Out on the town
Partygoers shouldn’t be put off by Siem Reap’s diminutive size – the local nightlife scene definitely punches well above its weight, with the good times going on well into the early hours.
Head over to Hard Rock Café and be transported to the world of rock’n’roll. Here the live inhouse band plays Tuesday to Sunday starting at 7pm, and belts out a range of classic hits in surroundings decked out with authentic music memorabilia.
Over the river is Menaka Speakeasy Lounge, a bar as intriguing as it is unique, with entrance via a secret door behind a coffee shop. Paintings of music stars from the golden Khmer rock era of the 1960s combine with acoustic background tunes to create a relaxed atmosphere. Laundry Bar, with its smooth, upscale ’70s-style décor, is the quintessential hip French hangout. Help yourself to a happy hour-priced caramel liqueur and vodka while gyrating on the dance floor to live gypsy jazz, or play pool in the back room.
Laundry Bar on Street 9, with its smooth, upscale ’70s-style dОcor, is the quintessential hip French hangout. Help yourself to a happy hour-priced caramel liqueur and vodka while gyrating on the dance floor to live gypsy jazz, or play pool in the back room with a stylish assortment of bohemians.
Dive into the throng on Pub Street at Angkor What? Bar – Siem Reap’s original late-night destination for the wild and carefree. Even those who don’t usually dance on tables may find themselves elevated by the end of the night.
Cross the street to find yourself in the middle of a circle of young Khmers at Temple Bar, doing the New Orleans-style Bounce to obscenely loud music. Time your run right and you’ll get in before Happy Hour ends at 10pm.
Nearby, Cheers has built a reputation amongst locals, expats and tourists thanks to its lively club atmosphere and unbelievably loud sound system. The bar hosts both live music and DJ sets, with the drinks menu proving reassuringly inexpensive.
Just along from Pub Street, near the riverside, you’ll find Barcode Lounge. This chic night spot and gay bar serves up a fantastic array of cocktails, beers, wines and champagne to Dapper Dans and Sultry Susans looking for a good time.
Over in the upcoming Kandal Village area is Charms, an Belgian-owned apero lounge bar serving various beers, fine wines, spirits, cocktails and shakes. You can also play some of the many old-school board games or watch late night sports and news broadcasts.
The latest running bar with the heaviest rock bands and hardest hitting DJs in town is to be found at X Bar, where almost every quality act on the local scene, and many more passing through, ply their trade, representing all the genres Siem Reap has to offer. With visits from international acts, regular weekly events, and live music every night, the party doesn’t stop. Every Wednesday is open-mic night, followed by memorable DJ sessions. On Friday, the famous (well, at least in Siem Reap) in-house band struts their stuff. Things really get going at 2 or 3am and don’t wind down until the birds chirp and the sun rises over the rooftop half-pipe.
Following the huge success of a similar market in Phnom Penh, visitors to Siem Reap can now check out the Temple Container Pub Zone, a beer garden area made using shipping containers. It’s the first of its kind in the town and offers cheap beers and high noise levels where you can party alongside the local young and cool crowd.