Today we’re looking a bit into how the craft beer situation in Phnom Penh is really like. Although a lot of us like a night out at a typical beer garden or Khmer pub, sometimes you want to have great beer in a different environment. It’s, however, not always that easy to find these cool and hip drinking establishments in Phnom Penh. That’s why we’re here to help you.
Craft Beer Bars in Phnom Penh
The Craft Beer scene in Phnom Penh has seen a really good upswing the past few years. A few years ago there were, at most, a few Belgian beers to be had, but mostly we had to settle with the good ‘ol Anchor, Angkor, or Cambodia beers. These days this has definitely changed. The nightlife of Phnom Penh in 2018 definitely has a lot to offer, even good craft beer. Let’s have a look at which places you can get your favourite IPA’s, sours, and lagers these days.
Embargo is the new kid on the block but already has probably the largest variety of Craft Beers in Phnom Penh. This cool little spot is hidden in the small alley off Street 51 with the popular bar Battbong and the restaurants Katanashi and No Style. At Embargo you can find 8 taps and a selection of over 20 different bottles.
Botanico Wine & Beer Garden
Botanico Wine & Beer Garden is definitely one of the most popular places for craft beer in Phnom Penh. Their story started in 2013, we don’t know much about it, but we know that they are the masterminds of one of the most popular microbreweries in Cambodia – Cerevisia. They don’t only serve their own craft beers, but you can check out all the things that they’re offering at their website.
The Box Office
The Box Office is the place to go if you want to have a proper quiz night, and of course some great Cambodian Craft Beer. Not only does The Box Office offer a good variety of Cambodian Craft Beers, they also offer locally brewed ciders and other cool things. If you’re looking for live music event in Phnom Penh, this might also be the place to go. You can check out their Facebook page here.
5 Drunk Men
If you want craft beer with a view then 5 Drunk Men is the spot. Unfortunately, they don’t have any craft beer on tap but they have a decent selection of beers in their fridge. Ranging from Vietnamese craft beers from Pasteur Street, Te Te and Heart of Darkness to Lucky Dawgs from Hong Kong.
Long After Dark
Long After Dark does pretty much everything right. From serving great food to delicious Cambodian Craft Beers, and on top of that manages to offer a great environment for their customers. The interior of the first floor is very simple, but probably one of the most stylish in Phnom Penh. The bottom floor is very communal in every sense, but if you want some more privacy you can visit the 2nd floor where the tables are a bit more separate. Long After Dark is definitely a spot you should not miss if you want some Craft Beer in Phnom Penh. Located just by the Russian Market, (Toul Tum Poung Market).
Craft Beer Garden by Cerevisia
Craft Beer Garden is the love child and second location of the people behind Botanico & Cerevisia Brewery. In this bar they have also involved the cooking (or smoking) skills of D2 Smokehouse. Apart from serving many of Cerevisia’s great craft beers they also serve wings, pulled pork and much more from D2 Smokehouse. It’s a match made in heaven.
It’s also one of the better Cambodian Craft Beer bars at riverside in Phnom Penh. You can find this place tucked in between two large buildings on street 144.
The Situation of Craft Beer in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
The craft beer scene in Phnom Penh, and Cambodia is still taking baby steps. Not to say it wouldn’t exist, but it’s still in its infancy. There are some very dedicated brewers in the city, and also some very cool places to have drinks at. The nightlife in Phnom Penh is very volatile, at times you have a plethora of different nightlife venues, at other times everything seems to be very quiet. We’re however very confident that in a while, Phnom Penh is going to be one of the most bustling cities when it comes to nightlife in Southeast Asia.
Our article Best Cambodian Craft Beers shows a bit what you can expect to find at these places.