Months ago I wrote about the five best hostess bars in Phnom Penh. Now I’m going to tell you about the most interesting hostess bars in Phnom Penh. With so many new bars cropping up, bars need ways to set themselves apart from the competition. These might not be the most popular bars, but that’s fine with me. If I wanted to be surrounded by guys, I’d go hang out in a gay sauna. These are the most unique bars I’ve found.
Danny K’s Spa & Bar
Danny K’s Spa & Bar has the distinction of being the only bar to contain a massage parlor. Well, that’s not totally right. There is a gay bar around the corner from the Sun and Moon Hotel that has a massage parlor inside, but I’ve never been in there. Honest! I just see the sign outside.
Danny K’s is located on the backpacker strip of Street 172. The same street is home to Sundance and plenty of cheap draft beer bars with no air conditioners. The handful of girlie bars on the street tend to be the worst in the city. Danny’s definitely isn’t the best, but the fact that you can drink for a while then get a massage in the back is pretty cool.
I also like the decorations at this place which consist of some headless and naked mannequins nailed to the walls. How’s that for unique?
Danny K’s Spa & Bar is on Street 172 across the street from Sundance.
Splash on Street 130 has got to be the only hostess bar in the world with a movie theater inside. Seriously, they actually have one.
Splash apparently took over the space from a place that used to show bootleg movies and charge people to sit around and watch them. There was another one over on Street 136 but I don’t know if it’s still there. When I want to see a movie, I just go the modern movie theater in Aeon Mall and pay two bucks to enjoy real seats and such.
Well, that was until now. While this combination of hostess bar and cinema was very obviously born out of opportunity more than planning and foresight, it still makes for a really interesting situation.
According to a sign in the bar recently, they’ll soon have on demand movies too. So you could grab a couple of cuties, pick out a movie, then head upstairs to watch the flick with them. That sounds pretty good to me!
The only odd thing about this bar is that some backpackers show up at the place for the movie theater. I saw two white chicks coming down from the movie theater steps one day while I was embraced in the arms of a hot twenty year old Khmer chick. I didn’t care one way or another, but I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t strange.
Splash is at the corner of Street 130 and Street 5 next to the Noodle House.
Finally there is Moe’s. This might be the newest of the new hostess bars in Phnom Penh, but I can’t be sure. I did see another place I haven’t noticed before on Street 110 the other day, but I might have just missed it in the past.
Anyway, Moe’s is unique for a few reasons. One is the location. It’s a short walk from the many bars on Street 130 and Street 136, but it’s far enough away that you can go there in peace. There are no beggars or groups of hustling motorbike taxi drivers outside to bother you, and no one has to know you’re there unless you want them too. I’ve been seeing too many disapproving oversized Western women prowling the bar streets near the riverside in elephant pants lately for my tastes.
The vibe inside Moe’s is nice too. Clean and laid back. The people are cool, and they mostly speak English. They also have a lot of games, so you can pass the time with some of the lovely ladies inside and have a good time instead of staring at a television playing National Geographic reruns or Tom and Jerry cartoons.
I think Moe’s is the only hostess bar other than Mao’s to have a dart machine. I know Moe’s is the only hostess bar to have an arcade machine inside. The first time I heard the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme inside I thought I was hallucinating from a spiked drink or something until I actually saw the screen.
On top of that, they have the only legit Connect 4 games I have ever seen in a girlie bar anywhere. I mean they actually have the real game that says “Connect 4” and has red and yellow pieces. It’s a lot easier to play and see than the bootleg versions they use in Cambodia and Thailand with checkers that are almost the same damn color. That means I lose a lot less, and thus don’t have to buy as many lady drinks. Talk about a win-win!
Moe’s is at 76 Street 144 next to a Chinese style hanging duck restaurant. Here’s a map.