5 Laid-Back Bars in Siem Reap For The Best Signature Cocktails

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After a long day of exploring in the heat, a nice refreshing cocktail at a laid-back bar is just the thing you’ll need. These are the top 5 bars in Siem Reap for the best signature cocktails! 

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Whenever we travel, we love to look for the best bars in the area so we can try the best of the best signature cocktails. For us, trying out some signature cocktails is usually a one-time experience. They may be more expensive, but we are traveling for memories. New drinks have opened our horizons (we now love gin & absinthe) and created some exciting experiences.

Siem Reap is a growing trendy town with a big foodie culture. There are plenty of places to get some delicious cocktails, many of which on Pub Street. However, this list covers the best laid-back bars in Siem Reap with Signature Cocktails.

This post is all about the best bars in Siem Reap for signature cocktails. 

The Best Bars in Siem Reap:

1. Maybe Later Mexican Bar & Grill 

Maybe Later Margaritas on table with photo of musicians

While in Siem Reap for 4 months, we stayed in Kendal Village. A very trendy and artsy neighbor that hosted a number of great restaurants and shops. Maybe Later being one of them.

Not only did they have the best Mexican food we have had while traveling in Southeast Asia, but they also had the cleanest, most impressive drinks as well. Made with all-natural ingredients and without any added sweeteners, these drinks were strong (do drink with caution) and 100% refreshing.

The owner is from the US and definitely knows how to make a good margarita and encourages a casual, So Cal atmosphere. Their store also has a strong focus on sustainability and helping the community. A winning combo by any standards. 

My go-to was the Chili Mango Margarita ($4.50; and $1.00 off on Taco Tuesdays). It is spicy and clean and comes in a Tajin rimmed glass. Nate’s go-to was the House Margarita ($4.00; and $2.50 on Taco Tuesdays). 

2. Wild – Creative Bar & Eatery 

So Fresh! Absinthe cocktail at WILD - Creative Bar & Eatery Californication cocktail at WILD - Creative Bar & Eatery

 
 

Wild is owned by the loveliest French couple that is always out chatting with guests and making recommendations. This tropical paradise right in the hub of Siem Reap is a great spot for small groups (max of 8 people) or a romantic date night.

They have an indoor/outdoor flow (as many restaurants in Cambodia do) but they use their grass area for fun picnic-style seating. Their menu is solely focused on spring rolls and their drinks are fresh and unique. With jugs for sharing or individual glasses, you are bound to find a refreshing drink to fit your mood. They even have some delicious Absinthe drinks and we of course, always have to try those!

Our favorites include the Californication – a spicy vodka drink. They allow you to pour your own spice into the drink and we were told 2 drops are enough for some but Nate LOVES spice and used the entire glass and we both were able to drink it. My favorite was So Fresh! drink. Drinks are $4.50 and jugs are $14.00 for about 4 people but we shared a jug between two and were just fine. 

3. Bar 43

Tiki 43 at Bar 43 Machete at Bar 43

We actually stumbled upon Bar 43 quite by accident, we were near Pub Street trying to find anything that was open (due to the Coronavirus) and we were so lucky to find Bar 43. Opened just a few weeks before we rolled in (June 2020), we were able to chat with the French owner and try an array of their cocktails.

With fresh, high-quality ingredients, these drinks don’t reek of sugar and hangovers like many of the bars on Pub Street do. This spot was perfect for a romantic happy hour or a sophisticated night out with friends. They also set out some bar snacks that were quite delicious and definitely did their job in keeping us thirsty. 

Our favorites were the Holy Water ($6.00) and the Tiki 43 ($7.00); they burn the cinnamon right onto the drink! 

>> Related Post: 11 Best Restaurants in Siem Reap For a Sit Down Meal

 

4. Jungle Burger Sports Bar & Bistro

Chilly Mango Margarita at Jungle Burger Sports Bar Bunty & Coke Zero at Jungle Burger Sports Bar

For a casual, reasonably priced night out at a sports bar, go no further than Jungle Burger. Seriously, we went here every Saturday to watch rugby games with the locals after we found this place.

The best burgers in town (among many other food items) and fun drinks to go along with them. Cheap tap beer is of course a must when visiting a sports bar. When you’re looking for more, they have all the classics that come just as strong as you want them.

The owner is an ex-pat from New Zealand and was always welcoming everyone at the bar when we visited. Truly, the nicest guy and the rest of the staff are just as friendly. They also have a free pool table in the back. 

My go-to was the Frozen Chilly Margarita ($2.25). Nate was a big fan of the Bunty & Coke Zero ($4.00) – be warned, it’s extremely strong. 

5. Monolith and Bar at Sala Lodges 

Traditional Bungalow at Sala Lodges Lush property at Sala Lodges

One of the most impressive properties we had the pleasure of visiting in Siem Reap. Their property consists of reconstructed, traditional Cambodian houses (available to book here) set in a quiet, sprawling garden.

We were only able to visit the Monolith and Bar for drinks as the Long Table and Lounge was closed due to Coronavirus, but boy are we glad we made it there. Although prices are quite a bit higher than the rest of Siem Reap, it was certainly worth it even if just for the setting alone. We are told they also have live music on the weekends in the garden and there is a much more social “happy hour” near the pool.

We absolutely loved the Gin Garden ($8.00).

This post was all about the best bars in Siem Reap, Cambodia. 

 
 

Wild is owned by the loveliest French couple that is always out chatting with guests and making recommendations. This tropical paradise right in the hub of Siem Reap is a great spot for small groups (max of 8 people) or a romantic date night.

They have an indoor/outdoor flow (as many restaurants in Cambodia do) but they use their grass area for fun picnic-style seating. Their menu is solely focused on spring rolls and their drinks are fresh and unique. With jugs for sharing or individual glasses, you are bound to find a refreshing drink to fit your mood. They even have some delicious Absinthe drinks and we of course, always have to try those!

Our favorites include the Californication – a spicy vodka drink. They allow you to pour your own spice into the drink and we were told 2 drops are enough for some but Nate LOVES spice and used the entire glass and we both were able to drink it. My favorite was So Fresh! drink. Drinks are $4.50 and jugs are $14.00 for about 4 people but we shared a jug between two and were just fine. 

3. Bar 43

Tiki 43 at Bar 43 Machete at Bar 43

We actually stumbled upon Bar 43 quite by accident, we were near Pub Street trying to find anything that was open (due to the Coronavirus) and we were so lucky to find Bar 43. Opened just a few weeks before we rolled in (June 2020), we were able to chat with the French owner and try an array of their cocktails.

With fresh, high-quality ingredients, these drinks don’t reek of sugar and hangovers like many of the bars on Pub Street do. This spot was perfect for a romantic happy hour or a sophisticated night out with friends. They also set out some bar snacks that were quite delicious and definitely did their job in keeping us thirsty. 

Our favorites were the Holy Water ($6.00) and the Tiki 43 ($7.00); they burn the cinnamon right onto the drink! 

>> Related Post: 11 Best Restaurants in Siem Reap For a Sit Down Meal

 

4. Jungle Burger Sports Bar & Bistro

Chilly Mango Margarita at Jungle Burger Sports Bar Bunty & Coke Zero at Jungle Burger Sports Bar

For a casual, reasonably priced night out at a sports bar, go no further than Jungle Burger. Seriously, we went here every Saturday to watch rugby games with the locals after we found this place.

The best burgers in town (among many other food items) and fun drinks to go along with them. Cheap tap beer is of course a must when visiting a sports bar. When you’re looking for more, they have all the classics that come just as strong as you want them.

The owner is an ex-pat from New Zealand and was always welcoming everyone at the bar when we visited. Truly, the nicest guy and the rest of the staff are just as friendly. They also have a free pool table in the back. 

My go-to was the Frozen Chilly Margarita ($2.25). Nate was a big fan of the Bunty & Coke Zero ($4.00) – be warned, it’s extremely strong. 

5. Monolith and Bar at Sala Lodges 

Traditional Bungalow at Sala Lodges Lush property at Sala Lodges

One of the most impressive properties we had the pleasure of visiting in Siem Reap. Their property consists of reconstructed, traditional Cambodian houses (available to book here) set in a quiet, sprawling garden.

We were only able to visit the Monolith and Bar for drinks as the Long Table and Lounge was closed due to Coronavirus, but boy are we glad we made it there. Although prices are quite a bit higher than the rest of Siem Reap, it was certainly worth it even if just for the setting alone. We are told they also have live music on the weekends in the garden and there is a much more social “happy hour” near the pool.

We absolutely loved the Gin Garden ($8.00).

This post was all about the best bars in Siem Reap, Cambodia. 

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