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 daily starting at 8pm, 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 an 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.
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 Club, 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. There is now a second club upstairs, Temple Club 2 unsurprisingly. Cheers Club is an unbelievably loud but very popular night club in Pub Street, with good music, cheap cocktails and beers and a great atmosphere to dance and party all night together with your friends. Action guaranteed.
You can also check out the Temple Container Pub Zone, a beer garden area made with shipping containers. It’s the first of its kind in town (there are a few in Phnom Penh) and offers cheap beers and high noise levels where you can party alongside the local young and trendy crowd.