The 10 Best Bars in Tonle Bassac, Phnom Penh

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1 May 2018

The Tonle Bassac area of Phnom Penh is home to bustling Bassac Lane and Street 308, as well as a rising number of boutique bars. Here are 10 of the best spots to spend an evening.

Red Bar

Bar, European, $$$
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Red Bar, Tonle Bassac
All lit up at Red Bar | © Freeman Shun / Red Bar

An upmarket dive bar, Red Bar sits around the corner from Bassac Lane on Street 308. Popular with the city’s media bodies, this relaxed hangout serves $1 beers, cheap cocktails, and wine. And if you’re hungry, they let you order from one of the many restaurants on Street 308, and eat indoors.

Le Boutier

Bar, Cocktail Bar, European, $$$
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Le Boutier
Le Boutier | © Le Boutier

Injecting a dose of the Cambodian rock ‘n’ roll that defined the country’s golden era of the 1960s, Le Boutier is a stylish three-storey bar that serves up a range of craft cocktails. Situated in a prime spot next to Red Bar, Le Boutier is a must on the Street 308 bar crawl.

Hangar 44

Bar, Asian, $$$
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Hangar 44
Hangar 44 in Phnom Penh | © Hangar 44
As one of a cosy collection of bars on Bassac Lane, Hangar 44 doubles up as the showroom for Moto Cambodge, making it a bikers’ paradise. It also serves a range of craft beers from Himawari Microbrewery and Cerevisia craft beer. Make it your first pit stop on a tour of the lane’s quirky collection of bars.

21 Bar

Bar, Restaurant, Cafe, Seafood, $$$
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21 Bar
21 Bar | © 21 Bar

This open air bar is set in a spacious tropical garden, with some makeshift shelter to keep the showers at bay. It has plenty of seating, a chilled out vibe and a menu of great food to boot. The place specialises in oysters, with a selection of barbecue dishes also served.

Back Street Bar

Bar, Asian, $$$
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Back Street Bar
Back Street Bar | © Back Street Bar

Another off-the-beaten-track bar is Back Street Bar, hidden on a small alley that cuts between Street 9 and Sothearos Boulevard, next to Phsar Kapko – follow the hanging lights and umbrellas along the narrow lane. The bar is relaxed and a relatively small space, adding to its character.

Botanico Wine & Beer Garden

Bar, Bistro, Asian, European, $$$
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A selection of Cerevisia CRAFT Brewhouse's offerings | © Cerevisia CRAFT Brewhouse

Owned by the masterminds behind Cerevisia craft beer, Botanico is a popular spot in Phnom Penh with fans of this type of beer. Visitors can sample the rotating six brews from Cerevisia’s lengthy list of options, while sitting in the spacious tropical gardens that act as a getaway in the heart of the capital. Food is also served in the form of tapas and sharing plates.

Samai Distillery

Bar, Asian, $$$
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Samai Distillery
Samai Distillery | © Samai Distillery

Samai operates as a functional distillery, creating handcrafted, premium rums using high-quality, locally grown ingredients – you’ll find their brews stocked across the country, the award-winning Kampot pepper rum is a must. However, every Thursday night, it throws open its doors and welcomes the capital’s hipster crowd to sample their range of creative cocktails with DJs and musicians providing entertainment.

VEHAA | Restaurant & Bar

Bar, Restaurant, Asian, European, $$$
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Vehaa
Vehaa | © Bong Nak / Vehaa

Perched atop a nine-storey delightfully contemporary condo block, VEHAA offers great views across the city and Tonle Sap and Mekong rivers. Following a minimalist design throughout, a range of classy cocktails are served, plus spirits, wine and beers. Food comes in the form of Western and Asian classics, with live music and DJs regularly putting in an appearance in this urban chic spot.