Phnom Penh Hostess Bars UpdateJanuary 31, 2008
Stuart aka Bar One looks at this month’s movers and shakers.
Red Sun (Sotheros) – Vietnamese owned, this bar has one hostess who is usually sitting outside looking bored. The Vietnamese owner tends the bar. Boring as but the Johnny Walker Gold is only $3.00
Sugar Shack (Sotheros) – One of my favorites. Great drinks at Ok prices. Friendly girls. A good mix of clientele with Khmers, the occasional ladyboy, tourists and expats all being regular patrons
DV8(148) – Gone downhill recently but still an institution in the Hostess Bar community of Phnom Penh. Also has accommodation. Good happy hour prices.
Excalibar (144) – Lots of girls, big screen, new. Has quickly got a following.
Babylon (136) – Crazy girls. Makelin when in the house can light up the evening. Basic fit out. Ladyboy sometimes in residence.
Flora Bar (136) – Lots of girls, good drink prices and a friendly place. If you are shy avoid the couches at the back.
136 (136) – Lots of girls. Mostly focused on ladydrinks. Good range of drinks, OK prices. Great Phillipino cigars. Popular
Great Palm (136) – Big focus on Lady drinks. Very mercenary girls.
Updown Bar (136) – New bar with two bars and a good pool table and lots of girls mostly from Bophar and DV8. Relaxing. Popular
Mangna (110) – A nice management team, different and refreshing décor. Not many of the Hostesses can talk English.
Golden Vine, Voodo, Zapata (108)– Can be rowdy and a good laugh at all three. Relaxed and a good mixed crowd. You can have a bar crawl in less than 20 meters. Excellent for the lazy.
Le Lageun Bleu (108) – fabulously bizarre. Like walking onto an art house road movie. You do have to be in the mood because the staffs expect a performance from customers to keep them entertained.
Barbados (108) – different but same. Nice fit out with cool wine bar influence. Girls can be mercenary.
104 (104) – Same formula as 136. Fit out not as good. Very popular.
Rose Bar (104) – very entertaining girls. Does food and accommodation. Great for a night out with friends. It is interesting to see the influx of customers just before 10:00PM (after which the bar fine halfs).
Cathouse (51) – not my scene. The girl’s blue uniforms are not flattering. Charging $1 to use the pool table is just bollocks.
Shanghai (51) – gone downhill since a lot of new girls came in. Less disciplined and the girls can be too full on. OK reasonably priced food.
Black Cat (51) – formerly 51 bar. Few girls, zero ambience. Does food.
Chilis bar (51) – Chilli herself has got out shape and has love handles as big as many middle-aged men. So has the bar. Pity because she was the face of Shanghai and Hostess bar Phnom Penh for a while.
My Lien (172) – dead as a door nail usually. Pity because My Lien serves very good food at reasonable prices.
Doll House (172) – Makes My Lien look lively.
Stuart aka Bar One