What To Do In Phnom Penh THIS Weekend: Bumper Halloween Edition!

It’s close to midnight, Something evil’s lurking from the dark / under the moonlight, you see a sight that almost stops your heart… that’s right, people, it’s not just the weekend, it’s HALLOWEEN weekend, and that means there are more party nights than ever.

Friday

Halloween Parties

Alchemy kicks off their Halloween weekend with themed cocktails free tapas from 6pm-7pm, deep house and electro sets from DJ James What, DJ Amro and DJ Inee, and cash prizes for the best dressed guests (from 6pm, St 123).

At Sharky’s celebrations, rock cover band B Pure provide the soundtrack, the happy hour runs all night, a lucky draw with a cash prize of $8151 and more prizes for the best costume (6pm-Midnight, Sharky Bar, St 130).

On Riverside, sangria, free snacks and shots are on offer at Oskar, as well as funk, soul and hip hop classics from DJ Bree, followed by house and techno from Nora Haidee (6.30pm-3am, Oskar, St 159).

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For a classy alternative, DEVA Cocktail Lounge is throwing a “Fancy Sinners” Halloween Party, with DJ Noma on the decks, from 8pm (Mao Tse Tong Boulevard).

And the Halloween fun continues late into the night at Empire (9pm-3am, St 78, near Russian Embassy), 55 Club (11pm-4am, St 55) and Sound Club (9pm-4am, National Assembly Street)

What’s On… The Menu

Dorsia Lounge hosts another delectable Oyster Night tonight: you can get six oysters and unlimited white wine for $10 from 5 until 8pm (Dorsia Lounge, Sihanouk Boulevard).

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Seafood treats are also on offer at Bouchon’s “Paella Madness”, where a welcome drink, a tapas starter and a big bowl of freshly made paella will set you back $15 (6pm-10pm, Bouchon Wine Bar, St 174), and at Eleven One Kitchen, where you can tuck into BBQ seafood, pork ribs or salmon ($4.95-$9.95), served with a range of sides (7pm-11pm, St 460).

For BBQ in Tonle Bassac, meanwhile, head to 21 Bar. There’s unlimited BBQ from 6pm for $6, plus drinks deals and a DJ spinning house from 8pm (St 21).

Reckon you can win a beer drinking contest? Head to TELL Beerfest! A $25 ticket gets you free flowing Leffe blond beer and unlimited trips to the yummy European buffet. Plus, there’s live music, a lucky draw, the aforementioned beer drinking contest and – ahem – a sausage-eating contest, too (6pm-11pm, TELL Restaurant and Beer Garden, St 90).

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What’s On… Screen

Chaktomuk Short Film Festival (CSFF) is Cambodia’s biggest, attracting submissions from thousands of filmmakers from more than 120 countries. Films are playing all weekend across a bunch of different venues (Chaktomuk Conference Hall, Major Cineplex, Legend City Mall, Legend TK, Legend Meanchey, Prime Cineplex, French Institute, Bophana Center, Meta House, Diamond Island) and tickets are totally free. Check out the full lineup on their Facebook page.

At the Bophana Centre, a screening of a rare recording of the legendary Royal Ballet troupe transports viewers back in time to 1965. (5pm-7pm, Bophana Centre, St 200)

Across the river? Pop into OutPost to catch acclaimed biopic The Theory of Everything, telling the painful story of Stephen Hawking and his wife’s long struggle to cope with the horrific degenerative disease that caused him to slowly lose control over his body – how he managed to pursue a glittering career in the sciences despite it. (7pm-9pm, Outpost, Tonle Sap Road)

What’s On… Stage

Thrash metal favourites Phnom Skor play Tusk tonight – expect an energy-filled, infectious performance, with plenty of screaming from Tinn (9pm, Tusk House, St 278).

Zargz kick things off early with a gig at Stage Bar (4pm, Sisowath Quay). Lisa Conception brings her gorgeous acoustic covers to Botanico (7pm, St 29), eminent guitarist Antti Siitonen teams up with Ian Mark Francisco at Farm to Table (6.30pm, St 360) and Joshua of the Box Chords plays a stripped-back set on the FCC Rooftop (9pm, Sisowath Quay). At the Jazz Club, the Frank Herrgott Trio play from 9pm (St 282).

 

What’s On… Late

META House hosts its Friday Vinylmania Collective party – only *real* records allowed (9pm-2am, Sothearos Boulevard). At Show Box, there’s an Electro Disco hosted by DJ Remix (7.30pm-10:30pm, St 330), and at Top Banana, it’s the end of an era as DJ Kaztet Dee (WAT A GWAAN) plays his last ever set in Phnom Penh (9pm-1am, St 278).

Plus, DJ Shaman, DJ St Vincent and Alan Ritchie hit up Pontoon Pulse (10pm-4am, St 51)

 

The Wild Card…

The Design Kompany joins forces with Jazz Club tonight for an intriguing event that aims to start a conversation about art and creativity. “The Prospect of Beauty” is limited to just 10 participants and uses traditional parlour games to get the ideas flowing. It’s followed by a jazz concert. (7pm-10pm, Jazz Club, St 282. Tickets $10)

 

Saturday

Halloween Parties

So many options, so little time. The big ones tonight will be Tusk’s Moondance Z (8pm-2am, St 278), Raise the Dead at Cloud (6pm-2am, St 9), Enter if You Dare at Club Love (10am-4pm, St 278), the Heineken-sponsored, abandoned asylum-themed party at Hotel Cambodiana (4pm-11pm, Sisowath Quay) and The Haunting at Elbow Room (8pm-2am, St 308, where arriving costume will get you a free cocktail from 8-10pm. Take a look at our full guide to Halloweek in Phnom Penh here.

What’s On… The Menu

The excellent Justice Cafe hosts Brunch for Change today, aiming to bring together anyone passionate about making Cambodia better. All proceeds from the brunch go to supporting their work, which includes giving free meeting spaces and support to young Cambodian changemakers. Right now, the team are raising money to build a new video recording studio (11am-2pm, Justice Cafe, St 53BT, Meanchey. Bookings essential: rsvp@justice.cafe).

Like your pizza with a view? What about a view AND some pirates? Niche, we know, but that’s Moon Pizza Bar’s nod to Halloween. $25 gets you unlimited (delicious) pizza and drinks at this pirate-themed party on the rooftop (Moon Pizza Bar, St 200).

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What’s On… Fleek

Milano Fine Dining hosts the Kor Khor Fashion Show tonight, with gorgeous creations inspired by Halloween, plus canapes and welcome drinks (6pm-9pm, Milano Fine Dining, Sothearos Boulevard).

What’s On… Screen

The Chaktomuk Short Film Festival continues today – see Friday’s listings.

At Flicks 1, there’s a special screening of The Light Between Oceans, hosted by the ICF, which tells the story of an Australian couple that adopt a baby they find floating in the sea. The screening is free, but the ICF welcome donations. There will be a discussion after the film.

What’s On… Stage

Cambodian pop superstar Chhin Manich plays a public concert on the Pi Pay stage at Aeon Mall today, supported by the OMG dance troupe. Plus, shoppers using Pi Pay will be entered into a lucky draw to win $500 or a Samsung Galaxy S8 (6pm, Ground Floor @ Aeon Mall, Sothearos Boulevard)

In the evening, the Miss Sarawan Acoustic Trio play classic diva hits at Alchemy (8pm, St 123), punk princess Vartey Ganiva graces Botanico (7pm-9.30pm, St 29), rock covers band Fender Benders play Stage Bar (8pm, Sisowath Quay) and Phnom Skor play Oscar’s On the Corner (10pm, corner St 13 & 104).

There’s also a Latin Dance Party at Duplex, with tunes from Felix El Moreno Melin and 12Me (6pm-10pm, St 278) and, if you want to make your own music, a Halloween-themed karaoke night at DJ Guesthouse & Lounge, hosted by Saska Chewan (8pm-11pm)

What’s On… Late

Fancy escaping the costumed masses? For a non-Halloween-themed rave, check out Disc Joshi and DJ Moudy at MadHouse (10pm-7am, St 172), Eddie Richards, Tim Coates and Dr Wah Wah next door at Pontoon Pulse (11pm-5am, St 51) or Cambodian Rock Night at META House (9pm-2am, Sothearos Boulevard)

 

The Wild Card…

Interested in learning more about Cambodian small businesses, or even supporting the awesome women breaking down barriers in Phnom Penh? Get over to the SHE Conference, where graduates of the SHE Investment programme will talk about their experiences, challenges and successes. Plus, there are pitching sessions, workshops and a performance by new Cambodian artists. (8pm-5pm, University of Puthisatra, St 180-184. Tickets $5 on the door, $2 for students.)

 

Sunday

Halloween Parties

After a hugely popular first session, the mini-music and art festival Posit+ve Vibes is back at Tusk again today – this time, with a spooky twist. Plus: free entry and free beer! (3pm-1am, Tusk House, St 278)

Halloween is all about dressing up – so what better time to indulge in your secret cosplay tendencies? Cosplay for Charity: Halloween Edition costs $4 entry and all proceeds go to the charity SCADP. (1pm-5pm @ InterContinental Hotel, Mao Tse Tong Boulevard)

Meanwhile, it’s Halloween Happy Hour at Farm to Table at 6pm, where you can try out eerie concoctions called things like Black Magic, Blood Sangria, Beetle Juice and Frog Leg Martini (from 6pm, Farm to Table, St 360).

Later, Epic Club and Base host two massive Halloween-themed nights (9pm-3am, behind Russian Embassy, Tonle Bassac).

What’s On… The Menu

Traditional English Sunday Roast – including proper Yorkshire Puddings – is on offer at The Box Office, washed down with some live music from Jamie May Ann (1pm-8pm, The Box Office, St 29).

To celebrate a great first month, Stage Bar on Riverside is giving away free beer from 7.30pm-8pm, too (Sisowath Quay).

What’s On… Screen

The Chaktomuk Short Film Festival continues today – see Friday’s listings.

For lighthearted comedy, check out How to Be a Latin Lover at Flicks 1. It’s the story of a man’s attempt to seduce another wealthy, elderly widow after his 80-year-old wife kicks him out to make room for her younger lover.

What’s On… Stage

Tonight is mostly taken up with Halloween parties, but you can catch Antii Siitonen and Ian Mark Francisco play a second gig at Hops Brewery at 7pm (St 228)

The Wild Card

How’s your poker face? If you fancy yourself a bit of a player, you could be in with a chance of winning the Riverking Poker tournament. $25 gets you a seat at the table (5pm, Riverking Poker Club, St 214).

That’s all for this weekend, folks! Don’t forget to sign up here to get the Friday Roundup delivered straight to your inbox, every Friday.

 

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