Drinking and nightlife in Phnom Penh

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    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 parties, typically with guest bartenders and live music. The artisan rums, including one with Kampot pepper, taste far superior to mass-market spirits.

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    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 US$3 to US$8 at weekends; free on weeknights. Thursday is ladies night. Adjacent Pontoon Pulse is more of a lounge club, with electronica and ambient music.

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    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 cocktails, plush sofas and the kind of low lighting that makes everyone look gorgeous. Down-tempo beats set the mood when there are no live bands.

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    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. Brief happy hour at 5pm on Friday and some interesting whisky flights available with Highlands or global themes. Cool and cosy all at once.

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    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 – and we mean all – sorts. Everybody should stop in at least once just to bask in the aura and atmosphere of the place.

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    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 half-price during the generous happy hour (4pm to 9pm). The bar also boasts world-class G&Ts.

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    Brown Coffee

    The flagship outlet of a homegrown coffee chain that has outperformed all the expensive imports to produce some of Phnom Penh's most refined spaces and best coffee. There are lots of branches around town, as the company has set its sights on cracking Cambodia and, possibly, Asia.

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    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 weekends and Tuesday trivia nights keep expats coming back for more.

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    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 party, where strangers are quick friends.

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    Oskar Bistro

    This upscale gastro-pub blends the bar and restaurant to perfection. Choose from creative cocktails and a huge wine list of nearly 60 tipples, while relaxing to subtle DJ beats. A top spot for a late-night feed, as the kitchen stays open until 11pm.

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    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 snacks.

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    Harry's Bar

    One of the most stylish cocktail bars on Bassac Lane, with an L-shaped rooftop terrace that heaves with the city's hot young things.

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    FCC

    A Phnom Penh institution, the ‘F’ is housed in a colonial gem with great views and cool breezes. It's one of those Cambodian classics that's still holding onto its charm, though some needed renovations were planned through 2020. FCC also offers an excellent food menu both day and night.

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    Hops Brewery

    Hops has claimed a big slice of the craft-beer action in Phnom Penh thanks to its flashy beer garden with casino-style lighting and snazzy pool tables. German-run, it follows the 500-year-old purity law of brewing, though hardcore beer buffs say the place is more style than substance. Tipples include wheat beer Amber Witch and Hops IPA, while the menu is predominantly Mitteleuropa.

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    Le Boutier

    One of the coolest cocktail bars in Phnom Penh, Le Boutier has an original menu of concoctions that pay homage to Cambodia's golden era of the 1960s, including 'Sinn Sisamouth in the Second City' with bourbon, honey, Averna, coffee and cinnamon. Golden hour kicks off at 5pm with discounted cocktails and two-for-one beers.

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    Duplex

    A self-styled Belgian taverne with an extensive beer selection, Duplex is also a cool contemporary space that hosts regular salsa and bachata evenings. Great cocktails and a good range of light meals are available. Upstairs it morphs into Club Love, a popular late-night spot for travellers and expats alike.

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    Orphic

    Suspendered bartenders whip up craft cocktails and deliver them to guests seated at plush leather couches in this slick riverfront bar, which hides behind giant porthole windows and dons a sexy amber glow. There's also a tempting menu of tapas, such as crab cakes or beef satay, if you want to make a night of it.

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    Riel Brewing Taproom

    This upstart craft brewery from a pair of Aussie and American expats makes nine of the tastiest beers in town. The tiny taproom is only open twice a week, though that will change soon. A new brewery, 36 times the size of the original, is scheduled to open near Tuol Sleng in 2020, signalling big things to come.

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    Alchemy GastroPub

    This is one of the capital's more stylish brewpubs, offering a selection of local and regional craft brews and some high-octane cocktails, with two-for-one offers on at least one cocktail every night. Weekend events include live music and there is an impressive menu to help ensure the drinking stays on track.

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    Olala

    Probably the cheapest beer on the riverfront, thanks to a generous happy hour that starts at 7am and rumbles on until closing (yea, that's all day!). The US$0.75 draught beer and US$2 cocktails make it hard to pass up. A restaurant as much as a bar, it's a good place to watch the world go by.