T here are many dancing restaurants around the city, but the following are recommended by the author. All are open nightly from 7:30 until approximately 11:30 pm. Menus, as well as companionship and/or dancing partners are available at all:
here are many dancing restaurants around the city, but the following are
recommended by the author. All are open nightly from 7:30 until approximately
11:30 pm. Menus, as well as companionship and/or dancing partners are available
Intersection of Pochentong Blvd and Keo Mony.
beer/softdrink; $4.00 tallboy beer bottle.
Enter a timewarp to the 1970's
and dance to the middle-of-the-road sounds of the National Radio Band. Playing
mostly older Khmer songs with a bit of Michael Jackson, Santana, Thai, and
Chinese music mixed in, the band also is happy to play (or learn to play)
Several band-members are famous from Lon Nol days,
inclu-ding the incomparable drummer Pol Samon.
Cambodiana Inn ***
North of Cambodiana on Quai Karl Marx.
$2.20 for beer/soft drink; $4.20
An excellent and large band (including a trumpet and
saxophone) attracts a crowd, including a fair number of foreigners.
addition to the usual Thai and Chinese covers, they play originals by bandleader
Uk Sinnareth, arguably the most famous living Khmer musician - as well as songs
in Japanese and Spanish and a wide variety of English songs, including REM and
Steely Dan. Ambience is moderately upscale.
Le Royale ***
92 street, across from International Youth Club.
$1.80 for beer/soft
drink; $3.40 tallboy bottle.
The restaurant is somewhat seedy and
attracts a smaller crowd, but the young band is both enthusiastic and
charismatic. Primarily playing a mix of styles of Khmer music, their rapidly
expanding repetoire of English-language music includes Madonna and Scorpions.
Outside seating is available.
Phkar Chouk Tep** 1/2
Near southwest corner of the Olympic Stadium.
$1.40 for beer/softdrink;
$1.60 tallboy bottle
The "new kid on the block", this crowded but
downscale restaurant attracts few Westerners and serves them only with
The Meas Mithrai band, headed by internationally-famous
singer Mien Sumali, plays many originals by bandleader (and husband) Krim Sikun,
but only a few English songs.
Quai Karl Marx, near Wat Phnom
$1.80-$2.00 for beer/soft drink; $3.50
tallboy bottle; 10% service charge
Playing a mix of traditional and
modern Khmer music, Thai pop, Western music, and originals by bandleader Sat
Tivan ("Mr. Toe"), many consider the Mahapthai ("Police") Band the best in town.
The atmosphere is higher class than at most dancing restaurants,
attracting many couples but only a few Westerners.