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Not as dark as it used to be

38 Street 51, Phnom Penh
T: (077) 837 777 
http://www.heartofdarknessclub.com.kh

Heart of Darkness

A beguilingly shady reputation keeps the doors swinging at Heart of Darkness, which is enduringly popular with sex workers, backpackers, the men who want to score either of those, and Phnom Penh’s heavily-guarded elite brats.

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Heart of Darkness boasts two floors of nightclubbing and head-splitting remixes of Top 40 tunes, but it’s nowhere near as seedy as it used to be, and was almost quite bright the last time that we visited (from what we can recall). Upstairs there’s a slightly quieter, more reserved space, where you’ll find pool tables and lounges. Add it to your list of things you should probably do before leaving Phnom Penh in case someone questions you about it later, but you’ll find better dance tunes at Pontoon across the road. Drinks here are pretty cheap though, considering, with beers at $2 and cocktails from $4. We would strongly recommend not buying drugs from strangers here (or anywhere in fairness). One of our friends died that way, joining a long, sadly-cliched list of young men — mainly it’s men — who bite off more than they can chew in Cambodia.

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Heart of Darkness
38 Street 51, Phnom Penh
Daily 21:00-05:00
T: (077) 837 777 
http://www.heartofdarknessclub.com.kh

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