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Discover the vibrant nightlife of Phnom Penh with our guide to the best bars in Phnom Penh. From cocktail clubs to hidden gems, experience cheap drinks, live DJs, and a range of music genres. Uncover the top spots to let loose and enjoy an unforgettable evening in Cambodia’s capital city.


Join us as we delve into the vibrant nightlife of Phnom Penh, where exciting venues await your discovery. From lively cocktail clubs to hidden gems, we’ll reveal the best bars in Phnom Penh that promise an unforgettable experience. Let’s dive into the heart of the city’s nightlife scene and make the most of what it has to offer! 

Cambodia’s capital city of Phnom Penh is a hub of culture and history. Attractions range from temples to museums and significant sites of the Cambodian genocide. Suppose you’re looking for an alcohol-fuelled release after a day of exploring and learning about the country’s famous past. In that case, there are plenty of options for where you can let your hair down, with music genres and budgets to suit any backpacker’s desires.

Meeting Fellow Travellers at Mad Monkey – The Ultimate Social Experience

If you’re all about making new connections and living it up with other globe-trotters, then Mad Monkey is the place to be! This legendary spot is like a magnet for adventurous souls like you, creating the perfect setup to meet and greet fellow travellers from all corners of the planet. Get ready for some insanely good vibes as you dive into nightly events like beer pong and the epic battle of the sexes — guaranteed to leave you in stitches! And guess what? The drinks deals are so lit, you’ll be partying hard without breaking the bank! At Mad Monkey, friendships are forged, and unforgettable memories are made — it’s a must-hit hotspot for adventurers like you!

Photo courtesy of Mad Monkey Hostels

Margarita Cocktail Club – Enjoy Your Evening in Style

Found on the lively Bassac Lane, Margarita Cocktail Club is always a popular choice for lovers of the tequila-based concoction. The recently spruced-up venue promises an authentic cocktail bar experience, with drinks done right and even a bit of live music round off the night. Stick around until late if you want the evening to turn a little less civilised by adding a DJ into the mix as 10pm strikes. Don’t forget to visit during happy hour for 241 cocktails!  

Cocktail Club in Phnom Penh
Photo courtesy of Margarita Cocktail Bar

LOVE – Where Cheap Drinks and Unparalleled Party Vibes Meet

For cheap drinks, live DJs and unparalleled party vibes, look no further than LOVE. Experience its buzzing atmosphere with your fellow backpackers as you take to the dancefloor between trips to the bar. Be sure to make the most of LOVE’s happy hour and drink deals before you get too distracted by the music. As an international dance venue, you’ll find guest DJs from across the world supplying the tunes to soundtrack a wild night out in Phnom Penh’s party district. 

Feel the Love, at Love bar in Phnom Penh
Photo courtesy of Love Facebook

Backstreet Bar – A Hidden Gem for Jazz Lovers

If laid-back socialising accompanied by a spot of jazz is more your speed, Backstreet Bar is here to deliver. This quirky speakeasy is a hidden gem that anyone would be glad to stumble upon. Wholesome fun is always on the agenda in the form of tribute acts, quizzes, drag shows and even speed dating nights. The staff love to get involved in the good times. They make sure customers never know what to expect (for example, quiz winners may or may not be showered in confetti by the handful).

Good vibes at Backstreet Bar, Phnom Penh
Photo courtesy of Backstreet Bar

H Club – Where the Party Never Stops

Open every day until 4am, H Club is the place to really let loose. Especially if you don’t happen to have any plans the next day. With a roster of weekly after-hours events featuring guest DJs, there’s always a reason to pay this raucous establishment a visit. The staff are dedicated to keeping the crowd going by bringing the energy. Of course the top-quality drinks including cocktails and flaming shots. 

Club vibes at H Club in Phnom Penh
Photo courtesy of H Club

Red Bar – A Classic Choice for a Top-Tier Atmosphere

As the first bar to open on Street 308 over a decade ago, Red Bar has stuck to its roots as a fuss-free institution that people can rely on, from tourists to travellers alike. The Intimate, open-plan space has drinkers pouring out into the fairy-lit street as the bar gets busier. Red Bar proves that you don’t need to be flashy to create a top-tier atmosphere. With decor that’s been unchanged since its opening all those years ago. Pocket-friendly drinks (including craft beers) are aplenty, and can even be enjoyed on the second floor which has balcony seating overlooking the street. 

Red Bar in Phnom Penh
Photo courtesy of Red Bar

Sundown Social Club – Taking Your Evening to New Heights

Looking out onto the Russian Market, take your evening to new heights at rooftop hotspot Sundown Social Club. Take a trip to the tropics with help from their selection of exotic cocktails. They come cheap during happy hour and can be served by the jug upon request! Peckish party-goers can also grab some food while the bar staff keep the cocktails coming. Panoramic views provide the backdrop for their packed events schedule, making it a must-visit while you’re in the city. 

Sundown Social Club in Phnom Penh
Photo courtesy of Sundown Social Club

THE CAGE – A Club for Serious Music Lovers

A brand new club just hit the scene on Street 308. You could be one of the first to experience it. THE CAGE is a club that takes music seriously, with a heavy rotation of guest DJs and a sound system that will blow your socks off. Expect drum and bass, techno and house bangers to be thumping through the underground dance haven into the early hours. All of this combined with Ibiza-worthy light shows and you’ve got yourself the formula for the ultimate club night. 

The Cage Night Club in Phnom Penh
Photo courtesy of THE CAGE

Bouchon Wine Bar – For a Classy Evening Experience

Need a break from big nights out? Keep it classy with a trip to Bouchon Wine Bar. Built within a charming colonial house, choose between their indoor and outdoor seating areas. Before then making the even tougher decision between their wide selection of French wines. There’s also an extensive list of martinis if you’re in need of something a little stronger. Round off the night with some music courtesy of the live bands that bring the venue to life. 

Bouchon Wine Bar in Phnom Penh
Photo courtesy of Bouchon Wine Bar

Long After Dark – Where Whisky Enthusiasts Unite

Trendy whisky bar Long After Dark is hidden within the vibrant Russian Market. This dimly-lit gem is where to drink whisky in style thanks to its slick, minimal interiors and secretive location. You can taste test a selection of your favourite spirit or sip on an ice cold beer poured straight from the tap as you escape the hustle and bustle of the city. DJs playing out rock, soul and pop classics plus a menu of comforting pub-style dishes are also on offer and this understated drinkers’ den. 

Learn More About Phnom Penh Nightlife 

Would you believe us if we told you Phnom Penh has even more amazing bars and clubs to discover? Read the articles below for proof that this city is brimming with venues that make up one of South East Asia’s best nightlife scenes. 

The 10 Best Bars in Phnom Penh – by Marissa for The Culture Trip 

Phnom Penh Bars, Clubs and Nightlife – by Move to Cambodia 

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