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Phnom Penh Nightlife

What to Do at Night in Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh’s nightlife may not yet rival that of Bangkok, but the Cambodian capital does have a vibrant, dusk-till-dawn scene. It is quite a good party town and offers a variety of places to choose from, including hostess bars, dance clubs, sports bars, pubs, karaoke bars, discos, and much more. There are nightlife venues in many parts of town, but the city is not so big or spread out, so it's easy to get from one area to another by tuk-tuk or moto.

The Riverfront has a large number of bars and restaurants along Sisowath Quay. Street 104 & Street 102 has many hostess bars, as does Street 136 (a block from Sisowath Quay). Street 51 (between Street 154 and Street 174) is where popular spots like Heart of Darkness, Shanghai Bar, and many more venues call home. Note that although Phnom Penh is a safe city, common sense should always be your guide. When going from one nightlife area to another, or when returning to your hotel late at night, it is advisable to take one of the many moto-taxis or tuk-tuks available. Be aware of your surroundings at all times, and walking about with cash and valuables is not the wisest thing to do.

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Cadillac Bar & Manhattan Lounge is both a bar and restaurant in one place. It offers a great atmosphere with laid back music from the 60s, a full bar, and an extensive menu of tasty cuisine. Just some of what the homemade menu has to offer includes Texas chilli, pot pie, meatloaf, gumbo, chicken parmesan, roast beef, lasagna, pizza, burgers, and a whole lot more. You can also enjoy an all-day breakfast here.

For libations, there are cocktails, ciders, mojitos, Russians, a good selection of beers, and more.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 7am to midnight
  • Location: 219E Preah Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Tel: +855 87 513 045
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Candy Bar

Candy Bar regularly has over 100 beautiful hostesses and has become one of the best 24-hour bars in Phnom Penh. The music is mostly hip-hop and rock but at a conversation volume level.

Saturday usually features a live DJ. It’s a fully air-conditioned sports bar and restaurant with cushioned seating and a relaxed atmosphere. They serve a good selection of western, Khmer and Thai food, western breakfasts, pizzas, burgers, and more. You can also enjoy a game of pool table and other games, together with live sports feeds.

  • Location: #24-25 Street 136, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Tel: +855 12 255 425
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Club Love

Club Love is an inexpensive nightlife spot in Phnom Penh’s central backpacker district of BKK1. You can reach the club about 5 minutes by tuk-tuk ride from Independence Monument. This casual nightclub occupies the top floor of Duplex Café, where clubbers can enjoy Khmer and western fare before dancing the night away.

Open daily, the music policy ranges from hip-hop, trap, and house to pop, alternative and EDM tunes. Happy hours are usually between 11 and midnight while ladies can often enjoy great deals on drinks as well as a free shot upon arrival every Wednesday evenings.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 10pm to 4am
  • Location: 3, Street 278, Wat Langka, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Foreign Correspondents’ Club (FCC) - Phnom Penh

The Foreign Correspondents’ Club or FCC is a landmark in Phnom Penh, situated in an old French colonial building that is still somewhat popular with expats and tourists. The bar and restaurant is on the second floor, and the open balcony gives good views of the riverfront.

FCC has a full bar with draft beer, cocktails, and offers a good selection of western and Asian food, but is somewhat over-priced. Over the years, the FCC is not the only game in town any more and has definitely seen better days.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 7am to midnight
  • Location: #363 Sisowath Quay, corner of Street 178, Phnom Penh 12206, Cambodia
  • Tel: +855 23 210 142
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PitStop Bar

PitStop is a small but very friendly late-night bar with draught beer, cocktails, pool table, free Wi-Fi, music on request, and simply good company. The staff are also friendly and is everyone is welcome, including couples.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 6pm to 4am
  • Location: #48Eo Street, Rue Pasteur No. 51, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Tel: +855 97 943 1189
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Riverside Bistro

Riverside Bistro is one of Phnom Penh's most long-running and popular spots for dining and drinking. This hotspot is in a French colonial-era building on the riverfront and regularly has live music played by a Philippine band from Tuesday through Sunday every week.

There's plenty of sidewalk seating available at Riverside Bistro. Their extensive menu includes Khmer food, Asian dishes, Pasta, BBQ, and pizza. They have a full bar and cocktail menu with a good selection of beers and wines as well. For fun, there's a pool table as well as free Wi-Fi.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 7am to 1.30am
  • Location: House 273A Oknha Ouk Lonn St. (148), Phnom Penh 12204, Cambodia
  • Tel: +855 23 213 898
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Shanghai Bar

This late-night bar is one of the longest established bars in the city, and one of the most popular. Established in 2000, it is popular with both residents and tourists alike. There are many friendly hostesses, lounge seating, two pool tables, and large-screen TV.

  • Opening Hours: Drinks are half price during happy hour from 16:00 to 19:00. Open from 16:00 to Late.
  • Location: Street 51, corner of Street 172
  • Tel: +855- 21-804836
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Sharky's Bar & Restaurant

Sharky's is located in a large upstairs area, and can often noisy and boisterous, which is good if that's what you're looking for. Sharky has been a part of the Phnom Penh nightlife scene for many years.

There is, of course, ample seating, and an extensive bar, and a balcony seating overlooking the street. It is also a restaurant, and the menu includes bar snacks, salads, Tex-Mex, burgers, sandwiches, Thai food, and complete dinners.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 5pm to 2am
  • Location: 126 Street 130, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Tel: +855 93 848 318
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The Heart of Darkness

The Heart of Darkness has been open since 1993 and is one of the most famous bars in Phnom Penh, regularly packed with visitors, locals, and expats alike. More of a club than a bar, this venue has much more of a local Khmer feel to it with rustic style interiors adorned with statues that you'd often find at temples, but with ear-splitting music, dancing, and pool tables available. It can get rather packed over the weekends.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 9pm until late
  • Location: #38 Street 51 Pasteur, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Tel: +855 77 837 777
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Zeppelin Café

Zeppelin Cafe is a real after-hours bar and the bar that other bar owners go to after their bars close. For rock music lovers of the 60s, 70s and 80s, the owner/DJ can choose from over 1,000 real albums of rock, blues, and punk.

Customers can make music requests and choose from 47 kinds of cocktails. It’s also a great place to eat, with a varied selection of dishes: Chinese dumplings, spring rolls, fried noodles, sweet and sour pork, fried eggplant, great French fries, and more.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 6.30pm to 4am
  • Location: 7 St 278, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Tel: +855 12 881 181
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