Cambodia’s craft beer movement is on the rise, with more venues stocking a selection of local brews. Here are the best craft beer spots in the capital of Phnom Penh.
Botanico Wine & Beer Garden
Bar, Bistro, Asian, European, $$$
Owned by the masterminds behind Cerevisia CRAFT beer, Botanico is a popular spot in Phnom Penh with fans of craft beer. Visitors can sample the rotating six brews from Cerevisia’s lengthy list of options while sitting in the spacious tropical gardens that act as a getaway in the heart of the capital.
Bar, Asian, European, $$$
Set in Himawari Hotel, this microbrewery produces four signature beers, along with several special brews. And each can be enjoyed at the hotel’s ground floor bar, or from the spacious outside garden, which overlooks the Tonle Sap and Mekong rivers. The garden also has a children’s playground, making it the perfect spot for families.
Hops Craft Beer Garden
Bar, German, Asian, $$$
Hops Craft Beer Garden is not only a spacious and stylish bar, it’s also home to a brewery producing a selection of German beers that take in wheat beer, full-bodied Indian pale ale (IPA) and red stout. German food is also served, and the venue boasts an art lounge, private meeting rooms, terraces and a sports bar with high-end billiard tables and electronic darts.
The Box Office
Bar, Pub, Restaurant, British, $$$
As well as having eight beers and dry mango cider, brewed locally by Riel Brewing and Distilling and BeerPro, on draft, this intimate venue hosts a weekly pub quiz on Wednesdays, live music events, comedy and other entertainment. And if you’re craving a taste of home, then their Sunday roasts are top notch.
Urban Beer House 310
Bar, Asian, European, $$$
A popular spot with the young Khmer crowd, Urban Beer House 310 can get crowded and loud, with live music and entertainment on the stage every evening. The bar stocks a range of local and imported beers, as well as craft brews from Cerevisia Craft Beer. A buy-one-get-one-free offer runs on all drinks, from 5pm to 7pm.
Bar, Restaurant, Asian, European, $$$
Set in a spacious villa with gardens close to Wat Phnom, The Exchange has perfected the classy, casual vibe. Serving up a selection of drinks and food, it’s a great spot for an afternoon drink – it has a selection of Cerevisia Craft Beer brews on draft – or evening meal.
Bar, Asian, $$$
Located on bustling back street Bassac Lane, Hangar 44 is the showroom for Moto Cambodge, making it a bikers’ paradise. It also serves up a range of craft beers from Himawari Microbrewery to Cerevisia Craft Beer. Make it your first pit stop on a tour of the lane’s quirky collection of bars.
Bar, Gastropub, Restaurant, Asian, European, American, $$$
Boasting a wide selection of craft brews on draft, Alchemy Gastropub is one of Toul Tom Poung’s hippest night spots. With a vast cocktail menu and food options to boot, the venue takes in two outdoor terraces and a spacious indoor space. During weekends, bands and DJs keep the atmosphere alive into the early hours.