Have you ever noticed how a place can look entirely different at night? Almost suddenly there is a certain magical air to it. Take the Kingdom’s capital, for instance. During the day, it serves as a backdrop in the lives of everyday people but come night time, it offers the prettiest of views.
The best way to immerse yourself in the beauty of the night is by taking things – literally – one step higher. We are talking about rooftop bars – a concept that has grown increasingly popular, especially in recent years.
Today, the city’s skyline is dotted with some of the most aesthetically-pleasing bars, offering custom concoctions of liqueur and unparalleled views of the city. Head on over to one of these spots, order a couple of sundowners and relax as you watch the night slowly envelops the entire city. Welcome to a Phnom Penh experience like no other.
Le Moon Rooftop Lounge
This one is especially for Instagram-lovers. Le Moon is one of the ‘OG’ rooftop lounges in the city, sitting atop of Amanjaya Pancam Hotel near Riverside. One of the most prized features is that it offers unbeatable views of the Tonle Sap and Mekong rivers. Aside from the stunning scene, the bar also has an extensive cocktail list, a vast selection of premium wines and signature mocktails – perfect for spirits aficionados. According to the bar, the layout of the place allows for the terrace to be constantly cool, which makes it the best spot to unwind after a long day.
Address: 154 Dekcho Damdin St. (154), Phnom Penh
Hours: 5pm to 1am daily
Phone: 087 600 867
Sky Bar @ Lumiere
Watch the lights twinkle below you as you sip on one of Sky Bar’s signature cocktails – prepared exclusively by its bartenders. This bar features both an indoor and alfresco areas, and is situated on Level 14 of the Lumiere Hotel. Currently, it is offering a special 1-for-1 happy hour promotion for its house wine and draft beer between Sunday to Thursday, 5pm to 8pm. The promotion ends Dec 31 but fret not, as they constantly have unique offers for loyal customers.
Address: Phnom, Level 14th of Lumiere Hotel, 55 Samdech Mongkol Iem St. (228), Penh 12207
Hours: 6am to 12am daily
Phone: 085 764 777
Sundown Social Club
If you are looking for a unique experience, we recommend Sundown Social Club. This rooftop bar doesn’t promise a million-dollar view but patrons will get the chance to look at Russian Market in a different light. Sip on one of their classic cocktails as you watch the sun sets on the tin roofs of the phsar. More than just a bar, Sundown also offers a vast menu including vegan options in the likes of falafel and beer-battered tofu for its patrons. The bar itself is decked with tropical-themed decors, meant to mimic 80’s Miami vibes. Check out their Facebook page for promotions and updates.
Address: #86 Street 440, Russian Market 12310 Phnom Penh
Hours: 12pm to 12am daily
Phone: 015 526 373
Perched on the 37th floor of the city’s most iconic modern structure Vattanac Capital Tower, Sora Skybar remains the talk of the town. The elegant setting is complemented by top-notch services. It is also home to a whisky bar which includes a handful of ‘real rarities’. If you fancy a unique al fresco dining experience, the Japanese sister kitchen Iza is ever ready to serve some delicious tapas. Aside from taking in the spectacular views, guests can also catch live performances of the Havana Kings – a highly-energised Cuban band that mixes salsa, funky groove, jazz and other Latin grooves – every Thursday from 8.30pm to 11.30pm.
Address: 66 Monivong Boulevard Sangkat Wat Phnom, Vattanac Capital Tower Khan Daun Penh Phnom Penh, 12202
Hours: 5pm to 12.30am daily
Phone: 023 936 860