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Your Essential Guide to the Weekend Ahead

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Your Essential Guide to the Weekend Ahead

Your Essential Guide to the Weekend Ahead

There’s jazz, there’s circus, there’s on-screen revenge and there’s raving til the early hours with Cubik. From bubbly to book launches, this weekend has it all.

Lead photo by Paul Szewczyk on Unsplash


What’s On Screen?

Promising Young Woman screens at The Flicks from 8:30pm. The dark comedy thriller follows the always-fantastic Carey Mulligan as she lures in creeps who prey on drunk girls in clubs. Can you really think of a better way to start the weekend? Reservations are required, so make sure you do that here. 

8:30pm, The Flicks, St. 95


What’s On Stage?

The Khmer Disabled Band performs classic Cambodian rock’n’roll, twist and cha-cha-cha hits to keep you dancing all night.

8.30pm, Boran House, St 310

What’s better than bopping along to Joe & the Jumping Jacks’ infectious rockabilly sound? Bopping along at a Bassac Lane street party, obviously.

8.30pm, Bassac Lane (off St 308)

You can also catch the traditional Cambodian sounds of Khmer Magic Music Bus (7pm, Bouchon Wine Bar, St 174) get your air guitar fix with Zargz Experience (7.30pm, Alchemy, St 123) or groove to some sexy Latin rhythms courtesy of Aguita E’Coco (7pm, EST Bar, St 19z)


What’s On Late?

The big one this weekend is, without a doubt, the return of Cubik. Phnom Penh Underground, Code Red Agency and H Club present a late night session of House, Techno and Drum & Base. ShibuiQ will get things started before Kenny Chase and Kaza show off some of the best underground music that Cambodia has to offer. Enjoy tunes from DJ Sequence,DJ Indigo and Donabelle. 

9pm, H Club, St. 308. 


What Else?

Bong Bonlai and Animal Mama come together to raise money for the super special cause of homeless animals in Phnom Penh. Cocktails for a cause kicks off at 5pm and it’s much more than just fundraising for an amazing cause. It is also about amazing cocktails. Passion Mojito, Negroni, Caipirinha Martini, Long island iced tea and Margarita are all five bucks with $1 from each helping support the city’s homeless animals. 

5pm, Bong Bonlai, St. 830



What’s On Screen?

The Bophana Centre screens five of Vireak Sean’s short films: Arv, Waiting, Lost Phone, Mary’s Story and Mission of Super Bean. The talented young director will also be present

5pm-6:30pm, Bophana Centre, St. 200.


Meta House shows two documentaries about the climate crisis in Cambodia today. The internationally acclaimed A River Changes Course and the Fight for Areng Valley highlight the growing impact of environmental destruction in the Kingdom. 

7pm, Meta House, St. 178


What’s On Stage?

Fancy rocking out while you get your drag on? The Hard Rock Cafe is hosting a mammoth night for all the Kingdom’s Queens and subjects (fans). The brand new drag queen rock cabaret show, featuring the legendary Haus Chilli, kicks off at 8pm with free entry. 

4pm-7pm, Hard Rock Cafe, Street 102, corner of 51, Exchange Square. 


A Phnom Penh institution celebrates its birthday with an evening of live music and wholesome, healthy and sustainable grub. Homeward Bound is the 6th anniversary party for Farm To Table. The Grass Snake Trio, featuring Marianna, Graham and Joe, bring their unique mix of bluegrass, gospel and Celtic folk to the stage from 6:30pm.

6:30pm- 9:30pm, Farm To Table, St. 360


Blues Roots will take you on a journey through the history of soul from 7:30pm. Alchemy hosts an evening of classic blues tunes from Noah Lewis to Muddy Waters. So sit back and let the Blues Roots boys take you on a smooth tour of musical history. 

6:30pm, Alchemy, St. 123


Bring your love of jazz to a tranquil environment this weekend. Aquarius Hotel and Urban Resort is hosting a pop jazz and swing night with the Femke Trio from 7pm.

7pm, Aquarius Hotel and Urban Resort, St. 240


The smooth beats of Lisa Conception will take over Botanico tonight from 7pm.

7pm, Botanico, St. 29


What’s On Late?


Ain’t no party like a West African party, right? H Club are hosting a late night Afrobeat session with DJ Slin, DJ Soma Vibes and DJ Moto! Come if you love cracking outfits, outrageous dancing and hip hop fused with Jamaican dancehall. 

7pm, H Club, St. 308


What Else?


Cambodian-American model and businesswoman Monika Tep hosts a book launch for her memoir, Life Between Two Worlds, up on the Baitong rooftop. A former garment worker who was trafficked into sexual slavery, Monika survived poverty, abuse and a litany of other hardships in Cambodia before rebuilding a successful life for herself in the USA. Her book gives an unflinching account of her story, but also aims to inspire others to pursue their dreams, however impossible they may seem.

5pm, Lantern Rooftop Bar, Baitong Hotel & Resort, St 282 




What’s On Screen?


Meta House screens the Korean art-house flick Right Now, Wrong Then. The international award-winning film was directed by Hong Sang-soo won and screens from 7pm. It’s best we don’t explain it. Just go see it!

7pm, Meta House, St. 178


What’s On Stage?


The legendary Phare Circus is (still) in town! Simply one of the greatest live performances that you can see in Cambodia. The troupe will keep alternating between two shows every Thursday and Sunday until the 28th February, but don’t leave it too late to get a ticket as they will be in demand. (Price: $10-$20. Book your tickets here.)

5pm, The Factory, National Road 2. 


In what has been a very jazzy weekend, you may as well finish it off with… yep! More jazz. Bossa Nova Jazz night kicks off at Le Point from 7:30pm. 

7:30pm, Le Point, St. 208

What Else?


The Balthazar is offering this week’s most decadent and glamorous of afternoons. Free-flow afternoon bubbles offers all you can drink prosecco, delicious afternoon tea and live music from Femke. The event is $30 but, again, that’s all-you-can-drink for almost 3 hours. Book directly here

2:30pm-5pm, The Balthazar at Paradise Hotel, St. 240


If you are looking to improve your Khmer or volunteer your services in tutoring, then Eleven One Kitchen is the place to be. From 6:00pm anyone, no matter what level, can come to improve their Khmer. It’s all free, but maybe nice if you buy a coffee at least from the restaurant. After the class, you can join in for a big group dinner for only $3. 

6:00pm, Eleven One Kitchen, St. 123

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