Beach Bar Wars

Nothing to do with Sihanouville!

Nothing to do with Sihanouville!

Can’t keep up with the changes down on the beach at the moment, subletting, multiple partnerships, new bars and many rumours!

Sessions Bar have purchased a new bar in the Golden Lion Complex, they advertised a grand opening night which sadly I wasn’t able to attend. Seems i’ve missed out too, as the bar hasn’t been open since, so i’m told.

Apparently though, they’ve invested in the bar because the rumours are building that work will be starting down on Ochheuateal Beach. When / if it does, it’ll shut down most if not all of the bars there. A clever move by Sessions methinks.

Dolphin shack is still banning the Taxi Girls, and any Khmer girls from dancing in the bar. Prevented at least until the place gets busy, I really fail to see the logic. I was there over Khmer New Year and the local girls were certainly in ‘Party Mode’. I saw a group of 5 girls dancing in the middle of the floor, all holding 4 dollar ‘buckets’ of drink, they were told to get off the floor by one of the staff.

Happy to say that they took themselves off to Jack’s Shack.

Speaking of Jack’s Shack, this has been taken over for an indefinite period by the team from Chivas Shack. The staff, the music, the atmosphere and the prices have changed. It’s certainly a lot busier, but to me the change isn’t for the better. Obviously everybody has a business to run though.

What is confusing though, is that there is rumoured to be a connection between the Chivas Team and the Freedom Bar, not sure exactly what the tie-in is, but apparently the Freedom Bar has an interest.

Rumours too that there is no love lost between Chivas Shack and the Dolphin Bar, you can actually ‘feel’ the competition between the two bars. Dolphin Bar has erected a screen to block off easy access to, and direct view of Jack’s Shack and the Chivas owner works like a Sheepdog rounding up stray backpackers. It’s great to watch.

One thing I have to get off my chest is the ‘Special Offers’ that are happening at Utopia and the ‘new’ Jack’s Shack. Beers for 25c sounds great, but when it’s served in a half-size plastic glass it kind of takes the edge off it. I’d happily pay, 50, 75 or even a dollar for beer down there, so PLEASE don’t try to fool people with FALSE offers.

5 thoughts on “Beach Bar Wars

  1. Have to make a small amendment to this post …….. on the last two occasions when i’ve been down to the Golden Lion Plaza, the new Sessions bar has been open.

    That said, both nights were big ‘match’ nights so they may have just been open to show the Football. Seem like a good bunch though.

  2. Hi

    I’ve been dancing in Dolphin shack lately and its been no problem. Im Khmer and have a balang husband.

    Regards
    Sreynek

  3. Hi Sreynek, like I said, it was a temporary thing and once the dance floor got busy, the girls were allowed to dance.

    That said, the Dolphin has been very quiet of late, partially due to the clamp down on music after midnight that has effected all of the beach bars …… I’m guessing that they may have relaxed such a crazy rule.

  4. is the french guy who ran jacks coming back,it was by far the coolest bar on the beach.
    they stood out from the bland monotony and their music was much better than the dolphin

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