Nightlife in Siem Reap
The distinction between eating and drinking establishments is fairly blurry as even the most humble of restaurants can have an extensive cocktail list on their menu. Nonetheless, a vibrant drinking scene concentrated along Street 8, aptly dubbed Pub St, is where serious drinkers head for cheap beer, loud music and the sweaty backpacking hubbub scene akin to Bangkok's Khao San Road. The biggest and most well-known Pub St bars, Angkor What?, The Red Piano, Temple Club and Le Tigre du Papier, are easy to find, with Angkor What? and Temple Club engaged in a running battle playing pop music across the street at very loud volumes.
Travelers looking for more subdued place to appreciate a quiet drink can seek out some of the smaller places along The Alley, The Lane and the adjoining streets. A few drinking holes offer a bit more than cheap drunkenness.
Most places have draught Angkor beer for USD0.50 and cans of other beers for USD1-2. Cocktails and spirits go for as little as USD2. Imported red and white wine, generally from the less prestigious wine producing countries, is widely available and cheaper than you would expect. Better quality Australian and French wines are available in more upmarket establishments at a correspondingly premium price.
These are hostess clubs popular with the locals, room charges are about $5-10 per hour, beer is $2-4. And the girls are about $5-$10. Most of these places are fronts for prostitution, but it's up to the girl if she's willing to go home with you. It will cost you anywhere from $45 - $100 for that. Many of these places are two menus. One for Cambodians, which has cheaper prices, and one for foreigners, which have higher prices. If you see that the beer is $4, they probably gave you the foreigner price.
- Platinum Entertainment.
- Gold Sand
- Pink Paradise.
- La Luna.
- New Star.
- Top Town.
- Khmer Pub Street Beergarden KTVs (on Khmer Pub Street). close 2AM.There is a strip of local Cambodian bars near the Platinum KTV. If you walk past it, there is a whole 2-3 block street full of local cambodian bars. Menus are not in English and few employees speak English, but the prices are good. These are restaurant/bars, they will have a bunch of girls sitting at the entrance, and you can have one accompany you for $1.50. Beers are $1. $.50 for draft beer.
- Linga Bar (The Alley). A sophisticated gay bar that welcomes all patrons. A good list of classy cocktails and decent wine to enjoy on the big lounges.
- Sports Bar (The Alley, West end). More than just a sports bar, with free pool table and 3 large HD TVs. Great place to watch rugby and football. Expensive drinks.
Pub St features two main late night bars, Angkor What? and Temple Club which are directly across from each other. Commonly late night bar-goers will also congregate and drink in the street between the two bars and consume their own alcohol there, which is readily bought at stalls or shops in the immediate area.
- Angkor What?, Pub St. sundown until late. The most famous backpacker bar in Siem Reap, located directly across from competing late night spot Temple Club. USD1 draught beers, USD2 mixers, USD6-8 buckets. Large Western crowd. Offers inside and outside drinking. Open until late.
- Banana Leaf Cafe, Pub St. Small contemporary street side café, with weekend live music. Efficient and professional staff will entertain the crowd until late. Great cocktails.
- Soup Dragon, Pub St. A restaurant/bar on one of the corners of the "bar" street in the old part of town. Great sunset vista from their rooftop with the added bonus being it is the same time as happy hour: two for one cocktails.Drinks range from USD2-4.
- X Bar, Pub St. 15:00-sunrise. Open air rooftop bar featuring a 2 m skateboard halfpipe, jam sessions every Wednesday evening, live DJs and bands every week and a resident tattoo shop with a French artist. Probably the best city views in town, and unusual sunset over the halfpipe. At the end of Pub Street, look up for the X.
- Asana Old Wooden House, The Lane, behind Pub St, , e-mail: [email protected]. Food & cocktail bar. Restored in 2012, Asana is the last wooden house in the city-old market area.
- Little Pari, The Lane, behind Pub St. A delightful corner bar spinning some jazz tunes and dispensing cocktail infusions to a friendly expat crowd.
- Miss Wong Cocktail Bar, The Lane, behind Pub St. Tucked away from the rowdy chaos of Pub St, this sophisticated bar serves up delightful refreshing cocktails in a sultry red lounge plucked straight from 1930s Shanghai.
- Nomad Shisha Bar, The Lane, behind Pub St (beside Cambodia Soup Restaurant), , e-mail: [email protected]. Other than the attractive woodland creature-like French Canadian man who owns this dollhouse small bar in the heart of Siem Reap, other reasons for visiting would be the seductively Arabic style decor: all gauzy drapes, velvet covered floor mattress seating and the first shisha menu in Siem Reap.
- Empire Shisha Bar Lounge, Artisan Angkor St (opposite Golden Temple Villa Guest House), 069 511 668, e-mail: [email protected].17:00 till late. Authentic shisha experience, Persian-style lounge bar, the owner speaks English and Swedish. USD5.00 shisha pipe.
- FCC Angkor (Pokambor Ave, N of the post office). A branch of the legendary Phnom Penh Foreign Correspondents' Club, the FCC is the hippest place for a drink. A blend of modern style and colonial architecture with fairly steeply priced drinks, at least by Cambodian standards.
- Top Banana Bar (at the Mad Monkey Hostel) (Sivantha Rd and Street 5, at the top of the Mad Monkey Hostel). Rooftop beach sand bar on the top level of the Mad Monkey Hostel. Located 5 minutes from Pub St. Frequented by hostel guests and other backpackers in Siem Reap before going out to Pub St late night. Among the most popular bars not on Pub St. USD1 beers, USD2 mixers, and food available until 22:00. Closes at 24:00 when the crowd goes to Pub St.
- The Warehouse (Corner St 9 and 2 Thnou St opposite the Old Market).10:30-03:00. Three floors of different styles. The ground floor tends towards raucous times while the 1st floor offers free pool, Nintendo Wii, a large flat screen TV for sporting events and a foosball table. The rooftop has a chic lounge atmosphere. Free draft beer offered at various times on Friday (with an Angkor Wat ticket), though courtesy dictates you have a drink or two before or afterwards or dine from the food menu.
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