Phnom Penh has a vibrant nightlife offering a wide range of evening venues. Though bars and clubs are scattered across the town, it is never hard to hop in a tuk-tuk (or cab/taxi if you must) and arrive at any destination within 5 to 10 minutes without a big impact on the wallet. One to 3 dollars is the standard fare depending on the distance between most night life areas.  Most of Phnom Penh’s streets are numbered, even numbered streets run east west and odd numbered streeets run north south.

The Phnom Penh Underground website is an invaluable guide to the rapidly expanding underground clubscene in Phnom Penh and has very useful events listings.

The Riverfront-Sisowath Quay


    • For the first night on the town, the Riverfront boosts a line of restaurants and bars, lit up at night to show off its serene, laid-back, colonial feel. Visitors can browse from bar and restaurant on this strip, indulging in a cocktail at one place and a game of pool at another. Don't miss the FCC (Foreign Correspondents Club) for one of the best views of the riverfront action and a terrific happy hour. Plenty of  other rooftop bars dot the riverside as well as many sidewalk cafes. Mekong River is one of the few late night venues right on Sisowath Quan and if you seek a little outdoor serenity its a good option.  Many of the Riverfront restaurants have maintained the colonial feel, with revolving white fans and white whicker seats. There are now many more western style bars the better known ones include Metro and K West. Riverside Bistro across from Metro is one of the longer running riverfront bar/restaurants. Riverhouse Lounge has International Djs every night, themed parties every month.Riverhouse Asian Bistro serves Asian cuisines,delightful cocktails, with Live music from Thursday to Saturday and have a nice ambiance overlooking the mekong river.

    Riverhouse Lounge
    • At the North end of the riverfront overlooking the night market, Code A new Nightclub Code is expected to open. North of the Night Market are a few other watering holes.  Mao's, White Rose, Boranne Khmer and California 2.  California 2 operates 24 hours and has a nice pool table and serves food all night long.

    Pool Table California 2
    • The riverfront runs between Streets 100 and 184 and on many of the side streets between Sisowath Quay (Street 1) and Street 13 many bar areas have sprung up.  There are many concentrations of bars on Streets 110, 104, 130, and 136 as well as Street 5 which runs parrallel to the riverfront between 110 and 148. The legendary DV8 bar is just off the river on Street 148.
  •  Street 104 area hosts several friendly little pubs, Welcome Inn, Cavern, Pickled Parrott, Oscars which has its own house band and plenty of hostess bars. Top Ten, Rose Bar, Zanzibar, 104 and AirForce Bar  Bunny Bar. 

  • Street 104 

  • Street 110 like Street 104 host an array of hostess bars and pubs as well.  Heartbreak, Garage Bar, City Bar Happy Man to name a few.

  •  Garage Bar

  • One can cut down Street 5 towards 130 and 136 Streets. Along Street 5 there is the Bodega, a few eateries such as the French restaurant La Patate and Domino Bar.
  • Street 130, where Sharky Bar was the only venue has seen a rise in hostess bars springing up. Barbados, Loco Bar, Angry Birds Hostess Bar and Nightclub, and Fire Bar. is always fun to catch one of the many bars when they are having a BBQ or Birthday party. 

  • Fire Bar

  • Street 136 is loaded with bars as well. Candy Bar on the Corner of Street 5 and 136 operates 24 hours.

 Street 51 has plenty of fun nightspots.The Heart of Darkness has done some remodeling and accommodates more people until the wee hours.   Bars on Street 51 include PitStop, Howies late night bar, White Cobra Bar, 51, Shanghai, Alien, Plan B, Drunken Sponge well as the Popular Golden Sorya Mall which houses bars in a beer garden like setting.  

Golden Sorya Mall

Just off of the mall is Pontoon,  probably Phnom Penhs most popular night clubs. They get a variety of international DJs and have a caberet show on Thursday evenings. 

caberet show

Pontoon Caberet show on Thursdays


Flashing lights on the Dance Floor in Pontoon

 Late night in the Heart

The Heart of Darkness.

When Pontoon and Heart of Darkness close, The G-Pub squeezes the last bit of party out of everyone and goes until sunrise. It is located in Golden Sorya Mall behind Pontoon


A new venue offering live music on Street 172 on the opposite side of 51 from Pontoon is Slur Bar.  During the week they have sports on TV and a pool table. 

Diego and Phil with Latin Music in Slur Bar 

  • The backpacker area on Boeung Kak Lake, is just about finished. The government filled in the lake forcing many residents to move elsewhere and the Back Packer Area has taken a foot hold on Street 172 between Norodom and Street 13. Visitors will still find cheap pubs and cheap eats along Street 172.  Bob Marley, dreads, and showers optional tourists aplenty. Restaurants that have a good reputation include Chew and Chat and Blue Dolphin.

  • There are a couple of spots on Street 278 and on the north side of the Wat Phnom traffic circle.

  • Street 178 features great views of the National Museum, the Royal Palace, and Phnom Penh's finest (and only) Irish pub -- Rory's Pub and Guesthouse.  Between 19 and Norodom Streets, The Latin Quarter has live music on weekends, Blue Chili is a Gay friendly pub and The Gym Bar offers a variet of Sporting evens on the Big Screen. 

The Bayon Pearnik magazine and the back page of the Friday Cambodia Daily list the nights live music options. Another popular source of information Phnom Penh DJS, bands and weekend happenings is

Curtis King Band 

  • The lobby bar in InterContinental Phnom Penh and Darling Darling in the Naga Casino offers music and cocktails for a more adult crowd.
  • Slur Bar on Street 172 a new venue offering live music. 
  • Equinox bar on Street 278 is hosting live music once or twice a week, usually Thursdays and Saturdays
  • Memphis Pub has a regular band on the weekends.
  • Sharky Bar on Street 130 is becoming the leader on providing live music in the Kingdom.
  • The Cavern Pub on 104 offers live music on Wednesday, Thursdays and Fridays from 9pm.
  • Oscars Pub on Street 104 has their regular house band playing cover tunes. 
  • There is also a new way to see all the funkiest bars and pubs in phnom penh with out having to argue and waste time trying to find all these venues. Its called Tipsy Tuk Tuks and basically ties in all the best bars in town and show you were the funky under ground scene is check it out on face book. Its aimed at the younger backpacker crowds. It starts at Sundance Inn on 172 every FridayNight.