Siem Reap Travel Guide

Bar Beer Wine

The distinction between eating and drinking establishments is fairly blurry as even the most humble of restaurants can have an extensive cocktail list on their menu. Nonetheless, a vibrant drinking scene concentrated along Street 8, aptly dubbed Pub St, is where serious drinkers head for cheap beer, loud music and the sweaty backpacking hubbub scene akin to Bangkok's Khao San Road. The biggest and most well-known Pub St bars, Angkor What?, The Red Piano, Temple Club and Le Tigre du Papier, are easy to find.

Travelers looking for more subdued place to appreciate a quiet drink can seek out some of the smaller places along The Alley, The Lane and the adjoining streets. A few drinking holes offer a bit more than cheap drunkenness.

Most places have draft Angkor beer for USD0.50 and cans of other brews for USD1-2. Cocktails and spirits go for as little as USD2. Imported red and white wine, generally from the less prestigious wine producing countries, is widely available and cheaper than you would expect. Better quality Australian and French wines are available in more upmarket establishments at a correspondingly premium price.

Bars

The Alley
Linga BarThe AlleyA sophisticated gay bar that welcomes all patrons. A good list of classy cocktails and decent wine to enjoy on the big lounges.
Sports BarThe AlleyMore than just a sports bar, with free pool table and 3 large HD TVs. Great place to watch rugby and football. Expensive drinks.
Pub Street

Pub St features two main late night bars, Angkor What? and Temple Club which are directly across from each other. Commonly late night bar-goers will also congregate and drink in the street between the two bars and consume their own alcohol there, which is readily bought at stalls or stores in the immediate area.

Angkor What?Pub StHours: sundown until lateThe most famous backpacker bar in Siem Reap, located directly across from competing late night spot Temple Club. USD1 draft beers, USD2 mixers, USD6-8 buckets. Large Western crowd. Offers inside and outside drinking. Open until late.
Banana Leaf CafePub StSmall contemporary street side caf, with weekend live music. Efficient and professional staff will entertain the crowd until late. Great cocktails.
Soup DragonPub StPrice: Drinks range from USD2-4.A restaurant/bar on one of the corners of the "bar" street in the old part of town. Great sunset vista from their rooftop with the added bonus being it is the same time as happy hour: two for one cocktails.
X BarPub StHours: 15:00-sunriseLegendary open air rooftop bar featuring a 2 m skateboard halfpipe, jam sessions every Wednesday evening, live DJs and bands every week and a resident tattoo shop with a French artist. Probably the best city views in town, and unusual sunset over the halfpipe. At the end of Pub Street, look up for the X.
The Lane
Asana Old Wooden HouseThe Lane, behind Pub StPhone: +855 92 9987801Food & cocktail bar. Restored in 2012, Asana is the last wooden house in the city-old market area.
Little PariThe Lane, behind Pub StA delightful corner bar spinning some jazz tunes and dispensing cocktail infusions to a friendly expat crowd.
Miss Wong Cocktail BarThe Lane, behind Pub StTucked away from the rowdy chaos of Pub St, this sophisticated bar serves up delightful refreshing cocktails in a sultry red lounge plucked straight from 1930s Shanghai.
Nomad Shisha BarThe Lane, behind Pub StPhone: +855 97 2518826Other than the attractive woodland creature-like French Canadian man who owns this dollhouse small bar in the heart of Siem Reap, other reasons for visiting would be the seductively Arabic style decor: all gauzy drapes, velvet covered floor mattress seating and the first shisha menu in Siem Reap.
Around town
Empire Shisha Bar LoungeArtisan Angkor StreetPhone: 069 511 668Hours: 17:00 till latePrice: USD5.00 shisha pipeAuthentic shisha experience, Persian-style lounge bar, the owner speaks English and Swedish.
FCC AngkorPokambor AveA branch of the legendary Phnom Penh Foreign Correspondents' Club, the FCC is the hippest place for a drink. A blend of modern style and colonial architecture with fairly steeply priced drinks, at least by Cambodian standards.
Top Banana Bar (at the Mad Monkey Hostel)Sivantha Rd and Street 5Rooftop beach sand bar on the top level of the Mad Monkey Hostel. Located 5 minutes from Pub St. Frequented by hostel guests and other backpackers in Siem Reap before going out to Pub St late night. Among the most popular bars not on Pub St. USD1 beers, USD2 mixers, and food available until 22:00. Closes at 24:00 when the crowd goes to Pub St.
The Warehousecorner Street 9 and 2 Thnou StHours: 10:30-03:00Three floors of different styles. The ground floor tends towards raucous times while the 1st floor offers free pool, Nintendo Wii, a large flat screen TV for sporting events and a foosball table. The rooftop has a chic lounge atmosphere. Free draft beer offered at various times on Friday (with an Angkor Wat ticket), though courtesy dictates you have a drink or two before or afterwards or dine from the food menu.

source: Wikivoyage

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