What to Do In Phnom Penh THIS Weekend

The weekend has arrived and we can practically taste the Espresso Martinis already. Here’s everything you should be doing between now and Monday morning.

Friday

What’s On… The Menu

It’s December 1st and that can only mean one thing: we’re officially allowed to start getting excited about Christmas! Raintree takes the lead on this with a gorgeous Christmas market, opening tonight, where there will be festive treats, cocktails, a live band, and dozens of excellent stalls to browse for gifts. More info here. 

Not fussed about Christmas? Celebrate the fact that it’s the first Friday of the month, instead – which means it’s time for TGIF at Kingdom Taproom. For $8, get all the delicious craft beer you can drink – and for $13, you also get a burger from Strokeye’s Meat Shop too (although sadly, the veggie option appears to be no more). The What’s On Phnom Penh team had a sneaky taste of Kingdom’s latest creation this week – a creamy, Christmassy stout – and it was bloody lovely. Premo Sounds provides the soundtrack (7pm – 11.30pm, Kingdom Breweries, National Highway 5).

In Tuol Tom Poung, too, it’s Craft Beer Weekend at Long After Dark. Today and tomorrow there will be beer tastings, four great small batch craft beers on sale, beer & whisky pairings and food specials (6pm-1am, St 450)

What’s On… Screen

An excellent choice for Outpost’s Friday film night tonight: the bizarre New Zealand documentary Tickled began as a quirky piece about “competitive tickling” but inadvertently uncovered a dark, sinister underworld that transforms the film into an uneasy thriller. (7pm-9pm, Outpost, Tonle Sap Road / next to the Sokha Hotel)

What’s On… Stage

Tonight’s Bassac Lane street party features a performance from the Riverside Ray Bans. With the rainy season seemingly done with at last, grab a cocktail and get ready to shake your stuff on the street (8pm-Midnight, Bassac Lane, St 308)

We were sorry to see the elegant Jazz Club close its doors on St 282 last month, but the team’s new venue, Jazz Club Elite, launched this week – and will continue to showcase world class performers as ever. Tonight, Miserable Man graces the stage, performing reggae and calypso (7pm-2am, St 315)

After a characteristically rock’n’roll performance at last Saturday’s Diamond Moon Festival, Phnom Skor frontman Tinn is taking things a little more gently with an acoustic  set at Tacos Kokopelli. With draft beer & tequila shots $1, you might get a little more rowdy, though (7pm-10pm, St 19z).

In Toul Tom Pong, solo guitarist Graham Cain blends music and comedy through as set spanning hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s (8pm-11pm, St 123)

Elsewhere, No Strings Attached play Duplex (9pm-1am, St 278), Jeff Sleeman is at Botanico (7pm-10pm, St 29), Boxchords perform on FCC Rooftop (8.30pm-11pm, Sisowath Quay), funk rock band WILDFLOWERS play Oscar’s On the Corner (9.30pm, corner St 13 & 104) and Stiff Little Punks thrash it out at Sundance Inn (9.30pm, St 172).

What’s On… Late

DIB throws another of its legendary rooftop pool parties in Koh Pich tonight. City Jungle features DJ Jazzie C and DJ Saint Vincent on the decks, alongside light painting by Alias 2.0 (5pm-1am, DIB Club, Koh Pich).

At Show Box, DJ B.O, Shanghai’s #2 DJ and self-described Elvis enthusiast (yes, you read that right) hosts a rock’n’roll themed party (8pm-11pm, St 330)

Devastated that MadHouse shuttered up last weekend? Don’t be: it’s pretty much just moved next door. Saint Vincent, Moudy and Disc Joshi play the late night launch (2am-6am, St 172)

And DJ Sushi Firas, DJ Heka and Crappy Beats are all just down the road at Pontoon Pulse (11pm-4am, St 51)

Saturday

What’s On… The Menu

Christmas at Raintree continues today with more fabulous festive fun, including carol singers, gingerbread houses, and cookie decorating for the kids alongside the food stalls and Christmas market. More info here.

At Hops Brewery, there’s great beer, BBQ and top DJs on the decks. Alan Ritchie, Nora Haidee, DJ Bree and DJ Wah Wah deliver feelgood beats as you work up your food baby. (2pm-10pm, St 228)

Or for elegant boozing, head to Raffles’ Wine Festival, where you can try out 24 divine wines from Bordeaux (2pm-5pm, St 92. Tickets $45 advance, $55 on the door).

What’s On… Screen

One of your last chances to catch Cambodian feature film The Last Reel today at the Flicks – so don’t miss it! The film tells the story of a Cambodian girl who discovers a lost film, buried at the Killing Fields, which tells multiple, complex versions of the truth about the horror of the Khmer Rouge. (6pm, Flicks 1, St 95. Tickets $4)

What’s On… Show

Fascinated by Phnom Penh’s vibrant street art? Don’t miss this excellent, one-night photography exhibition by Chris Nedlitz and Heng Darith, following the work of the city’s most prolific urban artists. (6pm-11pm, The Atelier Fine Arts, St 19).

The graphic novel exhibition (Re)building Phnom Penh also continues this weekend at Institut Français (10am-6pm, St 184)

You can also create your own artwork (with a glass of wine in hand) at this month’s Paint & Sip class, held at YK Art House (7.30pm-9.30pm, St 830. Entry $25).

What’s On… Stage

Bouchon goes all out for its 6th Birthday Party tonight, with performances by Joe Wrigley, Antii Siitonen, Euan Gray, Mirasol Aguila, Andrey Mesheryakov and DJ Malo. The party centres around classic movies, with the night’s music choices following the theme, too. (5pm-2am, Bouchon Wine Bar, St 246)

Upbeat covers band Euphoria play Tusk (9pm, St 278), prog rockers Sangvar Day play Oscar’s on the Corner (9.30pm, St 13 & 104), Jamie Tan is at Botanico (7pm-9pm, St 29), Moi Tiet play FCC Rooftop (8.30pm-11pm, Sisowath Quay) and Chi Town is at Jazz Club Elite (7pm-10pm, St 315).

What’s On… Late

Alchemy’s Black Sun event is shaping up to be a wild party, with sets from St Vincent, Blazian, Malo, Crappy Beats, Disc Joshi and Heka, dancers and body painters, and food by Hummus House. (6pm-6am, St 123)

Or at Pontoon Pulse, dance the night away with Alan Ritchie, Wah Wah , B-Fox of the Kimchi Collective, DJ Nicomatic, DJ Shaman and DJ Lefty Stryker. (11pm-4am, St 51)

Sunday

What’s On… The Menu

Overdid it this weekend? Wash away your shame (and grab a final drink or two) at Tusk House’s Reggae Pool Party, with an awesome lineup of DJs to help you chill, as as well as cocktails and happy cookies. (4.30pm-1am; more info here).

Alternatively, head to the Heineken Pool Party in Hotel Cambodiana’s luxurious pool (3pm-8pm, Sisowath Quay), or Eighty8 Backpacker’s popular version (3pm-11pm, St 88).

What’s On… Screen

The ILGA-Asia Film Festival begins today! Timed to coincide with the largest annual conference in the region looking at the rights of gay and trans people, the festival features an excellent schedule of films, documentaries and talks highlighting the struggles of LGBTIQ people in Asia and their representations on screen. More details and full schedule here.

What’s On… Stage

Brazilian singer Cécile Dahomé joins the superb pianist Metta Legita for a special performance at Hops Brewery (7pm, St 228).

Or unleash your inner diva at Oscar on the Corner’s brand new open mic night (from 8.30pm, corner St 13 & 104).

That’s all from us this week! Don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter to get this guide delivered to your inbox every Friday.

 

 

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