25 Monday Feb 2013

SITO – the newest speakeasy bar in Phnom Penh

Last weekend we stopped by the alley of Street 240 1/2 near the Royal Palace and discovered SITO, our favorite speakeasy bar. Now like the Artillery, this place was tugged away, off Street 240.   Finding this place, newcomers could easily walked pass-by in the alley. The door was so cleverly hidden that it blended so well with its surrounding.

Come to our surprise, the inside had one of the best designs for a bar in Phnom Penh.   The lightly dimmed room reminded us of the underground bars in Moscow.

SITO bar

SITO bar

As for the menu, there was no food nor appetizers yet, but the bartenders were so kind and offered to take orders from nearby restaurants and pubs.  They also mentioned that the new addition to the bar was being built and once completed, they will offer food next door.

The drinks were standard if compared with drinks from DOORS.  However the atmosphere was really something.  We definitely would come back to this place for another pre-gaming spot.

Location: No. 32EO, Street 240, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Telephone: 077 555 447

 

13 Monday Aug 2012

Elephant Bar @ Raffles Royal Hotel Phnom Penh

I’ve always wanted to write a post about the Elephant Bar.   It is not surprising that many expats and locals are fond of this place.  It does not matter whether it is a Monday or Friday evening, the Elephant Bar at Raffles Royal Hotel in Phnom Penh is always swamped by various customers – local bar hoppers, business travelers, or families, who enjoy a little flare of western culture.

Elephant Bar @ Raffles Royal Hotel Phnom Penh

What I like most about this place is the small private enclosed sitting area, surrounded by dropped-down curtains and couches formed in a perfect square.  You feel as if you’re in your own little cocoon and you can sit back and enjoy the company of your friends.   When you come here at the opportune time, a pianist will humbly dabble songs from classic Beethoven, Chopin to modern day Coldplay.  The background sound of a piano playing is so soothing but not loud enough to distract one from a conversation.  You can fancy yourself to a billiard pool or the various board games that this little bar has to offer.

Happy Hour is a must go.  Don’t miss out the 50% off discount.  You can order your very own Jackie Kennedy’s signature drink, the femme fatale, as if she was there with you to enjoy this concoction.   The atmosphere during Happy Hour is buzzing with hotel guests but most often locals are the among the favorite bar customers here.  Catching up with friends or meeting new people, this bar has it all.

Elephant Bar @ Raffles Royal Hotel Phnom Penh