If your daytime has been filled with trips to temples in Siem Reap then you deserve to have a sun downer at one of the many bars that Siem Reap is dotted with. Most of the drinking spots are in Pub Street but the best ones are in places away from Pub Street.
Miss Wong on The Lane near Old Market creates an atmosphere of old Shanghai with scarlet walls, oriental black lacquer Chinese lanterns and of course paintings of Miss Wong. This is where you need to head to at around 6pm for some of the headiest martinis. If you need tourist information the owner can give you real inside information. If you want a late night snack try some dim sum and steamed buns.
Another bar on The Lane is the “Asana Old Wooden House” which is designed like a typical Cambodian countryside stilted wooden house. This is a bar to relax in with hanging chairs and hammocks. It has a patio bar downstairs as well as a lounge bar upstairs. You could try the cocktails with Sombai rice wine or the drip coffees, tapas and light bites to go with the drinks.
Mezze is opulent with its elegant furniture, contemporary art and low intimate lighting. It definitely has an upscale atmosphere with belly dance performances and a nightclub atmosphere. Here you can expect signature cocktails, Cuban cigars and a mix of tapas. Mezze is close to Pub Street and its great here after sundown with a flaming Sambuca.
FCC Angkor Vat is where you can relax by the pool and enjoy a cocktail. While enjoying your drink you can watch the travelers on the riverfront. This is not a place for backpackers as drinks are a bit steep here but they are 50% cheaper at happy hours between 5 and 7pm. Located on Pokambor Street near the Royal residence you would like the Pan Asian appetizers here as also variety of wine and cocktail menus. The balcony is a great spot for lunch or dinner while the FCC courtyard is the right place to have a drink.
Laundry bar is where you get a mixed crowd of expats, multinationals, tourists as well as dreamy Cambodians. It has the funkiest music as well as pool tables and dartboards plus the drinks are reasonably priced. The atmosphere is Bohemian and relaxed during most part of the week though weekends can be noisy. The bartenders and staff are some of the friendliest and here is where you can make friends or catch up with old ones.
Upscale, formal and historical the Elephant Bar has a signature drink, ‘Airavata’ which is a cocktail of rum, Crème de Banana, fresh coconut juice, sugar cane and lime juice. Other popular bars are Banana Bar with a roof top view of Siem Reap, the Irish Molly Malone, Picasso Bar, Island Bar, Yellow Sub in Market Place and Hard Rock Café which overlooks the river and has a live band.