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An Hour-by-Hour Guide to Drinking in Phnom Penh

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In Cambodia’s once sleepy capital, you can now find craft cocktails, late-night DJs, and happening spaces worth staying up for.
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#9b, Street 830 (corner w/ Sothearos Blvd.), 830 Samdach Sothearos Blvd (3), Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Two Venezuelan expats thought it was criminal that Cambodia wasn’t using its high-quality homegrown sugarcane molasses to make rum, so they built the country’s first rum distillery. Nowadays, Samai Distillery bottles the...
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No. 49, Samdech Sothearos (3),, Phnom Penh 12301, Cambodia
7 p.m.
The Main Course

South African chef Timothy Bruyns gave the city’s dining scene an upscale locavore boost when he opened The Tiger’s Eye in late 2015. White walls, black steel, local wood, and the whiz of tuk-tuks and motorbikes...
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
9:30 p.m.
Modern Mixology

After dinner, walk a few blocks to Bassac Lane, the capital’s cocktail nexus, where a slew of craft bars squeeze into one narrow alley. Orient yourself at Harry’s rooftop martini bar, which serves Khmer twists...
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
11 p.m.
Heritage Cocktails

Around the corner, shoebox-size Le Boutier pays tribute to the 1960s golden age of Cambodian rock and roll with patterned light fixtures and screen prints of Cambodian musicians. The cocktail menu is a history lesson in...
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Preah Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
1 a.m.
The Chillest Nightcap

The evening crescendoes across town at Chinese House, a refurbished colonial mansion. Behind the colonial facades you’ll find exposed rafters, distressed walls, antique Chinese furniture, and eclectic tiles,...
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Recovery Brunch

Phnom Penh’s noisy and congested streets are not a hungover person’s friend. Seek refuge at the new banana leaf-filled Vibe Cafe, the city’s first vegan restaurant, where lines form early for sunrise...