Not only did Lonely Planet highly recommend me Meta House but also my roommates were really excited about it, so this made me visit and I came back ever since.
The program they offer is really versatile so everyone would be able to find an event they like.
The culture center is screening Asian and international documentaries and feature films every day (except for Monday when they are closed) for only 2 Dollar, which is a nice deal.
On weekends they are offering parties, often with international DJs.
Once a month you are able to try delicious international food at the charity dinner event Little Kitchen, where local organisations benefit from the profit of the evening, which is in my opinion a really great concept! Most of the time, vegetarian options are available.
In addition they are often hosting exhibitions, theatre and music performances and also a Green Night, an ecological party.
Meta House also cooperates and supports many local students and artists.
You should definetly have a look at it, not only because of the program, but also because they are offering specialties like really delicious flamecakes or Schnitzel and German/ Belgium beer. I would definetly recommend the flamecakes, really liked them a lot!
Something that really got me excited (as a German) is that on the last Sunday of the month they are showing Tatort (a popular German TV crime series), but only in German.
The program at Meta House is amazing and unique in Phnom Penh! Hopefully this is a useful tip for you and you will enjoy the time there as much as I do.
I like this place a lot. It's located just beside the park... Which I guess why they call it The Park bistro ;) In the early evening you can see the locals playing in the park. It's quite enjoyable to dine and experience the surrounding. Will definitely come back again if I ever visit Phnom Penh again!
Dress Code: No Dress Code in this resturant as I worn a jean and t shirt
3 years of living in Phnom Penh, not a city I would have thought would have an exciting nightlife but although it's small it is vibrant. Heres'a run down on some of the nightlife in Phnom Penh.
Phnom Penh's Nightlife is spread across the city, there are many small hole in the wall bars and a few bigger bars. The nightlife is split into Asian and Western bars and dance clubs. The western bars and clubs fit into the middle of the market. Some of the bigger Asian bars and clubs are 4 to 5 times bigger than the biggest Western bars and clubs. There are many small bars aimed at the western market, people buy bars and most do little with them. They are usually devoid of customers most of the time but with rents being so cheap it's not much more expensive than having an apartment here.
If you are looking for the nightlife in Phnom Penh you can pickup a copy of the Pocket Guide or the Bayon Pearnik. Alternatively you can just go to the bars I do. Firstly Phnom Penh's nightlife doesn't really start until about 10:30 pm. Prior to that it's just drinking in some of the smaller bars. So here's my guide to the nightlife in Phnom Penh, now I should mention I like looking at beautiful women so I tend to visit that style of bar.
Phnom Penh Nightlife - Early Evening. Early evening 6pm to 9pm visit OneZeroFour, Cavern Pub or Shanghai. Now some of you might ask why I don't go to Sharkies, basically it's a money thing, all the bars I go to early in the evening have $1 beers. The late night bars like Martinis and Heart of Darkness have $2 beers. However Sharkies does have a lot of freelance girls in the bar and has very good food and they do have drink specials on different days.
Dress Code: Casual
OneZeroFour is a small low key hostess bar located on street 104.
It's a relaxed bar with friendly staff, good music (over 150,000 songs) and cheap drinks.
The bar is popular with expats and tourists and food is available until midnight.
There is a foosball table downstairs and a pool table upstairs.
Opens from about 4pm- 2am
Dress Code: Casual
Nightlife in Phnom Penh is pretty vibrant and there are a large number of bars to choose from. There are only a few live music venues, although some of the international hotels have bands from the Philippines. Most nightlife in Phnom Penh can be found along Sisowath Quay, on Street 104 and also on Street 51 between Streets 174 and 154, known as The Strip.
This five-star hotel & entertainment complex is only 30 minutes from the Phnom Penh International Airport. Showcasing an ancient Khmer style, the hotel’s interior and guestrooms are adorned with traditional motifs including the gracious stone-carved Apsara, a highly revered female angel in ancient Khmer mythology. The Nagaworld Cambodia’s on-site casino, located at a separate wing of the hotel, is complete with various gaming halls, live music and first-rate service.
Phnom Penh’s new Night Market on the riverfront is aimed squarely at visitors and tourists, offering a wide and varied selection of Cambodian handicrafts silks, art, curios and souvenirs.
5pm to midnight, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
The zeppelin bar is a tiny little bar located in 51st street next to quite a few establishments that are not very good in my opinion.
But Zeppelin bar holds water any day.
Lovely little hole in the wall bar with a cambodian DJ playing classic rock music on old vinyl recods until the wee hours.
this is a place where people go if they want to listen to good music, drink resonably priced beer in a place with a good vibe, while avoiding the prostitute scene that is quite big in that part of Phnom Penh.
I personally always pay a visit to that bar when i am in town as it´s a real treat.
The Elephant Bar at the Raffles Le Royal Hotel is one of the nicest bars I have visited. The bar itself is cosy, elegant and full of the ambience of yesteryear.
There are frescos on the upper walls of elephant scenes and the red/gold tones of the furnishings and ambient lighting really add warmth and style.
The staff and service are excellent, as you'd expect at a 5 star hotel.
You are served with complementary tapioca chips with tomato salsa and peanuts with your drinks, but you can order food from the menu which is all delicious. I really liked the samosas and chicken satay.
Dress Code: The dress code is casual, but I would keep it to a certain standard, as it is a 5 star hotel.
There's plenty of cafes, bars and girlie bars either along the riverside (Sisowath Quay) or the small streets that lead off it. Most of them are congregated between Street 110 and Street 154 so take your pick!
So if you really wanna be cool and if you wanna spend $3.50 for a beer (but shots start at $1.50), you have to go there. It's a quite big western-style disco with music playing everything from Ice-Ice-Baby to Techno. Staff is very attentive and communicates via walkie-talkie. There's a separated entrance area where it is quieter, with a little bar and some pool tables. Centrally located and hard to miss because of the neon lights. I was there on wednesday, it wasn't very crowded and I didn't see any foreigners and (therefore) no hookers.
T3 Club even entertains you with Cooktails! If you're interested, you can watch my short video.
Well after visiting many bars we finally ended up here at the Pontoon Lounge.
Though I have no memory at all of being here, just photos to prove it. (well it was my 50th birthday).
How I managed to get there without falling into the Tonle Sap is beyond me!
Anyway from what I was told it’s a reasonably new place, an open air café by day and a fun lounge/bar by night.
They also have a DJ Fridays and Saturdays.
Shame I can't remember the place, never mind I will check it out again this year!!
Pontoon Lounge is on the Riverfront at the end of Street 108
This is a sports bar with a free pool table, darts and loads of TVs including two huge screens.
There is a great beer selection and pub style meals at reasonable prices.
A very popular place for watching Live Sporting events so can be extremely busy and cramped at times.
The Gym Bar is located on Street 178 Phnom Penh
Every night from 6pm-8pm happy hour and tiger draught is only USD 1!
From the roof top terrace you get the best view over Phnom Penh and the harbour with the Tonlé Sap. We came twice for the amazing view. Both times it was a storm coming. Far away at the horizon you saw it coming with thunderbolts ligtening the sky! It was an amazing spectacle.
The staff was very friendly even if they weren't the quickest ones. As it wasn't crowed we had a nice small talk with them. When we came back the next day they recognized us and we didn't have to order tiger draught ... they knew what we wanted to drink :-)
This is the name of the road which runs along the Tonle Sap river. Along this road you will find that it is filled with restaurant, bars and pubs which are really nice to hang out and have a beer. You will find locals buzzing around this area around evening time and you if you want to do some people watching, this place is a good place to be around that time. I had dinner in one of the restaurants here as well and I really enjoyed it.
Raffles Hotel Le Royal is the premier hotel in Phnom Penh. The hotel was first established in 1929...more
Arrived at the hotel in the late morning via taxi from Phnom Penh International Airport at USD$9...more
it is very near to the river fr0nt and the royal palace, not to mention near the stinky market....more