Enjoying a night out in Phnom Penh comes in many choices, which grow more every year. Anyone who has visited Phnom Penh more than a few years ago will tell you how much the city has changed. Not only are there more people living and visiting here, but there’s also more of everything opening all the time. That includes bars and interesting venues.
Whether you prefer a quiet drink overlooking the river, or you're looking for something with a little more action, you'll find somewhere to suit your style of nightlife in Phnom Penh. We’ve put together a list of what we think is Phnom Penh’s top picks for some nightlife. Most bars in and around the city have happy hours, so check the times to make your travel budget stretch further without sacrificing the fun factor.
- Private Angkor Wat & Royal Temples Excursion
- Afternoon Tour of Angkor Wat
- Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda & Independence Monument Half-Day Tour
- Phnom Penh Full-Day Guided Trip
- Private Excursion to Ancient Temples, Takéo Silk Village & Mount Chisor
- Small-Group Mekong Sunset Tour
- Sunrise Angkor Temple Photo Excursion
- Flight of the Gibbon Zipline Tour at Angkor Park
- Tonlé Sap Lake Tour with Sunset Dinner Cruise
- Angkor Temples Private Small-Group Tour
Eclipse Sky Bar
The Eclipse Sky Bar on the 23rd floor of the Phnom Penh Tower is the highest rooftop bar and restaurant in the city. The sky bar has a fully open-air setting, so heading up there isn't advisable during the wet season. Even so, you may decide the view in every direction over the city is worth the trip to the top, be it rain or shine.
The bar is open 24 hours but the best time to visit is at the end of the afternoon (just in time to enjoy the sunset). A live band regularly complements the chilled out atmosphere from 9pm onwards. Happy hours are usually between 5pm and 7pm with 30% off all drinks except bottles of spirits or wine. Like most rooftop bars in the world, drinks are pricier than other bars, and especially in Phnom Penh.
- Location: Phnom Penh Tower, 23rd Floor, Sangkat, 455 Preah Monivong Blvd (93), Phnom Penh, Cambodia
- Tel: +855 23 964 171
Pontoon is a popular nightclub with a massive dance floor, a very large bar and many seating areas to chill out. It’s open 7 nights a week and each night has a different theme and music with various DJs. Regular events include ladies nights on Wednesdays with 50% discount on cocktails and groups of 5 ladies getting a free jug of frozen margarita.
They also have a popular cabaret and live drag show on Thursdays and regularly feature well-known international DJs. Pontoon attracts a mix of locals and travellers. You'll often have to pay an entrance fee (which includes one drink) on weekends and special events.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 10pm to 5am
- Location: 80 Jayavarman 7 St. (172), Phnom Phen City, Cambodia
- Tel: +855 10 300 400
Street 308 is Phnom Penh’s latest hot spot, with new bars and restaurants opening regularly. Also known as Bassac Lane, Street 308 is south of Independence Monument, just off Norodom Boulevard. Most bars in the area close at 11pm out of respect for their neighbours. Happy hours are generally between 5pm and 7pm .
Several themed “micro bars” in the middle of the street all offer a very cool vibe. They each have a small speciality drinks menu, mostly of cocktails, but you can order your favourite even if it’s not on the menu. Check The Library for daiquiris, Hangar 44 for manly cocktails and custom motorbikes, or Seibur for aperitifs. The more established Red Bar is a cheaper option, relaxed and always busy at the entrance of the street. With the 11pm curfew for most venues, this is an ideal way to kick off the night before moving on.
- Location: St 308, Phnom Penh 12301, Cambodia
The Mad Monkey
Backpacker central! The Mad Monkey is away from the main tourist area but still located centrally in BKK1. Well known as a backpacker hostel, the place also has 2 bars including a rooftop “beach” bar overlooking the city, with over 40 cocktails on offer. Don’t miss the Phnom Penh Bazooka while watching the sunset!
The prices are a bit more expensive than many backpacker bars in the city but the chilled out atmosphere and quality service make it a good choice. While times for happy hours can change, they have been known to have free beer promotions as well.
- Location: # 26 Street 302 Sangkat, 12302, Cambodia
- Tel: +855 23 987 091
Street 136 – Hostessbars
Just off Riverside, the first 3 blocks of Street 136 is one of Phnom Penh’s hostess bar streets, and certainly the most popular. Apart from finding some female (or transgender) company and entertainment in one of the many neon-lit venues like Candy Bar, there are also some other bars and clubs offering more traditional pub entertainment.
Sharky’s, just one block away, has live music and a reputation for good local bands playing live rock. Drink prices will vary for each bar, and obviously, expect to pay extra for your hostess’s drink. You can reach Street 136 off Sisowath Quay.
Score Sports Bar & Grill
The Score Sports Bar and Grill is one of the few sports bars in Phnom Penh but claims to have the largest screen (5.8 x 4.5 metres). Most major sports (English and German football leagues, rugby, boxing, basketball, hockey to name a few) are featured and they stay open after their normal hours for special events.
As well as the live games on the many LCD screens, they also have 3 bars, 4 slate pool tables and ample seating areas, including a terrace and a lounge. Drinks are reasonably priced, with good local and international beers on tap, a selection of wines and cocktails. Happy hours are Monday to Friday from 5pm to 7pm. You can find Score on Street 282, between Streets 51 and 57.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to midnight
- Location: # 5 street 282, Wat Lanka Phnom Penh, 12302, Cambodia
- Tel: +855 23 221 357