The foremost drinking establishments in Phnom Penh
Designed by the people behind Tippling Club, one of Singapore’s original and most important gastro-cocktail bars, Elbow Room would not look out of place in any of the world’s drinking capitals. The masculine design also manages to throw a dash of boudoir into the mix, but this place is all about the unique creations of head bartender Jen Queen. With an uncanny eye for unusual ingredients, she has fashioned a hip-hop inspired menu that includes such delights as Chilli Paste Yo Face, a mixture of tequila, sherry, chilli tincture, pressed ginger and citrus.
Tel: +855 (0)78 890 617
There are few better ways to spend a couple of hours in Phnom Penh than at a rooftop bar that takes in the soporific ebb and flow of the city’s mighty rivers. Situated with a perfect view of the juncture between the Mekong, Tonle Sap and Bassac rivers, Le Moon is the pick of the bunch when it comes to riverside rooftop bars. With a great happy hour, a fine selection of beers and all the classic cocktails present and correct, the only thing left to do is gaze in quiet awe.
Tel: +855 (0)23 214 747
This hip little warren of bars shows no sign of slowing down, with new projects springing up frequently and a steady slew of satisfied customers. Its concealed location means that Bassac Lane has managed to retain its status as an in-the-know destination, but the word is getting out about spots such as Cicada, which specialises in gin, Meat and Drink, where quality burgers mix with mean Bloody Marys, and Hangar 44, with its unabashed motorbike fetish and hefty cocktails served in steel mugs.
Tel: +855 (0)77 555 447 Website: facebook.com/bassaclanephnompenh
Hops Craft Beer Garden
After what seemed like an eternity, Phnom Penh has caught the craft beer bug and is slowly being inundated with quality brews. Hops Craft Beer Garden has established itself as one of the city’s best spots for a beer after, reassuringly, enlisting a German brewmaster to create its four house brews plus occasional special guest ales. This giant space also boasts arguably the city’s best pool tables.
Tel: +855 (0)93 999 017 Website: hops-brewery.com
The speakeasy trend hit Phnom Penh this past year with the opening of BattBong, a funky little spot that’s suitably light on windows but heavy on atmosphere. In true speakeasy style, the entrance is tucked down a relatively quiet alleyway and disguised as a Coca-Cola machine, but ease it open and expect a glorious hodgepodge of brushed cement, leather banquettes and bright Cambodian artworks, along with a number of unique drinks such as the house speciality Melrose, a mix of Jim Beam, elderflowers, rose, grapefruit and lime.
Tel: +855 (0)69 291 643