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Why Pub Street is special ?
"Pub Street" itself would at this point, probably be more accurately known as "Food Street". With two exceptions, The Angkor What? Bar and Temple Club, as the emphasis here is now almost entirely on food opposed to drinking. That said, in the alleys and streets running both parallel and perpendicular to "Pub/Bar/Food Street" you can not only find more restaurants but many bars as well. Drinking until the wee hours of the morning remains a very viable activity here. The alleyway to the north of "Pub Street" has recently seen several new bars open, while the alleyway to the south has been filled up with restaurants.
What to explore at Pub Street?
There are also a number of restaurants along Sivatha Blvd (the main north - south road a block or so west of the market) offering a variety of Western and Asian cuisines. And more recently a string of garden style restaurants have appeared on Wat Bo Road, east of the river.
The listings here are only a sampling of what is out there and the best course of action is simply to wander the neighborhood and try out a few places, whether they are listed here or not. The temptation is to allow the Old Market/Pub Street magnet suck you into this tourist ghetto, and while definitely a worthy endeavor for consuming alcohol, you might consider that by and large, the best food options are *not* found here, but rather spread around town in less congested areas where there is less price competition that can result in an inferior product. This is not to say that there isn't good food in this area, but that there are some excellent opportunities found elsewhere - in particular farther up Sivatha and over on Wat Bo Road, and a few places like Abacus and The Touich that aren't near anything but themselves.
- Entertaining night out
- Food and Drinks in one place
- Night place for dinner
- Great atmosphere
- Incredibly fun street
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Tips for you
This was one of the funnest places that we've ever visited. It was very lively and filled with vendors and pubs to get great food for very cheap prices. There are also a lot of souvenir shops and our only regret is that we did not get any more of the silk scarves to bring back as gifts. I think the beer there was about $0.50 a glass and the food is no more than a few dollars. We met some other travelers there at the bar we were chilling at and had a blast hanging out for the rest of the night and drinking. But with a very touristy place comes a lot of scams, the most prevalent being the milk scam where a mother with a young child will walk around with an empty milk bottle and ask you to purchase some formula from the local convenience store for her. If you do buy it, she just goes back and sells it back to the convenience store and they split the profit and the store just sells the same formula back again. I have heard that if you warn other tourists about this trap as they fall for it the "pimp" or handler for this woman may come and start getting a little physical so be aware of this when you're there.