Pub Street is Siem Reap’s equivalent to Bangkok’s Khao San Road, with the party continuing around the clock. Here, we take a look at some of the best bars in and around Pub Street.
The Angkor What? Bar, Krong Siem Reap | Courtesy of The Angkor What? Bar
Courtesy of The Angkor What? Bar
As Pub Street’s most famous bar, The Angkor What? is heaving until dawn, with a mix of backpackers, flashpackers, young, old and everyone in between gathering on the dance floor. Expect debauchery, loud music, plenty of dancing and super-strong buckets, well, by the bucketload.
Temple Club, Krong Siem Reap | Courtesy of Temple Club
Courtesy of Temple Club
Temple Club is another Pub Street stalwart, attracting the crowds until the early hours. Open throughout the day, it also serves food, has a sky lounge and hosts cookery classes. Apsara shows take place in the early evening before the tunes get pumping.
Kenny Raw at Laundry Bar | Courtesy of Laundry Bar
While Pub Street may be at the heart of the nightlife, to not explore the surrounding area is a crime. Laundry Bar is one popular spot that sits one street away from Pub Street. Open since 2002, it plays an eclectic mix of music and offers free darts and pool.
Located at the bottom end of Pub Street, YOLO Bar is a lively spot, where a mix of house, R&B, hip hop and rock is blasted throughout the night. Cheap drinks are on tap, with a warning going out that the cocktails are super strong. This funky spot is also home to a swathe of street art, and the UV paint comes out after dark.
Picasso Bar, Mondol 1 Village | Courtesy of Picasso Bar
Courtesy of Picasso Bar
Having been on the scene since 2009, Picasso Bar is a popular after-dark haunt. The intimate drinking spot is located on Alley West, which neighbours Pub Street. A range of innovative cocktails are served, and there is a well-stocked bar.
Again, not quite on Pub Street but close enough to the action to be included, The Yellow Sub is another popular after-hours spot, especially if you happen to be a Beatles fan. Spread across four floors, this pub is packed full of genuine Beatles paraphernalia and other tributes to great rock ‘n’ roll acts. It also serves up a great selection of food and drinks, and has a rooftop terrace.
Bar, Diner, Restaurant, Asian, Dim Sum, Contemporary, $$$
Banana Leaf, Krong Siem Reap | Courtesy of Banana Leaf
Courtesy of Banana Leaf
As one of the first bar/restaurants to open on Pub Street, Banana Leaf has built up a strong reputation as the go-to place for drinks and food. The venue often hosts live music and serves a selection of beers, wine and cocktails. Sports fans can keep up-to-date with their team on the large projector screen, and food is also available, including crocodile burgers.
No visit to Siem Reap is complete without grabbing a cocktail at the stylish Miss Wong. With its Shanghai circa 1930s feel, the bar is famous for its carefully-crafted cocktails, which take in Indochine Martini, Lemongrass Collins, China White and Apricot and Kaffir Lime Martini — all made from spirits infused onsite with local ingredients. A selection of tapas and dim sum is also served.