Bassac Lane Phnom Penh: A Hidden Alley of Nightlife
What a surprise.
I can’t believe that I’ve been living here for a year and not know about this place. I guess that’s what being comfortable does to you after awhile, you stick to the same routine day in and day out. Since there’s a lot of time to spend on the weekend in Phnom Penh, we decided to try out a pizza place on Bassac Lane which had good reviews.
The alley on Street 308 is located behind Malis Restaurant where a few cafes can be seen. What’s interesting is that just next to the pizza place is another small alley which leads to a few more hidden restaurants and pubs. These nicely decorated places had different themes to it, which is appealing to different sets of customers. I assumed that this was mostly a foreigner-slash-expat-slash-tourist spot but I was wrong. It’s a friendly lane for everyone who seeks a quiet place for a drinking or dinner session.
This is definitely something I’d love to see progressing in other parts of the city.
1. Piccola Italia da Luigi.
Also known as Luigis’ is one of the local known places for good pizza. The crust is thin and crispy while the portion is very generous as you can choose a size for 1 person or 2 person. The staff are friendly and the place reminded me a lot of Bangsar where one could sit and watch the people walking by. (For your info, most of the restaurants here are indoors). Their pizza selection is plenty and reminds you Italy, their vegetarian pizzas even. If you’re planning for a casual night out with friends, this could be the place for you.
Address: M36Eo, Street 308, Phnom Penh | Tel: +855 17 323 273 | Opening Hours: 1130am-1opm (closed on Mondays) | Note: Vegetarian option available.
2. Hangar 44.
Large motorcycles and rough riders are suitable for this place on Bassac Lane. Hangar 44 is also home to Moto Cambodge’s Showroom which is not a surprise since this was what we saw at the main entrance. I’m not much of a motorcycle fan but I’m sure those who frequent this place are not just after their robust drinks.
Address: Street 308 (Bassac Lane), Phnom Penh | Tel: +855 077 555 447 | Opening Hours: 5pm-11pm | FB Page: Hangar 44.
3. The Library.
This quaint establishment is just opposite of Hangar 44 and from the wooden windows, it was as though we were peeking into someones room. The walls of The Library is decked with shelves and books of many interests. There’s very few seats here as most would prefer standing while drinking the night away. At this corner bar area is where you can also here some Jazz music while enjoying the company of friends.
Address: Street 308 (Bassac Lane), Phnom Penh | Tel: +855 077 555 447 | Opening Hours: Tues-Sun (3pm-11pm) | FB Page: The Library.
4. Harry’s Phnom Penh.
One look at Harry’s and you would think that it’s a bar suited for the business savvy and affluent. Harry’s not only has a Martini Rooftop Bar in it’s place, but it also has a vintage or antique showroom downstairs. The items here are unique, ranging from hand carved art, a wooden vintage desk, clocks, telephone to head sculpture (yes really!). There’s even a classic looking Vespa sitting outside this establishment, giving a hint of what goes on behind its’ large wooden carved door.
Address: Street 308 (Bassac Lane), Phnom Penh | Tel: +855 077 555 447 | Opening Hours: Tues-Sun (10am-11pm) | FB Page: Harry’s.
Another lovely place we walked by was Cicada, named after the insect. The place is unlike it’s name of origin because of the elegant chandelier shining warm golden light to the entire pub. Even the wall exudes class and gives a hint that this place must be serving some of the best wine or drinks in town. We were right. Here in Cicada, patrons can get a taste of the best gins around the world.
A different kind of nightlife in Phnom Penh.
There are all sorts of drinking places in this city from backpackers bar to the KTV Karaoke bars that gives people an insight of the nightlife here. Bassac Lane sets itself apart with its western influence in a local setting. I’ve noticed how the locals speak better English here because of the patrons they serve, who are mostly foreigners and tourists. I hope this would sprout more in the city giving it a classier feel to this side of the Kingdom.
About Yafieda Jamil
A Malaysian girl currently working abroad in Phnom Penh city. I love a good road trip, hot cappuccinos, spicy food and staring at old buildings. My mission is to inspire people to see the world differently before we all get any older. Oh and giraffes are the most beautiful creatures on earth.