Best Bars with Live Music in Phnom Penh

Sharky is a popular spot for live music (c) Mark Bowyer/ Rusty Compass
Sharky is a popular spot for live music (c) Mark Bowyer/ Rusty Compass

From soulful jazz evenings to gritty rock nights and the freshest hip-hop events, Phnom Penh’s music scene is eclectic and vibrant. In the absence of a major concert hall or stadium, the Cambodian capital’s bars often open their doors to a variety of bands and solo artists, who take to the stage to give a live music performance. Here’s a look at five of the best places to catch some live tunes.

1. Alchemy GastroPub

Gastropub, Cocktails, American, Wine

Alchemy GastroPub is one of the latest bars to serve up live music
© Marissa Carruthers
One of the newest kids on the block, the impressive Alchemy GastroPub wouldn’t look out of place on the pavements of London or New York – but it’s not. Instead, it’s near Russian Market, or Phsar Toul Tom Poung, in an increasingly popular area of Phnom Penh. Doubling up as a restaurant serving generous-sized meals, Alchemy GastroPub boasts a lengthy list of cocktails, alongside ample space to host hip-hop nights and other live music events, which are gathering momentum at weekends.


As well as serving up yummy tapas – the Sunday brunch is a must – Doors also specialises in live music, boasting lots of space and a large dance floor to bust some moves on. From salsa and jazz to funk and punk, the bar-restaurant’s bill is as diverse as its Mediterranean-inspired menu. With funky street art adorning the walls, a menu of carefully crafted cocktails and a pumping sound system, Doors is well worth the tuk-tuk ride outside of town.

No 18, Street 47. T: +855 (0)23 986 214. Open daily, from 5.30am to midnight.

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