Drinking and nightlife in South Coast

  • Top ChoiceNightlife 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?). The views and discounted drinks make it a great happy-hour option, with the action often continuing well into the evening. The brunch is highly recommended.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife 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, scissors. There's also a ping-pong room, a cinema, a pool, a slackline, a Sunday pub quiz and about a dozen rooms available (US$12 to US$16).

  • Top ChoiceNightlife 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. There's an outdoor cocktail lounge and a vastly expanded seafront terrace.

  • Nightlife 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 kicks off Thursdays and Saturdays, while high season sees the opening of the gorgeous 2nd floor. Superb fusion food rounds it out.

  • Nightlife in Kep

    Led Zep Cafe

    A lovely, secluded cafe and crêperie on the Kep National Park trail, a five-minute walk from the main entrance. Knocking back a chilled lime juice on the wide terrace with knock-out views overlooking the coast is the perfect pick-me-up after a hike. The crêpes are outstanding, but hours are sporadic, especially during low season.

  • Nightlife in Kampot

    Nelly's Bar

    Occupying a street corner under a bougainvillea tree outside a beautiful colonial building, Nelly's is a fine place to throw back a few drinks, with groovy tunes and a nice mix of travellers and colourful Kampot expats. The high season occasionally sees acoustic acts set up on the sidewalk. The bar is named after its house dog.

  • Nightlife in Kampot

    Top Cat Bar

    Draws a collection of characters, both expat and tourist, to quaff cheap draught beer, booze and 'happy' cocktails. Watching a movie at the adjoining small-screen cinema is strictly optional. Thursday is 'TopCat Tommy's' pub quiz.

  • Nightlife in Koh Kong City

    Pisey's Bar

    Hostess Pisey is the Cleopatra of Koh Kong, and her dive bar is where pretty much everybody ends up after everything else in town has closed (about 9.30pm). There's a pool table and guests are welcome to take control of the tunes selection. Good fun all around.

  • Nightlife in Kampot

    Kampot Cocktail Bar

    A place for serious cocktail aficionados, the cocktails at KCB pack a punch and are two-for-one until 8pm. If that sounds dangerous, it is (trust us). The bartenders here have serious skills – ask about the cocktail of the day. Light bites served.

  • Nightlife in The Southern Islands

    Tree Bar

    Travellers regularly perch at this locally owned tiki bar until late into the night, playing drinking games and sizing up who might be interested in a skinny-dip in the plankton. There's also a sign for free Khmer lessons here.

  • Nightlife in Koh Rong

    Runaways

    Killer drinks and groovy tunes are the hallmarks of this convivial gathering spot, popular with expats and tourists alike. Positively beautiful breakfasts, too – try the stuffed avocado or the potato omelette.

  • Nightlife in Koh Rong

    Tortuga Bar

    A self-styled, high-season-only 'pirate bar' on the far side of Sok San village, it spins groovy tunes and serves the best cocktails on the beach. Morning yoga sessions held occasionally.

  • Nightlife in Sihanoukville

    Jazz Rooms

    Jazz Rooms has embraced the changes happening in Sihanoukville by catering to the universally loved diversions of music and sports. Easily the best bet for a night out.

  • Nightlife in Kep

    Man'groove Restaurant & Night Bar

    Out past the Rabbit Island pier, this is seemingly the only proper bar in Kep, with lots of beer options (including US$0.75 draughts), good cocktails and billiards. Food choices include plenty of Khmer options, fish 'n' chips and Australian steaks. The guesthouse at the back has a few seafront bungalows.

  • Nightlife in Kampot

    Flowers Home Brew & Sushi

    Flowers is Kampot's hometown craft beer, with a half-dozen or so varieties that can be found in bars around town, including a lemongrass pale ale and a wheat porter. On weekend afternoons, the Japanese brewmaster taps a keg or two and hosts what are essentially open parties, with plenty of sushi (much of it not fish-related) to go around.

  • Nightlife in The Southern Islands

    Octopussy Beach Bar

    This bamboo beach bar under a cone-shaped, thatched roof is centrally located on Saracen Bay where the road to Lazy Beach begins. Shots and cold beers, along with tackily named cocktails, flow steadily throughout the day, and gush into the night.

  • Nightlife in Kampot

    Oh Neils

    The liveliest of the little bars on the main riverfront strip in Kampot, Oh Neils has walls plastered with rock-and-roll memorabilia and a who's-who soundtrack of classic tunes from down the decades.

  • Nightlife in Koh Kong City

    Stevie C's

    Dyed-in-the-wool Chelsea fan Stevie has turned his home into a sports bar complete with satellite dish and an Italian chef preparing the best pizzas in town for US$5 to US$8.

  • Nightlife in Koh Kong City

    Paddy's Bamboo Pub

    The US$1 beers and pool table at this sociable hostel pub occasionally draw a crowd, though don't waste your time coming out here in low season. There's a menu of homegrown comfort flavours (mains US$2 to US$4).