Cambodia

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Drinking and nightlife

Top ChoiceDistillery in Phnom Penh

Samai Distillery

The origins of sugarcane are in Southeast Asia, so the Venezuelan owners of this beloved rum distillery see themselves as bringing the tradition full circle. Samai opens to visitors on Thursday nights for lavish...

Top ChoiceClub in Phnom Penh

Pontoon

After floating around from pier to pier for a few years (hence the name), the city’s premier nightclub found a permanent home on terra firma. It draws top local DJs and occasional big foreign acts. Admission is...

Top ChoiceBar in Koh Rong

Sky Bar

Perched way up on the hill overlooking the pier, Sky Bar is Koh Rong's most sophisticated bar, with professional cocktails, a rocking gen-X soundtrack and modern vegetarian and vegan food (raw bowls, anyone?)....

Top ChoiceBar in Phnom Penh

Battbong

An always-packed speakeasy, Battbong is tricky to locate. Look out for the Coca-Cola machine at the end of Langka Lane and locate the hidden button. Inside is a decadent beatnik-style bar with signature craft...

Top ChoiceBar in Phnom Penh

Long After Dark

This place keeps visitors hanging around the Russian Market area long after dark with its combination of rare single-malt whiskies, Cambodian craft beers and a vinyl collection that starts a-spinnin' at weekends....

Top ChoiceBar in Kampot

Karma Traders

Reserve Tuesday nights for a visit to Karma Traders' rooftop bar, where there's live music, US$2 tacos (try the Coca-Cola pulled pork) and two-for-one drinks if you can beat the bartender in rock, paper,...

Top ChoiceClub in Phnom Penh

Heart of Darkness

This Phnom Penh institution with an alluring Angkorian theme has evolved into more of a nightclub than a bar over the years, with drag shows that drop jaws Wednesday to Saturday nights. The place attracts all –...

Top ChoiceBar in Siem Reap

Asana Wooden House

This is a traditional Cambodian countryside home dropped into the backstreets of Siem Reap, which makes for an atmospheric place to drink. Lounge on kapok-filled rice sacks while sipping a classic cocktail made...

Top ChoiceCocktail Bar in Kep

Sailing Club

With a small beach, a breezy wooden bar and a wooden jetty poking out into the sea, this is one of Cambodia’s top sundowner spots. The Asian-fusion food is excellent and you can get your crab fix here, too....

Top ChoiceCraft Beer in Phnom Penh

Botanico Wine & Beer Garden

Bringing US-style craft brewing to Phnom Penh, this great little hideaway stocks Irish Red, IPA and other home-brewed Cerevisia beers. It is set in a verdant garden tucked down a winding alley. Live music on...

Top ChoiceCocktail Bar in Phnom Penh

Hub Street Cocktails

Cheap craft cocktails and killer street cuisine collide to great effect at this marvellous bamboo bar, beloved by expats and Cambodians alike. Arriving here feels like stumbling upon a familiar yet exotic block...

Top ChoiceBar in Sen Monorom

The Hangout

The most happening spot in town. There are bar sports including table football, occasional jam sessions and some of Sen Monorom's best Western food to complement the Khmer menu (mains US$2 to US$7). It's run by...

Top ChoiceBar in Siem Reap

Miss Wong

Miss Wong carries you back to chic 1920s Shanghai. The cocktails are a draw here, making it a cool place to while away an evening, and there's a menu offering dim sum. Gay-friendly and extremely popular with the...

Top ChoiceBar in Siem Reap

Laundry Bar

One of the most chilled, chic bars in town thanks to low lighting and discerning decor. Laundry is the place to come for electronica and ambient sounds; it heaves on weekends or when guest DJs crank up the...

Top ChoiceRooftop Bar in Phnom Penh

Sundown Social Club

Look at the Russian Market from a different angle in this funky rooftop bar on St 440. Head here for sundowners, including Club Tropicana–inspired cocktails and craft beers, and a menu of innovative pub grub and...

Bar in Siem Reap

Wild

Hidden away down a small side alley near Wat Dam Nak, Wild is an unprepossessing door from the front, but enter the threshold to discover a secret garden and an old wooden house. Cocktails with local infusions...

Bar in Kampot

Infamata

With its shabby-chic interior and Botero-esque painting of a reclining lady behind the bar, Infamata is long on atmosphere and backs it up with professional cocktails, craft gin and boutique beer. Live music...

Bar in Siem Reap

Harbour

Shiver me timbers, this self-styled 'pirate tavern' is a lovable bar housed in an atmospheric wooden house in Stung Thmei. Upstairs are cocktails, booze aplenty and regular open mic, comedy and other events;...

Bar in Battambang

Here Be Dragons

Before there was the popular Dragons hostel, there was this popular bar. The watering hole hasn't forgotten its roots, and frequently rumbles till late with a mix of backpackers and expats. It offers a Wednesday...

Bar in Phnom Penh

Elephant Bar

Few places are more atmospheric than this sophisticated bar at the Raffles. It has been drawing journalists, politicos, and the rich and famous for more than 90 years. Singapore slings and many more drinks are...