Yes, we know, it’s another wet and windy weekend in the Penh – but shake off your rainy season blues, put on your wellies (screw it, put on your swimsuit!) and get ready to partyyyyy.
Eating & Drinking
Kingdom Brewery’s TGIF is coming all the way into town tonight, offering a slightly different take on its classic $12 deal. Instead of Mike’s Burgers, Kingdom is teaming up with Long After Dark, so for $12 you get unlimited Kingdom beers (they really are excellent), plus a Long After Dark burger of your choice. Meat, veggie and vegan options available. (TGIF, 6pm-11pm @ Long After Dark, St 450, Tuol Tom Poung)
Meanwhile: got someone to impress? Take them out to Chez Flo for a classy night of oysters and wine. Fresh market oysters are $5 for 3, $8 for 6 or $15 for a dozen. (6pm-11pm @ Clez Flo, St 308, Tonle Bassac).
Or, pick up a great deal at Mo Mo Paradise’s monthly special beef dey, where it’s 29% off to celebrate the 29th. (St 51, BKK1)
Theatre & Dance
The Cambodian contemporary dancer Belle (Chumvan Sodhachivy) explores tensions between what society demands of us and what really makes us human in Resilience, a brand new modern dance performance at Institut Français du Cambodge tonight (6.30-7.30pm, St 184).
Over at Java Creative Cafe, it’s open mic night both for poets and musicians at Slam, Bam, Thank You Mam (5.30-8pm, Sihanouk Boulevard)
Art & Photography
Meanwhile at META House, it’s your last chance to catch the ArtLab exhibition by UK designer MacVillan in the main gallery. The closing party is a big one, too, with a massive set from “turntable veterans” Dr Wah Wah, Dj Shagzy and Nicomatic, who will play favourites from their personal vinyls collections – inducing Disco, House, Funk, Soul and Drum & Bass. (9pm-2am @ META House, Sothearos Boulevard).
The Major Charity Film Festival is in full swing at Major Cineplex, with a selection of top Cambodian films. (Note: nearly all films are in Khmer) (Major Cineplex by Cellcard, Aeon Mall, Sothearos Boulevard)
Elsewhere, Outpost is showing upperclass tear-jerker King’s Speech (7pm-9pm, Tonle Sap Road, next to the Sokha Hotel)
Tarantino screens childhood favourite E.T. (8.30pm, St 258)
And META House shows the awesome rockumentary Eight Days a Week, about the hysteria that followed the Beatles on their first World Tour.
Tons of great live music options tonight!
First up, the impossibly glamorous Miss Sarawan plays Tusk, turning her sultry tones to Golden Age Khmer rock and Western 60s classics (9pm-1am, St 278, BKK1).
Pavel Ramirez brings laid-back Latin sounds to Farm to Table (8.30pm-8.30pm, St 360, BKK1), Jamie Tan plays Botanico (7pm-9.30pm, St 29, Tonle Bassac), Sangvar Day’s Rob Narcisso performs folk and rock covers – plus a few originals – at Show Box (7.30pm-10pm, St 330, BKK2), Double-A & Mirasol bring their retro funk sound to Duplex (9pm-Midnight, St 278, BKK1) and Rock Samples shake up Sharky Bar (9pm-midnight, St 130).
Over in Tuol Tom Poung (the Russian Market area), there’s jazz from the Ritchy, Andrey & Thomas trio at Alchemy Gastropub (8pm-2am, St 123) as well as Mary & Takeshi, who play an early bossa nova jazz set at Trattoria Bello (8pm-9pm, St 460)
Epic Club hosts a massive double DJ event tonight, featuring DJ Paris and MC Ruff (9pm-3am, near Russian Embassy, Tonle Bassac).
At D22, it’s the Last Dance at Tama Hotel featuring DJ Moto – this is the last of these parties high up on the Phnom Penh tower, at least for now! (7pm-midnight @ Phnom Penh Tower, Monivong Boulevard)
And, of course, MadHouse keeps the party going until sunrise, this week with DJ Joshi & Friends (10pm-6am, St 172).
Eating & Drinking
From 6am until 2.30pm, Saturday and Sunday, Thai Village Restaurant is holding a massive Dim Sum buffet, specially created by it Singaporean chef. It’s pricey ($18 per person), but if you get there early you can dim sum, and then dim sum more… (6.30am-2.30pm, Thai Village Restaurant, Mao Tse Toung Boulevard)
Art & Photography
N o w h e r e is running two creative workshops today: one to create your own rubber stamped handkerchief (9am-12pm) and another to create a multicolour monoprint design (3.30pm-6pm) Classes cost $40 per person. (Neverland Artspace, St 172z2, BKK1)
The Khmer-language Major Charity Film Festival continues today, with Mother’s Heart and Poppy Goes to Hollywood (Major Cineplex, Aeon Mall, Sothearos Boulevard).
New cinema Tarantino is showing classics American Beauty (6.30pm) followed by Good Will Hunting (8.30pm). (Tarantino, St 258).
As ever, there are top documentaries at META House, including two back-to-back about the Syria crisis: The Rise of ISIS and the heartbreaking The White Helmets, following the famous rescue workers as they try to pull civilians from the rubble after airstrikes. (8pm-10pm, META House, Sothearos Boulevard)
Lively pop covers band BoxChords perform at Botanico tonight (7pm-9.30pm, St 29), while in Tuol Tom Poung, alt-rock band Road to Mandalay play Alchemy (9pm-Midnight, St 123).
Meanwhile on Diamond Island, there’s a huge celebration of African and Asian sounds and fusion at the AfroMusikAsia Mega Concert, featuring acts from Cambodia, Nigeria, Korea, Zimbabwe, the USA, Japan and China. (7pm-11pm, Koh Pich)
The legendary Moondance party is back at Tusk! With techno, funky house and drum & bass from Phnom Penh Underground, DJ Sequence and DJ Sushi playing until very late, the food menu available until 1am and the pool to cool off in when you need a break from the dance floor, this might just be the perfect way to spend your Saturday night (9pm-late @ Tusk, St 278, BKK1)
Meanwhile, Cloud transforms itself into a Soul Club to pay tribute to “Screaming Eagle” Charles Bradbury, a giant of the genre, who passed away last Saturday (9pm-2am, Cloud, St 9).
Not to be confused, the Cloud9 Skybar on the roof of Sun & Moon hotel hosts a massive black & white themed pool party tonight, with Tim Coates and Nora Haidee on the decks.
Elsewhere, there’s Indie Rock at META House (9pm -1am, Sothearos Boulevard), Jazz with the excellent Metta Legita Trio at Jazz Club (from 9pm, St 282, $5 entry), Salsa at Doors (9pm – Midnight, corner of St 47 & St 84), beats from Malaysian DJ Sexy & MC Handsome at Town Club (from 8pm, St 118), and Jazz Funk with Toke, Mustajo and Crappy Beats at Bong Bong Bong (6pm-Midnight, St 172).
Eating & Drinking
There’s a lavish seafood feast on offer at Chinese House today, where $24 gets you unlimited prawns, fish, ceviche, oysters, clams, mussels, octopus, crab and salads – with wine. Bangkok-based folk artist John Will Sail is also providing the music. (11am-3pm, Sisowath Quay, Riverside)
Also by the river, Hotel Cambodiana, Heineken is sponsoring another massive pool party… which means free entry to a pretty damn fabulous pool, and drinks deals all afternoon (3pm-8pm, Hotel Cambodiana, Sisowath Quay)
What’s even better than chilling by the pool with an ice cold beer or cocktail? Doing precisely that, but with some laid-back reggae beats, of course. If that sounds good to you, get down to Tusk for its second Reggae Pool Party this afternoon (4pm-2am, Tusk, St 278).
Last but certainly not least, Rubicon Bar is hosting a massive fundraiser tonight for the PPAWS animal charity. There’s a raffle with prizes donated by some seriously upmarket Phnom Penh venues and companies as well as puppies to pet… and even to adopt. Awwwwww! (4pm-8pm, Rubicon Bar, St 320)
Art & Photography
Unleash your inner artist with the help of a lovely glass of vino at this week’s Paint & Sip (4pm-6pm @ DJ Guesthouse and Lounge, St 29, Tonle Bassac).
Phnom Penh Community Gym hosts a special Belay 101 event today, teaching you the basics of climbing with a top rope, working with a harness and communicating with your fellow climbers (8pm-7pm, St 460. Included with a day pass: $7 + $1 gear rental).
Or stretch out those muscles and unwind your weekend at Sunday Yoga Basics (5pm-6.30p, Show Box, St 330. $6 Expats / $3 Khmers)
There’s somewhat slim pickings for film today, but you can catch the excellent heist drama Baby Driver at 6pm at Flicks 1 (St 95).
Want to see the excellent John Will Sail but can’t afford the $24 seafood buffet price tag? Never fear – he’s playing a second gig tonight at Show Box (6pm-9pm, St 330)
That’s about it for this weekend! Don’t forget to sign up to our email newsletter so you never miss another Friday Roundup. See you on the other side!