With the last few pubs and clubs closing at as late as 4am and the bars coming to life around dusk as people return from the day’s touring, Siem Reap offers a bar scene and booming nightlife stretching to near dawn these days.
The Old Market and Pub Street area, where many of the most popular clubs and bars are clustered over several square blocks, are the center of the action although bars and tippling venues are located across town.
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At the heart of the Pub Street itself, Street 8, which is lined end to end with bars and restaurants containing of such well known places as Red Piano, Le Papier Tigre, Temple Club and Angkor What? Bar, is an exciting area. A variety of places – cocktail bars, tourist and expat pubs, eclectic little neighborhood places and more are also harbored in the Pub Street area alleys as well as the surrounding street. The Temple Club, Angkor What and X-Bar, some of the latest running bars in town are also located in the Pub Street area.
The Sok San Street and the small streets around the Night Markets are also well worth checking out. Peace and Love, Relax Bar and Karma Bar are some of a growing number of unique little pubs and backpacker bars that have popped up in the area over the last few years.
Opposite the Old Market area, the Sok San Road, has become pretty famous as well, sporting a significant number of budget-friendly business, especially restaurants, bars and guesthouses.
When visiting Siem Reap, the Old Market (Phsar Chas) area, including Pub Street alleys, the Night Markets and the nearby Pub Street are favorites. The entire area, which stretches from the river across to the night markets on Sivutha Boulevard, is now the nightlife, shopping and dining center of town.
The focus shifts to Pub Street alleys and Pub Street including The Land, Alley West and the Passage after the sun goes down. Opening its door in 1998, Angkor What? Bar – the lone pub on a lonely street named for the numerous pubs that line Street 8. Lined end to end with shops, pubs and restaurants, the Pub Street is the tourist center of town, especially after dark.
Around 5.p.m since people return to town from the temples is when things really get going on Pub Street. This area turns into a pedestrian-only area as the street is blocked to motor traffic, the bars crank up the music and the curbside seating fills. A couple of the drinking venues run until near dawn while most of them stay open until at least midnight when you come to Tours in Cambodia
The narrow connecting passages and alleys of the Pub Street, each of which offers something of its own character, provides travelers with a relaxed, pedestrians-only alternative to the major street. With such an artsy, Old World atmosphere together with a couple of pubs, such as the popular Picasso, Alley West is a particularly quaint little alley. Although comparatively tranquil and pedestrian only, with several restaurants featuring full bars, the Passage, which is originally Pub Street Alley, is busiest of the bunch. On the other side of Pub Street, The Lane has a more eclectic and varied places to Beatlemania at The Yellow Sub from old China chic at Miss Wong’s.
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