Where Can You Find the Best Cambodia Nightlife?
We all need to let our hair down now and again, which is particularly true if you spend a lot of time exploring Cambodia’s typical tourist attractions and sights, from Angkor Wat in Siem Reap to The Royal Palace in Phnom Penh. Should you want to socialise and have a swig with friends in this Asian country, why not check out what’s happening when the sun goes down? Cambodia nightlife isn’t hard to find, with a lot of restaurants, bars and clubs scattered around the small towns, villages, islands and cities. Here’s a guide to help you scout out the nightlife scene in Cambodia.
Phnom Penh Nightlife
The busy capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh is the starting point for a lot of travellers and backpackers, with its international airport being the country’s largest. Tonlé Sap and the Mekong rivers sit at the intersection of this metropolis, which boasts a walkable riverfront, a National Museum and lots of green spaces, not to mention the art deco Central Market in the heart of the city! When it comes to finding the best Cambodia nightlife in Phnom Penh, you won’t have trouble.
It’s almost as if the bustling city was carefully pieced together to provide party-goers with Cambodia nightlife from dusk until dawn, after visiting infamous attractions. While some nightlife spots are suited to residents or workers who want to let loose, others are open 24/7, lots of which offer live music. The Heart of Darkness is a well-known venue that sits onStreet 51 at Street 174.Streets 278/51 area and BoeungKeng Kang 1 (BKK1) have a diverse selection of cocktail-swigging havens, sky bars and live music/DJ venues, including:
- Angel Sky Bar
- Boss Sky Bar
- Lone Star Saloon
Cambodia Nightlife in Sihanoukville
The main beach resort in the country, it’s not surprising that the coastline of Sihanoukville is dotted with casinos, bars and Cambodia nightlife. Anyone who wants to put their glad rags on for partying will be spoilt for choice, with numerous places pouring 50 cent draft beer throughout the day! You’ll even find live music venues, such as The Big Easy backpacker hub on Serendipity Beach and Sessions Beach Bar on Ochheuteal Beach. Bear in mind that these oceanfront areas see a lot of beach parties, mud wrestling, fire shows and drinking games, so prepare for the madness!
While many might consider nightlife in Sihanoukville to be somewhat sleazy, you will find venues where master mixologists shake up refreshingly palatable cocktails. Three examples are Maybe Later, La Rhumerie, and Queenco Casino. For $0.25 beer during happy hour, head to Utopia. Some more of our favourite nightlife picks include:
- Dolphin Shack
- Pier Bar
- JJ’s Playground
- Shipwreck Sports Bar
- Tiki Club
- Stumble Inn
Siem Reap Nightlife
So, you’re tired out after exploring the ruins of Angkor Wat, BanteaySrei and Preah Khan? Liven up with a trip down the Old Market or Pub Street in Siem Reap! Without a doubt one of the most popular Cambodia nightlife places on the map, you’ll see numerous travelers rocking their proud drinking t-shirts from Angkor What? Bar– a social spot that claims to have been ‘promoting irresponsible drinking since 1998’.
Fancy venturing from Pub Street? Check out Top Banana Bar, which is concealed inside the Mad Monkey Hostel. After a few shots and buckets of booze, follow the crowd to the following establishments in this northwestern part of Cambodia:
- The Yellow Sub
- Molly Malone’s Bar
- Hard Rock Café Angkor
- TukTuk Bar
- Karma Bar
Located in southern Cambodia is Kampot – a province that many travellers become enchanted by and many of whom settle for some time. Bordering Kampong Speu and Koh Kong, it is home to French colonial architecture, ruins and caves, as well as pepper plantations and isolated beaches to the south. Despite being a fairly relaxed spot with guesthouses speckled along the jungle-backdrop river, there are some nightlife attractions that will tickle your fancy.
One of three Mad Monkey hostels throughout Cambodia, the Mad Monkey Rooftop Sunset Bar Kampot is a good place to kick-start the night. Boasting a sizeable pool, it is a short distance from the colonial town, where you’ll find the following Cambodia nightlife:
- Nelly’s Bar
- MADI Bar
- The Brass Monkey
- Indo Bar
The final paradise destination we will talk about in regards to partying is KohRong – the country’s second largest island. Based approximately 25 kilometres from Sihanoukville, it has palm-tree fringed beaches, snorkelling spots and heaps of bungalows, hostels and guesthouses. For happy hour specials after a day of exploring, pop to Coco’s.
If you are in search of Cambodia nightlife where a morning-after hangover is guaranteed, these bars and clubs won’t disappoint:
- Island Boys
- Mango Lounge
- Monkey Island
- Dreamcatch Inn