As one might expect, the focus for most visitors to Siem Reap are the ancient temples of Angkor, visiting the great Tonle Sap Lake, and other daytime activities. But to think that there is not much to do after dark, would be wrong. After all, this is a tourist town. The liveliest areas in Siem Reap after dark are Pub Street, the Old Market area, the alley and lane off Pub Street, and the Night Market area. Most venues are frequented by either tourists or expats, but some establishments attract both types of customers. Closing times vary widely, and range from about 12 midnight for those places that are restaurant-bar combinations, to the early hours of the morning for hardcore bars.
No matter what your taste, for both drinking and dining, there are many venues to choose from for a fun evening out. While the nightlife in Siem Reap doesn’t even come close to that of Thailand, or even Phnom Penh, you should be able to find what you are looking for. From intimate and stylish places for a quiet cocktail, to Khmer disco type paces with very loud music, to bars with very attentive ladies, there is something for everyone.
Charlie’s is an international drinking and dining destination for the discerning traveller in Siem Reap.
Charlie’s was established in 2013 by the husband and wife team; Charlie and Zoe Kumar. Charlie’s bar has a retro-Americana feel and is decked out with plenty of interesting memorabilia to get the conversation flowing. Charlie’s menu has been designed to bring you the best of Khmer food
and plenty of options from back home too. This friendly hangout is open 7 days a week, playing classic rock and modern anthems, and showing international live sports. Pop in, Charlie look forward to meeting you at Charlie’s.
2. Picasso Bar
Picasso is a charming barrel-vaulted (air-conditioned) bar. Stylish and cosmopolitan, the atmosphere is friendly and intimate without being intrusive. They serve a delicious range of light-bites and Tapas along with a variety of reasonably priced cocktails and drinks.
Drinks specials are regularly changed and posted on the black-boards. Their immensely popular signature drink is the freshly made Sangria, Red or White served up by the glass or Carafe. You can chat across the bar to the locals, staff and travelers alike or simply soak up the ambience and drinks in peace. A great place to meet or make friends.
3. Siem Reap Pub Crawl
What better way to have fun and meet new people than by playing drinking games and getting free drinks! Friendly staff who know the locals and the bar staff so you know you are getting looked after. Free drinks at every bar and prizes for the games which include free dinners at local restaurants and one girl won a whole bottle of Khmer Whisky! Which she of course drank that night and shared with her new friends 🙂 If you have done the temples, checked out the local markets and yoga retreats and exhausted your time at the resort or hostel you are staying at then this is for you. Not to be missed!
At first, it may not look like the newest nightlife venue, but step inside and you will find something unique in the nightlife scene in Siem Reap. These traditional Khmer
wood houses used to be all over Siem Reap, but sadly very few are left. The owners wanted to create something that was missing from the nightlife in Siem Reap.
Here you can relax on comfy seating, or in swinging hammocks, and not sitting at tables lets customers freely interact, as in a Cambodia house of the past. Along with the beer, wine and cocktails, you can enjoy Khmer home cooking, finger food, and platters.
One of the oldest restaurant and bars in Siem Reap, the atmosphere is very friendly and relaxed. The owner, Patrick, is always behind the bar ready to chat with customers in French or English. Its the kind of place where friends like to meet, eat and have a drink. A smooth blend of Latin, French and reggae music provides the acoustic ambiance.
The menu features French cuisine as well as Khmer cooking, and dining is in the quiet and relaxing patio.
There seems to be a blossoming of unique venues in Siem Reap, and Beaches is another one. True to its name, there is sand on the ground, and sand on the floor inside too! Its almost like really being at the beach. Customers are mostly expats, and Khmer. The music is a mix of low-key electronic and rock. They serve Breakfast, and Thai and western food. They also have a beach-theme shop. Free WiFi.
7. Easy Speaking
Being on Pub Street for about 7 years, it calls itself a cafe, pub and restaurant. They have Cambodian, Thai and Western food (burgers, pasta, pizza, etc.). Its a very popular place with tourists, and a good place to have a drink, something to eat, and watch the Pub Street crowd stroll by. Food and drinks are moderately priced
8. FCC Angkor
With its soft-seat barstools and armchair seating, the FCC is like an aging beauty. Still very nice, but not quite what it once was. Although it is still frequented by some expats and a few Khmer, now the customers are mainly tourists from the FCC hotel and other hotels. They feature a selection of wines from many countries, and Tiger and Angkor draft. Happy Hour is from 17:00 to 19:00 with half-price drinks.
9. In Touch
Another bar and restaurant on Pub Street, but with a bit of a difference. They have live music in the upstairs bar provided by a Filipino jazz band. The music starts at 20:30, and that’s when they get busy, with the upstairs bar being packed every night mainly with Asian tourists on group tours. They serve Thai and Cambodian food, Tiger Beer on draft, and have a complete drinks menu.
10. Island Bar & Brick House Bar
These two nighttime venues are both located in the Angkor
Night Market. They both have a drinks list of cocktails, shooters, spirits, and draft beer, and they both attract mostly tourists. They serve Japanese, Khmer, and American food, and get busy around 22:00. The Brick House Bar has a pool table, and the Happy Hour is from 16:00 to 22:00 with a 50-cent discount on cocktails, and 75-cent draft beer.