly basis imbibing in barbeque and drinks. Expect a packed house when local band sliten6ix bring their raw, in your face thrash metal or Holliday in Cambodia, who please the crowd with sing along favourites. Another stalwart of the Phnom Penh music carousel is The Village (1 St 360). It describes itself as a “place to come together as a community and share moments together” and you feel that atmosphere upon entering the restaurant. The layout of the venue seems inspired by a 40s cocktail bar with a low sprawling stage surrounded by high cocktail tables with box seating at the back. If sipping on martinis and indulging in finer wines is your thing, then The Village is right up your alley; soak in the ambience of a time lost with acts such as the Euan Gray Quartet or the Amanda Bloom Trio. Another recent addition to the scene is Slur Bar (28 St 172), which was formerly electronic music venue Cotton Club. Reinventing itself as a live music venue and sports bar, Slur Bar has been attracting a healthy crowd since opening in June. Hosting live music every night from Thursday to Sunday, the bar has already welcomed the likes of DJ DSN, Vibratone and Oscar's Band to perform on the fullyequipped stage that sits at the front of the building. Trying to introduce something slightly different to the norm, the bar has an urban vibe, punk Cambodian with graffiti artwork by Peap Tarr and Lisa Mam on the walls. See facebook.com/slurbar. bands cutting Showbox (11 St 330) Located in a contheir teeth verted traditional Cambodian house, Showbox is a melting pot of Khmer and expat musicians, artists, poets and neighborhood regulars. The space is DIY Artsy with an indoor bar and plenty of out-
side patio seating. Their drink and beer specials are inviting ($1 drafts & daily cocktail specials), and their food menu provides a good Cambodia's variety of pub grub plus scrumptious Khmer blossoming dishes. Live performances are a treat featurmusic scene ing everything from Rockabilly to Metal, and Punk to Traditional Khmer drum circles. Shows take place early and every Tuesday they have an Open Mic night where impromptu cross-cultural jams have been known to occur. Le Jardin (16 St 360) This is a gorgeous outdoor Eden where children frolic and adults enjoy wine, beer, cocktails and dinning. Their menu is a combination of Western and Khmer food with a Kid’s menu and ice cream from the Blue Pumpkin. Every Friday they have their Sandpit Sessions starting at 6:30. It’s a relaxing evening of rotating musicians from around the world. Sunday evenings music starts at 5:30 and accompanies their Sunday Barbecue. Cherry Bomb (66 St 51) A newly renovated space situated in the heart of Phnom Penh’s nightlife district, Cherry Bomb is a two-story venue hosting live music including bands, DJs and acoustic shows. Bands play on the ground floor, DJs spin from the mezzanine and acoustic shows are held upstairs in the Sound Bar. The atmosphere is unique and artsy and taps are just a dollar in the Sound Bar. For show information drop in, check out facebook.com/cherrybombpp or look up the gig guide lengpleng.com. The Groove (1c St 282) Nightly music starting from 9pm until midnight, has made The Groove a hot new venue for those seeking live performances any night of the week (except Sundays). Above Terrazza restaurant it is a great space for after dinner drinks and entertainment. The space is cozy and upscale with a global-chic clientele. Happy hour is from 6-9pm with buy-one-get-one-free specials. The music ranges from Diva to Salsa and Jazz to Latino & Soul. Check out facebook.com/thegroove for info. Alley Cat (42 St 19z) Tucked away in an alley off Street 19 just west of the Royal University of Fine Arts, Alley Cat hosts weekly the Sunday Sundowner Sessions. This unique night of music is hosted by a variety of local musicians and is a gathering ground for music lovers and musicians from around the world. Alley Cat also has music on celebrated holidays and for special events. Their menu is mainly Mexican food but there are weekly food specials that include two rib nights (Tuesday and Saturday) and outstanding burgers. Picture an idyllic downtown club tucked between lofty buildings with an open, starry sky patio. Breezy foliage sways to the sounds of sweet jazz, Basanova or vintage rock and roll, and floating through the air are savory scents from an authentic French kitchen. Now, go to Cabaret on Street 81, just off Street 154 and bring that picture to life. Spacious yet cozy, chic but not
trendy, Cabaret blends a gorgeous combination of food, wine, music and ambiance for friends, lovers and families. Live music starts early (seven-ish), every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, and each night has a theme. Tuesday is Latin, Thursday is Jazz, Friday is a mixture of pop, soul and funk and Sunday is Vintage rock night. Keep yourself updated on what’s going on at Cabaret by joining their Facebook page at facebook.com/cabaretrestaurant. Located just behind the FCC on Sotheros Boulevard, The Mansion is one of the capital city’s most historic music venues, and going to an event there is super cool—history, drama, urban decay, thwarted opulence, posttwentieth century hipsters, International tourists, National superstars and local ex-pats. It’s an experience. After the FCC recently underwent renovations they ceased having space for gigs, however, they have annexed The Mansion and it is now their primary music venue. International and popular local gigs happen just three times a month but are worth writing down and planning for. Check out facebook.com/ fcc.hotels.phnom.penh or fcccambodia.com/publications for upcoming music and events. Street 51 is undoubtedly Phnom Penh’s busiest late night jam. There are bars, babes, booze and food and now there is an awesome new music venue catering to the rock’n’roll in all of us. Oscar, the man behind Oscar 51 bar, singlehandedly turned the crumbling remains of an abandoned pool hall from a ratinfested squatter nightmare into a spacious, downtown nightclub—in just ten days. Since then he and his team have worked hard and now Oscar 51 has live music every night. Better known bands perform on the weekends and up-and-coming groups cut their teeth during the week. It’s definitely a place to check out any night of the week, especially with dollar-fifty drafts (buck drafts during happy hour—49pm). For information about upcoming shows check out (and ‘like’) Oscar 51 on facebook.com/Oscar51pp There are a string of other venues across Phnom Penh that host live music regularly and are waiting to be explored. These include Zanzibar Pub (St 110), which hosts bands and musicians every Thursday and Saturday, from 8pm to midnight. Oscar Rock & Roll Bar (St 104) is another popular venue that gets busy for the live music that is played Wednesday to Sunday, from 10pm to late. Aqvarivm Bar and CafÉ (corner of St 55 and St 254) is a reUnique night cent contender to the market and puts on live of music music and a barbecue Wednesday to Saturday, from 8pm to midnight. For details of upcoming live music gigs, as well as forthcoming DJ events, go online and check out www.lengpleng.com
Boasting a jam-packed bill of events to keep clubbers entertained every night of the week, Phnom Penh is fast becoming the city that never sleeps. Each new month in the Cambodian capital brings with it the opening of a new club or bar as the city’s nightlife continues to grow. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of talented DJs to keep the crowd on the dancefloor well into the early hours.
n ever-expanding after-hours offering comes hand in hand with a growing pool of top talent to keep Phnom Penh’s party vibe pumping pretty much non-stop. And with a series of exciting new projects being launched, the clubbing scene only looks set to further flourish. Phnom Penh Underground (phnom-penh-underground.com) was launched late last year with the aim of providing a definitive guide to the city’s underground club scene. It offers listings, features, exclusive mixes from Phnom Penh’s DJ elite, as well as the latest news, photos and videos. Party players, Dream Injection, launched their venture in January. The aim of the game is to introduce a whole new clubbing concept to the capital in the form of extravagant parties hosted in unique venues that bring together the cream of DJs. Their debut event, W.I.L.D. takes place on February 1 at Riverside Hotel on Sisowath Quay and will be the first of many across Phnom Penh. Add into the mix the opening of Code Red (opposite Naga World, near Koh Pich bridge), which has pledged to attract a host of international acts to the city, and Phnom Penh is undoubtedly the perfect place to dust down the dancing shoes and do some serious partying. Here, we introduce you to some of the DJs that keep the beats booming throughout the night.
Dr Wah Wah DJ veteran Dr Wah Wah’s career stretches back more than 20 years, making him something of an expert behind the mixer. Born in Ireland and bred in New Zealand, he first dabbled with DJing during the height of the London rave scene while living in the UK between 1989 and 1993. His passion for music followed him back to NZ, where he continued to organise parties. And when he moved to Adelaide, he became a founding shareholder in successful club, Sugar. Since moving to Cambodia 6 years ago, he has become a regular on the clubbing scene, spinning what he describes as “dub-house-disco-tech” weekly at Dusk Till Dawn, monthly at Meta House’s Vinyl Mania night and often at Pontoon.
DJ Sequence As a veteran of the London drum ‘n’ bass the place to and jungle scene, this Brit-born DJ has brought the genre’s signature dirty bassline dust down the and beats to Phnom Penh. He has regular spots playing at parties such as bass:session, dancing shoes Berlin Tropical and Tech-Penh, and at Meta House and Dusk Till Dawn. His signature sound is described as blending the “smooth, Liquid Funk style alongside the Ruffer NuJungle”. He is also one of the masterminds behind Phnom Penh Underground and has played an instrumental role in pushing forward the underground dance music scene in Cambodia. Rob Bianche Seasoned DJ, Rob Bianche, launched his musical career in Australia in 1990 and went on to play at a string of top clubs and parties. During his career, the musical maestro has supported names such as Paul Van Dyk, Juan Atkins, Dave Clarke and Grooverider. Bianche went on to release a series of tunes on his own record label, Digital Recordings, and scored success when he scooped the top spot in the Australian dance charts in 2004 with his smash hit remix of The Fugees’ Ready Or Not. His music also features on the soundtrack of cult hit horror film, Wolf Creek. Since moving to Cambodia, Bianche has secured slots at Pontoon and Heart of Darkness. DJ Donabelle Starting her career at the legendary beach parties of Goan party capital, Anjuna, DJ Donabelle has been wowing crowds across the world. As well as in Goa, the DJ with a Portuguese-Goan background,has wowed audiences across India and Dubai with her blend of deep, techno, tech, vocal, progressive and commercial house. Luckily for us, she’s currently based in Phnom Penh and has been making her stamp on the city’s club scene, performing at The Riverhouse Lounge and Pontoon Bistro. She has also joined forces with DJs Sequence and Alan Ritchie to put on Sunbodia – a sunset boat trip to top tunes, on Feb 14.
live music in Phnom Penh Alley Cat Cafe: Street 19Z
: 012 306 845 Events: The newly revived Sunday Sessions feature a variety of expat musos, with drinks deals and great Mexican food.
Cabaret: 159, Street 154 : 092 650 980 Events: Recently opened restaurant, bar and live music lounge with live music three times every week. Cherry Bomb: 66, Street 51 : 088 523 3395 Events: Newly renovated two-storey venue hosting live bands, DJs and acoustic shows in a unique, artsy environment. Darlin’ Darlin’: Nagaworld, Hun Sen Park
: 023 228 822 Events: Live music every night except Mondays. Well-liked, edgy hangout place that attracts a young and trendy crowd.
Doors: 18, Street 84/47
: 023 986 114 Events: Funkily restored villa in the old French quarter with live music performed almost every night of the week.
Equinox: 3A, Street 278 : 092 821 700 Events: Salsa dancing, swing dancing, and live music throughout the week. Two-storey bar with regular events. FCC Phnom Penh: 363, Sisowath Quay : 023 224 014 Events: Regular exhibitions and live music throughout each month. The original riverfront venue, a must for any visitor. The Groove: 1c, Street 282 (above Terrazza Restaurant) : 023 614 250 Events: Stage performances Monday to Saturday from 6pm to 1am, with signature cocktails and Italian finger food too.
The Latin Quarter: Street 178 at 19 : 093 319 081 Events: Monthly live bands and regular parties on a breezy terrace. Salsa dancing with free lessons also also available
Le Jardin: 16, Street 360
: 011 723 399 Events: Open-air restaurant and café with Sandpit Sessions from 6:30pm Fridays and a BBQ on Sundays at 5pm.
Memphis Pub: 3, Street 118
: 016 959 163 Events: Live rock bands playing every night (closed Sundays). One of the best rock experiences in Cambodia.
Meta House: 37, Sothearos Boulevard
: 023 224 140 Events: Regular art/photography exhibitions and film showings. Cambodia’s first art/communication/media center.
Oscar 51: 29, Street 51 : 089 482 827 Events: Recently opened live music venue on the popular Street 51 "strip" with regular bands. Getting good reviews. Paddy Rice: 213, Sisowath (corner Street 136)
: 017 773 102 Events: Regular live music throughout the week. Popular and energetic Irish themed bar on the riverside.
Riverhouse Lounge: 157, Sisowath Quay : 023 220 180 Events: Live DJ music every night, monthly theme parties and events. A lounge for the young, the cool and the hip. Riverside Bistro: 273A, Sisowath, corner Street 148
: 023 213 898 Events: Open Space House Band from 8pm Tuesday to Sunday. Popular venue in a historic colonial art deco building.
Sharky Bar: 126, Street 130
: 023 211 825 Events: Loads of live music, pool comps and events every week. The longest running rock’n’roll bar in Indochina.
Show Box: 11, Street 330 : 088 523 3395 Events: Coverterd wooden Khmer house featuring Khmer and expat musicans. Shows take place every Tuesday evening. Slur Bar: 28, Street 172
: 017 248 177 Events: Regular live music featuring a wide array of bands from Cambodia. Also live sports shown on TV.
The Village: 1, Street 360 RESTAURANT BAR LIVE MUSIC
: 012 810 731 Events: Very popular venue with a big focus on live music, with shows on almost every night of the week.
Girls' Night Out
It's Friday night and after a hard week at work the girls are looking to let loose in Phnom Penh... WiWith the pre-Christmas expat exodus about to get underway we girls wanted to look our best for the first of a string of farewell parties so we decided to start our night early and treat ourselves to a late afternoon pampering session at Bodia Spa.
fter a relaxing 60-minute aromatherapy massage, followed by a manicure and pedicure, we were feeling refreshed, relaxed and raring to paint Phnom Penh red. After working up an appetite beautifying ourselves over a few glasses of wine, we headed to Piccola Italia Da Luigi, a cozy eaterie nestled away on quiet Street 308. Pizza is the main draw here and the ginormous, thin and crispy crusted pizzas are by far some of the best in Phnom Penh. With lashings of toppings, ranging from seafood and spicy sausage to four cheeses and veggie delight, the five of us demolished three pizzas between us. Next up on our evening’s agenda was a the temptation cocktail or two at neighbouring Seibur. of the cocktails As the capital’s smallest bar, we were lucky no-one else was in there because the five of was too much us managed to pack out the cute and quirky venue. The novelty factor definitely kicks in here with there barely being enough room to swing a cat in. Thankfully, the top class service, classy cocktails and chic decor make up for what is lacking in space, and with us packing out the place it felt exclusive, like it was our very own. As lovers of fine wine, Bouchon Wine Bar was up next and a short tuk tuk ride to Street 246 later and we were standing in front of an extensive selection of French wines – mostly from Bordeaux. The elegant wine bar was busy by the time we got there, with drinkers snapping up the happy hour selection of half price martini cocktails available in the elegant wine bar. Despite our love of wine, the temptation of the classy cocktails was too much and we sank several, including the very sweet but delicious chocolate orange martini and tamarind martini.
Changing the tone of the night, we set off to meet a friend who was living it up at Zeppelin. Our visit lasted no longer than a G&T before the deafening sounds of metal music pounding from the speakers got too much and we moved on. However, the thronging crowd of regulars inside were enjoying the music, cheap drinks and friendly atmosphere that have made Zeppelin something of a rock institution in the capital. No night out in Phnom Penh is complete without a visit to nightclub Pontoon, which was our next stop. A bonus was Kimchi Collective bringing Pontoon Bistro to life with their cutting edge house sounds and we chose to hit the dancefloor there over the spliced hip-hop beats being pumped out in the adjoining club. After an hour of energetic dancing and several drinks, we had our first casualties of the night and waved goodbye to two friends as we headed to the nearby Dusk ‘Til Dawn. As one of the city’s latest afterhours offerings, the rooftop reggae bar has become a popular late night attraction, often playing host to some of the capital’s top DJs. The open air venue sits on the top of a towering block and offers unparalleled views of the city accompanied by a refreshing breeze and top tunes in the form of reggae, drum ‘n’ bass, roots and ragga. While at times things can get a little crazy with the spacious terrace packed out with party-goers, we must have missed the boat and by 3am, the main crowd had split and the party was winding down. One drink later and we decided to call it a night. Unlucky for us and the lift was broken so we had to stagger down a seemingly endless number of stairs before stopping off for some food to soak up the excess booze before bed. Street 51 is the at times things street that never sleeps and was still alive with party people as we left. can get a Even in the early hours of the morning, little crazy there’s plenty of food being flogged along the bustling stretch but the allure of hotdogs and chicken nuggets from La Lune’s was too much to resist so we tucked in before ending another fun-fuelled night in Phnom Penh.
Most of the city's restaurants stop serving by 10pm, but if you're peckish late at night don't despair
Street 51 has several options for a late bite to eat, ESPECIALLY THE AREA BETWEEN STREETS 154 and 174. Howie's Bar has decent sausage baguettes for $2 plus packets of beef jerky to soak up the beer. Across the street you’ll find Chuck Norris Dim Sum (yes, him) with a fantastic selection of dim sum, steamed and fried. Nearby Kebab sells a range of Lebanese-style kebabs until 5am, and inside Golden Sorya Mall, Belgian owned Sorya Beergarden serves, amongst others, Belgian and Thai dishes until 1am. Heading south you’ll reach Shanghai with its menu available until midnight, and Pontoon Lounge (next to the club of the same name) which serves a selection of gourmet western dishes until 4am (see the ad opposite). Nearby Reaksmey Burger serves burgers and hotdogs, perfect for that quick fill, and the KATI PERI PERI mobile tuk-tuk serves excellent woodfired pizzas for just $4 or less. Further south, don’t miss Zeppelin which offers plates of dumplings and Khmer dishes till 4am and the Walkabout, where the kitchen serves western and Asian dishes 24 hours a day. Away from St 51 your options are more limited, though there are several Khmer restaurants on St 108 near Norodom Bvd open past 1am. The Cavern on St 104 serves western meals until 1am and its food is available at 104 Bar. If you're craving for something a little south of the border, check out California 2, open 24 hours on the riverfront north of St 102. A few blocks south near St 110, Metro Rahu serves varied food including sushi and sashimi until 2am. Sharky Bar on St 130 serves western and Thai food until 1am, nearby Pizza 5 offers pizzas for eat-in or takeaway until 1:30am. Candy Bar on St 136 will feed you 24 hours a day. On the same street, the Red Fox keeps its kitchen open until 1am. Down south on St 95, Martini offers pizzas, kebabs, Tex-Mex, Indian and Thai dishes courtesy of Chez Dim ’til 2am. Other options include Total petrol stations with their Bonjour Marts, some of which are open 24 hours, as well as many of Phnom Penh’s mini-marts - in particular check out Smile with outlets on Street 136 as well as at the corner of 51/184. Bon appetit!
It would appear that everything in the garden is slowly coming up roses for the Pink Riel at present as brand new lgbtq venues keep appearing Its growth and development can only be looked upon with enthusiasm that Cambodia’s Gay scene has finally expanded!
o begin with The Rainbow Bar, at 134 St 136, has really come of ageat its spanking new venue and is now under new management. With some fine tweeking here and there the Rainbow Bar has now changed to a much more sophisticated drinking space. A live cabaret Showtime is now held every night, prompt at 10:30pm. The well stocked bar has a rather convenient Happy hour that generously lasts from 8-10pm every evening. Whilst the breezy, outside veranda is now 3 times as large and comfortably positioned with pleatherette sofas. In fact a veritable pink village is forming and taking seed on Street 136. A collaborative effort is being made between three businesses who have all come together, to unify and assert their relative closeness in vicinity as a strength to build their very own burgeoning pink village! Which brings us to a short stroll along the road. The Space Hair Salon BAR (66 St 136) is a strong and unusual, innovative addition to the scene, in that it’s a trendy, arty hybrid of being a hairdressers and cruisy cocktail bar rolled into one. Staffed by an attractive group of mohawked boys in rainbow gym vests who all appear to have majored from the handsome charm modelling school for boys. Service is friendly, helpful, attentive, non-intrusive and best of all non intimidating and attitude-free. The music is hip and contemporary. There is no official cabaret ‘show’ but they unintentionally provide a show that’s not a show. It’s a surreal no-show show! The environment has the feel of an edgy, in-house conceptual art-piece. Impromptu fashion, photo sessions and drag shows anarchistically pop up all the time. Clip-art, if you like! The outside patio is delightfully sloped like an alcoholic Mad Hatter’s tea
Cambodia Meet the friendly guys of Cambodia and have a drink in our intimate and cordial pub with a Khmer style atmosphere. Show every Friday and Saturday starting at 11pm.
open 6pm - late 36 Street 178 map ref’ J8 www.bluechillibar.com 012 566 353 [ ]
Nice Music, Friendly Staff Cozy Lounge with Good Atmosphere Drag Show Every Thursday & Friday Evening at 10:30 Coffee available from 8am-5pm
open 5pm - Late 225 Street 13 map ref’ I8 017 374 724 / 089 870 939 [ ]
party surrounded by climbing vines and twinkling fairy lights. Fully wigged out decapitated glamour-doll heads adorn the inLike a Mad door speakers. Barber’s chairs arch invitingly. The smell of freshly lacquered hair, Hatter's tea party scorched by blow-dryers and red-hot crimping irons, fills the intoxicated air. Prices are exceptionally reasonable. $1 draft beer. $3 jug. Cocktails $3. A Stylist haircut incl shoulder massage and beer $7. Colouring, Highlights and professional special effect make up are also popular services provided. Hair dressing times are 9am-10pm. Drinking starts whenever you want it and continues well until late when the last person is standing. Manager Sopheak is approachable, creative and friendly. Any make-up, hair stylist, theatre costume or drag queries, just ask him. FEEL GOOD CAFE & ROASTERS (79 St 136) is housed directly opposite The Space Hair Salon Bar and next door to THE FLICKS 2 Cinema. It’s an ambitious Gay community project that stretches over four floors. The ground floor serves as a restaurant, training school & a unique coffee specialist roastery. All beans are blended, roasted, ground and brewed on site. An impressive gas operated cylindrical rotating machine named ‘Benjamin’ roasts unique locally resourced blends (Cambodia, Laos and Thailand) before your very eyes, providing the most authentic experience of coffee in Cambodia. The second floor is Emporium a beauty shop selling a wide range of Cambodian naturally resourced products. The fourth floor houses a fabulous Dance and Yoga studio. The third floor is a spa and massage retreat. All aspects of training young Cambodian entrepreneurs are integrated into the ethos of the building highlighting a business model based on Western ways with the ultimate intention of having the students graduate, run and have ownership of the place. It’s a well conceived and thought out Pink operation and deserves our full support. If it’s the energetic excitement of a mirrorball nightclub experience you’re after then Shameless! provides the Kingdom with it’s first and only rainbow card carrying Gay club night every Thursday Night @ Pontoon (80 St 172) and is now striding into its 5th successful year. The recent team addition of International multi-platinum selling DJ Shaman (Cambodia’s 1st Gay Khmer DJ) playing a harder mix of euphoric International Vocal House with a tasteful gay sensibility is proving to be a winning combination, coupled with the most energetically and imaginatively choreographed cabaret in town. A wild eclectic and balanced mix of exhibitionist performers with a specialist kinky Burlesque bint. Shameless! delivers an entertaining exuberant night out with a resourcefully cherry picked cast of the best of the performance artists and DJs in their field. Entrance is free. Back to the bar scene and QUEER Thursdays hosts the official pre-Shame-
friendly staff cozy atmosphere fabulous drag shows every night from 10:30pm Open 7days a week karaoke nights on Mondays from 6-9pm open 5pm - late 134 Street 136 map ref’ J8 023 631 1818 [ ]
less! warm up party at the Backstage Cocktail Bar (377 Sisowath Quay). It attracts an interesting, chatty social mix of the leafy patio libertine expats who enjoy the strong cockteems with cruisy tails, and is proving to be a chic, sexy, cool venue to meet local scenesters and netflirty activity work. Tomboy DJ Maurice provides the sultry provocative sounds and generates the right balance of pre-clubbing queer atmosphere. Supremely comfortable seating arrangements enhance opportunities to mix with an eclectic bunch of people. Free Drink vouchers are distributed for Shameless! which provides the perfect springboard for a salacious and racy night of hedonistic entertainment at Pontoon. The 2 Colours Bar (225 St 13) is an essential visit and has now been re-booted with a complete theatrical makeover. Their entire façade has now been replaced by glass which gives the venue much more allurie now that one can see what sensuous treats await within. What was once the bar is now a glamourous mirrored stage (Showtime is 10:30pm Thursday and Sunday) elevated like a big birthday cake in the center of the tastefully decorated ‘70s Retro style lounge. Comfortable sofa seating surrounds the stage, still in keeping with it’s sense of intimacy and original character of the place and provides great sight lines for the performances. Great arty vibe with wall to wall acrylic paintings by local Gay Khmer artists. Outside the leafy patio teems with cruisy flirty activity and can also double as an intimate chillax area. Inside the latest pop tunes have been carefully groomed and chosen by the team to fill the space. Saturdays all cocktails and spirits + mixers are $2 which helps pull in the crowds. Firm favourite and darling of the scene, The Blue Chilli (36 St 178) wears the imperial crown when it comes to the Phnom Penh Gay bar scene. She’s been around the longest and has built and kept a strong loyal following with the locals, expats and tourists alike. Busy even on the quietest of nights with most customers preferring to socialise on the sofas in the outside patio area. Fridays and Saturdays are Showtime! Boasting a lengthy and lavish Cabaret show at 11pm for the drunken revelers, combining drag renditions of Western Icons, Khmer and Korean pop & Chinese power ballads! Not to be outdone with the sudden increase in competition for the Pink Riel, the Blue chilli have had yet another dramatic shake up with their complete interior handsomely restructured and redesigned. Playing to their strengths, a brand new theatre stage has been built at the rear end of the bar and the bar has been flipped from the left to the right. So, something for everyone then. Remember to stay safe with your encounters with those dazzling ‘strangers in the night’ by packing a few condoms, and be mindful of your possessions and property when you’ve had a drink.
Friendly Japanese style lounge bar with reasonable prices and cute ladies. Japanese food also served open 7pm - 1am 21 Street 9 corner Street 294 (near Phsar Kabko) map ref’ M8 085 731 450 [ ]
Happy Hour 5-9pm Draft Beer $1 Polite & Sexy Girls - Ice Cold Beer - Pool Table - VIP Room. open 5pm - late 3Eo Street 172 map ref’ H8 017 78 55 33 [ ]
A Touch of Class
Phnom Penh has an ever increasing variety of places for that special night out . . .
A good starting point would be one of the city’s finer hotels, especially if you go for happy hour
ocated in Raffles Hotel Le Royal on St 92, the Elephant Bar offers a glimpse into the splendour of the city’s colonial past. The InterContinental hotel’s lobby bar on Mao Tse Tung Bvd also offers a five-star comfort zone, with deluxe sofas, spirits and single malts. A little further south at Hun Sen Park, the colourful NagaWorld hotel complex sports the Aristocrat Bar, offering a range of fine cigars and whisky for those who feel flush after a flutter at the gaming tables, as well as Darlin’ Darlin’, a hip nighttime venue popular with the capital’s trendy set. The Himawari Microbrewery is a new microbrewery launched by the hotel of the same name, and it’s an ideal option for those seeking something original and different. Saint Tropez on St 174 is another popular nightlife option, with a compact dancefloor next to the DJ booth. Cafe Metro on the riverfront combines chic decor and a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Its sister bar Rahu is located further up the quay and also serves great Japanese dishes including sushi and sashimi. On the corner of St 154, Le Moon sits on the rooftop of the Amanjaya hotel and offers a spacious area to sip a cocktail and enjoy the river view. Chow has a popular happy hour where an eclectic range of cocktails can be enjoyed at half price, alongside draught beer at disounted prices - the rooftop bar is especially popular. Next door Frangipania, atop Bougainvillier Hotel, is a popular rooftop alternative. Fish, a few blocks up the quay opposite the Night Market, offers seafood and good wines in a chic environment. BAR SITO, a speakeasy-style bar tucked away on St 240 1/2 has garnered a loyal following thanks to its eclectic range of cocktails, while newcomer Zino Wine Bar at 12 Street 294 is fast becoming the place to go in the Tonle Bassac area of town.
On the Waterfront
The Riverside is a hive of activity during the day but it’s after dark that the area really comes to life.
Phnom Penh’s bustling waterfront is the perfect way to indulge in the capital’s nightlife with a little bit of everything on offer.
he best time to take a gentle stroll along the two kilometre spacious stretch of promenade that flanks the Tonle Sap is at dusk when the scorching sun disappears from the sky. It’s then when it is at its liveliest as locals flock there to hang out with friends, get fit in the “outdoor gym”, bust some moves at the openair dance workout or play sey – a popular and skilled game where a long shuttlecock is kicked between a circle of players. Also home to too many bars, restaurants, cafes, shops, hotels and clubs to mention, the riverfront is a popular player in the tourist market. During highseason the pavements are packed with a mix of young and old from across the globe, making it a great place to people watch. It’s also the perfect place to live the high life and watch the sun set with a cocktail in hand from one of the many rooftop bars, before hitting the streets for more drinks or food in one of the many venues, which range from budget to blow-out all in one strip. The clamour of tourists inevitably attracts scores of beggars, street kids and youngsters selling everything from DVDs and books to necklaces, purses and scarves. The open-front nature of many restaurants, cafes and bars means a meal or drink is rarely uninterrupted by a cute and crafty Cambodian kid trying to sell something. They all speak fantastic English and most will happily enjoy a joke or two regardless of whether you buy from them. Be warned, they’ll tempt you into playing games that you don’t stand a chance of winning! At the south end of the riverfront sits the Royal Palace and on the promenade are two small chedis where, at this time of day, Cambodian families descend to light candles, burn incense and offer flowers and fruit to Buddha. This is the perfect place to start a leisurely evening stroll, stopping off at Le Moon on the way in time for sunset. Situated on the roof top of the Amanjaya Pancam Hotel, this classy bar overlooks the converge where the Tonle Sap meets the Mekong and offers spectacular views of the hustle and bustle below. Back down on street level and there’s plenty more choice when it comes to eating and drinking. Firm food favourites include Cafe Metro, a stylish
restaurant and lounge serving up Khmer and international cuisine in a cool and contemporary environment. Next door, Bojangles offers an affordable selection of Cambodian and Western dishes and cheap beer during its daily 4pm to 7pm and 10pm to 11pm happy hours. Anjali is another popular place and boasts a selection of Indian, Asian and Western delights while, if you fancy some good Mexican grub then Viva!, to the north end of the riverside, is a good spot to stop off. When it comes to quenching the thirst, there’s even more options, catering to every taste, from the quiet drink in a corner bar to dancing the night away in one of the many livelier venues. The cleverly named Paddy Rice is an Irish-themed bar that is popular with sports fans, screening live games and hosting live music regularly. Harem Shisha Lounge is a good place to relax and enjoy one of the flavoured shisha pipes over a drink. Next door is a good place to party the night away, with Riverhouse LOUNGE staying open until the early hours. A bar and bistro sits on the ground floor while upstairs is a lounge with a DJ spinning popular club tracks on the decks. The riverside is also home to a host of spas, with the majority keeping their doors open late to cater for the tourist trade. Islands Massage just north of the junction with Street 130 is a popular choice. Shopaholics can also splash their cash with a series of shops selling souvenirs, jewellery and clothes on the riverfront. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, the Night Market is open to the north end. Always packed with locals, there’s plenty of food and drinks on sale as well as clothes, shoes and other items. Entertainment comes in the form of Khmer singers. With this in mind, what are you waiting for? Jump in a tuk tuk and explore Phnom Penh’s thrivng riverfront.
Safety @ Night
It can be that one moment. a simple misunderstanding. a few too many. forgetting where in the world you are. and it can ruin your night.
hnom Penh has come a long Don’t carry more money than you need. way from the infamous ‘wild There are plenty of ATMs across west’ days but do not be mistown (just look for the ATM signs on our taken, this is still a place where map on pages 40-41). there can be deceit behind the Try to keep to main roads and don’t walk smiles, where money talks, and alone, especially if you’re lost. for some, where life is cheap. Most people enjoy a night on Keep wallets, handbags and telephones the town without incident, close to you, and don’t leave your drinking in bars and dancing belongings unattended as bag-snatching into the small hours in one of occasionally occurs. the many clubs. But street theft, Be careful (ladies especially) on motos scams, and the threat of harm or tuk-tuks not to leave bags hanging is never far away. Pick pocketloosely over your shoulder. Keep them ing and bag theft are the most out of reach. Same goes for cameras too. common crimes but can easily be avoided by simply following If you hire a motorbike, buy a separate common sense. There are howpadlock and never leave it unlocked. ever some more serious threats Be polite and friendly with Khmer than simple theft. Khmers are people, whatever the situation. very proud people, and displays Negotiate your fare before getting on of anger or rudeness towards transport to avoid problems later. Use them from a foreigner are never your common sense and be safe – it ain’t well received, and can result in brain surgery! Have a great time. very heated situations (guys, you’ll do well to remember that big muscles mean very little in a country still infested with guns and other weapons, none Ambulance: 119 and 023 724 891 Police Hotline: 117 of which Khmers are afraid to use). You can have a great night Tourist Police: 023 724 793 by being cool, smart, and followand 012 942 484 ing some simple rules: Fire: 118 and 012 786 693
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The original unique ambiance bar. Long term established, offering a professional service. Come by for some good fun, good music & drinks. open 6pm - 2am 13 Street 49 (near Central Market) map ref’ H7 012 739 784 [ ]
Many of Phnom Penh's bars have pool tables, but there are other options if you’re after a challenge Wherever you choose to play, check before you start TO AVOID ANY PROBLEMS, as many places have their own, sometimes peculiar, house rules...
few venues have imported slate tables more suited to 9-ball, a popular alternative here in Phnom Penh. This particular version of the game offers an interesting alternative to 8-ball and the rules are fairly straightforward once you get the hang of it. At the time of writing, high quality slate pool tables could be found around town at several bars, including California 2, The Golden Vine, The Pickled Parrot, Sharky Bar, Liquid and Score with not one but four slate tables. The Walkabout holds a pool competition every Tuesday from 8pm, as does the Pickled Parrot, while Sharky has a weekly competition on Wednesday. Alternatives to pool include foosball, a table football game originally developed in Germany. Public tables can be found at Equinox on St 278, Candy Bar on St 136, 104 Bar on, you guessed it, St 104. If you’re looking for something to exercise your elbow, how about a game of darts? Known by Brits as “arrers” it’s all about hand and arm co-ordination. You may have to substitute a glass of iced lager for the traditional pint of bitter, but several places have boards so if a game of 501 takes your fancy, you’re in luck. The Walkabout is as good a place as any to enjoy a game. Connect 4 and Jenga can be found at several places, while for the more intellectually inclined Phnom Penh has several quiz nights to test your knowledge while competing for prizes in cash and bar tabs. The longest-established is held at The Gym (42 St 178) every Tuesday night, though there are others at Equinox (3 St 278), Sundance Inn (61 St 172) and The Willow (1 St 21).
Phnom Penh CAMBODIA
Open 24 hours Full Western and Asian menu always available Live sports on our big screen upstairs in FC Walkabout Pool competition every Tuesday night Joker draw every Friday night from 6pm with Big Jackpots Great value central accommodation open 24 hours 109 Street 51 map ref’ J7 www.walkabouthotel.com 023 211 715 [
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+ Most of Phnom Penh's + nightlife takes place + in the area covered by this map, from the riverfront's hustle and bustle to some of the quieter side streets. Taking a moto after dark should cost you no more than US$1 (4000 riel), and a tuk-tuk + + US$2 for one person. + no more than Be safe and don't carry more money than you need, as there are numerous ATMs in the city, many of them open 24 hours. Carry small notes for getting around and tips. Have a great time! + + +
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The riverfront always been one of Phnom Penh's most popular and main attractions The riverfront (“moh tonlay” in Khmer) offers
plentiful evening entertainment options - here’s a selection to whet your appetite, starting at Street 184 near the royal palace and heading north. Pop Café is a very popular Italian restaurant serving consistently good pasta and pizzas. It’s so highly thought of in fact that the place is often fully booked in the evenings but don’t let that put you off stopping by, it’s worth it! At the next corner, the FCC has been in business since 1993 and is a must on any visitor’s itinerary. It boasts two open-air balconies with fantastic river views, hosts frequent art, photographic, and musical events, and has a great drinks menu and some interesting tasting plates to choose from. Touk, on the opposite corner, also has wonderful views across the river, while offering a decent pool table too. It’s a good budget option for those who may find FCC a little out of their price range. Upstairs is the newly opened River Crown, with a good range of tapas and main meals, and a happy hour from 4:30 to 7:30pm. A few doors north, Cantina is a “fun Mexican refuge” noted for its top-shelf tequilas and margaritas as well as a selection of good CalMex fare. On the next corner (be mindful of the traffic!), K West is an elegant hotel bar with a sophisticated menu selection, comfortable booth seating, and offer buy one get one free on most drinks from 6pm to 8pm every day. The hotel is also home to Le Moon, the riverfront’s most spacious rooftop bar, where classy cocktails and comfort with a view is the specialty. Close by, Bougainvillier offers fine French and Khmer cuisine, an extensive wine selection and a breezy rooftop bar called Frangipania. Next door, clinically stylish Chow is a great happy hour meeting place and also sports a comfortable rooftop terrace. Riverside is another of the quay’s longest-serving bistros, dating from 1995 and hosts live music most evenings, while on the northern corner of Street 148, Metro (or Metro Hassakan to give it its full name) is primarily a café by day that transforms into a vibrant lounge nightspot when the sun goes down. A little further up is The Blue Pumpkin coffee shop and bakery. It’s cool, fresh, relaxing, with a selction of delicious sweet treats to enjoy.
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Below is La Croisette, which specialises in Italian cuisine, has an excellent selection of wines and cocktails plus a comfortable outdoor terrace. A short stroll brings you to Cadillac serving big portions of real home cooking. It’s also an excellent place to meet people and make new friends. The next corner is home to an Irish-themed guesthouse, restaurant and sports bar named Paddy Rice (geddit?). Live sports, live music and loads of character keep the drinks flowing 24 hours a day! Continuing north brings you to Metro Rahu. It’s the sister restaurant/lounge to Hassakan and specialises in a great selection of Japanese dishes including sashimi. Harem Shisha Lounge is right next door if you need to chill out for a while and enjoy the intoxicating flavors of the shisha pipe. Next is Riverhouse, with its bar and bistro on the ground floor and the upstairs RiverhouSE LOUNGE, one of Phnom Penh’s coolest and most popular clubs, having been around since 2000. They often have international DJs playing and frequent theme nights. Heading to the corner just before the Night Market brings you to Fish & Co. and then Fish, two venues offering a selection of seafood dishes. A few doors up the street you will find Viva!, with a great range of mexican cuisine and drinks including delicious frozen margaritas.Two blocks north is the popular Italian restaurant Limoncello, while next door California 2 is a 24-hour bar and meeting place with guesthouse rooms. A little further up is KFC on the corner with St 100.
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The city's original street of a thousand nights still continues to attract a raft of fun-seeking crowds It’s business as usual for “the Strip” as the busy sec tion between 154 and 178 is known, which over the last few years has developed to become the city’s undisputed premier late night destination Most of the action happens between St 154 and 178, although Cathouse at the corner of St 118 is worth seeking out. It’s been around since the UNTAC days and runs happy hour from 11am to 7pm! There are a few hostess bars along this street, Shanghai being the largest and one of the longest standing. It’s pretty full on and is a great place for good company and good drinking, and features a newly opened roof terrace. Across the street is Black Cat, with outdoor seating and live music downstairs, and a quieter area with pool table upstairs. It gets pretty rocking on live music nights and is well worth a visit if you’re up for a good night. Further north, the recently renovated Pit Stop offers a more intimate ambience, with pool table and ‘skilled hostess service’. If you want to strut your stuff, the Heart of Darkness is packed most nights. Opened in 1993, the club has grown to become one of Phnom Penh’s most famous. Attracting locals, expats and visitors from around the world, it offers a truly unforgettable night, and while it may be facing more competition than in previous years it still stands tall as a must visit on the club circuit. Opposite is Golden Sorya Mall, which has become a popular drinking spot over the past couple of years. Check our SORYA BEERGARDEN with its range of local and imported beers and, if you're planning to be out very late, don't miss The G PUB, the undisputed after hours place where the dancefloor keeps going until 6-7am every morning. Pontoon, with regular international DJ acts, especially at the weekends, is arguably the ‘biggest club’ in town. Housed on riverboats for many years, it’s now found a permanent home and has gone from strength to strength, with all the features you’d expect to find in a western club. One street down on 174 is St Tropez, a super cool club/lounge with outdoor garden area where live sports are shown on the big screen. Howie Bar has a pool table, bar games, cheap drinks and good company and provides a popular alternative, open till 5am. Nearby T-Pub has food avail-
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able as well as plenty of friendly hostesses to play a few games of pool with. Rock-orientated audiophiles should head to Zeppelin, known colloquially as the Rock Bar, where owner Jun spins vinyl till the early hours. He has over 1 000 records in his collection. Newly opened is the spacious OSCAR 51, styling itself as "the best damn live music venue" with regular live gigs. Lone Brothers Bar is proving to be a hit with heavy metal fans and is a biker’s hang out for all you petrol heads out there. Fans of the green fairy should check out L ’Absinthe next door. Diagonally opposite, The Walkabout never closes and also offers food and drinks into the early hours, as does Blue Tongue Café next door. If you’re here on a Friday, check out the Walkabout Joker Draw, with tickets on sale from 6pm. The winner’s pot can be fairly impressive sometimes. If you get the munchies then you’re in the right area. There’s a great variety of options for a quick bite, including kebabs, burgers and Khmer dishes at low prices from La Luna, authentic Lebanese food from Kebab, and various other stalls open till late inside Golden Sorya Mall. Ther are also several food stalls along the street. Reaksmey Burger, just before Shanghai, does a great hotdog and fries, and the popular KATI PERI serves great, cheap woodfired pizzas from a converted tuk tuk!
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Only a few years ago this was a quiet street where nothing much happened - How times have changed . . . In the past few years it has developed into a busy late-night destination, especially for men seeking female company. Aside from a couple of venues in the nearby streets, Street 104 is where it’s at. Starting at the western end of the street, 0scar Rock’n Roll Bar claims to be have “the best house band in town” and you might find it hard to argue. Live music plays from Wednesday to Sunday and they have special weekend drinks deals as well as friendly hostesses. Next door, Air Force Bar has become a real Phnom Penh favourite and is regularly one of the busiest bars on the street. You’ll find a great group of fun and attractive girls to entertain you, and an excellent music play list. You’ll also find live sports and Happy Hour from 4-8pm here. Another popular choice is Vixens which follows the theme set by it’s neighbors, and you can go ‘mixing with a Vixen’ from 4pm to late. A short stroll brings you to The Cavern, inspired by The Beatles’ hangout and featuring a great selection of classic and modern rock music. with friendly hostesses after 10pm. It also serves a wide range of traditional British food. One of the street’s original bars, Zanzibar, continues to thrive despite all of teh competition, with plenty of hostesses and a lively atmosphere. Matilda Bar, as its name might suggest, has an Australian feel and features a selection of nightly freebies. It was recently renovated and now has neon tables as well as a free BBQ every Friday from 7pm. Next door, T-Pub II has recently been sold and has reopened as Big Mama Bar - we're not entirely sure of the reasoning behind the name but will leave it to our intrepid readers to discover its secrets. Across the street, the Pickled Parrot is a long-standing, popular Australianrun bar. It never closes, has 24hr live satellite sports showing all major events on a 42” plasma and other big screens, wifi, a great selection of international food from 6am to midnight, and a slate 9 ball pool table with cash prize competitions every Tuesday starting at 8pm. It also has rooms from about $20 a night. Rose Bar is another of the area’s original venues, and maybe, of all the bars on the street, has the most hostesses. It is consistently busy and also serves
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106 good food if you’re peckish. There is very good pool table in the separate pool room at the back. There are many other options on or in the area around the street, all within easy walking distance, and offering a good choice of evening entertainment. With the Tonle Sap River on one side and the historic old post office building and square on the other, St 104 sits nicely in between, and along with neighbouring streets you’ll find everything from a glass of wine and a cocktail, to a few games of pool, or a lively evening with some attentive company. There are also a few restaurants in the area well worth checking out. Sophy’s serves up good authentic Khmer and Thai food. They specialise in a large variety of fresh vegetables, proteins, herbs and spices and as they say “there’s no guilt in eating at Sophy’s”. La Volpaia is the place to go in the area for authentic Italian cuisine. Set in s a very stylish and comfortable environment, the menu offers an irresistible selection of antipasti, pasta, pizza, and dolce to die for. They also have an extensive wine collection as well as a range of cigars for sale.
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zero eight Streets 108/110 one one ten Between these two streets there,s plenty on offer for everyone and a great night out to be had 108 is colourfully lit at night and it’s a popular place for locals of all ages. 110 is up-and-coming and has two distinct faces day to night.
Street 108: Stroll east along 108 from Monivong Bvd, there’s little geared for westerners’ tastes for the first 200m or so. Keep going, however, and there’s a couple of bars offering the time-honoured combination of cold beer, music and attentive female staff, with Golden Vine Pub one of the most popular on most nights. It’s got a friendly atmosphere where you can enjoy personal attention and a game or two of pool. Happy hour there runs from 2pm to 7pm. Enigma Lounge & Bar is looking great after its renovation. With around 15 hostesses and a pool table, as well as food and free wi-fi available, it’s not one to be missed. On the corner of St 51 is La Marmite, with a deserved reputation among Phnom Penh’s Francophone community for its excellent bistro-style cuisine. Those with a taste for fine cuisine might stop at Armand’s, which exudes bistro chic with its carefully selected menu of fine French fare including delicious steaks. Continuing eastwards, you will find Psar Chas (The Old Market), which caters almost exclusively to the local Khmer population and closes in the middle of the evening, and the Night Market which caters to foreigner and locals alike. It has around 150 stalls selling a wide variety of handicrafts and food stalls, and a main stage area where there are often live shows to enjoy, though it’s open only at weekends. River 108, on the corner of the quay, is a beautifully appointed boutique hotel with excellent river views. It’s sister restaurant, Fish, offers a selection of seafood-based dishes (as you might expect) as well as a good list of wines by the glass and bottle. On the other side of the night market, at the corner of 106 you’ll find Mao’s, formerly a lounge bar and now being reinvented as a sophisticated nightclub with a sound and lighting system to rival any in town, and regular DJs and live music - watch this space for the launch of the new Code Club (sister venue to CODE RED on the riverside near Nagaworld). Street 110: Closest to the river is Le Quay, an upscale café and creperie, twinned with Amara Spa. Treat yourself to handmade crepes and a soothing foot massage to start your day off on the right foot (ahh puns, we love them). 56
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On the opposite corner you will find the Riverhouse, with its bar and bistro on the ground floor as well as an upstairs Lounge, one of Phnom Penh’s coolest and most popular clubs. Now in their twelfth year of operations, the club often has international DJs playing and frequent theme nights. Cross the street and head away from the river a hundred metres or so and you’ll run into Garage Bar, a friendly place with arguably the best selection of music in town. American owner Jeff is a true afficionado and has assembled a huge and varied selection of predominantly rock music. Across the road, Lyon D’Or is a mid-range guesthouse with a bar and predominantly French restaurant in which you can watch the world go by. Next is the recently-opened Zanzibar Pub, a stylish, spacious bar friendly staff and live music performances every Thursday and Saturday. Across the way are a clutch of hostess bars, the oldest of which is Happy Man. Run by Mr Happy himself it’s got great drinks and friendly company. Right next door is Ben’s Bar, a standard hostess bar with the usual friendly girls, reasonably priced drinks, pool table, and showing live sports on TV. If you’re after cheap eats, look no further than Chi Cha, one of the street’s longest residents, that serves a range of simple Indian food at great prices. Just off the street, heading south on St 5 you’ll find Domino Bar playing some good music and also has a pool table, PS2, and a large range of wine and spirits. Whatever you're after, you'll be spoilt for choice on 110.
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Lights, camera, action! In almost every city around the world movie lovers, couples and friends can enjoy a trip to the cinema to see the latest Hollywood blockbuster and enjoy a giant box of popcorn. Phnom Penh is no different thanks to the recent emergence of western-style theatres showing the latest US flicks imported by Westec Media.
he capital is also home to some independent cinemas, screening documentaries as well as new and old movies. Here's a quick overview of your options. Opened in July 2011, Legend Cinema currently has three halls with about 200 to 300 seats. They screen the latest Hollywood movies, some in 3D, up to five times a day, seven days a week, with prices from $3 upwards. Located on the third floor of the City Mall Shopping Center (on Monireth Boulevard near Olympic Stadium, telephone 089 9549 857) itâ€™s a modern, classy cinema designed just like the ones back home, with ticket counters, red carpets, long rows of couches and, of course, the bright lights of the popcorn and soft drinks stall. Alternatively, Platinum Cineplex, on the fifth floor of Sorya Shopping Center (on Street 63 just south of Central Market, telephone 081 666 210) also shows many of the latest movies in 2D and 3D. It currently has three separate screens showing a combination of the latest Hollywood and Asian movies. The Flicks Community Movie Houses are a volunteer-run co-op, founded in 2009. It has two locations: The Flicks 1 at 39B, Street 95, and The Flicks 2 at 88, Street 136, which opened in August 2013. HD quality big screen editions of the latest blockbusters, classics and documentaries can be viewed from the comfort of sofas and floor cushions. Tickets are $3.50 per film. THE EMPIRE MOVIE House at 34 Street 130 bills itself as the capital's premiere boutique cinema, with an air-conditioned, soundproofed 22-seat theatre featuring lounging pads for "the ultimate movie experience." The Meta House on Sothearos Blvd is another venue that screens films and documentaries daily. From Tuesday to Sunday, a free documentary, feature film or piece of video art is screened in The Media Lounge on the top floor at 7pm. Food and drinks are also served and often there is an early afternoon screening of a Cambodian-themed documentary. Those preferring to stay at home might choose to buy one of the latest releases from a local DVD shop - bear in mind that these are pirated copies.
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Live music, wild parties, good food, Cheap drinks, friendly company, it,s all there Both these streets have some long standing bars but have been slowly expanding in recent years to become the home of pretty much everything you might look for in a great night out.
Street 118: From the riverside, on the corner is the Mekong River, a long-term backpacker favourite aimed at those on a budget. They have a good food menu, draft beer at $0.75 a glass, and a great balcony view over the river. On the other side of the street is La Paix, a cosy shophouse bar offering the usual range of beers plus a few selected wines. A few doors down you’ll find Promenade, a newly opened small but welcoming bar with affordable drink options for all. Across the street Memphis Pub, which is approaching its 9th anniversary, is a classic small rock and blues bar with a stage. It features live music six nights a week (Monday to Saturday) from house band Rock Express. Monday night is open mic night! Heading back across the road brings you to Island Bar, a small but comfortable hostess bar with a pool table in the back, a comfortable lounge upstairs, and live sports on two large TV screens. Opposite is the recently opened COOL & COZ Bar with friendly girls and live sports shown on TV every day. Happy hour is from 11am until 9pm when a can of beer is $1 and most spirits are $2. Dream Bar, on the corner with St 5, has an excellent wine list to choose from as well as two pool tables, a comfortable outdoor seating area, and is one of the few bars to sport a dancing pole. Aside from the outlets on this stretch between the riverfront and Street 5, the street is fairly undeveloped and has little to offer until you reach the far side of Norodom Boulevard. One block further west, The Cat House at the corner of St 51 is well worth seeking out. Arguably the city’s longest-running bar, it’s been around since the UNTAC days (1992) and has happy hour from 11am to 7pm! Street 130: This strip is growing steadily and starting to get a real buzz about it. There are a few great options for food between the river and Street 19. Lemongrass offers authentic classical Khmer and Thai cuisine at reasonable prices. Sher-E-Punjab is a favourite amongst the city’s residents 60
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and does great portions of Indian fare at good value. Crossing St 5 you’ll find Noodle House, a cosy Asian cafe featuring and array of noodles prepared as a variety of quick and delicious meals. 136 Bar has a great atmosphere and a great crowd, with live music twice a week, good top shelf options, comfortable booth seating in the back, and lots of friendly hostesses. Next door is Loco Bar. Not long opened but already pulling a big crown, this low-lit hostess bar is great fun, with lots of bubbly girls waiting to make you feel right at home. Here you’ll enjoy cooling A/C, a varied music selection, two TV screens showing live sport, and the occasional bit of bar dancing. Across the street is GLBT friendly The Empire offering an art house experience where you can enjoy a drink and some food while you watch. New to the strip is M ME BAR AND PUB, featuring a great three-hour happy hour where Angkor Draft is just 70c a glass. A few doors down is The Fire Bar which is heating things up with lots of ‘lovely cuties’ and great music. Head across the street and you will reach Monsoon, a trendy new coffee house/bar/restaurant. Further down past St 15 is Fatboy Sub & Sandwich shop serving generous made-to-order foot-long and 6-inch sandwiches. Upstairs is Sharky Bar, the longest running rock n roll bar in Indochina, with regular live music, four pool tables, and a big screen TV for live sports. Check it out!
Street 136 one thirty six This popular street continues to evolve! 136 has for many years been a must-go night-time destination, rather like 104 to the north. In just two blocks there are more than a dozen places to enjoy a drink or a bite, or stay the night. On the northern corner by the riverside you will find Irish-themed guesthouse, restaurant and sports bar named Paddy Rice (geddit?). Live sports, live music and loads of character keep the drinks flowing 24 hours a day!). Head west down the street from here and you’re into the heart of the action and one of the busiest areas in town. VVIP Bar has a pool table, decent music and live sports shown on TV everyday, together with an extended happy hour from 5-9pm. New on the scene is G’s Club, a 3 floor shisa bar and restaurant serving excellent Malay Indian cuisine. The ground level is a neon lit lounge-style bar with comfortable booth seating, two large screens showing live sport, A/C, and a great music selection to choose from, as well as friendly hostesses. Upstairs is the shisha lounge, and then the restaurant. Be sure also to check out the ‘4 happy bars’ group consisting of Singer Bar, 69 Bar, Mr Butterfly and Candy Bar. Grouped nicely around St 5, each has it’s own style along a similar theme. Singer Bar is a karaoke lounge if you fancy a sing along and a bit of company. 69 Bar has recently under gone a refurbishment and is looking great. They employ an attractive selection of friendly young women and have reasonably priced drinks to ensure your night will be fun an entertaining. It’s one of the liveliest bars on the strip. Cavalry Bar is a fairly recent addition to 136 and has started off with a bang. With a tinge of the wild west you’ll find a fun group of girls all decked in cowboy hats (there’s one for you too if it’s your thing), and a long saloon style bar with dancing pole for your entertainment. Mr Butterfly is a stylish and fun hostess bar with lots of lovely ladies to get to know and a pretty decent music selection with lots of sing-alongs you’ll recognise. Next door the newly opened MOON LOUNGE offers "food, drink and pool" as well as hostesses to keep you company. Opposite is Candy Bar with a live band every Friday, live sports onscreen everyday, pool and snooker tables, and attentive hostesses of course.
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Oasis Bar is a popular and well-established venue with a friendly atmosphere, good music and a coterie of hosteeses to entertain you. Nearby Sizzlers has free food every Friday, and 2 for 1 drinks deals every Sunday. They have wi-fi available for customers and offer a free pickup service from your hotel. Dream Bar II, (sister to Dream Bar I on nearby St 118) offers a 20% discount off the bill if it happens to be your birthday, and at the weekends, from 11pm until late, offer buy 2 get 1 free on all drinks except lady drinks. On the opposite corner Ô Kun Cha offers serve Khmer, Thai, French and Western cuisine, and drinks (including super-cheap Angkor Draft at $0.85) in a stylish, contemporary setting. The staff are also some of the friendliest in town! Also worth checking out is Lemon Lounge, a fun hostess bar with pool table, live onscreen sports, and buy 1 get 1 free Angkor draft all night long. Another newcomer to the strip is XANADU BAR, styling itself as "the place to be" and offering draft beer for just $1 everyday from 4-8pm. The aptly-named Rainbow Bar has moved to the street from 172 and is a LGBT friendly pub that’s very laid back. Now under new management the bar features a 8-10pm happy hour and a live cabaret every night at 10:30pm.
Street 172 one seventy two This once quiet street is developing quickly In the last year or so Street 172 has gone from a side street to a destination in its own right, and comes alive when the sun goes down.
he strip stretching from the back of Wat Ounalom to Norodom Boulevard now bustles with people until the wee hours and has become somewhat of a replacement for the former lakeside backpacker area of Boeung Kak (which used to be a beautiful lake surrounded by wooden shack guesthouses with wooden sundecks, but was sadly filled in for development). It’s a very popular street for the laid back expat crowd who gather here for the cheap but satisfying eats, great drink prices, lively, fun, friendly atmosphere, and that easy-going backpacker hangout attitude which was so sadly missing from Phnom Penh after the demise of ‘lakeside’. The relaxed style found on this street makes it a nice place to enjoy your afternoons and evenings, and it’s also easy on the budget with pretty much every spot displaying very good drink specials. On the Wat end sits Quealy’s Bar, a relaxed shop front sized bar with cold beers, good music, chilled lights, and a cozy loft up above the bar. Costa Bar does a BBQ Seafood Buffet Party twice a month for just $5 per person, as well as running happy hour from noon to 8pm when draft beer is 75c and there’s 25% off all drinks. You’ll also find the typical lineup of hostesses available to help you enjoy your night in the bar. Chilly Noodle House specialises in Lamian, handmade Chinese noodles which are super fresh. They also have a great selection of soups, rice dishes, dumplings and veggies. Long running Last Home Guest House is a backpacker’s favorite and a good spot to share stories of your SE Asian adventures, while Laughing Fatman a few doors down is a popular choice with expats and is often very busy. This is partly down to the good quality and inexpensive food, but is also due to Rith Seng, the laughing fatman himself. His friendliness and infectious laugh is the main attraction and there aren’t many place where you’ll feel as welcome. Across the street is the Blue Dolphin, which is enjoyed by punters of all ages, has a great breakfast, very friendly staff, and is great value for money. Sundance Saloon has a very non-guesthouse bar, featuring big TV screens for sports, a small swimming pool right tucked behind the pool table
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(bring your own swim suit) and one of the few dart boards in town. It’s very popular with the expats and draws quite a crowd at the weekends. Opposite is The Chat & Chew where owner Sony is always on hand to welcome you in. The food is great value and there’s always a fun and easy going atmosphere here which makes it another favourite for westerners living in town. Vy Vy Bar and Gladiator Bar are two hostess bars on the stretch and are both enjoyable establishments with friendly staff, good music and an inviting range of drink offers at reasonable prices. Crossing St 19 and around the corner on St 23 is Lone Star Saloon & Guest House. It’s pure Texas from the moment you walk through the door. The food is fantastic and comes in big servings, with favourites such as Chicken Fried Steak, Slow Smoked Pork Ribs that melt in your mouth, and there’s a good range of cold beer on offer to wash everything down.
Street 278 two seventy eight The "Golden Mile", as part of this street is known, offers a range of attractions Although it runs west from Wat Langka all the way to the junction of St 163 near Olympic Stadium, the majority of the street’s nightlife takes place between Streets 51 and 57. Away from and void of the standard line up of hostess bars, this short stretch is known locally as the “Golden Mile”, as it is home to several guesthouses with “Golden” in the name. It spills out and round its corners with bars, eateries, budget hotels, massage, and a smattering of souvenir shops. The restaurants may be small but the chaos is its charm and the variety its attraction. The eastern end starts with Herb CafÉ that offers a good selection of worldly cuisine with pizza, pasta, Khmer food and more on the menu, all to be enjoyed on the comfortable outdoor terrace. On the opposite corner is Samaky which also serves up a variety of International choices in an opened planned setting. They also have a good wine a cocktail selection and friendly staff. A couple of doors along on the northern side is Equinox, a French orientated fun-filled bar. Recently they have become one of the number one venues for live music and are often packed out on to the street when gigs are on. The food menu is good, they have a pool table, and classic old foosball table too. As well as the music you will also find regular art and photo exhibitions here. Next is Liquid, home to 278’s only slate pool table and featuring a polished concrete floor that lends it a stylishly industrial feel. There’s a good range of drinks on offer including some special house cocktails. Across the street you’ll find Pelican Food Company. They close at 7pm but it’s worth getting in before they do as they have flavoursome pies baked fresh every day, with a range of daily specials (You can also find these delicious pies at Red Fox on Street 136). Further west is Saffron, a chic café bar that features an array of delicious cuisine using a unique blend of Pakistani and Middle Eastern flavours. They also have an impressive wine list. Opposite is the cosy shophouse BAR Italia which serves crucnhy pizzas and strong espresso coffee amongst other delights. In and around this area there are plenty of options nearby if you need somewhere to stay. Top Banana is a backpacker guesthouse including a roof
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top bar which can be a good night out whether you’re staying there or not. There is also a wide selction of guesthouses in the $15-30 range, while for those seeking a little more luxury, Anise on the corner of Street 57 is a popular choice, with rooms priced between $40 and $80 a night. Further along, across St 57, is LA PLAZA which has a good reputation for its innovative range of tapas. A few doors down is Tom Yum Kung, a traditional Thai restaurant in a welcoming family atmosphere that also serves up delicious Khmer cuisine. There’s a comfortable upstairs area with aircon if it’s a bit too hot and sticky outside for you. Next door is NINJA, a newlyopened Japanese restaurant. North of Sihanouk Blvd (but worth the short walk from St 278) is AqVariVm, a new lounge-bar with live music Wednesday to Saturday, 8-12pm, as well as free wifi and a large screen TV. Happy hour runs from 5-8pm everyday. This may be “barang” (foreigner) land but its down-home charm and variety of relaxed entertainment make it a laid back must-visit and see during any trip, especially after the sun has gone down. The surrounding streets also have some good options so go for a wander if you get bored on 278. We’re sure you won’t though!
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Shophouse bar with friendly hostesses on a popular street near the riverfront. 9, St.104.
Corner bar with a unique colonial charm, billiards, hit music and good company.
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5pm-late Cadillac Bar 8am-1am|| 5-7pm Cool N Cozy Bar Great music, friendly ladies, good atmostStylish riverfront bar - an excellent place for sphere, cold beer, music played by you. meeting people and making friends. 19 St.118. G8 219E, Sisowath Quay. H9 088 422 6884 011 713 567
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Long-established, biker-friendly bar in a new location north of the Night Market. 79, Sisowath Quay.
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Beatles-inspired bar playing classic and modern rock music. Live music Fridays. 19, St.104.
Laidback, GLBT-friendly bar with decent G8 wine and a range of Cambodian food. 012 951 844 34, St.130. H8 page 9 089 392 921
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Lush cocktails, cold beers, chill-out area, foosball, free internet, pool table.
Enjoy welcoming bar with friendly staff,
M7 good food and cold beer: Angkor Draft $1. 092 791 958 8, St.110. G8 089 655 544 page 61 Helicopter Bar 24 hours| page 49
The Fire Bar G Pub
Get yourself surrounded by beautiful
24h friendly hostesses. Outdoor sitting available. State of Art structure with RETRO music, live 32, St.136. F8 092 122 213 band and pool table with good entertainment. 18 St.136. F8 Honey Disco page 5 023 640 7786 Howie Bar 5pm-5am| Garage Bar 5pm-1am||@ Phnom Penh’s premier music bar withan always interesting mix of great tunes.
G8 012 754 763
New club featuring live Khmer bands, a spacious dancefloor and Japanese food. (above KFC / Pencil)
page 57 Lemon Lounge 4pm-3am|
Recently refurbished sports bar with multi channel TV and a selection of cold beers.
023 220 154
H8 023 650 40 20 93, Norodom Blvd.
Golden Vine Pub
Riverfront bar with good wine selection, great cocktails and very cold beer too!
New bar in a popular area for backpackers. Food also available till late.
NA 012 691 402 Sisowath Quay at St.144.
56-58, St.57. (south of St.370)
J7 page 31
8am-midnight La Croisette
An original bar set in a large, beautifully designed garden. Perfect for families.
Long-established late bar (since 1999) on “the strip” with a challenging pool table.
J7 012 970 098 4-9pm||
All night long: Angkor draft $1.50 buy 1 get 1 free. Live sports everyday.
J8 5, St.136. 012 815 884
G8 092 341 616
Spacious rooftop bar offering great views of the Tonle Sap and Mekong.
Spacious terrace bar with two pool tables, movies on large TV, AC disco and more.
1, St.154 at Sisowath Quay. H9 (Amanjaya Pancam Hotel) 023 214 747
Enjoy and relax with friendly hostesses, service with a smile and a pool table. 43, St.130.
Lips Bar & Pub Liquid
017 374 736 page 57
Stylish bar on the “Golden Mile” with good cocktails and a slate pool table. 3B, St.278.
M7 023 720 157
Friendly English speaking hostesses, cold drinks, good music, big TV.
Lone Brothers Bar
G8 088 5622 123 5pm-late
Enjoy hard rock music, a range of cold beer and attractive girls at our big bike bar. cnr St.51 & St.174.
011 579 574
Pleasant shophouse bar featuring friendly hostesses, cold beer and decent music. 6A, Sothearos Blvd.
M Me Bar Mr Butterfly Mao Bar
Newly renovated bar with neon tables, a decent happy hour and free wi-fi.
F8 097 735 6937
Memphis Pub 4pm-late (not Sun)| Long established music bar near the river.
G7 016 959 163
Funky riverfront bar serving Martinis and much more, in air-conditioned splendour. Sisowath Quay at St.148.
G9 023 222 275 5pm-2am|
Sophisticated riverfront bar and restaurant popular with the city’s “in crowd”. 159, Sisowath Quay.
Moon Lounge Motor Café 2pm-late|
023 215 179
page 63 5-7:30pm|
For car and bike lovers. Discuss power and speed over a cold beer or two. 76, Sothearos Blvd.
My Heart Lounge
L9 023 999 299 4pm-late|
Stylish shophouse bar offering a range of cocktails and more in a relaxed ambience.
Cool late night spot bathing in the chaotic atmosphere of Golden Sorya mall. St.51.
Matilda Bar 5pm-late|
H7 097 750 2510
Nay Nay Star Bar
G8 017 778 887 24 hours|
Artistic hostess bar with free Wi-fi access. Guesthouse rooms available too. 5, St.102.
F8 012 769 536
page 67 Riverhouse Lounge 5pm-late|| page 63 Long established, chic riverside bar, lounge
Oasis Bar Ô kun Cha The Office
10am-late| and club: "The party venue of the city". 157, Sisowath Quay. F8 012 299 161
New: tell your widfe that you're at The Office and you wouldn't be lying.
7am-late| F8 Riverside 012 644 714 Popular riverfront bar and bistro with pool
Oscar's Pub Oscar 51
table, foosball and live music. 273A, Sisowath Quay.
023 213 898
Rory's 7am-midnight, till 2am Fri & Sat
|@ Irish pub with good music, friendly atmosphere and a great selection of whiskey. 24-hour fully air-con pub with slate 9-ball 33, St.178. pool table and 42” TV showing live sports. I8 012 425 702 4-6, St.104. F8 023 986 722 Rose Bar 7am-late|
6-9:30pm|@ Friendly bar with fun atmosphere. Pool table and live sports on TV. Good food.
Great music, drinks, pool tables, skilled hostess service. Come and get serviced. 48, St.51.
Pontoon Pussycat Bar
017 940 259 Rubies page 2 & 25
Rainbow Bar Rendez-Vous
K8 092 319 769
Saint Tropez 9:30am-1am|| G8 Intimate lounge space with regular DJs,
012 203 008 popular with the young Khmer crowd. 24 hours||
Stylish bar and nightclub with live bands playing each evening from 8:15pm. 313, Sisowath Quay. (Hotel Cambodiana)
H9 012 641 627
Stylish corner wine bar open since 2002 and popular mainly with expatriates.
3pm-late| St.240 corner St.19.
Cosy bar with friendly hostesses and a fun atmosphere. Pool table, live sports on TV. 13, St.136.
273A, Sisowath Quay.
I7 0979 000 401
Score! 8am-late L9 Sports bar with multiple TV screens, three
023 218 189 bars and four slate pool tables. 5, St.282.
4pm-2am| Shanghai Bar
023 221 357
Western-style hostess bar just off “the strip” Long-standing bar on “the strip” with friendly hostesses and, yes, cold beers. with a variety of the latest music. 44, St.174.
I7 21, St.51. 017 757 058
I7 012 539 138
Sharky Bar Show Box
Vixens VVIP Bar & Food
page 45 11am-late|
Four walls and a roof and floor and a door with drinks, food, live music and more!
page 55 page 65
Cosy little hostess bar with pool table.
N/A 017 275 824 Located on a popular backpacker street. 10, St.172. I9 Singer Bar page 40 081 678 910 Sizzlers 4pm-late| 4-9pm| Walkabout page 39 11, St.330.
Every Sunday, buy 1 get 2 & every Friday, free food. You never try, you never know! 9, St.136.
088 9855 168
New, dynamic venue combining sports events on TV. live bands and DJ evenings. 28, St.172.
Smile Girl Bar
Spicy Girls Bar Starlight Lounge
and a decent choice of cold beers. 33, St.136
G7 089 505 932
esses, good music and great drinks. 15, St.104.
F8 092 405 900
page 7 4-7pm|
Friendly, lively bar, hassle-free bar, with cold beers and friendly hostesses. 83, St.108.
F8 017 300 600
092 852 389 Zeppelin Café (Rock Bar) 5pm-very late 4pm-late|
Yet another hostess bar seals this street’s reputation as a single man’s destination. 17, St.104.
I7 023 641 545
F8 Zapata 012 300 245 4pm-late, noon-late Fri-Sun|
Nice place on popular backpacker street, good music, friendly staff. Food available.
Top Ten Bar
Sunlight n Moonlight 7am-11pm
Small and unpretentious hostess bar.
3pm-late| F8 Zanzibar 012 493 933 A lively night-time venue with friendly host-
Late night bar located on an increasingly popular street close to the riverfront. 23, St.110.
page 67 6pm-late|
Zambezi Pub 3pm-late| I7 078 699 971 Enjoy a relaxing time with good company
New bar located on a popular street, with lots of friendly female staff. 12, St.104.
H8 White Rhino
Classic rock’n’roll bar with over 1,000 vinyl records. ‘60, ‘70, ‘80 rock music.
F8 109C, St.51. 017 299 966
J7 012 881 181
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