This local institution and late opener is a popular haunt of Siem Reap's expats and locals, from archaeologists to artists, poets to tour guides. Laundry Bar's friendly staff, decent pool tables, and cheap drinks are all big appeals, but it's the excellent music that continues to draw most local residents to this dimly-lit, bohemian haunt a block from Pub Street. Whether it's a live band, such as the superb Cambodian Space Project, above, who channel the sounds of Khmer rock 'n' roll from the Sixties and Seventies, a visiting Euro-DJ, or the eclectic soundtrack that shifts from jazz and blues to eighties French pop, the music is always interesting and engaging and gets punters tapping their feet or at the very least talking.
While the staff will be booting drinkers out in the wee hours of the morning during high season, the bar can often close early (before midnight) during low season, so if you don't want to miss getting a taste of Laundry, get here by 10pm. A warning: the drinks are cheap but they're pretty awful. If you want good cocktails, go to Miss Wong. Laundry is all about the cool sounds and casual vibe. Check the bar's Facebook page to see what bands or DJs are on while you're in town and plan around it.