Mansion Heritage Bar, Phnom Penh - review by Rusty Compass
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Mansion Heritage Bar, Phnom Penh

| 19 Feb 2015
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Mansion Heritage Bar, Phnom Penh
Samdach Sothearos Blvd nr cnr of 178. Opposite National Museum
+855 23 724 014
5pm till late

Our rating
19 Feb 2015

MANSION HERITAGE BAR WAS CLOSED ON OUR MOST RECENT VISIT - FUTURE SEEMS UNCLEAR. Mansion Heritage Bar is a stunning colonial era building that’s in a dire state of disrepair, right by Phnom Penh’s Royal Palace and National Museum. It’s been turned into a bar while the owners find a buyer. It aint flash but it’s one of Phnom Penh’s grandest surviving buildings and definitely deserves a late afternoon drink.

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One of Phnom Penh’s most striking, rundown, colonial era buildings, is up for sale. While a buyer is found, the current owners have created the Mansion Heritage Bar. They also own the nearby Foreign Correspondents’ Club, so they aren’t strangers to the bar scene.

The building and its grounds are so good that a minimal decorative effort has paid big dividends. This is one of the nicest places in Phnom Penh to grab a drink. But there’s little evidence of any investment in the fitout.

The retro furnishings work a treat but could do with a wipe. The chairs inside had at least a few days of accumulated dust gathered.

So yes, the place could definitely do with a little more love.

Visitors would also lap up a little history of the building too. Are those pock marks on the walls? I don't know.

Despite its failings, the incredibly atmospheric space makes it all worth it. Bring your camera. The tiles, the walls and lots of original touches make this a special building up close.

If you like it enough you can buy it.

The Mansion's views across the National Museum are a nice break from the riverfront.

They host DJs and live music on weekends.

Prices are a little higher than the cheapest spots on the riverfront. Service was friendly but sloppy.

Cocktail drinkers I spoke with told me the cocktails were good.

Happy Hour runs between 5pm and 7pm - cocktails and beers are 50% off.


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