When you explore the nightlife scene around Pub
Street, you will soon discover that this area mainly attracts a
public of western tourists, backpackers and expats. However, if you
want to experience the real local nightlife, you should definitely
try a beer garden. You will notice that Cambodian people like to
drink a beer or two as well!
A beer garden is an open-air area where beer, other drinks and
local food are served. Usually this area is attached to a bar or
restaurant. The concept of a beer garden originates from Germany in
the 19th century, but it rapidly spread to other countries. And
even became popular in South East Asia.
However, the concept of a beer garden was reinvented in
Cambodia. The Cambodian beer gardens are
not attached to a restaurant or bar. They are independent places
and usually come with a KTV and / or private rooms. At the entrace
of the beer garden, there are often hostesses waiting to accompany
the (mainly male) customers to the karaoke or private rooms to
drink, eat and sing with them. In the open-air area, they
usually play loud Cambodian pop music and show a movie or sports
event on a giant screen.
Beer gardens offer some of the best authentic Cambodian food.
However, you will notice that it's quite a challenge to order some
food if you're not speaking Khmer.
There are plenty of beer gardens in and around Siem Reap, mostly
frequented by young Khmer people. It's not so common to find
foreigners or tourists in these local drinking venues. The
following list mentions some of the more popular beer gardens in
Good to know! Most
beergardens in Siem Reap are open from 18.00 to 2.00 at night.
Angkor Town beer garden
is located in the main beer garden district of Siem Reap. In this
area you will find about 20 - 30 beer gardens and KTV's. However,
you will need a tuk tuk to get there, since it's located a couple
of km away from Pub Street and the Old Market area. Ask your tuk
tuk driver how to get there or follow these directions: From Pub
Street, follow Sivutha Blvd until you reach the second traffic
lights. This is the crossroad of Sivutha Blvd with National Road 6.
Turn left and follow Road 6 until you reach traffic lights again.
Turn right and you will enter the main beer garden district of Siem
Reap. Angkor Town beer garden is at the end of this street, right
in front of you when you reach the T-junction.
One Star is another
popular beer garden in Siem Reap. This one is located closer to Pub
Street and is easily reachable by foot. It's located in 'Sok San
Street' on the corner of Garden Village Guesthouse. One Star is a
good place to go on a rainy night, since it has a big roof. There's
also a small KTV offering a selection of Khmer songs. The owner
speaks English very well, which will prove handy when you want to
order something from the menu.
The 'Sensabay group' is the Mc Donalds of beer gardens in Siem
Reap. They currently own 5 beer gardens, but who knows when the
next one will open!
Sensabbay 1: This beer garden is located in
Siem Reap's main beer garden district. There are two ways to get
there. Either follow the directions as explained for Angkor
Town beer garden and turn right on the T-crossing. You will
see Sensabbay 1 after 20m on your left side. Or follow these
alternative directions: From Pub Street, follow Sivutha Blvd and
continue straight on the crossroad with National Road 6, pass in
front of Angkor Century Resort on your left and turn left at
the next crossroad. You will enter the beer garden district from a
different side and will find Sensabbay 1 on your right after about
Sensabbay 2: This beer garden
is located a few km outside town on 'High School Road'. Pass in
front of Angkor High School and you will see Sensabbay 2 about 400m
after it on your right.
Sensabbay 3: This beer garden
is the closest one to the center of Siem Reap. When you come from
Pub Street, follow Sivutha Blvd to the left, until you reach
the riverside roundabout. Take the street to the right and
walk about 100m to find Sensabbay 3 on your right side.
Sensabbay 5: This venue is
located in the main beer garden district, opposite to Sensabbay 1.
Follow the directions for Sensabbay 1 to get there.
Sensabbay 6: This beer garden is located on
Charles De Gaulle road, right opposite the Angkor
National Museum. There are no other drinking options in the
neighborhood. So be sure that this is the place where you want to
pass the evening or ask your tuk tuk to stick around.
Sensabbay 7: This
new address is also located in the main beer garden district,
at the back of Sensabbay 5. Follow the directions for Sensabbay 1
to get there, pass in front of it and turn left just after on the
Snow World is not the typical Cambodian beer
garden. There are for example no hostesses and the place is open
all night. This makes it a popular venue for one last beer and some
food after the nightclubs and other bars close their doors. You'll
get there by following Sivutha Blvd to the first traffic lights,
turn left and you'll find Snow World after 200m on the left
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