Phnom Penh is my favourite destination in SE Asia, so I decided to make a Phnom Penh bar girls guide. Phnom Penh hostess bars map & rates updated.
What’s new in 2020?
The prices are a bit up since my last trip in 2019. The lady drink prices in Phnom Penh are between $3.50 and $4.50, mostly $3.75 and special lady drinks $4-$8. The bar fine is still $10 in most places but some bars already charge $12. Significantly higher percent of girls go with customers. The Phnom Penh bar girls going rates are higher. (see below) The Sorya mall area is now Pub street with many empty bars and less freelancers.
Phnom Penh bar girls tips
- Find a guest (bar girl) friendly hotel in Phnom Penh
Before you come to Phnom Penh make sure your hotel is guest (bar girl) friendly. In Pattaya and Patong many hotels charge joiner fees. Most hotels in Phnom Penh either allow or do not allow bar girls to stay with you at your hotel room. See my guest friendly hotels Phnom Penh list.
- Where to stay in Phnom Penh?
The four main beer bar and nightlife areas in Phnom Penh are Street 136, Street 130, Street 104 and Street 51. Most Phnom Penh bar girls and freelancers can be found there. Many hotels and guesthouses are located close to these streets. All four streets are within walking distance but you can also use the cheap tuk tuks for $2 or motorbikes for $1. There are also more hostess bars not far from the main bar areas or between them. Another good area to stay in is Street 172. Nice cheap hotels and restaurants, not far from the action. Street 172 already has some hostess bars too.
- Phnom Penh beer bars
Most beer bars in Phnom Penh are small (around 10-15 bar girls) with few exceptions. Street 136 has the most beer bars and bar girls. The new Secrets bar is the biggest beer bar in Phnom Penh with many friendly girls and live music. Many bars are open 24 hours. Candy bar offers almost Pattaya style party. The bar has many beautiful girls and pole dancers.
Street 130 is the new gem of Phnom Penh and definitely worth a visit. Many new, clean places with friendly owners and the girls are not pushy – Honeypot, Loco bar, Angry birds…
Rose bar and Airforce on Street 104 are still some of the biggest beer bars in Phnom Penh – around 30-35 girls on an average night with some cuties. Oscar bar on the same street has a second floor with a big stage and live music. If you are looking for a laid back bar with no pressure and a lot of pretty girls, try Shanghai Bar on Street 51. Unfortunately, many girls there don’t go with customers.
Some bars are located on Street 110, 118 and Street 5 between them and many have cheaper lady drinks.
- How to take a bar girl out of the bar?
When you enter the bar, the bar girls will approach you and ask you for a drink. The Phnom Penh bar girls are not so pushy like their Pattaya sisters but not all girls go with customers! Try to find out early if the girl will go with you before start buying her a lot of lady drinks. Most bar girls drink real alcohol, not 50 ml. juice like in Pattaya. When you find your girl, pay the bar fine ($10-$12) and take her with you.
- Phnom Penh bar girls prices (going rates)
It would be good to negotiate the price in advance but it’s not so important like in Pattaya. In many cases the price is “up to you”. The going rates are higher in 2020 if compared to previous years. It’s difficult to find a bar girl for $30. The fair price is $40-$50 ST (short time) and $50-60 LT (for the whole night). Some girls will try to ask for $70-100+, do not overpay! They’ll be happy with $50-$60.
- Phnom Penh freelancers
Pontoon disco on Street 51 after 11 pm is now the only good option to find freelancers in the area. The Sorya Mall is now Pub Street. Some freelancers still can be found but nothing like before. Many freelancers in Pontoon try to ask more money than their sisters in the beer/hostess bars. The asking price is already $50+ and almost impossible to find for less. The freelancers around Wat Phnom at night are cheaper but the area can be dangerous at night. There are high class girls in upper scale places like Darlin Darlin music lounge but prepare to pay much more.