Where to Grab a Beer in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Botanico Wine & Beer Garden serves Cerevisia craft beer
Botanico Wine & Beer Garden serves Cerevisia craft beer | © Anna Ichtchenko/ Botanico
While Phnom Penh is awash with cheap beers, the craft brewing trend has made its way to the shores. Throw into the mix a surge in imported beers, and whatever your taste, there’s a refreshing cool beer waiting to be drunk at the bar.

Once a backpackers’ haven and overrun with beers for 50 cents, Cambodia is shaking off its shackles as a budget destination solely catering to this crowd. As it embraces a new, modern era, hip hangouts, sophisticated soirees and an eclectic mix of boutique bars are mushrooming across the city, meaning whatever your taste, there’s a place to kick back and grab a beer.

Angkor and Cambodia beers are the most popular brews across the country, with advertising for the iconic beers seemingly everywhere. In recent years, imported varieties have started to trickle into the country, followed by the recent burgeoning craft beer trend.

Sundance Inn & Saloon

Budget Hotel, Guesthouse
Sundance Inn & Saloon
Sundance Inn & Saloon | Courtesy of Sundance Inn & Saloon

If you’re on a budget and seeking bargain-basement beers, then the backpacker hubs are the place to be. Streets 172, 278 and the riverside area – Sisowath Quay – are alive with guesthouses and bars serving $1 beers, which often dip to 50 cents during early evening happy hours. Sundance Inn & Saloon is a popular spot for cheap drinks, a chilled atmosphere, mini pool in the back and a pool table indoors.

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Bassac Lane

Bar, European, Asian, $$$
The inside of Hangar 44, one of the bars that line Bassac Lane
The inside of Hangar 44, one of the bars that line Bassac Lane | © Rusty Compass

If you want to hang out with the cool crowd, then head to vibrant Bassac Lane where a cute collection of bars serve everything from local beer to imported and craft beverages. If you’re into bikes, then check out Hangar 44, which doubles up as Moto Cambodge’s showroom.

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Red Bar

Bar, European, $$$
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.

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Botanico

Cafe, European, Asian, $$$
Botanico Wine & Beer Garden serves Cerevisia craft beer
Botanico Wine & Beer Garden serves Cerevisia craft beer | © Anna Ichtchenko/ Botanico
Botanico is the go-to place for fans of bespoke beers. American brewsters, who serve their own blends under the label Cerevisia, as well as other craft beers, own this leafy beer garden. The tranquil haven also serves snacks and a range of other drinks.
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