Mingle with Expats at This Aussie-Style Cheers
Picasso Bar is Siem Reap's 'Cheers'—the friendliest bar in town, thanks to the affable Aussie owner Phil, who is always up for a chat. If not found pouring complimentary shots from behind the bar, Phil is probably propped up at the counter himself drinking with regulars. If you don't hear Phil's Aussie accent, the insulated 'Picasso' stubby-holders (an Australian invention to keep your beer cold) should confirm you're in the right spot. While the name 'Picasso' might suggest something Spanish, the only resemblance is a print on the wall, the petite size, and the u-shaped bar. Picasso is a great spot for solo travelers to sip a drink, as its sociable owner and intimate shape make it easy to make new friends. It's challenging for groups due to the compact space -- unless you arrive when it's empty when it opens around 6 p.m. With the friendly atmosphere, don't be surprised if you stagger out at dawn. You'll be nursing a hangover the next day, but you will probably have made a heap of new friends. Check Picasso's Facebook page for happy hours and drinks promotions.
By Lara Dunston
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