After spending a busy day exploring the Angkor temple complex and the modern temples of Siem Reap, it is time to unwind. When it comes to drinking, dining and partying, the small city of Siem Reap has a lot to offer visitors, and entertainment venues come in all shapes and sizes.
The bars in Siem Reap make for an excellent places to meet new people and both local people and travellers hang out here. This is a great time to learn about local culture as well as swapping travel tips and tall tales with fellow travellers.
Siem Reap attracts people from all walks of life and the nightlife scene has adapted to offer a wide range of venues, ranging from chilled out spots to grab a drink and watch the world go by to vibrant venues where party people gather to meet like-minded travellers and drink and dance long into the night.
Many of the busiest bars stay open 24 hours a day, meaning that even the most hardcore party animals will find something to amuse and entertain them until they are well and truly boogied out.
Siem Reap bars and clubs
Most of the liveliest bars in Siem Reap are located on Pub Street, which can be found near the Old Market. Two of the most popular venues here are Buddha Bar and Angkor What? Both of these establishments attract people from all over the world, pumping out Western hits from the last three decades and providing plenty of space to shake a tail feather.
Those who are feeling a little homesick will find a number of Western-themed bars and pubs in Siem Reap, and one of the most popular is Molly Malone’s which is located at the very end of Pub Street. Featuring wooden floors, Irish décor and an excellent selection of home cooked Irish meals, this is a great place to unwind for a while.
Expats should check out Ivy by the Old Market for cold drinks and a good chat with likeminded folk. Free pool and chilled local beer for US1$ maintains this place in people’s hearts. Down a small side street to the north west of Ivy is Linga Bar which features an extensive cocktail list and a gay-friendly ambience.
In the same area is Zone One which is arguably the most popular disco in Siem Reap, pumping out generic Western rock and pop plus some unique Khmer hip hop for local revellers.
Also located on Bar Street, The Temple Club offers a complimentary show of traditional Khmer dancing each night. Those who enjoy sipping brightly coloured cocktails will feel right at home in venues such as Red Piano, while Martini Club is the perfect place for letting loose on the dance floor, gyrating to hip-hop tunes spun by local DJs.
Another good place to get into the groove is the Wayfarer’s Pub, which is located inside the Sofitel Royal Angkor Golf & Spa Resort. Open until the early hours of the morning, nightly entertainment is provided by the house DJ and the 15:00 to midnight happy hour is sure to put visitors into the dancing spirit.
The Dead Fish Tower is a recommended Siem Reap bar on Sivatha Street with multiple levels, wacky décor and live music. The kitchen serves up some great food which brings punters back time after time.
While there are no official go-go bars in Siem Reap or the rest of Cambodia for that matter, there is still a naughtier side to the nightlife here for those who need to let off a little steam.
It’s worth noting that although there is always somewhere to party, most bars, restaurants and nightclubs close by 03:00, and it is best to avoid travelling alone on the streets after this time, although Siem Reap is a safe place to spend time.
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