Siem Reap Nightlife
What to Do at Night in Siem Reap
As one might expect, the focus for most visitors to Siem Reap are the ancient temples of Angkor, visiting the great Tonle Sap Lake, and other daytime activities. But to think that there is not much to do after dark, would be wrong. After all, this is a tourist town. The liveliest areas in Siem Reap after dark are Pub Street, the Old Market area, the alley and lane off Pub Street, and the Night Market area. Most venues are frequented by either tourists or expats, but some establishments attract both types of customers. Closing times vary widely, and range from about 12 midnight for those places that are restaurant-bar combinations, to the early hours of the morning for hardcore bars.
No matter what your taste, for both drinking and dining, there are many venues to choose from for a fun evening out. While the nightlife in Siem Reap doesn’t even come close to that of Thailand, or even Phnom Penh, you should be able to find what you are looking for. From intimate and stylish places for a quiet cocktail, to Khmer disco type paces with very loud music, to bars with very attentive ladies, there is something for everyone. See below for a few venues we have reviewed for you.
Angkor What? Bar
Opened in 1998, this was the very first bar on Pub Street, but not the first bar in Siem Reap. Its still a very lively nightspot, with the traveler’s graffiti all over the walls. Because of its reputation, it is now frequented mostly by tourists who want to “do” Angkor What? at least once after a day at the temples. It gets loud and a bit raucous, but still a good place to meet people. Complete drinks menu, and pool table. Reasonable prices.
- Opening Hours: 17:00 until late.
- Location: Pub Street.
- Tel: (+855) 012-490755
At first, it may not look like the newest nightlife venue, but step inside and you will find something unique in the nightlife scene in Siem Reap. These traditional Khmer wood houses used to be all over Siem Reap, but sadly very few are left. The owners wanted to create something that was missing from the nightlife in Siem Reap.
Here you can relax on comfy seating, or in swinging hammocks, and not sitting at tables lets customers freely interact, as in a Cambodia house of the past. Along with the beer, wine and cocktails, you can enjoy Khmer home cooking, finger food, and platters.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 to 02:00
- Location: Off of The Lane between Pub Street and Street #7
- Tel: +855-12-508248
One of the oldest restaurant and bars in Siem Reap, the atmosphere is very friendly and relaxed. The owner, Patrick, is always behind the bar ready to chat with customers in French or English. Its the kind of place where friends like to meet, eat and have a drink. A smooth blend of Latin, French and reggae music provides the acoustic ambiance.
The menu features French cuisine as well as Khmer cooking, and dining is in the quiet and relaxing patio.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 to 23:00.
- Location: No. 7 Sivatha St., Siem Reap (north of Hotel de la Paix).
- Tel: (+855) 012-756448
There seems to be a blossoming of unique venues in Siem Reap, and Beaches is another one. True to its name, there is sand on the ground, and sand on the floor inside too! Its almost like really being at the beach. Customers are mostly expats, and Khmer. The music is a mix of low-key electronic and rock. They serve Breakfast, and Thai and western food. They also have a beach-theme shop. Free WiFi.
- Opening Hours: 8:00 to midnight.
- Location: Wat Bo Road.
- Tel: (+855) 063-6594343
Being on Pub Street for about 7 years, it calls itself a cafe, pub and restaurant. They have Cambodian, Thai and Western food (burgers, pasta, pizza, etc.). Its a very popular place with tourists, and a good place to have a drink, something to eat, and watch the Pub Street crowd stroll by. Food and drinks are moderately priced. Open 07:00 to 00:00.
- Location: Pub Street.
- Tel: (+855) 012-865332
Elephant Bar at Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor
Elephant Bar, set within Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor, is arguably one of Siem Reap’s most iconic nightlife venues. Operating since the 1960s, this elegant-looking bar features 1930s colonial architecture, dark wood furnishing, leather sofas, potted plants, and quaint elephant decorations at every corner. Compared to most bars in Siem Reap, prices at Elephant Bar are steep but reasonable thanks to its extensive alcohol and cigar offerings. Drinks range from bourbon, cognacs and single malt whiskies to beers champagne and martinis cocktails. If you’re a cocktail lover, try the Airavata (US$12), a refreshing mix of rum, Malibu, banana cream, lime juice, sugar syrup and coconut juice, served in an elephant-shaped glass.
- Opening Hours: Daily 16:00 – 24:00
- Address: 1 Vithei Charles de Gaulle, Khum Svay Dang Kum, Siem Reap
- Tel: +855 63 963 888
With its soft-seat barstools and armchair seating, the FCC is like an aging beauty. Still very nice, but not quite what it once was. Although it is still frequented by some expats and a few Khmer, now the customers are mainly tourists from the FCC hotel and other hotels. They feature a selection of wines from many countries, and Tiger and Angkor draft. Happy Hour is from 17:00 to 19:00 with half-price drinks.
- Opening Hours: 06:00 to midnight.
- Location: Pokambor Ave. (next to Royal Residence).
- Tel: (+855) 063-760283
Another bar and restaurant on Pub Street, but with a bit of a difference. They have live music in the upstairs bar provided by a Filipino jazz band. The music starts at 20:30, and that’s when they get busy, with the upstairs bar being packed every night mainly with Asian tourists on group tours. They serve Thai and Cambodian food, Tiger Beer on draft, and have a complete drinks menu.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 to 01:00.
- Location: Corner Pub Street and Street 11.
- Tel: (+855)063-965005.
Island Bar & Brick House Bar
These two nighttime venues are both located in the Angkor Night Market. They both have a drinks list of cocktails, shooters, spirits, and draft beer, and they both attract mostly tourists. They serve Japanese, Khmer, and American food, and get busy around 22:00. The Brick House Bar has a pool table, and the Happy Hour is from 16:00 to 22:00 with a 50-cent discount on cocktails, and 75-cent draft beer.
- Opening Hours: 16:00 to midnight.
- Location: Angkor Night Market.
- Tel: (+855) 012-988599
A rather funky late night venue, this is long established Siem Reap watering hole. You will find mostly expats here, with only a few tourists. The main draw here is the vast music selection of 25,000 albums! While the music is great, it is not so loud that you can’t have a conversation. It has a laid-back and convivial atmosphere, with two pool tables.
- Opening Hours: 16:00 until late.
- Location: Street 9, east of the Old Market.
- Tel: (+855) 092-686436
A somewhat stylish and modernist venue, it is the first gay-owned bar in Siem Reap. They do cater to a mixed crowd of customers, and offer the usual extensive cocktail and drinks menu.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 to Late.
- Location: On the corner of The Passage and Street 11.
- Tel: (+855) 012-246912
Mezze Lounge & Nightclub
Mezze Lounge & Nightclub draws in a party-loving clientele of locals, expats and tourists with its trendy setting and diverse live entertainment. In addition to its affordably-priced wines, spirits, beers, and liquors, patrons can also enjoy a good selection of Lebanese tapas such as chicken shawarma, tabbouleh, and chicken wings. Local and international DJs spin deep house tunes on most nights while Sundays are dedicated to salsa dance with a seasoned salsa instructor offering complimentary basic classes from 19:00 onwards.
- Opening Hours: Daily 18:00 – 02:30
- Address: #13A, 1st Floor, Street 11, Pub Street, Siem Reap
- Tel: +855 77 226 601
Mikey’s Night Bar
This bar is one of the busiest and most popular late night spots in Siem Reap. It is popular with expats and tourists alike, and has a clientele of very friendly ladies. They serve draft beer, cocktails and spirits. The happy hour from 18:00 to 22:00 offers discounts on draft beer, frozen Margaritas, and 2 cocktails for the price of one. Bar food includes tapas and bar snacks. Pool table, and free WiFi. Open from 18:00 to late, and sometimes ‘til early morning.
- Location: #012 Sivatha Blvd. (at end of Pub St.)
- Tel: (+855) 012-425017
The epitome of stylish nightlife in Siem Reap, this is an intimate, cozy and quiet cocktail bar with tasteful Chinese decor reminiscent of Shanghai in the 1930s. The gentle sound of the tasteful music bespeaks the fact that this is not your typical Pub Street tourist bar. The drinks menu includes cocktails with an Asian twist, and they boast imported beers from Germany, Italy and New Zealand. This is a great place to relax and have a drink with friends. Prices are moderate.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 to late.
- Location: The Lane north of Pub Street.
- Tel: (+855) 92-428332
Picasso is a charming barrel-vaulted (air-conditioned) bar. Stylish and cosmopolitan, the atmosphere is friendly and intimate without being intrusive. They serve a delicious range of light-bites and Tapas along with a variety of reasonably priced cocktails and drinks.
Drinks specials are regularly changed and posted on the black-boards. Their immensely popular signature drink is the freshly made Sangria, Red or White served up by the glass or Carafe. You can chat across the bar to the locals, staff and travelers alike or simply soak up the ambience and drinks in peace. A great place to meet or make friends.
- Opening Hours: from 17:00 - late; Happy Hour from 17:00 - 20:00
- Location: Located in the Old Market area of downtown Siem Reap, Picasso Bar is nestled in Alley West, (amongst the shops and boutiques) 20m from Pub Street
- Remarks: Every Wednesday is Ladies' night
Pub Street is Siem Reap’s definitive nightlife hub, where you can find plenty of bars, nightclubs, pubs, and restaurants that cater to any budget and preference. A five-minute stroll from Angkor Night Market, this street is very popular amongst budget-conscious travellers looking to party in Siem Reap. Not only can you find a variety of local, Asian, and European cuisine, but imported beers cost as low as US$0.50 while cocktails are priced at US$1.50. Perfect for a night of bar-hopping, Pub Street’s nightlife venues are within walking distance from each other, offering happy hour promos and great music until 04:00. Read More...
- Location: Angkor Night Market, Siem Reap
If you like relaxing and drinking in a tropical garden, you will really like it here. The acoustic music complements the garden atmosphere, and live bands provide great sounds a couple of times a month. Expats, tourists, and Khmer alike get together here. To fill that empty spot, they serve Khmer and western food, sandwiches, and flambé, and they specialize in buckwheat crepes. Draft beer, cocktails, spirits, and aperitifs are all available. Happy Hour is from 18:00 to 20:00.
- Opening Hours: 15:00 to late.
- Location: The Lane north of Pub Street.
- Tel: (+855) 012-989163
Soul Train Reggae Bar
Soul Train Reggae Bar is relatively new in Pub Street’s bar scene, but it’s gained massive popularity amongst locals and travellers thanks to its charming Caribbean setting and chilled-out ambience. Popular soul, funk, and reggae tunes are played regularly, though you can easily request for your favourite songs at this friendly establishment. Happy hours are from 16:00 until 20:00, with signature cocktails such as passion margarita priced for US$1 or less. Set along New Street A, Soul Train Reggae Bar is a three-minute walk from the Angkor What? Bar.
- Opening Hours: Daily 16:00 – 04:00
- Address: New Street A, Pub Street, Siem Reap
- Tel: +855 86 430 740
Temple Club – Temple Balcony
One of the most popular and liveliest places on Pub Street, it is mostly crowded with tourists every night. They offer a free Apsara Dance Show upstairs, but hardly anybody is watching because everybody is busy eating, drinking, and talking. The bar is downstairs along with 3 pool tables, and a space for dancing. They really get busy after 23:00. Drinks and food are reasonably priced.
- Opening Hours: 07:00 until 03:00 or 04:00.
- Location: Pub Street.
- Tel: 015-999909
Opened in 2006, this 2-story establishment has become something of a Siem Reap landmark, and is frequented by tourists, expats and NGO volunteers. They have an extensive drinks menu, beer on tap, and bartenders ready to create whatever drink you desire. The upstairs gives a good view of the Old Market area. They serve a mix of western and Asian food, and the music is a mix of rock and blues. Free Wi-Fi.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 to 03:00.
- Location: Opposite the Old Market.
- Tel: (+855) 063-965204
The X Rooftop Bar
The customer base now seems to be about 50-50 between tourists and expats. The music is hip-hop, rap and rock, and the potables include the usual bar liquids of cocktails, spirits, wine, and draft beer. They serve some bar food. There are two pool tables, and a drum set for well-lubricated customers to bang away on. It starts to get busy around 01:00 or 02:00.
- Opening Hours: 16:00 to sunrise.
- Location: Sivatha Blvd., near west end of Pub Street.
- Tel: 012-263271
Yokohama Restaurant & Bar
This is one of the most unique nightlife venues in Siem Reap. Situated on 3 floors; the first floor has a bar with 2 huge fish tanks, the 2nd floor is a rather minimalist sofa seating area, but the 3rd floor is the most imaginative. Its a very colorful mix of silk drapery, pillows, raised seating areas, a huge bamboo birdcage to sit in, and subdued colored lighting . It needs to be seen to be believed. The music is soul, jazz, and blues. They serve Japanese and Asian food.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 to 00:00
- Location: The Lane north of Pub Street.
- Tel: (+855) 092-637053