Jun 06 2011

“Ladies’ nights” in Phnom Penh

Published by at 10:06 am under Bars & nightlife


“Ladies’ nights” — those antiquated gender-discriminatory events — are still popular around Phnom Penh. These mid-week promotions usually offer some sort of free or discounted drinks to women in the hopes that it will draw more of them, and the men that love them, into the establishment. It never seems to have the desired effect, as there are almost always more men than women in the bars and clubs in Phnom Penh, but I’m not one to turn my nose up at free drinks.

It's Ladies' Night and a blue margarita is feelin' right!

Here are a few of the top Ladies’ Nights promotions in Phnom Penh:

Darlin’ Darlin’
Tuesdays, 18:00-21:00.
Darlin’ Darlin’, the club at Nagaworld, offers 50% off all cocktails for women until 21:00. This is a decent promotion because the cocktails at Darlin’ Darlin’ are delicious but regularly rather pricey. They also feature a cover band from the Philippines kicking out the jams at a volume that I consider unbearable and bartenders that juggle and light things on fire.
At NagaWorld, Hun Sen Park, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 228 822

Pontoon
Wednesdays, 21:00-05:00.
Pontoon offers 50% all cocktails for women (bringing a mojito down to $2.25) as well as 50% off Vodka Cruisers, Miller, wine and bottles of champagne. The best part? Free Jello shots. Surprisingly busy for a Wednesday night, the event features DJ Illest rocking the crowd with dance tunes and old school hip hop.
#80 St 172 near Rue Pasteur (St 51), Phnom Penh.
T: (010) 030 0400; (016) 779 966

Riverhouse
Thursdays, 16:00-late.
Riverhouse Lounge offers a free welcome drinks to women on Thursdays, as well as 2-for-1 cocktails and groups of five women or more can get a free jug of margaritas. In practice, the Riverhouse staff can be quite surly about delivering said free drinks so be sure to ask for a drink ticket downstairs before you go in. Lots of reports of women being refused the free drink promotion because it’s “too late” or because the staff was too busy staring at the walls. DJ Star, DJ Blue and DJ Gang play Top 40 dance tunes.
Corner St. 110 and Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh.
T: 012 299 161

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4 responses so far

4 Responses to ““Ladies’ nights” in Phnom Penh”

  1. tempo duluon 06 Jun 2011 at 5:45 pm

    I wouldn’t say these events are “gender-discriminatory” but merely seeking to readdress the gender balance in a beneficial way for all concerned. They work well in Jakarta – sometimes even too well…

  2. Linaon 07 Jun 2011 at 11:44 am

    I think they are both! It’s really not fair (in my opinion) to charge different prices based on gender, but I understand why they are doing it. As a woman, I’m willing to take the free drinks despite my moral qualms. ;)

  3. Khmericanon 08 Jun 2011 at 11:09 pm

    i have yet to see the free jello shots @ pontoon

  4. Linaon 08 Jun 2011 at 11:37 pm

    @Khmerican I haven’t actually seen them either, but thought maybe it was because I was arriving too late.

    Also, Mao’s has a Wednesday night Ladies’ Night with a free glass of “Sparkling Glass” for all women. (I think that means sparkling wine.)

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