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Phnom Penh Nightlife
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When the Sun Sets

There are various night activities from which to choose. The InterContinental Phnom Penh has bars available while Hotel Le Royal offer bars with live music and are popular upscale places to start the evening. Also popular in the early evenings are ‘neighborhood pubs’ like the famous FCCC, the Gym sports bar, Freebird on Street 240, Kiwi Bar, and the new Black & White Bar. The Phoenix and the Jungle are located on the riverside, Rubies wine bar, the elegant Riverhouse Lounge, and the congenial Talkin to a Stranger. The legendary Heart of Darkness, and nearby Howie’s and the new Ginger Monkey, as well as the blokey Martini Pub, Shanghai and Sharky, all begin to get busy after 9.00 pm. After midnight the choice narrows but continues until sunrise. For all the nighters Walkabout, Howie’s and the Heart of Darkness are often busy past 3.00 am. Walkabout and XXL offer all night western dining.

Live Music

For a relaxing evening the piano bar at Hotel Le Royal and a popular band at the InterContinental Phnom Penh offer nightly live music. The Gym, GooChi, Martini Pub, La Louisiane, Riverhouse Lounge, and the Riverside offer live music, mostly on the weekends and range from rock and roll to jazz, and R&B. The Riverhouse Lounge and Picasso provide music by DJs. When in Phnom Penh heck the back page of the Friday Cambodia Daily for the latest live music venues.


Much confusion came about after the Cambodian government's edict back in 2001 banning discotheques and karaoke clubs. The initial confusion about how to interpret the law spread exaggerated rumors that all of the bars were closed and there were no drinks to be had in Cambodia. Not true! The law has closed most of the karaoke clubs and pressured the discos to alter their format. The law has left most of the bars and nightclubs frequented by foreigners unaffected. Most of the popular bars, taverns and night spots are open for business - Heart of Darkness, Sharky's, Walkabout, Martini's, etc.

Bar Black & White
#6AEo, Street 278
4:00PM until Late
Telephone: 012-925747

A newer full service bar, comfortable, friendly, shop house size, which seems to be popular. Beer is available by the bottle, canned or draft. Lots of hostesses with reasonable prices. Also has a Pool table and TV. On Sundays and Mondays, spin the wheel for free Tiger beer.

Black Eagle Bar
#221, Street 107
2:00PM until Late

Located just down the street from the Capitol Guesthouse this air-conditioned, intimate, stylish decor has a full bar, draft beer at reasonable prices, a Pool table and music. Happy hour from 2.00 - 8.00 pm. ($1 beers).

The Cambodia Club & River Street
Corner of Sisowath Quay and Street 178
7:30AM until Late
Telephone: 016-556677

This corner restaurant on the riverfront has indoor and curbside seating with a large photo menu and a good selection of western, Thai and Khmer food. They also have a big pizza selection. The full bar is located upstairs and offers music overlooking the riverfront. DJ spins on Friday and Saturday evenings. It also has a Pool table. Open from 5.00 pm until late.

#347, Sisowath Quay

This is a Mexican gringo bar and also known as ‘Hurley’s Place’. This friendly riverfront bar is set amongst several other bars and restaurants whose curbside seating blur into one another. Serves cold beer, has a full bar and interesting company.

#69, Street 240
8:00AM until Late
Telephone: 012-810596

This popular Street 240 pub with an American and Australian atmosphere has its regular clientele and serves burgers, sandwiches, chili con carne, burritos and more. It's air-conditioned and offers sport TV, good music and a friendly staff.

Foreign Correspondents Club of Cambodia
#363, Sisowath Quay
7:00AM until Midnight
Telephone: 023-724014
Email: fcc_pp@online.com.kh

This beautiful old colonial building is located on the riverfront. The good food, bar and colonial ambiance make this a very popular gathering place for locals and tourists. It is also journalist’s meeting place. The upstairs balcony overlooks the river. There are frequent photo shows and exhibitions. Home delivery available. The Bookshop, the Orange River boutique and the Fresco Delicatessen are on the ground floor.
Visa/MC accepted.

Ginger Monkey
#29, Street 178(Near the National Museum
7:00PM until Very late
Telephone: 012-413492

This ia a newer bar on Street 178 near the riverfront. Stylish and friendly ambiance. The building was formerly a sculpture shop and still has displays of some traditional Cambodian art. A good mix of music with full bar at reasonable prices with a Pool table on the loft level. “No hassle policy.” Happy hour from 7.00 - 9.00 pm and is usually open until at least 3.00 am.

GooChi Bar
#50, Sihanouk
11:00AM until Late
Telephone: 023-224666

This 3-story bar/restaurant offers balcony seating on the 2nd floor and a roof top bar that has an excellent view. Happy Hour, live music, a Pool table and a menu with Western and international dishes.

Heart of Darkness
#26, Street 51
7:30PM until Late

This is 1 of the most popular and well-known bars in Cambodia and is busiest after midnight. Offering a clubby atmosphere with dancing music with a Khmer-baroque flare. Tourists, locals and expats pack this place on Friday and Saturday evenings. Within walking distance are several bars and restaurants including Howie, Walkabout, Shanghai and Eid’s.

Howie’s Bar
#32, Street 51
7:00PM until Late

Some call this bar a "way cool" atmosphere with cocktails, draft beer, at reasonable prices. Has indoor and pleasant curbside seating, 2 pool tables, and music. It is a popular, less frenetic alternative to the Heart of Darkness located a couple of doors down.

InterContinental Phnom Penh Hotel
(Restaurants and Bars)

#296, Mao Tse Toung, Intercontinental Phnom Penh
Telephone: 023-424888
Visa/MC/AE/JCB accepted

This is 1 of the finer hotels in town, offering a large international buffet at the Regency Café and fine Chinese dining at the Xiang Palace. A popular bakery with pastries cakes and breads is on the lower level.

Kiwi Bar
#180, Street 130 about 100m from the Central Market
9:00AM until Late
Telephone: 012-815844

This bar and restaurant with indoor and curbside seating offers Sports TV draft and bottled beer. Food options include Western style breakfast, lunch and dinner, fish & chips, burgers, spaghetti, and Vietnamese coffee. Reasonable prices.

Le Cyrcée Club
#13, Street 49 Just off Street 130
6:00PM until 2:00AM
Telephone: 012-739784

This hole-in-the-wall men’s bar with beer and spirits, decent music and plenty of female company is somewhat more laid back than other places of this sort. English, French and Khmer spoken. Near the Central Market.

Martini Pub
#402, Mao Tse Toung next to InterContinental Hotel
7:00PM until 3:00AM

Lots of bar girls and generous drinks. If their ad reads, ”Bored, lonely, hungry. We have everything you need!” that just about sums it up. Dancing inside with an open air restaurant and giant screen TV outdoors. Live rock and roll is on offer Friday and Saturday.

New Collection
#31B, Sihanouk
4:00PM until 3:00AM
Telephone: 023-991789

Newer, stylish, upscale bar/restaurant attracting both a local and international crowd. A full bar and Western and international food. Non-stop music, dancing and VIP club cards.

#68, Sihanouk about 20m from the Independence Monument
7:00PM until 4:00AM

A newer late evening bar and club near Independence Monument. DJ dancing until late with a full bar, cold beer, slick decor, club atmosphere.

#127Eo, Sisowath Quay corner of Street 108
5:30AM until Late
Telephone: 023-986466

Hearty portions of pizzas, salads, steaks, sandwiches and more this is a popular riverside gathering place. It is near the Port where the Siem Reap-bound ferry departs. A good place to buy a coffee and snack before taking the ferry.

Riverhouse Lounge
#6, Street 110 above Riverhouse Restaurant
4:00PM until 2:00AM
Telephone: 023-220180
Visa/MC/AE accepted

This is an elegant cocktail lounge featuring a great view of the river. An international a la carte menu with an extensive wine list, single malt whiskey’s and even Cuban cigars. Sunday, live music is offered. Weekend DJ’s and dance parties take place in their Private VIP room. A club atmosphere that is open late on weekends and quite popular.

Rose Bar
#8, Street 104
10:00AM until Late
Telephone: 012-992197

This very friendly little bar is just off of the riverfront. It offers a full bar and draft beer with a good menu of Cambodian and Western dishes. Plenty of friendly hostesses with two pool tables and Sports TV.

#13, Street 240
6:00PM until Late
Telephone: 012-823962
Email: rubies@online.com.kh

A popular and stylish small corner wine bar on Street 240. A good wine selection offering wine by bottle/glass, cocktails, full bar. Also wine of the day in an airy indoor bar and sidewalk seating. This place consistently gets good reviews. A pleasant place to begin your evening. Open Wednesday through Sunday.

Street 51 and Street 172
5:00PM until Late
Telephone: 012-804836

A pleasantly more subdued than similar bars this offers a men's bar atmosphere with lots of friendly hostesses. A small menu, full bar, good music and a Pool table. It is in the heart of the bars and restaurants on Street 51.

Sharky Bar
#126, Street 130 about 500m east of Central Market
6:00PM until late
Website: www.sharkysofcambodia.com

A popular and happening night scene with a men's pub atmosphere. A full bar, full kitchen offering Western, Thai and Mexican food with indoor and balcony seating. Classic rock music, lots of friendly females and three pool tables. A big screen TV with comfortable bar seating.

Sophie Club
#9Eo, Street 118/53
6:00PM until 3:00AM
Telephone: 012-885234

Look for the small sign on the street and then up the stairs. This hole in the wall men's bar is somewhat relaxed serving beer and spirits, female company and decent music.

Talkin to a Stranger
#21, Street 278
Telephone: 012-798530

An Australian managed bar and lounge serving food with an international villa style, open air terrace and indoor seating. Good service, food, cold beer, cocktails, and a full bar. The small menu of changes weekly. It is spen 5.00 pm until late on Wednesday through Saturday while Sunday from 3.00 pm until late.

#31, Street 240
10:00AM until Late
Telephone: 012-830139

A long-time loyal following and very favorable reviews from customers makes this moderately priced French and Mediterranean menu very popular. Wonderful Tapas and a good wine selection can be served either sidewalk, in the bar or indoors up the stairs. Catering and delivery is available Billiards too.
M/C accepted

Temple Club
#38-#50, Street 148
Always open 24 Hours
Telephone: 023-217609

This 24 hour restaurant and bar is located on the ground floor of the Angkor International Hotel. It offers an extensive menu of western, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Cambodian food with indoor and curbside seating. Has ore of a restaurant-bar atmosphere during the day, and a bar-disco feel at night. VIP rooms, movies and 2 good pool tables. Happy hour is from 4.00 - 7.00 pm.

#23b, Street 111 near Capitol GH
3:00PM until Midnight

This French bar with style and atmosphere is a laid back, kind of hidden, hole-in-the-wall with indoor and terrace/curbside seating. Very reasonable prices serving good French food. Don't forget to ask about the daily specials. This popular but rarely over crowded bar has good music and also serves Cuban Rum.

The Gym
#42, Street 178
4:00PM until Late
Telephone: 012-687664

This is a sports bar with pool table, darts, a large screen TV with schedules posted on the board. Serves draft beer and has a good beer selection. Pub grub at reasonable prices. Quiz night takes place every Tuesday at 8.30 pm. Pool competitions on Wednesdays and Fridays and live music Friday and Sunday evenings.

The Jungle
#273, Sisowath
7:00AM until 2:00AM
Telephone: 012-474230

A congenial riverfront bar and restaurant with indoor and curbside seating serving cold beer, draft and bottled, a full menu with the popular variety of western items like burgers, steaks, F&C, spaghetti as well as some Thai and local dishes. Lots of games like Jinga, dice, etc. Sunday a river cruise is available.

Streets 174 & 51 (100m from the Heart of Darkness)
Open 24 hours
Telephone: 023-211715

A popular, well-known, reasonably priced bar-restaurant in a moderate-range hotel. One of the few bars and the only western restaurant open after 2:00AM that also serves good Western style breakfasts. Tuesday and Thursday is pool competition night . The ‘Jokers Wild’is held on Friday evenings. Also a big screen TV with most of the major sporting events.